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Off in the distance, I can hear a dove cooing.  The  louder sounds are traffic, barking dogs, obnoxious crows and wind chimes, but I’m still able to detect the gentle, peaceful sound of a mourning dove.  It’s relatively easy for me to tune out the other sounds because I love to hear doves coo.  I love their sound.  I listen for it.  My ear bends toward it…

I’m also listening for sounds of God’s Presence; listening for His voice in a noisy world.  His Word makes sounds we can hear… Listen.

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Prayer is not a spiritual discipline.  I know, I know there are some well-known Christian writers today who are selling us on that idea, but really think about it.  Is the act of praying a discipline?  When I am conversing with you, am I engaged in a discipline of communication?  How insulting.

I cringe every time I hear that prayer is a discipline or it’s a spiritual habit.  Is that the image God’s word portrays?  “As the dear pants for flowing steams so my heart pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1-2 (ESV).  Do you hear the pure delight in his prayer?  Hints of eagerness?

“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” Psalm 16:11 (ESV).  Isn’t that amazing?

Discipline is a fruit of the Spirit, true.  And the Spirit’s discipline may move and prompt me to the place of prayer, when I need discipline to get there.  But that’s a whole lot different than calling prayer and fasting and meditation spiritual disciplines.

When we start tying prayer and discipline together we are edging toward legalism.  We are stripping the life and joy right out of prayer.  Perish the thought.

Beloved, prayer is sweet communion with God.  Prayer is the most thrilling part of our day.  Prayer is conversing with our Heavenly Father in real time.  Prayer is listening to His heartbeat.  Prayer is dining before His Word and basking in the splendor of who He is.  Prayer is a great, divine adventure!  And that’s the short list.

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The exaltation of Christ is abundantly clear in Scripture…

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all” 1 Chronicles 29:11

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians 2:9-11

And yet… The contrast we see in the world, and all too often within the Church, is that man has exalted himself above the knowledge and truth of the Lordship and Supremacy of Christ.  This is a serious problem, especially as it relates to the Church…

We need to boldly confront ourselves with the question, “Where is our allegiance?”

Be aligned with the truth!

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What is Humility?

I was reading, One Shall Chase A Thousand by Mabel Francis, and found this quote so stirring.  It’s wonderful to think of humility in this way:

“What is humility?” Andrew Murray asked. “Humility is never to be fretted, or vexed, or irritated, or sore, or disappointed.  It is to wonder at nothing that is done to me.  It is to feel no resentment against anybody or anything.  It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, when I am blamed or suspected.  It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where we can go in and shut the door, and kneel to our Father in secret, and be at peace in the deep sea of calm when all around is in trouble.” – Andrew Murray

Bring me to a place of true humility, Lord.  Asked with a trusting heart…

By the way, if you have not read Mabel Francis’ book, please do so.  It’s a great encouragement!

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