January 8th

Daily Chronological Reading: 1 Chronicles 13-16

  • While verse 7 of chapter 13 is a bit more drastic than any of our modern day examples, I have to ask, how many times I not only decided to “carry” God’s vision according to how I wanted to carry it, but when it seemed like it was going to fall have reached out to take control of a situation I didn’t understand only to not work with or for, but against God?

Common Prayer: Psalm 42:1-3; Psalm 42:6-7; Genesis 2:4-25; Galatians 1:18-2:10 – Several Questions come to mind when I read these:

  • How does one get to the point where there soul literally longs for God…is by taking distractions away, is it about living life in real faith to the point of dependency…Psalm 42 is a great passage we all know, but have we pondered what it really means to have our soul thirst as if it would die without God, I want that.
  • It seems interesting to me, how so many denominations and churches confuse the negotiables with the non-negotiables.  In Galatians after agreeing to disagree, seeing differently on ‘rules’, they agreed on this one thing as being the non-negotiable: All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. I see this so much in reformed and non-reformed denominations, “look, that’s great you feed and care for the poor, that’s great you do justice, but whatever you do, if you want to be with us, you must deny free will/God’s choice” – I think we’ve missed something

The best thing I read today was from John Perkins:

When God calls, He doesn’t invite us to a picnic.  He calls us to go to a stiff-necked, rebellious, stubborn people.  Our success isn’t measured by fame; it is not measured by popularity contests; it is not measured by how many people raise their hands; it is not measured by how many souls were won today.  God doesn’t call us to that kind of task.  Rather, God calls us to faithfulness. “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev 2:10)”  That’s the key – faithfulness to God’s call.  God calls us; He locks us in; but He never leaves us alone.  He goes with us.  He sustains us.  That is the only assurance we have.

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