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Get it Off Your Chest

When you go to pray, just let it all out.

Empty yourself of all that is plaguing you and bothering you. Pour out the burdens weighing down your soul. Open your mouth and unleash the very things that have you holding back tears and stuck in an emotional valley of sadness and worry.

Just get it all off your chest.

Tell God the things that you won’t tell your loved ones. Tell Him what is deeply rooted within your heart. Tell Him how much you fear what’s coming up. Share with God how much you dread the feeling of the aftermath of anything that has transpired lately.

Open your mouth and get it off your chest.

Get it Off Your Mind

Once you get it off your chest, get it off your mind.

Don’t drag that dread into the rest of the day.

You did one of the best things that you could do with such situations. You’ve taken it to God and told it to God. Now, what you truly need to do is trust it to God. Trust God to handle it like He knows best. He knows better than us how to handle any situation.

You’ve gotten it off your chest.

Now do your very best to get it off your mind.

Give it Over to God

Don’t try to hold onto what God can handle better than you.

It’s off your chest.

It should be off your mind.

It is in God’s hands.

Truly He knows how to handle it the best. He knows how to deal with it the best.

You gave it over to God in prayer.

Now totally give it over to God in faith.

Believe that He will deal with it as He sees fit.

Give it totally over to God.


God’s help is available.

Prayer is a means for tapping into God’s power as well as a mechanism for telling God what’s on your heart and mind.

What we need to see is that there are resources out there among the people of faith. These resources are provided to help us. These resources are here to help us get better at getting closer to God.

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Rejoice always

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Reflection on Day #4

It came and went quickly. I thought that I would need to dig in so much deeper to get through the day, but I actually held on well. I felt satisfied which is different. Afternoon cravings are now curtailed with a bowl of raw almonds and mixed nuts rather than chocolate peanut butter cups or some other form of craving killer. I can honestly say that I gave yesterday a full effort without having to force myself. That’s what I call personal growth, even if it is only in one area of my life. That’s what it is and I will take it with full gratitude.

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Focus on Faith

I rally on my time reflecting and meditating on the Scriptures during this detox period. God has been stirring up some old ideas from the past that I dropped by the wayside in lieu of other work and He has also been granting me some new insights into carrying out my ministry work despite the COVID-19 conditions. I am earnestly working on some of the items immediately and eagerly anticipating how to get to other pieces of the puzzle, but as they say God is not finished with me yet. There is more that I am sure that He has to reveal to me in our time of communion.

I am certain of this, though. I am a firm believer that a greater percentage of God’ grace has been spent on sparing me of the ramifications of my own foolishness. Yet, as I ponder further upon how much god has to offer, I am seeking the place and space for when and where God rewards my faithfulness.

Focus on Fuel

This time has allowed me to discover some new dishes and to return to eating more raw vegetables beyond a salad. I usually eat cauliflower and broccoli raw and uncooked. No ranch dressing or cheese, please. I just eat the florets. I have even been able to nibble on a handful of raw Brussels sprouts, but I do have to admit that those have me drinking a lot of water to get them down. At the end of the day, I would rank the broccoli at the top of my got to raw fuel list with baby carrots.

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Focus on Fitness

Today I need some of that vitamin D that only direct sunlight can provide. Working remotely from home has its benefits, but some of he drawbacks include that vortex where you find yourself locked into work mode and without proper break times. I knew this going into this challenge, so I was careful to schedule my fitness breaks. I like how world class runner Steven Gomez shows us how to adjust our schedules. However, I am at the point where I need to add alarms to my smartphone as reminders to take my fitness breaks. My fitness breaks during work a simply mini moments that serve as power breaks where I will rise up and walk around, stretch or even take a break from the screen and step outside. Today I will definitely find me a spot in the sun for a moment and make the most of it. These breaks are key to a continued awareness of my physical restoration and recharging during my work schedule.

An unwavering dedication to God’s way is the mark of a true steward

Larry burkett

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Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 
Malachi 3:8 (KJV)
 
 
Recently, I took some serious devotional and Bible study time to read Malachi. That’s a major undertaking when you consider what the Lord has to say through Malachi and to whom He is directing His words. The primary points of the biblical book are an accusation and warning to God’s people to act like people of God. Whew! That’s heavy stuff, even for seminary students, Sunday school teachers and simple, set apart and sanctified saints.
 
 
Old school Baptists sum up the prophetic book with quasi-biblical phrases such as: robbing God, opening up the windows of heaven, and bring all of the tithes into the storehouse.  These are certainly not verbatim and definitely not theologically sound when used in convenient contextual arenas.  Tithers hold fast to Malachi chapter 3, primarily verses 8-10, but this has nothing to do with introducing or ordaining the tithe.  It is about trusting God and upholding the practice of tithing as means of seeing that God is true to His promises
 
 
People have been utilizing such passages of the Bible to bully and beat up those who do not tithe for years.  Unfortunately, this is due to a failure to maintain a contextual view of the biblical passage and explore an expository and exhaustive explanation of the text in light of audience, intent and culture and history.  Some things may be lost in translation, but one has to keep in mind what type of Bible or study tools one uses.  A paraphrase will not give you an accurate translation since its main goal is to translate thought for thought, while a literal translation seeks to translate and interpret word for word. 
 
 
I would also like to add a warning about commentaries, especially when one is seeking a clear understanding of the text and its surrounding passages.  Understand what type of tool you have and how to use it.  The root word of commentary is comment.  When you read Matthew Henry’s commentary, it is just a comment by Matthew Henry on that book of the Bible or the entire Bible itself.  What you get is an insight into that particular person’s views on it.  If i use Matthew Henry, I am limited to the depths of Matthew Henry and the prevailing theology of his time.  Ever hear about the Dead Sea Scrolls? Were they discovered before or after Mathew Henry’s commentary? How about Martin Luther’s? Commentary usage requires careful steps to avoid slippery slopes.
 
 
Clearly, once one reads Malachi as an entire study, it becomes as glaring as Jeremiah or Isaiah, even Hosea.  The message is about God’s relationship with His people.  God desires a restored relationship with His people, but if they keep going the way that they have been going there’s no redemption or reconciliation.  God has to stop the nonsense and put the challenge before the people about testing and trying Him to see if He is faithful in delivering His promises.

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How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.- Psalm 119:9 (NLT)

The desire to live a pure life is admirable. Yet, the question is posed. The question is answered. God desires that we live obedient lives. Obedience is the answer to what is sought as an answer from God.

The verse that follows speaks of trying with all of our heart to obey God, and then shifts into a prayerful plea: do not let me stray from your commands (v. 10, NIV).  It should stand for all of us that we say something similar to God in prayer.  We know ourselves and we know what God asks of us and commands us to do.  Our tendency is to stray away from God and His ways because we have a sinful nature.  We get to doing an ad hoc Christian walk rather than stopping and asking God for His help.  He’s accessible and available.  Will we call on Him?

If we desire a pure life that is good.  Our heart seems to be in right place if so.  Our issue now is how we will learn it to live by it.  In seeking to live by it, we are going to need His help, support and power.  We cannot simply do all that we are to do in our own strength.  So, let us seek God and gain what we need from Him as He walks with us.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.- 1 Cor. 12:9 (NASB)

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Quitting Time

Be strong and of good courage. . .– Joshua 1:6

At various times, if left to our own devices, we would simply quit.  We would call it a day and walk away from things undone.  We might even grumble or mumble about how it just wasn’t in the Lord’s will, but in the end we would still simply call it quits.  We would be done.  That’s not what God wants us to do.

God expects us to have the fortitude to extend ourselves beyond where we have already been before.  He desires us to live by faith, fully trusting Him for what we need.  He sheds light on enough of His plan for us to see where we fit into the big picture if we will just endure the rough spots and hard times along the way.

Don’t quit.  What may appear to be quiting time may serve as the qualifier for the next round.  Allow God to share with you and show you where you are needed to get things accomplished in His name.  I know that you know that God doesn’t need you to do anything, but He chose you.  You were divinely destined for this task.  He’ll supply and sustain you through all of the adversity that accompanies it.  Trust Him.  Simply stay the course and se things through as God has given them to you.

 

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One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God calls us into faith to live by faith.  He offers blessings and benefits to those who obey His commands.  He seeks to bless us through His mighty works.  It is by adhering to what God has said for us to do and not do that we actually see the Lord at work on behalf of those who trust in Him.

Will you listen and follow God ?  Can you do so without being contaminated by “strange fire?” Is it possible to do so without seeking any glory for yourself, humbled by the privilege to “work” hand in hand with God? Try to go one day by just doing as He said.  Let God’s Word serve as your daily quest’s map and the Lord’s Spirit act as your GPS and compass.  Trust God enough to simply let Himlead you through a single day, and then build from there.

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