Isaac: Discipline – Day 3

Read Genesis 26:12 – 14

Isaac types are focused and determined with their finances, seeking to make the most of their resources. The God who redeems even the direst situations, who makes the most of resources countless times in the Scriptures when his people experience lack, is revealed through the disciplined mindsets and actions of Isaac types. Isaac types see potential in all things because with God anything is possible. Therefore, nothing is wasted—everything is maximized.

If you give Isaac types a dollar, they will do their best to turn it into ten, not because they like making money, but because of an inner determination to maximize potential. It is crucially important to delineate between self-centered multiplication and maximization, and it all comes down to motivation. Isaac types are not motivated by a sense of more is better in and of itself, but by a sense of most—that is, maximizing resources so the most possible good and potential use of the resources results.

Isaac types likely have a strong desire to know where their money is going. Their budgets are generally organized, and they have a plan that takes into account their future financial needs. They’ll analyze their budgets to make certain they are maximizing their resources, often inflicting tight, self-imposed financial restrictions on themselves, limiting the amount of money they (or others sharing their budgets) will spend on personal enjoyment or seemingly frivolous endeavors.

At their best, Isaac types’ discipline is based in a mindset that longs to bring honor to the Lord because they take so seriously the resources he has entrusted to their care. They think, “I must make the most of this because God has placed this money within my sphere of influence.” They view themselves as God’s partners in bringing about good in the world by how they use money, so not one dime is wasted. They even find ways to monetize the most normal, everyday experiences and objects in life, seeing potential to maximize resources in ways others overlook.

Tomorrow, you’ll learn about the Jacob money type.

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The Ultimate Priority: Worship, Day 3

 

Revival

Today’s reading is drawn from Ezekiel 44:15 and Revelation 4:11.

Leading people to and through revival calls us to our ultimate priority; to worship God in the innermost sanctuary of His presence (verse 16).

All ministry must become the natural outflow of an intimate relationship with God, who alone can impart life, healing, forgiveness, and cleansing. Simply stated, Ezekiel sees the temple as “inner court” ministry to the Lord (43:5; 44:15–17) and “outer court” ministry to the people (44:19). The priests who neglected the inner court were called an abomination to God (verse 13). In contrast, faithful priests who ministered to the Lord with worship and adoration in the inner court received God’s enablement to minister to the needs of the people in the outer court.

The God-given pattern in this text calls us to: 1) come near, that is, to daily put God at the center of our lives; 2) minister to God, that is, to give Him the glory, honor, and power that are due Him (verse 4:11); and 3) stand before Him, that is, to wait upon God, totally available to Him, acknowledging His lordship over us.

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Only A Christian Consular Did Help Me, Pat.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 (ESV)
Looking at my social media profile during that time, you wouldn’t have had a clue. To the rest of the world, my life looked great. But inside, I was crumbling.

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I faced a secret battle. I was in the thick of postpartum depression, and my days were filled with tears, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed with life and all that it entailed. Life felt so dark, and I felt so alone.

Scrolling through other people’s social media pages furthered my depression as I wondered: Why is everyone happy but me? What is wrong with me? Why can’t I get it together?

My sweet husband gently held me and said something that stuck: “Everyone is going through something, but no one posts pictures of their tears.”

We live in a world where everyone presents their “picture-perfect” self on social media. As you scroll through, you’ll find what appear to be flawless families in our happiest moments. We are out to show the world the best in us, even when it’s not always reality.

I’m afraid we’ve become so accustomed to showing our “best” that we’ve lost the ability to open up, even with the people we trust, about what’s going on behind the scenes.

To Love, Honor and Confess

Marriage is an invitation to share our brokenness.

It’s an opportunity to shed our facade and get real with who we are and with our struggles. It’s a chance to share our burden with the built-in helper God has given us. God knew we needed this when He proclaimed it is not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18) Marriage is our time to declare that although we will struggle, we will no longer struggle alone.

We don’t often talk about the importance of confession within marriage. In a survey I did of over 1,000 married people, nearly 50 percent of them reported that confessing their sins and struggles is what they discuss least in their marriage. It’s an important discipline that seems to have been lost in our world. But more concerning to me is that it’s been lost in our marriages.

As a professional counselor, I believe confession is an important part of building trust and achieving authenticity and freedom in a marriage relationship. To be known — fully and completely — is one of the greatest feelings two people can experience within the context of a marriage. It’s not a love based on who someone thinks you are; it’s a love based on who you really are when the facade’s been dropped.

The Bible often uses the metaphor that sin and struggle happen in the darkness, and healing happens in the light. Jesus even referred to Himself as the Light. Something very powerful occurs when we allow our lives to be taken from darkness and brought into the Light. (Ephesians 5:11-13)

Scripture repeatedly teaches us that confession plays a significant part in the life of believers because it’s when we acknowledge our great need for a Savior.

Confessing our sins to our Lord is the only thing that can move us from darkness into light (1 John 1:9), but confessing our sins to others is what keeps us there. According to Scripture, confessing our sins to one another and praying for one another is how the process of healing takes place: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James 5:16a, ESV).

There is power in prayer and confession. There is power in living an authentic life and applying that transparency to marriage. Even when it’s hard. Even when it’s messy. Even when it hurts.

It is only in the light that sins and struggles begin to lose their stronghold. Only in the light can we really be set free.

Dear Jesus, give me the strength to live an authentic life. Give me the courage to come to terms with my struggles and secrets and be healed by the power of Your Light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Ephesians 5:11-13, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible — and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” (NIV)

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Reflect and Respond

Are there any secret struggles or sins from your past or present that you are deliberately keeping from your spouse?

How can you begin applying the healing power of confession to your marriage? To your closest relationships? To your friendships?