i wanted to dive deeper into my commitments for 2010 & i wanted to bring you along for the ride. please feel free to share any thoughts, suggestions, comments, encouragements or critiques as we go along.
1. live out the gospel daily:
the life, death & resurrection of christ has drastically changed my life: my life now & for eternity.
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. this was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins."
"for while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. for one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
knowing Truth & accepting such an awesome, undeserved gift should be evident in my life. i pray that over this next year that i would continually preach the gospel to myself and live it out each day to those around me. i pray that i would recognize my position & condition without christ, that i would contemplate what i've been saved from. i pray that my life would overflow & abound in thankfulness & grace. i pray that i would know my identity in christ & that i would tap into the holy spirit, taking advantage of this awesome power that i have living in me - the very cause for my faith, to live a life connected to christ, walking with him all of my days. i pray that my eyes would be fixed on heaven and that i would not be the person from 1 corinthians 15:19: "if only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men." i want my hope to be set on things eternal not on that which is fleeting & momentary.
thank you Lord for saving me from life now & eternity later without you, without anything good or pure or beautiful. thank you for loving me so lavishly & calling me your daughter & heir although i am constantly falling short. i pray Father that you would grab ahold of my heart & draw me nearer & nearer to you. give me your eyes & please write your story on my heart. i pray that i would never forget or diminish the importance of the cross. Lord you are so good.
a psalm of praise. of david.
i will exalt you, my God the King;
i will praise your name for ever and ever.
every day i will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
one generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
they will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and i will meditate on your wonderful works.
they will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and i will proclaim your great deeds.
they will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
the LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
the LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
all you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.
they will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
the LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.
the LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
the eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
you open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
the LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.
the LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
he fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
the LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
my mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.