Curious Faith 6-12 October 2021

Day 7

 

Day 7 of a “Curious Faith” is our last day, and digs into one of the most important considerations on developing our Faith, waiting on God…

Devotional Point 4 today:

…we have trained ourselves to operate impatiently…

Scripture 4 today:

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

Our Bible, unlike the scriptural foundation of all other religions is based on action for today. Not some airy-fairy pie-in-the-sky possible pipe dream. We are living lives based on God’s timing, not ours, and once we get that little tidbit of wisdom under out “belts”, it all becomes much easier. God’s timing involves God’s work in others, others who have free-wills that he has chosen to work through. And why? Well because he loves each of individually, and you can’t expect Him to force His will through on anyone, therefore, waiting…

Question for the day: what are you waiting on God for? For me it is on how to move www.thecommands.com forward…

Other Notes: Hoping you’ve enjoyed this last 7 days of a “Curious Faith”. Tomorrow we are going to start camping in the book of Matthew for another week, looking at the beatitudes one day at a time, the plan is called “When Jesus Rules”…

Day 6

 

Devotional Point 4 today:

…worry is nothing more than a lie that gets in your way…

Scripture 4 today:

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

The only actual sidetrack to faith is worry, and worry comes from a deep background of experience, the more experience the more possibility for worry. When this happened we got this result… And we think it will play out that way again for us. But here is Joshua, and he is no spring chicken by this time, facing the task of leading 2M people into this land and conquer this land, as there were a lot of people there by then, people who were not looking forward to being conquered. That pretty much sums up the task God had for us today…

Question for the day: what stops you from realising God’s promise that He will enable you to stand against everything in front of you today?

Day 5

Devotional Point 4 today:

…our expectations could be preconceived resentments…

Scripture 4 today:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

I really love this phrase: “our expectations could be preconceived resentment“. That has certainly been my experience both growing up and since then. Potentially, the older you get the more entrenched they become. However, that is certainly not God’s plan either for us or his church. We are not to enter any relationship with any preconceptions about how we might be damaged. Not that we don’t employ wisdom, but we have a very powerful God is well capable of taking care of us.

Question for the day: what kind of expectations of preconceived resentment do you recognise in your own life? Most of my life, I have had an expectation that those with power and authority over me are going to abuse that. God has definitely rescued me from that and given me an opportunity to learn from those above me.

Other Notes: A gift of the wilderness is the clarity we gain when all else is stripped away. When life feels bare, it is easier to see what is truly important. Priorities align, distractions fade away, and we find ourselves in an environment where we can dig deeper into our faith.

Day 4

 

Day 4 of a Curious Faith digs into one of the big things that stops us from having a curious faith, our needs to control the world we live in and not letting God do His work in us…
Devotional Point 4 today:
How often does our need to control rob us of delights that God desires us to experience?
Scripture 4 today:
Proverbs 5:21-23 (NIV) 21 For your ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all your paths. 22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
the cords of their sins hold them fast. 23 For lack of discipline they will die,
led astray by their own great folly.
Reflection 4 today:
The Faith that is going to grow the kingdom is the faith that comes from curiosity about many things that make the world go round. A lot of things can rob us of that curiosity, busy-ness pursuing goals that are ours and not God’s being primary among them. In the verses for today are Proverbs about sexual sin, which produce cords that “hold them fast”, but these are not the only cords that tie us down and destroy our curiosity. When Jesus “married us”, he took on all those cords, we need to let Him cleanse the effect of them every day…
Question for the day: What cords hold you fast? Probably for me it is the resentment for the abuse of my family…

Day 3

Day 3 of a Curious Faith digs into the very foundation of our creation, we are fearfully and wonderfully made…

Devotional Point 4 today:

How often do we all forget our value?

Scripture 4 today:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

So, 60 trillion cells, 100 thousand miles of nerve fiber, 60 thousand miles of blood vessels, and some think that is some accident? Even the most ardent skeptics now don’t really think this just evolved from the ooze, although it is still widely taught in the schools. But it goes to show how clever Satan’s “con-jobs” really are. The concept of evolution is a mathematical absurdity, yet most of the world has believed it, so apparently Satan doesn’t have to work all that hard to deceive these sheep masquerading as humans, me included… Read God’s word, believe God’s word…

Question for the day: How is Satan trying to deceive you today? For me, he is at it every day in every way possible…

Day 2

Devotional Point 4 today:

…In dying to ourselves, we truly find life…

Scripture 4 today:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

One of the difficulties the church has brought on itself, is the muddying of the concept of transformation vs modification of behaviour. In this past 65 years of the “Broadcast Cycle” of the church, the concept of transformation has been almost totally set aside and lost. A gospel that has been preached is one of happiness and light and roses, not of transformation. In this next “Engaging Cycle” or the church, it will be about transformation, and that comes in engagement, deep engagement with people who want to b e transformed…

Question for the day: what can you do today to help with the transformation of someone close to you?

Day 1

Day 1 of a Curious Faith, where we look at how to get past our current circumstances and concentrate on letting God doing the fighting…

Devotional Point 4 today:

…if He can cover the moon, then the brokenness of this world pales in comparison…

Scripture 4 today:

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection 4 today:

The Israelites were pinned down on every side. They were in a position of having to trust God because there was no other way out. The Apostle Paul talked about being in a similar position in 2 Cor 4:8.  Sometimes, that is the best place we could possibly be in, as there is no opportunity for us to try and do it on our own, it is very clear that there is no possibility for that to happen. For the most part, that is the best place we could possibly be at, because the battle is going to be won by God, not us anyway.

Question for the day: What battles are you facing where you very clearly are going to have to stand still and let God do the fighting?

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