Apr 10, 2012

Tuesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 1 John 1

Happy Tuesday, SHINE girls! Are you ready to dig into some New Testament breakfast?

Ooh, I am!!

As much as I love the O.T. and the story of David, nothing holds a candle to the stories of my Jesus.

Nothing.

This first chapter in 1 John is only 10, yes 10, scriptures long.

Don't let the length fool you, though. There is a whole buffet waiting to be tasted inside these 10 little passages.

I'm bursting at the seams to discuss this with you girls!

"The Word of Life" is the title of this first chapter. My mouth is watering just thinking of this!

The word of Life is what this little ministry is based upon. God's Word. The only word that matters.

Remember how I told you this ministry began? God convicted me of being spoon fed His word. He wanted me to dig into the scriptures on my own. Me and Him. Him and Me.

Nobody to be my middle-man or middle-woman. Just the two of us. (and now all of you!)

He wants the same thing from you, sweet SHINE sisters. He wants you in His word, daily.

Do you skip a meal? Umm, no. Not on purpose anyway.

Why would we skip a day from reading the Living, Breathing, Word of God? Our Daily Bread.

Why do we insist on having someone else interpret Him for us? He desperately wants to reveal Himself to YOU, yes YOU. He doesn't need a mediator to speak to you. He just wants your little eyes in His Word. He wants to teach you.

Yes, He uses others to help us and enhance our journey with Him. However, He more than anything wants you seeking Him. In His Word.

"If we claim to have fellowship with Him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:6-7

If we were in a room together, you would see me get out of my chair and shout, Hallelujah!!!

If you don't feel like shouting yet, read the scripture again, even out loud.

See what I mean?

Ahhh, His word brings Life!

Girls, are you walking in darkness but claiming to have fellowship with Him? Seriously, think about this.

Are you following Jesus, or are you following yourself? Or maybe even someone else.

I, Jill Hill, am guilty of this. For many years, I staked my claim on Jesus, but I was walking in complete darkness. I was blinded by my own self-righteousness and sin.

Why?

Because, I didn't know His Word. I knew John 3:16, and some pretty sounding proverbs, but that's about it.

I knew some of the "stories" of Jesus, and liked them. However, I didn't live them. I was absolutely 100% not walking in the light.

We convince ourselves that because we understand what it means to be a Christian, then we are on the right path. We believe in Jesus, and that's good enough.

NO. Jesus wants more of us.  In fact, He wants all of us. Not just a few pretty little memorized scriptures. He wants us--heart and soul. Head to freshly painted purple toe nails.

We may have a lot of people fooled, but we don't have Him fooled.

Let me make clear that walking in the light has nothing to do with being perfect or sinless. Walking in the light has everything to do with seeking Him. Daily.

My son spent the night with my Momma this past weekend. My niece and nephew joined them. They had a good time. MawMaw's house is so much fun!

As I went to pick him up yesterday, I tried to straighten up the mess that the kids had made in her kitchen. I noticed some spaghetti drops on the floor. I quickly grabbed a towel and some Murphy's oil soap, got on my knees and went to town scrubbing those little spots.

When I was on my knees in my Momma's kitchen, I heard God speak to me loud and clear. He said: "You've been mediocre long enough, sweet child. It's time for excellence."

I shivered as I heard Him whisper this to my heart. He was right.

I know you are wondering why in the world God speaks to me when I am cleaning floors...and I have no answer for you. I am still trying to figure that out.

A good friend of mine is going through a very, very hard time. She is so faithful and she is trusting the Lord, even while gritting her teeth through it all.

She simply stated this when I asked her how in the world she is staying so faithful and strong even despite this storm:  "If I don't live it, how will my children ever learn?"

Oh, girls! Are we living it?

Are you being mediocre in your walk with Him, sweet girls? Or are you seeking Him, pursuing Him, obeying Him in excellence.

Here's what I do know, girls: The more we seek Him, the more we find Him. The more we give our hearts to Him, the more our hearts become like His.

It's impossible to go East and West at the same time girls. We have to choose a path. And follow it with excellence.

No looking back. Only looking up.


mediocrity is over-rated,

jill

 "Keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live;  guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. " Proverbs 7:1-3



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5 comments:

  1. HALLELUJAH!! Jill you don't know how much what you said today is really about me! My whole journey so far with SHINE girls has been SPECIFICALLY about me! I have been praying about God enriching my devotion time and our family morning time. He is so AU-some (That's how Auburn Alums spell it.)!! I'm so grateful that I found this group. Jill God is using you to speak to me and because of your obedience, I'm growing. Praise His Holy name. I'm so full right now. Thank You, Heavenly Father! I am Yours and mediocrity is not enough!! Hallelujah! I was praying about this yesterday! God is good and worthy to be praised!! Blessings to you all

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    1. What Neo said!!! (did you know that she and I became friends waiting tables together back in the mid '90s?)
      It's so awesome to go deeper and be enriched for a change, not just on Sunday's or with a quick devotion when I have time but to daily be digging into the Word. Such a blessing in my life.
      Thank you, Jill - God is using you and I am grateful!
      xo!

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  2. Oooooooohhhhhh, Jill!! Goooood stuff!!! We say no to mediocrity...when I hear that word...I see someone straddling a fence...or better I hear the Word to the Laodicean Church in Revelation..."You are neither hot nor cold...lukewarm...tepid...and Matthew..."You can't serve 2 masters"...and we hear from Deuteronomy (O.T.) also..."I set before you life and death...choose life!!!" Mediocrity does not bring abundant life...only on again off again living...When we are crucified with Christ...it is truly no long us that lives...but Christ who lives in us! Keep cleaning the floor my "niece" ...brings so much to we Shinegirls!!!! Woo Hoo!!!

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  3. I think I could ponder THE LIGHT for days and find a million applications in my daily life. i. love. this!!!!!!!!
    Again, Jill, thank you for your obedience.

    Love beyond words,
    Rebekah

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  4. Ecc 4: 9-10 says 'Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.' And as Jill put in scripture, we have fellowship one with another. When we walk in truth, we are in the light and the light is in Him and thru the blood of the Lamb we have fellowship one with another. I have to think or KNOW this just so pleases our Lord when we reach to help one another up and/or walk together in His light affirming one another, praying for one another, exhorting one another or encouraging one another, whatever. It WORKS and He honors it. I am thankful today for truth and light and for walking hand in hand with all of you. Not one 'has arrived', only Jesus; but we're walking it each day and as Jill tells us 'Here's what I do know, girls: The more we seek Him, the more we find Him. The more we give our hearts to Him, the more our hearts become like His.' Do we want anything else? Not me. Whatever makes me a better Mom, Wife, Sister, Grandmother or who/whatever people look to me as or for, let me shine, Lord, with your light that they may know YOU.

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