|January 23, 2020
Friend to Friend
I do forget things.
Where I put my keys. Why I was going upstairs. Who that person is. What I was talking about… mid-sentence…
Now, let’s pause for a reality update before you start sending me emails advising me to take ginkgo biloba, use essential oils or meet with a doctor… it’s more my personality than a brain function issue. I’m good, people. Just a bit forgetful and easily distracted.
But as I read Psalm 106, my heart is crushed and crumbles at the realization that I’m dangerously similar to the forgetful Israelites who experienced vibrant miracles from the God who leads His children through and delivers them from deep, dark waters.
They forgot the tenderness of the Hands that had snatched them from chains of oppression and bondage, lifted them from pits of depression and hopelessness, and restored them from brokenness and rebellion.
We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
They forgot the God who called them His own. His chosen. His redeemed. His children.
They forgot the God who provided and guided.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
The forgot the God who remembered His covenant. They doubted. They grumbled.
They gave into carnal cravings. They put God to the test.
Reading about the forgetful Israelites is like looking into the mirror of my soul and seeing my own forgetful heart.
Lord, forgive me. Help me to remember.
I want to be a woman who lives like she remembers God’s faithfulness and compassion… His power and intervention… His goodness, holiness, worthiness and love. Are you with me?
Dory may be a cute movie character, but she’s not a cute soul-sister.
Today I will remember the greatness of God and live in response to His faithfulness and love.
Now It’s Your Turn
Spend some time in prayer and confession.
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BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 23, 2020
If you start looking at everything in your life as being on loan, then a lot of your worry will disappear.
Imagine if you looked at your car and said, “This is God’s car, not mine. He loaned it to me, and I get to use it.” The next time you got in a fender bender, you would also be able to say, “God, you have a dent in your car. It’s not my car. You loaned it to me. You gave me money to get it. What do you want to do about your car, God?” You’re going to lose a lot of your worry when you rely on God to give you wisdom for the things he’s entrusted to you.
Here’s the thing: If you’re in charge and you’re the master of your fate, then you’ve got to pay for it all. You’ve got to worry about where the resources are going to come from.
But if you trust in God as his child and see yourself as a manager, not the boss, then you’re not responsible for figuring out how to pay for it all. You’re the employee. God’s the employer. He’s ultimately in charge of the benefits package.
The first verse in this story says, “Once there was a rich man who had a manager to take care of his business” (Luke 16:1 NCV). But the manager was wasting his master’s possessions.
Anytime you waste money, you’re wasting God’s money. Understanding that truth will change the way you buy!
Seeing your money as God’s will change the way you think. Seeing yourself as just a manager and not the owner will change your life and allow you to make the most of what you’ve been given.
Hope maketh not ashamed.
I am the LORD: … they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. – My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. – I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.
ROM. 5:5. Isa. 49:23. Jer. 17:7. Isa. 26:3,4. Psa. 62:5,6. -II Tim. 1:12. Heb. 6:17 20.
The offence of the cross.
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. – We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Whosoever believ-eth on him shall not be ashamed. – Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – I am crucified with Christ. – They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affec-tions and lusts.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
GAL. 5:11. Matt. 16:24. Isa. 4:4. Acts. 14:22. Rom. 9:33. I Pet. 2:7,8. Gal. 6:1. -Gal. 2:20. Gal. 5:24. II Tim 2:12.