Psalm 139:7-12

February 27, 2010

Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:7)
      Jesus, please help me run into your open and waiting arms.

If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. (Psalm 139:8 )
      Jesus, wherever I go, you are there and you surround me with your witnesses. Thank you.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:9-10)
      Jesus, help me to find my steadiness in you.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me; (Psalm 139:11)
      Lord, let your light shine on my path, and guide me by your word and your Holy Spirit.

Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you. (Psalm 139:12)
      There is no darkness dark enough to hide me from your light, Father; thank you.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 41:1-13; 1 Corinthians 4:1-7; Mark 2:23-3:6
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 41:14-45; Romans 6:3-14; John 5:19-24

Albany Intercessor


Lent Quotes: John Piper – Glorying in the Cross

February 27, 2010

I found this great excerpt from a talk given by John Piper in 2000 at the blog “A Cruciform Life

All exultation in anything else should be exultation in the cross. If you exult in the hope of glory you should be exulting in the cross of Christ. If you exult in tribulation because tribulation works hope, you should be exulting in the cross of Christ. If you exult in your weaknesses, or in the people of God, you should be exulting in the cross of Christ.

Why is this the case? For this reason: for redeemed sinners, every good thing – indeed every bad thing that God turns for good – was obtained for us by the cross of Christ. Apart from the death of Christ, sinners get nothing but judgment. Apart from the cross of Christ, there is only condemnation. Therefore everything that you enjoy in Christ – as a Christian, as a person who trusts Christ – is owing to the death of Christ. And all your rejoicing in all things should therefore be a rejoicing in the cross where all your blessings were purchased for you at the cost of the death of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Go read the full entry here.


A Lenten Reflection: The Battle For Control

February 27, 2010

This is drawn from a blog A Ruach Journey, where it was posted in January.  I thought it would make a good Lenten Reflection.

“I believe that the essence of sin is the fear that God does not have our best interests at heart.” 97 So said Gary Moon in Apprenticeship with Jesus: Learning to live like the Master. I am currently in the section called “Know Yourself” and there are four chapters here, The Good, Bad, The Ugly and The Beautiful.  Naturally, I want to write about “The Bad.”

Moon says that when we begin to fear that God does not have our best interests at heart, we try to control things. Then, he concludes the chapter with some reflections and says, “Consider that apart from God’s presence and grace, your soul is lost and ruined.” He then asks us to consider what happens when God is not in control of your life and when he is not in control.

Three questions for reflection come out of this

What happens when I am in control of my

    • thoughts
    • emotions
    • will
    • behavior
    • relationships

What happens when God is in control of my:

    • thoughts
    • emotions
    • will
    • behavior
    • relationships

What can I do to allow God to be in control in my life?

The original entry is here.


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