The abundance of his presence

Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday.

Saturday readings:

Psalm 87, 90, 136
Gen. 47:27-48:7
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Mark 7:1-23

Sunday’s readings:

Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46
Gen. 48:8-22
Rom. 8:11-25
John 6:27-40

While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down when I read, it doesn’t happen enough. I slow down when reading Scripture, but when I read other books I hustle through too quickly. Continue reading “The abundance of his presence”

Journey to Troas — The Joy in the Journey

Reading for Today:

Ps. 88, 91, 92
Gen. 47:1-26
1 Cor. 9:16-27
Mark 6:47-56

When we left Heights Church at the end of last year, the Lord gave me the thought of being in Troas. When Paul was on his mission and trying to get to certain areas, the Spirit closed the doors until Paul went to Troas. It was there he received the vision to go to Macedonia.

I was heading to Troas. It was time to listen. Continue reading “Journey to Troas — The Joy in the Journey”

The mind set on God — true abundance

Reading for today:

Psalm 42, 43, 85, 86
Gen. 46:1-7, 28-34
1 Cor. 9:1-15
Mark 6:47-56

Our need is to turn our minds to Christ. Our problem is that we are self-obsessed.

“Teach me your way, Lord;
so that I can walk in your truth.
Make my heart focused
only on honoring your name.” — Ps. 86:11

Some thoughts from Life Without Lack, Dallas Willard’s newest book:

We need our hearts and minds turned toward Christ. Our trouble is… ourselves. We too often operate out of hurt. Wounds we have received become our focus. (Hit your thumb with a hammer and notice how much you think about that thumb for the next few days.)

Hurt in our lives can become a prison. That, in turn, becomes our frame of reference as we turn to others. What flows out of us? Hurt. We end up wounding others and cause a literal “world of hurt.”

We are a world of individuals trying to become our own saviors.

The need in our lives is the fullness of the gospel. It’s not the transactional gospel of “say the right words and you get into heaven.” It’s not the social justice gospel of filling in the gaps we think Jesus left behind on this earth. It IS the gospel of the availability of the kingdom of the heavens through trust in Jesus Christ.

In is about Christ with us. It is about the abundance of the kingdom of heaven (John 10:10). Our minds need to dwell on the richness of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Our hearts and minds are incredible. We can absolutely think on Christ. We can choose where our minds dwell. That is the incredible beauty of the mind created by God in the first place. We are magnificent beings with immense possibility. That is what God has created!

I am tired of being my own savior. It’s worn me out. Trusting Christ? The focus is truly “mind blowing.” The Kingdom is vast. it is beautiful. And I have decided I simply won’t settle for anything less.

Searching the mind of God

Reading for today:

Psalm 78
Gen. 45:1-15
1 Cor. 7:32-40
Mark 6:1-13

God has revealed these things to us through the Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, including the depths of God. (1 Cor. 2:10, CEB)

We are enabled with so much ability in the Kingdom of God. We have the ability so search the mind of Christ. We settle for so little. Lord, forgive me for my short-sighted thinking. Forgive me because I settle for so little. Tune my heart to seek YOU. Help me settle for only you. The adventure is so great!