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Monthly Archives: June 2009

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  -Jermiah 17:7-8

Do we have confidence in Christ? The kind of confidence that doesn’t shrivel up dry in the shadow of the enemy?  I am praying for all of us to be so familiar with our Father. Hopefully in knowing him better, our confidence will be true and our hearts undivided.

“…they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.”  -Jeremiah 12:13

I found myself feeling so tired from sinning.  Not just tired in the sense of annoyed, but actually, physically exhausted as a result from my sin.  It was a turning point.  I have obviously sinned since then, but this verse changed the way I approach sin and prayer for a change in my heart to turn from that sin.

I would rather tire myself performing the works of Christ…being broken and poured out like wine for all to enjoy.  May we never tire of spreading the Gospel and stop wasting our energy with the worthless things of this world.

“I had planted you like a choice vine..” -Jeremiah 2:21

Christ has made us just as he wants us.  Sure we have sin (thorns, etc…) that get in the way, but when God created us, he said that we were very good.  He has planted us like a choice vine…just where he wants us.  We are ever so sweet and just what those around need.

I love a nice glass of merlot.  It goes down so smoothly and makes me come back for another small tilt of the glass.  May we be choice vines planted exactly where Christ wants us right now.  May we be sweet and fragrant to those around us and fill their souls with the wine of Christ, instead of being so concerned with where we would rather be planted.

This is gross.  But illustrates my point.

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”    -Isaiah 64:6

The translation of ‘filthy rags’ in this verse is something like menstrual garments….in other words, bloody tampons.  That’s right kids, our sin is like BLOODY TAMPONS.  Pretty gross huh?

We underestimate how much God hates our sin.  My prayer is that we may begin to truly see our sin in the light that Christ does.  I have a feeling it would revolutionize the way we approach sin and our redemption in Christ.  Maybe then, we, as a Church, would truly start to be living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to our God.

“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?  Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter–when you see the naked to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood.”  -Isaiah 58:5-7

Dang…

” He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” -Isaiah 50:4 b

Often, when I wake up, I’m groggy.  I mill around on the computer for a bit, shower, eat breakfast while watching some TV, then maybe I’ll get around to reading the Word.  But I love how this verse paints this image of the Lord waking me up to teach me for the day.  Do we wake up reading and willing to learn from God, or are we too preoccupied with our morning routine, the business that awaits us out the door, or what we’ll make for dinner that night?

This post is similar to the one written awhile back, but it is still a great reminder.  We NEED to be in the Word.  As I type this, I feel like a hypocrite because I know I am not in the Word enough.  Those times that I am walking in step with the spirit through scripture, I am never disappointed.

“One will say, ‘I  belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel.”   -Isaiah 44:5

Is the Lord’s name written on our hands? Is it apparent to our roommates, spouses, girlfriends, friends, family, strangers in line…or in class?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  This is my prayer; that we will all have the Lord’s name written on our hand and that we live up to the name.

In highschool, my baseball coach said it was an honor to wear our jerseys outside of the school because once we left the parking lot, we were the only representation that others would see and hear of the school.  It was an honor…and a responsibility.  Are we living up to the honor and challenge of wearing the Lord’s name on our hand.

I used to wear a WWJD? bracelet…not to prevent me from swearing or cutting someone in line, but to be a reminder that I represent Christ and my actions are sometimes the only representation of Christ that people see.

I love Isaiah 40: 22.

“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.”

Go back and read chapter 40.  The words are so praiseworthy and poetic.  There are lots of good reminders in there of how insignificant and powerless we are, and more importantly, how grand God is.

“Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?” -Verse 13

I am merely a grasshopper…A lowly being and speck in the sea of greatness beneath God.