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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

One Change, One Turn Leads to Another - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 7 - Purity 1280


One Change, One Turn Leads to Another  - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 7 - Purity 1280

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of what appears to be a large “hump” of rock and roots raised and ripped into two over strange vegetation comes to us from yours truly as I captured this scene of a supposedly alien landscape while waiting to experience flight on the back of a Banshee yesterday during my visit to “Pandora” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Although James Cameron’s 2009, Avatar won Oscars for cinematography, art direction, and visual effects and now is put on display at Disney World, its visual effects could not suspend my disbelief enough not to notice its pantheistic worldview or make me like it. Apparently, my dissenting opinion isn’t unique as other internet scoffers have labeled the most successful movie of all time to be irrelevant and overrated. Shots fired. As visually stunning as Avatar is it couldn’t make me swallow the “Mother Nature vs Imperialistic Man” plot involving intergalactic opportunists oppressing 9 feet tall Blue indigenous pagan people group. Not a favorite, the ride was fun though.

Anyway, I repent of watching Avatar, renounce its pagan worldview as false, reject its profane language, violence, and lust as sin, and cancel any permission the enemy may have had in my life because of watching it or by visiting its attractions at Disney World. I cast out any spiritual forces of darkness that may have gained ground in my life because of my associations with it, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Oof, that felt good. Well, now that I repented of Avatar, I have to announce that I may have finally turned a corner in coming back to the path of self-control and food plan sanity as I today, even though I am still on vacation at Disney World, am committed to making one change that prayerfully leads to going back to my balanced regulated life of healthy eating that has put me in the best physical shape of my life- I am renouncing Disney World’s hot cocoa….

Here at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resorts, I have unlimited beverages and one of the offerings is Disney’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa which is automatically mixed and brewed via a dispensing machine. It’s delicious! But as I have learned that a Keto food plan leads to my optimal health, it really can’t have a place in my life and so even though I will be at Disney World today and for some of tomorrow, and could continue to indulge myself with its chocolate sweetness,  I am making the choice to “give it up for Lent”.  Yup, I’m going back to sanity slowly but I’m coming back knowing that “one turn – one change – can lead to another.  One small change from a life in the flesh is a victory for the life in the Spirit and can lead to more victories and complete freedom.  So we make this one small change and pray that it will cause us to make more and be completely free from sugar bondage in a couple of days when I return to NY and back to normal.  Well, it’s the season of repentance and so we repent and will continue to do so. And so let’s also continue with our 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther.

It’s the seventh day of Lent and so we continue my personal walkthrough of Gracia Grindal’s 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther to observe and celebrate the Lenten season.   In this walkthrough Grindal’s devotional,  it is our hope that we will get to know Martin Luther a little better as we seek to draw closer to the Lord on our journey to Resurrection Sunday – Easter.  

And so we continue.

Journey Day 7

YOU ARE NOT TO MISUSE the name of your God.

What is this?

Answer: We are to fear and love God, so that we do not curse, swear, practice magic, lie, or deceive using God's name, but instead use that very name in every time of need to call on, pray to, praise, and give thanks to God.

With the words, "You are not to take the name of God in vain," God at the same time gives us to understand that we are to use his name properly, for it has been revealed and given to us precisely for our use and benefit. Therefore, since we are forbidden here to use his holy name in support of falsehood and wickedness, it follows, conversely, that we are commanded to use it in the service of truth and of all that is good-for example, when we swear properly where it is necessary and required, or also when we teach properly, or again, when we call on God's name in time of need, or thank and praise him in time of prosperity, etc.

BIBLICAL WISDOM

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7

SILENCE FOR MEDITATION

Pause the podcast, or stop reading, and sit quietly for 60 seconds or 1, 5, 10, 15 minutes or however long you feel comfortable with and have time for. Focus on your breath and the calm stillness in the present moment that is always available to us in God’s creation. Meditate on Martin Luther’s comments for the day, and the content of today’s Biblical wisdom.

 

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

     Read Exodus 3:13-15. What is God's answer to Moses at the burning bush when asked to give his name? What kind of name is that?

God tells Moses that His name is “I AM”. When Moses asks God what he is to tell about the God of their Father has sent them the Lord replies “I AM WHO I AM”, which honestly makes me think of the cartoon character Popeye, “I y’am what I y’am and that’s all that I y’am – I’m Popeye the Sailor man”  -  but unlike Popeye, God is more than just a mere man. God is the self-existent creator of all things. His Name of “I AM” is pointing to that fact – He IS and Always Was and Will BE – and HE Created all things – and Thus HE and His Name are to be highly exalted.

     In what ways does your community of faith use God's name "in the service of truth and of all that is good"?

My community of faith, the body of Christ, uses God’s name in the service of truth and all that is good through prayer and in all the instances where our words or actions exalt the Lord, share the good news of Jesus Christ, or give God glory. Today’s context is the spoken word so, to be in the service of truth and of all that is good, Christians should not use God’s name in disgust or as a curse, should be true to their oaths and in the promises we make, and be honest, encouraging, and edifying in our speech.

     How might a community of faith actually "misuse" God's name?

A community of faith may misuse God’s name by using it to prop up man-made religious traditions or by using it to control or manipulate others to meet our man-made agendas.  We can misuse it when we make an oath by it and fail to fulfill the conditions of the oath.  We misuse it when we utter it in frustration or disgust.  We misuse it when we use it to judge or curse someone else.   Honoring God’s name is a commandment because we tend to abuse it.  

PSALM FRAGMENT

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord! Psalm 148:13-14

JOURNAL REFLECTIONS

     Meditate on the proper use and misuse of God's name. Make a list in your journal of the ways you properly use God's name. Make another list of the ways you misuse God's name.

I properly use God’s name when I give thanks, praise Him, point others to Jesus, and assure others of His love for them. I misuse God’s name when I fail in my Christian Walk, try to “fix” people, or utter it in frustrating times.

 

     Write a statement in your journal indicating your commitment to increase the proper uses of God's name and to decrease the misuse of God's name in your words and actions.

Lord, I pray to be more self-controlled in my speech, to increase the proper use of your Name,  and to decrease the number of times I misuse Your Name. Help me to see the errors of my ways regarding Your name and help me to turn from them.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

     We use God's name properly when we "call on God's name in time of need, or thank and praise him" when things are going well for us. Are asking, thanking, and praising God daily "spiritual habits" for you? If so, describe your experience with them. If not, why not work them into your life?

I am happy to report that asking, thanking, and praising God daily are spiritual habits that I practice.  They are a part of my daily spiritual practice that begins in the morning and continues throughout the day. The instances of my misuse of the Lord’s name have greatly decreased when I made these practices regular habits in my life. With that said, I am still a work in progress.

 

PRAYERS FOR THE LIFE OF FAITH

Call upon the Lord to help you use his name properly so that those who hear and see you may come to know God better.

Lord, Help me to use Your name properly so that those who hear and see me may come to know you better. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, teach me the holiness of your name so that when I call to you it is always to ask for help or to thank and praise you and never to curse.

Amen

 

(Gracia M. Grindal. 40-day Journey With Martin Luther. Kindle Edition.)

(We encourage you to purchase Grindal’s book and take the 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther for yourself by purchasing Grindal’s book wherever books are sold. You can find it online at many different sites and purchase it new, used – paper or electronic for less than $15.00).

 

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Conscience.

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV2011)
15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
16  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Today’s verses fall under the first point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Conscience.

1.         Keep a clear conscience.

Today’s verse reminds us that we represent the King and that the best way to do so is to keep a clear conscience by doing what is right according to God’s Word.  We are to have “good behavior in Christ” and when we do those who would speak maliciously against us won’t have much to say.  The reason for our hope is Christ and He is to be the catalyst to a righteous Christian life. Our love for our Savior and the power of the Holy Spirit makes a righteous, pure, and good life possible and as we walk in it, our conscience is made clear. When we confess and repent our sins, we are made right with the Lord and have harmony with Him and can confidently walk through this life knowing that we are living in God’s will for us – in our sanctification.   So keep a clear conscience by following Jesus with the way you live. 

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: MARK 12

“And the common people heard Him gladly.”
– Mark 12:37

These were the people who recognized and enjoyed the ministry of the Lord Jesus. A little further down in this same chapter, the Lord admonishes and denounces the Scribes and Pharisees, for though they appeared to be religious or godly, they were absolute hypocrites. The common people were those who not only recognized their need for teaching and healing, but also realized that the Lord Jesus could meet that need. Therefore, He says, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matt. 9:13).

Surely, it is to the common people that the Lord would have me go. If He could mix with sinners and publicans, surely it is for me to do likewise.

Embolden me Lord, as I seek to share
Your Word to those whose path I cross in
my daily comings and goings.[1]

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