Sunday, March 6, 2005

meant to live - switchfoot
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous amd succesful"

Joshua 1:8

this was the theme for the new men's ministry in my church here. you mean i've joined some cheesy all-male support group? well, on one hand, yes. but on the other hand, think of it as a bunch of men trying to get serious about God. and that no one's better or more holier than someone else, refraining from judgement, we're all just trying to worship God the best way we know how. somehow, i think God delights in our cooperate worship, when there's unity in the church, that we are really the body of Christ, and behave like a body of Christ. honour God, not ourselves.

we were told to meditate upon this word when we got back. i'd have just crashed on my bed if i didn't feel convicted enough to do something about it. i guess i could write in my journal, but i figured typing was easier. and perhaps you'd like to know too *grin*

oh kay, so yeah.. it seems pretty straight forward, we'll prosper if we keep God's word. and perhaps, in my current state of mind, that's wot i'm getting. to grow as Christians, we really need to be firmed in His word, so that it's not us that speaks, but the Spirit of God. and it challenges us, to really check with the Word for everything that we do. Joshua was a man tasked with Moses's legacy to bring the Israelites into Canan. ever felt like you were living in someone's shadow? or how you're gonna be able to do a 'better' job? is the word 'better' even synonymous with your character? i suppose God's saying that He can and will multiply all your current circumstances if you would just believe in Him, study His Word and live by it. walking in absolute truth, not some made up explanation of the church, but the truth that has been revealed to you by God Himself.

God will change your world upside down, and like i mentioned before, we are so afraid when things actually seem to be good, but are we being shortchanged? are we not pushing God to the more that He can actually do? if you expect God to do nothing, He'll do nothing.

it's true, i dunno how it's all going to turn out, but today in the upper room, you really get a sense of God challenging a group of men, to be serious about the divine love and hope of the God of heaven, earth and everything in between. and though we are afraid, though we anticipate, though we worry about the deep ends, we walk by faith and not by sight.

and so it goes.

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