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Deuteronomy 16; Psalms 103; Isaiah 43; Revelation 13

He says, “Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you.

I have called you by name, and you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.

When you cross rivers, you will not drown.

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned,

nor will the flames hurt you. Isaiah 43: 1-2 (NCV)

Though there are certain things that I tend to worry about periodically, I have never really considered myself to be an anxious person.  When I became a believer, I really held onto Christ’s teachings about worry that can be found in Matthew 6. Pretty early on in my walk with Christ, I found I had choices to make that would really test my faith in God, and in His ability to care for me and keep me safe.

When it was just me, I had little problem keeping anxiety to a minimum. I regularly tried new things, met new people, and went on new adventures. Despite the ups and downs of life, I was rarely concerned with the potential misfortunes that could theoretically come my way. For the most part I wasn’t reckless, there just was very little in the way that made me fearful about taking risks.

And, then I had kids.

Having children makes everything scary seem a little more real, a little closer to home. When I hear of earthquakes and tsunamis and tornadoes and untamable fires…when I learn about shootings in schools and bombings at marathons…when I am told of accidents and illnesses that cheat life or see a wall filled with pictures of missing children…when I read on the web a constant barrage of bad news, often in the guise of prayer requests (my own included)…I am easily overwhelmed with the horrifying world I live in.

The enemy likes to taunt me with images in my minds eye, distressing imaginations of could-be dangers to my daughters. There have been times that I have been able to shrug off these torments by simply checking on my daughters, making sure they are still breathing, still alive. But at other times, when I let my guard down, I have unwittingly allowed myself to be provoked to the point of borderline panic causing me to lose control, lashing out with words of fear at the prospect of a plunge off the second-story porch or nearly mashing fingers to prevent little legs from darting into the road.

As I embrace my role as mother, I realize that I have to make a conscience choice each day to cast my cares at His feet (as cliché as that may sound) and enter into new stages of ‘letting go’. In order to keep my anxieties to a minimum, I must keep my focus on Christ and what He did for me and for my daughters on the cross at Calvary. The reality is that Jesus loves my girls way more than I will ever be able to.

All that I am, praise the Lord;

everything in me, praise his holy name.

My whole being, praise the Lord

and do not forget all his kindnesses.

He forgives all my sins

and heals all my diseases.

He saves my life from the grave

and loads me with love and mercy.

He satisfies me with good things

and makes me young again, like the eagle.

The Lord does what is right and fair

for all who are wronged by others.

Psalm 103:1-6 (NCV)

If I am feeling particularly uneasy about some aspect of life, whether it pertains to me, my daughters, or any other conceivable circumstance, when I focus on worshiping my Savior for being holy, for being good, it is so much easier to set aside my fears and keep my eyes on the future that has been promised (Jeremiah 29:11-14). In times of worry, I delve into the Psalms, taking comfort in David’s faith in God and being encouraged by his celebrations of the Father’s trustworthiness and constancy. When I put my whole heart into praising the Lord, there is no part of me that is free to be anxious and I am compelled to remember His kindness.

Yesappa, when fears and concerns creep into my daily life, help me focus on You instead of my anxiety. Remind me of Your everlasting love, Your never-ending mercy. Encourage me with Your Word. Strengthen me. Thank You for being my Rock and my Salvation. Thank You for having my back. And, Thank You for watching out for my babies. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Ex. 28; John 7; Prov. 4; Gal. 3

20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJV

Solomon so eloquently wrote the thoughts that I as a parent want my children to listen to, understand, and live by.

I have two daughters both are good young adults, that is, they are not prone to getting into trouble. One seems to listen, understand and apply the life lessons we have attempted to teach them, while the other does not seek our advice, or seem to listen, or understand the lessons she has been shown. The difference in our relationships is night and day with the two, one seems to enjoy being in our company and seek advice while the other spends her time alone and sometimes seems annoyed that we want to be involved in her life. The future seems very bright for my daughter that seeks my consul but the foreseeable future for my other daughter seems that she will be learning things the hard way.

I feel like I have experienced both of these relationships with my heavenly Father. There have been times where I have sought to stay away from God’s presence and live by my instincts, in those times based on the feelings of isolation from my daughter, I can only imagine what God feels for me. I have also sought God’s involvement and  guidance and I feel that He must love it when I seek His wisdom.

Lord,

May I always seek your companionship and guidance in all aspects of my life, for it is only in you that I experience true life.

Amen.

Rob (guest on 66 Books)

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1 Kings 1, 1 Kings 2, John 18:19-40

Thus the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. 1 Kings 2:46

 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. … “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” John 18:36

 

Two kingdoms belonging to one King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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1 Kings 1      As King David “was old”, his son “Adonijah …exalted himself, saying, “I will be king. …(And his father had not rebuked him at any time)…He was also very good-looking.”

             Adonijah sought to usurp his father’s kingdom and David’s personal maidservant (1). David had not corrected, discipled or chastened Adonijah, and his son disrespected him (2). Adonijah’s appearance may have distracted David from focusing on God’s eternal character development.  

              Lord God Almighty – I am a mother and I am in Your Kingdom. Alert me to not be distracted by: niceties, amenities, status quo, culture, good looks or talent in my children. Keep me attentive and aware of their heart/will bent and if they are seeking Your Kingdom and Righteousness, for if they do then You will give them all they need. (3) I seek Your wisdom in chastening them Lord Jesus. Manifest Yourself in my implementation of Your instructions, for Your good purposes and glory.

“Nathan the prophet came in” to remind King David of God’s Word. King David answered, “Assuredly Solomon…shall be king after me” (4) “Long live King Solomon!”

              Word of God, remind me keep the Main thing the Main thing: Your Kingdom by Your priorities. Lord Jesus, I am sorry for when I have gotten sidetracked by the “small” events. Every time I take my eyes off “the prize” in trade for what other people say and think (5), I contribute to people’s spiritual suffering and I suffer too. Jesus, I yearn for and cling to Your Word for my own chastening! Thank You Lord Jesus Christ. You are Faithful (7).  

1 Kings 2                  King David “charged Solomon his son, saying…keep the charge of the Lord your God… that the Lord may fulfill His word…Then Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.” Solomon proceeded to root out the evil in the kingdom without compromise, even against his own mother’s request (v.13-25) (14).  

               I worship You Lord God Almighty, for Who You are. May my heart delight in You (Psalm 37:4) paramountly so my life is fixed upon Your Kingdom ways for my own discernment of truth from lies. May God’s Word root out compromise, rationalization and excuses in me, and convict in order for me to confess, repent, worship and testify of You. (6) May “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

John 18:19-40    “when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand” v.22

              Jesus spoke truth, and because people didn’t like the Truth, Jesus (the Truth) was struck and rejected. (v.23)  Give me a heart for Truth, Lord Jesus, and Your courageous love for it to be proclaimed throughout my life. (8)

“Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.” V. 27

               How many times and ways have I rejected or denied You, Lord Jesus? Blatantly or unconsciously, by commission or omission, with my thoughts, actions, words, attitudes, patterns of behavior – ignoring the Truth, God’s Holy Word? And when You remind me, O Lord, do I bend the knee of my heart in submission and gratitude for Your showing me? Do I run to You for forgiveness, reconciliation and transforming sanctification? Do I forgive myself? Do I recall Your Words and live them so that Your Nature may take over my human nature? May it always be so! (9)

              Pilate said, “Are You the King of the Jews?”…Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, …that I should bear witness to the truth.” …Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again… said, “I find no fault in Him at all.”

            Oopps, walking away from the King of kings Who says He is Truth: You’d better ask Him questions. (10)

             How many times do I NOT ask Jesus questions? Do I pretend I know enough, am sufficient enough? Just go about “my” busy-ness without being mindful of what Pilate knew: Jesus had no fault! (11)

             And if I am a Chirst-ian, I am to “bear witness to the Truth”, to Lord Jesus Christ that is. (12)

            Father, thank You for sending Your Only Begotten Son Jesus to show and teach me Truth for me to be set free from the lies and deceptions that so easily ensnare me. May I ever more treasure the precious relationship I have with You because of Jesus’ Blood sacrifice, and come before Your throne of Grace to listen to Your Voice of Truth. (13)

1-  1 Kings 1:1-4, 1 Kings 2:13-25

2-   Hebrews 12:5-11

3- Matthew 6:31-34, 2 Chronicles 1:1-12, Philippians 4:19

4- 1 Chronicles 28:4-8

5- Genesis 15:1, Philippians 3:14, 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Matthew 7:13-16, Luke 13:22-33, John 14:6

6- Matthew 16:21-23, Luke 4:8 , John 16:5-15

7- 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 1:18, 1 John 5:18, Revelation 19:11

8- John 15:18-27

9- Psalm 1, Psalm 34, Psalm 103

10- James 1:5, Psalm 33:4, Psalm 119:160, John 1:1-3,14, John 17:17, 1 Peter 1:23, John 15:3, Ephesians 5:26

11- Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 2:10-18, James 1:12-16

12- Matthew 10:32-33, Revelation 12:11, 1 John 5:11, Romans 1:16

13- John 6:63, John 6:68, John 8:31-36, Hebrews 12:1, Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 1:6

14- Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Mark 10:26-31, Luke 8:19-21

Self directed life or Christ directed life?  http://www.campuscrusade.com/fourlawseng.htm and http://www.4laws.com/laws/languages.html

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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1 Chronicles 22, 1 Peter 3, Micah 1, Luke 10

Parenting – My son, “You will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses… Be strong and of good courage; do not fear … Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare …  there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.” 1 Chronicles 22 

Marriage – Husbands, …dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife…that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3

Rejoice! Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” Luke 10  

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1 Chronicles 22                Then David said, “This is the house of the LORD God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” … Now David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries. I will now make preparation for it.” So David made abundant preparations before his death. Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel. And David said to Solomon: “…but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, …. Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; …

               He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’  Now, my son, may the LORD be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the LORD your God, as He has said to you. Only may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed. Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare …  there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.”

                 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying,  “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build … for the name of the LORD.”

How is the temple of the Most High God within me? Clean and built well on the Foundation that never fails? Ephesians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 6:19

QuestionHave I inquired deeply of the Lord God Almighty what His Will is for each of my children? Matthew 7:7-12 Have a sought God’s answer, waited and implored until He answered? Have I responded to the Lord God Almighty in accordance to His Will? For what am I preparing for my children to accomplish now and after I’ve gone to heaven? How am I preparing, enabling and empowering my children to follow the Lord Jesus Christ in gratitude, passion and whole heartedness – by Jesus’ Holy Spirit and Word? What resources have I poured into my children and given to them physically to equip them to fulfill God’s Will for their specific lives and for God’s purpose and glory? What loss will I suffer if I am not a good steward of my children? 1 Corinthians 3:15, Romans 14:12  And how am I serving God with His Vision in my eyes and heart for my other close relatives, friends and siblings in Christ Jesus? What am I doing today for God’s goals?

Response – I have done much, repeatedly. But most importantly is earnestly living by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word and Praying in all manners for my children. Fasting, praying and being diligent to not let go of Jesus Christ’s priestly garment’s hem. And for many others, too.  Colossians 4:12, James 5:16, 1 Timothy 2:1,8, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Peter 4:7, Ephesians 1

 1 Peter 3               Wives” … may you have “chaste conduct accompanied by fear. May your adornment be  … the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”     “Husbands, …dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife…that your prayers may not be hindered.”          Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;… that you may inherit a blessing. …  For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” …sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

                    Kindness, gentleness… the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, is needed in Every aspect of life, including sanctified marriage. (Galatians 5:22-25) Sharp repercussions are given by God if we do not live by the Holy Spirit. Prayers will be hindered and the Face of the LORD will be against us. (v.7,12)

              So what makes hearts so hard to not repent and be changed by the living Word? Why does pain continue so needlessly? Lord God, may my husband and I live Your Word for You. Please enable the impossible!! For Your purposes in our children’s lives and outsiders, and for Your glory alone! Amen.  Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27; Luke 18:29-30; John 15:7-8; John 15:16-17

Micah 1               Let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,  The Lord from His holy temple. For behold, the LORD is coming out of His place;  He will come down And tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt under Him, And the valleys will split …All this is for the transgression of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. …All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,  And all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire; …  For her wounds are incurable. …  But disaster came down from the LORD … For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.  

                  When will God’s people realize their offences and harlotry against the Lord God Almighty Who made them for His delight and glory? When will they awaken to the HONOR it is to be called into an intimate relationship by God? When will they repent and turn away from idolatry in loving the created rather than loving the Creator? When will they soften their hearts and mind to the One Who heals, restores and gives limitless Joy, Hope, Wisdom and Peace? When will True Worship of the Holy One replace titillation of the temporal? When will I and my family take God’s Word as TRUTH and live it by God’s Holy Spirit? Oooohhhh, the agony of watching evil being chosen by children? Oooohhhh no wonder God is called “Long Suffering”!! Your agony Oh God is far greater than mine!! Lord Jesus, please keep me on a short leash, close to You!! I want my Joy Full!! Matthew 23:37, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; John 15:5-14

Luke 10                the Lord appointed seventy others … “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray

                  Lord God Almighty, send workers out today! Bring a harvest of souls in great numbers!! May the souls you save bear much fruit for another large harvest for You!! And continue the bounty until You return!!

                     May Your workers heal the sick and teach Your Word! Protect them from the enemy of their souls.  Please have them remember Your Words: “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”  (Do I equate this with my family members? Please Lord, may it be so.)  

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven…. rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” … In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes.

Can I not also REJOICE in the Holy Spirit GIVING THANKS to God?!! Happy ThanksGiving!!

He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it.

                     What an HONOR to be called and used by the Lord Jesus Christ!! How can I not be acutely aware of this?!! Every day I rejoice the gospel for Jesus Christ made me His New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) !! 

“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ … which of these three do you think was neighbor … And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

                 I must be like “He who showed mercy.”  Lord God Almighty, You have abundantly blessed me in the Riches of Christ Jesus. All encompassing: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and … Philippians 4:19. Please bring to my mind now when I have been selfish and short sighted. Please re-train me for Your Perspective and Ways so I will not sin again. Please forgive me Lord Jesus Christ. (Psalm 51). Increase my capacity to Love You on Your terms and by your Holy Spirit and Word. Thank You!!

“Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” … And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

                 Worship is the most important thing I can give You Lord. To hear your Voice and do Your Will. John 10:27-30 Fill me Lord Jesus! Amen!!

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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Judges 11:12-40; Acts 15; Jeremiah 24; Mark 10

What is a child?

What characterizes most young children?


Simple,

pure,

carefree,

impulsive,

reliant,

and sinful.

 

Many other attributes may come to mind, but overall they are quite the opposite of adults. Adults are more hypocritical, wanting to look good on the outside.

Adults are calculating, intentional, burdened, busy, overcomplicated, and sinful.

 

The disciples saw only the frivolity and disruptions the children brought, not the genuine seeking. They complicated the situation and began to shoo the children away from their precious Master.

Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t miss a thing. Not just drawing the children to himself, but challenging the disciples and generations to follow to examine themselves for how they approach God’s throne. His response —  ” 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them,  “Let the children come to me;  do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. ~Mark 10:14-16~

Amazing. While this speaks specifically of salvation and our humbling before Him to enter His family, the application can go a bit further. Daily we need to surrender to him. Not remaining immature in our faith, but remaining ever reliant on Him. Tucked under His wings, working only through His power, living obediently to His Lordship.

Take some time to watch a young child in a secure family at play and you can’t help seeing the lack of inhibitions and the unrestrained love for parents.

My love for my Father should be so unashamedly exhibited. My reliance so blatant. As a child.

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