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Day 20

Obedience in Faith

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This morning my high school aged daughter told me about a sermon by Matt Chandler that she was listening to.  The sermon was called “God is Able”.  The message was focused on Moses in Exodus Chapter 4, and Chandler spoke about the key to finding the power of God in our lives.  I can’t seem to shake this thought that he shared: “The omnipotent might of God almost always flows through obedience in faith.” The pattern then is still the same today … God speaks, we obey (exactly), then God shows up in an amazing way. God was not concerned with Moses’ past, his excuses, his brokenness, his limitations, his abilities.  God had all that covered.  God simply wanted Moses to act in obedience rooted in faith.

I’m so thankful for a daughter who pursues God and points me to sermons.  I’m also thankful for a God who pursues me and patiently points me towards obedience.

(Extra)Ordinary

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Ever wonder how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom? That’s the heart behind Zume (Greek word for leaven), a new disciple making / training movement that launched February 14th.  To learn more, go to their website at www.zumeproject.com and also check out the video below. Zume will change your life, and the world.

Spiritual Economy

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Not long ago a friend shared with me about the “spiritual economy”.  He phrased it this way: “There’s a kind of spiritual or heavenly economy involved in this. It’s like we are breathing in, from God, receiving from Him and then obeying, internalizing what He has given us, making sure we embrace it. We make it part of who we are, then we exhale to the world around us, sharing what we have received.  The idea is — receive, obey, then share, which is very tied to the dual accountability of obedience and teaching others to obey which help us know it even better, as it goes from head to heart and hands. Whatever we get, we give away. It’s just the opposite of the world — which tries to keep what they get and charge others to give it to them.

So — We are blessed so we can bless. The question is — who, then, should we bless ?

First and foremost, God has placed us in relationship with many people.
We are responsible to steward these relationships.
He will hold us accountable for these relationships.

How can we be a blessing to them?

What can we do to empower them to take the next step in their faith journey with God?”

He summed it up very well, and I agree.  Check out the video below, where Curtis Sergeant shares some similar thinking.

Declaration of Dependence

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As the United States was preparing to celebrate Independence Day this year, I was listening to our pastor share from Luke 11:1-13, where Jesus taught His disciples how to pray.  Weeks later, I’m still challenged by several statements he made.  The pastor’s line of thought was something like this: Your prayer life is an indicator of your dependency on God.  Your dependency on God is a primary factor in what God does in your life.  Dependency, expressed through prayer and obedience, is a key ingredient in the fruitfulness of true disciples.

Does this challenge you as much as it challenges me?  What would the Lord’s Prayer look like if we prayed it with the workplace in mind?  How might God use a greater awareness of your dependency on Him to make you more fruitful?