12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This past Sunday morning, I was passing through Austin, so I stopped by GHBC to see our church family there. It was very encouraging to see everyone and hear the lesson from Scotland and the message from Danny. I was encouraged in my pursuit of the Lord. Scotland's lesson focused on the first few verses in Colossians 3 about our actions being transformed by Christ, and Danny's message was the first in a series of sermons about being a "man after God's own heart". I need to love God and pursue Him passionately. I need to be thirsty for Him.
After the service, I was visiting with a few of the pastors and deacons, and I asked them, "How do I get spiritually thirsty?" Mike said that in the physical, if you do work, then you get thirsty; so in the spiritual, you do His work, and you get thirsty. Kyle said that He will make us thirsty if we pray and ask Him. Kathy said that she has found a renewed thirst whenever she has gone on a spiritual retreat from business.
Heavenly Father, I want to know you and do your work. Please make my heart thirsty for more of you, and please let my thirst be contagious so that others would taste and see how good you are. Lord, please arrange a time of spiritual retreat so that I can get away from being so busy and just focus on you. Lord, please deliver me from feeling guilty about not getting work done; teach me to be satisfied with what you accomplish through me. Father, thank you so much for Brandi, and thank you for taking care of her. Please bless her, and help me be a good husband to her. I love you, Lord, and I ask in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
From Witness Lee's commentary, Jesus turning water into wine signifies Life's principle: changing death to life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for biological and spiritual life. I know that you provide and sustain both. Please forgive me for taking life for granted. I want to share life with those around me. Lord, please put your desires in my heart. I need to want what you want. I am so tired of running after my own desires and being left tired and empty. I want to run after you and enjoy you. Heavenly Father, you are so kind and generous. I want to know your love and rest in your love. Lord Jesus, please infuse me with your life. I know that you will save me eternally, but I want to be infused with your life now so that others can taste and see that you are good. Holy Spirit, please sharpen and focus my mind and my heart to desire you and walk with you. I want to be a vessel that you can and do use. I want to be satisfied only in you. Please use me to bring life to those who are dead. I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus Christ.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son. ... 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
31 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers."
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
25 "And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. 28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!" ...
34 "Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man."
I want to live my life in costant waiting expectation of Jesus's return. I want to be ready to greet Him, having been busy growing His Kingdom.
Heavenly Father, I love you, and I am thankful for the promise of Christ's return. Lord Jesus, I love you, and I want to stay focused on you and your Kingdom. Holy Spirit, I love you, and I want to keep in step with you. Holy Spririt, please show me the Father and the Son. Lord Jesus, please annoint me with the power of your Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, please bring me into communion with you through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I love you, Lord God Almighty, and I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Monday, May 9, 2011
7 "Teacher," they asked, "when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?"
8 He replied, "Don't let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and saying, 'The time has come!' But don't believe them. 9 And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don't panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won't follow immediately." 10 Then he added, "Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Yesterday, I had quite a bit going on. Finish grading Exam 3, give a Final Exam review, sit on a PhD defense committee, and give a brief presentation of my research plans to my Dean and Provost. I have been pressed pretty thin the last several weeks, and I know that the Lord is carrying me through it all.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness. You are so kind to take care of me and my family. Lord, I hope my life is spent as a continuous investment in your Kingdom. I love you, and I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
17 "'Well done!' the king exclaimed. 'You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.'
Heavenly Father, I want to be a good servant. You have trusted me with a wonderful family, a great education and job, ... Lord, I want to be faithful with these and invest them for your Kingdom. Lord, please give me wisdom to know how to manage the resources you have given me so that I can be your faithful servant. I love you, and I ask in the name of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10"Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' 13But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."