Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Trip

Wow, I didn’t think about setting such a record! A week off the computer, three days of posts – then leaving town without my laptop. Please don’t think this is the new schedule, but there may be gaps again this year. As we travel more, I won’t be carrying a laptop. We’ll learn just how good the Kindle Fire will be in handling Blogger, though!

Doesn’t change my Bible reading, I promise. I have several projects on-going. In our Sunday evening services we are in a 13-week study for new Christians. No – not all of us are, but we need to review the basics every once in a while to be certain our foundation is built on the rock of Jesus, Christ, Son of God, our savior. Sometimes it appears our foundation is on our churches, our pastors, an author or the latest fad. That’s when we need to pray:

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;  (Psalms 51:12a)

Don’t remember that joy? You need to do that same study.

Another reading I’m doing is from YouVersion. Last night’s reading on Prayer included:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

While I see a lot of postings vilifying our current American leaders, I don’t see postings praying for “all that are in authority.” It is in the Bible that we are to do so, why we should do so and that it is “good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” Isn’t that a very good reason for an addition to our prayer list? Wouldn’t it be much better for us as well as for those in authority?

On Wednesday nights we’re are studying 1 John. Outside of Paul, John was the most prolific author in the new church. Each time I think of one of his books as being my favorite, I read in another and and I’m struck by a new perspective.  His Revelation is the only book that promises a blessing simply by reading it:

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3)

Don’t be fooled by the “at hand.” The time truly is at God’s hand and no man knew or knows when His day will come. Nor should we be concerned about the specific time. We’ve been given tasks to accomplish specific to our own lives and our own relationship with God. To ignore His word, written and in our hearts, is done to our peril, not to His nor His time frame. God does not need us to accomplish His purpose, we need Him – to come to know Him, love Him and understand His work in our lives.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

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