Word for Your Life
“Now then, you & all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them…“ ~ Joshua 1:2
A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
When you’re in charge, when you reign over something, that comes with certain responsibilities.
Our heroes have vanquished the foes, & Caspian announces that he’s turning the ship over to Drinian – & he’s following Reepicheep to see the World’s End. His thinking is “I’m in charge – you’re my subjects – I can do this if I want.”
But Reepicheep becomes the voice of reason, & says ..
You’re the King of Narnia. You break faith with your subjects if you don’t return. You can’t please yourself with adventures as if you were a private person. & if your Majesty will not hear reason, it will be the truest loyalty of every man on board to follow me in disarming you until you come to your senses.
There are a lot of things we’d “like” to do. & Christ’s sacrifice does mean we’re free. But freedom comes with responsibilities.
& remember we weren’t just freed – we were bought at a price.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
We’re all drawn to beauty, & that’s one of the reasons we have to be careful how we define it, because the enemy is all to eager to put those temptations in front of us.
Malachi 2:15 says…
Guard yourself in your spirit, & don’t break faith with the wife of your youth.
When Satan tempts us, he does it with attractive, even innocent looking packages. But if we’re not careful, those relationships can entangle you – & wreck what God has planned.
So today’s One Thing for us is just jot down 5 things you love & respect – about your spouse if you’re married, or maybe about what you’re looking for in a spouse if you’re single. & then ask God to reinforce them in your heart.
A.W. Tozer ~ Renewed Day By Day
The fall of man has created a perpetual crisis. It will last until sin has been put down and Christ reigns over a restored world. Until that time the earth remains a disaster area .. It’s always been difficult to understand those Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play & loaf – they are at ease while the world burns.
Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?
The image Jesus used to describe the church’s destiny – “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – is a metaphor of offense, not defense. Christians are storming the gates, & they will prevail. Not matter how it looks at any point in history, the gates guarding the powers of evil will not withstand an assault by grace.
Louie Giglio ~ Indescribable
Scientists aren’t entirely sure just how big the universe is, but one thing is clear: We’re really small. In fact, earth itself is inconsequential amid the expanse of space. But if you look closely enough at the pale blue dot, you’ll find, beside a busy roadway, just outside a small city, on a hot afternoon thousands of years ago, a cross that stills looms ever so large in history .. where hung God, in human flesh.
Booker T. Washington
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel
I’ve been given the utterly undeserved gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Thru no merit of mine, I have been given a bona fide invitation to drink new wine forever at the wedding feast in the kingdom of God – but sometimes I get so involved with myself that I start making demands for things I think I deserve, or I take of granted every gift that comes my way.
CS Lewis ~ Mere Christianity
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.
David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom
Pain, far from being an obstacle to our spiritual growth, can be the condition of it. God will discipline the ungodly in due time, but he must first discipline & teach His own children – because a good Father begins with his own family. & without pain, God could never make the most of our lives.
Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz
In some ways we treat our neighbors BETTER than we treat ourselves, because we would never say the things to a neighbor that we tell ourselves every day. We don’t believe it’s okay to kick people around, but we do it to ourselves all the time.
Matt Redman ~ Facedown
When it comes to expressing our worship, what we do on the outside is a key reflection of what’s taking place on the inside. Facedown worship always begins as a posture of the heart. God will one day invade. There’s no use saying you choose to lie down when it’s become impossible to stand up.