Saturday, December 14, 2002

And now, to catch up to today...
Day 3- Saturday, December 14, 2002
If each day is to be lived with purpose, we will need to check what our priorities should be. (Oh so appropriate during finals season) What have been my priorities and what should they be? What will I need to change in order to be able to live in my priorities? What habits need to be changed, or made? Read Mathew 13:44, 6:33. Pray that you would be able to keep eternal things as your priority.

13:44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field

6:25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[2] ?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Day 2- Friday, December 13, 2002
If we are made for a purpose, we should live each day with purpose. What should we pursue each day is God created us to worship Him? Read Psalm 27:4, Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 84:2,10, Philippians 3:10. How do these desires fulfill God's purposes? What will you do today to experience and express these desires?

Psalm 27
4 One thing I ask of the LORD ,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 42
For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.
[2] As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 84
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD ;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Philippians 3
10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death

Here's the first little prompt thingy:
Day 1- Thursday, December 12, 2002
God created each person for a specific purpose. What was God's purpose in creating you? Read Acts 17:22-31, Colossians 1:16. Write out a prayer as you think about the next 40 days. Commit your entire self to the purpose of God for your life.

A Thought: Y'all might want to keep a private prayer journal for more personal prayers like that, but sharing thoughts, prayers, and especially questions and comments on the verses would be a great place to start. I had a really great discussion with some of my Berkeley buddies about these verses last night. So, let's begin...

Acts 17
22Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:|sc TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
29"Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man's design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."

Colossians 1
16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him

They come from a guide written by Holly Ashman in "40 DAYS OF SEEKING THE LORD" a tool for doing some hardcore seeking of the heart of God. The 40 Days are significant because 40 is a number that God uses throughout the Bible to prepare His people for great things (ie. Noah in the ark, Moses on the mountain, Jesus in the wilderness, The Isrealites in the desert). The book was written as a guide for preparing our hearts for a great big outreach that Campus Crusade for Christ at Cal is doing in our spring semester *prayers for that* but being totally on fire for God is always a good thing. Plus, it brings up some great things to study and topics to start off some serious discussions and inspire some real sharing. So, pray about what God wants you to be doing right now and post thoughts, responses, prayers, and questions.
These entries and journals are one part of a guide for serious spiritual seeking that includes spending some extended time with God in preparation, regular private time with God, praying, fasting, studying some biblical topic, and keeping a spiritual journal.