Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Do Not Quench the Spirit”

excerpted from Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional

 

 

Any fair assessment of the news reports today would demonstrate we are globally in a mess. It seems we are being threatened on every side of life – with voices all around saying: “ We are leading to an economic meltdown either through inflation or deflation!” “Our businesses are threatened with an increase in cyber attacks for which there is no shield”; “Our personal information has been stolen”; “Our cities are unsafe from the influx of drugs and human traffic”; “Now, threats of rampant disease”; “Earthquakes are happening in unexpected places with unusual frequency!”; “Natural disasters are overtaxing our resources”; “Another credible global terrorist threat?” Where is the safety in the midst of this turbulence?

At church on Sunday we sang a song that has become one of my favorites.

The song is called “Oceans” and the lyrics are:

Verse #1
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown, where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand

“Ready in Season…”

Be ready in season and out of season —2 Timothy 4:2

Many of us suffer from the unbalanced tendency to “be ready” only “out of season.” The season does not refer to time; it refers to us.

As human beings—every single one of us—are wired for worship.  We can’t help it.  But we are the ones who decide what or Who our worship will be directed towards. And since worship is an integral aspect of our nature, it’s important to stop and think about what constitutes true worship.  


I know it’s so easy to just think of praise as the fast or loud songs in church, while worship is the slow ballads. But there’s a real defining difference: “praise” is a reaction to what God has done, whereas “worship” is a reaction to a REVELATION of who He is.

 

 

Today news headlines are all about the situation in the Ukraine with Russian troops invading the sovereign nation, which includes the Crimean Peninsula. This region of the globe has been no stranger to chaos historically. And, then there is Syria, as well as the violence at the borders between Palestine and Israel. The situations are endless. Some people are glued to the TV for the news of such events, while others are yawning saying what else is new? Whether your view is brutal reality or comfortable denial, the situation is the same – our world is in chaos. So what does Christ say about this?