Thursday, May 26, 2016

OT DAY 490 - Is Living A Fancy Lifestyle OK? (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
         We will sing and praise your power.
                                     Psalm 21:13

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (1 Kings 9:1)


      When Solomon had finished building the house of Yahwh and the king's house and every fancy of Solomon's that he desire to fulfill, 
                                         1 Kings 9:1

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

          Can we as Christians live a fancy lifestyle? What is your answer? Today's one verse, and only one verse may give your some inspiration.

        Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 

           Solomon has now fulfilled every fancy on which he has set his desire. The word fancy first appears in Scripture to describe Shechem's fancy for Dinah (Genesis 34); it can be used for things that God fancies, too, so it's not a word that can't be redeemed, but it's a worrying word…
           Later in the Old Testament, the book of Ecclesiastes will take Solomon as its poster child in discussing the emptiness of the things that people assume will make life worthwhile. He is the man who could fulfill all his fancies and desires; but what did it do to his relationship with God and with people, and did it get him anywhere? …
           So the opening verse begins to raise such questions in our minds, but it doesn't answer them. 

John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.47.


             We'll talk about the answer tomorrow. In the mean time, try to think and pray about today's question: Is living a fancy lifestyle OK?

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to follow you to live a life of Christlikeness and not a life of fancy- likeness.    In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.


Reflect on these questions:
    1. Do you think we as Christians should live a fancy lifestyle? Why YES, why NO?

2. Are you living a fancy lifestyle? How are you feeling now, a challenge?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?

10,000 Reasons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E


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