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Exodus 25; John 4; Proverbs 1; 2 Corinthians 13

Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. Then put the atonement cover on top of the Ark. I will meet you there and talk to you from above the atonement cover between the gold cherubim that hover over the Ark of the Covenant. From there I will give you my commands for the people of Israel.” Exodus 25:21-22 NLT

The Ark of the Covenant was a visual sign of the Lord’s presence. How do I feel the Lord’s presence today? Do I know that He is always with me, even when I can’t sense it?

Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home.” John 4:48-50 NLT

He promises to always be with me. Sometimes I am distracted by so many other things, that I miss His voice. Maybe God is always speaking to me, I’m just not listening. I am thankful that He pursues me and meets me where I am. If I just clear the clutter in my mind, I know he is there waiting patiently for me to return to him.

Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention…But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:23,24&33 NLT

My stubbornness to do things on my own can get in the way of hearing him. Than I miss out on his power. I can see his hand in my life when I humble myself before him and acknowledge that I can’t do it on my own.  And as much as I don’t want to suffer, that is when I know he is  most near.  Just as I read in my You-Version devotional this morning, “But when we suffer and choose to trust Christ through the trials we face, we are filled with his power and presence, reflecting his image to those around us.” (Hope when it Hurts, Kristen Wetherell & Sarah Walton)

I will give you all the proof you want that Christ speaks through me. Christ is not weak when he deals with you; he is powerful among you. Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God’s power…Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow in maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:3,4&11 NLT

Dear Father, Thank you for your word and for the promise of your presence. Help me to quiet my heart, so I can hear your voice above all others. I need you every minute of every day. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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Jeremiah 38 & 39; Hebrews 1

So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malkijah the king’s son that was in the courtyard of the palace guard. They lowered him down with ropes…“He’s as good as dead. There isn’t a scrap of bread left in the city. They pulled Jeremiah up out of the cistern with ropes. But he was still confined in the courtyard of the palace guard. Jeremiah said, “If I told you the whole truth, you’d kill me. And no matter what I said, you wouldn’t pay any attention anyway.” Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah right there, but in secret, “As sure as God lives, who gives us life, I won’t kill you, nor will I turn you over to the men who are trying to kill you. Jeremiah assured him, “They won’t get a hold of you. Listen, please. Listen to God’s voice. I’m telling you this for your own good so that you’ll live.” Jeremiah 38:6-20 MSG

Growing up in Sunday school… when I think of bible stories and heroes, the first one that comes to mind is David and Goliath. As well as reading it to my six year old son every night who is fascinated by the slingshot and stone. This is one of the reasons I am thankful for 66 Books. It gives me the opportunity to dig into a scripture that I might have previously overlooked.

Jeremiah stands out to me as another biblical hero. He did not let fear hinder him. He knew who God was and that He would complete the work that He had for him. I think about how Jeremiah must have felt helpless in that cistern. And when he got out he was still showing boldness and courage. In the midst of being counted as “good as dead,” Jeremiah is still standing up for the God he believes in. He is telling the king to listen to God’s voice. He does not let fear stand in his way, though he does have “good reason to fear”(Jeremiah 39:16MSG) But, that God will deliver him out of their hands…“Yes, I will certainly save you. You won’t be killed. You’ll walk out of there safe and sound because you trusted me.” Jeremiah 39:15-18 MSG

How many times do I let fear stand in my way of fully trusting God?

Dear Father, help me to listen to Your voice above all others. I know that I am weak and need You and Your word. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

The Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says-powerful words! But, you’ll stay the same, year after year; you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out.” Hebrews 1:3,12 MSG

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Song of Songs 6-8; Galatians 1

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 NKJV

I am a people pleaser…it has been my downfall at times. But, it can also be one of those weaknesses that turns me back towards Jesus. Usually it is when I have exhausted all of my energy trying to make everyone happy. I hear Him tell me to come and find my rest in Him.  I am His beloved.

I am my beloved’s And my beloved is mine.” Song of Songs 6:3 NKJV

I can find rest in knowing that He loves me unconditionally. He offers a gift that is free. And so many times I want to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just as Courtney talked about in her post last Thursday, I need to stop, slow down and enjoy being with my Jesus. To soak up His presence. I am blown away to think that He enjoys being with me.

I read this the other day from Ann Voskamp and it really spoke to my heart… “And Lord, we can feel it, You gently smoothing out the tension lines and undoing our knots with that whisper: “I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name. I’m the One who named You!  So when You call us ‘Beloved, we turn and answer to our truest name and believe the Namer of the stars has named You His…”You are Mine.” The God who made, named and numbers the stars, names you and pays attention to you and what matters to you, matters into Him and that is what changes your life, what renames you…Wanted. Beloved. Held.”

Dear Father, thank You for loving me enough to die for my sins. Help me to love others with the same extravagant love that You have shown me. Amen.

Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm, For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.” Song of Songs 8:7 NKJV

Amy(amyctanner)

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Job 31-32; Acts 13:1-23

And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said:

“I am young in years,

and you are aged;

therefore I was timid and afraid

to declare my opinion to you.

I said, ‘Let days speak,

and many years teach wisdom.’

But it is the spirit in man,

the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

It is not the old who are wise,

nor the aged who understand what is right. Job 32:6-9

The other day, while trying to get my kids settled down after a long day of traveling, I watched a rerun of Full House on Nick at Nite. It was a show I loved growing up. I was only a couple of years younger than DJ Tanner and I could fully relate to her experiences as a pre-teen and teenager growing up in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

This particular episode was when DJ and her boyfriend Steve first realized they were ‘in love’. Danny decided it was impossible for DJ to be ‘in love’, she was just too young to understand what love is. He realizes through the help of his girlfriend Vicky that he feels like a teenager ‘in love’ and recognizes that maybe DJ could be experiencing the same emotions.

When I began reading the passages for today, that episode popped into my head again, reminding me of the friction that often occurs between the generations, especially when it comes to wisdom and insight.

More often than I’d like to admit, I fall into the trap of either believing that I don’t know anything, because I am young and don’t have much experience or thinking I know it all and not heeding the advice of my elders. I feel grateful though that I am in the position where I am in relationship with believers of all ages who are able to offer wisdom and counsel to me regardless of their age, in relation to mine.

it’s God’s Spirit in a person,
the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible
… Job 32:8 (MSG)

God makes it clear in His Word that age is not the determining factor in the amount of wisdom one has. I don’t have more wisdom now at 36 simply because I am 10 years older than my 26 year old self. I have more wisdom because I chose to give my heart and my life to Jesus, I chose to follow Him.

Wisdom and insight into life, circumstances, and the question ‘why’ in the midst of joy and trials, comes from His Spirit living in me. It stems from fearing Him and following Him. It comes from asking for His understanding, studying His Word, being prayerful, and listening for His Voice. It comes from heeding godly encouragement coming from other brothers and sisters in Christ.

My desire is that more and more, as I walk with God and His people, I recognize more and more His truth. And, that I remember that truth may come from the mouth of a grandmotherly figure or from the mouth of babes.

Yesappa, Thank You for Your Wisdom and Your insight that is breathed into me by Your Spirit. Thank You for breathing it into all believers who truly fear You. Help me recognize Your wisdom when I hear it, and teach me to be discerning without making preconceived judgment. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Blessings – Julie (writing from the U.S.A.)

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Ruth 1-4; Luke 11:29-54

Naomi said, Look, your sister-in-law is going back home to live with her own people and gods; go with her,but Ruth said, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my God; where you die, I’ll die and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God-not even death itself is going to come between us!” Ruth 1:14-17 MSG

Ruth embraced God’s leading.

How does this happen that you should pick me out and treat me so kindly-me a foreigner? Boaz answered her, “I’ve heard all about you-heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of strangers. God will reward you for what you’ve done-and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you’ve come seeking protection under His wings.” Ruth 2:10-12 MSG

Ruth saw God’s favor in her life.

Everybody in town knows what a courageous woman you are-a real prize! You’re right, I am a close relative to you, but there is one even closer than I am.” Ruth 3:11&12 MSG

Ruth lived out her faith.

No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you lives squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dark cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.” Luke 11:33-36 MSG

How often do I lose my focus by wanting to please others, instead of God? Sometimes I get discouraged when things are not turning out like I think they should. But, these seemingly set backs might be what God is using to draw me closer to Himself. To strip away pride and reliance on myself. It seems like Ruth walked so closely with the Lord that she was not swayed to turn back, even from Naomi’s insistence. She did not say “Well, OK, you are probably right.” What is my life saying?  There have been times when I have wanted to  turn back to the comfortable and familiar. But, I think about how I would have missed out on the new thing that God was doing.  And what He was teaching me in the sometimes painful process.

Dear Father, I want to live my life so closely to you that I don’t give a second thought to following Your leading. Help me be a light to others. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

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Deuteronomy 14-16; Mark 13:14-37

I have said before that God’s timing is always perfect. Though it sometimes sounds cliché.  I don’t always believe it when I am in the midst of waiting. I can get that way about Jesus return. One day I will wonder what the world is coming too & ask Him to Come Quickly! Other days I think I need more time.

For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days….But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”Mark 13:19-27 ESV.

This is when I have to relinquish control.  After all, God knows. That should be enough.

But concerning that day of that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake-for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning-lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” Mark 13:32-37 ESV.

Am I abiding in His word? Staying alert? So that Satan does not DE-rail me from my purpose?

Dear Jesus, I want to be available to Your leading and whoever You bring into my path to tell about how You have changed my life. Help me to live every day anxiously awaiting your return. Knowing that the safest place I can be is in Your presence. I pray that I would stay open to how You want to work in my life, even when it is uncomfortable. Those are times when I am closest to You. Thank you that you desire no one to perish, but for everyone to know You.

Amy (amyctanner)

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Deuteronomy 8-10; Mark 12:28-44

Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way…” How often have I stepped off the path where He walks to lust after another, and how has fear frozen my love, heart, and soul from meeting God in the garden to strategize His plan for my day?

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant…” How many times have I been in need only to see the goodness of the Lord provide to the most minute detail and all that I didn’t even know to ask or think possible?

Deuteronomy 9:6-7 “God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. Remember!” It is because of another’s wickedness that God dispossesses them and then gives what they had to His people.  Why do I shout and wave the victory sign as if I had done some marvelous feat of courage or brave act of service to deserve His favor?

Deuteronomy 10:12 “…what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” What are the promises I’ve made to God that I’ve forgotten?  Has He forgotten all that I said…all that I vowed…all that I poured out, asking Him to take?

Maybe I’m mistaken; maybe God was really just speaking to Israel about some archaic relationship between Him and them.

Remember! Over two thousand years later, Jesus referenced Deuteronomy in speaking to the people of His day.  Mark 12:29 says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

God does not speak this way to everyone.  He only talks with His people, His children, His chosen about remembering.

Today I remember these things. I have seen His mighty works in my home, His unmerited favor on my job, the needed rest He gives to my mind and the healing He has performed in my body. I have memories of His correction and discipline.  I remember His sweet comfort.  I have seen the impossible become a done deal.

Today is not unlike any other. I will do like the Widow in Mark 12:44, who “put in all she had, her whole livelihood” because she remembered God’s goodness in her life.

Janet

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