Friday, March 4, 2011

3/5/11 Survival Guide Journal Entry from Burt DePeralta

Today's Reading:
Deuteronomy 1,2; Mark 12

The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the LORD swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” –Deuteronomy 1:6-8

God called the Israelites out of Egypt because He had given them a better place.
God’s call to the promise land sounds so exciting, hopeful, cheery, and grand. I mean OMG, is He 4real?? Land flowing with milk and honey. Well, if that’s all we know about the Exodus, then the book probably would not have been recorded. Instead, the Bible talks about how the people faced challenges, how they were stubborn, they complained and grumbled on the way and they even voiced to return to Egypt. Had the people gotten their way, they would have never arrived. In fact, they did get their way, and a lot didn’t arrive.

Jesus came that we might have life, and life more abundant. That is our promise: Jesus in us. That is His will. Abundant in grace, abundant in mercy, abundant in compassion, abundant in praise. Anything else, contrary to His Word, must not linger or remain, otherwise we too will go awry, away from His will.

Father, may it be that as I submit to Your will and calling on my life, I would be found faithful, that I’d be quick to obey, and slow to flesh out. Jesus, I pray that you’d be prevalent in the team’s conversations, that the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control be at the heart of this whole mission. In Your name, Amen.

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