Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What's the Word?

Like many, I spent January 1st dedicating this New Year to the Lord, praying, fasting, and seeking God for his will and direction in my life for this New Year. This obviously isn’t the only time or day I seek God, but it does seem to be a special time as new-beginnings are in the air. So, as I ask God if he has anything special he wants to say to me, I am drawn to the following passage. No, I didn’t do the famous "grab your Bible, close your eyes, open it up, and randomly place your finger on a verse." Rather, God has had me in and around this passage for the last few days as I have been beginning to prepare for an upcoming expository teaching from the book of Philippians.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:9-11
This passage is powerful and speaks deeply to my continued spiritual growth, what the results will look like, where my strength comes from, and the ultimate purpose of this entire process. This word from God keeps me focused, provides a clear directive, and emboldens me for the coming year.

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