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Monday, June 1, 2020

Shine: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 2:14-15, “Do all things without grumbling, that you might be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

Shine

Sometime we may not grumble and dispute a situation outwardly but continue to do so inwardly, as if we can prove to ourselves that we are right and the other is wrong—in order to justify ourselves.

Yet the Lord asks us to go even deeper. Instead of fussing at others, within or without, we are to turn to an inward quiet and listen. Is this something from the Lord where He wants us to engage in attitude or action as His servant? To be His child responding in obedience and not tantrum?

Even on the days when we are too self-absorbed and blind to others needs and situations His light and truth will still reach out to shine through us.

Lord, we pray to be a light to Your truth, even if only a tiny spark. May our hearts focus on Your will and stand firm against the desire to engage in corruption on others terms.

Your thoughts,

Friday, May 29, 2020

Works: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

                                               
                                               Works


                                                To will

                                                to work

                                                for His good pleasure

                                                not often recognized.


                                                Too often

                                                too much

                                                we choose the opposite

                                                follow man’s advice.


                                                To succeed

                                                to accomplish

                                                forget His way is opposite

                                                heart to heart instead.


Psalm 18:21, “ For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Reflection: Build: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. Do you acknowledge that God works in each of us—even when we are blind and deaf to His Spirit? What makes it real to you?

2. How do we discern our separate will and work? What does either look like separately?

3. How do we acknowledge or experience His good pleasure?

Share: Under what circumstances have you worked out either will or work by His leading?

Monday, May 25, 2020

Build: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 2: 12-13, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Build

How often can we not claim obedience even in the face of truth? How often do we resist doing what is being asked—even when our own hearts agree—because we do not want to take the effort, or the possible failure, or ridicule, or… .

And yet hope continues knowing that despite our failures and self-absorption the Lord can continue to work in and through each of us with or with our understanding or knowledge of the outcome.

We can give thanks for the many times that others have carried each of us through the Spirit’s power. And trust that He can use us as well even through our weaknesses.

Thank you, Lord, for the many times You have carried us and showered us with blessings upon blessings and healings in our lives. There is no struggle beyond Your hand. May we remember to work for Your good pleasure in complete trust.

Your thoughts,

Friday, May 22, 2020

Bow: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



                                                Bow


                                                To bow

                                                is to show

                                                honor.


                                                To one

                                                whom bestows

                                                hope.


                                                To give

                                                each person

                                                healing.


                                                To restore

                                                life by His

                                                hand.


                                                Reaching out in love.


Psalm 18:20,“The Lord has rewarded me according to His righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Reflection: Show: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


Reflection Questions


1. Why do we resist ‘bowing’ to another, even when we respect them?

2. In what ways does that affect our honor to Jesus for His gift of life.”

3. If we cannot confess in verbal response, how can we still confess in silent action?

Share: Have you ever been in a situation in which you desired to bow? Why?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Show: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 2:10-11, “So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Show

Humility and obedience seem to be two characteristics that we try the most to avoid giving to another. We often see them as ineffective, weak, and degrading—a sign of defeat. Even though throughout history many people have bowed to show respect and honor.

Jesus went willingly to the highest end of humility by going to its deepest shame for each one of us.

We tend to resist even minor acts of humility with a self-centered resistance—sometimes without even realizing it. And when we do commit to humility and obedience outwardly, too often our inner attitude and hearts are complaining loudly, creating even more tension and possible anger.

Forgive our hardness, Lord. None of us can ever reach the level of Your heart, but please soften each of us to be Your servants with committed obedience and show others the mercy You have given in love.

Your thoughts,

 
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