Daily Light – Feb 28, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Continuing..taking from    ‘The Search For Significance, by McGee’

Experiencing God’s love does not mean that all of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors will be pleasant and pure.  It means that we can be real, feeling pain and joy, love and anger, confidence and confusion.

   

The Psalms give us tremendous insight about what it means to be honest with the Lord.  David and other psalmist wrote and spoke honestly about the full range of their responses to situations. For example:

 

David expressed his anger with the Lord because he felt abandoned – I say to God my rock, ‘why have you forgotten me?  Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ Psa 42:9 NIV

 

At times, David was angry with others – Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O Lord, the fangs of the lions?  Let them vanish like water that flows away;.. Psa 55:6 NIV 

David wrote of his despair about difficult situations – My heart is an anguish with me; the terrors of death assail me.  Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.  Psa 55:4-5 NIV

 

At times David trusted in the Lord – The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?  Psa 27:1 NIV

 

These passages demonstrate that God, who spoke of David as a man after His own heart, wants us to be open and honest with Him about all of our emotions, not just the pleasant ones.   

When the light of love and honesty shines on thoughts of hopelessness, it is often very painful.  We begin to admit that we really do feel negatively about ourselves – and have for a long time. 

But God’s love, expressed through His people and woven into our lives by His Spirit and His Word, can, over a period of time, bring healing even to our deepest wounds and instill within us an appropriate sense of self-worth.

 

As we move forward through ‘The Search For Significance’…ask the Lord to give you the courage to be honest.  Give Him permission to shine His Spirit’s light on your thoughts, feelings, and actions.  You may be surprised by additional pain as you realize the extent of your wounds, but our experience of healing can only be as deep as our awareness of the need for it.  This takes the power of God’s light.  Ask Him to turn on the light.  (cont tomorrow)

 

Dear Father…help us to see our need for your constant source of light.  Help us to not be afraid of your light of truth ‘because’ we can trust that it is delivered to us through your love…through your best interest for us…and for your eternal glory.  Help us to realize that we can trust you…absolutely trust you because of your great love for us.   Amen 

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Daily Light – Feb 27, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

Continuing in ‘The Search For Significance’ by Robert McGee

Turning on the Light of Objectivity

 

Many of us are hurt emotionally, relationally, and spiritually, but because we are unaware of the extent of our wounds, we don’t take steps toward healing and health.  Our problem is not stupidity but a lack of objectivity.  Because of this, we fail to see the reality of pain, hurt, and anger in our lives.

…we experience deep loneliness and seething resentment…or…true happiness eludes us no matter how we achieve or succeed…or…we are unable to receive love from those nearest us….or…we don’t understand how to fully apply the teaching of Scripture to our life and relationships to achieve the peace and joy that God promises to give…

Why do some of us lack objectivity?  Why can’t we see the reality in our lives?  Why are we afraid to turn on the light?  There are a number of answers to these questions, and they vary for each person. Perhaps we feel that our situations are ‘normal,’ that experiencing loneliness, hurt, and anger is really all there is to life.  Perhaps we want to be ‘good’ Christians, and believing that good Christians don’t have problems or feelings like ours, we deny the existence of our emotions.  Perhaps our lack of objectivity is learned response from childhood.

We all develop elaborate defense mechanisms to block pain and gain significance.  (Some of such mechanisms are:)  We suppress emotions; we are compulsive perfectionists; we drive ourselves to succeed, or we withdraw and become passive; we attack people who hurt us; we punish ourselves when we fail; we try to say clever things to be accepted; we help people so that we will be appreciated; and we say and do countless other things.

A sense of need usually propels us to look for an alternative.  We may have the courage to examine ourselves and may desperately want to change but may be unsure of how and where to start.  We may refuse to look honestly within for fear of what we’ll find, or we may be afraid that even if we can discover what’s wrong, nothing can help us.

It is difficult–if not impossible–to turn on the light of objectivity by ourselves.  We need guidance from the Holy Spirit and usually the honesty, love, and encouragement of at least one other person who is willing to help us.   Many of us bear the scars of hurts and pain from the imperfections of others…but all of us bear the effects of our own sinful nature.  Whether our hurts are deep or relatively mild, it is wise to be honest about them in the context of affirming relationships so that healing can begin.

The Lord desires truth and honesty at the deepest level ‘so that’ we can begin to experience His love, forgiveness, and power in all areas of our lives.

God is for us and not against us….He alone is the source of us finding our deepest significance.   (con’t tomorrow)

Psalm 139:23-24   NIV      Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.

Father..I pray for all of us as we come to see that YOU desire for us to have our ultimate ‘significance’ in YOU.   Thank you for how you see us…and how you love us.   Amen

 

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Daily Light – Feb 26, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
The Search For Significance
When Christ told His disciples, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32), He was referring not only to an intellectual assent to the truth but also to the application of truth in the most basic issues of life:  our goals, our motives, and our sense of self-worth.  Unfortunately, many of us give only lip service to the powerful truths of the Scriptures without allowing them to affect the basis of our self-esteem in a radical way.  Instead, we continue to seek our security and purposes from worldly sources:  personal success, status, beauty, wealth, and the approval of others.  These rewards may fulfill us for a short time, but they soon led us to a sense of urgency to succeed and the need to be approved of again. 
To meet these compelling needs, we drive ourselves to achieve, doing virtually anything to make people happy with us, and we spend countless hours and dollars trying to look ‘just right.’  Often, we avoid situations and people when the risks of failure and rejection are high.  It’s a rat race that can’t be won by simply running faster.  We need to get off this hopeless treadmill and learn to apply the foundational truths that can motivate us to live for Christ rather than for the approval of other people.
(The above is taken from the introduction to The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee.  The book has now sold over 3M copies. We will graze in the meadow of McGee’s book this week and pick the sweetest of the flowers of truth that God has given him ‘so that’ we may see how significant we are to God.)
Father…I thank you that we are significant to You.  Help us this week to grow in our understanding of Your love, forgiveness, and purposes for our life. Amen

Daily Light – Feb 23, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

A Peculiar Glory 

(Our objective this week has been to come to a deeper understanding as to ‘where’ we stand in our relationship to the Bible).  

Con’t…taking from John Piper’s new book, A Peculiar Glory..

 

Not So Much Holding a View as Being Held 

It may sound strange, but “holding onto my view” was never the way I experienced it—at least not as I can remember.  It felt more like my view of the Bible was holding onto me.  Or, as I believe today, God was holding onto me by clarifying and brightening and deepening my view of Him in the Bible.   

What I mean can be best understood if you take the word view not just in an intellectual sense (as in viewpoint), but in the aesthetic sense—as in vista, or sight, or landscape.  I never recall merely having a view of the Bible, as if it was a book on the table, and I viewed it this way and not that way, nor did I see it as a set of ideas that I could view this way or that way.

 

Not a Painting on the Wall, but a Window 

The Bible was never like a masterpiece hanging in a museum that I viewed this way and that.  Rather, it was like a window.  Or like binoculars.  My view of the Bible was always a view ‘through’ the Bible.  So when I say that, all along the way, my view was getting clearer and brighter and deeper, I mean the reality seen through it was getting clearer and brighter and deeper.  Clearer as the edges of things became less fuzzy, and I could see how things fit together rather than just smudging into each other.  Brighter as the beauty and impact of the whole message was more and more attractive.  Anddeeper in the sense of depth perspective—I suppose photographers would say ‘depth of field.’  Things stretched off into eternity with breathtaking implications—in both directions past and future.  You could sum this up with the phrase the glory of God.  That’s what I was seeing.  This was not an ‘intellectual’ effort.  Seeing is not an effort the way thinking is.  It happens.  You may need to exert yourself to walk up to the edge of the Grand Canyon, but when you get there, seeing is not work.  You may need to travel to the Alps or the Himalayas, but when you get there, seeing is not an effort.  It is given to you. 

  

I did my walking and my traveling.  That’s what study and education is.  But I did not make myself ‘see’.  And that is why I say it is not as though I was holding onto my view of the bible, but rather that the view was holding onto me.  Or God was holding ont me by making the view supremely compelling.  If you are standing on the edge of theh gRand Canyone, or rafting down the Colorado River inside the canyone, it is proper to say you are held by the view, the sight, the vista.  That is what the Bible was doing for me.  It was holding me; I was not holding it.   

This is where I still stand—on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and at the foot of the Himalayas, and sometimes rafting right down through the depths of the glory.   (end quotes from JP’s new book, chapter 1

) 

If God is a personal God, a Creator, who made you and me, and He has a plan and prescription for how we can truly ‘know’ Him and experience Him and live with Him now and throughout eternity…and if this glorious God is on our side… and if we are truly dealing with the supreme Creator of the universe and a book that He inspired as gift for all the peoples of the world is available to us…then there can be no greater quest than to KNOW that the Bible is God’s word..and that the Christian scriptures are God’s divine revelation of His glory to all mankind.

   

Father…I praise you that you desire to reveal Yourself to us…Your glory…through the window of your Word.  Help us to see you more clearly in all of your glory and majesty and splendor.   Help us to devote ourselves in looking into and through the window of your glorious Word…so that we can seeYou..clearer, brighter, deeper.   Amen 

(I encourage you to acquire Piper’s book….its purpose is to demonstrate that the infallibility of the Word of God and how and why God gave us that word to reveal His glory. I bought mine on Amazon 😊)

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Daily Light – Feb 22, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light

A Peculiar Glory 

(We are taking from John Piper’s new book.. A Peculiar Glory.    

(Our objective is to come to a deeper understanding as to ‘where’ we stand in our relationship to the Bible). I ask you to really hone in and graze a bit on expanded translation that is offered in the last half of the paragraph). 

Con’t from chapter 1…       My Standing Place

 

John writes…   I grew up in a home where the Bible was assumed to be the infallible word of God.  Whether they succeeded or failed, my parents tried to submit to the authority of the bible.  I think they succeeded pretty well.  That’s probably one reason I never rebelled against them.  They tried to form their ideas about God and man and sin and salvation from the Bible.  They tried to bring their attitudes and emotions in line with the Bible.  And they tried to form their behaviors by the Bible. 

  

That’s what you do, if you believe it is a reliable communication from your Creator.  In spite of blind spots, and in spite of what the Bible calls ‘indwelling sin’ (Romans 7:17,20), I think my parents fundamentally succeeded.  The God they worshiped, the Savior they trusted, the joy they experienced, and the love they showed were, I believe, truly the God, the Savior, the joy, and the love of the Bible.  It was all real.  

 

There was no claim to perfection, either in knowledge of God or responses to that knowledge.  They knew what the Bible itself taught about knowledge:  “Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).  We can know truly, but we cannot know comprehensively or flawlessly while we remain sinners.  The day will come when Jesus will return to earth, and the followers of Jesus will be changed.  We will sin no more.  And even though we will not become omniscient, we will cease to believe wrong things (1 Corinthians 13:12) 

But for now, we are fallible people, trying to submit as fully as we can to an infallible book inspired by God.  That is what my parents believed and what I grew up believing.  As I moved though twenty-two years of formal education, the challenges to this view of the Bible were many and constant.  They are many and constant today.  And I assume there will be many of them until Jesus comes, because one of the most prominent writers of the Bible predicted it: 

The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

 

Those times were already happening when the Bible was written.   And there is good reason to believe that as the end of the world approaches (a time of which no one can predict), the Bible will be more embattled than ever.     (continued tomorrow)

Father…thank you that even though we do not fully know all things related to your will, your plan…we have absolute confidence that Your will and plan is perfect.  Even though we are imperfect…You are perfect.   We thus take our stand, by faith, in Your finished work.  We thus take our stand, by faith, in Your Infallible Word.  We stand complete in You.   Amen

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Daily Light – Feb 21, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
(The following is taken from chapter 1 of John Pipers new book ‘A Peculiar Glory’.  
Our objective these next couple of days will be for us to better understand ‘where’ we stand in relationship to the Bible.) 
 
 The Bible Is More Like a Letter Than an Equation
 
Likening the Bible to a mathematical equation is not strikingly profound.  You can live your whole life with relative happiness, and then die, without regretting that you never knew a single one of those equations.  Even though they describe how you walk and breathe and fly, knowing the particular formula doesn’t matter.
   
The Bible isn’t like that.  And the main reason is that the bible is more like a letter from the creator of the universe than it is a record of the laws of nature.   The record of natural laws is impersonal but a letter from the creator is personal.  The main difference between a personal letter and a textbook on physics is that the letter is designed to connect you to the heart and mind of the writer, and the textbook is not.  This is the great divide on how we approach the Bible.  Does it express the heart and mind of a divine person, or is it merely a record of human religious experience?
 
This is one of the biggest questions about where we stand:  Do we stand consciously in a personal universe or an impersonal one?  Do I stand in thewareness that the main thing about the universe is that I am a person created by a Person?  Do I live in a universe created by a Person who has purposes and plans for me and for the universe?  Or do I stand in an impersonal universe?  Does the world have no personal creator or governor?  Do I stand as the product only of impersonal material forces? 
  
Cover to cover, the bible describes the world as personal.  A personal God created the world.  He crated human beings in his own image to manage the world as his stewards.
 
Genesis 1:27-28    God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them.  And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.’
 
The least this means is that we are personal the way God is.  We are personal in a way that the animals are not.  In our personhood, the Bible says, we are meant to image forth the kind of person God is.  That is what images are for.  Only these images are living persons, not statues.  Fill the earth with God-imaging persons—according to the bible, that is human destiny. 
  
Psalm 72:19   Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory!  Amen and Amen! 
 
(Tomorrow we will look at more of chapter 1… How Will the Creator Communicate?) 
 
Father…I thank you that the letter your wrote us reveals your glory to us and through us.  Help us to more clearly see that You created us to reveal your glory…to be a part of ‘filling’ the earth with your glory.  Amen
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Daily Light – Feb 20, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
God’s Glory   (Con’t
 
A Peculiar Glory
     
In John Piper’s new book, A Peculiar Glory…he says 
The main burden of this book is to probe into what really happens in our experience when we see the glory of God in Scripture; and  I try to show how this authenticates the Scripture as God’s life-giving, infallible word.  The power of Scripture to warrant well-grounded trust is not by generic glory.  Not, as it were, by mere dazzling.  Not by simply boggling the mind with supernatural otherness.  Rather, what we see as inescapably divine is a peculiar glory.  And at the center of this peculiar glory is the utterly unique glory of Jesus Christ.   
 
The peculiar glory of God, as he reveals it in the scriptures, is the way his majesty is expressed through his meekness.  I call this a paradoxical juxtaposition of seemingly opposite traits.  Johnathan Edwards called it ‘an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.’  This pattern of God’s self-revelation is his lion-like majesty together with his lamb-like meekness.  God magnifies his greatness by making himself the supreme treasure of our hearts, even at great cost to himself (Romans 8:32), and so serving us in the very act of exalting his glory.   This peculiar brightness shines through the whole Bible and comes to its most beautiful radiance in the person and work of Jesus Christ, dying and rising for sinners.
 
There is in every human being a ‘knowledge’ of this God—this glory.  There is a built-in template that is shaped for this peculiar communication of God’s glory.  When God opens our eyes (2 Corinthians 4:6) and grants us the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 2:25), through the Scriptures (1 Samuel 3:21), we know that we have met ultimate reality. 
 
By the instrument of the Scriptures, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, God cuts away the corrosion from the template of his glory.  Miraculously we are thus conformed to the peculiar shape of God’s glory.  Where we saw only foolishness before, now we see the glory of majesty in meekness, and strength in suffering, and the wealth of Go’s glory in the depth of his giving—that is, in the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”  (end) 
 
Father…I pray for all of us…that we will see this great treasure that you have given us in the person of Christ who dwells in our inner being.  Thank you that through the gift of grace, through the death and resurrection of Jesus..threw the indwelling of Your Spirit inside our spirit…that you can renew and transform us to be conformed to the image of Jesus…so that His glory will be revealed in us ‘so that’ we can go out into the darkness and be light and love to the lost.  Amen
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