Saturday, June 07, 2014

June 7, 2014 … Who Are We, Anyway?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 158

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Two songs today, expressing the two signs of our reality … Please go the first video link to hear Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing He’ll Do Whatever It Takes, reminding believers that God’s love is patient and will be there no matter what we’ve done to grieve His spirit; … and then to this link  to hear Avalon sing the song of the surrendered Christian, Everything To Me, where our Lord comes to become our all in surrender to His pursuit of our soul.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Psalms 73: 25 [NKJV] …  
25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Psalms 73: 1-3; 21-28 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1 Job 21: 15 [NKJV] … Which path will we follow? …  
15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’ 

Reference Passages #2 Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … ]  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passages #3 Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … [Memorized yet?]…  
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. …” 

Reference Passages #4 Hebrews 11: 6 [NKJV] …   
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

My Journal for Today: Do you ever wonder who you are as a Christian? And I think the feelings of Asaph, one of King David’s worship leaders, in Psalm 73 captures some of my schizoid faith at times. If you go to the highlight passages, linked above, you’ll see that we often waver, as believers, between the weakness of our human desires and our pursuit – in faith – of our relationship with God. And don’t you feel – at times – that duplicity of emotions?

And so, what about the picture I’ve attached to signify the meaning of my journal entry here from Our Daily Bread for today? Well, Jesus, Who came walking out on the water in the storm for His disciples, depicts for me the so-called “hound of Heaven,” our Lord, Who’ll do, as the first song linked above declares, “Whatever It takes,” to come after His beloved ones, … the ones who pursue a completed relationship with Him. And when we can come, in total surrender to Him, as expressed in the second linked song above, Jesus can/will give His all to us.

So, I challenge you to take in all I’ve brought here today, the photo, the songs, and the Scriptures to help us all realize the truth of Whose we are in our faith. We are Christ’s; and He has given His all for us.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I am Yours; and You are everything to me. … Amen

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