Thursday, March 25, 2010

M A R C H 2 7

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised”
Job 1:21

Most of us wouldn't complain if we had a little more money. But I remember having to counsel someone once who was taking the wrong attitude toward getting it.

The person was upset that their parents had adopted the philosophy, "I want to live so fully that I'm cashing my last check when I die." Yes, they were traveling some and playing more. Yes, they had made arrangements -- insurance, etc. -- in case they were incapacitated. But mostly, they were giving it away. They were joyfully investing in the kingdom.

"My inheritance!" cried this friend.

How do you think my friend would have reacted if I said they're living God's purposes: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart"?

How do you think my friend would have reacted if their motto became, "May the name of the Lord be praised"?

In Christ's Love,
a guy who already has a great inheritance
... it's eternal and from God

M A R C H 2 6

Let the one who believes in me drink.
As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's heart
shall flow rivers of living water."

John 7:38

"Which came first the chicken or the egg?"

That question comes to mind because of the two principles in this verse: 1) "Believers drink living water." 2) "Believers overflow with living water."

The question is: Which comes first?

If we want rivers, waters, fruit, and faithfulness to flow from us, first we need to drink, abide, worship, and know the living God. Indeed, the inward act of drinking in God's presence preceeds the overflow of love, joy, and peace.

In Christ's Love,
a guy who wants to be sailor
(surrounded by so much living water
he can't see any land)

M A R C H 2 5

Jesus said ...
Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat,
but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail
Luke 22:31-32

When we pray, "Lead us not into the temptation and deliver us from evil," we are praying that "Satan [won't] sift [us] like wheat" and that "[our] own faith may not fail."

On the night Jesus was betrayed, it wasn't the disciples praying these petitions for themselves. It was Jesus who was praying for his disciples.

Are you Jesus disciple too? Isn't it comforting that you're not alone in your prayers for less temptation and stronger faith. Rejoice, because Jesus is praying for you!

In Christ's Love,
a guy who doesn't want to be nicknamed "Buckwheat"
(because I'd rather draw close to Christ
than be sifted by Satan)