Monday, November 30, 2015

December 1 "His Very Peace" I Thessalonians 3, 4, 5

May the very God of Peace Himself render you whole.
Renovate your very life.
Inspire you with His very peace.
So that all of the psychology of your life be full of Him.
Body, soul, and spirit.

These Thessalonians were people of the Coming.
And so are we.
People of the "Coming" again.
So this very Peace from God Himself
should change the way I view this day.

"The One Who called you is faithful,
and He will do it."  I Thes 5:23

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN 10,000 MOMENTS OF WANTING PEACE.  Peace, not that my circumstances work out my way.  Peace that Christ Himself be made manifest within.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November 30 "Not by Human Words" I Thessalonians 1, 2

This word of God.
Comes searching for each of us.
To our deaf, dark, dead lives and loves.
And what will we do with this word of God this day?

"And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe." I Thes. 2:13

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN 10,000 MOMENTS OF KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD.  To those dead places inside; those dark moments; those deadly memories.  Raise high Your Mighty hand.  Psalm 118:16 


November 29 "Preach the Word" Colossians 4

Written to one person,
Meant for us all.

“See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” Col 4:17.

Nearing the end of his ministry, Archippus is encouraged to complete the calling to the Word of God.  May we view this day our loyalty and love to the Word of God.

November 28 "Let The Word Dwell Richly Not Poorly" Colossians 2, 3

The gospel is the Word of Christ.  Am I changed by reading this Word of God?
Does it grab every corner of my life?
Do I live today like I understand and love the Word of Christ.
May we not live ashamed.
Let this word dwell richly not poorly in me.

"Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Col 3:13-14.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 27 "Great Endurance" Colossians 1

"We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience." Col 1:9-11

Paul has been talking in other chapters about how much he prayed for the church in all things.  Initiated by God.  Maintained by God.  Rewarded by God.

November 26 "Joy In God, Not In Circumstances" Philippians 4

"Let us seek to give assurance that our names are written in the book of life. Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. It more than outweighs all causes for sorrow.

Let their enemies perceive how moderate they were as to outward things, and how composedly they suffered loss and hardships." Matthew Henry

Maybe this is some of what those Christians knew that we have missed.  Joy in God, not in our circumstances,

We should look on God, "under all our fears and weaknesses,"  not as a taskmaster but as our father.  Phil 4:20, treating all with the kindness we have recieved.  


November 25 "Transforming Efficacy" Philippians 2-3

That I may know him, 
and the power of his resurrection, 
and the fellowship of his sufferings. 
Phil 3:10.
Paul wanted full knowledge, 
not just the things that worked well.  
He desired to know God,
even if that meant hard times.

"Knowing him here is believing in him: 
it is an experimental knowledge of the power of his resurrection, 
and the fellowship of his sufferings, 
or feeling the transforming efficacy and virtue of them."

Paul's ambition.  Paul wanted this more than anything.  To know Him.
Paul understood something very few people do.  
His sanctification was putting to death those things that kept him from knowing God.

What about us?  What keeps me from the ultimate ambition to know God?

Observe, The apostle was as ambitious of being sanctified as he was of being justified. He was as desirous to know the power of Christ’s death and resurrection killing sin in him, and raising him up to newness of life, as he was to receive the benefit of Christ’s death and resurrection in his justification.