NOTW One-a-Day Friday 2/19/16

A life worthy

This is why we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words  (1 Corinthians 2:13).

You are not of this world.

I know…that’s not original.  You’ve heard it before.

So hear it again.

You are not of this world.

Your wisdom is not this world’s wisdom.

Your truth is not this world’s truth.

Your strength is not this world’s strength.

Your love is not this world’s love.

Your desire is not this world’s desire.

Your treasure is not this world’s treasure.

Your glory is not this world’s glory.

Your destiny is not this world’s destiny.

 

You are different.  Accept it

and rejoice.

Happy Friday, Beloved.

Confidante One-a-Day Thursday 2/18/16

A life worthy

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us (1 Corinthians 2:12).

We have someone on the inside.

Jesus promised us as much. In John 16:12, he said to his disciples, “I have much more to say to you than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”

God knows that his thoughts are beyond us.  Even so, he wants his thoughts to be within us.  He wants us to “get” as much as we possibly can, and a little bit more.  So he sent his Holy Spirit to live within us.  The Spirit works in two ways.  He breaks God’s truth down into smaller bits–glimpses, verses, illustrations–that we can digest.  That’s why you can read a verse for the umpteenth time and suddenly see something you’ve never seen before, or watch a bird feed its babies and catch a vision of God’s provision.

Thank you Holy Spirit.

He also expands us.  He kinda stretches our perception so that we can comprehend–if only for a moment–more of God’s nature.  I remember such a moment, eversolong ago.  I was going through the routines of my day, and in the back of my mind I was thinking about Christ’s return.  Suddenly, my perception shifted, and I understood, believed, knew Jesus was returning with a certainty and power that I had never before experienced.  It wasn’t a vision, just one of those “A Ha!” moments, when, just for a heartbeat, I understood.  

Thank you Holy Spirit.

It’s Thursday, Beloved.  A pretty ordinary day.  And yet, right now, the God of the Universe is at work within you, guiding you into a truth that the world will never grasp, the truth of the very nature of who God is and how very much he loves you.

So…maybe not so ordinary after all.

Happy Thursday, Beloved.

The Thoughts of God One-a-Day Wednesday 2/17/16

A life worthy

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).

Remember yesterday?

You do remember yesterday, don’t you?  I mean, if not, you may want to consider getting some help with that…

Anyway, yesterday I pointed out that we, as finite creatures, are simply not capable of grasping the immensity of what God has in store for us.

That’s true.

But that’s not all.

You see, there is someone who understands the deep things of God, someone who is not limited by our finiteiosity.  Someone who understands God’s mind as if it were his own.

Because, well, it is.

The Holy Spirit, that mysterious third person of the Trinity, understands the Father in a way that is…well…inconceivable to us.

At least to the non-schizophrenic among us.

And here’s the great part. That mysterious Person…the one who understands God so well?  

He kinda likes us. And he’s willing to share.

And that, Beloved, makes all the difference.

Happy Wednesday

Inconceivable    One-a-Day Tuesday 2/16/16

A life worthy

However, as it is written:  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”  (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It’s inconceivable.

Go ahead.  Try to imagine what it will be like

to be in his presence

to be like him

to be complete.

Do you have a picture in your head?  Great!

You’re not even close.  

You’re a toddler who’s been promised a trip to the beach.  You’ve never been to the beach, but you’ve been told about it.  

The beach has sand–but so does your sandbox.

The beach has water–but so does your bathtub.

The beach has waves–but you’ve been to a swimming pool, and you’ve seen how the water slops around after a big kid does a cannonball.

You know what to expect.

Except not at all.

Inconceivable

Happy Tuesday, Beloved.

 

Plague Boy

**This here’s a reprint from a few years ago, when I felt as remarkably unwell as I do today.  

There’s no use denying it—I’ve got the crud.  For the last few days, I have hardly stirred from my big green chair.  I have slept, eaten, napped, read junk novels, snoozed, scrolled aimlessly through Facebook, slumbered, and slept.

I’ve been sick.

There are no spectacular symptoms I can point you to.  No raging fever, no projectile vomiting, no delirium—at least, none that I’ve noticed. I’m not bleeding, either internally or externally.  Neither pox nor pustules are in ready evidence.  I’m just totally wiped out.

Frankly, I almost wish I had some better symptoms. Continue reading

Misunderstood    One-a-Day Friday 2/12/16

A life worthy

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:8).

They meant well enough.

They wanted to protect their world, improve their society

maybe pad their bank accounts–and legacies–a bit

but all in all, they were doing what they thought best.

However

they were making decisions without the Holy Spirit, operating in the wisdom of the world, which isn’t.

And in that worldly wisdom they wrought horror and abomination.

Sound familiar?

Take heart, Beloved.  God used their foolishness, their evil acts, to demonstrate his power and glory.  

And God has a habit of repeating himself.

Happy Friday, Beloved.

Secret One-a-Day Thursday  2/11/16

A life worthy

No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began (1 Corinthians 2:7).

Secrets can be fun.

When my son turned twelve, we got him a puppy.  

Golden Retriever, because…I mean…they’re awesome.

Anyway, we kept it secret until the big day.  Alec came around the corner into the family room and saw that puppy, and he just stared.

“It’s a dog,” he said.

My son is brilliant like that.

He had wanted a dog for quite some time, but we knew that he wasn’t ready for one yet.  When we determined that the time was right, we revealed the secret that brought him great joy.

You see where I’m going, don’t you?  Yes, you do…

God wasn’t playing some cosmic game, nor was he making it up as he went along.  His plan of salvation was set before the world began.  He was simply waiting for the time to be right, for all the pieces to be in place.

And now you’re in on the secret.

You should feel pretty special.

You should feel Beloved.

Happy Thursday.

The Rulers of this Age   One-a-Day Wednesday 2/10/16

A life worthy

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing (1 Corinthians 1:22-24).

We’re surrounded by presidential wanna-be’s.

It’s an election year, so the candidates are everywhere; primping and posing and posturing and preparing to present their potential presidential prowess.

I wanna run and hide in my sock drawer just to escape them.

A year from now, one of these…people will be the leader of our nation, the Commander-in-Chief of our military, arguably the most powerful individual on the planet.

And yet, if that person does not have Christ, they will come to nothing.

Their power, their wisdom, their influence…la nada grande.

Remember that in today’s post-primary pandemonium.  

We may vote for a president, but we serve a King.

Happy Wednesday, Beloved.

Not Man, but God   One-a-Day Tuesday 2/9/16

A life worthy

I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:3-5).

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand

all other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.

 

Edward Mote says it better than I ever will, but he doesn’t have a blog, so I’m good with that.

Happy Tuesday, Beloved.

Christ Alone  One-a-Day Monday 2/8/16

A life worthy

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).

The cross.

Paul just keeps coming back to it.

As should we

Beloved, there is a constant temptation before us to rely on our own skills, our own talents, our own hard work.  It’s at the core of our being.

Sometimes it spurs us to do great things.

Mostly, it drives us from God.

Paul didn’t want to risk people following him rather than Jesus, so he kept it simple:

God loves you.

He died for you, because he loves you.

Your debt has been paid, because he loves you.

Come be free, because he loves you.

As you dive into your week, remember: no matter what your job is, your mission is simple.

Show them the cross.

Happy Monday, Beloved.