Author Archives: johnmohler0403

Numbers 36; Isaiah 28; Psalm 80; 1 John 2

Every daughter who inherits land in any Israelite tribe must marry someone in her father’s tribal clan, so that every Israelite will possess the inheritance of their ancestors. No inheritance may pass from one tribe to another, for each Israelite tribe is to keep the land it inherits.” Num 36:8-9 NIV

In time of challenge, diving deep into prayer I s necessary to discern about helping others in need.  It is no coincidence when he presents us with those with such great tangible need.  In the spiritual realm, keeping my spiritual fitness will help me be more able to give to those who need.  If my own spiritual house is not in order, giving is not fruitful.   

 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.;….

 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.  1 John 2:4-8,12 NIV

There are few things that make me more happy than seeing children praising the Lord.  Unashamed, pure joy.  There need not be perfect rhythm or melody, only perfect intention. How does my praise sound to the Lord?  He makes it perfect.  How can I help to lay the foundation for my kids and those with whom I come in contact?  The early influences on my faith still have such a profound influence.  Thank you Jesus for those religious educators and family who planted the seed for my faith.  I intercede for each of them by name….

There is something about seeing a friend’s face.  Texting and social media just doesn’t do it.  I am able to see their true self and how they are doing. Help me not to hide behind these veils and bare true self  to those I trust…and to You Lord. 

In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. Is 28:5-6 NIV

The attack is powerless, Lord.  It can’t take the first step toward me when I stand in You.

Lord, help me to discern when to give and when it is better for me to come to the fountain of your everlasting refreshment.  Thank you for those that have blessed me along my spiritual journey in tangible ways.  I pray for them by name.  I love you.  Amen.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Numbers 22; Psalm 62,63; Isaiah 11,12; James 5

When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again. Then the angel of the LORD moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff.  Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. Numbers 22;23-31 NIV

You are such a good, good Father.  You discipline but only in love as You know what is best for me.  Rid me, Lord, of my stubbornness when I continue to persist in the same detours from Your will.  Show me where you are driving me back to the road when I am blind to it.

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;  I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I will praise you as long as I live,   and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  Psalm 63:1,4-5 NIV


I acknowledge my need for You today, Lord.  You are necessary for life and even more for life to the full.  There is a God-shaped hole in my heart that can only be filled by You.  I seek it in temporal things, again detours from where I should be, but you guide me back and renew in my heart the refreshment that comes only from You.  I come to the fountain of Your goodness today.  Fill me.  

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.  Isaiah 11:6-9
There is a peace available only in You that this world does not understand, it cannot comprehend.  That is what I need right now.  While danger surrounds me, indecision, turmoil and anxiety, surround me and the world convinces so many that peace is not achievable.  In You, it is.  Knowledge of You brings that peace and I enter into it.  Wrap me in Your loving arms so that I can tangibly feel that peace that only you can give.   

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.  James 5:13-18 NIV

There is no limit to the numbers of times You answer my plea, Lord.  Your love and generosity has no bounds.  I place to many others, the prophets, others I know, on pedestals.  it is so easy to compare and have discouragement in my own walk but You are faithful.  

Lord, bring me back to Yourself today.  Wrap me in Your arms of love.  As a good good Father, guide the decisions I make today to be what is best, whether I know it or not.  I love you and enter into Your peace.  Amen.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Numbers 6; Psalm 40,41; Song of Songs 4; Hebrews 4

“If any of the people, either men or women, take the special vow of a Nazirite, setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way,” – Numbers 6:2 NIV

When taking on any commitment of discipline, constant accountability is critical to success.  The best in any sport, arts or entertainment keep their laser focus and keep practicing until they get it perfect.  It is documented that many of the greats commit 10,000 hours to their interest before they become truly great.  The Nazirites were dialed in with similar focus.  The long hair gave it away.  Can I be identified in my vow and commitment to Him?

‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ – Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

Some of my favorite images are those of smiling on someone. When a parent is truly proud the achievement of a child or they do something completely unexpectedly thoughtful for another and it largely goes unnoticed.  At weddings when the bride first enters the church, I love to take a minute to see the groom’s face. He is often taken aback and cannot contain his excitement.  These are the priceless smiles the Father has for me. Shower down Your grace, O Lord.  You are not just being gracious like I do when hosting a dinner party.  You give Me grace and peace in abundance beyond anything that the world can. Take a deep breath and breathe it in.

You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.  You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride.  You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, – Song 4:7,9 NIV

I want to be a newlywed with you again, Lord. 

None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.  Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened[c]— burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.  Psalm 40:5-6 NIV

How deep the Father’s Love for us!  He gives it without reservation and without requiring anything at all. The return of mutual feeling is the love that comes more easily. Love is a choice that sometimes is difficult.  How free is my gift of love to others?  This is where I want to focus today, this week, this month, this year.

So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall. Heb 4:7, 11 NIV

The refreshment that comes with rest in God is what is often missing when I have trouble giving the free love I want.  Checking boxes and being “productive” is only fruitful if I give time to truly rest in God’s presence.

Lord, free me of distractions to truly rest in you today.  Renew in me the love I had at first.  “You are altogether beautiful.”  Amen

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leviticus 19, Psalm 23-24, Ecclesiastes 2, 1 Timothy 4

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God. Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God.'” – Leviticus 19:2-4 NIV

Many of the examples we have in life, many times a parent or caregiver, give us a barometer by which to live our lives.  We try to emulate them in their example, good and bad. God, in Leviticus, gives us a very detailed blueprint, written hundreds of years before Christ. It is a great starting point.  When we refer back to the blueprint often, it is much more difficult to veer off course. When we are gifted quiet time, we are given us a tremendous opportunity to see how we want to observe the Sabbath, free of many of the distractions to see how we really want it to be. In uninterrupted family time, we see how to better respect our parents and children.  Where else do I need to get back to this blueprint that gives us freedom, not limitations, as we live according to His Word?

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:4-6 NIV

So much is focused on the first part of this Psalm with the Lord as our shepherd. He has complete confidence in His protection over us, preparing our table and caring for us no matter the surrounding battle that rages.  What imagery the darkest valley is, far away from anyone else, not knowing what is around the next corner.  Even the smallest light the Lord can give us, dispels that darkness.  

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.  Psalm 24:8

How much more seeming defeat can one have but through the Passion? Jesus still shows His strength.  He has won the victory and has risen in Easter joy.  There are so many cinematic and artistic depictions of the Resurrection and each one shows this might and strength in different ways. Some levitating, some fully restored while still physically with the remnants of wounds.  What does Jesus’ strength look like for me now?

I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire! So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere. – Ecclesiastes 2:8-11 NIV

Certainly hard work is virtuous and necessary. Doing it for earthly purposes, though, has to stay in perspective.  It truly is like chasing the wind. A great perspective check in 13 minutes, this is a tremendous reflection on this topic during a tough time in the world.  I can’t help but think sometimes the Lord slows us down intentionally from the “treadmill” of achievement to be still and know He is God.

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

-1 Tim 4:8,16

Spiritual and physical fitness are both essential, staying as healthy as we can to do God’s work.  Let this week be a time of building discipline in both.   Training is gradually building and strengthening.  We can’t run a marathon without briskly walking then jogging short distances.  There is tremendous encouragement from accountability.  Is now the time to increase my accountability…to myself or with someone else’s help? 

Dear Lord,  Thank you for the blueprint by which to build my life in You.  There is tremendous peace in Your goodness and love.  I celebrate Your Resurrection and victory in strength.  Help me to build my physical and spiritual fitness to better serve Your kingdom here on Earth.  Focus my efforts on where You want me to be today, this week, this month, this year.  I love you.  Amen.

John (johnmohler0403)

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Exodus 29; John 8; Proverbs 5, Galatians 4

For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy. “So I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar and will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God.”
 Exodus 29:37,44-46 NIV

We stand on the shoulders of giants.  It has been said many times but we truly are a product of the experiences of our family for generations past and we lay that foundation going forward.  Aaron laid the foundation for the Church of today in consecrating himself for God in service.  How blessed we are that so many over the course of generations and thousands of years have dedicated themselves for this holy purpose!  God resides with those who dedicate themselves to Him.  How am I giving of my life to ensure the future of His Church?  It is such a great practice to offer a time of dedication to the Lord, each month, season or year.  I need to use some time in this season of uncertainty to dwell on what is sure, God’s faithfulness.    

They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8: 6-8 NIV

How I marvel at the patience of Christ!  When others come offensively at us, how hard is it to not provide a knee-jerk reaction?  He helped others take an introspective look and then kept quiet.  He let the Holy Spirit do its work.  In these days, stressors can come at us from all angles but let us take a deep breath and be intentional with our words and actions, especially in response to others toward us.

For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths. The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.  For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.  Proverbs 5: 21-23 NIV

The passage of Proverbs 5 begins with the practical side of warnings against adultery, very important in looking at the culture of infidelity that pervades today.  For better or for worse, the Lord knows our hearts.  We are always getting a little better or worse with each passing day in every aspect of our walk with Him.  It is very difficult to stay the same.  I am at my best when I take a daily examination of my day, the way the Lord “examines our paths”.  Taking a critical look at how we best served the Lord, and when we didn’t, over short periods of time, can help us realize patterns to change, avoid getting in ruts of sin which hold us back but also build on successes. The latter every bit as important as the former.   

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[c] Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. 18 It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you. 19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Gal 4:6,7-18-20 NIV

It is hard to think of a much more drastic transition than from slave to child.  Neither identity is chosen.  The unconditional love of a parent regardless of what a child may do versus the constant negative connotation of the ownership and punishment of a slave.  When we truly know our identity in Christ, we open our hearts to the unconditional love that is offered.  The Father who would do anything for us but also pushes us on in love to be better.           

Dear God,    Be with me this week to take the long view in my walk with you.  Mold my actions and conversations to build up your Church for generations to come.  Start with the simple and help me to think big.  Use your son(daughter) in passionate but patient, humble service.  Amen.

John (johnmohler0403)

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized