FDD22 In the Spirit of The Lord

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

We sing the song: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is…” peace, love, comfort, power.  But do we live that way? We must learn at each point in our lives, and specifically as we look to God for what is NEXT for His Church to share our personal and corporate dependence upon God’s Spirit working within us.  It is personal because our own dependence must be upon God and not ourselves.  But as we ourselves learn to live vigorously in obedience to, and in step with God’s Spirit, our life together will also be in step with His Spirit. As Jesus spoke about salvation he said, that the Spirit, not our flesh gives life.  This is true in other areas of our life as well,  We are dependent upon God’s Spirit for peace, love, comfort, and power. ““It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63, NASB95) On This Sunday as you prepare to worship the Lord in song, resolve to worship him in Spirit and in truth.  Hear his word intentionally.  Ensure that your own inner life is prepared and open to the presence of God who already dwells – […]

FDD21 The Theme of Scripture

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

The entire theme of scripture is redemption. Creation. Fall. Redemption.  From the first hint of salvation in Genesis 3:15 to the final declaration in Revelation 22:20-21 the Bible is about God’s design to show his glory by saving sinful people.  There can be no doubt then, that as we seek God’s distinct plan for us, that his overarching plan is continuing to redeem us, and through us: others. “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20–21, NASB95) Today, let our prayers find redemption as their goal. Lord, Show us now how you would use us in your plan to save souls.  Let your love for those around us fill our hearts and empower our lives to share with boldness your good news. Amen

Jesus as the Good Shepherd was a favorite symbol in the catacombs and on the sarcophagi of early Christians (cf. Psalms 23; Luke 15:4–6). This wall painting is from the third–century catacomb of St. Priscilla, Rome. Mark Allan Powell, ed., “Zurishaddai,” The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) (New York: HarperCollins, 2011).

FDD20 Centered On The Lord   Recently updated !

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

Leviticus 17:1-5 introduces an obscure issue.  The people of Israel were used to offering sacrifices anywhere and everywhere.  The priesthood must train the people to bring their sacrifices to the tabernacle.  The reason is given in verse 5. ““The reason is so that the sons of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field, that they may bring them in to the Lord, at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the Lord.” (Leviticus 17:5, NASB95) The point of it is that they were already doing something.  That something needed to become God oriented. There is no aspect of our lives that is not able to become God oriented. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17, NASB95) Now that it is Friday, take some time to reflect on your week, and all of it’s activities. Today, Ask the Lord to show you what you need to reorient towards Him.  There is no aspect of your life that is isolated from a God centered gratitude and activity. Now consider the same for your church.  What […]