Praising like Daniel

I just began week 3 of the Beth Moore Daniel study and God has been giving me a Word through this study, that’s for sure!  It has been oh so good to spend time in God’s word every day and to join up with wonderful women every Monday night to discuss our study.  God has been teaching me so much and my heart has been so blessed (yet again) by a Beth Moore study.  If you’ve never done one, I would highly recommend it!

Toward the end of week 2 of the Daniel study, Beth Moore challenged us girls to take the remaining weeks of our study and memorize a passage of scripture from the book of Daniel  – a powerful passage, at that.

The setting: Daniel had just gone to the king and asked him for some time, so that Daniel might be able to interpret the king’s dream for him.  Daniel and his friends prayed fervently for God’s mercy and revelation, so that they might not lose their lives over the king’s anger and frustration (see Daniel chapter 2 for a more thorough explanation.)  That night, God revealed the king’s dream to Daniel in a vision.  And praise Jesus for that, because now Daniel and his friends’ lives would be spared! So Daniel praised God for His provision and revelation:

“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever;

wisdom and power are His.

He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others.

He gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to the discerning.

He reveals deep and hidden things;

He knows what lies in darkness,

and light dwells with Him.

I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors:

You have given me wisdom and power,

You have made known to me what we asked of You,

You have made known to us the dream of the king.”

– Daniel 2:20-23

Amen to that, right?  This passage of scripture is an awesome prayer and a wonderful praise to the faithful Father.  If you’re looking to memorize scripture, why not memorize these three verses with me?  I’ve written them on note-cards and have been taking them with me everywhere, slowly repeating the verses to myself.

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I want to praise God’s faithfulness like Daniel did that night.

What about you? Is there other scripture that you have set on your heart to memorize?

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you have had the most blessed Wednesday.

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Old Self vs. New Self

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24
 

This scripture rocked me to the core this morning.  I needed it this morning. Not two mornings ago when it had been emailed to me on Saturday. (I’m subscribed to a great blog called The Heartbeat of the Home and the scripture came from this lovely posting.) But this morning, when I finally got around to going through my email.  God has impeccable timing like that.

I don’t have many words for this scripture…it speaks for itself.  I do have lots of feelings and thoughts, though, which I’ll try to express briefly.  Since accepting Christ as my Savior, one of my continuing struggles has been walking the line between my “old self” and my “new self.”  I’m realizing more and more that accepting Christ as my Savior may be a one time thing that I did in ninth grade, but choosing to “be made new in the attitude of my mind” is a daily choice that I must make.  My “new self” is “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” but I must daily pray that God would give me the strength to “put off my old self.”  No, I can’t do it alone, but it is my choice to make.  And each morning, whether consciously or not, I am choosing the person I am going to be that day – I am choosing to be my “old self” or my “new self.”

I know I can’t be alone in this struggle, so I’m expressing what I’m able to in hopes that someone out there can resonate with my struggle.  My hope and prayer for myself, and for you reading this, is that we would daily pray for God to help us put on our new selves, and that we would have the courage to ask for prayer in community when we are struggling with putting off our old selves.  It’s hard to be honest with our struggles, but God has gifted us as Christians with community to do just that – to be honest in communication about our joys, pains, praises, laughs, and yes, even our struggles.

Father God, I pray thanks to you for opening my heart and my mind with this scripture this morning.  Thank you for fellow bloggers whose postings have spoken to my soul.  Lord, I pray that today, and everyday, you would help me to put on my “new self” in you, the self that was “created to be like You in true righteousness and holiness.”  In Jesus’ name, amen.
 

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