2.1 God Centered Living: focus your life on God’s purpose not your own plans

O – Observation:

Blackaby states that, “Self-centeredness is a subtle trap… Like King Asa, you can avoid it (self-centeredness) at one time and fall right into the trap at another time. God-centeredness requires a daily death of self and submission to God.”

In reading John 12:20-36 – Jesus predicts his death; he tells the analogy of a wheat kernel which must be planted in soil and dies, or it is alone. However, in its death, the kernel will produce many new kernels.  Jesus said that if a person loves their life (more than anything else does) they would lose it, as all people will eventually die. Those who do not care about their lives, (give sacrificially for others, even if they lose their earthly lives) will keep it for eternity. It’s difficult to read the two statements here and not ask yourself the question, “why?”.

In regards to Blackaby’s interpretation, we as Christ followers must die daily to our selfishness in order to be God-centered and submit to God.

A – Application:

How can I apply this to my life? I would need to start my day and seek the Lord first as it states in Matthew 6:33, I would also need to be consciously aware in my thought process of, “What would Jesus do?”  In order to be God-centered, my decisions are based on what is pleasing to the Lord. This is a challenge, surrounded by the world’s influence of “What’s in it for me?” – Life as we know it is temporary. How do we place God first and have him in the center of our lives and not be stampeded upon or used like a rug. How do we take one scripture and say, “I want to know and do God’s purpose not my own.”

Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 2 – Day 1

S – Scripture:

John 12:24-25 “24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. Nevertheless, its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. NLT

P – Prayer:

Father forgive me for my sins, help me to know and do your will. Lord may your grace fall upon me. Help me to do what is expected. Allow me eyes to see and ears to hear, the beauty and blessings you have given me. Give me strength, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do your will.  Let not the things I do be my plans, but yours.  Help me to die daily to self-centeredness and help me to be God-centered. In Jesus name, amen.

Date:  04 April 2010

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Surrendering to God

O – Observation:    It’s easy to say that when we give to whatever person, entity, church, organization etc – we feel good. That’s usually a given. But for the most part we don’t give till it hurts. One might say that’s not being a good steward if we gave all that we have.  In another sense if God is asking you to give all that you have so that you are not held by the things of this world, would we be able to give it all up? Our house, car, job, family? That’s a lot to ask for. Jesus wants all of what holds us. He asked it of Moses. He asked it of his disciples. He asked it of the rich man. My question to myself should be what God is asking me to give to him. And what is he asking me to give up, so that nothing hinders me from serving him without excuses or boundaries?

Today’s reading reminds me of the song, “I Surrender All” which I’ll include here. Thanks for visiting and keeping in His Word which binds us and molds us to be the character that He wants of us.

I Surrender All

S – Scripture: Mark 12: 41-43 – Reading: Mark 12 – The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.[j]

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by asking the Lord to allow me to not hold on to the things of this world. I know that the Lord will provide for my needs, but do I trust him to provide? I pray that I can trust and obey.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask that you forgive me for all my sins. I ask that I not hold on to the things of the world. I ask that I am able and willing to give everything and every person – surrender to Christ. So that He is in control over all things. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Today’s Date: March 5, 2010