Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 30 "Staggering" Romans 3, 4

Staggered not at the Word of God.    Romans 4:20.
Sure about all His promises.

God is able to call things into existence that are not.   Romans 4:17.
Believing big with you.

It had been 100 years of living for Abraham,
certain times where his faith did fail, his obedience waned.

Not so, anymore.
Sure Faith against all Hope.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, Give us courage to obey in the face of our struggles.  Not to seek closure but to seek closeness with The Almighty Power of our lives.  You took your time with Abraham.  May we patiently endure to the very end.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 29 "Let It Go" Romans 1, 2

Paul proves that Jews and Gentiles stand upon the same level ground before the justice of God. Rom. 2:10. What I may not see, God directs. Leave the matter in his lap.  

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Father, things may be passing us by. May we seek things above. May I make my ambition to lead a quiet life. I Thes 4:11. This lull that I face, lighten my darkness. I trust. 

PHOTO: The sun sets over ATX, over the Barbour of my soul. Things are not right. God has grasped me tight in this Place. I trust. Let. It. Go. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

October 28 "Shipwrecked in the Harbor of my Heart" Acts 27, 28

Beat above this world, oh heart of mine.  

276 people could see a land they had never seen before.  Acts 27:39.
For two deadly weeks, the ship weathered the Northeaster, a tempestuous terrible wind.
Yet.
All make it safely to shore.
But.
First, they shipwreck in the harbor.

Some commentaries speak of the story as a metaphor of our own journey.  
"The ship that had weathered the storm in the open sea, where it had room, is dashed to pieces when it sticks fast. Thus, if the heart fixes in the world in affection, and cleaving to it, it is lost. Satan's temptations beat against it, and it is gone; but as long as it keeps above the world, though tossed with cares and tumults, there is hope for it." Matthew Henry.

Things may not be all right in this life.  We may just shipwreck right smack dab next to shore.  What is security?  Tribulations will come but they also will pass.  In God's time.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, We belong to You.  We are your possession.  Watch over the shipwrecks of our soul.  Thank You for grasping us tight.  In tight places.  Father, just as Your Presence goes with Paul, may we make a difference in people's lives.  For their good.  For their deliverance.

PHOTO:  No sun by day.  No stars by night.  A very dark night of the soul.  Violent storms.  Two weeks without food.  Yet, not a hair on their head perished.  

October 27 "Not Enough" Acts 25, 26


 
" A world that lies in wickedness must be sanctified and reformed; it is not enough for them to have their eyes opened, they must have their hearts renewed; not enough to be turned from darkness to light, but they must be turned from the power of Satan unto God. "  Matthew Henry. 
"For I have appeared to you for this purpose ... 
to open their eyes, 
so that they may turn from darkness to light and 
from the power of Satan to God." 
 Acts 26:18.

Paul makes a persuasive point:  "none of these things have been done in a corner."  How can we possibly not think about what Jesus did and let it impact us?  

I am persuaded we do not wrestle well with this life of ours.  How many times we hear in a day, "Everything is going to be just fine."  This message Paul preaches is not a popular message.  There are no steps to figure out life.  Herod Agrippa II said it himself:  "If Paul had not appealed to Caesar, he could have been released."  Even Agrippa knew that Paul abandoned his life to the the will of God.  Surrendered.  Forever.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, this persuasion of Paul is gripping.  May we be willing to surrender even if it means things are not going to be okay in our day.  This is no prosperity Gospel I read.  Change my mindset.  Renew my heart to care most about You and not what is happening to me.

PHOTO:  Pondering what it means that everything may not be all right in this life.  Cancer, rape, multiple miscarriages, loss.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26 "Accomplishments" Acts 24

This Paul is found to be a "pestilent fellow." Acts 24:5.  A powerful follower with an eye to the Audience, the only Audience, that counts.  What am I really living for?  Is it the approval of men?

The speech of Tertullus reveals an accomplished man, unrest in his ways.  He looks to punish Paul for the good he is doing.

What truly matters here in this life?  Upside down.  What if we think that what we think and do is right and it's really not.  Do we have people in our lives who can offer us

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, turn my life right side up.  This life of men is strongly pulled by the methods of this world who values accomplishment and accolades.

PHOTO:  Pondering this.  Picture what it looks like to be successful---do I have to have that?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25 "Blinded By Light" Acts 22, 23

When the blood of the martyr Stephen was shed, Paul was there side-by-side.
His eyes blinded by the darkness.  Acts 22:20
Soon, his eyes would be blinded by the light.

We do not have to live where we are.   Blind eyes.
God can enlarge our steps.
When all looks gray,
Can we trust in the Light we have?

Depart:  I will send you far.  Acts 22:21
This metaphor twists and turns.

Our eyes have been opened.
And they can be opened one more time this day.
Again and Again and Again.

COME BOLDLY:  Timeless Prayers
Father, enlarge our hearts to possess more of You.  Would You shine your Light into those places in our soul where the light does not reach.  Lord Have Mercy!

PHOTO:  Pondering this Texas scene in my own heart.  Blinded by Light.  Blinded by Dark Forces of this world.



Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24 "Gospel of Grace" Acts 20, 21

All those hardships, sleepless nights, shipwrecks, merciless beatings. "None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the Grace of God." Acts 20:24

The Kingdom stirs in this heart. And it's a beautiful calling. This Gospel of Grace. And it is this Grace that builds us up. Acts 20:32. We all need to be built up this day, this moment.

COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, by the Word of Your Grace, would you strengthen us all in the inside where it really counts that we may walk by faith.

PHOTO:  The Hill Country.  Reflecting on this Gospel of Grace.