Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015:  Majestic - OR - Messy

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 315  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Larnelle Harris singing… Love Found A Way, … declaring the truth that God found a way - through the grace of His love - to over come the messiness of humanity’s sin crisis.

Highlight Passage:   Romans 12:18 [NKJV] …  
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 
 … Coming out from the messiness of life and living under the majestic love of God.                        
Highlight Context – Romans 12:14-21 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Paul declares the remedy for the messiness of humanity … i.e, to live under the love of God. 

Reference Passage #1 - Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … 
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. …” 
… Jesus shows the way to overcome life’s messy journey - by surrendering to His love and following Him obediently.

Reference Passage #2 - John 14:21 [NKJV] … 
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 
… Jesus’ love and grace are only for those who’ve been willing to give their all to/for Him.

Reference Passage #3 - Ephesians 2:8-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Our good works are shown for God’s glory when we surrender - in faith - to receive God’s saving and sanctifying grace.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Randy Kilgore, used the following story to illustrate his teaching. When we first moved into our present home, I enjoyed the beauty of the geese that nest nearby. I admired the way they cared for each other and the way they moved in straight lines in the water and in majestic V-formations in the air. It was also a joy to watch them raise their young. … Then summer came, and I discovered some less beautiful truths about my feathered friends. You see, geese love to eat grass, and they don’t really care if it ruins the look of the lawn. Worse, what they leave behind makes a stroll across the yard a messy adventure. 

Like those majestic and messy geese, we have the dual potential for glory or gory. We humans can exhibit majesty or messiness as our free will leads us. When we choose to follow the Savior, life can be shaped into His majestic image [see Eph. 2:8-10]. However, when we choose to follow self, life often - really, almost always - can get quite messy, letting our selfishness and sin nature get in the way of God’s love and grace.

 So, when we surrender to God’s will and follow His way [see Luke 9: 23], usually being led by His will, we fly free like those Canadian geese pictured in the attached photo. But when try to control things on our own, trying to satisfy self, rather than the Savior, … well, I think you know what that picture looks like - messy, messy, messy!! …

 I don’t know about you … but today I’m going to do all I can to fly in God’s flock and following the lead of my Savior.

My Prayer Today:  Yes, Lord, … Help me to fly free with You. … Amen  

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