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Genesis 46; Mark 16; Job 12; Romans 16

I was sick for a week in January. The next week, I tried to resume my regular running schedule with a new brand of shoes, and I developed shin splints within days. Benched from my run, I used that time to heal and to track down a pair of my discontinued favorite shoes. Then last week, I had two wisdom teeth extracted, and I’ve been waiting for the pain to subside to go back to my run. It’s been a month since I logged any consistent miles.

My daughter and I talked about intentions and discernment. I used the example of running–that I can want to be a runner, but I’m not a runner if I don’t run. Maybe that example lends itself to other areas–to be hospitable, generous, helpful one must offer hospitality, generosity, help–otherwise can he claim to be those things? Isn’t a man what he repeatedly does?

Paul lists the names of people he has remembered for their actions:

Phoebe, she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.

Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus. In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.

Mary, who has worked so hard for your benefit.

Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews, who were in prison with me. They are highly respected among the apostles and became followers of Christ before I did. (He mentions dear friends and coworkers for Christ.)

Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. Tryphena and Tryphosa, the Lord’s workers, and dear Persis, who has worked so hard for the Lord. Rufus, whom the Lord picked out to be his very own; and his dear mother, who has been a mother to me. (Romans 16:1-13, NLT, excerpts for space)

In Genesis, Jacob journeys to Egypt with his entire family. The scriptures list his sons and their children, and I am impressed with the multi-generational potential and impact of actions and attitudes. Jacob is moving his family line for a time to Egypt (where he will die).

Oh, Lord, the power of example is not lost on me, and I’m thankful to know men and women who love you and work hard for you–they inspire me and encourage me. Help me to get honest with my heart about my own thoughts and actions, and where they lead.

Courtney (66books365)

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2 Kings 10,11,12; James 4

James 4

You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Submit and Repent!  It has been said that James is the book written to show the practical implications of true faith – what Christianity looks like in action?  Action?  Do my actions really matter?  I thought it was just about believing.

James says that we have to pray.  Prayer is action.  However, not just any old prayer will do, praying without the proper motives will achieve nothing.  He definitely nailed most of my prayers, they aren’t all about my pleasures but most of them are definitely about me and mine!

James says that we must submit ourselves to God.  Submitting sounds like an action.  It also sounds like a topic I hear tossed around in almost every discussion about Jesus – “Die to Self.”  I’m working on this one.  The concept seems simple and yet …!

James says we must resist the devil.  Resisting is an action I’m good at, just ask my wife.  I resist doing every project she throws my way.  Paul talked about needing the “Full Armor of God” to fight the devil’s schemes.  James makes it sound easy – simply resist and the devil will flee.  Resisting by being Humble before the Lord.  Humility – I haven’t quite gotten the hang of that one yet, either.

James says we shouldn’t boast and brag.  I’m pretty good at boasting!  And bragging too – after all, haven’t you seen my beautiful girls?  It’s the should not part that trips me up.

James says that we must do what we know is good.  I’m pretty good at making excuse for this one too.

My self assessment for the actions required for true faith, identified by James, show some glaring deficiencies.  However, My Faith is Not Dead.  My actions can be changed.

Father, help us to always be aware of your presence in our lives.  Help us to be aware of our actions.  Pour out your spirit on us so that we may have actions that demonstrate the life you have given us.  Write your name on our hearts and help us to share the Gospel with others.  May all things be as Jesus said they would be, Amen.

Ed Sorrell

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1Samuel 25; 1Corinthians 6; Ezekiel 4; Psalm 40-41

David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. 1 Samuel 25:32-33

Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. Ezekiel 4:4

Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. Psalm 41:1

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1Corinthians 6:19-20

Nabal’s efforts benefitted only himself.  His wife, Abigail used her resources to save the lives of many. Ezekiel yielded to God and carried Israel’s sin on his body for a time. Jesus Christ bore all sin on the cross once for all time.

1 Corinthians admonishes us against focusing on the fulfillment of our own desires and longings. Fact is God made my body and still owns it. How am I using what God has entrusted me with?

Yesterday my niece asked me for a favor. How selfish of her I thought. She knows I don’t feel well and yet she still expects me to run this errand for her. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that she was probably up all night with her three month old and that she had to drive an hour in order to accomplish a task I could do in fifteen minutes. All I could think about was my need, not hers.

How quickly I had forgotten. Only two weeks before I had posted on my refrigerator in Spanish “Mi cuerpo es por ti y para ti, Dios.” “My body is by you and for you, God.” Now, was I going to act like Nabal or Abigail?

I was bought with the blood of Christ. I am not my own. In light of this, the choice is clear.


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