1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
You know sometimes you just need to know that God knows. That is, we need to know that God has things covered. The big, the small, the grand decisions and the tiny choices, we need to know and trust that God knows what we need.
As I entered my journal entry yesterday, and then again this morning, i noticed the date of the previous entry… 7 Months ago!
I have 2-3 journals that i have in various areas, one in the car, one by the nightstand, another near my books, and for the last 7-8 years i have been pretty consistent in my journaling. This writing includes not only prayers and petitions to God but also thoughts, ideas, and plans that i hope to improve on or implement in my life. The problem is since starting other projects, Barnabas Man, for example, I have NEGLECTED the personal effort of daily journal and prayer life.
Has this happened to you in regards to your one on one time with the Lord?
Have you found seasons of dormancy or neglect that have been filled with “less than missional” agenda’s?
I think it’s more common than we tend to mention in our groups or bands of friendship, but even the apostles in Acts experienced side tracking and / or distractions…
Paul and Barnabas Separate
36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
If things came up between Paul and Barnabas, surely we can expect them to arise among us?
There is Staying POWER in our consistency. When we carve out the time each and EVERY day to stay consistent and focused on God and His Word back to us we gain strength, encouragement, and power. Power to fight the temptations, power to help those in need, power to speak into a situation or even power to accomplish a goal. The power to STAY in game is in your daily habits of speaking, asking, and listening to God.
Stay in your routine, stay in your prayer time, stay in the Power of daily time with God.