Friday, March 8, 2019
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
So the question comes: “Who are you?” The answer may be a 60 second elevator speech that paints a positive picture. Like a Facebook post that hides the bruises and blemishes of life and tells a fantastic fable.
Truly being known however is much more than a positively spun, superficial, vulnerability avoiding cover for reality. In fact, King David seemingly admits in Psalm 139 that he doesn’t know himself all that well. He takes the bold step to ask God to reveal his inner being to him – that he might be led deeper still into the everlasting way. That way is a way of knowing and being known by God and others (John 17:3; 1John 1:6-7).
Knowing ourselves, owning our reality – the good, the bad and the broken are critical to turning toward God (repentance), walking in the light, and receiving the depth of grace and unconditional love he has for us in abundance.
Are you willing today to ask God to reveal you to you? And in seeing yourself, I encourage you to remember He already sees it all and He welcomes you into His love because He loves you deeply. Take the risk of press into that life giving love today.
Thursday, March 4, 2019
Acts 3:19-20 say:
“Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”
So long as I hold onto the things of this world and the demands that my fleshly desires be satisfied, I will be moving away from the satisfying presence of the Lord. And I’ll likely know this is the case because of the presence of anger, frustration, anxiety or frustration, at a minimum.
The call to repent and turn is not a call to dissatisfaction, but an invitation to move into the satisfying presence of God and welcome all the love and joyful security He offers in Christ.
Which way are you moving now?
Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Today marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day season of preparation leading us to Resurrection Sunday. The “Lenten season” has for centuries been a time of prayer and repentance.
I want to give us some daily encouragement these 40 days and together prayer for one another. So please take a few minutes each day to check back here, pray and be encouraged.
Repentance is the idea of undergoing change or turning from one thing to another. To take hold of something new and let go of something unprofitable. Jesus said,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
This was Jesus invitation to his kingdom, a kingdom of life, hope, radical beauty, love and overflowing joy. Conversely, he described the world as lusts and possessions that are passing away (1 John 2:15).
Today, consider what you have your grip on. What of this world might you need to let go of, opening your hand, that you might turn and welcome his invitation to receive love, hope and the joy of eternal security in his kingdom?
Througt the resurrection, Jesus purchased abundant life and joy for you – let him take hold of you today and enjoy being a child of the King..