Tuesday, March 03, 2015

March 3, 2015 … The Main Thing!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 62

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of the group 4Him singing the pertinent and powerful song … Back To The Basics; … declaring the reality of our need, as Christians, to live out the basics of the Christian faith

Highlight Passage Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 11 [NKJV] … 
1 To everything there is a season, … a time for every purpose under heaven: … 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. 
Highlight Context - Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13[NKJV]USE THIS LINK …  

Reference Passage #1 - Judges 21: 25 [NKJV]
  25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Reference Passage #2 - Isaiah 53: 6 [NKJV]
  6 All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on HIM the iniquity of us all. 

Reference Passage #3 - Psalm 119: 133 [NKJV]
  133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. 

Reference Passage #4 - Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV]
  5 Trust the Lord with ALL your heart; and lean not on your own understand. 6 In ALL your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your paths.

Reference Passage #5 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV]
  23 Then [King Jesus] said to them all, if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 

Reference Passage #6 - 1st Corinthians 10: 31b [NKJV]
  31b … whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 

Reference Passage #7 - Ephesians 5: 15-17 [NKJV] ... USE THIS LINK
… The Apostle Paul’s charge to walk as wise, … rather than as fools

Reference Passage #8 - James 1: 5-6[NKJV]
  5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Poh Fang Chia, began with the truth from Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3, linked above, that God is sovereign over the events in time; and His order and timing are perfect. However, meditation on this truth led me on a rather winding trek through God’s word [please meditate on the passages above], uncovering many Scriptures which remind us, as humans, how poorly we are at doing what Steven Covey, the management guru, once wrote: ”The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!”

But so often we don’t, … do we?

 Really, … 700+ years before Christ was born, the Profit Isaiah documented that man would go his own way after his fall in the garden (See Isaiah 53:6a). And this was certainly re-documented by God’s word in the last passage in the book of Judges (See Judges 21: 25). However, God had a priority plan for the redemption of mankind (See Isaiah 53:6b) and sent His Son to save us and to help us order our steps (see Psalms 119:133 & Proverbs 3:5-6). 

 My dear ones, ... What we do today is important; … but WHY we do it is even more important!   And after being led to meditate on the truth in the many Scriptures referenced above (I pray you do too!), I'm under conviction, even though I’m somewhat of a planner in life, that I need to be more effective in seeking God's wisdom (see James 1:5-6), to prioritize my time choices … i.e., “to do” what Jesus sees as the MAIN THING (see Luke 9: 23 & Ephesians 5: 15-17), and to follow and glorify my King Jesus (Luke 9: 23 again & 1st Corinthians 10: 31b).


My Prayer for Today O Lord, … I beg You to help me make my main things Yours. … Amen

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