Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday's Thought

1 Corinthians 15:36 - ...Every time you plant seed, you sow something that does not come to life unless it dies first.

This passage made me think of disappointments in my life. How many dreams and plans have I had that have not come to fruition?
-First, I have to consider the seed I am sowing. Is it the type of seed God wanted in my life in
the first place?
-Second, if it was, and the plan or dream hasn't come forth yet, according to this scripture, it has
to die, anyway. What does this exactly mean? I don't really know, but it obviously means it
probably won't fall easily in my lap. Dieing doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. It sounds like
self sacrifice, and a willingness to say, "Not my will, but Your will."
-Third, then, that means trust. Do I trust God with my dreams? I say I want His will in my life,
so am I willing to let him mold these dreams as He sees fit, or am I insisting on my own way.
Well, God is going to win, so if I'm not willing to yield, that means disappointment.
-Fourth, I can be assured of victory, if I've done the first three steps. However, it will be in
God's timing, not mine. Verse 57 says - Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ. I have to stand on this verse in faith, regardless of what circumstances
show. God is true and trustworthy.

In otherwords, one day my God given dreams will come to pass!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Saturday's Thought

A friend of mine posted this quote on facebook yesterday. She doesn't know where it came from originally, but it was just too good to pass up, so I thought I'd make it today's thought.

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Friday's Thought

1 Corinthians 14:1 - Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire this love (make it your aim, your great quest)...

This has been the cry of my heart for the past few weeks. I am desperate for the love, the compassion, that God has - especially for those that do not have a personal relationship with Him. It really does come down to the fact that there is a heaven and there is a hell, and everyone will spend eternity in one of these places. True love casts out fear. I need to love people more than I fear their responses. THIS is the type of love God is talking about. This is the type of love Paul had when he spoke earlier in this book about being compelled to share the Gospel.

Oh God, help me to eagerly pursue and acquire this love. Let it be my aim and my great quest. Don't let me feel satisfied with anything less. Change my heart and my nature and grant me the honor of having Your compassion and love for those who need You.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thursday's Thought

This thought comes from 1 Corinthians 13 - the famous "love" chapter. This is a huge chapter that has so much in it - how do you touch it? Humbly I will point out a couple of things that struck me, knowing there is so much more!!

Part of verse 7 says: Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way for it is not self-seeking...
- For the first time I noticed that this continues on a theme I've noticed in 1 Corinthians about
the rights we have in Christ and yet it's those same rights we must lay down. When we lay
them down, more in concern for others than ourselves, this shows true love.

Verse 5 also continues: it (love) takes no account of the evil done to it
-Wow! That is quite a challenge to live up to!

Verse 7 states: ever ready to believe the best of every person...
-It struck me that when I think of this verse, I have always focused on that I should believe
the best of somebody who I could easily believe "bad" about for whatever reason. But, how
about that I should think the best of somebody who has thought bad of ME. Now, that is
much more of a lay down my rights to be angry and upset that they dare
accuse ME of something...and instead to believe the best in them. That is love!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday's Thought

1 Corinthians 12:31 But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and choicest graces)....

This chapter focuses on the spiritual gifts God gives His church. Everybody receives gifts from God. This last verse talks about desiring the "greater gifts". However, what really caught my eye is the "earnestly desire and zealously cultivate". Gifts are just that - gifts. I can't, in my own strength, get a gift. However, God does seem to favor those who REALLY want it. Now, in non-spiritual things, if I REALLY want something, I start doing something to get it. I think about it, research about it, lay a plan to get it, and probably drive everybody nuts talking about it. So, that makes me wonder, in spiritual things, if I REALLY want something, do I show that type of enthusiasm? Do I think about it, research it, dream about it, and talk about it? Or do I just mumble a prayer every now and then and think about how nice it would be?

Oh, if my heart would change and desire these spiritual things as much as "regular" things! If I would truly "earnestly desire and zealously cultivate" and my actions would reflect this, I wonder what the result just might be?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday's Thought

1 Corinthians 11:1, 31: Pattern yourselves after me [follow my example], as I imitate and follow Christ...for if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed.

I must evaluate myself prayerfully on a regular basis, and then ask God to change my nature and cover my shortcomings with the blood of Jesus so that I am followable.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday's Thought

This thought comes from 1 Corinthians 9: 16, 22, and 27

My heart needs a change. Father, give me the heart of Paul - that I would be COMPELLED to share You with others. Not because I HAVE to, but because it is my nature to do so, and that it wouldn't even dawn on me to do anything else. Missionary Dick Flores said, "The wishbone will never replace the backbone." Oh, how true. I can WANT to do this all day long, but wishing and doing are two very different things. Let me become who I need to be to reach each person You have planned for me to reach. And always keep me close to You so that I may never become unfit for the destiny You have for me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I have a thought today, but I am going out of town tomorrow and have not had time to post it. I also won't have internet access while I'm gone. I plan on posting again next Monday. Be blessed!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday's Thought

1 Corinthians 7:17 - Only, let each one seek to conduct himself and regulate his affairs so as to lead the life that the Lord has alloted and imparted to him and to which God has invited and summoned him....

This is the cry of my heart. I looked up a few of the words from good 'ole Webster's to get a better understanding:

allot - to assign as a share or portion
impart - to give, convey, or grant from; to communicate the knowledge of
invite - to request the presence or participation of
summon - to bid to come; send for; to call upon for specified action

So, to rephrase: Let me seek to conduct myself and regulate my affairs so as to lead the life that the Lord has assigned and granted me and to which God has requested my presence to participate and bid me to come.

It's all my choice...and what an honor! Lead and guide me, Lord, that I may accomplish Your purpose in my life.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday's Thought

This came to be from 1 Corinthians 6, specifically verses 7, 12, and 19-20.

Even though everything is allowable for me to do, not everything is helpful and good for me to do. And for the sake of others, there are things that may be ok for me, but I need to let go of my right to do them so that I don't cause harm to others. I am not my own because Jesus purchased me. Now that sounds wonderful and all Biblical, but it's hard to let go of something that is "my right". What do I feel is "my right" to hang onto in my life that really isn't beneficial to myself, either for my sake or for others? What actions or what thoughts cause my life to be less than God wants it to be?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday's Thought

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 - ...Do you not know that just a little leaven will ferment the whole lump of dough? Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh new dough, still uncontaminated... Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven of vice, malice, and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of purity, nobility, honor, and sincerity, and unadulterated truth.

Lord, whatever old leaven is inside me, keeping me from faithfulness, or anything unpleasing, purge it out so that I may be fresh and new. That is a scary prayer because purging is never fun. But, I am desperate. Show me the truth about what is in my life that is displeasing to you. Bad attitudes have to go. Self-consciousness and self-centeredness have to go. Show me Lord, and make me new - pure, honorable, and most of all, useable for You.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


God is calling me to be more many things, but mainly with spending time with Him on a DAILY basis. Oh, I'm good at running in and out of His temple...spending 3 or 4 days a week reading and/or praying. But God wants me to be faithful. He's telling me this in church AND where I'm reading in His Word. And not just to read so I can say I fulfilled my "obligation", but to hear His voice daily in what He is saying to me specifically.

So, with that in mind, I have a plan. I have decided that I am going to post God's daily thought to me in my blog. It's more of an online diary for me...a way to permanently record the thoughts I get. Anybody who wants to read my journey is welcome to, and any thought I post is what God spoke to's not meant to "judge" anybody else. Comments are welcome, but don't feel obligated. If my journey helps anybody else, then I am the one who is blessed.

Today's Thought

1 Corinthians 4:1-2: so then men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required of those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

In order to become a trustee of the secret purposes of God, I must be faithful. This is why I have a tendency to remain on more shallow ground - because I have not abided with God - not faithfully communed - but run in and out of His presence. So as I am faithful, I become trustworthy with God's thoughts, dreams, and purposes. May the blood of Jesus make me faithful!!