Monthly Archives: June 2017

Run to the Father… take up the shield.

David says: 

“In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/psa.11.1-2.esv

In the Lord we find the perfect protection when the inevitable struggles come our way. We live in a broken world in which battle is to be expected. In the Psalm, the arrow shoots into the dark, seeks to bring harm to those seeking God. Perhaps this was on Paul’s mind when he wrote:

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/eph.6.16.esv

Take up.

Take up is our responsibility. Let us not go into the fray without our shield! 

Run to the Father, take up the shield of faith, in all circumstances.

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3 similar stops on the M’Cheyne train.

When thinking about biblical leadership one needs look no further than Nehemiah. When he was personally torn over the fate of Jerusalem, it was clear to those around him. He had already purposed in his heart what to do, but when the king notes his downcast demeanor, look at Nehemiah’s response.

“Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.” ‭Nehemiah‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬http://bible.com/59/neh.2.4.esv

He prayed, then spoke. His response was prayer.

When the earliest church was suffering great persecution, having seen one of their number killed to please the Jews, and Peter awaiting a similar fate. The church responded.

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.” Acts‬ ‭12:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬http://bible.com/59/act.12.5.esv

May we become like soldiers who carefully put on their gear before going into battle. May we get ready to meet each day as the psalmist does.

“Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

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But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalms‬ ‭5:1-3, 11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/psa.5.1-3,11-12.esv

God never promised to answer all our prayers the way we want. Many times that would not be good for us. We often want for that which may actually be an obstacle to us.

But what I’ve found is that prayer and abiding in the Scripture IS the way to put on the armour so that I am prepared for what is coming. With the armour, I need not fear when trouble comes. Because I’ve dwelt long with Him this morning I can face the troubles from without and, often worse, the troubles within.

Raise the shield!

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How’re you sleeping? In peace?

I’m four steps into my latest saunter through the Psalms. My soul is strengthened by the real-ness of the crus of the psalmist. These are hearty prayers that teach us to run to God. And the more we sit with God, the less we may have to run to God. 

Just now I was encouraged by the beginning and ending verses of Psalm 4. Consider this…

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:1, 8‬ ‭ESV‬‬) http://bible.com/59/psa.4.1,8.esv

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on communication, being heard and understood in disciple making

“Every person wishes to be heard, understood, and valued; this should be a basic function of disciple making, how else can we shine the gospel into lives?” As We’re Going, p. 32

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The Seven Question Method

The promised link to the Seven Question Method that is described in As We’re Going, from Appendix B may be found by clicking HERE.

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Regular Accountability Guide

Appendix F in As We’re Going promises a link to Appendix F: “REGULAR ACCOUNTABILITY” CLICK HERE to see a GoogleDoc of that appendix you can copy and adapt. Adapting to your context is key to success in accountability. Click HERE.

 

 

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