As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3 • 1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.
I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Love, Love, Love
If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.
And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.
Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan!
Leviticus 19:18 KJV
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18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.
As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2 • 1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so
common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.
“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.
To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?
Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.
James 2:23 KJV
23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen
AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE by Eugene PetersonDay 1 •
This is a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.
Today, tomorrow and the following day I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
A Life of Congruence
Basically the word means “in harmony” or that “the outside matches the inside.” A life of congruence is one lived where your words and actions truck with the things you believe in your head. This is not an easy way to live by any means. But the alternative is living a life that’s divided against itself; in other words, a lie. So the effort is worth it.
It is entirely possible that you cannot recall ever hearing the word congruence. But there was a phrase people used to use to describe the same thing: practice what you preach. Does that one ring a bell? People who don’t practice what they preach are called “hypocrites,” which is another way of saying a pretender or an actor (and not in a positive sense). Do your words and actions match up with the thoughts that roll around inside your head? Or do you find yourself playing a role, saying or doing things that run cross-grain to what you think you believe?
The preface to As Kingfishers Catch Fire, says: “The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.”
The opposite of congruence is some variation on the theme of compartmentalization that probably looks like “I’ve got my Christian life over here, my social life over there, my family life off over there, and my work life is back there.” Yes, that’s a house divided against itself. A house that in time will not stand.No dissonance between word and spirit, no pretense.
Ephesians 4:14 KJV
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we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Father God I thank you for another day. I would want nothing more than a life of congruence. To have a life filled in harmony with you. To have a life filled in harmony with my loved ones. To be able have a balance between my life as your child, my life with my families and every other aspect in it. Thank you for sending this powerful devotional series. Please bless the author, please bless any one reading who may be seeking peace and harmony. Amen.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 peter 3:18 ESV
Peter is asking us to grow in grace and in Knowledge of our Lord.
Lets define Grace & Knowledge.
1a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b : a virtue coming from God
c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance
2a : approval, favor stayed in his good graces
b archaic : mercy, pardon
c : a special favor : privilege each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling
d : disposition to or an act
or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemencye : a temporary exemption : reprieve
3a : a charming or attractive
trait or characteristic Among disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving
grace of humor.
b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm all the grace of youth — John Buchan
c : ease and suppleness (see 1supple 2b) of movement or bearing danced with such grace
4 —used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
5 : a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
6 Graces plural : three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
7 : a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
8a : sense of propriety or right had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin
b : the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful accepted his advice with grace
1a : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) : the range of one’s information or understanding answered to the best of my knowledge
c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition
d : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned a person of unusual knowledge
2a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
So now that we have defined Grace and knowledge now what?
Many of can be kind but many are not gracious. We need to grow and be more gracious, more loving more Christ like in our walk. We need to grow in Grace in the name of Jesus to walk in his walk. As defined above grace is a quality or state of being. Grace and being gracious is a virtue given to us by God. That characteristic about us, and about our faith needs to grow just like any other aspect of our life and spiritual life.
Knowledge: how do we grow in the knowledge of Christ?
You the saying knowledge is power? Knowledge and the ability to gain, retain and fundamentally use knowledge is beyond powerful. Knowing the scriptures of the old and new testament can be beneficial to one’s spiritual growth. Knowing the scriptures is helpful to b locating false prophets or false teachings in the name of God.
Knowledge in the academic setting allows you to advancements, scholarships and so forth right?
Knowledge in the professional setting can lead to promotions and economic benefits that many dream of.
Spiritual knowledge gets a reward unlike those of the academic setting of professional setting.
Knowledge in Christ nourishes the soul.
knowledge in Christ provides growth.
knowledge in his word prevents you being misled, betrayed, misguided.
knowledge in the world allows you to grow spiritually,.
knowledge in the word allows you to grow and build a better relations hip with Christ.
Being knowledgeable, being gracious, all in the honor of Christ can take you to places you could only dream of.
This scripture reminded me of a post I previously wrote about on Knowledge….
“Some of us may feel inadequate (I know at times I have felt this
way). Some of us may feel unprepared (I have definitely felt this way).
Some may feel unqualified….. as have I.”
we need to be gracious, we need to be lovable, we need to be knowledgeable but know the knowledge you need God will provide for us.
He will nourish, he will shelter, he will make us adequate.
Remember too that the knowledge will pass as long as we are doing his will.
Keep doing his will.
Keep walking his path.
Keep searching for more with him, he will supply everything you need to be gracious and knowledgeable in his name.
Father God I thank you for always proving the knowledge needed to do
your will. I thank you for allowing me to have a direct contact with you
via the Holy Spirit to be able to make such requests. I ask that you
continue to satisfy my hunger in all things pertaining you, may you
continue to pour out the knowledge and tools needed to carry out your
will. I ask you to fill me with your grace, fill me with your compassion, fill me with your love,fill me with your knowledge, fill me with the wisdom needed to take on the task you place before me. You are my strength when I am weak, you are my shelter in the storm. Amen.