People of Prayer

7/17/2005 7:41 AM
Title: TRUSTING GOD
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S: ?Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on
horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in
horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look
to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!? ?As a lion
roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of
shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of
their voice Nr be disturbed by their noise), So the LORD of
hosts will come down to fight for Mount Zion and for its
hill,? Isaiah 31:1, 4

O: These two verses are a comparison and contrast of each
other. One says WOE to those who trust in men, horses,
themselves. The other says what the person who trusts in
God will be like. They are two different types of people ?
trusting God, trusting self. One will be brought to
destruction, the other to full and abundant life ? with no
fear.

A: What do I trust in? Sunny View just sent me a new
contract proposal. I?ve already written a preliminary
response to them about it. And I realize that I haven?t
prayed about it ? at least not here ? I mean, I may have,
but may not have prayed about it in my mind. But I think I
should know.

I think there is some spiritual warfare going on at
different places. I think there is some apathetic
spiritual warfare. In the church, there is so much apathy
and ideas about church needing to be for the already
convinced?. I think of the lack of prayer that goes on.
Who are we leaning on. Yesterday Nancy Gillham said she
was interested in being the Prayer Coordinator. I thought
? that?s good. But why is the ones without vision and the
ones that don?t want to help accomplish anything the ones
that want to pray. Perhaps I need to make sure and remind
myself that they may be doing as much as I do.

It?s like when I watch my kids. I have to remind myself
that sitting and watching them play IS doing something.
Perhaps I need to remind myself that the prayers for The
Adventure ARE doing something ? and I think I am coming to
the conclusion that it is VASTLY more important than
anything I do or say or preach about or talk about, etc.

In other words, I am coming to the idea that The Adventure
needs to become a place of prayer.

This year I?ve really focused on making sure that they
church had in front of it, the idea of the LIFE Journals.
And I?ve seen an ever-increasing response from that. More
and more people are coming and are sharing what they know
and what it has done for them.

And I?m looking for things to focus on this next year. In
other words, I don?t want to give up the LIFE Journals, but
if I could really focus on one more thing ? what would it
be this next year? Perhaps it would be INVOLVEMENT ? and I
think it will be. I could treat it like I do with the area
of the journals ? bulletin announcements every week ?
stories in my sermon about people getting involved, etc.

But what I?m wondering is, should it be about prayer.
Should my next major focus be about the prayer time ? that
we pray before church, we pray after church, we pray during
the week, we pray by ourselves, we pray when we?re in
trouble, we pray when we?re having good times and parties,
we are a praying church.

P: Lord, lead me to focus on prayer. Lead me to lead my
church to fight the spiritual warfare in the church, in our
lives, in our families, and in our friends through prayer.
Help us in whatever way possible, to make sure and become
a people of prayer. Please lead us, Lord. Please direct
me.

I love you, Lord. Please keep making me a man of prayer.

God’s People

7/11/2005 6:27 AM
Title: THE REMNANT
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S: “.I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I
will be their God, and they will be My people. None of them shall teach his
neighbor and none his brother, saying ‘Know the LORD,’ for all shall know
Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful
to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will
remember no more.” Hebrews 8:10-12

“And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel..Will
never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the LORD,
the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return.To the Mighty
God.” Isaiah 10:20-21

O: The remnant is described here in both passages. In the first they are
described as those who depend on God alone. In the second, they are
described as those who don’t need to be told about God, because the law is
written on their own hearts.

Both of these things are inexplicably linked together. When we trust in God
alone, it’s because of God’s ways written on our heart. When the law, God’s
ways, are written on our hearts, we learn to trust in him alone. It’s a
cycle that is never ending.

A: Each day that I read the Bible, God’s ways are being written more and
more into my heart. Each day, as I read His word, I am becoming more
trusting of God alone. Ah! I am becoming part of the remnant.

Revelation 14:12 talks about the remnant in regards to their keeping the
commandments and having the faith of Jesus.

It’s the same thing as these two passages. The commandments = the law. The
greatest of which I’ve been outlining in my sermon series – Love God, Love
your Neighbor. The faith of Jesus = Trusting in God alone for everything.

I want to be part of that group. That’s why I focus on scripture. That’s
why I take fasts from the internet periodically. That’s why I strive to
listen. That’s why I’m struggling to breakthrough and get my afternoon
devotional time going stronger. I want to be part of the remnant – who keep
the commandments (have it written on their hearts) and trust God (have the
faith of Jesus)

P: Lord, I pray for guidance in my life. I pray you will lead me to listen
to you, to follow you, and to be more trusting of you. I know you have the
answers for all my days and all my life. I know you have all it takes to
lead me. But still, I try to lead myself. Forgive me.

I want to become a listener of You, Lord. I want to be a follower of You.
I pray you will help me to focus and really grow into my afternoon
devotional time. I pray you will fill me with the Holy Spirit.

I love you, Lord. I will serve you, Lord. I will follow you.

follow through on what we’ve learned

7/5/2005 7:13 AM
Title: LEARN FROM THE PAST AND FOCUS ON IT TODAY
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S: ?Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the
things we have heard, lest we drift away.? Hebrews 2:1

O: In light of the reading in Hosea 2-5 today, where the
people were accused of harlotry ? by serving other gods,
and then this one to pay attention to the past and follow
the truth they have already been taught. I think I see a
tie between the two.

In other words, if Israel would have paid attention to the
past, Hosea never would have been written to accuse them
and correct them of serving other gods. We can learn from
them. We don?t need to do what they did.

Israel, to their credit, after the exile, never turned to
false gods again. But they did turn to an apathetic
religion. Which is worse ? to be passionate about the
wrong thing, or to not care about the right thing? Both
are bad, and I?m not sure you can measure them in degrees.

I do believe that our society is forgetting the past. And
I?m mainly talking about the society of so-called Christ
followers. In other words, they are distracted with other
gods, or they are taken off course with an apathetic
religion. The other gods of this age are entertainment,
sports, food and sex. The apathetic religion is a pretty
big thing though, as they seek to follow God, they want to
do it with a divided heart or no heart at all.

A: For me, I know how easy it is to get distracted. I also
know the things I should learn from the past. If I don?t
pay attention to it and I don?t learn from the past
mistakes, I will be like the leders in Hosea who moved the
boundary markers.

John Maxwell says in today?s reading:
Boundary stones were to be fixed and so bring definition to
a plot of land. Israel?s leaders moved what never should
have been moved; they compromised values. Leaders who
cannot be trusted with basic integrity will surely suffer
God?s anger. Every organization needs boundary stones.
Leaders must establish and keep them.
The Maxwell Leadership Bible, p. 1049

That?s a good reminder for me. That in order to stay a
fully devoted follower and in order to stay decidedly
Adventist, I can?t mess with the boundary markers of
belief, and maybe not too much with the organizational
markers.

P: Lord, I pray you will take my heart and make me a man
after yours. I want to be a fully devoted follower of
Christ. I want to be a totally devoted person to you and
your cause. I know the battle you have called me to and
that is the battle of reaching lost people with the message
of Jesus.

You have not called me to the battle of fixing the
Adventist church, you have not called me to the battle of
fixing the organizational structure. You have called me to
the battle of working against the kingdom of darkness.

I pray for strength to do the task you have called me to.
I pray for strength to walk with you and lean on you
through that calling. I pray you will fill me with the
Holy Spirit and come into my heart. Take my heart, Lord,
for I cannot give it. Take it and make me like you. I
love you. I want to serve you.

Letting God Lead

7/4/2005 6:53 AM
Title: CREATION
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S: ?You, O LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of
the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.?
Hebrews 1:10

O: The author of Hebrews is quoting from Psalm 110.

A: I find this Psalm exceedingly meaningful today right
after NASA sent a space probe into the center of meteor to
help them discover the beginnings of the universe some
so-called 4.3 billion years ago.

The theory is that meteors are made up of dirt, gas and ice
and that they are leftovers, remnants of the beginnings of
the universe. The scientists at NASA want to be able to
probe the center of this meteor. They think the impact
will make a crater up to the size of a football field.
They have pictures of the whole deal and everything
happened according to its plan.

Why are people so unwilling to look to the real source of
creation? Why are they so unwilling to look for things
that simply aren?t there? Why do they look for places
where they will never find the real answer? What?s going
on?

I mean, people are all the time unwilling to look to God
for the answers. Even Christians are prone to not listen
to God on the issue. They want to follow God, but when
there is an obvious answer before them, they ignore it.

I see that in reading 1 Kings 15 and 16 today too. In fact
this is all the way through Kings and Chronicles. There
were good kings and there were bad kings. But even the
good kings refused to take down the ?high places.? In
other words, they were refusing to deal with the obvious.

I wonder what the obvious things are in today?s world? I
wonder what the high places are that we as Christians are
refusing to take down. I think they could be things like
music, entertainment, and food. I think they could be as
specific as TV, sports and movies. I know that it?s all
about letting God lead individuals. I am not trying to say
that everyone should do as I do. Because I know that I am
a long ways from perfect. But I just wonder if we really
know the truth and are refusing to see the answer for it.

P: Lord, I pray that my life will be open to your leading.
I pray that my life will be open to following you. I pray
that I will be willing to listen to you. I pray you will
guide me and protect me, but that you will also forgive me
for the times I have not wanted to listen to you. Lord, I
know that I have said no to you many times in my life. I
want to stop saying no. I want to start saying yes.

Please come into my heart. Please come into my life. I
want to say yes about the way I lead. I want to say yes
about the way I think. I want to say yes about the way I
listen to my family and about the way I interact with my
family. I want to say yes, Lord, to you in all my ways and
in all my thoughts and in all my actions and in all of who
I am. I want to say yes, Lord, in all of me.

Please come and reign supreme in my heart. Please come and
make me a man who is like you. I love you, Lord.