Friday, December 23, 2011

Doing Good/Unity in Christ

Whew! Since Monday someone has been sick in our house.  Wednesday was my turn.  Yikes, no fun.  It wasn't that bad and yesterday I just fought a low grade fever, which finally broke sometime early this morning.  I began to read this morning in the last part of Galatians, which said "let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." I pray that I do not do things for myself, but for the glory of God.  With that said, I pray too that in doing the good of the Father, I do not want to grow tired.  Help me Lord, to remain focused on you always.

It is amazing that Paul prayed the very thing I pray for myself.  "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." Wow, I know that those were not my exact words, but those are the things I want for my life with Christ too.  God can give me the power that he gave his Son to heal, encourage, discern, etc.  I give my whole self to you Lord.  All of me.  I want nothing left to be ruined by sin.  Fill me Lord with your presence each and every day.  Allow me to be overfilled with joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, and self control, so that I can fill someone else with the wonderful things.  I know that I will be healed, but in my affliction, I will be patient.  There is a season for everything.  I know that I am "God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." In all these things, I pray in your precious son's name, Jesus! Amen.

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