Daily Diary – 3/4/18

Why I Write These:

This is an initiative I started in 2018 to begin documenting my life better. It’s meant to be a snapshot of a day both for public disclosure of what is going on, both good and hard things in my life. It also serves as a record that I hope to be able to look back on in future years. This concept was inspired by my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.

Daily Highlights:

Godly thought of the day:

Acts 2:2 says: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.”

I love how the coming of the Spirit is so energetic! One of the guys in ABF this morning made a good comparison to this with the cloud that dwelled in the Old Testament. It’s almost like the work of Jesus Christ has unleashed the Spirit to do what He was always meant to do! And we who are in Christ feel this energy and feed off of it as we strive to be faithful.

Favorite meeting of the day:

I loved singing some of the songs today in church, especially the a cappella parts. I almost — keyword:  almost — could see becoming a church with no instruments. But the sermon and singing and time together was just so, so good! Loved it.

Hardest part of my day:

Each day recently temptation has been coming for me. Sometimes it feels like when you’re pursuing faithfulness to its farther reaches it is hard to predict why something is happening. I don’t know why. In many ways, each day is an untraveled path for me in faithfulness as I move away from a pattern of sin. But I sat down on the toilet just for one moment, took one breath, and wanted to go look at an image. Mind you, not even straight pornography, but just an image. I wanted just a taste bad. But I’m not as dumb as I used to be, and I know where a taste goes. So I was able to toss my phone out of the bathroom and pray instead. So it was a faithful moment, but I am getting tired of all the moments of a hammer hitting my skull with temptation recently. Kids, don’t do porn. It is not fun.

Favorite moment of the day:

I got to drive Norma Eastburn, an elderly lady to our Life Group tonight! It was super fun to have her and to partake in fellowship with her. She was an encouragement, and I really, really enjoyed just the brief moments of fellowship we had in the car together.

What was the weather like today?:

A bit of rain, but mostly just overcast. A nice day overall. Not too cold, just an overcast day.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

You know, Sundays are good days by and large. They prevent me from sinful tendencies. Being around the body of believers for most the day is just a great way to keep your mind focused on Christ. These days remind me what a day centered around God can be like, and so it helps throughout the week when I am not always around them. It’s a reference point. Praise God for His church!

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 9-11

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this tonight.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius – No reading for this tonight.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

Domino’s pizza. Going to have a lot of pizza here in the next few days. But I did fast at lunch, so hopefully I mitigated my poor choices somewhat. 😉

Song of the day:

Hallelujah, What a Savior – Guilty, vile, and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He; “Full atonement!” can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Those lyrics don’t need any explanation. Jus read them. Full atonement, can it be? Part of me doesn’t dare hope it’s real and, yet, my soul leaps at it like a dead man gasping a breath of life. Praise the Lord!

Quote of the day:

“The point isn’t birth, but belief.” — Brad Wheeler

When Brad was discussing whether the Israelites were committing genocide in Joshua, he pointed out very well that Rahab gets grace and lives among the Israelites while Achan gets stoned and destroyed utterly. It’s not genocide. It’s a war against sin. It’s not ethnic cleansing. It’s spiritual cleansing. A second Joshua is coming and He will cleanse the land some day. Will we be prepared? I have confidence that God will see Christ’s blood upon my brow and will pass me over and allow me to enter into the land of rest and peace.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, thank you for the energy you give me to do your work! Thank you for your body, your church, that ministers so well to me! Thank you for a day where I feel full of you at the end of it, not the opposite way around. Thank you for your Spirit restraining me from sin. Do that more! Restrain my vile and guilty soul, Lord, and replace it with a pure, beautiful soul cleansed by the presence of the Holy Spirit, the living God in me. Give me the grace and power to remember that throughout the week and do your work and not forsake your name. I love you, oh Lord, for the full atonement you have offered. A gift beyond any words I know how to express thanks with!

Amen.

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