Lord I believe, help my unbelief.
"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Monday, December 29, 2008
we sing. we dance. we break things.
Things that you should read:
*Something Beautiful for God. A ridiculously inspiring account of Mother Teresa. It's short and sweet and beyond challenging.
*Your old journals. It's good to go back and see what God has spoken, what you've overcome, what you're still dealing with (which is frustrating), and really to remember. How easily we forget.
*A Year of Living biblically. I think that last word is spelled wrong. But my spell check won't even let it be a real word. It's written by a very agnostic, very funny fellow. He takes a year of his life and lives the Bible out literally.
*A commentary. I like seeing much older and wiser people telling me what they've discovered after spending lifetimes searching out God. Most recently, I read Andrew Murray's, "O Wretched Man That I Am!".
Here's a little excerpt from Andrew Murray:
"I want to bring this to a point. Remember, dear friend, what we need is to come to decision and action. There are in Scripture two very different sorts of Christians. The Bible speaks in Romans, Corinthians and Galatians about yielding to the flesh; and that is the life of tens of thousands of believers. All their lack of joy in the Holy Ghost, and their lack of the liberty He gives, is just owing to the flesh. The Spirit is within them, but the flesh rules the life. To be led by the Spirit of God is what they need. Would God that I could make every child of His realize what it means that the everlasting God has given His dear Son, Christ Jesus, to watch over you every day, and that what you have to do is to trust; and that the work of the Holy Spirit is to enable you. every moment to remember Jesus, and to trust Him! The Spirit has come to keep the link with Him unbroken every moment. Praise God for the Holy Ghost! We are so accustomed to think of the Holy Spirit as a luxury, for special times, or for special ministers and men. But the Holy Spirit is necessary for every believer, every moment of the day. Praise God you have Him, and that He gives you the full experience of the deliverance in Christ, as He makes you free from the power of sin."