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Deut 21; Psalms 108,109; Isaiah 48; Rev 18

“She bought great quantities of gold, silver, jewels, and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk, and scarlet cloth; things made of fragrant thyine wood, ivory goods, and objects made of expensive wood; and bronze, iron, and marble.  She also bought cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flur, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, wagons, and bodies-that is, human slaves.  “The fancy things you loved so much are gone,” they cry.  “All your luxuries and splendor are gone forever, never to be yours again.” Revelation 18:12-14 NLT

Reading through this list of luxuries, I think about the wise men giving the frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.  I look into my own heart.  How is it like Babylon? What am I grasping onto for myself?  Am I looking to others for what they can do for me? Or am I genuinely loving them like Jesus?

“This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.  Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.  Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore-too many to count!” Isaiah 48:17-19 NLT

What am I looking to for fulfillment? I don’t want to miss out on spiritual blessings, because I am so consumed with the things of this world.  And hold on to them so tightly that it becomes an idol…forgetting that it is all His anyway.

“My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.  I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.  I will sing your praises among the nations.  For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.  Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.  May your glory shine over all the earth.  Now rescue your beloved people.  Answer and save us by your power.  Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.  With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.” Psalms 108:1-13 NLT

Dear Father, I want to have a grateful heart.  Thank you for all the ways you have provided for me.  I desire to be a good steward of your gifts.  Give me eyes to see your beauty all around me.  Help me to have an eternal perspective.  You get the glory. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

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Deuteronomy 12; Psalm 97,98; Isaiah 40; Revelation 10

Timeless.

Timeless truth, timeless beauty, timeless love, timeless value. We yearn for the timeless, to be free from the binds and pressures of time. We don’t want to succumb to the snare of decay, the end of something we perceive as good.

God placed this hunger within us along with promises, commands, and warnings.

28 Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God. (Deut 12:28 ESV)

In Old Testament days His commands carried specific rules on eating, worship practices and location, dealing with foreigners, vows, and even clothing. Many times His blessings were equally detailed and visible in this temporal world.

Now, we have the beauty and freedom of eternity that holds our hope secure — forever.

For now though, we find ourselves in the sin-pocked world that deals us pain, death, decline, and decay.  Our hope is not in what we see, our hope is in the One who was and is and is to come and His Word that does not fade away.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)

Choosing joy today.

Choosing to look beyond the moment I find myself in with its frustration and disappointment and look at the forever promises. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I ignore this world and the ways that I can make a difference in it. God clearly cares how we live and how we address the “little” issues around us. But, this world is not the anchor for my soul. It does not offer me the hope I need to press on.

. . . the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7b ESV)

Fulfillment of God’s promises and blessings is yet to come, and in that truth, I find my strength and perspective.

The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad! (Psalm 97:1 ESV)

O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
    He preserves the lives of his saints;
    he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
    and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
    and give thanks to his holy name! (Psalm 97:10-12 ESV)

Lord God, continue to build my hope. May it never be swayed by the hurt and sin I see in this world, but may it hold secure in my Savior and in the foundation of Your Word. Thank you that you have the answer for the forever ache that clings to me as I long for freedom from the temporal nature of this life. Trusting you always, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen

 

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Deuteronomy 7; Psalm 90; Isaiah 35; Revelation 5

My identity in Christ is probably the most important part of my walk with Jesus. When it is threatened, I can go into places of despair quite easily. God’s Word and His promises are the hopes that sustain me during these times and today is no exception.

 Do this because you belong to the Lord your God. From all the peoples on earth he chose you to be his own special people. Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands. So do not be afraid of these people. The Lord your God is with you; he is a great God and one to be feared. – Deuteronomy 7:6,9,21 GNT

I am holy to God, He chose me to be His and I am special to Him. God is so faithful and wants me to love Him and follow Him. I do not have to be afraid for God walks with me.

It is helpful to get inside the prayer life of so many great leaders in the Bible and the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90 is no exception.

I come away with these thoughts – I know God’s hand is on me and it causes me to be full of faith. In Him I am secure. God never fails, never changes, is the same for ever. God calls me by my name and how can I resist such grace. He teaches me the value of time and that my real place is in eternity. So I take time to repent and ask for forgiveness for my sins, for not engaging in His Word and not taking time to pray. I also ask God to fill me with wisdom and I find that He meets me in my quiet time to love me. There is a transforming power that comes from Him working in me. I take on His image more each day. It is His favour on my life that makes His work in me so established.

As I spend time with Him I know that others see the results of that experience when they see my joy.

They will reach Jerusalem with gladness,
singing and shouting for joy.
They will be happy forever,
forever free from sorrow and grief. – Isaiah 35:10 GNT

Chris Tomlin sings a song called “Is He Worthy?” that really expresses my heart. It reaches into the book of Revelation where the call came asking who was worthy to open the scroll.
And I saw a mighty angel, who announced in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” – Revelation 5:2 GNT
The song that was sung was that Jesus was worthy – He is the one who has redeemed by His blood for all peoples everywhere and because of this I am invited to reign with Him.

And sang in a loud voice:

“The Lamb who was killed is worthy
    to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and strength,
    honor, glory, and praise!” – Revelation 5:12 GNT

My prayer today Jesus is no different – You are Worthy!
Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Deut 6; Psalms 89; Isaiah 34; Rev 4

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT

How am I modeling God’s love in my home?  What am I putting above him? Sometimes I can get bogged down with the mundane of day to day life that I forget to give him praise, I forget to thank him…I forget that he is the one in control and not me.  Worry can creep in and I try to handle things on my own.  I think that he knew that I would need visual reminders.  Hanging bible verses on my bathroom mirror, at the sink, on the fridge.  Playing worship music.  Filling my mind with His word.

“Search the book of the Lord, and see what he will do.  Not one of these birds and animals will be missing, and none will lack a mate, for the Lord has promised this.  His Spirit will make it all come true.  He has surveyed and divided the land and deeded it over to those creatures.  They will possess it forever, from generation to generation.” Isaiah 34:16&17 NLT

“O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!  Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful.  You rule the oceans.  You subdue their storm-tossed waves.  You crushed the great sea monster.  You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.  The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours-you created it all.” Psalm 89:8-9

When I stand in front of the ocean. I am reminded of my smallness.  And God’s power and might. His unfailing, unchanging, constant love.

Thank you Father for your faithfulness.  For your forgiveness.  For loving me when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for your goodness.  I put my hope in your word.  Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Father, Help me to live a life pleasing to You.  Help me to be in your word every day.  Forgive me for when I don’t thank you for all that you have done for me.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  Amen.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty-the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”  “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.  For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”  Revelation 4:9-11 NLT

Amy(amyctanner)

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Deuteronomy 2; Psalms 83,84; Isaiah 30; Jude 1

The great doxology!

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen (Jude 1:24&25 [NIV]).

This is one of the most profound verses in all of Scripture. What a perfect picture  of our future state and what Jesus has done for us through his sacrifice on the cross for us. And this is an eternal doxology. It is before all time, now and forevermore.

Can you believe that because of that great sacrifice we will stand before the Father without fault or blemish. And Jesus will do it with great joy! It is hard for us to comprehend isn’t it.

Copy these verses down and read them throughout the day and remember how valuable you are to Him. At the end of today… see if your attitude about yourself has changed even a little bit.

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