December 29, 2017 Psalm 147; Luke 23:1-43

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Cast off comfort | guest post

S~ He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.  The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. Psalm 147: 3, 6, 11 (NIV)

O/A ~ I’m looking back over this last year, thinking about it.  And I want to ask the Lord about 2018. But first, 2017.

If I were to picture 2017 in my mind, I would see myself; hands up in the air, slowly turning while Jesus is binding up some very old wounds.  Wounds that I never even knew that I had, but the Lord revealed them a year ago and started the healing process at the same time!

What a year!  My confidence in who I am in Christ has blossomed!  Things that used to really matter to me, no longer matter.  Jesus has changed me!  He showed up and let me know that He is bigger than anything I’ll ever face.  It has been a year of change in my heart and mind.  I’ve gone from seeking happiness to finding joy in all things.

I’d like 2018 to be a deeper call to obedience.  I want to cast off my comfort and my plans and follow Jesus where He takes me. Maybe that’s it….cast off comfort, like the baggage that’s holding me down from running my race well.  The Lord sustains the humble and delights in those who fear Him.  I want that!

P~ Oh Abba!  I love You!

PRAY | Kim Chipman

S~ Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 (NIV)

O~ When Jesus says this He is hanging on the cross. My study Bible says: “Jesus was suffering the most horrible, painful death ever devised by sinful man, and he looked at the people responsible for His suffering and prayed for their forgiveness.”

A~ Lately I’ve had some old, familiar, painful feelings bubble up. I’ve honestly been praying about what to do with these feelings. It hurts. It’s not the first time (by a long shot) that this person has hurt me in this way. They don’t see an issue. For me it’s like ripping an old scab off and I’m bleeding all over again. So…what do I do with all that? My pain, their apathy…ugh! Their apathy hurts as much as what they are doing to hurt me!

At my church we say “we exist to live and love like Jesus”. Simple to understand, hard to do. Jesus showed love to people that inflicted unimaginable pain on Him by praying for them. In the midst of His suffering He prayed for them.

This speaks to my heart so directly and clearly today. When that pain bubbles up – in the midst of the pain – PRAY for that person. That is what Jesus did. PRAY.

P~ Thank You for Your Word. I needed this today. I want to look more and more like You. Give me the grace and strength to walk this out well. I love You!

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