Posts Tagged ‘quiet time’

old_school_blocks

Read: 1 Timothy 2:8-10; Romans 12:1-2

As we hurtle through the first part of this new century we see an increase in people questioning time-honored standards.  This was plainly detailed recently by a teen pop star- a girl who professes faith in Jesus.  While discussing standards for modesty in how she dresses, she discounted criticism of her skimpy clothing by saying, “That’s so old school.”

This young woman is both right and wrong.  In a sense, she’s right.  The standards of dress for Christians are “old school.” They were written down more than 2,000 years ago.  But her attitude that suggests ancient standards can be set aside is wrong.  In the truest form, the principles in the Bible are not “old” as much as they are timeless.

While written ages ago, they are still fresh and applicable.  As to the question of modesty, when the Bible says women should “adorn themselves in modest apparel” (1 Tim 2:9), it is still true today that we shouldn’t dress to draw attention to ourselves.   A more general principle, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed” (Rom 12:2), is a 2013 command that can guide the question of how we dress.

So weather you’re a pop star or a pew sitter, don’t worry about being “old school” if what you are doing is done according to the Book- Dave Branon

Dear Lord, help us to follow the timeless standards of the Bible in speech, clothing, and other lifestyle matters.  May all we say and do bring glory to You.  Amen.

 Do my choices bring glory to God or draw attention to me?

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 12 July 2013]

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lost &found

Read: Luke 15:1-10

Until the day I was found, I didn’t know I was lost.  I was going about business as usual, moving from task to task, distraction to distraction. But then I received an e-mail with the heading: “I think you’re my cousin.” As I read my cousins message, I learned that she and another cousin had been searching for my branch of the family for nearly 10 years.  The other cousin promised her father, shortly before he died, that she would find his family.

I hadn’t done anything to get lost, and I didn’t have to do anything to be found except acknowledge that I was the person they had been looking for.  Learning that they had spent so much time and energy searching for our family made me feel special.

This led me to think about the “lost and found” parables of Luke 15- the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.  Whenever we wander away from God, whether intentionally like the prodigal son or unintentionally like the sheep, God looks for us.  Even though we may not “feel” lost, if we have no relationship with God, we are. To be found, we need to realize that God is looking for us (Luke 19:10) and admit that we are separated from Him.  By giving up our waywardness, we can be reunited with Him and restored to His family- Julie Ackerman Link

The Lord has come to seek and save a world that is lost in sin; and everyone who comes to Him will be restored and changed within. –Sper

To be found you must admit you are lost.

[Source: Our Daily Bread 30 June 2013]

hat

Read: Ephesians 6:1-4

A mid the celebration, there was a tragedy.  It was the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. One by one the teams entered the stadium and paraded around the track to the cheers of 65,000 people.  But in one section of Olympic Stadium, shock and sadness as Peter Karnaugh, father of United States swimmer Ron Karnaugh, was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

Five days later, Ron showed up for his race wearing his dad’s hat, which he carefully set aside before his competition began.  Why the hat? It was the swimmer’s tribute to his dad, whom he described as “my best friend.” The hat was one his dad had worn when they went fishing and other things together.  Wearing the hat was Ron’s way of honoring his dad for standing beside him, encouraging him, and guiding him.  When Ron dove into the water, he did so without his dad’s presence but inspired by his memory.

On this Father’s Day, there are many ways to honor our fathers, as Scripture commands us to do (Eph. 6:2). One way, even if they’re no longer with us, is to show respect for the good values they taught us.

What can you do for your dad today to show him the kind of honor the Bible talks about? –Dave Branon

We’re thankful for our fathers. Lord, they’re special gifts from You; Help us to show we honor them by what we say and do. – Sper

The best fathers not only give us life- they teach us how to live.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 16 June 2013]

love indeed

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Good behavior should always be an act of worship, Resisting temptation, forgiving, serving, and loving each other are all opportunities to tangibly express our love for Jesus – not to get a star next to our name or a pat on the back.

When was the last time you did something “good” out of love for Jesus? – Joe Stowell

For many, love is just a word, a passing phase, a brief emotion; But love that honors Christ our Lord responds to Him with deep devotion – Hess

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 8 June 2013]

 

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Philippians 4:5-9

5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

[Source: Holy Bible, English Standard Version]

 

god provides

Read: 1 John 2:24-3:3

While enjoying the arrival of a new great-niece, I was reminded of how much work it is to take care of  a new born baby.  They are needy little creations who want feeding, changing, holding, feeding, changing, holding, feeding, changing, holding.  Totally unable to care for themselves, they depend on those older and wiser people surrounding them.

We’re dependent children too- reliant on our Father in heaven.  What do we need from Him that we can’t provide for ourselves? “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  He supplies our very breath. He also meets our needs “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

We need our Father for peace in our troubles (John 16:33), love (1 John 3:1), and help in time of need (Ps. 46:1; Heb 4:16), He gives victory in temptation (1 Cor 10:13), forgiveness (1 John 1:9), purpose (Jer. 29:11), and eternal life (John 10:28). Without Him, we “can do nothing” (John 15:5).  And from Him, we have all received one blessing after another” (John 1:16 NIV).

Let’s not think of ourselves as totally independent- because we’re not.  The Lord sustains us day by day.  In many ways, we’re as needy as a newborn baby. – Anne Cetas

We are dependent on the Lord who showers us with blessing: He gives us everything we need- Without Him we are nothing- Sper

Depending on God isn’t weakness; it’s acknowledging His strength.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 23 May 2013]

heart-check

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert there forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.  – Deuteronomy 8:2

Has God performed a heart test on you lately? There are times in your lives when God leads us in to the desert in order to let us find out what is in our heart.  These times can be very difficult and humbling.  They can test our mettle like no other time.  Desert times often mean we are living without those things we are normally accustomed to: water, food, limited supplies – and with few comforts.  In modern terms, it may mean a different environment.  God is performing a very important work during these times.  He wants to know if we can be obedient to Him in these times; or will we be obedient only when times are good?

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to touch you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you (Deuteronomy 8:3-5)

These desert times may mean experiencing new ways of provision from the Lord.  Like manna from Heaven, it may mean seeing miracles we’ve never seen before.  Like clothing that never wears out, it may mean seeing your normal capabilities expanded.  Like walking hundreds of miles without pain, desert experiences provide new lessons and new experiences that only these times can teach us.

What desert experience has He brought into you life lately? Perhaps it is a lean time in business.  Perhaps it is a new environment.  Whatever it is, when God decides to bring new disciplines into our lives by bringing us into the desert, do not fear the heat that is sure to come.  He is walking beside you in order to test you and find out what is really in your heart.  Ask for His grace to pass the test.  He wants to bring all of His children into the Promised Land.

[Source: Today God Is First by Os Hillman]