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Passionate Purity

22 Jun

IMG_0259_1024Lately, I can’t get God’s passion and purity out of my mind. This photograph that I’ve had on my desktop for a while, keeps me chewing on these concepts.

This afternoon I read this in the Discovery Bible app that I’m test driving for 30 days:

God is all-loving and committed to “giving Himself away” in a covenant-relationship with all who truly receive (serve) Him.  The Lord offers unlimited, personal knowledge of Himself to all through the saving work of the eternal Son (Jesus Christ), as mediated by God the Holy Spirit (cf. Rev 4:8). (Discovery Bible)

He wants to give Himself away to us.  Selah.

This is the passion we find in 1 John 4:8: The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.]

And God is pure. I don’t think I’m messing with the Scriptures when I say, God is purity. He has no sin. He has no grey. He is perfect.

This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection]. 1 John 1:5

And He loves us so, that he wants to purify us, His bride.

Because pure (Gk katharos) crystal is transparent, light shines through even though it is solid.  When God’s life touches people, they are as pure crystal so His glory passes “through” them as a “see-through solid” – a transparent “sea of glass/crystal.” (Discovery Bible)

Makes me want to get down on my knees.

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Are We Welcoming or Rejecting to the Holy Spirit?

9 Jun

Galilee with an attitude

This morning, Mike walked into the room where our grandkids were playing.  He asked Galilee, “Why is it that when you play games you’re so bossy?”  Without looking up at him, she sing-songed, “Good bye.”  He came out shaking with laughter.

Aren’t we like that a lot with the Holy Spirit?

The normal Galilee.

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.  John 14:26  Amp.

The word for teach here, didasko, is a “prolongued form of the verb dao” meaning to teach.  The Holy spirit is always teaching us and bringing things to our minds–which includes admonishing us.  Sometimes we are just like Galilee and respond to the Holy Spirit’s nudges with a sing-songy “Good-bye.”  Today let’s focus on receiving His teaching and reminders!

Good Thought/Bad Thought

10 May

Lord, your thoughts toward me are more plentiful than the flowers you've sown.

As I’ve worked my way through the first chapter of Jennifer Rothschild’s Bible Study Self Talk Soul Talk, I’ve come to identify with the following verse (in a negative way).

I spread out My hands all day long
to a rebellious people
who walk in the wrong path,
following their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2 HCSB

Now, I love being convicted by the Holy Spirit.  I look on it as God’s loving hand guiding me along the path.  I often walk in the wrong path following my own thoughts because I am (drum roll please) a master at compartmentalizing.  When I’m at school I think about school.  When I’m at home I think about home.  When I’m at church (well, you get the idea).  It is easy for me to compartmentalize God out of my day.  During my morning quiet time He’s very present in my thought life.  I want Him to be in my thought-life ALL day long.  So I’m continuing to write “precious” on my hand when I leave the house so that I will remember that:

And to me how precious have been Thy thoughts, O God, how great hath been their sum! Psalm 139:17 Young’s Literal Translation

Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.  Psalm 139:17  The Message

Cut to the Core

14 Nov

Spirit vs. Flesh

But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).  Galatians 5:16 Amp.

I don’t know where I got this chart, but I wrote it in my Bible and it seems appropriate to meditate on today as I reflect on how many fears, anxieties, and worries result from living in the flesh. 

Life in the Flesh                                                                    Life in the Spirit

My will be done.                   ← Core Attitude→          Thy will be done.

I expect good things.             ←Core Hope→              I expect to become like Jesus.

I will do it.                                ←Core Strategy→          I trust God.

I must get it right.             ← Core Experience→       I celebrate God’s glory.

I live to be blessed.               ←Core Passion→           I live to know Christ.

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. Galatians 5:16 Message