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Joshua 22-24; Mark 9; Psalms 44;47

“Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now.  “For the Lord has driven out great and powerful nations for you, and no one has yet been able to defeat you.  Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised.” Joshua 23:9-10 NLT

I am reading a book by Max Lucado called, Glory Days.  It is about Joshua.  This is his response to Joshua 23:9&10…”Don’t you love that image? One man of you shall chase a thousand.  I envision a single Hebrew soldier with drawn sword racing after am entire battalion of enemies.  He is outnumbered a thousand to one, but since God fights for him, they scatter like scared pigeons.  I picture the same for you.  The Amorites of your life-fears, dread, hatred, and hurt-come at you like a legion of hoodlums.  Yet rather than run away, you turn and face them. You unsheathe the promise of God’s word and defy the enemies of God’s cause.”  And than he says this, “Did you know that God is fighting for you?”  Wow, how different would I live if I truly remembered that.  And prayed like that.  Jesus fights for me. Just like he fought for the little boy with the evil spirit inside him…

Jesus said to them, “You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought the boy.  But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.  “How long has this been happening?” Jesus asked the boy’s father.  He replied, “Since he was a little boy.  The spirit often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him.  Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”   “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” ” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:19-24 NLT

What areas do I still need healing in that I am not believing God for?  What lies from Satan am I still listening to?

“You drove out the pagan nations by your power and gave all the land to our ancestors.  You crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free.  They did not conquer the land with swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.  It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them.”  Psalms 44:2&3 NLT

Dear Father, thank you for how much you love me.  Thank you that you give me the power to defeat my enemies.  Sometimes it is my own self-doubt and insecurity that defeats me before I even start.  I claim your promises over my life.  Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

 

 

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Exodus 11,12:21; Luke 14; Job 29; 1 Cor.15

Those were the days when I went into the city gate and took my place among the honored leaders. The young stepped aside when they saw me, and even the aged rose in respect at my coming. The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths. The highest officials of the city stood quietly, holding their tongues in respect. “All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me. For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help. I helped those without hope, and they blessed me. And I caused the widows’ hearts to sing for joy…When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them” Job 29:7-13, 24 NLT

Job is yearning for the past. When he was esteemed and honored my his peers. As I read through these verses, I keeping seeing the word ‘I.’ “I did this”, “I did that”….I think about how many times  I can be forgetful, like Job. And my heart is filled with pride. I fail to remember that I can’t do anything in my own strength. It is God who is with me and He gets the glory for every good thing in my life. Looking back at God’s faithfulness is good for my soul, it can spur me forward and give me the encouragement to press on. But, sometimes if I stay in the past, I get stuck and it hinders me from living my life in the present. I miss out on the blessings that he has for me right now.

But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me-and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 NLT

Recently I was asked to paint words of remembrance of someone who died. I didn’t know them, but I was told that it would mean a lot to the family. I thanked God for allowing me to use my talents in that way.The verse that I painted spoke hope into my life. I knew that I couldn’t take the credit, because it ministered to me as well. God is continually showing me that he sees me and that is enough.

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 NLT

Dear Father, Please forgive me for my pride. Help me to remember that everything I have comes from you. I pray that I would steward my life well and not waste the gifts you have given me. I pray that I would use them for your glory. Amen.

Amy (amyctanner)

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT

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Genesis 26-27; Mark 10

It’s a paraphrase, for sure.

The little children come running up to Jesus and want to hang out with him. Jesus blesses them.

***

The rich man sees Jesus and asks, “What can I do?” And Jesus says, “A, B, C, D.”

“Yeah,” the rich man says. “Did that.” He waits.

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21, NLT.

Maybe a moment passes.

Then rich man walks away sad, because he can’t do that.

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The blind begging man calls out for mercy.

51 What do you want me to do for you? Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10:51-52, NLT.

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Jesus tells the disciples that everything is possible with God.

Lord, I don’t even think I’m aware of it: how often I try-try-try and do-do-do. Could I get eternal life in my own good behavior? Could I restore my own vision? How often do I sit in the muck of circumstance asking, “What can I do?” I’m learning more and more to run to you and hang out with you. Even when the circumstances seem unchanged, I can be changed (blessed!) just in the time I spend with you. How is it that I know and I forget at the same time that everything is possible with you?

The salvation of a soul.

The restoration of sight.

Everything.

Courtney (66books365)

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Jeremiah 11-13; 2 Corinthians 12

A turning back to old ways.

Idols. Wrath. Correction. Rejection.

Old Testament–Jeremiah.

Again the Lord spoke to me and said, “I have discovered a conspiracy against me among the people of Judah and Jerusalem. 10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors. They have refused to listen to me and are worshiping other gods. Israel and Judah have both broken the covenant I made with their ancestors. Jeremiah 11:9-10, NLT.

New Testament–2 Corinthians. Paul warns about what he fears he’ll find.

20 For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior. 2 Corinthians 12:20, NLT.

A turning back to old ways.

What are my old ways? What has been hard-wired into my heart–unforgiveness, grudge … pride, chocolate?

Lord, it’s only by your power that this heart will change. When my first response takes me back to old ways, your whisper says, “Forgiveness, grace … humility, self-control.”

Paul speaks of weakness and of strength, and I try to understand it.

“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10, NLT.

Why do I not rely on Your power more?

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
you make righteous judgments,
    and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets.
Let me see your vengeance against them,
    for I have committed my cause to you. Jeremiah 11:20, NLT

Lord, I commit my cause to you–the heartaches, the relationships, the weaknesses … I lay these things down at your feet.

Courtney (66books365)

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Hosea 1-3; Matthew 16

Five years ago I sat in a parking lot outside of a grocery store asking God a lot of questions. The answer I got was this:

15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15, NLT.

I realize it’s a question I should be asking myself every day, in every circumstance. The answer will reveal the condition of my faith.

I read that old post through the lens of after and immediately wanted to cry. A lot has changed in five years. And still, who do I say He is? My God is still the same: almighty, faithful, loving, forgiving, jealous, powerful, just, and so much more.

14 “But then I will win her back once again.
    I will lead her into the desert
    and speak tenderly to her there.
15 I will return her vineyards to her
    and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.
She will give herself to me there,
    as she did long ago when she was young,
    when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
16 When that day comes,” says the Lord,
    “you will call me ‘my husband’
    instead of ‘my master.’
17 O Israel, I will wipe the many names of Baal from your lips,
    and you will never mention them again.
18 On that day I will make a covenant
    with all the wild animals and the birds of the sky
and the animals that scurry along the ground
    so they will not harm you.
I will remove all weapons of war from the land,
    all swords and bows,
so you can live unafraid
    in peace and safety.
19 I will make you my wife forever,
    showing you righteousness and justice,
    unfailing love and compassion.
20 I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
    and you will finally know me as the Lord. Hosea 2:14-20, NLT

Lord, thank you for loving me.

Courtney (66books365)

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Amos 1-3; Matthew 13

58 And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58, NLT

I used to manage a team that provided hospitality at our church. A team member would provide a meal for up to twenty people. When I was scheduled to cook, I’d brace myself at the grocery check out as I purchased my household’s weekly food and the additional foods for the big meal. My bill always came in under what I’d spend on just my family of four.

I’ve had some rough spots with some relationships. Sometimes I felt like my efforts were getting me nowhere closer to reconciliation. I don’t know if it was in frustration or defeat, but I remember several occasions where I’d said to the Lord, “God, if you want me to not give up here, you’re going to have to do something.” And He always did, in a big way.

We recently had a family over for dinner. They moved away from our area about two years ago when the husband accepted a job. But they were back in town visiting friends as they prepared to move again–this time out of the country for two years to be missionaries. The details of their story were falling into place so quickly that I think they were trying to keep up.

Jesus goes back to Nazareth.

54 He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” 55 Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56 All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” 57 And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” Matthew 54-57, NLT.

At first, everyone was amazed. Then they scoffed.

How many times have I been amazed at what God has done in my life, but then go back to thinking within in my own power? Why do I not constantly live in amazement of God, but let my hope and faith get dulled by rationalization and limitation?

When Jesus talks to the disciples about the kingdom of heaven, I want my heart’s response to be like the man who finds the treasure in the field–he knows the riches in that treasure are more than he’s got, and he sells everything he owns to buy the field.

Lord, I’m looking for you today. Instead of getting bogged down with what is wrong, I’m looking for you and what is right. I’m believing in you.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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1 Samuel 18-19; 1 Chronicles 3; Psalm 59; Acts 13

Saul with a jealous eye. Saul with a tormenting spirit. Saul with a spear to throw.

This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.

10 The very next day a tormenting spirit from God overwhelmed Saul, and he began to rave in his house like a madman. David was playing the harp, as he did each day. But Saul had a spear in his hand, 11 and he suddenly hurled it at David, intending to pin him to the wall. But David escaped him twice.

12 Saul was then afraid of David, for the Lord was with David and had turned away from Saul. 1 Samuel 18:8-12, NLT.

David plays a harp, fights the battles, marries into Saul’s family–all the while, the target of hate.

24 When Saul’s men reported this back to the king, 25 he told them, “Tell David that all I want for the bride price is 100 Philistine foreskins! Vengeance on my enemies is all I really want.” But what Saul had in mind was that David would be killed in the fight. 1 Samuel 18:24-25, NLT.

Oh, the honesty. Michal intervenes to save David’s life. Saul’s response?

17 “Why have you betrayed me like this and let my enemy escape?” Saul demanded of Michal. 1 Samuel 19:17, NLT.

From that time on … truly Saul kept his eye on David with a single track focus of jealousy, hate, and vengeance–to the death. Insecurity and jealousy, anger and fear–they embed in a heart with a tenacious grip. These things contributed to Saul’s own destruction, though his emotions were directed at David. Is it that negativity towards another really destroys us in the end?

Psalm 59, a psalm of David (about Saul sending troops to David’s house to kill him):

You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
    He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies. Psalm 59:9-12, NLT

Lord, when I find myself the target of verbal spears, be my shield. When my own insecurities put pressure on my heart, be my strength. In your unfailing love, my God, stand with me.

Courtney (66books365)

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