Friday, June 29, 2012
Welcome to Day 180 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Amos 4, through the prophet Amos, God prosecutes a second lawsuit against Israel for having turned away from him. v 6, “yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.”
Amos 5 and 6 the prophet brings a word concerning Israel’s sin of moral and ethical decay.
5:14, “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.”
6:4, “You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves. 5 You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments. 6 You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph. 7 Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.”
Psalm 86, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Titus 1:15, “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
Judgement… not a good thing.
I love quoting Titus 1:125, “To the pure, all things are pure.”
Sometimes people will make an off-color joke or innuendo and look at them with a blank-confused look on my face and say, “What do you mean?” They usually reply, “You know what I mean!” To which I reply, “To the pure, all things are pure.”
There are actually a few people out there who may have no clue when someone does that. I’m not one of them.
I’m not the most street-smart guy on the planet, but I’m not completely clueless, either. I know more than I wish I did… and sometimes that bothers me.
Some of the stuff tucked away in my brain is a mystery, even to me.
I have always been interested in pop culture… and I’m pretty good at putting it to good use in terms of sharing the Gospel with others, or using it to convey spiritual truths. Mainly through movie and music references.
When I was in high school I was voted “Most into fads.” Great. Not best looking, not most likely to succeed. Most into fads.
(Want to see my pet rock?)
And how do I know the mathematical equation for the “acceptable” age difference for a relationship in Hollywood? (1/2 one’s age + 6 years).
How do I know these things? I honestly have no idea…
A few years ago, someone had a word for me at church. As they prayed for me they said they heard the Rod Stewart song, “Forever Young.” That’s worked pretty good for me… (except for my ever-graying hair.)
Been really interesting hanging the past several days. Staying with two teenagers and two twentysomethings. Listening to them talk about bands and fashion and… hair?
I’ve realized I’m not nearly as… young… or as cool or hip as I once thought.
Maybe in terms of for people my own age? But in general, not so much. More often than not, I am the oldest guy in the room these days. Very true at this conference. I’m just trying to be myself. And not look stupid along the way.
Purity is a funny thing.
A while back, during a message Doug picked up a bottle of water and (in so many words) said, “Would you drink this if I put even just one drop of sewage in it?
We’ll never be “pure” in our own right. Paul told Timothy things to avoid and to set an example “in life, in faith, in speech and in… purity.”
That’s how we live. Our behavior. Our actions. How we treat others. The decisions we make.
Only Jesus makes us “white as snow.” Only he washes away all our sin.
Beyond the work of Christ, purity is a choice. Thinking about what I say… Choosing to gossip or not. What I participate in…
In Galatians 5 Paul referred to “the works of the flesh” as compared to “the fruit of the Spirit.” A list of dos and don’ts, in pretty blunt fashion, I might add…
I know I’ll never be 100% pure on my own, but thanks to Jesus, he has made me pure.
Thank you Jesus!