February 28 Bible Reading
We are two months into the Bible and much has happened. We’ve been through Genesis, Numbers, and Matthew. Currently we are working our way through Leviticus and Mark as well as our daily travels through the prayerful Psalms and bone cutting Proverbs.
How’s it going? Have you fought the urge to give up on this daily walk through scripture? It is not easy. You have to MAKE time to do it, but when you do the practice of daily immersion in the Word will absolutely change your life for the better.
I was talking with an old friend yesterday. I haven’t talked to him in a long time, but just as you would expect with old friends… the conversation picks up right where it left off. The subjects have changed (for the better I might add), but the friendship remains. Yesterday, we spoke about where our society is today with moral issues. We talked about the way society is losing it’s moral compass. The point came up that if you asked someone 50 years ago about things that were right or wrong that common answers would arise and most of them came from the Bible. In today’s world the answer to whether something is right or wrong “depends”.
That response, “it depends”, is evidence that we have strayed as a society. One of the best ways that we can align our moral compass to righteousness is to actually HAVE a moral compass. The Bible, God’s Word, gives us that moral compass to know right from wrong. Not as an instruction manual, but as a friend. Not as a rule book, but as a friend guiding you through parables and circumstances. Before you read today, try this:
1.) Before you read the selection today pray to God to reveal through His Word where He is working in your life .
2.) Be open to God’s instruction when it comes
3.) Call an old friend. It will do your heart and theirs very good.
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February 27 Bible Reading
This morning when I woke from my groggy sick ridden sleep, I shuffled downstairs to get my cup of coffee and begin Revolution365 as usual. For the last day or so I have been under the weather a little. I usually have about 30-45 Minutes to listen to or read the daily selection and write the post for the day before I head off to work. Today, I have to admit I was a little surprised when I had technical difficulties caused by the wordpress blogging software. I know the cause now and it has been fixed, but when I didn’t know what the issue was I freaked a little.
My thoughts were:
1.) What will the people do when they don’t get the devotional?
2.) Did I pay the bill?
3.) Is this a sign to hang this up?
4.) Maybe it isn’t my fault…
During this season of reflection while I am observing Lent, I have asked God to reveal to me where He is working in my life. Where do I do things for Him out of duty and not out of love. Where do I do things for others out of duty and not out of love. As you can tell from today’s technical difficulty wake up call, I have a lot of duty in my life! (pun intended)
My thoughts were:
1.) What will the people do when they don’t get the devotional? (duty to others)
2.) Did I pay the bill? (duty to the website company)
3.) Is this a sign to hang this up? (uncertainty under attack)
4.) Maybe it isn’t my fault… (It took 3 internal questions to get to a point that I didn’t blame myself — control of destiny – have I really forfeited control to God or not?)
Not sure what to do with all of that, but I wanted to share what I was working through.
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February 26 Bible Reading
Jesus talks about the yeast of the Pharisees today in our reading. Makes me wonder what I have growing in my life that I should be aware of. During this time of Lent and personal and prayerful reflection, I am going to pray about that.
1.) Where in my life do I have unholy things that are seeded and ready to sprout?
2.) Have I asked God to come into those things and heal me?
3.) Will I be truly willing to allow His healing or will I reject it for my own path?
Jesus, please come into my life and heal these broken places in my heart. I freely give my spirit, soul, and body, my heart, mind and will to you now. Thank you for where you are working in my life.
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February 25 Bible Reading
As many of you know, my family and I moved to North Carolina in September of this past year and we are still without a home. That should change within a month by the grace of God and we also have made it to another milestone. We found a Church.
I wrote about the Church not long ago here, but now I’ve had the chance to meet a few people. I have begun the Membership 101 class as Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC. There are some really interesting people and the central mission of the Church seems to just feel right with where God is leading us.
In our Membership 101 class last night we discussed Faith vs. Works and today in our Proverb we see this:
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death. (Proverbs 10:16 NIV)
Kinda flies in the face of the whole Faith vs. Works argument… UNLESS. Unless you dig a little deeper than the surface.
In our class last night we explored the differences in Faith and Works. Works are good, but they don’t give you Salvation. Only God can give you Salvation. He does so for all who believe in His Son, Jesus. He gives you Salvation for communion or friendship with Him and to live out His purpose in your life. You were created to do those great works you strive to do, just keep the distance between those great works and your Salvation. Your good works are the side-effect or by-product. So do your good works, but don’t do them to get into Heaven. Do them because you already know you are going there.
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I found something interesting, maybe in an unlikely place, but still I found it….. Walking out of the grocery store about a week ago I found a local publication that had an article inside called “The Math of Prayer Time.” After spending about five (5) minutes reading this article I felt instant guilt, as I hadn’t felt like I’d prayed enough over the past week or even read the bible enough. Funny how reading these simple words put things back into perspective for me…..
The article pointed out that WE claim to be busy people but yet WE manage to find time to go to the gym and WE make time to grab that morning cup of coffee even when we’re running late. Think about those two things….. WE go to the gym and grab that cup of coffee to give us that extra boost of energy, but what about the time for maintaining our relationship with God and getting the spiritual boost WE need in our lives? WE complain that WE don’t have the time to pray, but take a look at this…..
There are 168 hours in a week…..
Sleep….. 8 hours a day X 7 days = 56 hours
Morning Routine….. 1 hour a day X 7 days = 7 hours
Meals….. 3 hours a day X 7 days = 21 hours
Work….. 8 hours a day X 5 days = 40 hours
Time with Family & Activities….. 3 hours a day X 7 days = 21 hours
TOTAL TIME = 145 hours
* 23 hours are left, almost an entire day, more than 3 hours a day….. Do WE have time for prayer, time to read our bible?
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February 23 Bible Reading
What struck me today about the reading was in Mark. Specifically, when Jesus came walking on the water. The selection talks about how the disciples were amazed…
Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. (Mark 6:51, 52 NIV)
They got lost in the amazement. They were so caught up in the amazement that their hearts were hardened. They couldn’t understand how any of this could be happening and that showed a lack of faith. I mean, if you can’t believe miracles are happening, you can’t really believe in the miracle maker, right?
Questions To Think About
1.) What amazing things have happened in your life?
2.) Did you believe they were from God when they happened?
3.) Did you later attribute those amazing occurrences to circumstance or coincidence?
4.) Was your heart hardened or blinded by the amazement?
5.) Ask God to reveal Himself to you from those moments and spend some time reflecting on the miracle maker and not just the miracle that happened in your life. Try to think about why He would do that for you.
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February 22 Bible Reading
As I listened to the scripture this morning I was intrigued that the Bible says Jesus could do no miracles in His hometown because the people lacked faith in Him. I really am not sure what to do with that as I process it. It doesn’t say that He wouldn’t… it says He couldn’t. It points to why (the lack of the peoples faith in Him), but it doesn’t fully explain it.
Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”
He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. (Mark 6:4-6 NIV)
What I can do is relate. I am no miracle maker like Jesus, but I know what it is like for the people in your hometown to lack faith in you. What are your thoughts?
What Is Your Experience With Your Home Town
1.) Did you have difficulty “breaking through” disbelief in you in your home town?
2.) Was it due to perceptions of you that people had?
3.) Were the perceptions of you your creation by your actions, by circumstance, etc.?
4.) Are you still struggling to break through that perception?
5.) Have you prayed for guidance on how to process that and deal with it?
Other’s perception of you should not hold you back from your God-given mission in life. It didn’t hold Jesus back. It actually sent Him on His God-given journey. If you are allowing what others think of you to keep you from doing what God would have you do then please pray about your struggle and invite Jesus in to reveal to you where He is working in your life.
Remember, as Christians, none of us live in our true hometown… YET.
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