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Deuteronomy 33,34; Psalm 119:145-176; Isaiah 60; Matthew 8

To the Leper: Without discrimination or hesitation: “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed,’” (Matthew 8:3). What are my biases, my prejudices? How many times have I withheld my hands from reaching out to strangers, the homeless, those who are needy? Where did I rationalize caution when obedience would have best mirrored Christ?

To the Centurion:  Without hesitation or stipulation: “And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him,’” (Matthew 8:7). How have routine and self-imposed obligations built a wall of separation from the immediacy outside of my world? How often have I held back from offering a hand and depended on the prompt responses of others to do what I would not?

To King David: Without fear of rejection and with assurance of God’s covenantal love and His just nature, David calls out: “Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice,” (Psalm 119:149). When was the last time that I praised God for His lovingkindness and supported His acts of justice? How often do I seek Him with confidence that He has loving thoughts toward me?

To Moses: Without complaint or argument: “So Moses the servant of the Lord died there…by the mouth of Hashem,” (Deut 34:5, 6). The mouth of Hashem has been interpreted as the Divine Kiss. How is it that I continue to wrestle with the sting of death instead of the joy of my salvation? Do I long to see Christ face to face only to ask about earthly matters?

After a self-examination, I am tempted to sink to the ground in despair. I still know what it feels like to sin. I have heard it said God looks down at me and sees me dipped in the cleansing blood of Christ. However, in my human nature, I do not feel perfect or holy. Yet, I will be perfect in holiness one day – not because I finally get it right or because I have stored up enough good deeds to outweigh the sins that will burn before my eyes (and the Lord’s eyes!). Rather, I will be changed from this woman struggling to fight the good fight into the beloved bride of Christ by the same resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead.

To Me/to all His beloved: “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you,” (Isaiah 60:1). Without doubt and with a contented sigh, take a deep breath: Deut 33:26, 27 says, “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms…”

I confess that I need God to be the Divine Warrior who is always ready to be my protector, even though I may start the fight. I need Him to be a place where I can run when my poor decisions or unintentional mistakes cause chaos and distress to chase after me. I need the assurance of God’s strong arm that delivers me with love and with power when I am least able to defend myself. Nothing can compare to the way God shows Himself to His beloved.

Janet (jansuwilkinson)

All Scripture quoted from The Nelson Study Bible, New King James Version, Trinity Fellowship Church 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, 2002.

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Psalm 17, Psalm 19, John 9:24-41

Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. John 9:31

 Read at – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ps%2017,19;%20John%209:24-41&version=NKJV

 The Amazing Goodness of the LORD.

         I am grateful and honored to be a worshipper of the Lord God Almighty (1). Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done on my behalf by His Atonement for my sins (2), God is Immeasurably Good to me and to those I bring before Him (3). I depend upon the Lord Jesus Christ for my sustenance in every area and these verses explain why.  Oh, What Joy!

 Psalm 19       The heavens declare the glory of God; … shows His handiwork, …  utters speech, … reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

            God communicates to me bountifully! In speech, sound, and sight! I cannot escape from Nature’s witness! (4)   

            God’s explicit Word communicates to me, converting my soul, changing me, making me wise, rejoicing my heart, enlightening my eyes, having me desire God’s Word ever increasingly, warning me, ensuring His rewards, cleansing me from secret faults and from presumptuous sins from ruling over me by Lord Jesus’ Word convicting me of my sin and my repenting. (Psalm 51)  

            Because of God’s Good Pleasure for me, I desire to have “the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 37:4)

Psalm 17                 Because You, Lord God declare me to be Your Own (1), I seek You continuously to bring “a just cause”, the deep cry of pain from my heart for a family member in sin, for You to set them free soon in the best manner glorifying to You. I know You hear me because “my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.” (5)

               I implore You to “Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip” so that I may follow closely You, Lord Jesus, to be with You all the time and bring others closer to You.  

               When I am to be around people who “have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly”, I hide in Your Presence praying “save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.

                I ask You Lord toDeliver my life from the wicked with Your sword”, the Word of God by the Holy Spirit. (6)

                 Because of “the Word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer” ,“my vindication comes from Your presence” so I REJOICE in this Glimpse of Heaven: I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”

John 9:24-41            “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” Speaking of Jesus Christ.

             Tangible proof! (8) The Reason for my Eternal Life.One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.Jesus gave sight to a blind man.

             After testifying that Jesus was from God, Jesus “found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” The blind man answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?

               And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”   Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

            That is me! Jesus has opened my blind heart, mind and eyes!! Jesus set me free from my depravity and deceptions, and is still working on me. The Lord Jesus Christ brought me into His Marvelous Light and gave me sight! (9)  I choose to Worship the Lord Jesus Christ! (10) 

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”

Some people who thought they were right by their own design asked Jesus, “Are we blind also?

              Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.  (7)

                 … Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus…  2 Timothy 1:9

            His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 

1- John 4:23-26, John 1:1-3, 12-14, 29, John 3:3-8, 15-21, 1 John 3:1, 1 Peter 1:23, Ezekiel 36:25-27, Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 51, John 15, John 15:5-11  

2- Matthew 26:28, Luke 23:38-47, John 19:30, Hebrews 9:22, Romans 3:21-26, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 9

3- 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, 1 Peter 2:9, Romans 1:16, Joel 2:27-29

4- Romans 1:19-20, Genesis 1, Job 38:1-42:6

5- Matthew 6:9-10, Psalm 84:10

6- Ephesians 6:17-18, Hebrews 4:12-13

7- Romans 3:22-24, John 8:24, 1 John 1:5-10, Romans 2:5-11 

8- Hebrews 7:24-25, Luke 24, Matthew 28

9- John 1:4-5,9, John 8:12, John 12:46, 1 Peter 2:9, John 3:18-21, John 14:1

10 – Exodus 34:14, Genesis 22:5, Hebrews 11:21, John 4:23-26, Revelation 15:4

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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2 Samuel 14; 2 Corinthians 7; Ezekiel 21; Psalm 68

Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.  Psalm 68:20

One of the things I’m enjoying about participating in this blog is the bi-weekly search for a topic.  It is the best motivation I have to carefully consider every verse of the day’s reading selection.  I’m finding I tend to notice things that ordinarily would not capture my attention.  Psalm 68:20 is a perfect example.

When I consider the whisper of understanding I have of the enormity of God’s holiness, when I consider how high above mankind He is, when I think about how He gave us life and we, from the very beginning, chose to rebel rather than serve Him in humbly obedient gratitude, I’m amazed that He did immediately erase Adam from existence.  When I read about generation after generation of His chosen people turning from Him to any other god they could conjure, I’m amazed He never rescinded His plans for them.  When I see how most people Jesus encountered abused His love and grace and eventually His body, I’m amazed He never summoned His cloud of ascension to abandon us long before the cross.  When I see that even now, long after my salvation, I rarely if ever make it through a day without going 0-10 on keeping the ten commandments, I’m amazed He didn’t allow my heart to harden to stone before I could turn to Him in faith, or that He hasn’t disciplined me on a daily basis since.

I’m amazed at so many things He has and hasn’t done.  As I argued in my inaugural post this year, God was under no obligation to give us the Bible, but He did.  He isn’t required to answer prayers, but He does.  There’s no earthly reason why He should remove the scales of blindness from the eyes of our hearts, but He has and He does and He will until every last one of His elect have turned to Him.

I wonder how any of this can be, but the simple answer is that our God is a God of salvation.  It is in His nature to save.  It’s what He does because it is who He is.

Dear Lord, You are not just the Lord of life, but the Lord of deliverances from death.  On my own, I could never have imagined You to be even the slightest fraction of the God You truly are.  No one could ever have summoned the audacity to invent the description of You that You provide us in your Word.  I praise you for being the Great Saving God that You are!  Amen.

Michael (mmattix)

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Judges 7; Acts 11; Jeremiah 20; Mark 6

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”  He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.    Mark 6:4-6

 Jesus was amazed.  I am too.  Then again, not really.  Prophets were not appreciated by those who knew them best because those who knew them best were most familiar with them.  Short of death, familiarity might just be the most vile ‘gift’ we inherit courtesy of the fall.  It turns the extraordinary into the ordinary, the rare into the everyday, the special into the common.  It causes boredom and discontentment.  It is the source of so much contempt.  It makes the grass perpetually greener wherever you are NOT.  Its source can’t possibly be anything other than Satan himself.

Prophets weren’t born spouting prophecy.  They were born and grew up within families, among friends, and surrounded by a community of neighbors.  All of them first knew the prophet as an ordinary Jew for a long period of time before God gave the person in question His prophetic call.  By then, familiarity had set in within the family and community, and their ability to comprehend their family member / friend / neighbor’s new status was hopelessly compromised.

Jesus was of course more than a prophet.  He was the long promised Messiah, and He didn’t mind announcing it in ways unmistakable to Jewish ears.  Not only were His siblings and neighbors battling familiarity, they were also battling their misconceptions about the nature of their God.  As much as they may have believed that His thoughts were higher than their thoughts and His ways were higher than their ways, they never considered that maybe, just maybe, this One God revealed to them through Moses and the prophets was more complex in His internal nature (i.e. the Trinity) than can be comprehended by fallen human minds.  Their assumptions concerning God didn’t include His possible incarnation as a man, a Jewish Rabbi, hailing from a backwater region such as Galilee.  If the promised Messiah was really going to be God in human flesh, then it would most certainly be the flesh of a great conquering warrior king in the mold of David.

Familiarity.  False, unsupported assumptions about God, His nature, or His plans.  Either can play havoc with our ability to perceive truth.  Combined, they caused people privileged to spend many years living their lives with God incarnate to be thoroughly blinded to the Light of the World walking among them.

Dear God, please show me all the blessings You’ve given me that I’m blinded to because of the curse of familiarity, and give me the capacity to appreciate them as fully as they deserve.  Even more importantly, please destroy every assumption I have of You that does not come from Your own revelation provided in scripture.  Please let me always see You for who You truly are. Lord, open my eyes that I may see!  Amen.

Michael  (mmattix)

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