The Lord has been bringing a lot back to the table today. He's been reminding me of the intentionality that is needed with each encounter that occurs throughout the day. Furthermore, the I'm reminded of the intentionality I need to have in my every moment He so graciously gives me. It's really been impressed upon my heart to truly live by the convictions He gave me last summer while I was in Central America. However true they were to me then, they ring even clearer through my soul this summer. I've even had a few added as I've been praying through these convictions. I long for Him to be truly glorified through this season and whatever the future may bring, so these are just the convictions He's given me to live by as I seek the fullness of His glory:
1. To start and end each day by spending intentional time with the Lord.
2. To read the Word as if my life depended upon it.
3. To pray selflessly, authentically, seeking His will believing He hears and answers.
4. To always count the blessings and recognize suffering.
5. To be a servant of all.
Am I going to be able to live by this perfectly? Not at all. But I believe that Romans is true when it says that the power which raised Christ from the dead actually lives in me and each professing believer. I will fail, but the Lord of victory will continue to have His way in my life the more I yeild to him. The song by All Sons and Daughters has been only replay because of this line, "tomorrow's freedom is today's surrender." What would life look like if we actually lived this truth?! We can find freedom from these chains of bondage if we surrender to Christ and the power of the cross today. Wow... so convicting.
As I go to school in less than a month I want to be alert to the spirit's leading. It's been put on my heart so heavily to really open my eyes and serve the city of Chicago. We are missionaries no matter where we are. I pray our class wouldn't just be "christians" wanting a bible education to do "good" things. I pray we will come together on a mission to share Christ's love in our time spent learning and serving in the suffering city. There is so much love that Christ wants to ravish in the war that's waging all around. If only we'd let Him love through us the way He loved us.
I like to talk.