Impulse or Discipline?

Today is Friday, September 9, 2016. 35 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.” – Gilda Radner

Word of the Day

Lucida – the brightest star in a constellation

Today is Wonderful Weirdos Day. Be weird today.

My mother’s follow-up visit went great yesterday. She said she almost cried when they took the bandage off. The first thing she noticed was the light. The cataract had really dimmed her vision, so the brightness was immediately noticeable. By the time I got home from work, her vision was even clearer. Even the doctor was amazed at how quickly she had progressed. Needless to say, Mama’s very happy.

We will be taking her home, this evening after work. We have already decided that we will make a side stop at Ginger Brown’s Restaurant on the way home. No hurry, since it’s Friday, and we don’t really have to get up for anything tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, we are having a “baptism party” tomorrow evening. I don’t think that’s the official designation, but why not? It’s a celebration of baptism for several people, followed by a cookout. So . . . “baptism party!”

The Rangers lost to the Mariners again, last night, so they lost three out of four in that series. Fortunately, the Astros lost again, too, so the “magic number” is down to 14. They move down to LA for the weekend, for a series with the Angels. The Red Sox were off last night, as were the Boo Jays, and they start a series against each other in Toronto tonight. Possible the most important series of the year, as the Sox are one game up in first place.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.
He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
Psalm 110

The first-century Christians quoted this psalm frequently, as they see every line of it fulfilled in Christ. “In the very history in which the world supposed that it saw the defeat of God, the Christian faith realized God’s majestic rule in resurrection.”

“High and lifted up, O Lord, you center my aspirations, preside over my growth and rule my will. You are Lord to me in majesty and mercy. All praise to your great name. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

This is the second of the two Do It Yourself readings. This reading speaks of disciplining our projects, our service for God. “How much Christian work there is today which has never been disciplined, but has simply sprung into being by impulse!” Remember, “today,” in this case, was in 1935! Imagine how much more so it is in 2016! Jesus never did anything by impulse, but only by the direction of his Father. Imagine the impact of the Church in today’s world if this were true of us. We seek the “vivid religious experience,” and most of what we do is impulsive, “instead of being imprisoned and disciplined to obey Christ.”

In this day, those “saints who are bringing every project into captivity are criticized and told that they are not in earnest for God or for souls.” But true earnestness is found in obedience to God, not “in the inclination to serve Him that is born of undisciplined human nature.”

We must not only be committed to Jesus for our salvation, but we must also be committed “to Jesus Christ’s view of God, of the world, of sin and of the devil.” We must be transformed, and this comes through practicing the spiritual disciplines, not only in our character, but in our “projects,” as well.

Father, take me through this day examining everything in the light of Jesus Christ and his words. Teach me the truth of his words and actions, and, by your Spirit, help me walk in them. Show me that easy yoke, that I might step into it and walk in your Kingdom. Help me to captivate my impulsiveness.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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