November 27, 2017 Daniel 5,6; Psalm 130; Mark 14:43-72

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Humble Me | Kim Chipman

S~ But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. Daniel 5:20 (NIV)

O~ Daniel is interpreting some handwriting for King Belshazzar. God had given the king’s father, Nebuchadnezzar, sovereignty, greatness, glory, splendor, and power UNTIL his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride. THEN all that power went away until he acknowledged God is sovereign.

A~ I want Your power in my life. What areas are prideful? Where has my heart started to harden? How am I not acknowledging You as sovereign? What needs humbling in my heart? Where am I not honoring You? As I go through my day show me…

P~ Lord, help me to see! Help me to keep my heart humble so I have Your power. I need You. I love You!

I Wouldn’t Be Left | Michelle Myers

S~ LORD, if you punished people for all their sins, no one would be left, Lord. Psalm 130:3 (NCV)

O/A~ It is funny how I often forget that no one, including me, would be left.   I can look at someone’s behavior or hear their words, and for a moment, think, “WOW!  I am glad I know better or don’t do that.”  Then God will say one of two things to me: “There was a time that you didn’t know better” or “But you did this, and it is not that much different.”

As much as I try to not sin or be a judgmental person, I am often humbled by the reality that as a human, I am always going to fail.  So, I have to humble myself, repent, look at other people through eyes of empathy, and remember that if He punished people for all their sins, I wouldn’t be left either!

P~ Thank you God for your mercy!  Please continue to show me where I could humble myself more and show empathy towards my fellow, imperfect humans.

Questioning suffering | guest post

S~ And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72b (NLT)

O~ Peter broke down and wept when he heard the rooster crow.  Jesus said Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crows twice.  Peter said he would never deny Jesus.

A~ God, can anything be made good with out the not-so-good?  Can my heart be closer to You, go deeper in relationship with You without the suffering?  You built Your church off Peter, a man who denied You three times.  Had he not broken down or even denied You, would his faith been as strong?

God, I’m just reminded in a new way of how You do things is so different from the world’s.  Your story is beauty from ashes.  God, I don’t want the ashes part of my life, or the suffering.  Can we (me) have You to the fullest that we can here on Earth without the pain and suffering?

My gut says no, but maybe (hopefully) yes?  When You were about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, You told them that all would be well with them if they OBEYED your commands.  But I know how well I obey You………….

P~ God, please give me perspective of eternity.  I just want to be full of You, everything in me to glorify  You.  To trust You.  That everything in my life, because I’m Your daughter, will end up as good.  Let me see the strength of suffering on Earth compared to the eternity of Heaven.  I love You!  Thank You for letting me be a part of Your story!

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