Archive for July, 2018

The Greatest Missed Opportunity

The Recovering Legalist

I have only a few minutes before I meet with a very important client. I have an appointment at 10 o’clock, but it is running a little bit behind due to some unforeseen circumstances. However, while thinking about this, something came to mind about another appointment, an incredible opportunity missed by so many…

Prayer.

And I’m not talking about prayer in general; I’m talking about the opportunity to speak with the creator of the universe. I’m not talking about the kind of prayer that helps a person re-center, or focus, or find calm in the midst of a storm. What I’m talking about is the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Jehovah, the great I Am, Holy God!

So often we stress over appointments and deadlines and missed opportunities, but how often do we worry or stress or fret over the fact that we have missed an opportunity unlike…

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VerseD: Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 ESV

God wants to give good things to His people.

But He is not some cosmic vending machine. Rather, His people live according to His will.

VerseD: Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 121:1‭-‬2, ESV

We need God to help us, to sustain us.

Trust the Maker of everything.

Ultimately, we need Him to make us clean from our sins.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 5:21

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV

We are utterly sinful.

Christ is completely pure.

He took on our disgusting, separating sin on the cross, so that, when the Father looks at us who believe this, He sees the purity of the Son.

VerseD: 2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3, ESV

Faithfulness to Jesus inevitably invites hatred from worldly people and the fallen ones.

The Faithful One may allow you to suffer, but their words and attacks will not be able to shake you.

Remain in the foundation of Christ, your mighty fortress.

VerseD: Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 16:24, ESV

Kindness goes a long way.

Speak well with others. Find the good in everyone, focus on it, share it with them.

VerseD: Ecclesiastes 7:9

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9, ESV

If you stay angry with someone, scripture calls you a fool.

Why?

Remaining angry solves nothing. Usually, sustained anger leads to bitterness and criticalness, and it can lead to sin and separation from others.