Got Any?

I began this as Wednesday’s Devotion but I’ve changed my mind — it’s a cry for help.  First to our JESUS and then to you.   So will you read, ponder and share with me?

Thanks to my friend, Lysa Terkeurst, and her Tuesday Post titled The Formula I have admitted something to myself before ABBA and now to you.  I am attracted to Formulas.  Why? A formula is a guarantee that if I follow the steps correctly every time, every time I will get a good and right result. And do I have to tell you, I am all on that?! Good and Right results!  Oh, yeah! Bring them on.

BUT, I have clearly seen this morning that JESUS does not give us formulas for child rearing, marriage, evangelizing, doing church, study/education — LIFE.  And this is why I think He does not.  At least not to me.  One, because I would find my security in the formula rather than in HIM.  I’d be putting my trust and faith in the formula, rather than Him. And, two, in a while I’d get bored with the formula, bored with doing the same thing every time and I’d try to change it. I’m not kidding, I’m just like that!  Ask my beloved.  He will surely attest that this is true! And I am smiling so big at this typing imagining him reading it — he will add his big grin to it too!

So that being said I said, ‘”Okay, LORD, I can see that.  I can see why I can’t have a formula; but can I have some tools?”  Now you tell me, is that’s not funny?!

But I am serious.  Really. I can see that formulas would devolve into idol worship and yet we do need procedures, tried and true procedures to apply to our ‘jobs’ of children, marriage, ministry, LIFE.  Do we not? And for lack of better words, I am calling them Tools of the Trade.  So I am seeking Him for His Tools of the Trade.  The Trade He passed to us — Living LIFE in such a way while we are here to Advance the Gospel to every man, woman, boy and girl on the planet.  That is our job as Christians is it not?

Hmmm … here’s a thought! Are rearing godly children; building safe, holy, happy marriages; stewarding faithful, honorable, above reproach ministries, tools to advancing the Gospel?

And if these be the tools, what then are the tried and true procedures — instructions, if you will, for best applying these tools to the job?

And are there more tools in addition to bringing up godly children, marriages, ministries?

See.   I’ve got lots of questions … now I’m looking for answers.  Got any?

Holy Hugs, kt

Wrestling with Profundity

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 — IDOK Devotion

Praying for These, click here.

JESUS loves me.  JESUS does not love me more today than He has loved me any other day; He does not love me less today than He has loved me any other day.  And tomorrow He will love me the same.

And so it is for you. If you have been a good girl today, He does not love you more today than He loved you on the day you were a bad girl.  And one of these days we shall wake up and realize we really do believe this!  We so much believe it, it has transformed us! And rather than getting down on myself today because today I am not 100% there, this dawned on me: I have all eternity to be perfect so today I am in JESUS name enabled to stop fretting (sinning) over not being perfect today! How profound is that?

And because it is nearly 12:45 and coming to these profound statements today has been a lengthy battle with principalities and powers — this is our lesson for today.  🙂

Ephesians 6:11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  (New American Standard Bible)

You are good, LORD, and Your mercy endures forever and I am grateful.  Thank You.  And, ABBA, if my sisters and brothers are wrestling today I pray for them to have victory.  I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, You will remind them of Scripture at the perfect moment to give them strength to resist the temptation and I pray they will resist the temptation rather than resist You.  For surely when temptation comes we will resist either it or You. That’s good, LORD.  Really good.  One of those in your face nuggets that will either make us mad or we will latch onto it so we can resist temptation instead of resisting You and plunging  on into evil. LORD, I have some sadness in my heart over this very thing; some folks around me enslaved and trapped in this thing of resisting You instead of the temptation.  HOLY SPIRIT, please help them and me to learn better quickly.   I know it hurts; I’ve experienced it and knowing fallen nature, I will again; even so it’s no excuse, LORD.  No excuse. Just because we are hurt gives us no excuse to hurt back.  That only broadens the circle of pain and dims or darkens big time Your Reflection in us.  I don’t want that for me. I don’t want it for them; so please help.  And not just in this but help every person represented in our Praying for These too, and our IDOK Troops too; praying for their protection in spirit, soul and body and  safe returns home.  And the November elections – my prayer is the same there, ABBA, for the ruthless to be reproved and removed from office and replaced by the legal election of others who will honor and uphold our Constitution. And a deeper prayer for Americans to be saved and for the Church to be revived so we will care enough to minister Your Gospel to them with love and mercy and allow You to do such a work through us that Your Gospel becomes irresistible to them. Oh, in my estimation that would be great.  Please do it.  In JESUS Name, ABBA. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt