Friday, December 20, 2002

Day 9- Friday, December 20, 2002
God has given each of us things that we are passionate about that He wants us to pursue in order to bring Him glory. When it comes to serving the Lord, what are you most passionate about? Are you serving in your passion? Read psalms 37:5. Ask the Lord to give you ooportunities to work out your passions.
Day 8- Thursday, December 19, 2002
As we begin to evaluate ourselves, we need to remember who the Lord has made us. List who you are in Christ. What of these are hard to believe? Why? Read Ephesians 1-3. Thank the Lord for all He has made you!

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Day 7- Wednesday, December 18, 2002
We can often better evaluate where we need to grow in character as we listen to what others have said to us. Where have people confronted me, or spoken truth to my life recently? Do I allow people to know me well enough to do that? Am I teachable? How have I grown from others' feedback? What do I still need to change? Read Proverbs 27:5-6, 28:13, 23. Pray that you will be open to the rebuke of others and respect them for it.
Proverbs 27
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Proverbs 28
13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
23 He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue.

God Bless


Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Day 6- Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Rarely do we take the time to ask the Lord where we need to grow in our character. What areas has the Lord placed on your heart to grow in your character? Where do you need to grow in leadership? Where do you need to grow in discipline? Read Hebrews 12:7-11, Romans 5:3-5, Proverbs 22:1

Hebrews 12

7Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Romans 5
3Not only so, but we[1] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Proverbs 22
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Monday, December 16, 2002

Some Significant Words And Definitions For Today...Because This Can Be A Way To Start Thinking About What A Passage Is Really Saying and From There What It Means To You And Your Life...
re•main
intr.v. re•mained, re•main•ing, re•mains
1. To continue in the same state or condition: These matters remain in doubt.
2. To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind: We are remaining at home.
3. To be left after the removal, loss, passage, or destruction of others: Only a few trees remain.
4. To be left as still to be dealt with: A cure remains to be found.
5. To endure or persist.

trust n.
Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.
Custody; care.
Something committed into the care of another; charge.

The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one: violated a public trust.
One in which confidence is placed.
Reliance on something in the future; hope.
Reliance on the intention and ability of a purchaser to pay in the future; credit.
Law.
A legal title to property held by one party for the benefit of another.
The confidence reposed in a trustee when giving the trustee legal title to property to administer for another, together with the trustee's obligation regarding that property and the beneficiary.
The property so held.

Day 5- December 16, 2002
As we allow the Lord to create a clean heart in us (Cue the exciting worship song), we will see areas in which we need to grow spiritually. How do you need to grow spiritually? How can you be more commited to your growth in your walk with the Lord? Is it prayer, scripture memory, solitude, fasting, worship? Read Psalms 4:4-5, John 15:1-11. Pray that the Lord will show you where you need pruning (Oh please, someone go into a monologue on the benefits and symbolism of the pruning process in agriculture...It'll feel like home), and where you need to bear fruit for Him.

John 15
The Vine and the Branches
1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[1] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Footnotes
15:2 The Greek for prunes also means cleans.

Psalm 4
4 In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
Selah
5 Offer right sacrifices
and trust in the LORD .

Day 4- Sunday, December 15, 2002
Our main priority each day is to meet with the Lord. What has the Lord been placing on your heart that hinders you from pursuing Him daily? What do you need to change in thought, word or deed? Read Psalm 51. Pray this to the Lord, write it in your own words. Acknowledge your sin (v. 1-6), seek removal of your sin (v. 7-9), trust God to renew you (v. 10-22), and maintain a readiness to repent.

Psalm 51
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [1] ;
you teach [2] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are [3] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.