Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30, 2014 … “Just Do It!!”

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 242

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see a video of the group 4Him singing The Basics of Life, repeated from yesterday’s blog entry and once again reminding us that when we know what’s right, … i.e., God’s will for our lives, … our only response must be to “JUST DO IT!” … And then GO TO THIS LINK to hear what what we should avoid in hearing Frank Sinatra’s classic anthem of selfish living, My Way!

Highlight Passage: 2nd Chronicles 15: 8a … [NKJV] …
8a ... King Asa heard God’s will from the Prophet and he took action immediately … 8 And when Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin … 
Highlight Context - NKJV: 2nd Chronicles 15: 1-15 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK King Asa knew what was right; and he just did it! …

Reference Passage #1: Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK …You probably know this one “by heart;” … well, if so, why don’t we JUST DO IT!!…

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 28: 19-20 … [NKJV] … Jesus’ last TOS with His disciples - His Great Commission …
 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

Reference Passage #3: Luke 9: 23 … [NKJV] … Jesus summarizing His “TOS” - on discipleship …
  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. ,,, "

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, called my attention to the wildly successful marketing slogan adopted by the Nike corporation in 1988, which, according to Wikipedia, resulted in Nike moving from 18% of the sports shoe market [i.e., 877 Million] to 43% [i.e., 9.2 Billion]. And the slogan, along with Nike’s “swoosh” logo are still being used today because of their corporate message to many of the “couch potatoes” of our day. … We know that we need to be exercising to promote good health; … but what we need to do is to JUST DO IT!

This was the message of today’s OBD highlight message from the historical book of 2nd Chronicle, Chapter 15 [linked above], relating the story of King Asa, who got God’s message from God’s Prophet to reform all the pagan practices of God’s people and to take them back to God’s way of life; … and Asa did just that!!

Today I’ve linked and repeated the song which I used in my blog from yesterday, ”Back To The Basics,” as well as a few of the reference verses I posted yesterday as well; because they hammer home the truth of God’s desire that we simply JUST DO IT!! when it comes to living in the center of God’s will. So often we, as Christians, know what is right, don’t we? But what is necessary? Well, one thing to avoid is what is proclaimed by Frank Sinatra in his classic song, that we do life “MY WAY!”

No, what is necessary is that we, know God’s way, … that we JUST DO IT!!

 My Prayer for Today … Lord, today help me to resist doing life MY WAY and stay with the basics … YOUR WAY! … Amen

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