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Proverbs 7 10-7-19

October 7, 2019

We have been told what to do to ensure faithfulness. The question is, will we do it?

(3) Bind them [God’s commands] on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

I have a small stack of Scripture cards that I go through each week. These verses are ones by which I try to live; some are doctrinal verses that remind me of who God is and who I am in relation to Him, and some are verses that deal with specific areas of my life. For instance, one by which I try to live is from James, Jesus’ brother:

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you [from your present situation as well as eternally]. James 1:19-21

Another (I read this one this morning) that deals with doctrine is from Jude, another of Jesus’ brothers:

24 To him who is able to keep you [from falling or even stumbling] and to present you before his glorious presence [to God the Father and Himself] without fault [blameless] and with great joy 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25

How about you? Do you have favorite verses? Verses by which you live? Have you committed them to memory? Have you considered writing them down on cards and read them on a regular basis to remind yourself of His promises and His commands? There IS a DISCIPLINE to the victorious Christian life. Think proactively.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with personalizing verses. For instance:

Kelly, as a prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle–I know you have a hard time with this one; be patient by having no unrealistic expectations, bearing with others in Christ’s love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace–stay connected. Ephesians 4:1-3

When we are in crisis or in temptation, Christ goes to the card file of our mind and pulls out verses that will give us confidence, direction, strength and courage in our time of need. Doesn’t it make sense to give Him MUCH with which to work rather than just a little (John 3:16 can only go so far…)?

Abba, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that they would create card files of Your Word–Your commands, Your words of encouragement, Your warnings, Your promises, and Your reminders of Your love for us. May we be proactive EVERYDAY concerning our walk with You. Lead us, our Eternal King. Amen.

Proverbs 7 9-7-19

September 7, 2019

Every once in a while, we need a remembrance stone, a place or event that reminds us of whose we are and our calling.

(24) Now then, my sons [and daughters], listen to me; pay attention to what I say. (25) Do not let your heart turn to her [temptation] ways our stray into her paths.

Robin and I are at FALLS CREEK. We are here for a Singing Churchwomen retreat for which we play percussion during the year. This place holds a special place in my heart:

  1. In 1975, my friend, Howard Harper, and I re-committed our lives to Christ.
  2. In 1980, I responded to God’s call to serve Him in vocational ministry.
  3. I also met the love of my life here as we worked on staff together that summer and the next.
  4. We had numerous retreats here as I was growing up, and then for eight years I brought my own youth groups here.

Needless to say, Falls Creek is special to me. It’s like a remembrance stone:

1 When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. 9 Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day. – Joshua 4:1-9

Where is your place of remembrance? Where is it that you can visit to “recapture the moment?” Maybe it’s time to visit there again and renew the covenant between you and God. I can assure you that it will be a time of refreshing.

Dear LORD Jesus, thank You for my place of remembrance, for Falls Creek. Renew my heart even as I renew my vow to You, my LORD and my God. Amen.