Thursday, December 08, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Four

Thursday 12//08//05
4 Endurance

This is not a good time for a collegiate ministry like Passion to be launching a 28-Day journey of prayer. End of term projects have drained the laughter of days gone by and just over the horizon finals loom, the dread of those who have yet to buy the book or make it to class. So much cramming to do. So little time. But for even the most prepared, these days are filled with stress and pressure. So today, we want to pray for you.

At the end of the day, there is very little separation between the days of Passion06 and these. It's all life and worship, and it's our opportunity to show the world that Jesus is alive. And just as we pray God will meet us in power in Nashville, He is fully with now You wherever you are.

For some, this term might be lost. I don't say that to heap guilt on you (I personally flunked out of college, twice!), but to be realistic. Your chance to glorify God academically might have to wait until another day. But whether you're about to pull down shimmering A's or something in between, the way you approach your school work is one of your best chances to magnify Him.

A lot of people on your campus will never hear of Passion, but will be moved by seeing someone who has found God to be enough on the academic journey. I learned that the hard way, trying to serve as a youth pastor while stinking up the classroom and being a terrible reflection of my Father. Yet, in his mercy I got a second chance and got to see His power come to life within as I successfully squeezed my last two years into four quarters. It was His life at work in me.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20.

So, breathe deeply today-you belong to Majesty and He is living in you.

Trust Him, not for the next two weeks, but the next two minutes. And keep doing that over and over until you arrive in Nashville.

Do your very best. You might not be able to change a C into and A before finals are over, but don't let that stop you from doing every single thing you do as though you are doing it for Him. Because you are.

Notice that He is there every second. Catch His gaze. Ask for His help. Give Him a smile.

Encourage someone else. A short text or voice mail might be all they need to recover hope and run for the finish.

Today's prayer:
Lord, thank You for being in everything. In the papers, the projects, the exams. I am spent and weary, but I know You are endless supply. Power me with the life of Jesus as I walk through these final days. Give me the grace to endure. And be glofified as I seek to do all I do for You. I'm hanging on to You Jesus. Live Your life in me.

And Father, we pray for every student, asking that You would cause them to know Your presence in the midst of little sleep and lots of stress. Thank You for the grace You give every minute of the day. You are more than enough. For Jesus' name, Amen.

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Isaiah 40:28-31


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    By Blogger psalmsgirl, at 12/08/2005 1:21 AM  

  • That is just what I needed. Thanks.

    By Blogger Garrett, at 12/08/2005 5:11 AM  

  • thank you so much for that...it has been completely amazing how on-target every day has been, and that really helps me to know that I'm fighting for and working towards something that God has been planning for me for a long time. I'm so excited and ready to get there!

    By Blogger Lauren, at 12/08/2005 7:30 AM  

  • I needed that perspective. Thank you!

    By Blogger Blake Haley, at 12/08/2005 10:29 AM  

  • Today is one of those days...when i feel like the weight of the world is overwhelming my weak body. I feel like crying, that tho i've given my best & did all that i could do..I am doubting whether it's all been enough..I've been slipping in my trust & faith in Him.

    These words of God humble me, Louie.. i just sink in my ego n pride here, straight into the open arms of Christ. in my insufficiencies, he continually proves to be always sufficient. thank you.

    By Blogger Alex 1.0, at 12/08/2005 10:32 AM  

  • Scripture says to not grow weary in doing good and then you shall reap what you sow! That is my inspiration. Good things are coming for those that glorify God. It may seem like non-believers all around us are going unpunished or it may seemed like God is ignoring our efforts but nothing could be further from the truth! Thank you Lord for being a just God and a for being God of love!

    By Blogger jAp, at 12/08/2005 11:10 AM  

  • Thanks for that! I'm easily overwhelmed, but God is our refuge and strength. He is our hope.
    Looking forward to Nashville!!!

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 12/08/2005 1:17 PM  

  • As I am in the middle of my finals, this was very encouraging.
    I can't wait to see all that God has in store for us in the coming days and at Passion.

    By Blogger *J*, at 12/08/2005 2:18 PM  

  • Thank you for the encouragement! I needed to be reminded of how I can serve the Father even in my school work! He is amazing and He is enough!!!!

    By Blogger specialblend819, at 12/08/2005 2:53 PM  

  • Here is an article by Michael Spencer that I believe should be required reading for anyone going to Passion 06, whether as an attender or as a volunteer. The article is called "Subcultural Spirituality or 'I know he's a Christian because I saw it on his bumper sticker.'" Pay close attention to the poem at the end of the article; I believe that it is something which we all would do well to take to heart.

    Also, I have some unsolicited advice of my own for those of you who are going to Passion 06, and here it is.

    By Blogger Joe Derbes, at 12/08/2005 3:06 PM  

  • When I first read this I was in the middle of wrapping up some final course work at 4am this morning. This has been the hardest semester I have ever experienced in college, I have been truly tested and my faith has been strengthen and I thank God for the hard times because I gave Him more of me through it.
    Your words are such an encouragement and I pray that God continues to use you to spread His message to young adults. I think this is a great way to prepare all of our hearts for Passion 06 and keep our hearts and minds on Jesus.

    By Blogger Yvonne Hill, at 12/08/2005 4:22 PM  

  • AMEN!
    God in all I do grace me with wisdom and endurance to finish this race... the end of the semester is just around the corner... Lor grant me a sill spirit so that I can take in fully all of You and all You have to offer me in my (our)times of stress!

    By Blogger Carolyn Carter, at 12/08/2005 5:20 PM  

  • Lord, I pray that as we prepare for Passion 06, that we do not become unaware of the things you are doing today, this very minute! May we daily expect to encounter you and may we daily live our lives with passion for Your name to be known. As many of us students hit the books in urgency of exams, may we have even more desire and need to be in Your book and about Your work because our days are few. I pray that you teach us how to glorify you through everything we do and may the students next to us in the classroom or next door in the dorm see that it is You in us that makes us different. I thank you Jesus that You are with us in every minute of the day. I praise you for being all knowing, all powerful. May all the glory and honor be to You!

    By Blogger Natalie, at 12/08/2005 6:12 PM  

  • Great STUFF!! Very Encouraging!

    By Blogger Reagan, at 12/08/2005 11:01 PM  

  • WOW I AM SOOO Excited! That was very encouraging! I am ready for PASSION!

    By Blogger Reagan, at 12/08/2005 11:02 PM  

  • Father,

    I pray that as a spirit of stress and frenzy takes over our campus libraries, may we have stillness and peace in knowing that You are God and you are much bigger than Inorganic Chemisry, Biopsychology, Physics, everything, Lord. I pray that we would shine as beacons of your light especially now, Father. I pray that we would stand out because of the peace that surpasses all our understanding (not complacancy, but peace). Lord, thank you that you are our peace. Use us now, Lord. May we take comfort in your bigness and listen to your still soft voice. May our sleep be restful and our minds as dry sponges to soak in knowledge. Father, most of all, this is a time when we can love you with our minds. Thank you for this opportunity to show you our love for you.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 12/09/2005 1:01 AM  

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