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Discovery about Days

The way a day turns out is often different than the way it feels facing it.

And that’s a good thing!

“Instead of worrying, pray… It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” — Philippians 4:6-7 (Message)

– fritz

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Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:17-19

Philippians was actually a thank you letter from the apostle Paul to a Church for their financial aid.

He said their gift was a “sweet smelling sacrifice”. Not just a complement, this referenced a specific kind of sacrifice. You can read about it in Leviticus chapters 1 and 2.

Most sacrifices were mandatory but the “sweet savour” sacrifice was different — it was completely voluntary. A small part was burned for the smell and the rest given to a priest. Giving from a heart of gratitude gets God’s attention, like the smell of breakfast in the morning — bacon frying and coffee brewing — does to us. It warms his heart.

Priests, in the Old Testament, are symbolical for followers of Christ (Rev 1:6).

The Bible tells us that as we voluntarily give to Christ’s followers — fellow christians — God is pleased and returns a blessing.

— fritz@langgang.com
Related Post: Getting More – July 13, 2011

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Dallas Willard surfaces an interesting fact.

“We cannot just choose our feelings”1

But, he says,

“you can evoke and to some degree control feelings by directing your thoughts.

Our power over our thoughts is of great and indispensable assistance in directing and controlling our feelings, which themselves are not directly under the guidance of our will.”1

Perhaps this is why the bible says

“whatsoever things are true, … honest, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report; … think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

– fritz
1 – Renovation of the Heart, by Dallas Willard, page 104

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>Shouting

>Chilean minors, once thought dead, captive under ground for over a month are rescued to shouts of joy. Expected – their captivity is over!

50,000 football fans shouting in the stadium, perhaps just as many shouting in their homes at the TV screen. Why? They like the game, it is fun to shout and be emotionally engaged. Expected, they enjoy the game!

To remaining quiet in either scenario is a sign of disinterest, perhaps even being cold hearted.

Realizing what God has done should, similarly, evoke a shout or two!

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” – Psalm 5:11

“LET” – meaning something that would occur if not prevented.

I learn at least three (3) things from this passage:

  1. Church doesn’t have to be quiet to be respectful, we should let it be a little noisy sometimes;
  2. God’s salvation is a “Know-So!” kind – knowing, now, we are released from guilt, the captivity of obsessions, and a certain fate worse than death1;
  3. Following God is expected to be an enjoyable experience, even through difficulties2 – if our walk is not joyful we need to find out why.

I think I’ll go shout for a while!

– fritz

1 – Matthew 10:28
2 – Philippians 4:7

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Fat Fallible Fears

Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; … But Esau … threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. – Genesis 33:1,4

The patriarch, Jacob, had wronged his brother and for twenty (20) years dreaded the inevitable reunion. When he saw Esau and his four hundred armed men he knew he was toast — until his brother kissed him!

But all those fears wrong. The toll they exacted for nothing.

People do very foolish things with nothing but their own fears as motivations — and sometimes our worst fears turn out completely false. There is a better alternative.

“Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.” – Philippians 4:6

I heard an old preacher say, “When you’re coming to a brick wall, trust God will either move the wall or make a hole big enough for your head to fit through.”

fritz@langgang.com

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My nine(9) year old son doesn’t act as mature as my thirty-one(31) year old yet I am not disappointed in him at all. My heart is filled with joy just being with him and watching him grow — every parent knows why!

He is supposed to act like he’s nine because he is nine. His fourteen(14) year old brother looks at him with disgust, “Mom! He is acting so childish!!”

A father’s heart is different from a brother’s!

I listened to a message by Mike Bickle and opened a whole new understanding of how God can be happy with us with all our shortcomings. Our Heavenly Father rejoices in our sincerity and understands our immaturity — he’s happy with our changed heart through Christ, our growth and future.

The Bible says to think on that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report and what is virtuous and praise worthy – it will make us happy! (Philippians 4:8)

This is exactly what God, our Heavenly Father does with us and it makes him happy.

– Fritz@langgang.com

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