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Deuteronomy 22; Psalm 110,111; Isaiah 49; Revelation 19

I start reading quite a few “one liners” if you will, and this one catches my eye.

“Women are not to wear men’s clothing, and men are not to wear women’s clothing; the Lord your God hates people who do such things. – Deuteronomy 22:5 GNT

It caught my eye because it immediately brought to me to a place of prayer. I felt a bit like Moses standing in the gap knowing that it was my place to stand and pray for a people that needed me to care. Here is another that caused me to pray.

The Lord said to my lord,
    “Sit here at my right side
    until I put your enemies under your feet.” – Psalm 110:1  GNT

This one made me pray for myself, that I might be the person who will meet God one day, face to face, and He will know me as I am known, and see Jesus there instead of my sin.

What a sense of relief to hear His voice welcoming me with joy.

Sing, heavens! Shout for joy, earth!  Let the mountains burst into song!

The Lord will comfort his people;
    he will have pity on his suffering people.

 So the Lord answers, “Can a woman forget her own baby

and not love the child she bore?
Even if a mother should forget her child,
I will never forget you.
Jerusalem, I can never forget you!
I have written your name on the palms of my hands.

Kings will be like fathers to you;
    queens will be like mothers.
They will bow low before you and honor you;
    they will humbly show their respect for you.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
    no one who waits for my help will be disappointed.

Then all people will know that I am the Lord,
    the one who saves you and sets you free.
They will know that I am Israel’s powerful God – Isaiah 49: 13, 15-16, 23, 26  GNT

 And the encouragement keeps coming as the work of Jesus is described so gloriously.

She has been given clean shining linen to wear.” (The linen is the good deeds of God’s people.)   Then I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he judges and fights his battles. The robe he wore was covered with blood. His name is “The Word of God.”  On his robe and on his thigh was written the name: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”- Revelation 19:8, 11, 13, 16  GNT

Father, I know you when You look at me You see nothing other than the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. May I be faithful in sharing Your plan of redemption to others who need to know. Thank You for Your Word that has never failed me. You are restoring me – thank You. 

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

 

 

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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 13,14; Psalm 99-101; Isaiah 41; Revelation 11

I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Is 41:9-10) NLT

There is an enemy who wants nothing more than to deceive me and convince me that I am not chosen by anyone—why would anyone want me? It started off early in life on the playground when I was one of the last people chosen when they were choosing teams. First choice was always the champion of whatever sport it happened to be. Next would come the “popular kids”. Then there were those of us who were neither great at sports nor popular. Middle school wasn’t much different. School dances when I wanted someone to ask me to dance. I still remember the crushing feeling of having a boy look at me and moving on. Thankfully, I had girlfriends and learned to have fun without all the teenage drama.

Adulthood has had its share of rejections as well. It wasn’t until I found Jesus that I learned the truth of my value. I have a Father who loves me, a Friend who defends me and encourages me, a Teacher who guides me, and a Deliverer who saved me. The verses above assure me I am chosen and the apple of his eye (Ps 17:8). It took a long time for me to grasp that and hold it deep in my heart. His words changed my life.

“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deut 13:1-4) NLT

The world wants to draw me away from God. It is insidious at times and I don’t realize it right away. My flesh can be drawn to whatever is loudest around me. I’ve found that it isn’t God. He has given me his words, he has given me his directions, he has shown me how he wants me to live. He has invested dearly into my life. His voice is always soft and loving—never loud. He waits to see which I will choose—Him? Yes, Lord, I choose you! Just as you chose me!

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.[a]
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Ps 100) NLT

My God is worthy of all my praise. I know the day will come when all the saints will sing of his glory in one voice. I remember the first time I walked into a church that was alive with the Holy Spirit. I’m not even sure I had accepted Jesus yet but I was seeking. I was a few minutes late and the congregation was singing songs of praise I had never heard. I looked around at their faces. There was a glow as hands and faces were turned upwards singing with everything in them. I thought to myself, “I don’t know what “that” is, but “that” is what I’m looking for!” I could feel it in my soul—hearts united in thanksgiving. Five years later, I was in a church service singing with everything in me. I had a sense that I had left the building and I was standing in the very throne room of God singing only to Him! At the end of the song, I remembered that first time and I realized God had answered a silent prayer I had made that day long ago. What I was searching for was not a “that” but a Who! “His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”

Lord, thank you for choosing me! This world tries to convince me there is something better—but there isn’t anything better than you! Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. In my minds eye, I have seen you clapping in delight when I’ve danced for you or sang a song just for you. You’ve shown me over and over just how dearly loved I am by you. I praise you! In Jesus mighty name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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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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