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How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

I wonder how often we say the phrase, “I will do it”, or “what if you”? How often do we think we have the answers?

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I am starting to do the Bible study about Daniel by Laura Davis, Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I helped her do some of the editing and working through the questions but now it is time to let God speak to me through this study. I read Daniel 2 this morning.

I stopped at Daniel 2:4. Those words really spoke volumes to me this morning.

 Then the astrologers answered the king,“May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it (Daniel 2:4, NIV). (emphasis mine)

For some reason this morning those words spoke so clearly of arrogance. We will interpret. We can do it. We are wise. We are wonderful. We can do anything.

Then I thought, how often do I do that? When someone tells me their troubles, how often do I try to fix them? How often do I say, “What if you…?”

I need to stop that right now – as of today. I need to instead say:

‘Let’s ask God for a solution to your troubles.”

Praying is a much better solution for everything. Asking Him can sidestep our weakling human ideas. God may give us some human ideas but it will come from Him, not me. Taking things into our own hands can go against all that Jesus taught us.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

Doesn’t that say it all.

Self-reliance can be debilitating.
Spirit-reliance can be freeing. (tweet this)

Freedom is giving over everything to Jesus so we can live in peace. (tweet this)

The battle is fought “in the domain of the will before God.” (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself? (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Prayer:

Help us, Lord, to overcome ourselves. Help us to get so close to You that our hearts beat as one. Guide us each minute of our days. In faith and trust we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


ARE YOU PRAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

Are You Praying the Right Way?

by Laura Davis

“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!  Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires” (James 4:1-3)

 In my last post it was clear that James was dealing with many problems in the early church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. In chapter four he continues to address his concerns over all the quarrels and fights. He gets right to the point too.

These early Christians were far too worldly and far too childish! They sounded like they wanted to have one foot in the world and one foot out. Everyone seemed to be complaining about something and no one was satisfied.

So they got jealous and fought and quarrelled with each other. Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it?

People want something, perhaps a change in how things are run and who it is run by and before you know it there is division in the church.

How many of you today are having problems within your own church community?

What about the emergent church and the division it has caused?

It started innocently enough, but now they are so far away from teaching the Word of God that they are leading thousands astray. And all because of people who wanted their way and not God’s. It all seems to start the same way too.

The older folk can’t stand the loud rock ‘n roll music in the church and the younger folk can’t stand the old boring hymns. The old folk insist the hymns aren’t boring and have more substance to them than the repeated refrains that they hear in the newer songs. The younger ones disagree. So what happens? The leaders of the church decide it is time to step into the future and they cater to the young folk.

Unfortunately, by catering to one group, the other group is neglected and what happens then? They leave – by the droves. Unfortunately, now many churches are suffering horribly. Why? Because it is the elderly who were faithfully supporting the church financially. In the end everybody loses.

But what does James say?

 The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! 

And the reason they don’t get what they ask for when they pray, is because they ask with wrong motives.

If you are praying for a revival in your church what are your motives? To change the hearts of the young or the old toward your way of thinking?

If you are praying for the right leadership in your church, what are your motives? To get your own way, or to glorify God?

If  you are wondering why your prayers aren’t being answered, examine your motives.

What do you really want? Is it in line with God’s Word and His will? If you are causing division within your church then you know you are not at the centre of God’s will. This is not the way of the Lord or His people.

Why are you praying and what are you praying for?

ARE YOU PRAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

We have a guest post today from Laura Davis, who writes at Learning from the Master.

Are You Praying the Right Way?

by Laura Davis

“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires”  (James 4:1-3 NIV).

In my last post, Are You Qualified to Lead, it was clear that James was dealing with many problems in the early church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. In chapter four he continues to address his concerns over all the quarrels and fights.

He gets right to the point too. These early Christians were far too worldly and far too childish! They sounded like they wanted to have one foot in the world and one foot out. Everyone seemed to be complaining about something and no one was satisfied. So they got jealous and fought and quarrelled with each other.

Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it? People want something, perhaps a change in how things are run and who it is run by and before you know it there is division in the church.

How many of you today are having problems within your own church community? What about the emergent church and the division it has caused?

It started innocently enough, but now they are so far away from teaching the Word of God that they are leading thousands astray. And all because of people who wanted their way and not God’s.

It all seems to start the same way too. The older folk can’t stand the loud rock ‘n roll music in the church and the younger folk can’t stand the old boring hymns. The old folk insist the hymns aren’t boring and have more substance to them than the repeated refrains that they hear in the newer songs. The younger ones disagree.

So what happens? The leaders of the church decide it is time to step into the future and they cater to the young folk. Unfortunately, by catering to one group, the other group is neglected and what happens then? They leave – by the droves.

Unfortunately, now many churches are suffering horribly. Why? Because it is the elderly who were faithfully supporting the church financially. In the end everybody loses.

But what does James say? The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! And the reason they don’t get what they ask for when they pray, is because they ask with wrong motives.

If you are praying for a revival in your church what are your motives? To change the hearts of the young or the old toward your way of thinking? If you are praying for the right leadership in your church, what are your motives? To get your own way, or to glorify God?

If  you are wondering why your prayers aren’t being answered, examine your motives. What do you really want? Is it in line with God’s Word and His will? If you are causing division within your church then you know you are not at the centre of God’s will. This is not the way of the Lord or His people.

Why are you praying and what are you praying for?

GUEST POST – Are you a Mary or a Martha?

Are You a Mary or a Martha?

by Laura Davis reprinted with permission

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

When you read the above verse what is your first impression of Martha? Do you think of her as a complainer, a worrier, or both?

Have you ever considered that Martha’s worry and fret was something more? Jesus said she was “worried and upset about many things.” Let’s think about this for a moment. Martha cared about the same things we do. If Jesus was coming to your house for dinner what would run through your head? Would it be, “What shall I make? What would He like? Is the house clean? Does He prefer fish over chicken? Should I get a place setting for the table?” Or would it be, “I can’t wait till Jesus gets here. I’m going to sit at His feet all night and listen adoringly to every word He speaks. If He gets hungry we’ll deal with that when it comes up. But tonight – I’m taking a break from the cooking and welcoming my honoured guest by giving Him my full attention.”

Be honest now, which person are you? If you chose Martha, it really wouldn’t be a bad thing. Her way of caring for the Lord, of showing her love for Him, was in her service to Him and she falsely believed that Mary’s act of love should be the same as hers. So she complained. But Jesus wanted Martha to know that He wasn’t the type of person who demanded a lot of fuss. In fact, I’m willing to bet that if He did come to my house today, or yours, he would be content to order from Pizza Hut and carry on with the evening.

Yes, Mary knew what was better and while Jesus appreciated all Martha was doing, He wanted her to know that it wasn’t necessary. Sometimes, we just need to stop doing “things” for the Lord and sit back and rest in Him.

Today, spend time with your Saviour. Put on some worship music, pray, read your bible. Think about how you can honour Him. Most of all, be still and know that He is the better choice.