Friday, March 16, 2007

Deuteronomy 30 & 31; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 1

OK I had to post the picture….me and my analogies, my word pictures, one week I’m a sheep the next a fish out of water…..hmmmmm

Started the day out with conversation with my daughter, now that’s a day well begun. She is my friend as well as my daughter and I don’t know that I ‘thought’ that could happen, but it has and I am blessed. It’s a need in me to BE vulnerable to people but I guess to have a foundation of LOVE to be vulnerable. Now that’s tricky because I don’t think I fully know what LOVE is. I am seeking Christ and praying to in the realization of how much I make about me that HE is changing me. I sense a vulnerability coming that I am wanting to deny and yet I sense that THAT is going to be a big step for me. I sense a season of big time learning for me and as much as I want to learn I can be resistant and stiff necked in the changing the being taught... I sense that being all about me will always be a root problem but I also KNOW that He knew that, knows that and……..died for that sin in me. Dang that is hard to write and just the tip of who I am I am guessing…..

And then I read Deut. 30:6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

And He knew we wouldn’t, haven’t, don’t and won’t ……sending the Israelites into the promised land sans Moses with Joshua in charge, Him way ahead of them guaranteeing their victories and possession of the land, He knew they would turn away…..What an amazing God you know, yearning for love and devotion, knowing how far short we would fall and loving them, loving us still.
He’s more than we can know and never enough for us…..for me. Like Peter I want to say ‘I will never deny you.’…..and as soon as I say that the temptations begin……or it’s just me and my dependence on Him wanes….I don’t know what it is that happens but I don’t want it to so I have to pray to stay right here…needy and dependent……like a fish out of water waiting to either die or to learn to breath different….??

Psalm 40: 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, "The LORD is great!"
17 But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay.

1 Corinthians 1
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Church Divided Over Leaders
10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, "I follow Cephas "; still another, "I follow Christ."
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.)
17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Christ Crucified Is God's Power and Wisdom
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

20 Where are the wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: "Let those who boast boast in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1: 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

You can’t do it unless I am seeking you and YOU alone…….How to do that??
No that's not right, you are gonna do whatever it is you are going to do......I want to learn to breathe different and THAT is only gonna happen in and through YOU.....


Layla said...

another great post...thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts.

Joyce said...

thanks for your visit to the Chronicles.

Robert said...

awesome becky awesome realizing He knows we will constantly fall short, just as the Israelites and He still seeks us,loves us and desires to grow relationship with us