This happens a lot to me. My bible reading comes from the scripture that my devotion is based on. It could be Oswald Chambers, or Men of Integrity, 90 minutes in Heaven. Just where God leads me. So this morning I was lead to Oswald. This morning was about living for God even when you don’t feel like it or you are not inspired. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NASB95) 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. It means for the staff, to get on the bus when you know you have so much to do and maybe you feel like you shouldn’t be going. So now it is all about trusting the Lord and walking it out. That was really good. So I decided to read in 2 Timothy 4 this morning. (Now remember I am serving on Quest this week) So I went to 2 Timothy (so I thought) The Lord landed me in 1 Timothy and it starts off “Pray for all Men”
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NASB95)
1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
When I first read this I thought “why didn’t I get this in the beginning of this prep work?” Because it was not time yet. This is what I think Holy Spirit is saying that we as staff really need to press in the next few days in prayer for the men on this event. Second that we need to press in and pray for the staff as well so the questers will see us as Jesus with skin on. They see a staff that walks in peace and in Unity. The biggest thing is the men that are on this event that are lost. The men who got it in their head but not in their heart. The men who think they got it and they don’t. I hear the number 7 for what it is worth.
One more thing to add, has anyone read James lately?
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).
27 External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world. James 1:26-27 (AMP)
So after pondering verse 2, I was taking back to James 1.26-27, this is a life passage for me. Let me explain.
Verse 26 to me says talking the talk, maybe throwing a few stones, being religious
Verse 27 to me says, when you minister outside of your home you better be ministering inside of your home, because if you are not then you wife and children will be the widow and orphans and the ministering that you do outside of your home will be worthless (futile, barren) So as a staff member of this quest. Minister to your family before you leave and be fessed up. Amen Kevin