Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 22 "This Word is Written on the Table of our Heart" 2 Corinthians 2, 3

Such a great privilege.

The law of Christ, not written on a stoned storied Ten Commandments.

The Word of God written on the fleshy tables of our hearts.

And that changes everything.

We cannot be the same person we were today, yesterday.

Our depravity runs deep.

We are all curved in on ourselves.

Luther and Augustine both called it the inward curve.

And such confidence toward God.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves.

But

Our sufficiency is from God. 2 Cor 3:5

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, Sufficiency.  We aren't sufficient to do anything on our own.  Come this day, Lord Jesus.  Fill these broken lives with Yourself.  That we may be truly free.  

PHOTO:  SO.  What does it mean to be free.  I mean truly free!  Standing by a river.  Wondering why there are so few people truly free.  What will it take this day?


Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 21 "God of All Comfort" 2 Corinthians



The lowest of lows.
The point of despair.
And yet.  God.

"Let not your heart be troubled."
Can we stop these little troubles of ours?
Maybe not.
But we can know in the very midst 
The Peace and Comfort and Hope from God
even in despair.

Blessed be the God of Mercies
The God of All Comfort
Who comforts us in all our affliction.  2 Cor 1:3
So, how do we find that?  

Weighed down.
Beyond our power.
Trust not in ourselves.
But in God Who raises the dead.
2 Cor 1:9

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, we do come boldly before your Throne of Grace to receive help in our time of need.  We all need comfort and hope in the midst of what we are dealing with.  So today, when I'm beyond my power because of this depravity in which I dwell, may I trust in You, a God Who raises the dead.  Raise me up!

PHOTO:  A harrowing dark storm on the Atlantic Ocean.  It too will pass.  Clinging to God for Comfort in the midst of the storms of life.  He is the God of All Comfort.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 20 "A Generous God" I Corinthians 16

What will we do with this Generous God of ours?
What lavish love He has poured graciously into our lives.
Will I live this day with wide open hands and an open heart?
Will I give this day from the abundance of what I've been given?

"Watch!
Stand firm in the faith!
Be courageous!
Be strong!
Let all that you do be done in love." I Cor 16:14

And whatever we have from this Generous God
May we use it give it live it lose it not.

Enlarged Hearts.  Wide Open Hands.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Dear Father, We pray Psalm 138:3 - Make our lives large with Your Strength.  Enlarge these hearts of ours to do everything in love.

PHOTO:  The giving tree.  Photo Credit:  Flickr, Commons.  May we realize a little bit deeper this day how much we have been given.  May we walk courageous and strong and all that we do be done in love.  Amen.

November 19 "Hold Firmly to the Word Preached" I Corinthians 15

I die daily.
If the dead are not raised, then let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.
Don't be deceived.
Wake up.
Wake up righteously. I Cor 15:34

Behold, I tell you a mystery.
We will all be changed. I Cor 15:51
In a moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
At the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible.

But til that day,
By the grace of God, I am what I am.
Whatever past I breathed.
A child born at the wrong time. I Cor 15:8
The least.

And so, we preach.
And so, we stand.
And so, we hold firmly to the Word preached.
In pain and in prayers.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
This is a difficult time for me.  Paul Tripp said this morning "There is never a time when you need to be surrounded by voices who preach to you the Gospel more than when suffering has entered your door."  Oh! Light of my Life! You sustain us all but never suspend Your grace.  Never disqualified.

PHOTO:  Oh! Ancient of Days! Photo Credit to:  Free Christian Images.  "Ancient of Days" Painting by William Blake

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 18 "Whatever Pains or Prayers It Costs" I Corinthians 14

Do not miss this!  

Follow after love.  I Cor 14:1.
Pursue it.

Matthew Henry says that the original word, "diokete," signifies a singular concern to obtain it.  Get this into your life on any terms---"whatever pains or prayers it may cost."

"In whatever you fail, see you do not miss this; the principal of all graces is worth your getting at any rate."  Matthew Henry.

Something so Beautiful about the Love Chapter and now this invitation to follow after Love itself.  And just what does that look like in this little life of mine?

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, may we follow after love all the days of breath.  May we move in love all the days to our death.  May this place of Grace be prompted by our pains.  May You hear our prayers of need for You.  Oh, to follow after love!  This day!

PHOTO:  Quarries Lake.  The place of grace I go to with my pains and prayers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17 "This Grace of Love" I Corinthians 13

These beautiful gifts. The Grace of Love.
Patience. Kindness. Faith-filled. Sacrificial. I Cor 13:1-3.
Never self-seeking to the hurt or neglect of others.
Most scholars agree that what is meant by "charity" in this chapter is not our "common use" of the word *love*. 

"Love in its fullest meaning is True Love to God and man." Matthew Henry. Volumes could be penned about the glorious gifts of love.  For it looks like Christ and nothing can contain all the words that could have been written about Him. 

In our day, love looks like wide-open hands, lavish-generous acts, beautiful encouraging words.  But.  Without Love, all our good behavior accounts us for nothing.  Noisy gongs.  Clanging cymbals.  Shallow words.  Empty lives.  We sit to eat and fellowship; we stand to live hollow ways.  It is a heart issue:  everything, all-encompassing, done from Love to God and goodwill to all men. 

We cannot withhold our hearts from God, from our husband, from our children, from our families, from our friends, from our ministry, from our church, from our neighbors, from our world nor from any stranger.  If we do, we live a delusion, "looking for acceptance and reward for our good works which is as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish."  Matthew Henry

Oh! to live a life of Divine Love!  It is our calling.  A call to never give up loving. 

Matthew Henry posed the question: "Let us ask whether this Divine love dwells in our hearts. Has this principle guided us into becoming behavior to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer."

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers - Dear Father, What would it look like to love, truly love our world this day?  Would it mean that I made that phone call?  Would it mean that I collected all my words for a few and stored them in the vault of my prayers only?  Would it mean that I laid down these longings to be someone else?  What do I need to "let go" of this day, this Grace of Love?

PHOTO: Sunrise on the Lake. This Grace of Kove. Clean slate every rise. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16 "Providential Hand" I Corinthians 11, 12


I say it on my birthday. One year closer now to the Day we live for. To see Him face-to-Face.

Meanwhile I embrace the place where Divine Providence has me. It's not where I thought I'd spend my birthday. 

But I seek Christ not chief places. I long to remain faithful to the trust and Gifts God had placed in me. I Cor 12:28. 

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
And when He comes today, when He comes back for all, may we be found working diligently. 

PHOTO: By one of my favorite trees. Pondering providential acts in my life.