Tuesday, February 28th
Have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
- 1 Timothy 4:7
In the beginning, Adam and Eve had intimacy with God and with each other. Then sin happened; the first two of creation had (for just a moment) a rebel moment; they sought their interest over God's, their glory over their Creator’s glory, and they trusted themselves more than the Lord. Adam and Eve tried to hide their sins…they covered up…and they ran from the God they’d always run to.
Enduring intimacy is the result of discipline. What do you think about that? You might think intimacy is born out of passion, yet if you’ve ever had an intimate relationship, you know that enduring intimacy comes with daily and consistent acts of faithfulness, steadiness, and devotion. Intimacy with God is the result of the disciplines that help lead us to Him.
Paul would often encourage the church not to be swayed by the winds of every doctrine, and he meant that Jesus’ followers would be steady and focused, and grow in the truth and grace of God found in the gospel.
...This takes discipline. I recently heard Chuck Swindoll say, “Show me a godly life…I’ll show you a disciplined life behind the scenes.” ENDURING INTIMACY
As we enter into the season of Lent, beginning tomorrow with Ash Wednesday, may we see the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus [as our] Lord over every other thing in this life. May [His] kingdom come, [His] will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May the gospel of the kingdom arrest our attention and grip our hearts. May it work its way through our lives. And may the world know Jesus is King!
…And may this take place in us, as we devote ourselves daily throughout this season, to the reading of God’s words, listening to voice of the Spirit through the writings of other Christians, and through lingering moments of prayer with our God who loves us so. Together, let’s discipline ourselves for intimacy with God, once again!
PRAY: "Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."