Sunday, March 7, 2010
I have been studying the book by Kay Arthur "Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days." It is going through the Lord's Prayer. I am on day 7 (Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven) and it has taken me about 4 weeks to get to this day. I am taking my time (I think you figured that out). Day 7 title is, "Eagerly Awaiting Him." It is talking about our allegiance. Half-way through Day 7, Kay writes this: Churchianity puts people first; church is about them and their desires. Christianity puts Christ in His rightful place as head of the church.
The part that struck me was the following:
Let's face it, too often in life our walk doesn't match out talk. We want only enough of Christianity to get us to heaven, only enough to get our prayers answered and get the benefits of healing and prosperity. We don't want to give total allegiance to His kingdom, because it call us to a cross. We don't want His kingdom to come today, tomorrow, or even within a few years because, like Demas, we love this present world more (2 Timothy 4:10).
Kay then writes, "is this right or is it wrong? Does any of it describe you?"
This is something to think about, hmmm?
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
During my quiet time this morning, I was reading in Philippians 1. Paul was in prison. In verse 12 I read , "Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel."
Do I think like that in my life? "My circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel"? I think my thoughts are more like I want my circumstances to turn out of the greater of Renee. Is the gospel anywhere in my thoughts? Am I out for God or me? I have a lot to think about don't I? How about you?
Monday, March 1, 2010
On July 18, 2009 I started reading through the Bible...not like most of the ways that are promoted (like in a year.) For me to read it in a year would have been more like something to check off my "to do list". This is God's Word!!! Not something to accomplish in a year and say...well look at me I read the Bible in a year. I wanted more plus if I missed a day on the schedule, well then I was finished. I would never catch up.
So, I started reading one chapter in Gensis, one chapter in Psalm and one in Matthew. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. It has taught me diligence and perseverance. Sometimes, I had no clue what I just read and sometimes the Words just leaped off the page. Sometimes, I missed a day and guess what, I did not feel I was behind at all. Currently I have read through, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Psalms, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, First Corinthians, Second Corinthians and Galatians.
God gets the glory and praise in all of it.