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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Reflection: Restore: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. What impossible decision do you need to make?

2. Where in this turmoil does your belief/unbelief meter register?

3. Where does your obstacle lie—in your heart or in your will?

4. How has the Lord restored you in the face of great loss before?

5. Why, or why not, do you consider God able this time?


Share: How has God comforted your conflict?


Monday, July 15, 2019

Restore: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry


Hebrews 11:19, “He considered the fact that God is able to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.”

Restore

Time and time again, Jesus asked, or implied the need to believe in Him so that a healing could take place. At Nazareth, in His hometown, He “could do no miracle” and “He wondered at their unbelief.” Another desperate father heard Jesus’ words, but recognized his own doubts so he brought them in prayer as, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

Abraham believed. He had no idea how. No concept of what would happen in the next few moments or weeks or years, but he did know God’s faithfulness and so he trusted in his belief. Even to letting go of a promise he had clung to for his whole life. A promise God Himself had given. A promise that if taken would result in loss and anguish beyond all measure.

We learn, often reluctantly, to learn to let go of situations and attitudes that are harmful to us. And sometimes we are able to loosen our grip on what is good in our lives for something better. But after an entire lifetime of obedience—to be asked to give up the very blessing from God—perhaps one we uprooted our entire lives for?

In Jesus’ parable a single grain of wheat must be dropped into the earth and die in order to multiply. (John 12:20-26) In reference to this image, Herbert Lockyer comments, “Out of death comes life. A harvest comes from a grain. Jesus used this analogy of a natural law to illustrate what happens in the moral and spiritual worlds alike.”

Oh Lord, only You alone can restore life from loss. Sometimes the pain is so great that a shadow remains forever. Yet with You, all things are possible. Help us to live in resurrection reality.

Your thoughts,



Friday, July 12, 2019

Obeyed: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Obeyed

Who has the strength
to release a dream
held life-long.

Worked steadily towards
through grief, joy, expectations,
hope. Obedience daily.

Wondering why this change
to plans and promises
honored in faith.

Withheld nothing
to walk in worship on
hallowed ground.

Psalm 104: 19, “He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.”


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Reflection: Command: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. What is your reflex attitude towards any command?

2. Does it change according to the speaker? Why or why not?

3. Are there areas in your life where you need to become more obedient or less obedient to people authority?

4. When is heartfelt obedience easy for you, or is it ever?


Share: How do you determine when it is God leading you through human messengers?



Monday, July 8, 2019

Command: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry


Hebrews 11:18, “of whom he had been told, ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.’”

Command

How willing are you to be obedient? Does it depend on who is asking? Will your attitude match your actions?

If a parent, we usually have no difficulties establishing our ‘authority’. And our children can tell if a command is open for discussion or not by our voice. Through their growing years they often test those boundaries to see when they achieve more responsibility. They know our tone so well that sometimes they recognize they may have pushed too far before we do. We have the power to send young children to bed early and withhold car keys from teen-agers.

Sometimes can our attitude towards others exercising their authority over us influences our attitude towards God, either in ensuing obedience or outright rebellion. Will we run away like the prodigal son and end up in mire, or stick close like the elder son and nurse a grudge for years?

Abraham faced the most heart-rending choice imaginable. Yet he made it based on his understanding of God’s character, and so entrusted to Him his most precious gift.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.” John 4:34

Lord, please give us courage to follow and obey with complete trust, knowing that your promises and Your commands overflow with Your redeeming love.

Your thoughts,


Friday, July 5, 2019

Relinquish: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



Relinquish


When the day calls

to test a heart

who will stand firm

for a promise still distant

willingly release

all that one values

with tears cascading

hold open hands.

Psalm 104:18, “The high mountains are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.”


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Reflection Questions: Test: By Faith: Prayers and Poetry



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Reflection Questions


1. What do you consider your greatest treasure in different areas of your life: personal, vocational, spiritual?

2. Has God ever asked you to relinquish any?

3. Why? And what was the result?

4. Are you willing to do it again? Why or why not?

5. Is there one area you find yourself holding back from?


Share: How do you seek God’s will for your loved ones?



 
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