Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Revelation For Today

 

Discipleship is more than taking unholy things out of our lives. God also provides instruction and empowerment. Within a few short seasons, we long for the Revelation of God with earnest desire. We seek knowledge of what God wants, fresh directions, and reassurance of His promises.

 

         “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” (Psa. 119:131-133, NIV)

 

Longing to know what to do when our world is falling apart is a common experience for God’s children. It is a prayer of desperation, repentance and at times, great sorrow. When things become exceptionally difficult, our memory of past victories becomes short. We long for constant reassurance that we are in the center of God’s perfect will.

 

Like many things in life, this can be both positive and negative depending upon the application.   It is very good when we begin to consider the opinion of God in our daily lives. Conversely, it is equally foul when we forget what He has commanded. A problem in this area is rapidly exposed when His direction is “Wait.”

 

We need to talk to God about our problems and difficulties. Further, we must take the time to listen to what He is saying. This is a two-way communication.   Listening to God develops throughout our warrior training. When our situations become “eleventh hour,” the ability to wait and receive are thoroughly tested.

 

When I was a child, we owned a stove that had an immature technology. One of the burners had a “brain.” This was little more than a simple thermocouple and an electronic gas valve. We quickly decided that it was retarded. It had an uncontrolled mind of its own. It was difficult to cook anything using this particular burner. When we act in a similar manner, is it any wonder that we accomplish little for God?

 

Discipleship transforms us from an uncontrolled conflicted mess of emotions and thoughts into something beautiful. It becomes wonderfully sweet to discover our true purpose for living. Friendship with God is beautiful beyond words. Like the psalmist, we long for the loving direction of our Hero.

 

         “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” (Psa. 119:131, NIV)

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner

March Devotion

Friends in Christ

 

It is wonderful to travel to a new city and meet fellow believers in Christ. What a joy it is to experience an instant kinship with other Christian warriors. This experience can be shared across differing cultures as well. Even when we are struggling to communicate, the love of God is obvious.

 

         “I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” (Psa. 119:63, NIV)

 

Jesus expanded this to include a love for the lost. He was known as a friend of sinners. His love helped to transform people from the scum of the earth into wonderful disciples. The apostle, Saint Matthew, started his day as a tax collector; however, before the sun traversed the sky, he was forever a friend of Christ.

 

         “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11-12, NIV)

 

Ironically, the ones who hated Jesus were the hypocrites. His incredible love exposed their sin like a 10,000 megawatt light. This principle still applies today. Those who claim to be “Christians” with ulterior motives are a spiritual stench.

 

The process of discipleship removes every area of hypocrisy from our lives. Further, it teaches us to follow the precepts of Christ. Through this experience, we become a closer friend to Jesus and an asset to the church. Our closest friends become those who are experiencing the same transforming power of Christ.

 

This is a good time to express my love for my website readers. I know that many of us have never met; yet, we have a common bond in our Lord. Please pray for me so that what I write is always empowered by the Holy Spirit rather than the foolishness of man. It is also my prayer, that these words of encouragement will be like a cool cup of water on a desert summer day. May the peace of the Lord be with you always!

 

Lord, may we increase in Your knowledge and love daily as we strive to serve You. In Your service and for Your glory we pray. Amen!

 

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner