A New Day

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.   Psalm 90:12

Today is pretty simple for me — it began as a new day, a new hour, a new minute, a new second — and all of them without doubt have come through His mercy and grace as a gift!

Today is not mine, it’s His and He is sharing it with me — through me!

This hour is not mine, it’s His and He is sharing it with me — through me!

This minute is not mine, it’s His and He is sharing it with me — through me!

This second is not mine, it’s His and He is sharing it with me — through me!

But . . .

unless I allow Him by receiving this gift and abiding in Him I live under today’s laws.  Freedom to live each day a new day is resting in the comfort that comes from knowing who I am in Christ and through Him, in all things, I gain a heart of wisdom!

Lord Jesus, may today, this hour, this minute, this second not go by without being in step with your Spirit within me!  Give me wisdom as we walk together today!

All the kings of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.  II Chronicles 9:23

Abiding and Doing and Praying, Oh my!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1

It has been throughout my entire life that I have lived and placed myself under the law of Christianity.  Like an anvil on my heart and mind, the law has taught me to be a slave, to answer to it’s judicial ways.  Without realization, I have shaped my view of Christianity into nothing more than religiosity and with that guilt, shame and failure always follows.

But I am not subject to the burden of the law because I have been set free through the life of Christ living in and through me.  And it is in this spot I find myself this morning.  Thinking on how I abide in Him, thinking on what I do to measure up and reflecting on what conversations I have with Him.  Why these things?  Well, it’s me taking a look at me in the mirror, asking and seeing if today I’m in the will of my Father.  It’s me getting snagged up on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and examining my own heart of joy and measure of thanks in all things in continual prayer.

I have become so very proud of my own journey.  Look at me!!  And in it, I have come to establish my own routines of prayer and writing, finding comfort and worth in my own efforts to transform me. (There’s a whole lot of me in this!)  But there is NO amount of me that has the power to transform anything about me!  There is NO level of commitment or consistent routine that will reward me.  The temporary glue to hold my own fruit to the vine will never remain.  But the fruit that grows from the vine of Christ that lives in and through me will nourish the soul forever!  This comes when I abide in Him!

I remember one season when I planted in my garden sweet potatoes for the first time.  Not really knowing what I was doing and only with an idea of how it was done I planted the small potato eyes and walked away.  That harvest season I had more sweet potatoes than I knew what to do with — a true abundance!  This is exactly how Christ wants us to abide in Him always!  And when I do, the abundance of fruit from the heart will be more than enough.  It’s a way of leaning, a way of communicating, a way of letting.  For Christ who lives in me is my life!

Lord Jesus, I never want to get caught up in the religiosity of serving you!  My relationship is not a set of laws, but covered in an abundance of grace, through your unconditional love for me and rests in your hands.  My schedule is not your will unless it is your schedule for me.  May I journey abiding in you, in all things, always!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

A Life on the Rocks

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”  Matthew 7:24

When I stepped out on this bed of rocks today to take this picture I thought certain it was going to be rather uneventful.  These rocks had been there for some time now and I figured they had settled into the ground pretty securely.  Boy, was I wrong!!  Despite my confidence in what appeared to be a wise and stable moment quickly turned into a very weebly and wobbly near death experience!  O.K., maybe not near death, but I almost fell flat on my bum!

How often do we find our lives much like this very thing?  We know the cliche already of “not building our house on the sand.”  That, we know, is a bad idea!  So instead of sand we choose rocks!  After all, they look a lot more stable!

How many rocks do you have lining the bed of your life?  Is your life on the rocks?  You may be asking what rocks am I talking about?  Well, let’s look at this for just a moment.  What are some things in your life where you place your trust, your dependence, your time, your hope, your confidence, your future, your success or maybe even your career?  And maybe, just maybe a few of those have found you great reward, satisfaction or worth.  So, in those victories you have placed your feet — stood there, confidently stable.  But that position gets old eventually and you will grow weary.  Those rocks will fail you every time because they were placed there by you!

God, through Christ’s parable of the wise man, showed us what happens to the man who places his trust in a sandy foundation.  His house grew weary and “fell with a great crash.”  But the man who placed his trust in a firm foundation built on The Rock never grew weary!  God has encouraged us to place our trust, our dependence, our time, our hope, our confidence, our futures, our success and even our careers upon the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ!  When we are living a life through the life of Christ all these things flow from a bedrock of love and grace!  It’s a Life on THE ROCK!

“For who is God besides the Lord?  And who is the Rock except our God?”  II Samuel 22:32

by: Mark Cruver

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