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7 Symptoms of Eternity Amnesia

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Matt Redman ~ Facedown: “God of the smallest detail & the grandest design. Fearsome, yet welcoming; unfathomable, yet knowable; The God of kings & beggars, presidents & paupers. He is easy to please, hard to satisfy.”

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Matt Redman ~ Facedown: “God of the smallest detail & the grandest design. Fearsome, yet welcoming; unfathomable, yet knowable; The God of kings & beggars, presidents & paupers. He is easy to please, hard to satisfy.”

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Word for Your Life
Preach the word; Be prepared in season & out of season; correct, rebuke & encourage – with great patience & careful instruction… ~ 2 Timothy 4:2

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe

After Aslan has returned to life, he & Susan & Lucy have to make a beeline for the battle.  Can you imagine what that ride was like?

Have you ever had a gallop on a horse? Think of that, then take away the heavy noise of the hoofs & the jingle of the bits & imagine instead the almost noiseless padding of the great paws…& then imagine you’re going twice as fast as the fastest racehorse, but this is a mount that doesn’t need to be guided & never grows tired.  He rushes on & on, never missing his footing, never hesitating, threading his way with perfect skill…& you’re riding not on a rod nor in a park..but right across Narnia, across the shoulders of heathery mountains… into wild valleys & acres of blue flowers.

We may not be able to imagine the world Jesus will reign over – but maybe it helps to think of every moment as hanging on for dear life, & enjoying the ride.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Psalm 36:5 tells us “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens.  Your faithfulness to the skies.”  & it can reach into your relationships, too.

You remember Laurel & Hardy, right?  “This is another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”  That could have described Stan Laurel’s married life.  First he married Lois, then Virginia, then Vera.  Because of questions about whether his first 2 divorces were legal, he married Vera 3 times.  Then Virginia again, & then Ida.  7 marriages.

Not to pass judgment, but there is One who says in Revelation 21 that He is “making all things new.”  Until then, the One Thing we can do is to face our relationship barriers head on, whether it’s a marriage, another family member, a co-worker, or anyone else.  Don’t let our resentment fester & instead forgive freely.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ Rut, Rot, or Revival

I knew a man from India who got hold of a New Testament, was converted & started to preach, but he had no background at all – he started from scratch. He didn’t know anything about churches, & said “When I had a problem in the church, I went straight to the New Testament & settled it.”  & Tozer says This is what I would like to see in our church—the New Testament order of letting Scripture decide matters.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

The tendency in legalistic religion is to mistrust God, to mistrust others, & consequently, to mistrust ourselves.  We need a new kind of relationship with the Father that drives out fear & mistrust, anxiety & guilt, that permits us to be hopeful & joyous, trusting & compassionate.  Turn away from the sins of skepticism & despair, mistrust & cynicism, complaining & worry.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Let God determine the time & the terms of the burden you bear & rely on His mercy.  The yoke you bear may cause great grief, but resistance only leads to greater discomfort.  Endure the hardship & learn the lessons – THIS, not escape, is what leads to an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, & his religion .. & becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced.  John 3:7 says .. You must be born again. To be born again means that I see Jesus.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

When I went there, she was a pious, warm, & tender-hearted woman.  There was no sorrow or suffering for which she had not a tear.  Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.  The tender heart became stone, & the lamb-like disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.

John Eldredge ~ Waking the Dead

The way of looking at life given to us by The Enlightenment & the Age of Reason, he says, is like the sleeping kingdom of Sleeping Beauty.  We’ve never stopped to think about how the whole world lies under the power of the evil one.  They don’t see.  They’re in a fog.  Their hearts are shrouded.  Only God can take it away.

Scriptures

Isaiah 43:1

Micah 7:18

2 Samuel 22

Psalm 42:7

Matthew 23:25-26

John 10:18

2 Timothy 1:16

Word for Your Life
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing... ~ 1 Peter 5:2

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

Have you ever been frightened even after a victory?

As Eustace & the others are approaching a castle, the chief soldier asks for the password. Tirian draws his sword & says “This is my password” .. & then it’s on.

Before you know it the steel is flying, & Eustace doesn’t have time to think or remember any of what had been taught him – he just slashed wildly & found, to his great surprise, that he had won. & though it was a great relief, it was also rather frightening.

The lesson for us is that we do our best to prepare for life everyday – one day at a time – & trust that God is in our tomorrows before we are.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Just like when you fill up your gas tank, you can choose regular or premium – you have a choice what you fill up your spiritual tank with.

 

Proverbs 4:7 says ..

 

Wisdom is supreme – Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

The price of acquiring that may mean you don’t get to always do what YOU want to do – it’ll cost you your time, your priorities, even your relationships, but it’s value in keeping your spiritual engine running is worth every penny.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ Set of the Sail

Among the enemies to devotion, none is so harmful as distractions. Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, or shifts our focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us is a distraction.  The remedy .. is the same now as it was in simpler times – prayer, meditation & the cultivation of the inner life. Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity .. & want fewer things.

Francis Chan ~ Multiply

We gravitate toward solutions that are quick & easy. When it comes to helping people, we often address the surface level of the problem but never get down to the heart of the matter. It’s not that Christians are uncaring. Very often, we really do want to help the people around us however we can, but we get so focused on finding a quick solution to the external behavior that we overlook the real problem.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

A fresh start would amount to nothing without the experience necessary to make the right adjustments.  Lacking the knowledge we’ve gained, we’d make the same mistakes over again.  But grace means our sins are gone forever – replaced by love.  Grace means God has given us the resources to make a new beginning.  So the question is not “Can I make it?  Am I able?”  The question is “Can He transform me?”

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

We must learn to give God elbow room.  We plan & predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses.  Don’t look for God to come in a particular way – but do look for Him.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The ladder of power reaches up, the ladder of grace reaches down.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

We live as worshipers of the otherly in a culture of the ordinary .. it’s only as we breathe in more of the wonders of God that we can breathe out a fuller response to him.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

 

What I believe is not what I say I believe .. What I believe is what I do.  Deep belief costs something.  If I really believed something, I’d have to do something about it.

Scriptures

Habakkuk 1:5

Revelation 6:16

Psalm 28:8

Luke 21:28

Acts 3:1-10

Acts 6:8

Psalm 8:2