Fruit Inaction?

[J]oy, peace and patience.

 

Fruit collage

 

In a recent small group session we discussed ways we can see how David fit into God’s greater plan, including some of David’s Psalms.  King David is credited with over 70 psalms, almost half of the psalms in the Bible.  In one of his first, Psalm 59, David tucks a clause in that struck me.

 

O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress.
Psalm 59:9 ESV

 

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My Weakness But God's Strength

But [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

 

Sometimes I’m tired.  Sometimes I want to blog, to write something encouraging; my heart wants to express things but I get tired from the mental work and the things that pull at me and chip at me.  None of it is overwhelming, individually, but collectively it can be wit-dulling and energy-sapping.

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The Angry Christian

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and give no opportunity to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26 – 27 ESV

 

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Fighting in Anger

 

Our church is studying what it means to be members of the church.  Recent lessons are on unity within the church and building one another up.  As I read the passage above I was struck by Paul’s command five verses later:

 

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Ephesians 4:31 ESV

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Peace Does Not Come Through People or Human Institutions

 

Peace

When Israel complained to Samuel about his sons being their judges they asked for a human king. God gave Israel what they wanted but He first had Samuel tell them what a human king would be like; how a king would take their things (children, servants, food, money, etc) versus how God gave them things.

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Knowing More Of God's Holiness

Jehovah God is not playing with holiness; He is Holy. He is not only pure, He is purely right in everything.

Lately I’ve been reading through Leviticus, wherein He tells Moses (e.g. – Lev 4:16:1 and 8:1) & even Aaron in specific detail what He requires (see God’s response to Aaron’s sons not doing what God told them to do in Leviticus 10:1).

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Peaceful sleep

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.
Psa 4:8 NASB

David’s experience hiding from Saul was a pot in which his dependence on God for his safety was seasoned.  David knew that God wouldn’t start supplying David’s needs and then stop part way through; God would always give to David and protect David because God was faithful and to be trusted.

In this instance David shows how God’s protection led to peaceful sleep for him.

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God Transforms for His Glory

I grew up in smaller churches. I served in a smaller church. We never needed small groups; the whole congregation was a small group. The families knew each other, the kids played together and we’d never been introduced to deconstructionist theology; we simply believed the Bible to be infallible and inerrant. The fellow Christians with whom I served likewise didn’t know better than to confess to one another and pray together earnestly. It never occurred to me to view my faith as anything other than vibrant and alive as a child and young man. Our Wednesday night meetings were several congregational songs followed by the whole church coming forward to the dais, sitting in the first few pews for those who were older, sitting or kneeling at the altar to share prayer requests aloud with one another and then spend time as first one person and then another prayed for the requests aloud with one designated member closing the prayer meeting. Singing and praying; it was a series of events enjoined in devotion and sincerity that I can only now begin to appreciate.

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