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The Most Wanted or A Change of Heart?

16 Dec

It’s happened again. A change of heart from the time the list is written to the last few days before gifts are opened.

The most wanted thing changes.

You tell me. What is the most wanted item on this list?

Sorry. You’re not up to speed. The “most wanted” has changed to Earth HQ.  

“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  Luke 11:13  NIV”

The first portion of Luke 11 shows Jesus teaching the disciples to pray. What can we learn?

  • A model prayer (verses 1 – 4)
  • A parable encouraging persistence and boldness (verses 5 – 8 )
  • A declaration that if we ask, seek and know, we will receive, find and have it opened to us (verses 9 -10)
  • And the truth that God the Father gives in a superior way to any earthly father

But for what do we ask our heavenly Father to give? What does Jesus tell us He gives to those who ask?

The Holy Spirit.

How often do I pray boldly for the Holy Spirit to flood my thoughts? What does God see as most wanted when He looks upon my heart?

A. W. Tozer wrote in The Pursuit of God, “How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls.”

Our most wanted item should be this further revelation of God. His Holy Spirit enters a believer. Not to be stagnant. To burn, to consume, to create change.  

Lord, continue to create a craving in my heart for more of You. Overcome my own thoughts with your Spirit’s leading. Create the change only your gift of wisdom, comfort and guidance can bring. Be my most wanted!

Putting Out Fire

19 Sep
Ever end a day feeling like you ran around putting out fires all day long? You never get to the things planned, because something else interrupted you and demanded your attention. It leaves you drained and frustated.
Consider the one type of fire we should never put out. It is the source of energy, guidance and wisdom.

“Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19   NIV).

This verse is part of a letter from Paul and his co-missionaries, Timothy and Silas. It’s written to a church they’d visited. In preceeding verses, they instruct the people to actively encourage each other and appreciate their leaders (see 5:12 – 18). This is necessary and something widely neglected. Prayer and verbalized encouragement fans the fire of God within the people working for his purpose.
But, in reading this passage, I also started to consider the ways we smother the Holy Spirit within ourselves.
Insecurity, unbelief, self-involvement. Focus on our own needs/plans. Failure to pray, read and meditate on scripture. The choice not to gather with other believers to sharpen one another. Looking at our overwhelm instead of our God.
And a big one for me, over-analyzing plans or decisions. The desire for plans to make perfect sense on paper, be logical and feel secure before we’ll do them transfers confidence from God to self. It sucks out the energy the fire of God creates.
So send that note of encouragement to someone. Stop and pray to God about your priorities and welcome his interruptions and press on his plans. Toss the pros and cons list into the fire.

It’s your turn. What can you do to fan the fire in yourself or someone else?

Be Led

1 Feb

Well I’m excited to see February 1st arrive and be right on track with the bible reading. It really is blessing me.

The Exodus readings have just taken the Isrealites across the Red Sea. Even before they crossed, the groaning and doubting began. God performed so many miracles to display his power and authority and selection of them as a people. They even have a cloud leading them both day and night – so they know they’re going the way He’s leading.

As I reflected on this, I recall how many times I’ve read the word “compassion” in the Matthew readings. Jesus sees the crowds and has compassion for them.

Back to the Isrealites. These guys didn’t have the holy spirit. They didn’t have Jesus’s blood washed over them. They didn’t have our Bibles to see how Genesis to Revelation all point to Christ. And by choice, neither do a lot of people today.

We need compassion in our hearts and attitudes. We need to remember humans, including us, without the intervention of God’s Word and his Holy Spirit are as lost as the Isrealites or the crowds that stirred compassion in Christ.

We need to have a great thirst for God’s word. A great discernment for His Spirit. And it will create great compassion in our hearts. That compassion should move us to action.

With that said, I have to hit the showers to do some action today.

Today’s Passage: Ex 13:17 – 15:18; Mt 21:23 – 46; Ps 26:1 – 12; Prov. 6:16 – 19

Tuesday’s Passages Ex 15:19 – 17:7, Mt 22:1 – 33; Ps 27:1 – 6; Prov. 6:20 – 26

Wednesday’s Passages: Ex 17:8 – 19:15; Mt 22:34 – 23:12; Ps 27: 7 – 14; Prov. 6:27 – 35

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