Deep Expression: Living complete

“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT

My readings today came, not out of one of my devotional/reading plans, but out of the “scripture of the day” on my app. I sat down at the coffee shop, opened up my bible app and there it was. 1 scripture of encouragement. But it was the simplicity of the three-letter word that caught my eye.

“and”

Paul, the writer of this letter to the church in Thessalonica, was trying to convey there is a responsibility with the love of God. It is not either “full understanding” or “expression” but both. They need each other; they are incomplete without the other.

Let me explain my thoughts…

A full understanding is realized when it is expressed. And expression is deepened by a greater understanding.  I think of it this way: You can eat all the protein you want, but without a workout, you may bulk up but not in the way you’d want. On the other side of that, you can have all of the fitness classes and patterns, but if you don’t eat right (or at all), then your fitness will be shallow at best.

Unfortunately I’ve met people who’ve only chosen 1 part of this. I either hear about how deep they are or how active they are.  They’ve chosen to put everything into one part and walk away from the other. The pride displayed is nothing more than an overcompensation for the guilt of not developing the other part.

But the person who lives in both sides has no room for pride to drive them. You learn then you live; you’re living is derived from your learning. It’s like a children’s song that I used to sing called, “Deep and Wide.” You need both. You must deepen yourself with understanding AND you must put it into practice. The world you live in needs you to do both. To leave people with just an understanding that you are a “Christian” is not enough. There needs to be a full expression of the person and character of Jesus.

What does that look like in your community? How does that shape your work day? How does that shape your marriage? Your family?

What next steps can take to develop the side/part of this that, perhaps, you struggle with? What can you do today to deepen your understanding of the heart of God? How can you express clearly what you’ve received from God?

My prayer over myself and you is this: Lord, lead our hearts into a full understanding and expression of love in the places and homes you’ve placed us in.

 

Thanks for letting me ramble…

2 Minute Devos: Crash – Day 7

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Today’s scripture: Romans 12:1

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

2 Minute Devos: Crash – Day 3

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A rhinoceros; characterized by it’s tough skin, physical design, and pure power.  A large group or herd of rhinoceros is also known as a “Crash.”  A crash is especially dangerous because of the high amount of force and speed that is combined from the individuals coming together.

The words “one accord” in the book of Acts shows exactly what one accord will do when God is involved. The words “one accord” have a variety of meanings such as “togetherness, with one mind, harmony, united in purpose, unanimity.”   When the Acts believers reach a “crash” or a point of unity, powerful things happened.

What if the “Crash” mindset was applied to the prayer life of a church? While the prayer of an individual, according to James 5:16, “has great power and produces wonderful results.” A group, or a Crash, of those same individuals coming together to pray can have catastrophic results to the kingdom of darkness.  When people are “of one mind,” the prayer capacity of that unanimity can bring about unbelievable outcomes.

Today’s scripture: Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”