God’s been having me write out some scriptures for myself to study and really chew on, if you will.
He’s really put it on my heart to be an intentional pupil of His Word, like basically back in college, getting a Major in God Studies 🙂
|(That’s the last page of the Bible…and across the page are Noah’s footprints from his last night on earth…)|
Some of them are being spurred on from a Daniel study I’m doing by Beth Moore. But He has put it on my heart to encourage others, as well, and for my own accountability. Please don’t think I’m trying to re-write scripture. I’m just stringing it together for the overall message, into one challenge to myself, for a complete thought. I hope it encourages your hearts, too, on your own journeys.
Love, Ade xoxox
It’s from The Message, Hebrews 12, John 11, 1 Peter 1 & 2.
“Do you see what this means – all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running – and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God…when you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! God is educating you; that is why you must never drop out. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it training…it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall…Help each other out. And run for it! When Jesus got the message, He said, “This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.” So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now…let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. You call out to God for help and he helps – he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living. Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. Even though it has only lately – at the end of the ages – become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you…drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God. Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, offering Christ-approved lives up to God. To you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of…for the untrusting, they trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted. But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high-calling…God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something..Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives…then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives…good citizens…It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society…cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all – life healed and whole.”
This is rich with so many take-aways. I love your intentionality, because we all can get caught up in the daily things we do, and forget to spend time learning about our Creator and Savior. And what better to spend our time on???
And I love that we are put in the fire here on earth, our faith refined and proven pure. I thank God for those fires, even though they hurt at the time. Standing behind you, watching you praise God at Noah’s memorial service was one of my first examples of this in my christian life, and I’ll never forget it. I pray my faith is proved as pure as yours, friend. Love you.
Thanks for sharing, friend, and for your encouragement! Thank you for having me at your Daniel study because it’s just so rich and such a great tool for me as I hunker down as an “intentional pupil.” I’ve literally written those two words on each page of our study book since she talked about it.