The OC Daily Minute (Page 59)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 59)

February 25, 2016

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!  –1 John 3:1 “Wow, what foreign-kind of love” is literally what John writes. Love is the greatest motive in the world, it motivates us to all kinds of craziness, and so if we understand God’s love, we will no doubt be compelled to obey His Word.  Jesus…

February 24, 2016

“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  — Matthew 7:9-11   There is a strange tension that seems to exist between how much we have…

February 23, 2016

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  — Romans 8:15-16 Father is pretty descriptive for sure, it seems to give a sense of position, while Daddy seems to give a sense of intimacy.   In this…

February 22, 2016

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  –Matthew 6:26   Trust me?! Trust me?!  It’s possibly the primary desire a father wants from his children.  Even respect is an example of trust.  Jesus gives a very pointed example here that brings us…

February 19, 2016

25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. Hang in There. Every moment of every day! There is no letting up in following Jesus, there are many moments of struggle, joy, frustration, happiness, pain, anger, depression, and of course the feeling of…

February 18, 2016

James 1:22-24 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. Become Self Aware. Doesn’t James seem mean here? Is it just me or does he seem a…

February 17, 2015

James 1:21 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. Remove obstacles. My family thinks it’s fun to watch American Ninja Warrior because these are trained athletes looking to overcome obstacles in the best time possible. One thing I’ve noticed by binge watching this show is…

February 16, 2016

James 1:19-20 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Look for God’s opinion. We all know that being quick to hear isn’t always the greatest advice, as a matter of fact sometimes we might say “earmuffs” so that our children don’t hear things.…

February 15, 2016

James 1: 2-5 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given…

February 12, 2016

Proverbs 1:7 A fool shuns wisdom and pursues his own folly. A fool is not someone who is silly or frivolous.  A biblical definition would be a person who has arrogantly chosen his own way over God’s way.  Pushed God out of their life, and refused all discretion, discernment, or wisdom that God’s Word offers.  Obviously, if someone has turned their heart away from Jesus…

February 11, 2016

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father. Gluttony can basically be defined as not in control of one’s own desires.  Gluttony is a manifestation of self-indulgence.  The danger in one of these friendships is that they will constantly be fighting against not using you by consuming your time, resources, and…

February 10, 2016

Proverbs 24: 21-22 My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin those two can bring? A rebellious person does not choose to obey- rather, they are pulled in various directions by their own desires and lusts.  They are unstable, subject to frequent changes of their own…