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Who Got Time For That?,The Podcast

Hello Purposeful Family!

Time is something we can easily let slip away. We keep aging and prayerfully growing wiser. Hanging on to the past will not serve us if we continue to undermine our own maturity thus lessening the work God has done within us. There is a time for laughter and a time to be serious. It is time to get serious about the direction we are going. As we follow Christ’s example we also have others who are following ours. What legacy are we leaving behind? 

~Torrie

Scripture in this episode:Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Proverbs 18:7; Proverbs 21:23


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Persistent Neighbor

The Gospel of Luke Devotional

  • Day 11 Luke Chapter 11
  • Bible Reading Luke 11:1-54
  • Focus Scriptures: Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” 

Riddle:

It’s 3 A.M you are sound asleep and there is a knock at your door. Simultaneously the phone begins to ring. Your parents are in town and will be there for breakfast at any moment. You are completely confused but quickly try to remember what you have in your kitchen. You believe you may have bread, butter, eggs, and jam. What do you open first?


ANSWER: Nothing! You open nothing! You ignore the knocking at your door, throw the phone across the room, firmly place the pillow over your head, and go back to sleep. Who knocks on the door or comes for breakfast at 3 A.M?

We know not the time nor the hour… Matthew 24:2


Some of us don’t handle interruptions well. Jesus’ teaching reveals, this attitude is normal. (Luke 11:5-8) In this parable, the neighbor is in need and asking for provisions for the traveler. The neighbor needed food to show complete hospitality. We read that it was late at night and perhaps the obvious solution would have been to wait until morning. But Jesus taught that when it comes to someone else’s needs like the traveler, we are to react with compassion, putting ourselves in their shoes, and offer what we would want at that time. Following the Holy Spirit’s direction, we will have an attitude of service instead of the irritation of being interrupted. 

Webster’s dictionary defines interruption as a break in uniformity, it could also mean an unexpected change in a routine or plan. Making plans or scheduling out our days puts us in control. It is gratifying to check off the items on our lists, we feel productive. Those lists are a guide, it is a suggestion for what we believe we need to do. Praying over our plans and asking the Holy Spirit to direct our free time helps us stay connected with God. Luke 11:2 Praying makes God our priority and not ourselves. 

 Luke 11:33-36 Christ is our lamp; how well we see spiritually is strengthen through applying His truth to our lives. Our reflection of His light shines in what we say and do. If we always over-react, get angry, or defensive at the small insignificant situations, how well will we manage a major life change? Our perspective hinges on our perception. If in our own limited knowledge we cannot ask because of pride, seek because of foolishness, or knock because of doubt we will not grow in spiritual maturity. Being aware of the feelings and needs of others deepens our relationship with each other. It builds a believers community. We can grow more insightful by reading, pondering, and meditating, on God’s Word. When we saturate our lives with God we will not forget Him. To be mindful is understanding how we react to situations in our head, before we act through it with our words or actions. God is mindful of us. Psalm 8:4 He remembers us always in all ways.  

~Torrie


Discussion Questions:

  1. Would I feel proud or ashamed if my actions were published in print or online?
  2.  Do my prayers allow me to use the wealth, talents, and attributes God has given me in a morally useful way?
  3. Where are my dark places that need the lamp of Christ to shine on? Luke 11:34-35

 

A Few Points:

  1. Luke 11:1-4 Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer and how to pray.
  2. Luke 11:5-13 Jesus teaches about humility and taking care of others needs. We are evil yet we know how to give good gifts, how much better would we be if we allowed the Holy Spirit to work through us.
  3. Luke 11:14-28 Jesus answers accusations about being Satan and teaches about a divided kingdom. He who is not with God is against Him, and He who does not gather with God scatters. But blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.
  4. Luke 11:28-32 Jesus warns against unbelief and compares it to Jonah.
  5. Luke 11:33-36 Jesus teaches about the light within us.
  6. Luke 11:37-54 Jesus openly criticizes the religious leaders.

 

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Cut Cut Cut

Matthew 25:14-30 {The Parable of the 10 Talents}

Most of us have that one movie we will sit and watch even though we know the ending. I have a few, but one of my favorites is John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. I thoroughly enjoy Claire Danes, Matt Damon, and the sweet little grandmother of a woman played by Teresa Wright. This movie is filled with drama; it seeks justice for a family, two women, and pushes a man into his earthly purpose. There is one line that resonated and often comes to mind when I feel I need to change a bad habit. Miss Birdie (Teresa Wright) told Rudy the lawyer (Matt Damon) to “Cut, cut, cut.!!” She wanted her inheritance to go to an already wealthy minister and leave her children…. nothing. Of course, Rudy goes to bat for the children and the other “broken” characters throughout the movie. If you think this story line sounds familiar, you may have gone to Sunday School.


Cut! That one word is like an alarm. It signals action to stop in cinematic, stage, and musical performances. It severs, divides, or marks a need to be rid of a person or possession. God helps us prune away what we do not need to fulfill our purpose. (John 15:1-2) Let’s go to God in prayer and frequently ask what we need to CUT! CUT! CUT! Let’s be mindful of what we hold on to, although it may have begun as a blessing from God, His plan for its intended use can become a curse if we began to idolize it. 


After we have taken stock of what is truly important, how much clutter is left? Not just physical items but, emotional baggage that needs cutting off. What hinders our talents? Are we bogged down by the things we placed on top of the gifts we received? Should we maximize gifts by investing more time in them? Matthew 25:21 We will know we are on the right path when we invest our time wisely; the fruit of our works will be evident from our constant cutting. (Matthew 25:25) Let us not hide what we have because we fear acceptance. Walk boldly with scissors cutting out the chaos in our lives to usher in a fresh Godly perspective and direction. We have been given an opportunity to grow and flourish in this life, spreading the news of Christ’s salvation over us all. 

What are you hiding?

~Torrie

 

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Indifferent to Persistence

Bible Reading: Luke 18:1-8

Indifference- the lack of interest, concern, or sympathy: apathy.


What are we indifferent to? Is it homelessness, hunger, child abuse, drug trafficking, money… perhaps our spiritual or academic lives? Are we indifferent to our social media presence, the forms of entertainment we enjoy, gossip we engage in? What are the things we don’t give a second thought of?


 The judge in Luke 18:1-8 showed no concern or sympathy to the widow’s need. He did not fear God nor respect his fellow man. (Luke 18:2) Through the widow’s persistence, he finally relented and gave her the justice she sought. (Luke 18:4-5) 

Applying the timeless lessons of God’s Word, we see ourselves in these parables. Every day we are given an opportunity to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8) How can we do that if we are so consumed with our selfish desires? We miss the sacrifices of those wanting to help us through their persistence. The widow was the one in need but, her persistence helped the judge and us see how we can serve God by serving each other. God is in control. (Luke 18:6-8)


I am struck by how many times I’ve had to learn the same lessons over again. The times I have let go of God’s hand and sought my own fleshly desires instead of His divine will; the feeling becomes uncomfortable. It’s as though I’m standing naked in the middle of a busy intersection allowing everyone to gawk at me. Although that feeling of utter embarrassment is overwhelming, I thank God through the Holy Spirit that I feel embarrassed rather than indifferent. It ushers in a fresh remorse and repentance for the things He has warned me against.


If we find ourselves feeling ashamed, embarrassed, or even humiliated we should quickly turn to God and thank Him for the awareness. The gentle discipline that comes from our emotions are far easier to grow and learn from than the complete destruction of judgement that awaits us for not heeding His warnings. Let us all have repenting hearts eager to act justly, and show kindness, because of His mercy.

Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

~ Torrie

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Catfished??…

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18ESV & Genesis 3:1-6ESV

Gaslighted!! Catfished!! Oh my! Both these terms essentially mean the same thing.

Gaslight- to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Catfish- to lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

No one wants to be scammed. No one wants to lose out on a luxury, or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day, and more easily since the invention of the internet. We have all been catfished or gaslighted at some point.

The thief is able to hone in on our insecurities, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. This gives the thief a way into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually we will be met with the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it. The thief may use this tactic in order to coerce us out of our normal routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically the thief will take away time. The time God desires us to have in order to fully develop a relationship with Him and to learn about ourselves. The thief will have us rushing to make decisions; not pausing to consult with the Holy Spirit. Genesis 3:6  **Do you want to get married, have a family, become rich…famous? Is your house big enough, your car new enough, does your body need an overhaul? **  These are just a few questions we will begin to ask ourselves constantly, letting go of our original God focus. It’s how we may be manipulated into doing unthinkable and questionable things. The false hope we are given drives our “new” focus making us willing participants in the insane confusion the Thief wants us in.

There was one rule in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule everything would be kept in order. The thief sought to destroy this order. (CATFISH—–GASLIGHT)  The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity. They believe they are working on their own behalf but in truth, they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan. Ephesians 6:12

When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not be discerning enough to see at first. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. By the grace of God we can see the Light and be redeemed…nursed back to mental and spiritual health. Of course, this takes time. When we get to the root of our problems or emotional triggers we can lift up our heads and say “not today Satan, I see your schemes coming and I am prepared!”

~Torrie

 

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