Journal & Bible Reflection

To Gain Christ

Journal Entry // September 30, 2022 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (ESV) Philippians 3:8 Paul has learned and is passing on a valuable and important lesson to all of us in this particular verse. That lesson is simply having a proper holy perspective on life and the circumstances we each find ourselves. There is only one thing of importance. There is only one thing that… Continue reading To Gain Christ

Leave the Simple

Journal Entry // May 16, 2021 Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” Proverbs 9:6 ESV Living and walking in the way of insight is not a simple matter. Living life as a follower of Christ is complicated and difficult. A simple carefree life is one given over to slavery. The world, the flesh, and the devil are the master of the simple. But those who fear the Lord are walking and living in a complicated way.

Just a Book?

Journal Entry // September 25, 2022 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. (ESV) 2 Kings 22:10 This passage of Scripture has captured my thoughts today as I have been contemplating the reality that the people of God had lost their way to such a degree that not only did they not read the Book of the Law and have it as the central focus of their worship, but it had been in disuse for so long that it was not even recognizable. The priest… Continue reading Just a Book?

Playing With Fire

Journal Entry // May 15, 2021 Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Proverbs 6:27 ESV I was actually looking to have a more positive reflection this morning. I was hoping for some passage of scripture that would lift my eyes heavenward and show me the character of God. But God has once again brought a passage to help me think rightly about my heart and the consequences of sin. These two chapters in Proverbs are continuing with an exhaustive picture of the forbidden woman. Except in this section the writer moves… Continue reading Playing With Fire

Looking Directly Forward

Journal Entry // May 13, 2021 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. [26] Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4:25-26 ESV Keep your eyes and your gaze set straight before you. This is an interesting picture to convey the wisdom of keeping focused on what is most important on this journey of life. There are some key points in this picture that need further meditation.

Easy Answers

Journal Entry // September 5, 2022 This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD. He will also give the Moabites into your hand, (ESV) 2 Kings 3:18 There are so many instances of the Lord providing miraculous answers to prayers and requests that they seem to wash over me as I read through both the Old and New Testaments. The miracles that are presented in the Word of God are plentiful enough but I seem to have lost my sense of wonder and amazement at them all. I don’t know if it’s because I have read these… Continue reading Easy Answers

Good Work

Journal Entry // September 2, 2022 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (ESV) Philippians 1:6 There are several deep spiritual truths in this single verse that would necessarily cause me to spend hours contemplating the work of Christ in my life. This morning I am thinking through the “good work” that Christ has begun in me. A work that will not be completed until the day Christ returns and makes all things new. This good that is being worked in… Continue reading Good Work

Exposing Darkness

Journal Entry // August 31, 2022 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (ESV) Ephesians 5:11 What is the essential factor in our everyday battle against sin and darkness? The key element of our walk with Christ is to expose the unfruitful works of darkness. We are to bring into the light those thoughts, words, actions, habits, mindsets, desires, and pleasures that are kept hidden away in the secret dark crevices of our hearts. We are not to be complicit or engage with these unfruitful works but to expose them. We are to expose… Continue reading Exposing Darkness

Arise and Eat

Journal Entry // August 30, 2022 1 Kings 19:5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” (ESV) At this point in the story Elijah has concluded that his journey as a prophet is at an end or maybe that he wants it to be at an end. So when his life was threatened, he ran and hide himself. In his hiding place, he asked that the Lord take his life as he had had enough and was ready to be finished. So, in his… Continue reading Arise and Eat

Far More Abundantly

Journal Entry // August 29, 2022 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (ESV) Ephesians 3:20 My faith is so incredibly small and limited when it comes to truly understanding the power of the Spirit at work within me, the abundance of grace available through Christ, and the immeasurable riches of kindness that the Father lavishes upon me each and every day. My scope of comprehending the love of God for me and the depth of his care is so very… Continue reading Far More Abundantly

Immeasurable Riches

Journal Entry // August 28, 2022 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (ESV) Ephesians 2:7 It is a far too easy process to forget the reason and motivation for God extending his rich mercy and kindness upon the “children of wrath” that once lived only in the passions of the flesh and carried out the desires of the body and mind. We are quick to lose sight of this basic understanding of who we were before the love of God took hold of us… Continue reading Immeasurable Riches

Presentation Errors

Journal Entry // August 26, 2022 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. (ESV) Galatians 6:12 We are all tempted at various points in our life to “make a good showing” with how we present ourselves to everyone around us. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that we will default to this heart attitude if we are not intentionally seeking to daily examine ourselves by the word of Christ through… Continue reading Presentation Errors

Heart Full of Wisdom

Journal Entry // May 12, 2021 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 ESV There is an inherent danger in seeking knowledge without wisdom. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge itself will lead to a heart puffed up with pride and self-reliance. This knowledge seeking is highly valued by the world and is seen as a mark of success. It’s a knowledge that is demonstrated and performed for the world around in order to bring praise and honor to the self. Breeding pride and arrogance in a person’s heart.… Continue reading Heart Full of Wisdom

The Spirit’s Deep Work

Journal Entry // August 24, 2022 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (ESV) Galatians 5:9 Whenever I come across this verse in Galatians, I typically view the leaven as sin that in only a small amount can affect everything in my life. This is true and rightly teaches about the pervasiveness of unchecked sin in my heart. This morning, as I was reading this passage my mind focused on the leaven representing the Spirit and the pervasiveness of the Holy Spirit to work and act in every area of life. That I only need to be aware of even… Continue reading The Spirit’s Deep Work

Walk As You Were Taught

Journal Entry // August 23, 2022 Now therefore, O LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father what you have promised him, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.’ (ESV) 1 Kings 8:25 I have always found comfort in the life of David because of passages like this one in 1 Kings where Solomon is praying to the Lord at the dedication of the temple. This promise that… Continue reading Walk As You Were Taught

Embrace the Spirit

Journal Entry // August 22, 2022 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (ESV) Galatians 3:3 Having come to this promised salvation through faith in Christ alone, why is it so natural and easy to move away from the Spirit and faith and back into a life of pursuing holiness through the law? Life in Christ is lived through faith and the Spirit that dwells inside my heart and depends on humility and weakness. A life lived through the law is more about my own best efforts done in my… Continue reading Embrace the Spirit

Rejecting Hypocrisy

Journal Entry // August 19, 2022 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. (ESV) Galatians 2:13 It is vital that our convictions line up with our actions and that they do not falter and waffle depending on who is in our immediate presence or whoever we may be trying to impress. Paul confronts Peter for his hypocrisy with this same line of reasoning. Peter knew there was freedom in Christ and exercised this freedom as he associated and had fellowship with Gentiles. Peter’s conviction was that… Continue reading Rejecting Hypocrisy

Canvas for God’s Glory

Journal Entry // August 18, 2022 Galatians 1:24 And they glorified God because of me. (ESV) A changed life is what Paul is speaking about in this passage. A life that he once thought was dedicated to serving God but was actually persecuting the Son of God. A life that was full of zeal and passion for the things of God but was so full of pride and self-righteousness that then led him to work against the gospel and the Kingdom of Christ. It was not until Paul encountered the risen Jesus and was given a new heart and had… Continue reading Canvas for God’s Glory

Qualities of Humility

Journal Entry // August 17, 2022 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 13:11 The manner of loving your neighbor is summed up well in this verse Paul uses to close out 2 Corinthians. There are four objectives we should keep in mind as we live in this world among so many varying people and cultures and personalities and spiritual awareness: restoration, comfort, agreement, and peace. We would do well to keep this at the forefront of… Continue reading Qualities of Humility

Truly Content

Journal Entry // August 16, 2022 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV) 2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ… It is always great to find special moments in God’s Word where small pieces of the mystery come together in my mind. This is one of the moments for me. Granted I know that I have understood that the motivation behind all of my actions should be for the sake of Christ. I know that my every step, word, and… Continue reading Truly Content

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