Monday, May 3, 2010

Breaking Free: Ancient of Days

# 1 How does knowing that God is the Ancient of Days encourage you? Provide 3 Scriptures that provide this reassurance.

Reading this chapter served as a reminder that God has been right by my side through it all. All the joyous and beautiful times in my life as well as the times I cried myself to sleep at night. I rest assured knowing that it was His loving hand that caught each one of my tears and brought comfort to my troubled heart.

I can rest knowing that the Ancient of Days has and will always be there.

I was not able to sum it up in three verses but rather in the 24 verses that make up Psalm 139:

O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

#2 If there was 1 thing (besides the salvation found in Jesus) that you could instill in your future generations what would it be?

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)

This verse encompasses my desire for those who will come after me.

During my teenage season of life "disciplined" was certainly not a word anyone could use to describe me. I lacked discipline in just about every area of my life. Well, to do positive things at least because I had sinning down pact. In my heart there was the desire to accomplish many things. However, many if not all became a distant memory because I lacked the self-discipline to accomplish goals I had set up for my self.

I can remember times I lost my peace or did not give a good witness of Jesus when not walking according to the Spirit and letting my flesh take over a situation. By not exercising self-control I certainly do not reflect Jesus to my children or husband. I want those that follow to be disciplined in their relationship with the Lord. To be disciplined in loving and obeying God which ultimately reflects in their obedience to His Word.

In my walk with the Lord I have to constantly remind myself about being self-disciplined in certain areas of my life but I consider them conquered in the name of Jesus. I am breaking free and operate under the spirit of self-discipline.

1 comment:

  1. Praise the Lord that we can leave a legacy to our children and not just fond memories. I praise the Lord for what He is doing in your life and declare you self-disciplined according to His Spirit in the name of Jesus.


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