7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk. Desire.

7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk.  Desire.

Good Saturday to you. I’m reading through a bible plan in my Bible reading app and wanted to share just a few thoughts from it.  I’m into day 5 of this 30 day plan.  It’s very easy and simple to digest, quick to start the day with which is good but there are some days, I have to admit, that I’m yearning for more.  Here are a few highlights:

– We must let go of the good to grab hold of the better.  From Psalm 84:  “Better is one day with God than thousands elsewhere.”  Spend time with God.

– How do you have a day with God?  You live with an ongoing, unending awareness of His presence. From Colossians 3:  “Since You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.”  Earthly things.  These things will pass.  They are good for a minute. We need to store our treasures in heaven.

– How do you begin to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence?  You begin developing the habit of constant communication with God through prayer.  From Luke 18: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus told his crew that prayer is important, that prayer is essential in his ministry. How many times does it say in the New Testament…then Jesus went off to pray.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop the habit of instant obedience to God.  Tough one.  Instant obedience, undying obedience. We are human.  We have this nature that says it’s all about us, all about me.  We have needs, wants, desires and to be honest, they usually revolve around us.  In John 14, Jesus says this, “If you love me, keep my commands, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.”  Long for obedience.

– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop a daily desperation for God.  A daily desperation. I love that word. Desperation.  When you are desperate for something, you will do anything to get it. You will move mountains to get it. That’s what God has done for us, He has moved mountains to get to us.  Let’s return the sentiment.  Desperation for God. David says in Psalm 63, “You God, are my God, earnestly I seek you, I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water….I will praise you as long as I live.”   How dry and parched are you for God? How desperate do you need his living water?

That’s only the first 5 days.  I need to develop a habit of constantly striving for God.  Relying on God.  Trusting in God.  Hoping in God.  I need to be desperate for Him and His goodness in my life.  I encourage you to do the same.  Long for Him, in the midst of the tragedy and the joy, Father I pray that you are the center of it all.  Amen.


2.15.16 – The Weekly Walk – Verses to think about.

wecanbethelove2.15.16 – The Weekly Walk

I was out running this morning in Fort Lauderdale, FL which was a really nice break from running in the 10 degree weather that we’re having in New Jersey.  As i came to the end of my run I came across a lake and just stood there for a minute praying and thanking God for all that’s going on these days.  We’ve seen so many answers to prayer in the last few weeks & have felt God’s presence in so many things.  It’s truly been amazing to watch God work.  We’ve seen answers to prayer, kids drawn closer to God, connections made and so much more.  This morning i wanted to focus on a few verses that really made me think:

1. Jeremiah 17:10 – I, the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.

Such a kick in the gut as I thought about what this really means.  I pray that my actions and my deeds would be worthy of the name of God.  That what I do is always a reflection of Him and that as we continue to reach people, hearts would be moved closer to Him.  My constant prayer is that all that we do is done only to lift up the name of Jesus.  We fall, we mess up, we get sidetracked, but the bottom line is that all I want is for my deeds and actions to be pleasing to God.

2. John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I wrote about this verse in an entry on Instagram yesterday.  Jesus in dying on the cross, in giving his life for us on the cross is the greatest example of love this world has ever known.  So thankful for Jesus.  For the work on the cross.  For forgiving us.  For loving us.  For wanting us.  For showing us mercy.  For showing us grace.  For not giving up on us even though we give up on Him.  For caring.  For holding us as we fall.  For picking us up when we fall.  For being.  For giving.  For just being.  I’ve been reading a book by Craig Groeshel called “#struggles” and it has been pretty life changing.  I’m about half way through the book and this quote comes up.  “True compassion demands action.”  Ugh.  absolutely incredible.  We can’t just say that we want change, we need to be the change.  I’m going to write more about this as i continue to process this book but….Jesus gave his life for us, his love of us is never ending, never changing.  Our job is to show the love of Jesus to others.  If we have compassion for others that means we take actions, physical actions.  We give time, money, help to others.  We don’t just say we’ll do it, we actually do it.  I think when john was talking about this love, he wasn’t talking about taking a bullet for someone although that might be the case in some instances, i think he’s talking more about literally laying down your life…what is life?  time.  money.  strength.  What’s does the word “life” mean to you?

3. Galations 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

This is a tough one.  As an indie artist, it’s all about perseverance, not giving up and continuing to push into places where no one wants you.  As we continue to spread the message of Jesus to people that need it, we continue to get people that say no to us, that don’t want us involved.  Doors continue to close.  Finances are messy and we never have enough to get stuff done.  It’s a business but also a ministry.  I could go on and on with this conversation but i won’t.  the bottom line is that this verse in Galations is extremely encouraging.  We can’t get tired of doing what we do.  We can’t give up just because doors close.  we have to believe in it.  we have to look for other doors.  we have to keep pushing because the message that we’re preaching is too important.  we’re giving people life by giving them the message & hope of Jesus Christ.  So, if you’re up against closed doors, pray about what you’re doing, pray that the message is true & honest & that the right motivation is there.  God, as we continue to push further and further, i pray that we don’t become weary in doing good.  that we continue to push further and further into places and people that need you.  As we continue to do what we do, pray that God continues to guide us.  Support us as we spread His message.

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The Weekly Walk – 7.22.15

7.22.15 – The Weekly Walk – devotions.

Hey everyone.  Thought I’d share more devotions. Please follow us on Instagram to get these daily.   Here are a few highlights from the last week or so.

7.22.15 – taken from the song “Tear Down the Walls” by Hillsong.  

“This life is yours and hope rising as your Glory fills our hearts, let love tear down these walls.” – John 14:6 says this, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no ones comes to the Father but through me.” When we say this life is yours, do we really mean it? There are tons of entries on Google when you google the phrase “are you all in?”. Sports teams, corporate speakers, self help books….the list goes on and on. Jesus makes it simple. He’s the way, the truth and the life, He’s the only way to the Father. Hope rises when we trust Him. His glory fills our hearts. What does that mean? His glory. He is worthy to be praised, to be honored, to be set apart from anyone or anything else, He is king. Today, as you go through your day, ask “are you all in?”, and what does it mean for you. Prayers up for each of us as we seek Him.

7.21.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all.” – There’s a passage in Mark chapter 4 where Jesus and the disciples are out on the water. Jesus was sleeping in the front of the boat and this storm comes rolling through and almost sinks the boat. The disciples of course are freaking and wake Him up. “Don’t you care if we drown?”, they ask. Jesus looks up and says to the wind and the waves, “Quiet, be still” and it goes completely calm. He looks at the disciples and says, “Why are you so afraid, do you have no faith?” – it’s an amazing story, one that has me shaking my head often, do I really have that kind of faith. I try to. I want to. But in the midst of the storm, can I say that I do. I lean on God daily, I call on Him daily. But this is a kind of faith that is difficult to swallow. Right now, someone reading this is going through a storm, going through some kind of struggle, depression, addiction, pain or suffering. All I can say is this, Jesus is there, with you, saying to you, be calm, be quiet, watch as I calm the waves and silence the wind in your life. It may not seem like it but He is. It may be a long road or a short one you’re on but He is there with you. The question I’ll ask is this “Why are you so afraid, do you not have any faith?”

7.19.15 – taken from the song “Cornerstone” by Hillsong

“Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour’s love.” – When we are weak, He is strong. When we have troubles, we can find peace in His arms. When we are worried, we can find relief. When we are hurting, we find in Him healing. When we are tired, He gives us strength. When we are lonely, He holds us. When we are lost, He makes us found. Take a moment at the end of your day and just sit, be silent for a moment and just think on who God is. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.

7.16.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, what could stand against us”. – Romans 8:31 says this “what then shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us, than who can be against us.” – As we go through our days today and each day, we are constantly pushed down, told we’re not good enough, told that we’re not working hard enough, not strong enough, not skinny enough, the list goes on. Know this today, God is for you. God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is there with you through every struggle. I’ll say it again just as Paul said it in Romans, our God is for us, who can stand against us. Take heart and joy in that fact today, no matter what the world throws at you today, God is greater than all of it.

7.15.15 – taken from the song “Our God Is Greater” by Chris Tomlin

“Water You turn into wine, open the eyes of the blind, there’s no one like You, none like You.” – John 2 recites the story of Jesus turning water into wine. 38 other miracles are recited in the gospels. Jesus was in the business of miracles, of making people believe in miracles. Believe in the impossible. There are miracles that we come across every day. Jesus lives in these moments, these daily miracles. He wants us to seek these miracles out and praise Him for them. In the society that we live in, we’re made to believe that everything has to have an answer, there has to be a science to every event. There has to be a reason. Maybe sometimes there isn’t, maybe sometimes it truly is God saying, this is a miracle that I’m sending down to you. Maybe. Do you believe in miracles.

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