Proverbs 3 5-3-20

I’m afraid that the pandemic is the fault of Brookwood staff. We prayed for revival; we got Quarantine!

11 My child, do not despise the LORD’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the child he delights in.

During our quarantine, I hope that you have been able to focus on Jesus. I pray that you have increased your wisdom and understanding by spending time in His Word. If you have not, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Just coming to the realization that you are missing out is a big step. Verses 11 and 12 are leading somewhere: to verses 13-18!

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long [eternal] life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are [heavenly] riches and honor.
17 Her ways are
pleasant ways,
and all her paths are
peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.

During this time of “blessed subtraction,” I have been honing my testimony and Gospel-sharing skills. I haven’t had a chance to use them, yet, but I am hoping that soon the Lord will give me opportunities.

40 days ago, we began “40 Days for Revival,” an intense time of focus on our lives as we prepared for revival meetings–that were supposed to start today! “Coincidentally,” these 40 days ran in tandem with the 40 days of quarantine. The Tuesday evening of the inauguration of the 40 days, I sang a song called, “More of You,” by Brandon Holt. I will be singing it again near the end of the services today. The first line of the song is, “My life’s desire is to be more like You.” From that line, I have fashioned five “life desires:”

  1. To be more like Jesus
  2. To be useful to Jesus
  3. To encourage others to know Jesus
  4. To give my life for Jesus
  5. To go be with Jesus

These desires are based upon Psalm 73: 23-24, which says,

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.

The next two verses speak my heart:

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

I pray that you are having a great time of growth in the LORD during this time of “Righteous Removal” (of things that keep us from seeing Jesus clearly), and that you have come to know Him better. Today, we have the opportunity to meet together again. PLEASE BE WISE. CONSULT THE HOLY SPIRIT as to whether you should attend in person or online. May the Spirit’s peace be upon you either way.

Abba, I am looking forward to this morning with a little trepidation. What’s it going to look like? How many will venture out? It doesn’t matter; it’s just the unknown. YOU are our focus; YOU are our object of affection and worship. May You be praised as we lift up Your name, O LORD. “Make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful” (Psalm 90:17). Amen.

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