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Thursday, August 30, 2018

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1John 4:10
There is no "which came first, the chicken or the egg" when it comes to God.

He loved us, while we were yet His enemies, persisting and reveling in our sin. (Rom 5:8, 10)

Out of that great love, He made a path for us to return to Him. (John 3:16) Even now, as we set up idols and seek to topple Him, He loves us. He loved us first - He loves us still.

His love is unconditional and complete.

How should we respond to so great a love?

How will you?
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jer 31:3


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Num 23:19
How important is truth to you?

Truth, like integrity and respect, seems to have fallen on hard times lately. Sadly, many people no longer care what is truth. They want only to hear what meets with the personal agenda. If it meets their needs and desires, it doesn't matter if it is true. History has proven; if you speak a lie long enough people will begin to believe it as true. In so doing, the enemy has persuaded us to believe some remarkable lies.

No matter how widely accepted by our culture today - the enemies lies fall hard and fast when confronted with God's truth!

  • God cannot lie. Num 23:19
  • God's truth protects and defends. Ps 9:14
  • God does not change. James 1:17 / Heb 13:8
  • Truth brings a life of blessing. Ps 146:5-6

Do you long for solid ground in an ever-shifting and changing world?

God is the Rock you can depend on. He will never lie or deceive you. He will never forsake you.

Though all things may fall away, God's truth remains.


Friday, August 24, 2018

The house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent. 1 Chr 22:5
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1Pet 2:5

The world would have us believe that we are entitled, deserving and in control of our own destinies. The world insists, sometimes violently, that our bodies are our own to use or abuse.

God had something very different in mind when He knit you together in your mother's womb. Yet, He gave us free will. We can make the choice to reject the beautiful plan and purpose He has for our lives.

How often do we reject the gift because it comes to us wrapped, not in glitter and gold but with nails and thorns?


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer Tanager (female)

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh 8:10
What is the joy of the Lord? The one thing that the Lord rejoices in above all else?

Not a what, but a Who - Jesus Christ, His Son!

Our strength comes from Jesus and from Him alone. Diluting it from any other source diminishes the power of that strength. Not from any lack on His part but because Christ is pure and holy, perfect and complete. Trying to add anything, however small, defiles and takes away from this perfection.

Nothing need be added - He is perfect - complete.

Are you resting in this Truth today? or are we still trying to "help"?

Are we believing this Truth today? or are we still waiting for a Savior?

It is finished.

How might embracing this Truth change how you live your life?


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

I do not pray that You should take them out of the world but that You should keep them from the evil one. John 17:15
Blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Phil 2:15

How often have we prayed for Jesus to return - quickly! Maybe even "Now would be a good time, Lord!"

Depending on your view of heaven, the existence or absence of suffering in this life - you may or may not be anxious for His return.

Regardless of our motivation or desires, as long as we are alive, we have a purpose here. The world has always been "crooked and perverse" and the darker it becomes, the brighter we are to shine! It's not about winning the argument, or even conquering evil - Jesus has already won the Victory!

It's about bringing honor and glory to our heavenly Father.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Mat 5:16


Saturday, August 11, 2018

The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. Isa 1:5-6
We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags. Isa 64:6

Would we appreciate these perfect, glorious days of summer half as much if we didn't experience the dark days of winter? Would the refreshing rains mean as much to unparched lands?

As believers there is no shame when we sin for there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus, yet, our sin should cut us to the heart - hurt us as it hurts our heavenly Father. It should bring us to our knees - not in shame - but in thanksgiving and gratitude to the One Who bore our shame - the One Who set us free!
You were washed, . . . you were sanctified, . . . you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ★ The royal daughter is all glorious within. ★ "Your beauty . . . was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you," says the Lord God.


Friday, August 10, 2018

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, Selah
that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him! Psalms 67:1‭-‬7 ESV


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Inspired by . . . ever brighter

The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Prov 4:18
This is one of my all-time favorite scriptures - - so filled with light and hope. As believers, we have experienced the miracle of change. Like the butterfly; we went from ugly, sinful creatures, to beautiful, righteous-winged creatures. Yet, unlike the butterfly, our change does not stop there.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1John 3:2-3


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The bread that God provides may not have a fancy name like ciabatta or focaccia but it is the only bread that satisfies the hunger of our soul.

In very truth I tell you, it is not because you saw signs that you came looking for Me but because you ate the bread and your hunger was satisfied. You should work, not for this perishable food, but for the food that lasts, the food of eternal life.
This food the Son of Man will give you, for on Him God the Father has set the seal of His authority. 'Then what must we do,' they asked Him, 'if our work is to be the work of God?' Jesus replied, this is the work that God requires: to believe in the One Whom He has sent. John 6:26-29


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Inspired by . . . focus

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered In the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men but for the will of God. 1Pet 4:1-2
What might happen if we focused our frustrations and anger toward crucifying our sin rather than toward the God Who is so ready, able, and willing to forgive it?


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Inspired by . . . Enduring Hardship

Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 2:3
Do you ever wonder why Jesus had to suffer so much? Why couldn't God make a different, less painful way? Why is there so much suffering? Why can't God just make life our version of heaven on earth?

Lord, open our eyes to the reality of our personal SIN - for only then can we truly be SAVED, truly be FREE. In Jesus' holy name, Amen.
It was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing may sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Heb 2:10