July 6, 2018 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13,14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

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Dixie cups | Jessie Pappinchock

S~ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV) (off plan because that’s where God led me!)

O~ This is a prayer written by King David, in response to the prophet Nathan’s having confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba.

A~ It seems my faith is always tested most in the middle of hard seasons of life. That is probably no coincidence.  In the middle of these “valley times” I come to a fork in the road where I have to decide whether I’m going to hold my focus steady and walk in truth and fortify my foundations or grow idle. Idleness leads to discontent, discontent turns to wandering and wandering leads me up onto rooftops searching for the things that I think will fill my dried up wells. Wells of value, purpose, love, time, etc. David grew idle in his leadership and calling and his idleness led to wandering right into sin. Instead of running to The Well of life giving water that God’s word is, I’m turning to a dozen little Dixie cups for relief, to be filled, to be affirmed and validated. I walk away still so thirsty every time. Actually, truthfully, I walk away a little more empty than before. It’s like trying to patch gaping holes in my foundation with play-doh; what little water I keep trying to fill my well with is still just running right out. I will never be filled going on this way. This lukewarm way of protecting my heart and maintaining relationship with Christ has lead me to nothing but frustration and more emptiness. So I say enough is enough! When I commit to God’s word I am given all that I need to both repair the wounds and find my purpose and fulfillment again. When I choose to let God’s truths fill me up, I know that I am being filled by the only thing that will truly sustain me. His word heals, redeems, restores, fulfills, gives me purpose, affirms me and reminds me who I am and whose I am. NOTHING else in this world can offer me those things like He can.

P~ Lord, help me to stop filling up on shallow and temporary sources of peace and fulfillment. I desire to be fully content in you, knowing that you are enough. Renew a right spirit within me, do not depart from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Help me to set my mind on things above. Amen.

Protected and Free | Kim Chipman

S~ But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV)

O~ This reminds me of the armor of God described in Ephesians 6. A big part of living victoriously in Christ is putting on that armor and praying.

A~ Recently we took a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. I’m an ocean lover. I’m also an early riser so I’d be awake long before my family and I’d walk the beach and watch the sunrise. The first couple days I walked barefoot. Then my calves hurt so bad I was dying to I started wearing shoes. What I immediately noticed was instead of always looking at the sand to make sure I didn’t step on something sharp I could enjoy the beautiful view more. Having my feet protected freed me from being so hyper vigilant with each step. I could enjoy that time to the fullest with my gaze up and out over the beautiful ocean.

I feel that putting on the armor of God does the same thing for my spiritual walk that wearing shoes did for my beach walk. I can relax and enjoy the journey more because I’m protected. I can look up and out at the big picture instead of being hyperfocused on each little step. There’s freedom there!

P~ I’m so happy that I belong to the day. Help me remember that there is protection and freedom in suiting up in Your spiritual armor. It will help me to enjoy the journey. I love You!

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