One of these days I am going to be organized. I will let you know when that happens, for now just know that today is not that day. However, there is joy in the office cleaning sometimes. As I go through papers listening to my praise music I sometimes come across some treasures. I found an old journal entry I had written almost a year ago today and I hope that it encourages you that your personal quiet time with God is probably the most eternally rewarding thing that you can do. (Note: This entry has been modified to protect the innocent.)
Today I read Luke 6. Jesus is doing things on the sabbath in my opinion, just to test the Pharisees. He and his disciples ate from the cornfields (v1) and on another sabbath He taught and healed the withered hand of a man (v7-11). Then...He preached.
Two things I liked the most out of the chapter were what Jesus said in His preaching about the fruit and foundation of our lives.
1. The Fruit
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Our teaching, mentoring, counseling, etc. needs to come from an overflow of God's Word in our lives - from that "abundance of the heart". When I think of the times when I have not been so positive or uplifting and I realize that in those times I have probably not been filled up to overflowing.
2. The Foundation
If we don't have a firm foundation to stand on in our lives, when times get tough, we will not get going but instead fall down under the pressure. When troubles come we need to seek God and hold on to the foundation of Jesus in our lives so that we will not be shaken.
Luke 6:46 And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded up on a rock.
I thank God for Jesus, the Living Word, the rock and foundation in my life. Lord, help me cast the vision to those in my life and in my ministry, that through Jesus and God's Word, they will be able to live victorious, fruitful lives.