I Thirst for You

Journal entry from August 27th, 2010:

S (Scripture) – Psalm 143:6,8,10 “I lift my hands to You in prayer.  I thirst for You as parched land thirsts for rain…Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You.  Show me where to walk, for I give myself to YouTeach me to do Your will, for You are my God.”

O (Observation) – David’s prayer to the Lord should be a model for all prayers!  He lifted his hands in humility and reverence, admitted his need for wisdom, trusted Him, and asked for guidance.  He wanted to do God’s will, not have God bless what he wanted to do.

A (Application) – I want to memorize these verses and say them everyday when I wake up.  We must recognize daily that the Lord is on His throne and we are mere vessels to accomplish His purposes.  God sees the whole story, from beginning to end, and is the only One we should be trusting for guidance.

P (Prayer) – Lord, You are the only One that satisfies.  Thank You.

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Different Ways of Getting Lost

I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.


March 15th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Luke 15:1-10, 24 Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.  Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’  I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’  In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

[The Parable of the Prodigal Son], with v.24, “…for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.”

O (Observation) – [Taken from the Life Application Study Bible notes: “The sheep was lost because it foolishly wandered away; the coin was lost through no fault of its own; and the son left out of selfishness.”]  What really struck me is how some people get lost through no fault of their own…whether they just grew up in a household where Jesus was never taught, or they were in a very “religious,” but fake/empty household, these people didn’t ask to be lost, like the one who was foolish or selfish.

A (Application) – Even more of a reason to reach out for Jesus and share Him with others – because everyone desperately needs Him, but some do not have Him and it is for no reason of their own.

P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, I want to share You with everyone, even those closest to me…help me!

The Outside of the Cup

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March 11th, 2009

(S) Scripture – Luke 11:39-52 

But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter; but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.  You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?  But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.

“But woe to you Pharisees!  For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.  Woe to you Pharisees!  For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.  Woe to you!  For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.”

One of the lawyers said to Him in reply, “Teacher, when You say this, You insult us too.”  But He said, “Woe to you lawyers as well!  For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not even touch the burdens with one of your fingers.  Woe to you!  For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them.  So you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; because it was they who killed them, and you build their tombs.  For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.’  Woe to you lawyers!  For you have taken away the key of knowledge; you yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.

O (Observation) – Jesus rarely, if ever, talked down to the “sinners” of his day.  The prostitutes, adulterers, tax collectors…rather, He spent the majority of His rebuking on the “religious” of His day.  Even if people are doing the “right things” with the wrong intentions and motives, they’re still wrong.  Jesus spoke about separating the sheep from the goats, and in other metaphors so that the “sinners” would recognize the need to repent; but to the Pharisees He told them to their faces that they were flat out wrong.

A (Application) – Jesus is merciful and encouraging to those who just don’t get it yet…but teachers (who “get it”) will be judged more harshly.

P (Prayer) – Lord, open the eyes of my heart that my intentions will always be pure and for the right reasons.

Have Mercy on Us (All)

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March 10th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Psalm 6:1-3 [A Psalm of David] “O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your wrath.  Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.  And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O Lord – how long?”

O (Observation) – Like David, so often we want God to not rebuke us in His anger, or discipline us in His wrath, rather we want Him to be merciful to us, heal us, deliver us, and save us.  At the same time, we want justice brought to those who wrong us – we don’t cry out for mercy to those we feel do not deserve it, when in all actuality, it is quite true that none of us deserve it.  How easy it is to become self-righteous.

A (Application) – I need to realize that not one person on this planet really deserves God’s mercy.  However, God, in His unfailing love, has mercy on all of us, and wants to redeem every part of every person if they would only just let Him [by Christ’s sacrifice].

P (Prayer) – Abba Father, help me see others with Your eyes, and with Your heart.  Continue to teach me what it means to love and forgive.  Give me memory loss of others’ mistakes against me.  I do not want to ever be the Judge.

They’re Watching You

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March 9th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 24:21 “Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the Lord had made his journey successful or not.”

O (Observation) – What are your family members, friends, and associates learning about God from watching you?  If you proclaim to know the Lord, people are watching you even more than before.  They want to see if you are the real deal, or not.  Your thought process, the way you make decisions, and how you treat others are all going to be examined under a microscope.  Those that are teachers will be judged more strictly.

A (Application) – Take captive every thought for Christ.  Let every word out of your mouth only have life.  Recognize and encourage those who proclaim to live for Christ, but do not walk in the life He has for them.  Be disciplined.  “You have to LIVE OUT my love for other people.  You have to be willing to obey, no matter what the cost.  You have to love me with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.”

P (Prayer) – Lord, give me strength to obey You no matter what.

Not Turning Back, Forgiven Much = Love Much, Strong Foundation

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March 7th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Genesis 19:26, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 6:46-49

“But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.”

“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’  And he replied, ‘Say it, Teacher.’  ‘A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both.  So which of them will love him more?’  Simon answered and said, ‘I suppose the one whom he forgave more.’  And He said to him, ‘You have judged correctly.’  Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave Me no water for my feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.’  Then He said to her, ‘Your sins have been forgiven.’  Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, ‘Who is this man who even forgives sins?’  And He said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'”

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.  But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”

O (Observation) – Lot’s sons-in-law thought the nearing judgement was a joke.  Despite the family’s hesitation, they were led out of the city.  Lot’s wife could not let go 100% and had to look back.

The woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears and perfume was forgiven greatly, and in return her love was great.

People who say, “Lord, Lord,” but do not put his words into practice will be washed away when a storm does come.

A (Application) – Treat the pending judgement as if it were a matter of life and death.  Leave everything of this world behind, and don’t look back.  Love, as I have been loved.  Continue to build a solid foundation each day so that when storms come, I will not be washed away.

P (Prayer) – Lord, may it be so.

Love Your Enemies

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March 6th, 2009

S (Scripture) – Luke 6:27-36 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.  Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.  Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.  If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same.  If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

O (Observation) – Despite the world’s teaching that we must look out for ourselves and “take care of #1,” as well as “justice must be served,” it seems complexly counter-intutitive that we should love our enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  What really hit me today was “if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.”  Sometimes in the workplace, that can be extremely difficult.

A (Application) – I need to have my perspective overhauled and the Truth shine through the mess of this world.  I need to cultivate the discipline of praying for my enemies.

P (Prayer) – Father, only with Your help can I love those who don’t deserve it.  Teach me in Your way, O Lord.  Amen