Journal Excerpts From January 2013

DC! One month has passed, and there are lots of stories to tell. To begin February, I could think of nothing better than to share with you some select journal entries that highlight what God has been teaching me this past month. There are many stories, moments, surprises, struggles and victories that I wish I could share with you. I’m not going to do that, so here are the nuggets that are the fruit of those moments…

My ‘One Thought’ Journal:

  • Nothing stops God, so live that way.
  • Faithfulness and purity are my focus.
  • How much you value your treasure is measured by how much you invite others to value your treasure.
  • The harvest is plentiful, that hasn’t changed. The laborers are few, that hasn’t changed. Change that.
  • As obedience to Jesus increases, romance with Jesus increases.
  • Only after gazing on Jesus’ cross for quite some time did I realize partially what it was to pick up my own and follow Him.
  • If we don’t declare a state of surrender, then we declare a state of war.
  • Self-preservation destroys faith.

Regular Journal:

  • The gospel is more than benevolence and charity. It is prideful to only introduce people to what you have and not to God and what He has. (1/06/13)
  • Spiritual could be your practical if it became your tangible. (1/11/13)
  • Fear, among other emotions, reveals what you treasure. (1/13/13)
  • Fear exposes focus. (1/13/13). 
  • Evangelism is the invitation to come treasure Jesus – Discipleship is the process of leading or being led to treasure only Jesus. Is treasuring Jesus the focus of your evangelism and discipleship? (1/22/13)
  • We sacrifice our birthright for a bowl of soup every time that we give up on the call of God and settle for what’s safe. (1/22/13)
  • If you look to bring broken people the gospel, you’ll find them. Be with them. (1/22/13)
  • I should not spend more energy connecting with people than I do connecting people with Jesus. (1/24/13)
  • If Jesus alone does not satisfy you, then Jesus plus everything else will not satisfy you, and surely you don’t want everything without Jesus to satisfy you. (1/24/13)
  • A man is not measured by how rich He is, but by how rich he makes others. (1/28/13)
  • You can’t have a pure heart without looking at a pure God. (1/28/13)
  • Somehow, for many of us, Christianity has become a drive to be an expert at everything except for treasuring Jesus. (1/28/13)
  • Don’t become an expert at obeying your culture, become an expect at obeying God’s words. (1/28/13)
  • Our joy in our treasure grows as we invite other’s to take joy in Him. (1/28/13)
  • The fear of evangelism begins to dissolve when we begin to believe that our treasure is of infinite worth. (1/28/13)
  • Man, I’m on a roll. 
  • You gotta be okay with unfavorable outcomes, as you are focused on obeying Jesus. (1/30/13)
  • Sin, plainly put, makes us deny ourselves maximum pleasure in the most satisfying person. (1/30/13)
  • These days, it is easy to be a busy, plugged in, fulfilled Christian and not treasure Jesus. (1/31/13)
  • Competencies do not equal character. Competence is the opposite of brokenness and Christ-like character is most aptly formed in brokenness. (I recall my main man, Joe Adams saying something like this once… miss you, Joe.)

I’m thankful for the mercy of God to be near to me, especially as I am increasingly aware that I do not deserve His presence.

For the joysetbeforeme,

 Peter

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