Release the lion within you! Live through the power, love, and self-discipline the Lord set inside you—His Spirit. How do we do that? It starts where we started the first week—Psalms 25:4-5. We ask the Lord to show us, teach us, and guide us according to His ways ~ paths ~ truth. 2 Timothy 1:7 is a great wisdom builder to keep us reminded of the “Lion” within each of God’s children. Take time this week to reflect on the power within you as described in Ephesians. Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us of the Holy Spirit being deposited in all who believe in Jesus for their salvation. Then Ephesians 1: 17-23 describes the power in us as equivalent to the power that raise Jesus from the dead. I know I need this reminder so I will remember to rely on the power within me rather than my own strength.
Are you living with the power of the lion within you or holding on by your kitty claws?
As we begin the last full week of January it is a good time to assess how we are doing following our plans for transformation in 2017. If you are anything like me the first few weeks went pretty well. Then the pace picked up again. I found my old habits start sneaking up on me again. This weeks verse–Romans 12:2– is a reminder as we seek to follow the Lord more deeply that we must renew our minds to the pattern of the Lord rather than the pattern of the world. Our weekly scripture memorization is an important part of transforming our thoughts and conforming our behavior to those that please the Lord.
Be transformed~ Renew your mind ~ Discern God’s perfect will
I’d love for you to share how this verse impacts you this week.
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Matthew 22:37-39 is our focus verse this week as we pursue “what pleases the Lord”(Ephesians 5:10). Jesus gives clear guidance on “what pleases the Lord” when he answers the Pharisees question “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”(Matthew 22:36). He tells us that we please the Lord when we LOVE Him with all our heart, soul, and mind! Then we continue to express this love as we LOVE our neighbors as ourself! I can’t wait to see how the Lord opens my eyes to new ways to express my love for Him and others as I put this treasure verse in my heart.
Are you with me? I would love to hear how the Lord works in your HEART, SOUL, and MIND this week.
Days run by like water flowing to the ocean- sometimes just a trickle and other times swiftly. Either way, they have an
effect on the lives and landscape they run by and through. God’s natural design for the waters is to pursue the vast oceans as their ultimate destination. Likewise, His natural design for mankind is to pursue Him as our eternal destination. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Would you describe your pursuit as a trickle or a swiftly running stream? The easy answer is “not quite swiftly but much more than a trickle.” But what does that look like? As I consider the question. My mind floods with even more questions— Am I pursuing Him at the rate He has designed for my life? Am I taking the path He has set out before me? Am I allowing His design to have the effect on me He intends? Am I allowing His design to have the effect on those He places in my life? Is it better to
move at a swift pace or trickle? My heart struggled to discover a truthful response- one absent of rationalization. I desired a cloudless view of any part of my pursuit that wasn’t authentically centered on Christ. Not excusing areas of my life that I refuse to sacrifice in my pursuit of God’s call to “be Holy as He is Holy.”(1Peter 1:14 – 16)
Our pursuit of God is not measured by pace but rather our heart as we pursue a life that “finds out what pleases the Lord!” (Ephesians 5:10) When we study the paths of water to the ocean, we discover it travels at many different speeds
and has subtle and drastic effects based on the path on which it has been set. Each journey looks different. Consider the contrast of a flowing mountain stream, a river valley, and a mighty river. In each season they have their purpose and shape the landscape as designed by the Creator.
Living our life in pursuit will look different for each of us. The key is to keep moving with God whether it is at a painfully slow or exhilaratingly fast pace. Continue the journey with an open heart to what pleases the Lord and be prepared for the effects.
As our lives are lived according to His eternal design it leaves us changed for His glory and those in our life’s path effected too. Take time to read the rest of Ephesians 5. Paul gives a few examples of “what pleases the Lord”. (Ephesians 5:10) I will leave you with this challenge.
Ephesians 5: 19b- 20 “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I’d love to hear what song the Lord puts in your heart!
Galatians 2:20 is our Wisdom builder this second week of 2017. This verse reminds me how I am to live daily “by faith in the Son of God” not in myself or the things of this world. That requires me to seek to live as “Christ live in me”. I hope you will take time this week to hide this verse in your heart as a reminder to live for Christ daily.
Welcome to the final post in the ADORE Series: Eternal Peace—
Happy New Year!!! Did you know we are just days away from the Day of Epiphany? Friday January 6th marks the day to celebrate the day that The Wise Men or Maggi arrived and worshiped Jesus the newborn king—“And he will be their peace.” (Micah 5:5) Some traditions celebrate the combination of both the worship and gifts given by the Maggi and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist where the “Spirit descended on him like a dove.”(Mark 1:10-11). These events are both centered on the celebration of the peaceful kingship of our Savior. If you have never celebrated this holiday you can find more information at this link —https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/epiphany.
As we take time this week to reflect on the gift of “Eternal Peace”. I think it is important to consider the gifts presented to the Son of God by the Maggi. These men had, in some cases, spent their lifetime searching for the foretold star to appear as prophesied hundreds of years before by the prophet Balaam (Numbers 24:17-19). The star was declared as the sign of the rise of an Israelite King. After the “Bethlehem Star” (click for a short video) appeared in the heavens the Maggi began their journey to the Jewish capital city of Jerusalem. Each one anticipating their opportunity to honor and worship this long awaited king with gifts suited for royalty— gold, frankincense, and myrrh. All of these gifts spoke of Jesus’ position, purpose, and perpetual fulfillment of the prophecies that brought hope for “Eternal Peace” on earth.Let’s reflect on the gifts:
The First Gift~ Gold– A gift of great value given to royalty and those who have treasure. This gift speaks to the future position of Christ as Eternal King—the King of peace.
Micah 5:2-5 “”But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come from me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.”
The Second Gift~ Frankincense– An expensive form of incense known for it’s sweet fragrance, healing properties, and being used often in sacrificial offering ceremonies. This gift speaks to his purpose to live a life that would reconcile the world to its’ creator.
Isaiah 9:6-7 “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The seal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
The Third Gift~ Myrrh– A balm that had a sweet aroma yet bitter flavor most used for it’s healing, preservation, and protective qualities. It was commonly used for Jewish burial preparation. This gift resembles the suffering and sacrifice that speaks to the perpetual fulfillment of the prophecies for “Eternal Peace”.
Revelation 1:4b-8 “ Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father— to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, “says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.””
Let’s carry these gifts in our lives this year to share with our world around us!
Share the gift of gold by sharing the Gospel of peace and doing our best to remain at peace with all. (Ephesians 6:15; Mark 9:50; Romans 12:18)
Share the gift of frankincense by spreading the fragrance of Christ’s love daily. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
Share the gift of myrrh by living selflessly and dying to our self-daily so Christ will live through us. (Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20)
Prayer of Adoration: Oh Eternal King of Peace you are mighty and worthy of all praise. Your kingdom is never ending and your love endures forever. We seek to follow after you and be instruments of your peace, love, joy, hope, and grace this whole year through. Lord as we draw closer to you we ask that you would fill us with more of you so our lives will be a fragrant offering to you. Teach us to be imitators of you so where we walk we walk in your love and peace. Help us to live selflessly by faith. Empower us to choose to be salt and light encouraging peace among our brothers and sisters. We ask all of this as we long for your triumphal return to reign as The King of Kings. In Jesus Holy name, Amen
Here is a great song to listen to as you ponder the gift of Christ by Lauren Daigle “Noel(live)”.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 and a new section for this website~ Weekly Wellspring. Come back week after week to find a new verse to add to your wellspring of scripture to treasure in your heart. I was inspired to act on my desire to recall more scripture from memory including it’s address(book of the Bible, chapter, and verse number) this year. The plan is to do a new verse every week. I hope you will join me on this treasure hunt.
This weeks verse is Psalm 25:4-5. This verse has been a rock on which I stand when embarking on a new path in life. It keeps me focused on the One I need direction from and reminds me He is trustworthy.
I will be using a journal too to write out the verse daily and capture any ways the Lord uses the verse in my life. I’d love to hear any ideas you have. It is exciting just thinking about how the Lord is going to work in our lives.
Leave a comment if you are joining the challenge and share how the Lord is working in your life.
Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always
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