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Sunday Stillness – How to be an effective Overseer

Sunday Stillness – How to be an effective Overseer

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This week’s Scripture is Titus 1:7a. Using the SIMPLE method I will once again try to see where God leads me. Of course, I start with a prayer for God to open the Scripture to me.

S – Say the passage aloud.

Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness (Titus 1:7a, NIV)

I – Identify the characters, the setting, and the circumstances surrounding this passage.

I looked up overseer and it said he was one who looked over the flock. Both Elders and Overseers need maturity and experience.

This sounds impressive. Once again the word, “blameless” is used.

I looked up the passage in The Message and “overbearing” translates as “pushy”.

M- Make a list of the thoughts, questions and ideas.

Am I overbearing? – sometimes. I get all worked up and sometimes I want something so badly I push it. There seems to be a fine line between being excited and visionary – and pushy. And my anger? Finally I think I can say that I have learned to get a handle on it.

P – Pray again for God’s guidance.

L- Life – How can I apply what I have been studying to my life?

Rethinking the overbearing and the anger issue – Ed Hird reminds me:

Rather than examine ourselves, anger always blames someone else (Restoring Health, page 36).

Ouch.

We see this in marriages, where thoughtless words are tossed out – and are then unrecoverable.

Thoughtless outbursts of anger are like toxic rain to marriages and family… A quick-tempered Christian is ‘out of control’ (Restoring Health, .ibid).

 

E – Exit the passage with a prayer for God to help you.

Thank you, Lord, for reminding me to watch my tongue and be slow to react. Thank you that we never used alcohol to try to solve our problems. May I learn to walk blameless, not be pushy or quick tempered. Instead may I look to You for the answers and please continue to grow me closer to You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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What is Meditation on God’s Law?

What is Meditation on God’s Law?

by Janet Sketchley

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But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night (Psalm 1:2, NLT*).

Surely the psalmist doesn’t expect us to go around mentally reciting the Ten Commandments and all the extra bits of legalese that Moses added?

That doesn’t sound like something we could delight in. It sounds… like cramming for a test. Dry. To be honest, it sounds boring. And discouraging. After all, looking at all those requirements, knowing we’re human and can never satisfy the Law… not a good scene. It reminds me of another verse:

The human spirit can endure a sick body,
but who can bear a crushed spirit (Proverbs 18:14, NLT*)?

Let’s think for a minute.

What is the law of the Lord?

If it’s not the list of dos and don’ts, what is it?

I think in this context, it’s the very character of God. It’s who He is, how He conducts Himself, and yes, what He requires of us if we’re living for His glory.

Doesn’t that change the picture? Doesn’t it sound like prayer? Like something we can delight in?

There’s no hardship in spending time thinking about the God who loves us, remembering different aspects of who He is and what He’s done for us. It leads naturally into worship and prayer. It draws us nearer to Him and strengthens our faith.

Meditating on God can also lead to examining our own lives, seeing where we need to realign ourselves to His ways.

It might even hurt a bit when we recognize how far off-track some parts of our lives may be, but it’s not the spirit-crushing sense of failure I mentioned above.

It can’t be, because we’re also looking at who God is. That means we’ll remember His promise to forgive our sins and clean us up. We’ll remember His faithfulness, and that He’ll never leave us. We’ll remember He loves us.

That kind of meditating on God’s law is something delightful indeed!

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*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Janet Sketchley

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Janet writes about the tenacity of God. Her novel, Heaven’s Prey, released November 1, 2013 from Choose NOW Publishing. You can find her on her website, Janet Sketchley.