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1 Kings 17-18; Psalm 119; Jude

The Lord said, “Go …”

Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”

So Elijah did as the Lord told him … (1 Kings 17:2-5a, NLT)

The Lord said, “Go …”

Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.”

10 So he went … (1 Kings 17:8-10a, NLT)

The ravens fed him. The widow’s flour and oil did not run out. But there’s more–the son’s revival, the fiery supernatural showdown, Elijah running free ahead of the promised rain.

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:45-46, NLT)

The things that happen when God says “Go,” and faith follows. A friend shared this statement as she witnessed a student’s follow on a calling, his proud mama commented, “It’s amazing what God can do when you get out of His way.”

Oh, Lord, haven’t I questioned and second-guessed? Even in obedience, my heart first felt anxious at the unknown. Don’t I know how faithful you are? Haven’t I witnessed firsthand the fulfillment of your promises?

Joyful are those who obey his laws
    and search for him with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil,
    and they walk only in his paths. (Psalm 119-2-3, NLT)

When you say, “Go,” I want to walk only on your path. I read through Psalm 119 and it calls to my heart. The testimony of God’s promises, and of delight in God and his word. The more time I spend with the Lord, the more I want of him. When the trials and challenges come, he is my comfort and strength.

Lord, I want to soak up your word more and more so that when you say “go,” that I would run fast and sure like Elijah. Thank you for your patience with me.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21; Romans 4

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. Romans 4:20-25, NLT.

Summer five yearsIMG_0893 ago, we were preparing to move. We were preparing to move to a house that God told us about. A year of waiting and wondering, it was about to become our “home sweet home.” That summer, my kids attended a local VBS. A craft that one of my girls made there is on my refrigerator, still, as a  reminder of God’s faithfulness, trustworthiness and sovereignty–delivered to me by the sweet hands of my child. But I don’t need a magnet to tell me of these things. His Word is full of promises kept, and our lives are full of them too.

I remember a summer cookout with friends. I was in the pool, and my youngest slid down the slide into my arms, where I caught her. Over and over again.

“Each time she slides down and you catch her, you are building up her trust in you,” a friend observed. I never thought of it that way.

When difficulties come, and they do, it helps to remember the times that God caught me. Or to remember the times God did what he said he’d do in his word–times recorded for our benefit and his glory.

Thank you, Lord. You are faithful, you are trustworthy, you are sovereign–and it means everything.

Courtney (66books365)

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Joshua 18-21, Psalm 15, Luke 18

“Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the LORD gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” Joshua 21:43-45

 

Despite the fussing and fighting, the disobedience and the defiance, somehow, someway, Israel was finally taking procession of the Promised Land. If you have read anything in the bible previous to this you would know that this was clearly a gift. Certainly not because of their own merit or good works or obedience but simply because the LORD had promised them. This was a fulfillment of the promise the Lord made to the nation of Israel, dating all the way back to Abraham nearly 400 years in the past. What an incredible feeling it must have been physically to be given the inheritance but even more so spiritually.

 

This reminds me that the Lord keeps his promises. There is nothing I could do or not do to make him fulfill the promises he has made to me. They are based entirely on his character and his power and his love for me. If the Lord kept his promise to the nation of Israel, even though it took 400 years, then all the other promises in His Word are also true.

  • The Lord promises he will never leave me nor forsake me.
  • The Lord promises the plans he has for me are good and not for disaster but to give me a hope and a future.
  • The Lord promises that I am at my strongest when I am weak
  • The Lord promises to supply all my needs according to his riches, which have been given to me in Christ.
  • The Lord promises that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love.

The fact that his promises are tried and true and unchanging simply blows my mind. I am a performer at heart and want to work hard for my God. But his promises are not based on my good works. Praise the Lord!

Lord, thank you a thousand times over that you are who you say you are and you will do what you say you will do. You have proven you are trustworthy and you fulfill your promises. May I be reminded daily of all you have done for me and see you how truly amazing you are! Amen.

Below is a clip from a ladies conference. These truths are rooted in the promises God has made to Christ followers.

 

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Deuteronomy 10-14, Psalm 5, Luke 8

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep commandments and statues of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?” 10:12-13

From the beginning the God’s plan has been all about love in fact, it’s the greatest love story ever told.  It’s not about following every command because we could never live up to his standards. It always was and always will be about loving him and having faith in his promises. The people of the Old Testament put their faith in the promise of Jesus. The people of the New Testament put their faith in the fulfillment of the promise. Either way, it was faith not the rules and regulations that earns salvation. The commandments were simply for their good; for our good! God knew it would all too easy for us to get distracted and turn from him. He knew it wouldn’t take much for us to turn our head to the right or to the left so he reminded us to purge the evil and meditate on his Word day and night.

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” 11:18-22

God’s Word should be at the forefront of our minds. Not just on Sundays at church or Wednesday night bible study but each and every morning, afternoon and evening. Every situation that comes up. To this day there are some who still have scriptures written over their doorposts as reminders. I look around my home and wonder if anyone would be able to tell what I believe in if they visited my home. Would it be obvious that I love the Lord? Are there things around my home that remind me and my children of the promise God made?

God’s command to love and serve him came with an incredible promise. We have the Creator of the universe’s promise of love and protection.

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. 12:28

I still have a hard time comprehending in my mind the amazing love my Lord has for me. That he would choose me…..it takes my breath away. God didn’t need me for any reason whatsoever but he chose me. I was hand chosen by God to believe.

 “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.” 10:14-15.

Thank you, Lord for choosing me to be called a child of God. Thank you that even though you didn’t need me, you wanted me. Lord, help to live everyday walking in your spirit and laying up your words in my heart.

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Genesis 9-11; Mark 4

I used to live in a house with an east/west exposure. In the summer, thunderstorms usually rolled in from the west and moved to the east.  After they passed, I would always go to our back door and wait expectantly for the sun to come back out because I knew I would be delighted by the sight of a rainbow as the dark clouds moved into the distance.  Sometimes the rainbows were faint, but other times they were bright and vibrant with color! One day I was driving home from work and I had to pull over because there was a double rainbow—one on top of the other.  Seriously, how can anyone look up in the sky and not become excited about seeing a beautiful rainbow?

After I became a believer, the sight of a rainbow took on a whole new meaning. I would look at it and think about God and how He made a covenant, a promise to all of humanity, to never again destroy the earth through flooding.  Genesis 9 says this:

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (emphasis mine) NIV

Did you catch that? Every time you look up and see a rainbow, God is looking down and seeing it as well!  God is remembering us as we remember Him.  Though we know God never forgets, how encouraging it is to think that a rainbow makes Him think of us and all of His creation and He remembers His promise!

In Mark 4, Jesus says:

23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

He says this as He is sharing several parables about hearing God’s Word (the seed and the soil, the growing seed). He wants us to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to us through God’s Word.  The bible is full of God’s promises to us (His seed)—He remembers every one of them even when we don’t.  What are we going to do when we hear them?  Are we going to let them be snatched by Satan (Mk 4:15) or let them take root deep in our souls (Mk 4:20,27)?  We need the deep roots–it is the only way we survive those floods that come into our life!  You see, God did not say He would never again send floods; He said He would never again destroy through floods.  I’ve had some floods in my life where I thought for sure I was going to drown.  It was only God’s promises that kept me going—His Word, His seed.   13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds...   His promises are for all of us.

Heavenly Father, no matter what is going on in my life, let me hold fast to your promises. I want to see a rainbow and know that you are thinking of me, I want to hear your Word and know you are speaking to me.  I want Your words to be roots that go deep–so deep that I will become unmovable in my trust in who You are and what You say—no matter what comes.  In Jesus name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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