praying for you, praying for me

My goodness, I don’t know if I’m ever going to get up from this desk and get dressed! My Bible study this morning has me on an endless number of rabbit trails. This is the danger of a day without an agenda. Don’t hate. It isn’t always this way!

I’m praying about my heart and the necessity to have a clear conscience before the Lord and before man. I go to Proverbs and Psalms asking the Holy Spirit to lead me to any area that needs to be brought before Him. The notation on Psalm 17:15 (“And I- in righteousness I will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness.”) states that the reward of God’s people is enjoying His Presence. It’s so true. It’s my daily pursuit! A cross-reference leads me to 1 John 3, a passage I read and discover to be my next memorization project because of its eternal definition of real love. Yes, I need that understanding in my heart.

This thinking on the future leads me to listing some things regarding spiritual growth that I want to attend to in the coming new year. I highlight prayer focus, a social media fast and a restructuring of Sharing Love and Truth! That last one almost feels like an exciting renovation project on the horizon! All the while, God is saying, “No child, it is you who will be undergoing renovation.” I say, “Good. Make me new. Leave nothing undone that You desire to produce in me.”

At this time, I sense the new focus word for 2014 – strength.  Honestly, I kind of hesitated to write it in my journal. It comes across as a forecast of trouble, doesn’t it? But quickly my fear is calmed when I’m led to read 1 Peter 5:10. It states, “And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” What is special about this truth is that my 2013 focus word is “restore.” Strength seems to be the Lord’s “Amen!” on this season of healing. I’m expecting His strength to explode all over the pages of my life in the upcoming year!

And, finally, I am praying for many who are in a season of testing. I hear myself pray the words, “participate in the divine nature,” so I look up the reference. What I read delights my heart, and I’m eager to share with you. The scripture prefaces a description of increased sanctification. I don’t think that I can add any commentary of value, so I will just let the passage speak for itself. I do believe I have come full circle to where I started this morning in my study. I think it is finally time to close my Bible for now and meditate on these new discoveries.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:3-8).

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