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Our Journey Online - January 18, 2013

  • 2013 Jan 18
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Stepping Up

9And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORDsearches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.10Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it. —1 Chronicles 28:9-10

We serve an amazing God. He is a God of perfection, power, and glory. He is a God who is all about restoration. What I find most amazing is He allows us to partner with Him and watch Him work in this world and in us. However, to really see His hand move through us, there are a few stipulations God outlines in the words from David to his son Solomon.

David tells Solomon that God uses those who are all in and on  His terms. God calls us to serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind. The term whole heart used here by David is interesting because that’s how God described David.  But it’s not that simple. David was not perfect. This guy had an affair, murdered the husband, and conveniently married the widow that is carrying his child conceived by the affair. Yeah, that guy has a whole heart. Is God wrong? Nope. The term whole heart does not imply perfection, it implies repentance. David saw his sin in light of God’s glory and humbled himself—now that is a whole heart. When the heart is humble, the thinking will follow. This is why a willing mind is referenced next in the above text; a mind not complaining and grumbling, but seeing God’s hand over all plans.

God uses those who seek Him out. We are called to set down the distractions of this world, the “sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1) and run after our King. Look for His fingerprint in each area of your life. Long to be rocked by Him. Hunger to hear from His Spirit as He leads, guides, and convicts. Let God stun you with His greatness. Be satisfied with nothing less.

God uses those who are strong and do it. In short, He uses those who step out in faith and step up in His name for His glory. So, Nike is more than brilliant, they are biblical. “Just Do It!” This passage captures the heart of the one running on the narrow path, alone, committed to God as his guide. 

Our challenge is simple, yet incredibly difficult. Our call is to set down the glamorous, distracting, me-centered thinking and run after God with all we have. We must be all in: whole heart, willing mind, seeking Him out, and just doing it!—Tim Harkness

Journal:

·         What will it take for me to be considered wholehearted by God? What sin must be released now?

·         What steps can I take to begin to seek God and His glory?

·         What is God calling me to step out and do in His power today?

Prayer – Almighty Father, I want to be wholehearted. I want to be all in. But my flesh is so weak! I am so easily distracted by the things this world has to offer. Help me to see my sin, truly repent of it, and live in full surrender to Your will and ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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