Sunday, January 24, 2010

Verse of the week - Romans 1:21

An emotional week. A powerful church service. Another soul stirring small group time.

I cannot begin to blog all my thoughts or responses over just the past few days, but here are a few snippets of what God has been teaching me.

First, the back drop:

My pastor spent a couple days in Haiti earlier this week and came back clearly shaken and moved by all the pain and also the fortitude of faith he say in surviving believers. I followed his experience on Twitter. Stirred to action.

Second, in small group we continued our study of Tozer's book, In Pursuit of God. He says, "God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety." Reminder number 3,764 -- He wants ALL of me. Tozer speaks "of a voluntary exalting of God to His proper station over us and a willing surrender of our whole being to the place of worshipful submission which the Creator-creature circumstance makes proper. . . we step out of the world's parade."

Lastly, God's Word works deeply within me with a verse my husband highlighted and I could not ignore. Romans 1:21 says, "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."


It is relatively easy to know God. Read His Word, attend a sound church, study doctrine.

However, it is a whole nother realm to glorify God and come with a heart of gratitude. Too often, I foolishly fall short and glorify some imaginative tangent rather than keeping my focus centered on the real deal.

If my glory, ALL of my glory and honor, propel their way toward God, my whole being will continue to reallign itself in accordance with Him.

We closed church today with this song, and I continued to repeat those lines, "It's my joy to honor you, in all I do, I honor You."



Because that, when they knew God,
they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful;
but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened.

~Romans 1:21~

3 comments:

MommaMindy said...

Thank you for signing up as a follower on my blog. I appreciate the encouragement.

I love Tozer! The book you are studying greatly impacted my life when I was first saved, and he has continued to minister to my heart with his bold, Biblical, uncompromising faith. May your heart continue to be blessed with this study!

Thank you for sharing what the Lord is working in your life.

momtofivekids said...

What a great post! " Too often, I foolishly fall short and glorify some imaginative tangent rather than keeping my focus centered on the real deal." this is true for me, too. I am daily learning to walk closer to Him.

PS Thanks for commenting on my blog. I took a blogging break, then I lost all my wigits, so I haven't been to your blog in a while. I just added you to my favorites! Blessings!

5intow said...

MommaMindy, right back at ya'! I found your blog recently and have appreciated so much of what you have shared. Look forward to getting to know you better. Always enjoy finding fellow Christian moms to walk the journey with.

momtofive, Glad to be rediscovered. :-) I know you were one of the first blogs I "followed" (before following was an official status). I appreciate hearing from those who have kids a bit older than my oldest, and keeping my vision intact as I homeschool.

Thank you both for visiting, commenting, and following! A great start to a Monday morning.
~Erin