October 28

Review and Re-Center Around God

1 Corinthians 4:5

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
~ Apostle Paul

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." 
~ Mother Teresa

This is the type of reviewing and re-centering period that can reveal some hidden prejudices. Be on the lookout. It doesn’t take much effort to mistakenly put ourselves in the place of God and become a judge of other people.

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Review the Week

Do I display a non-condemning spirit toward others, even those I disagree with? Do I pre-judge people? Could I be rightly accused of being prejudiced toward certain people or people groups?

Do you want to know for certain? Ask around.

Have I left judging in the hands of God?

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Repent (if necessary)

Ask God to forgive you for any harsh and/or condemning attitudes that have been allowed to linger in you, be it for months or years, or even only hours or minutes.

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Return (as necessary)

Ask God for a heart of love toward others where your heart has previously been lacking.

Micro-Meditation Scripture

Psalm 1:1-6

  1. Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
    or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
  2. but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
  3. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
  4. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
  5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
  6. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Teaching or Command of God

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Malachi 3:2-3a

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. 

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Matthew 3:12

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Micro-Meditation Pondering Point

As a tree in God’s orchard, what might prospering look like in your plot of dirt? What changes could you make to foster another nuance of prospering?