Friday, July 20, 2007

2 Chronicles 29- 31; James 4

To dream with God….what is that? Is THAT what ‘this’ is? How will I know? Risk? Answered prayers….

Just wondering out loud this morning. I was never encouraged to dream? I am so much about me that I never thought to dream? I just wanted and pouted when I didn’t get what I wanted, I expected instead of dreamed?
To dream with God….

It’s too scary and unknown, it’s definitely unknown…..unknown means….what??

James 4
Get Serious 1-2 Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don't have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn't yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.
2-3 You wouldn't think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you'd be asking for what you have no right to. You're spoiled children, each wanting your own way.
4-6 You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn't care? The proverb has it that "he's a fiercely jealous lover." And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that "God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble."
7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.
11-12 Don't bad-mouth each other, friends. It's God's Word, his Message, his Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You're supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it. God is in charge of deciding human destiny. Who do you think you are to meddle in the destiny of others?
13-15 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, "Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we're off to such and such a city for the year. We're going to start a business and make a lot of money." You don't know the first thing about tomorrow. You're nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, "If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that."
16-17 As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don't do it, that, for you, is evil.

4 comments:

Smitty said...

Dreaming with God ...something I'm no so sure about either. I think when you find yourself in a place with questions and uncertainities you fail to dream. Yet dreaming can be good. I think God likes it when we dream with Him...who knows what He just might be able to accomplish.

Jeff said...

i have been a dreamer mst of my life. it has been since i came to know Christ that those dreams have taken on much more passion and scope.

i have tried to be faithful in the small flock of students he has given me charge over, but my dream now has grown to groups of people.

"When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream."Psalm 126:1

when we see him for who he is, are delivered, are cleansed, are reminded of His wonder and majesty...dreams flow like rivers of water beyond the banks...

thanks for that word

Melissa said...

My pastor is doing a wonderful study on James. This scripture in The Message format is toe stomping and sobering. What is it like to dream with God...I don't know.

karen said...

ouch!