Making Adjustments

March 21, 2019

THE Q&A FORMAT

 

  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 005, titled The Trap Of Minimalism”

 – I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

 

  1. JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.

 

  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.
  • Bob – Have you heard of “minimalist training?” (Discussion on how that runs over into every aspect of life.)

 

  1. JT – Bob let’s look at WHAT’S NEW– as we look at a recent blog from bobbrubaker.com … Bob, What’s New?

 

Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published PowerBreak article,

The Trap Of The Minimum Daily Requirement

 

  1. JT – Anything we need to tell the listeners Bob as far as “Special announcements.”

 

  1. Bob – (((THE POWER OF GRATITUDE))

 

  1. JT – “So here we go… as we turn to WHAT ABOUT THIS… –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions to bob@bobbrubaker.comand we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…

 

  • Chat about questions…

 

  1. Q&A segment

 

  1. First Question: What are some of the minimums that we need to make sure we hit - SPIRITUALLY?

 

Mark 12:28–31 (ESV) — 28And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

  • Disciplines = the Word, Worship, Prayer, Giving, Fellowship

 

  1. JT: Second Question: What’s a good minimum to keep out minds in order - MENTALLY?

 

Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) — 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (ESV) — 3For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) — 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

  1. JT – Third Question: What are some of the minimums PHYSICALLY?

 

Proverbs 12:27 (ESV) — 27Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 15:19 (ESV) — 19The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

Proverbs 18:9 (ESV) — 9Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Proverbs 19:15 (ESV) — 15Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 21:25 (ESV) — 25The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 26:13 (ESV) — 13The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”

Proverbs 26:14 (ESV) — 14As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.

 

  1. Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 005

 

  • JT – Submit your questions to bob@bobbrubaker.comand listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast

 

 

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The Weekly PowerBreak
Monday – February 18, 2019

 

The Trap Of The Minimum Daily Requirement

 

No matter what food your purchase you’ll find on the labeling the percentage of the minimum daily requirement (MDR) the product provides.  But where did this minimum daily requirement come from and how was it established?   Actually, the MDR was introduced during World War II as a means of providing the troops what would be needed to keep them healthy.  Eventually, it became a standard for all and even though new data has meant the MDR has changed a bit over the years, the interest in it has not waned.  In fact, people pay attention to the MDR of food products and often make decisions based upon the what is on the label. However, as you break down the MDR, you’ll find the word MINIMUM.  This indicates this is what is needed to “get by.”  So if a product provides 100% of the minimum that may not be saying all that much about the product.  After all, who wants to be satisfied with the minimum?

 

Before you answer that, let’s move on to something bigger where we all fall into the MDR trap.

 

Mark 12:28–31 (ESV) — 28And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 

The religious leaders were interested in what Jesus thought would be the MDR of fulfilling the commandments of God.  Since the leaders in Jesus’ day had added interpretations onto interpretations so that the 10 commandments were not only missed but the people were totally confused, as you might imagine they would be.  So the question was boiling down to the essentials of serving God, or the MDR if you please.  In other words, if we want to “just get by, what is the minimum required of us?”

 

What they really meant was, “what is the minimum to which we can just get by when it comes to serving God.”

 

Notice how Jesus answered.  The minimum is a “sell out to God with ALL your mind, ALL your heart, ALL your soul, and ALL your strength.”  And that is the minimum.

 

Too often, we get trapped in the “just get by” attitude and we offer to God our interpretation of our MDR to which God says, “that is offensive.”  And we wonder why we live a powerless Christianity and lack fellowship with Him.

 

Malachi 1:13–14 (ESV) — 13But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lordof hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. 14Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lordof hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

 

Revelation 3:15–19 (ESV) — 15“ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

 

Instead of offering to God a MDR type of a sacrifice, offer to Him that for which He is looking from each of us, a total “all in” sacrifice” like the burnt offering in the OT is offered to be totally consumed. There should be none of this MDR for Him because offering Him an MDR is to rob Him and rob ourselves.  Instead, offer Him a total offering of ourselves, ready to be consumed.

 

Romans 12:1–2 (ESV) — 1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

That means whatever we do, we do it with all we have.  No more “just get by” for Him.

 

Colossians 3:23–24 (ESV) — 23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ESV) — 10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

 

It’s time to assess yourself.  What are you giving to God, ALL or MDR?  Just as you can’t really live on the MDR in food, you need more to grow and thrive so your service to God needs to be more than MDR.  He is looking for ALL from you.  And you’ll find the reward of being ALL in with God to be a place of great fellowship and blessing as you avoid robbing Him with an MDR.

 

Godspeed,

Bob Brubaker