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2 Chronicles 27-28; Revelation 14; Zechariah 10; John 13

Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. ~ Zechariah 10:1

 

What an awesome statement, for it doesn’t just say to ask the Lord for rain, but it says to ask the Lord for what you need, what you desire, in its due season.  This is significant to me because there’s been something I’ve been wanting from the Lord for so long and as of yet, the Lord hasn’t said it’s time.  So it’s been a long walk of trust.  On this long walk, there’ve been many times I’ve been afraid my desires would never come true.  But today’s reading has been about hope and trust and the rewards that follow faithfulness.

 

In the reading in 2 Chronicles 27, we find that Jotham “ordered his ways before the Lord his God,” (6).  Ordering his ways before the Lord means the path he followed was fixed and firm before the Lord.  But it doesn’t mean that it was easy.  And I forget that part.  When the Lord makes me a promise or gives me a bold desire in my heart, I tend to expect that the path will be easy, with no distractions and few complications.  But just as that wasn’t the case in Jotham’s time and life, it’s not the case in ours.  And there were many who got distracted and walked in ways that were detestable to the Lord, an example is in 2 Chronicles 28.

 

But I don’t want to miss out on all the things God has promised me and follow those fears to distraction.  When I was sharing this with a friend, she gave me the same advice my dad also gave me, which is the same advice in Zechariah 10:1: ask the Lord to reveal to you His season.  Through patterns of fulfilled promises, the Israelites learned God’s seasons.  They call the rainy season springtime, because that’s when the Lord said He would send His rains.  As His daughter, it’s my responsibility to continue to seek after my Father and ask Him to reveal to me His timing—His due season—for my desires and dreams to be fulfilled.  It is also my responsibility to not get distracted from it, but to keep my path firm and fixed before the Lord.

 

Thank you, Father, that You do send the rains in the springtime just as You promised.  And like you promised to reveal Your seasons to the people of long ago, I trust that You’ll show me the way and the timing—Your perfect timing—for the desires You’ve placed in my heart and the things You’ve called me to do.  Though I may not always know the way, I will always order my steps along Your path for I know You will guide me along this journey.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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2 Chron 9; Jude 1; Zeph 1; Luke 23

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes… ~ 2 Chronicles 9:5-6

 

Imagine you are the Queen of Sheba, your land is filled with all sorts of riches and you rule it well.  From a land far away come stories of a great king: a man so wise, people line up to hear him speak, a man with such great leadership, people come from around the world to learn from him.  You try to ignore it, but such stories have never been told about one man, let alone a king, so you decide to travel to this far away land and seek out the truth for yourself.

 

When you come to the land, you find the people are unlike those in any other lands, for they serve their king out of a sense of joy and love, not out of fear.  When you enter the king’s chambers and meet with him, you are speechless…  It was all true, you utter.  In fact, there is more to this man than just wisdom and great leadership.  He shines a light like you have never seen before, but now that you have seen it, you want that light, too!

 

As brothers and sisters of Christ, we have that same light within us and the closer we draw to Christ, the more His radiant light is reflected upon us.  It’s His radiant light that others see shining within us and it’s that light that they can’t seem to turn away from and want for themselves, even if they don’t understand it.  It’s like being in a dark room and suddenly a light is switched on.  At first you try to shield your face, but the longer it’s on, the easier it is to see and when it is turned out, you feel a sense of emptiness inside.  It’s that same feeling of emptiness that those without the light inside of them feel once they’ve been exposed to it: they want to have it in their own lives.

 

Father thank you for giving us this light that we might shine it for others to see.  I pray that if we don’t feel like we are full of your light, that we would draw closer to You till we become reflectors of Your radiant light.  Lord, sometimes we struggle and don’t always reflect Your light to its full glory.  Lord, I pray that in those times we would draw ever closer to You till we are a perfect reflection of Your true light and life.  I thank you for who you are, Lord.  It’s in Jesus’ Name that I pray, Amen.

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1Chron.21; 1Pet. 2; Jonah 4; Luke 9

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. ~ 1 Peter 2:2-3

 

The word “taste” means to experience.  With this being my second pregnancy, I can say that I’m not at all surprised by a lot of the things happening in my body, whereas with my first pregnancy, everything was unexpected, and sometimes scary.  For example, I’m not surprised—though annoyed—that I can’t tolerate any sugary foods or dairy products.  Once you’ve experienced something, you feel a little more comfortable the second and third times around (not that I plan to be pregnant a third time around).  But it’s like that with faith.  The first time you experience faith, or the Holy Spirit, or even the voice of God, it can be quite scary because you’ve never experienced anything like it before.  But once you’ve experienced God and the power of His Holy presence, you’ll never want to miss out on it again.

 

God longs for us to spend daily time with Him, not just for the “experience,” but for the relationship.  But it’s through that intimate relationship that we are able to experience, to taste, the goodness of the Lord.

 

Father, thank you for our relationship and the times I’m able to step into and experience Your Holy Presence.  Help me to desire and to seek after that intimate time with You on a daily basis.  Father, I pray that You would be with us today and always.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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2Kings 24; Heb. 6; Joel 3; Ps.143

And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. ~ Hebrews 6:15 NASB

 

I must confess that this verse bothered me when I first read it, because I thought patiently waiting meant perfectly waiting, and I recall that Abraham didn’t perfectly wait, which is where Ishmael came in.  But then God began to minister to me and pointed out that He cannot lie and when He makes a promise, He is faithful to fulfill it: “God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised…God did this so that…we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure,” (vv. 17-19).

 

So what does that mean to me?  God has laid out His purpose for me, which includes ministering to His people through my writing.  Some time ago, I applied for a job that I thought would fulfill me, as it would pay me to write and put my words in front of God’s people.  I remember I asked a friend to pray for me and she said to thank God that even if things didn’t turn out the way that I think they should, it’s because His plans for me are far greater than I could ever think, ask, or imagine. I didn’t get the job; but looking back on it today and knowing the things that have transpired since, it was not God’s design for me to have that job, nor was it part of the promise that He made to me when He placed the desire to share His Word with His people in my heart.  I know that God’s fulfilled promise is still before me and is part of the journey I’m on and I can walk with confidence and assurance of that, as I hold to the hope that is the anchor for my soul.

 

Father, I pray that You would be with us today.  For those of us who are still awaiting fulfilled promises in our lives, I pray that we would hold to You as the anchor of our souls and not to worldly things, which so quickly vanish.  Father, as the body, I pray that we would stand firm together and encourage one another to praise and thank You, for You have already fulfilled the promises You have made—because Your Word says you cannot lie—even as we await experiencing the fulfillment of those promises in our lives.  Father, thank you for Your reminder today and for being with us, always.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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2Kings 9; 1Tim. 6; Hos. 1; Ps.119:73-96

How long do God’s promises stand?

How do God’s promises stand?

How can we tap into them in our lives?

Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. ~ Psalm 119:89-91

 Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. ~ Psalm 119:89-91

 If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me. ~ Psalm 119:92-93

Revive means “to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live forever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health.”

God’s promises stand firm FOREVER!  They stand because He ESTABLISHED them to do so.  We tap into them when we DELIGHT ourselves in God’s Words.

So of the things that mean “revive,” which one do you need?

I need them all.  I desire them all.  And since they are available to me, then I will stand on them all—and I will keep standing until they have been fulfilled in my life.

Father, thank you for your promises and that they stand firm forever.  Thank you for reminding me that I can choose to stand on them and not sink into the muck.  Do I believe that this is a battle? Yes.  Do I believe that I will continue to have to battle?  Yes.  Do I believe I have to lose?  No, because Your Words—which are buried in my heart—tell me that I am more than a conqueror and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  I pray that whatever parts of “revive” we need, that You would lead us to Your Promises and that we would be able to stand on them.  I pray that we would stand with and for and by each other.  Lord be with us today.  Give us comfort, protection, rest, and Your peace.  Continue to supply all of our needs.  It’s in Jesus’ Name that I pray, Amen.

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1 Kings 2; Gal. 6; Ezek.33; Ps.81,82

Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre. ~ Psalm 81:1

 

Joy!  Joy!  Joy!  That’s what we feel when we watch our daughter begin to praise our great God.  She can be in the other room, distracted, but as soon as music comes on, she begins to clap her hands and—if she’s able—she’ll also twirl.  It’s so amazing and heart-touching to watch.

 

And every parent, if they get the joy and honor of raising their kids to know Jesus and in a home under His influence, feels the same way when they see their kids praising God Almighty.  I remember how much joy I felt this past Easter when my brother and his family came to visit our church.  His two little girls where having a lot of separation anxiety and so they sat in the adult service with us.  The younger of the two asked me to hold her the whole time.  I didn’t mind at all.  I will never forget when she asked me why all the people were raising their hands and I told her that they were reaching out to Jesus and asked her if she knew Jesus.  When she said yes, my heart was so full.  The same full that I feel when I watch my 15-month old worship.  It’s the same full that was in my mom’s voice when she told me about the day my brother and I accepted Christ.  She described it at length as if it had only happened yesterday, but actually, it’s been 26 years.

 

Father, I thank you that You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  I thank you that with as much joy as we feel to watch our children come to You and desire to know you more, I know that You are even more touched by it.  Lord, thank you for precious memories such as these.  I pray that we would always touch Your heart with joy, just as our children touch ours when we see them delight in You.  Father, I thank you and I praise you.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5; Ezekiel 19; Psalm 64-65

Choices.  We all have to make a choice.  Will we choose obedience or disobedience, right or wrong, to follow our flesh or God’s Spirit?  And each choice we make comes with a result.  When the result is not favorable, we say the choice or decision has consequences.

 

Every day I make several little choices.  Today, again, I stand at a crossroads.  Do I follow my own desires or do I open myself up to the opportunity, the possibility that my God might know better than me?

 

When we pick up the story of David in 2 Samuel 12, he has already made his own choices.  Read what the prophet says are the results of those choices:

 

Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you…The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.”  (vv. 9-11, 13)

 

David made a series of choices.  At a time when Kings go to war, he chose to stay behind.  Knowing it was wrong to covet another man’s wife, he chose to take her anyway.  Upon discovering she was pregnant, he chose to bring her husband home to cover up his mistake.  When her husband refused to sleep with his wife, David chose to have her husband killed.  One simple choice turned a man from God’s choice as king to someone whose household is filled with calamity.

 

Choices made following our own flesh can lead to the valley low, but choices made following God’s Spirit, lead to His mountain high.

 

Father, keep me from making choices of my flesh.  Help me to follow Your Spirit, always.  Even in this, our current situation and circumstance, when everything “seems right,” help me to make godly decisions and not ones following after my own flesh.  Thank you for sending your Spirit to live inside of me.  He always tells me what is right and which direction to follow.  Help Him to speak to me now, that I would follow where You desire for me to go.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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