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Genesis 21-23; Psalm 107; Mark 8

Anything is possible with God.  He has proved Himself over and over, so why do we doubt or worry about the future?

Sarah laughed when God told her she would have a baby in her old age.  But in Genesis 21 we read:

“The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as He had promised.  And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.” (Genesis 21:1-2 ESV).  Notice ‘as He had said’ and ‘as He had promised.’  He keeps His word.

We are in the midst of deciding how to school our oldest through high school.  The Lord led us to her grammar school, so why do I worry that He won’t lead us to her high school?

In Psalm 107 we read about troubled times people go through or foolish mistakes people make, yet over and over Psalm 107 repeats:

“Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

    For the wondrous works to the children of man!” (Psalm 107:8)

He is faithful.

In Mark 8 Jesus tells his disciples plainly that He will go to the cross.  Peter argues with what he hears and Jesus rebukes him:

But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said ‘Get behind me Satan!  For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Mark 8:32-33)

Satan likes to whisper and cause us to doubt that God keeps His words, means what He say, is faithful and loves us.  We need to set our mind on things of God in all of our decision making.  This includes decisions like education.  We should not get distracted by the influences of others or in face of what seems like an overwhelming decision.  We cannot see the future.  But He can.  He is already there.  Pray and trust Him for the answer.

Lord,

Help us to trust You in the decisions of our lives, both big and small.  You are true to Your word and know what is yet to come for our good.

Amen,

Kellie

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2 Chronicles 18; Revelation 7; Zechariah 3; John 6

The passages today are full of visions.  All promises to hold onto.

Micaiah’s vision:

“Therefore, hear the word of the Lord.  I saw the Lord sitting on

his throne, and all the host of Heaven standing on His right and

on His left.” (2 Chron. 18:18 NASB)

Joshua’s vision:

    “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘if you will walk in My ways and if

you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house

and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free

access among these who are standing here.’ (Zech. 3:7)

Jesus’s promise:

“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds

the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life; and I

myself will raise him up on the last day.”  (John 6:40)

John’s vision:

“For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd

and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God

will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17)

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor

And power and might, be to our God forever and ever.  Amen.”

(Rev. 7:12) ~Kellie

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2 Chronicles 1; 1 John 1; Micah 7; Luke 16

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’  Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now,Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’ ” ~2 Chronicles 1:7-10

Oh how I need this today. This reminder to ask God for wisdom! How glorious is it that He promises to give us wisdom if we ask?

” If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~James 1:5.

Then in Proverbs 2: 3-6 “Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord  and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

I’m so excited to be reminded of Solomon’s story in this chapter today because I purposed earlier this year to obey Proverbs chapter 2 and make a habit of literally calling out for insight and crying aloud for understanding because I truly want to understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God, but I had forgotten lately. I needed this reminder and it encourages me so much to keep seeking and that I will find what I seek and more.

Solomon asked for wisdom specifically for the charge he had been given; for leading the people of Israel. I’m encouraged tonight to continue asking for wisdom in a general sense but to also pray for wisdom in the specific areas that He has charged me with: my family and home, other relationships both with believers and non-believers, my business,  and prayer primarily.

Thank you, Lord, for this reminder and encouragement to cry out to you for wisdom. Help me not to forget and to pray specifically for it in every area of my life, especially in the work that you have given me to do.

-amywalkerwrites

From the archives. Originally published December 2, 2013.

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1 Chronicles 11, 12; Hebrews 13; Amos 7; Luke 2

In 1 Chronicles 11, David becomes king over Israel.

So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord through Samuel.” (1 Chron. 11”3)

Amos 7 is about visions seen by the minor prophet.

Hebrews 13 contains a commonly heard verse:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

(Hebrews 13:8)

But it’s the Christmas account found in Luke 2 that is the most meaningful to me as we approach the season of Advent.

While they were there, the days were completed for her to give

    birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped

    Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no

    Room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

    “And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the

    Heavenly hosts praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the

    Highest, and on Earth peace among men with whom His is

    Pleased.’” (Luke 2: 13-14)

    “And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told

    them by the shepherds, But Mary treasured all these things,

    pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:18-19)

Lord, help us to be like Mary and treasure how You came to be with us over 2,000 years ago.  When the busyness of the holidays hits with full force, help us to reflect on the true meaning of it all and give You all the glory.

Amen,

Kellie

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2 Kings 2; 2 Thessalonians 2; Daniel 6; Psalm 112 & 113

In 2 Kings 2 we read about Elijah being taken up to Heaven in a chariot.  What a privilege he had!  And what an honor it was for Elisha to witness him being taken up and then to carry on his ministry.

“Then it came about as they were going along and talking, that

Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which

Separated the two of them.  And Elijah went up by a whirlwind

To heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11)

Daniel 6 shows us how God takes care of us when we are true to Him, regardless of the attacks by the enemy.

“My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they

Have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent

Before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed

No crime.” (Daniel 6:22)

And he uses our witness to bring other people to him.  For the king said, “I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are

To fear and tremble before the God of Daniel;

For He is the living God and enduring forever,

And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,

And His dominion will be forever.

He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders

In Heaven and on earth,

Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

(Daniel 6:26-27)

The Psalmist reflects what I imagine Daniel must have been feeling after being rescued from the lion’s den.

“Praise the Lord!  How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,

Who greatly delights in His commandments.” (Psalm 112:1)

“Praise the Lord! Praise o servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forever.

From the rising of the sun to its setting

The name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations;

His glory is above the heavens.” (Psalm 113:1-4)

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.” (2 Thes. 2:16-17)

Amen!

Kellie (gueston66books)

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1 Kings 16; Colossians 3; Ezekiel 46; Psalm 102

I love reading my Bible and it is especially rewarding and comforting to me to turn to a book in the Bible, begin reading the passages and see where I have been there before.  Certain verses will be highlighted as a bookmark that serves to remind me that these specific passages had a special meaning for me on that day.  Not that I can remember why the highlighted or underlined verses spoke to me that day, but returning and seeing these bookmarks makes me feel like I’m returning to a secure and comfortable place.

The verses below were a few that were highlighted in my Colossians  3 study today.  After reading over them several times today, it dawned on me that these verses are verses that I share with my children and husband on a regular basis.

Many people feel that the book of Proverbs offers a daily reminder of how Christ followers should live their lives on a daily basis, Proverbs does this in small nuggets of wisdom, easy to remember throughout your day if you read a chapter each day.  But I’m afraid that people are missing the other words of wisdom sprinkled all throughout the pages of the Bible, like the verses below:

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Colossians 3:2

Write this on your mirror and read it out loud every morning.  This will set the tone for your day.  Especially when you are disappointed by others or things just don’t seem to be going your way that day.  It’s not about “here” it’s about “there”!

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave your. Colossians 3:13

This is a beauty! One I repeat several times a day.  Forgive as the Lord forgave me.  Repeat 1000 times.  Be patient, be kind and realize that others are just as human as you.  Then ask yourself; “how many people did I burden, rub the wrong way, irritate, push the wrong buttons, exasperate…the pray they forgive you.

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.  Colossians 3:21

I can’t change the words of the Bible but I secretly add the word Mothers in there too.  I spend more time with my children that my husband does, so my words, my actions and my time should be encouraging and uplifting.  Many times they get something wrong that I’ve ask them to do, it so easy to raise my voice and snap…oh but my Heavenly Father lives by this verse too and many times He could snap on me, instead He encourages me to take a breath and love my children as they are a gift from God not another task to take care of.

Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3: 23

I repeat this verse to my children a lot.  Teachers, coaches, peers, bosses, parents, authority figures…all of these people my children encounter everyday and with that encounter comes work; school work, practices, chores, jobs, rules and with their peers; the decisions they make, their reputations, their little social circles.  I tell them to repeat the verse every time they are faced with those feelings of having to do something that someone else tells you to do.  I hear; “why do I have to?”  “the coach is so mean, we had to…” “schoolwork stinks, why do I have so much homework?” or “I’ll do it later” ” my boss is lame” “my friends were picking on this kid today, they were really rude”

I tell them when they remember this verse, things become easier to do, all of the sudden you’re not working out for the coach you’re working out for God, you’re not working for your boss, but for God, you don’t participate in the class lesson for the teacher, but for God and you don’t stand there and allow your “friends” to pick on another person because you’re worried what they will think of you when you stick up for the other kid.  You care more about what God thinks of you and you take a stand because God does the same for you everyday.

Father God, your words and instructions are like salve to my soul.  Directions for my day, reminders of how much you love me.  You love me so much that you only want the best for me, you encourage me to do my best.  You provide shelter with your words, protection and courage to stand firm. I pray that by following your standards that my actions are a light to others, that they see how my actions and words glorify you. Amen

Cindi

From the archives. Originally published October 13, 2011.

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2 Samuel 19; 2 Corinthians 12; Ezekiel 26; Psalm 74

In 2 Samuel we read about disorder and revolution in the kingdom.  Doesn’t that sound like the state of our country in recent days?

“All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, ‘The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, but now he has fled out of the land from Absolom.’ (v.9 NASB)

In Ezekiel we learn about God’s judgement on Tyre.

For thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry and a great army.’ (v. 7)

    “Thus says the Lord God to Tyre, ‘shall not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall when the wounded groan, when the slaughter occurs in your midst?”

    “For thus says the Lord God, ‘when I shall make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I shall bring up the deep over you and the great waters will cover you.” (v. 19)

    “I shall bring terrors on you and you shall be no more; though you will be sought, you will never be found again, declares the Lord.” (v. 21)

The Psalms reflect the people’s cry to God after the Babylonian captivity and destruction of the temple.

O God why have you rejected us forever?” (v. 1a)

    “Arise O God and plead Your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.  Do not forget the voice of your adversaries, the uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.” (v. 22-23)

Despite all the craziness in the world and in our country or a physical, financial or emotional trial we might endure, Paul gives a testimony on how to live knowing that God’s grace is sufficient.

“…there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from exalting myself.  Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.  And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.  Most gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong. “(v. 7-10)

Lord,

Thank you for providing the Word that teaches us everything we need to know about how to live.  Help us always continue to learn and grow and become more like You.

Amen,

Kellie

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