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The God's Will - Top 10

The God’s Will - Top 10

Dear GDA Friends –

I sent the following Great Day Addendum (or at least pieces of it) out almost five years ago now. As we start this new year and as we continue to seek out “God’s Will” for our lives, I thought it appropriate for us again today.

Keep the Faith

Marty


“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”
– Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV


“… He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” – Deuteronomy 8:3b NLT

Over the past few months, I have been contemplating God’s will and wondering what that means/what that might look like for me and my family.

Though we may not verbally ask it every day or all the time, it does tend to be a question that we all ask… that we at least wonder about from time to time…

But at the same time, we’re not really sure that we really want to know… for fear that we might find out… for fear that His will might be that He wants us to go to the dry lands of Africa… or India… or China… or the rainforests of South and Central America… or some other place that we really don’t want to go, much less raise a family…

Forgetting that if we are truly seeking Jesus and His heart… If our heart is truly becoming more and more like His, then our heart… our will… becomes His… and thus, our heart will change and want to go where He wants us to go… be what it is He wants us to be… Do what He wants us to do.

That being said… and even though it is sometimes fearful for us to ask… deep down we probably do want to know - What is God’s will for our lives?

It might surprise you what the Bible says about it…

The God’s Will - Top 10
(… and this is only 10 of far more that the Bible says)

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength
2. Love your neighbor as yourself
3. Flee evil
4. Be joyful & give thanks in all circumstances
5. Praise Him & Worship Him
6. Dwell on all that is good and pure and true
7. Go therefore and make disciples
8. Daily put on the full armor of God
9. Daily take up your cross and follow Him
10. Pray continually


You see, God’s will is far more than our careers… or what city we will live in… or what we will be and do next… and is more concerned with Him and us seeking Him and finding Him… as we rely on Him and strive to live for Him… That’s where His will becomes more and more evident… and that’s where our hearts belong… to Him, with Him, in a growing relationship wit h Him

Keep the Faith… Carpe Diem

“Relying on God has to begin all over again everyday as if nothing yet had been done.” – C. S. Lewis


Do It Anyway

Do It Anyway

“We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” - 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13 NIV

For some reason, I just don’t feel like it today.

I don’t feel like praying. I don’t feel like reading the Word. I don’t feel like writing and sharing.

Though, I have a lot to be grateful for. Though I am blessed beyond belief. Though I can see His mighty hand protecting me and my family, and feel His strong hand guiding and leading me.
Though I know all that. See all that. Feel all that. For some reason, I don’t feel like it.

Yet, I do it anyway.

Not because of some feeling of obligation like some Pharisee. Or some need to fill some ritualistic habit.
Not because of some desire to somehow earn God’s favor. Or lose it if I don’t.

No. I do it anyway because deep down in my heart of heart, I want to. I need to. Doing those simple daily things are a sort of an outpouring of my heart... of my very soul. Kind of like breakfast for my faith.

I do it because He wants me to. He want me to draw near to me. To trust in Him. To share with and Him the desires of my heart. He wants to hear of my struggles and my weakness. He wants to steady me and hold me. He wants me to know Him more and better. He wants me to be able to stand strong in my weakness. And stay humble in my strength - knowing its Him that makes me strong and gives the gifts that bring Him glory.

Though I often don’t feel like it... I do it any way.

And somehow through, reading, praying... even writing and sharing, I feel better, stronger. Wondering why I didn’t feel like doing it.

May this day be a day that you do it any way.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem


Worship Wednesday - Psalm 95

Worship Wednesday - Psalm 95

Come... Let’s praise the Lord.
Come... Let’s raise our voices in Thanksgiving
Come... Let’s worship the King, who has saved us.
With Holy hands raised, let’s lift up our voices in praise and worship.
Whether at home or at work. At school or at play, let’s praise the One who is worthy of our praise. Worship the One who is deserving to be worshiped.
He is worthy... all glory and honor and praise to His name.
Amen.... and amen!

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’
So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”


Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem



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