Reconcile with the inner and corporate world

Reconcile with the inner and corporate world

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Reconcile with the inner and corporate world

Paul works for a living making tents, preaches on the weekends, preaches full time and goes with the ebbs and flows of the different types of work he is called to do. There is no tension in the passage from Paul about the types of work he does, no separation from God in the tasks he performs, he looks to have reconciled with the inner and corporate world functions.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

Right now I am not reconciled with my corporate world job, where Jesus has put me and what I would prefer to do. I would prefer to be on mission full time, not working in and dealing with people in the corporate world. It is bringing me discontent and resentment having to do these tasks and deal with people that I wouldn’t normally associate with. I know that Jesus is in everything and that he has put me in this position so I really have to come to terms with it. Today I will stop whinging and complaining about it and accept that God has put me here for his reasons.

Prayer:

Lord,
I accept where you place my and that I cannot at this time see the reason why.
Help me to see you in this corporate world and not to seperate you from it.
Help me to reconcile my inner and worldly work as one with you.
Amen

Acts 18:1-8

Paul left Athens and went to Corinth, where he met a Jew called Aquila whose family came from Pontus. He and his wife Priscilla had recently left Italy because an edict of Claudius had expelled all the Jews from Rome. Paul went to visit them, and when he found they were tentmakers, of the same trade as himself, he lodged with them, and they worked together. Every sabbath he used to hold debates in the synagogues, trying to convert Jews as well as Greeks.
After Silas and Timothy had arrived from Macedonia, Paul devoted all his time to preaching, declaring to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. When they turned against him and started to insult him, he took his cloak and shook it out in front of them, saying, ‘Your blood be on your own heads; from now on I can go to the pagans with a clear conscience.’ Then he left the synagogue and moved to the house next door that belonged to a worshipper of God called Justus. Crispus, president of the synagogue, and his whole household, all became believers in the Lord. A great many Corinthians who had heard him became believers and were baptised.

StIck with the program

StIck with the program

What is Jesus saying personally to me today- Stick with the program

Too much chocolate is bad for you and can have consequences for your health, much the same is with what might happen with too much of Gods knowledge. We don’t know what this too much from Jesus might lead too, it might even send us crazy. Jesus is being that favourite teacher that we had in school, the one that made an impact on our lives. He knows what and how much we need to be exposed to and restrains us when he knows we haven’t quite got the concept. We need to trust in his way and stick with the program for it is only for our best that he does this.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I am an impatient and frustrated student being instructed to go back and do it properly before I can move on to the next lesson. I am somewhat tired of hearing this message, the same message of sticking to the program. I want more and to move on but I cannot deny that this message keeps on coming up so it must be important. My applications are pretty much the same each day, go deeper, go in to silence, stick with it and sometimes I do it and sometimes I don’t, I didn’t yesterday. So like a petulant child, I go back to the homework and do it again, but instead of being reticent I must be grateful for this perfect teaching.

Prayer:

Lord,
What ever is stopping me internally or externally from learning this current lesson, help me to work through it.
May I use all of my mind, heart and strength to come to you and love you.
Bless me Lord, carry me through even if I don’t see it.
Amen

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,

since he will not be speaking as from himself
but will say only what he has learnt;
and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said:
All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’

Incremental strength and conditioning

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Incremental strength and conditioning

When you are trying to loose weight, on a daily basis it is difficult to see your progress. When trying to improve your fitness the work is hard and its its difficult to gauge any improvements as well as dealing with the muscle aches and lactic acid pain post exercise. I feel that it is the same with our relationship with God or prayer life. When we call on Him, not knowing how he really works but still answers us each and every time, the incremental strength and conditioning he provides our souls is sometimes imperceptible. This strengthening of our souls is the long game, don’t be put off, disheartened that you cant see the improvements, for they are there and they are building each and every day.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I have been practicing my prayer and meditation at nights now for some weeks and sometimes if feel that I might have wasted my time as I don’t notice any perceivable difference. This is a clear message for me to persist and its not the only time this message has come through for me over this period of time. ‘Stick with it’, was a whisper that I heard last night and I couldn’t tell whether that was my mind of the spirit speaking to me. This morning I believe that it is the spirit telling me to stick with it, so no option but to do that. I must continue down this path of prayer and spiritual exercising as I might not be aware of how God is strengthening my soul.

Prayer:

Lord,
thank you the encouragement.
Thank you for the breadcrumbs you leave on the path to you.
May I be open to seeing them and consuming them as your life giving bread.
Continue to feed and bless my soul as I continue to come to you.
Amen

Psalm 137(138):1-3,7-8

Your right hand has saved me, O Lord.

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:
you have heard the words of my mouth.
In the presence of the angels I will bless you.
I will adore before your holy temple.

Your right hand has saved me, O Lord.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love,
which excel all we ever knew of you.
On the day I called, you answered;
you increased the strength of my soul.

Your right hand has saved me, O Lord.

You stretch out your hand and save me,
your hand will do all things for me.
Your love, O Lord, is eternal,
discard not the work of your hands.

Glossing over

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Glossing over

The word or message to listen is so frequent in the gospels it is too easy to gloss over it. The message to listen is more than just to give Jesus a few passing moments, it is listening in all things, the written word, to how He speaks to us through others, through signs, nature and in the silence. Instead of glossing over what listening really is and giving it a passing importance, it reminds me of the saying, you have two ears and one mouth so listen twice as much as you speak.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying to me today?

As I read the gospel this morning my mind went pretty quickly to my application and I realised that I wasn’t listening on a particularly deep level. I actually glossed over the key message for me and took some more time. The message was that I am not as good a listener as I think I am and that I need to take more time and not rush it. This is not just for listening to the words of Jesus but listening to Him in all things. Perhaps he is saying to me that my morning prayer time is more a time of process and that I am not listening very well – I don’t really know. So tonight I will spend my mediation time on this topic and sit and wait and patiently listen to receive the message if any, that Jesus wants me to hear on my prayer life.

Prayer:

Lord,
Take me to the place where I can open my ears and truly listen
and not gloss over your messages for me.
Give me the strength and fortitude to treat my distractions and come in to
silence as the place that allows me to hear you.
Amen

Acts 16:11-15

Sailing from Troas we made a straight run for Samothrace; the next day for Neapolis, and from there for Philippi, a Roman colony and the principal city of that particular district of Macedonia. After a few days in this city we went along the river outside the gates as it was the sabbath and this was a customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a devout woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptised she sent us an invitation: ‘If you really think me a true believer in the Lord,’ she said ‘come and stay with us’; and she would take no refusal.

Keep it simple

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Keep it simple

Three pillars of living a life with God, body mind and spirit. Be mindful of what you put in your body, be aware of your where your mind is and what it is attracted to and make sure that your spirit is focused on God. accordingly, everything else will fall in to place as there is no need to complicate things. The risk of over thinking things and making it complicated is being burdened, disturbed, confused, self judged and having an unsettled mind. Jesus frequently made his messages simple, so simple that we overlook it for its universal truth.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying to me today?

Body, feed, exercise and rest it well, mind, make sure that what I think will be bring a smile to Gods face, spirit, focus only on being in his company. I try to get this balance right but usually fail in one area or another. Today Jesus is speaking to me about the balance and how I might have it out of whack. I am going deep on the spirit and partially on the mind but my body is being neglected this week. Tonight I go back to what I introduced lats month, I know it helped my mind and spirit and it feels like it is essential to make sure I am giving Jesus a chance to be present in my whole existence not just sections.

Prayer:

Lord,
thank you for the simplicity of your messages and how you are speaking to me.
Open my eyes to your simple truth allowing me to grow in knowledge of you.
The experience is what I seek, not just a mind lesson.
It is your presence that fills me.
Take me there Lord.
Amen

Acts 15:22-31

The apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:
‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.’
The party left and went down to Antioch, where they summoned the whole community and delivered the letter. The community read it and were delighted with the encouragement it gave them.