Archive for November, 2010

Our One Purpose (Jeremiah 32:39)

November 9, 2010

“And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.” Isn’t that something? Not only is there’d truly one purpose to our lives, worshipping our Lord, but by just fulfilling that one purpose we secure goodness for our entire family. How you worship our Lord will directly impact their goodness displayed to your children. We all want the best for our families and often must make choices for their future. Do we get them involved in sports to learn good sportsmanship but by doing so we endanger their prayer life (and ours) because practice meets on Prayer Meeting Night? Do we make sure our kids see us worshipping more than any other activity (like watching TV or working late) because we truly believe that our worship is the imperative of our lives?
May we be known by our one purpose: worship. May our worship fulfill what we think is our one purpose: securing goodness for our families. Get the first right and the rest falls into place. Get the worship out of sequence and not matter what we try we will not succeed in protecting and growing our families in goodness.

Influence (Jeremiah 15:19)

November 9, 2010

Jeremiah is told by our Lord to be a person of influence and not a person easily influenced. “You must influence them; and do not let them influence you.” Oh Lord, it is difficult sometimes to be true to speak what you command to people hurting and hopeless and not let their fragile spirits soften the truths you call us to say to them. Let alone being influenced by the technology, the culture, the way of life of our people. Give your saints on earth the power to resist the temptation to water down, to soften the edges of your truth and to proclaim your message to a people on the verge of judgment. May we a make more sacred waves then ride the secular ones for Your glory. Amen.

Past the Hope of Healing (Jeremiah 14:19)

November 1, 2010

Jeremiah 14:19, “Why have you wounded us past all hope of healing?… We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.”

Dear Lord, may I have the fortitude of faith to endure when I pray for healing and find none. May I have faith to see in my hurt the profound power of mercy and grace – when the answers to prayers are “no.” My faith will not shatter even in my brittle body for I am not my ailment; I am not defined by the limitations of my body. I am defined as “in your image” and just as your image was marred upon the whipping post and crucifix and from brokenness flowed divine grace and mercy I too can identify with You and from that pull strength of soul and offer that same wholeness to others. My wholeness is not found in my flesh, but in my soul. I am wounded and past the hope of healing, but my soul will then one day be freed from these bonds of sinew and skin and released. So I shall praise you, Lord, even if tattered.

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