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Monday, April 1, 2024

What do you want me to do Lord? - Purity 1314

What do you want me to do Lord? - Purity 1314

Purity 1314 04/1/2024 Purity 1314 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a tree branch and clear blue skies over the brown fields located beyond the clearing at the end of “Freedom Road” comes to us from yours truly as I decided to capture this moment as I enjoyed the stillness, quiet, and the view while sitting on a stone and mortar cornerstone foundation which all that remains from a building, a barn or a house, that is no more than a small pile of rubble and a distant memory of days gone by. 

With the 40-Day Journey with Martin Luther series on the blog and the online Freedom in Christ course that I was facilitating having been concluded on Saturday when I got to the end of Freedom Road with my canine pal, Harley along for the walk, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do next. Part of walking in the Spirit, is seeking the Lord’s guidance through listening prayer. So when I say I walk and talk with God or “ask the Lord something”, I mean that quite literally. Before I was born again I used to talk to myself but now I talk to God. 

Although I still have a few responsibilities and requirements to meet (2 freedom appointments this week– one today) to finish the work I started with this season’s Freedom in Christ course and last year’s school of prayer ministry with Deeper Walk International, the future seemed to be wide open during my walk on Saturday and I wasn’t just asking the Lord what was next, as much as I was asking Him what He wanted me to do with the rest of my life. With different ideas about what I would like to do, what I could do, and what I would probably do concerning my personal, professional, and ministerial life swirling around my heart and mind, I just wanted some assurance that, even though I don’t have much that appears to be certain, I wanted to be certain that I was walking with God in the right direction.  Admitting that I didn’t really know where I was going, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do with the rest of my life and didn’t have to wait long for a response.

What do you want me to do Lord?

Tell people about ME…

Although there were a few follow-up questions and concerns about exactly how I should do that, the “word” that the Lord put in my heart and mind – no, it wasn’t a booming voice or even a quiet audible whisper, gave me peace, assurance, and joy that even though I am perplexed or vexed quite often over “what’s next” on this path of Christian discipleship, the Lord is with me and has given me a desire to do His will – I have been trying and will dedicate the rest of my life to doing just what the Lord said – to tell people about Him. 

So even though much is still to be determined in what I will do and where I will go and live, I was able to rest on that block of mortar and stone at the end of Freedom Road knowing that I had nothing to worry about and could just enjoy my freedom and life in Christ for the wonderful adventure that it is. 

Well, Its’ 's Monday, and although it’s not “Spring Break” for me, and I have to go to work today, and lead a brother through the Steps to Freedom tonight, I will rest and rejoice in the Lord and our mission for my life – to tell others about Him- all the same. 

God is good. He loves you. He calls you to put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and invites you to Come and See what a life lived in His presence feels and looks like.  I know from experience that it’s the best life you can have because it just happens to be the life you were created to live but are free to reject or accept all the same. 

So let’s not worry about where we will be next year or in the distant future, or even tomorrow – for as Jesus said.

Matthew 6:34 (NLT2)
34  “…don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

And when we keep walking and talking with God, we can know that there are no troubles that we will face today, that God and us can’t handle. Let’s go and let God lead us and tell those we meet along the way about just how good He is.

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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 verse comes from the section on Contentment, Coveting & and Priorities.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Today’s verse is the second of two passages of scripture that fall under the twenty-fourth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Contentment, Coveting, and Priorities.

24. The primary goal in life must be to fear God and keep his commandments.

Today’s verse is really what our lives in Christ are all about – seeking God’s kingdom – His presence and His purposes- and His righteousness – The Person of Jesus and His ways for living. When I shared Matthew 6:34 above, I honestly didn’t know 6:33 was the verse of the day – but God knew – and He wants us to know the way to not worry about tomorrow is to seek His kingdom and His righteousness.  This is what we do as Christians.  So keep seeking the Lord, His kingdom, and His righteousness, and reap the fruit of the Spirit that will grow in your life when you walk with Him.

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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: JOHN 6

“It is I; do not be afraid.” – John 6:20

What grand words! How they strengthen, cheer, and comfort the heart. It is true that these words were uttered at a dark moment in the experience of the disciples, but these same words are still the words of the Lord Jesus, and therefore continue to carry with them their ancient power.

He says, “It is I, do not be afraid.” There is no need to fear when He is near. He is the perfect Love which casts out fear. Moreover, He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5), and with the Hebrew writer, I reply “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What man can do to me?” (Heb. 13:6). “It is I” (John 6:20) – “If God is for [me], who can be against [me]?” (Rom. 8:31).

Lord, in these uncertain times,
Your Word brings comfort and peace.[1]

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