Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight Yourself in the Lord 

This blog post was written by a friend of mine whom I will leave anonymous.

 

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” — Psalms 37:4

 

How doggedly I pursue joy and pleasure; it drives my choices almost minute by minute.

Things that I do:

  • Watch TV. 
  • Converse with my wife or the kids.
  • Visit my grandchildren or look forward to their visits. 
  • Golf, practice golf, buy golf clubs and I think about golf. 
  • Work out for the pleasure of losing weight or being thin.
  • Work puzzles, I volunteer at church, and I go for walks.
  • I go to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee.

These are just “neutral or wholesome” things I do for pleasure.

But I don’t want to consider all of my negative or unwholesome or sinful actions that I pursue for pleasure.

Are the wholesome pleasures and desires that “Psalms 37: 4” promise me if I delight myself in the Lord?

I think not!   

In fact, I think that conclusion is to misunderstand God’s Word here.

I believe my “focus objective” and dogged pursuit should be to pursue God Himself for pleasure.

Perhaps this one area is where I can be completely self-centered and seek personal pleasure while simultaneously obeying God and pleasing Him.

I needn’t even ask if it refers to unwholesome desires.

I expect that as I pursue God doggedly, even without the pursuit of pure or highest motives at the start, that I will over time, become more and more astounded at…

His glory, His love, His mercy, His compassion!

That I will begin to become so righteously enamored with Him that my pursuit for pleasure will become a pursuit of pleasure in Him.

At that moment I will have delighted so much in the Lord that He will have given meet the desires of my heart, which will be sweet, unhindered fellowship with Him.

So, what should I conclude?

I am free to choose, for my own pleasure, to pursue God relentlessly…

…and it will please Him.

 

Delight Yourself in the Lord 

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Prayer for Family and Friends

Prayer for Family and Friends

Prayer for Family and Friends

This could be a daily or weekly or even a monthly prayer for family or friends or just someone you have met. Put their name on the blank as you read the prayer. You can also download a PDF of the prayer here. 

Have ________ learn to lean on you with absolute confidence in Your power, wisdom and goodness and be filled with unselfish love. 

May ________ be motivated by the hope that awaits him in heaven.

May _________ love be well grounded and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.

Have ________ be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom with insight into Your purposes.

May ________ have a greater and deeper understanding of spiritual things.

May ________ walk in a manner worthy of the Lord displaying admirable character, moral courage and personal integrity.

Have ________ please You Lord Jesus in all things.

May ________ bear fruit in every good work and steadily grow in the knowledge of You with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for Your precepts , your warnings, your instructions, your way of thinking, your commandments, your doctrines, your bidding, your decrees, your formulas, your guidelines, your mandates, and your principles.

Amen

 

Prayer for Family and Friends

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There is Always Hope and Forgiveness

There is Always Hope and Forgiveness

There is Always Hope and Forgiveness

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV)

 

Everything, absolutely anything other than Christ and His love for us can be taken away at any moment on this journey here on earth.

Your soulmate, your spouse, your family, your sanity, your deepest and most enduring friendships, your earthly comforts, your physical security and I could list a million things.

But nothing can separate us from His love, no matter how it appears. He still loves you, is still in charge when He allows loss, difficulties, etc. In fact, He prayed to His Father about our stay in the world with all of its “minefields” of distractions.

Humans live in the world but are not out of the world and so live with all the junk, external and internal.

We live in mortal bodies that age and die and we are still connected to the old man, the flesh and its deathly desires.

We fail on every level…

…suffer consequences of our thoughts, choices, and actions. We battle the temptation to fill the voids in our lives with anything but the Lord Jesus Christ, and yet we are not separated from His love.

His love has won, is winning and will win no matter what it looks like. When we see His face someday down the road, we will see LOVE that never wavered or failed.

The fact that our sin breaks fellowship with His love, well that is a different topic.

His love allows us the freedom to rebel and fail, to resist Him or to seek Him. Even when we treat Him like dirt His love does not fail, and we are not separated for it.

There is always hope and forgiveness, no matter how bad you fail.

You are not separated from LOVE Himself.

 

There is Always Hope and Forgiveness

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Keeping Prayer Intellectually Interesting

Keeping Prayer Intellectually Interesting

Keeping Prayer Intellectually Interesting

Christian’s of all intellects and IQ’s find prayer challenging at times. All the common prayers (without training) fall into words used like help, bless, protect, love, heal, etc.

Of all my “helps” in prayer, the most superior one by far is using the Scriptures from the Bible.

For example, in praying for another person I could try to collect thoughts from my own mind or look for inspiration directly from the Holy Spirit into my mind,  but if I really want to have a richer, deeper, far more interesting prayer I can use the Word as an inspiration directly from God.

God became a man and dwelt among us (Jesus Christ) and communicated with us directly.

James 4:2 relays the truth that “we have not because we ask not”, meaning, God has given us an incredibly gift of being able to go to Him and actually ask for Him to do something, possibly something He won’t do unless we ask.

He so wants us to be intimately involved with Him that He limits His doing certain things to our asking Him.

Keeping Prayer Intellectually Interesting

Think of a father responding to the request of a child. He is delighted to grant the request if it falls into his general will of what is ultimately in the best interests of the child.

So, if we believe our lack of prayer could limit what God wants to do, then we would want to know what His general will is for His children, and that is most clearly and easily for in His written word.

Why waste time praying if you aren’t confident about what you are asking for?

Scriptures teaches that Christ Himself is praying for us on the Throne in heaven.  I want to know what He is praying and be in agreement with Him. I believe I can clearly find His will in the scriptures.

And so, I come “boldly unto the throne of grace and find help in time of need” because I can clearly determine God’s revealed will in the scriptures.

So how do you use scripture to pray?

Literally, an easy way to begin, open your Bible and pray, ” What is Your revealed will for me or Jon or Mom?”. Look for His revealed will. Look for the point He is trying to make or communicate. And then agree with Him!

Can we actually release the will of God from heaven onto the earth?

 

Keeping Prayer Intellectually Interesting

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Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

After I had biked 16 miles on a paved bike trail that was perfect for seniors that goes from downtown Tucson up through Oro Valley to the base of Mount Lemon, I had to stop and reflect on a issue I had.

The first 8 miles I anticipated, which were all uphill, but because of the clear acceptance and understanding of the challenge I was, what I would say, emotionally stable and calm as I worked on reaching the goal of making it to the top. Conditions and challenge of this bike ride I accepted. I understood my limitations.

SO, the whole time up the incline I am thinking with happy anticipation the way down. It’s going to be a breeze coming back down the bike trail. I won’t even have to pedal.

And then, after making it up to the top, when I turned around at the 8-mile mark unexpected fierce wind, a ridiculous wind came up the valley. It was so strong I couldn’t keep my hat on.

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

Expectations and Uncontrollable Circumstances

 

I ended up having to pedal even harder going down the hill because the wind was so intense. Struggling against this invisible force I became increasingly irate, extremely angry and I don’t become angry very often.

And I realized that the source of my anger was my frustration and disappointment because the treat that I thought was coming from the second half of the ride, downhill biking, that was taken away by something that I had absolutely no control over.

You might say it was an act of God.

So how does one respond when your hopes, dreams and expectations are stopped mid-stream because of uncontrollable circumstances?

Did I have an intrinsic right to my expectation?

I believe if I had been there with a friend, I would have treated them to a very uncomfortable display of angry outburst.

In life we expect some hardship and anticipate those breaks where we can coast downhill but alas, life is not “fair” most of the time.

Peace comes from Christ if we can give Him our rights, hope’s, dreams and expectations and trust Him even while difficult circumstances would cause us to rage inside.

Does God owe me? NO!

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What I Know and Absolutely Believe

What I Know and Absolutely Believe

What I Know and Absolutely Believe

Things I absolutely know!

 

1.) I am not in charge of this world – our place in space, the laws of physics – I am not God, I don’t control countries, political parties nor evil or good in this world.

I am not You God! I know however I can look in Your direction and cry help.

 

2.) I get very sad about what I see in the world – or what You allow me to see – I see so many lost people in many hopeless situations hurling out into eternity.

 

3.) I know I need to know You Jesus! I need to be extraordinarily close to You!

I need Your fellowship, Your way of thinking, Your mind, Your discourse, Your thoughts, ideas, truths, opinions (if one can say God has opinions?), and to know the revelation of Your heart.

 

4.) I know nothing here on this Earth offers Your stability, security, sanity, safety, tender love or consistency – day after day, year after year.

Your love is real, and if needed, You wait patiently for a man’s lifetime to see the benefits of Your love and receive them by faith as our own.

 

5.) I am convinced, I know that I am bent to reject You and look in other places for fulfillment, satiation, purpose, significance, identity, pleasure, joy, peace, safety, treasures, and love.

 

6.) ONLY YOU – I know only You offer eternal love through Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. It began and was finished on the cross, an eternal work of reconciliation and salvation.

 

7.) I know it appears to me a very complex, difficult thing to grow into a stable relationship with You. We are battered on every side by our flesh, our darkened minds, selfish choices, Satan and his demons and the swift current of the world into which we are born.

 

8.) I know I have gone away from You many times – pride separated me from You – and I am guaranteed to fall when I allow pride to reign, to rule, to color or define my truth (the truth that I show I that I believe by my thoughts, feelings or actions).

 

9.) I absolutely, positively know I like the idea of “the manifest presence of God” coming down to His children, of revival in the church, of powerful spiritual life instead of musty Christians living their lives partially in a darkened spell of worldly influences.

 

What I Know and Absolutely Believe

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