Friday, March 16, 2018

Psalm of light

You own the day and the night. Sunlight and starlight call you Creator.
Psalms 74:16 TPT

Light itself glorifies God.  The entire spectrum of electromagnetic radiation bows in honor of God. The photonic wave-particle dual-nature of light testifies to the creativity of God.  The constant warmth of sunlight sings of the faithful love of God.  The red-shift of starlight shouts praise at the universe-expanding power of God.  

Father, you are amazing! You are so creative and beautiful.  You are faithful, merciful, gracious, and kind.  May I radiate your character because you have made me your son.  I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Importance of a father's blessing

I've been reading the book of Judge's, and Jephthah was an absolute knucklehead.  First of all, there is no indication in the Torah that God wants people to make quid-pro-quo agreements with God, which shows that Jephthah's father didn't teach him how to love God.  Second, Jephthah was fighting people's who practiced child sacrifice, so he should have know that when his daughter came running out to meet him that sacrificing his daughter was worse than breaking his promise to God. This story is so depressing, especially now that I have a daughter.

In contrast, I read Psalm 72 this morning, and King David blesses the king, and many of the blessings are partially fulfilled during Solomon's reign.  Some are prophetic of Jesus's reign, and we will see those fulfilled one day.

Father, thank you for blessing me with an earthly father who taught me to love you.  May I bless my children and teach them to love you and walk in your favor. We long for the full revelation of the reign of Christ. I love you.

Monday, March 5, 2018

second derivative

Deut. 32:46 he said to them, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law.

It is critically important for us to teach our children to love the Lord and obey Him.  But I think it is also very important for grandparents to teach their grandchildren to love the Lord and obey Him.

Deut. 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

The first derivative characterizes the slope (rate of increase), and the second derivative represents curvature (rate of change of the rate of increase).  I think grandparents have the opportunity to accelerate the spiritual growth of their grandchildren, and I am so thankful that both sets of grandparents of my children are followers of Jesus.

Heavenly Father, may I be faithful to lead my children to you.  And please give more opportunities for my parents and in-laws to pour spiritual truth into my children.  I want my children to far surpass me in spiritual growth and demonstration of your love and power.  I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

too many wives

Deut 17:16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, "You are not to go back that way again." 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

King Solomon should have known better.  And so should I.  

I think there is a general principle here of over-commitment and distraction.  I feel like I constantly struggle with over-committing my time and effort, especially with work. I think this is analogous to getting married to so many things that it pulls you in so many directions that you lose focus.  Just like stockpiling money, as if it directly transfers to the eternal Kingdom.

I want to be monogamous with my commitment to Christ and the Kingdom work that He has given me.  At a high level, I think it is clear: my wife and kids, leadership in my church, leadership at work... but it becomes unclear with respect to "good opportunities" to serve, especially at work.

Father, thank you for your heart for me to be clearly focused on loving you and loving people.  Thank you for your heart for me to be effective in the good works which you have prepared for me to do.  Lord, I want my investments to be eternally significant.  Holy Spirit, please convict me of commitments that are not eternally profitable, and show me how to decommit in a godly way.  I love you, and I want to be totally devoted to you.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Harvest, work, and joy

Last night, Beau said something negative about school or homework, and I told him that God designed humans for work.  He put Adam and Eve in the garden and gave them responsibility.

In the context of Moses reviewing the three Jewish annual festivals, at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, he said:

For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
Deuteronomy 16:15 NIV

I am reminded of a couple of other passages about complete joy:

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
John 15:11 NIV

then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Philippians 2:2 NIV

I love the connections among harvest, collaborative work, and joy.  Jesus said that the harvest is ready.  May we abide in Him and overflow with joy as we work with Him, bringing in the harvest.  What a celebration it will be when we all finish the harvest!

Father, thank you for infusing joy into our work.  May the sin-consequences of drudgery be destroyed by the grace and joy of your presence.  Jesus, thank you for commissioning our work, and Holy Spirit thank you for your power and love shown through us.  I love you.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Father's love is infinitely dense

There are a lot of things in this world that weigh us down.  This morning, I feel worn out from too much work.  I feel like I am treading water.  I feel like I might sink.

But Father reminded me that buoyancy is a function of the difference in density between the suspended object and the fluid. And He showed me that no matter how weighed down I am with things of this world, the they all have a finite density, but His love is infinitely dense, so buoyancy is guaranteed.

I don't need to struggle in treading if I have buoyancy; I only need to rest and wait for someone to come and rescue me.

It is likely that I feel this way because I have overcommitted myself and have taken on more responsibility than God has directed me.  Sometimes I act like the older brother who burned himself out on too much work.  Of you are joyfully working with the Father, then you can key off of His attitude.

Father, your love has already rescued me from the enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy.  Your love has already won the war.  Your love sustains me daily, and when I feel like I can't tread enough to keep my head above water, you remind me that I only need to be still aandnd know that you are God.  You are in control, and you know how much work you want me to handle.  Help me gracefully decommit the responsibilities that you have not guided me to take on. I want to walk in the joy and satisfaction of the work in which you invite me to collaborate. Thank you for your infinite love and grace.  I love you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

We are prophets

But Moses replied, "Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Yahweh's people were prophets and that the Yahweh would put his Spirit on them!"
Numbers 11:29

Indeed, we are, and He has.  As the Apostle Peter explained at Pentecost:

"... this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:16‭-‬18 NIV

It is our privilege to live in this age when God is dispensing Himself through us.

Father, thank you for giving us your Spirit and making us prophets.  I want to translate you today. Jesus, thank you for your example.  Holy Spirit, I want to keep in step with you today.  I love you.