Monday, May 28, 2007
Be filled with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18 is a command. Be filled. It does not simply suggest that this would be good for you or could glorify God. You have been bought for a price for a good work. Do it. Be filled.
What do you do when you need to be filled with the Spirit?
Do you even notice when you need to?
For you died, and your life is now hidden in Christ with God.
You were dead.
How much of your daily life do you live like a person who has been resurrected?
Posted by 22One7.org at 1:56 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Do not neglect the gift that is in you.
Ouch. I have been so focused on my need of encouragement that I have neglected the gift to put the focus on me. The word here is to do the thing regardless. Do it regardless of my feelings, my reward, or my state of mind.
Do the thing.
Ironically, in Rocky VI, God drove a point home to me. There is a great part where Rocky says,"It isn't about how hard you hit, but how many hits you can take and keep moving forward." My hits are discouragement and attack. If I neglect the gift in me, I cease moving forward. I am stagnant. I am salt that is tasteless. What if I learn to position myself in such a way that my attacker's hits hardly phase me. I would be a formidable foe. It would be a fight woth seeing.
The last word I was given was the Word I am to offer everyone I come into contact with. I realized this after some time viewing some raunchy pride. This person was taking credit for telling someone to go to a counselor (so much so that you would think they counseled them and healed them). We are tempted to brag about our spiritual gifts. I also heard someone talk about how especially discerning they were the other day. I will be honest, I wanted to throw up. I do not come to this from an innocent place. I have been more prideful than most I know. I offer you this Word completely broken. I offer it to you because most of us are so self absorbed that we could never truly serve anyone.
Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. -1 Timothy 4:14 The Message
Keep it in use. No matter what the enemy hits you with.
Keep moving forward.
Posted by 22One7.org at 10:45 PM
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I just wanted to give you guys a quick update. 2 weeks ago, Stephanie's stepfather Michael had surgery to remove his gall bladder. Since then, he has had a very bad recovery. Monday morning he was admitted into the hospital in Waco with a fever and his skin was turning yellow. They were afraid that bile was leaking into his body. They did a CAT scan and found a fist-sized abscess under one of the incisions, which was infected. They are running some more tests today. They haven't given us a prognosis, but the doctors are pretty concerned. Stephanie's mom is shocked and really upset, so we are going to head up to Waco to provide some support. Please pray for Stephanie's mom Rita Sowers and her husband Michael (aka Babe).
Posted by 22One7.org at 2:16 PM