Evening reflection – Jan. 11 2017

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Centering verse:
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…   (Hebrews 4)

Silence: 2 minutes

Psalm 45

Beautiful words stir my heart.
I will recite a lovely poem about the king,
for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

You are the most handsome of all.
Gracious words stream from your lips.
God himself has blessed you forever.
Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!
You are so glorious, so majestic!
In your majesty, ride out to victory,
defending truth, humility, and justice.
Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.
The nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God,[b] endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.
Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.
In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.
Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.
At your right side stands the queen,
wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.
Forget your people and your family far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The princess of Tyre[c] will shower you with gifts.
The wealthy will beg your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious
in her golden gown.
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,
accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession
as they enter the king’s palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father.
You will make them rulers over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.
Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

New Testament Reading: Colossians 1:12-20

12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[d] and forgave our sins.

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.[f]
So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

 Devotional

But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. (Jonah 1:4-5 ESV)

The Bible is pretty clear that we all sin (Romans 3:23). Though some of these sins could be considered worse than others (1 John 5:16), they each still separate us from God. Some sins are out in the open, while others are hidden for years or even a lifetime.

When we are sinning, we can get into the mindset that our sin isn’t hurting anybody else or that it isn’t a big sin. In fact, Jonah probably was not thinking that running away from God (Jonah 1:3) was going to affect anybody else; boy was he wrong! God sent a storm, and almost destroyed the ship Jonah was on, because he disobeyed God.

We also learn that Jonah was comfortable with his sin, as many of us are, while those around him were not. Jonah was sleeping while men were frantically throwing their precious cargo overboard hoping that the boat would not capsize in the storm. As we sin or have a desire to do so, we must remember these lessons from Jonah.

Remember that your sin affects more than just you. You might be accustomed to the consequences of a sin, while those around you will be busy picking up the ship wreck. A secret sin might be hidden for a while, but inevitably it will affect those around us.

Is there a sin you aren’t dealing with because you feel you are the only one it affects?

5 Minutes of silent prayer

The Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours in the kingdom, power, and the glory forever, Amen

Momento Focus- Jan. 11, 2017

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Silencio y centraje

“Pero el Señor está en su santo templo; que toda la tierra sea silenciosa ante él.” (Habacuc 2:20).

Confesión:

Dios de toda misericordia, que nos han marcado como su propio; nos ha dado una nueva identidad y nos hicieron parte del cuerpo de Cristo. Al hacerlo, nos has llamado a elevarse a una nueva vida y a vivir juntos en comunidad. Sin embargo, no hemos sido fieles a su llamada. Hemos forjado nuestra propia identidad y mantuvo a hábitos destructivos. Confesamos que hemos fallado a acoger a otros, roto lazos que hemos tenido con los hermanos y las hermanas, y sirvió a nosotros mismos más que tú. Perdona, oremos por la causa de Cristo, nuestro Salvador. Amén.

Una pausa de 2 minutos de silencio

“Por el contrario, el fruto del Espíritu es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fidelidad, mansedumbre, templanza. Contra tales cosas no hay ley.” Gálatas 5:22-23

“Dios me dé paciencia y dar a mí ahora!” ¿Alguna vez has encontrado a ti mismo impaciente con Dios en la oración pidiéndole a adherirse a su plazo? Dios no responde a nosotros y su calendario no es la nuestra. A través de su inacción, Dios  nos anima a desarrollar la paciencia. La paciencia no es pasiva. No nos limitamos a esperar tener paciencia para llenarnos, debemos trabajar activamente en ella “….y corramos con paciencia la carrera que está puesta delante de nosotros…” (Hebreos 12:1). Los corredores practicar constantemente para mejorar su velocidad, su resistencia, su viento y su forma. Lo mismo es cierto de la paciencia, no podemos simplemente sentarnos y esperar para que Dios nos llene de esa virtud. Se nos dice en Colosenses para crecer “…en el conocimiento de Dios, siendo fortalecidos con todo poder según su gloriosa podría, de modo que usted puede tener una gran resistencia y paciencia…”.

Jesús tenía una cantidad de paciencia sobrenatural en el Jardín de Getsemaní, porque él sabía lo que iba a suceder al día siguiente. Por eso le pidió a su padre que “…tomar de mí este cáliz…” (Lucas 22:42). Él conocía el dolor y el sufrimiento que él tendría, sin embargo, él soportado pacientemente. Nuestro dolor y sufrimiento nunca será tanto como Jesús’, sin embargo, Dios espera de nosotros que aguanta para que a través de nuestro sufrimiento, queremos ser como Jesús, quien a través de “…su fe fue completado por lo que hizo”. (Santiago 2:22). Para seguir la carrera que Dios ha puesto ante ustedes, sabiendo que no siempre será fácil y tu paciencia será probada. Pero al final lo lleve la corona de gloria del ganador.

Oración 
Señor, hay días en que mi paciencia no es lo que debería ser, en aquellos días y en aquellos tiempos, lléname de tu Espíritu…y su paciencia. Amén

Tres preguntas clave para nosotros como lectura orante de las escrituras: 

  1. ¿Cómo voy a vivir diariamente?
  2. Cómo soy la vida diaria?
  3. ¿Qué cambios o crecimiento ¿Tengo que hacer?

 2 minutos de silencio a la oración y la reflexión.

 

 

Focus Moment – Jan. 11, 2017

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Silence and Centering

“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)

Confession:

God of all mercy, you have marked us as your own; you have given us a new identity and made us part of the body of Christ. In doing so, you have called us to rise to new life and to live together in community. However, we have not been faithful to your call. We have forged our own identity and held to destructive habits. We confess we have failed to welcome others, broken bonds we have had with brothers and sisters, and served ourselves more than you. Forgive us, we pray, for the sake of Christ our Savior. Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

“God give me patience and give it to me NOW!” Have you ever found yourself impatient with God asking Him in prayer to adhere to your timeframe? God does not answer to us and His timeframe is not ours. Through His inaction, God encourages us to develop patience. Patience is not passive. We don’t just wait for patience to fill us, we need to actively work on it “….and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” (Heb 12:1). Runners practice constantly to improve their speed, their endurance, their wind and their form. The same is true of patience, we can’t just sit back and wait for God to fill us with that virtue. We are told in Colossians to grow “…in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…”.

Jesus had a supernatural amount of patience in the Garden of Gethsemane because He knew what was going to happen the next day. That’s why He asked His Father to “…take this cup from me…” (Luke 22:42). He knew the pain and suffering He would bear, yet He patiently endured. Our pain and suffering will never be as much as Jesus’ yet God expects us to bear up so that through our suffering we would be like Jesus who through “…his faith was made complete by what he did”. (James 2:22). So continue to run the race that God has set before you knowing that it won’t always be easy and your patience will be tested. But in the end you will wear the winner’s crown of glory.

Prayer 
Lord, there are days when my Patience is not what it should be, on those days and in those times, fill me with Your Spirit…and Your Patience. Amen

Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures: 

  1. How am I to daily live?
  2. How am I daily living?
  3. What changes or growth do I need to make?

 2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.