Monday, February 03, 2014

February 3, 2014 … A Good Resolution

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 34

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – Please take your time to see a video of a beautiful acapella arrangement of the ancient hymn Be Thou My Vision , reminding us that our pursuits should be guided and controlled by God’s vision and not by our desire to control others.

 Highlight Verse – NKJV: Romans 14: 12-13 [NKJV] …  
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Highlight Passage: Romans, Chapter 14, Verses 1-13 [NKJV] … Go to this link ... 

Reference Passage #1: Galatians 2: 16-17 … [NKJV] … [Beware of judging others by their works.] …  
16 … knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. 

Reference Passage #1: 2nd Corinthians 13: 5-6 … [NKJV] … [Perhaps it’s time for a retest!] …
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. 

 My Journal for Today: Well, we’re in February; and how are we doing with those New Year’s resolutions which we made into 2014? If you’re like most of us, some of them have gone by the wayside and we have fallen back into old patterns of humanness and weakness. So, maybe it’s a matter of doing what the Apostle Paul suggested to the church in Corinth (see 2nd Cor. 13: 5-6 - see above) and review our ways, doing all we can to follow what was suggested in today’s devotional song to which I’ve linked any readers.

Yes, we need to tune our views (i.e., vision) so as to be guided by God’s Spirit and not tuned into to our own selfishness and prejudices. And nowhere in our lives is this probably more of a need than in the way we judge or view the practices and cultural habits of others. Oh how easy it is to try to set the ground rule for the way others play the game of life! We want to set the ground rules, don’t we, … rather than allowing for the way others play the game?

That’s what Paul was addressing for the Church in the Romans 14 passage to which my Our Daily Bread devotional highlighted for today. Hence, when we make resolutions, as today’s photo depicts, we need to come together in unity as God’s church and let God’s Spirit set the ground rules. And if we follow God’s vision, we will allow for some non-essential variance in the way others come at the game of life; and we’ll move on to do life God’s way and in His will (the ground rules found mostly from His word).

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … as today’s old hymn sings, “be Thou my vision,” and as I pray so often, shine Your light brightly so that I’ll do nothing but follow You in the game of life, not trying to set the rules for my life from my own biases and prejudices, but seeking YOUR way and YOUR will from YOUR word. … Amen

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