Everything is Permissible

by Mary Beth on July 8, 2015

Since we live by the Spirit, let us stay in step with the Spirit.
Ephesians 5:25

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.

Teach us to number our days aright,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,

that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.

Make us glad for as many days you have afflicted us,

for as many years as we have seen trouble.

May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children.

May the favor of the LORD our God rest upon us;

establish the work of our hands for us-

yes, establish the work of our hands.” 

1.)Praise the Lord. 

“Praise the Lord, O my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”  Psalms 103

Enter with me into worship to our faithful and tender loving Father!

2.)  Thanksgiving to the Lord.

“The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.”  Psalms 111:7

Through His multitude of mercies in protection and provision, in growth of our faith, hope, love and holiness.

To sustain and strengthen health, restore and deepen our homes, families and community of Biblical relationships, for answered prayers;

for help to the lost and the least, strength for the sufferings

and the struggles,

perseverance to be faithful and to press on,

grace all along the way and in our days.

3.) Enjoying God’s presence.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,

do it all for the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31

This affords time to pray and ponder through our personal walk with God, others and living in the world.

How are we allowing the Word of God to read us?

Is scripture a comfort and yet holds conviction?  What Bible study will you consider this season?

When am I engaged and responding in daily repentance?

If and when is the idolatry in our hearts competing with the pure and wholehearted love for God?

Is there an individual or an area within these commitments the Lord wants us to surrender?

What about taking new steps of trust?

What spiritual disciplines need to be lived out?

How is the health of our Biblical community? Authentic?  Sincere?  Vulnerable?  Obedience?

4.) Ask, seek and knock.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 

It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions,

and to live self-controlled,

upright and godly lives in this present age,

while we wait for the blessed hope-

the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior,

Jesus Christ,

who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself

a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” 

Titus 2:11-14

What is permissible but not beneficial in my life,

and is there a need for self-denial and further humility?

                            How is my prayer life?

Do I boldly seek the throne and grace of God for His embrace?

Do I truly understand and sincerely seek to rest in my identity in Christ?

For it is His,

“Divine Determination”

Enjoy this process and take a few days to ponder and listen,

where and what door our great Shepherd will speak to you.

He is so faithful and tender to guide us in His ways,

for further sanctification and for His glory.

“You were washed, you were sanctified,

you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

“Everything is permissible for me”

-but not everything is beneficial.

“Everything is permissible for me”

-but I will not be mastered by anything.” 

(1 Corinthians 10:23 states:  “but not everything is constructive.”)

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,

who is in you, whom you have received from God? 

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. 

Therefore honor God with your body.”  1 Corinthians 6:12-19

Be patient and willing to wait on the Lord.

It’s beautiful to see, know and witness His faithful hand of providence and provision;

the workmanship of our hearts and lives.

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