Archive for June, 2013

“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

-Psalm 27:8 NIV

 

We all need a place where we can escape to that provides us solitude and refreshment from life’s opposition. A place where we can acquire the proper perspective that equips, enables and empowers us to navigate successfully through the misfortune, grief and injustice towards the greater, better and new. A recent quote I read said, “Life is not about getting through the storm, but learning how to dance in the rain.” Being able to dance in the rain, in the midst of my storms requires me to find my Gethsemane.

“When I tried to understand all of this, it troubled me deeply til I entered the sanctuary of God.” – Psalm 73:16-17a NIV The author of Psalm 73 acknowledges his own internal struggle that was occurring due to the reality of his own misfortune in comparison to the people around him who were prospering who claimed no allegiance to God. It disturbed him greatly; until he found his Gethsemane. “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ – Matthew 26:36 NIV

Gethsemane is the place where I meet with God, at the throne of grace, where I receive peace that guards my heart and mind and helps me learn to dance in the rain in the midst of my storms. Gethsemane is the place where I learn to cast all my cares and anxieties upon God, leaving them there with Him, and allow Him to speak peace to my soul that gives me joy in return for my sorrow. “Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. ‘I am a woman who is deeply troubled.I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” – 1 Samuel 1:13a, 15b, 16b NIV

May God bless you and help you to find your Gethsemane to help you access the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

– Acts 3:19 NRSV

God desires that we capture the promise of experiencing something greater, better and new despite the reality of the condition of our current circumstances, because this speaks to the heart of faith, the gospel message and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Repentance and redemption are not isolated to receiving grace and mercy for past sinful actions; but you can also attribute the need for repentance in the way we think also. Thoughts precipitate feelings that influence actions. The way I think can hinder me from encountering the fullness of life Christ came for me to have!

Changing the way I think does not come solely from self-determination, or the power of positive thinking. I must be willing to humbly submit my heart, mind, soul and body to the committed discipline of reading, reflecting upon and applying the truth of scripture. “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:17, 22-24 NIV

A recent thought that has come to me during time of meditation and prayer was: ‘Father, help me to relinquish the thoughts that create a ‘cycle of insanity’ expecting different results from the same way of thinking and acting.’ This is what the Apostle Paul was admonishing the readers of his letters to consider as it relates to adopting the new way of life in following the lifestyle and teachings of Christ. To put off the old self and former way of life, Paul encouraged believers to be made new in the attitude of their minds created to be like God by embracing the truth of scripture. The way we think should be precipitating a transformation towards becoming more of who God intended us to be through faith in Christ. This is the challenge for everyone who confesses Christ as Lord and Savior.

May God bless you and help you to embrace the insight, wisdom and truth of Christ’s teachings so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.