THRIVE: Wrap it up and get ready for what is yet to come!


Are you ready? What have you been called to do? What are you supposed to get done? What is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that the best is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that Jesus is coming back? Are you aware that there is more to do? Are you ready to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to take the time? Are you prepared to make the time? Are you ready to get it done? Let’s be ready to give an answer for the reason for the hope that is within us!

Let’s get read up! Let’s get trained up! Let’s get filled up! Let’s wrap it up!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ‘

Psalm 103:2

Let’s remember the benefits! Let’s remember how He forgives all our iniquity! Let’s remember how He heals all our diseases! Let’s remember how He redeems our life from the pit! Let’s remember how He crowns us with steadfast love and mercy! Let’s remember how He satisfies us with good so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 17


Where are you today? Are you ready to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength? Are you ready to wait for God’s wisdom and direction? Are you ready to begin your journey today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you!

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Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

Just because you can does that mean you should?


So you have an ability, what is the determining factor behind if you should use it or not? You have the ability, what makes you decide to use or not use it? Do you base it on if it is beneficial or not? Does it have to be beneficial to you or more than just yourself? Does it have to be profitable for you to consider doing what you can or are able? Let’s consider some verses from God’s Word like:

‘Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. ‘

1 Corinthians 6:12

So just because something is permissible or lawful, does that mean you should do it? Won’t you way the benefits? Just because something is permissible or lawful, don’t let it control, manipulate, or even enslave you to do something you shouldn’t. Consider if it is expedient and helpful! Shouldn’t what we do be expedient and helpful? If it isn’t expedient and it isn’t helpful and you could do it then doesn’t that mean you shouldn’t. If it isn’t something that will be useful then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. So if we go back to the reality that everything is permissible and all things are possible then we need wisdom and discernment to make sure that we only do what things are for good.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 9th


All Things Are Possible


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”’

Luke 18:27

So considering what is in front of us and how if we invite God into the situation then all things are possible, let’s consider the context of Jesus’s words in today’s verse and try to get more details using the Amplified version.

‘A certain ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher [You who are essentially and morally good], what shall I do to inherit eternal life [that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is [essentially and morally] good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not testify falsely, Honor your father and your mother.’ ” He replied, “I have kept all these things from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “You still lack one thing; sell everything that you have and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have [abundant] treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me [becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk].” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus looked at him and said, “How difficult it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth or status] to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “ Then who can be saved?” But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God. Peter said, “Look, we have left all [things—homes, families, businesses] and followed You.” And He said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.” Then taking the twelve [disciples] aside, He said to them, “Listen carefully: we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that have been written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled and completed. He will be betrayed and handed over to the Gentiles (Roman authorities), and will be mocked and ridiculed and insulted and abused and spit on, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise [from the dead].” But the disciples understood none of these things [about the approaching death and resurrection of Jesus]. This statement was hidden from them, and they did not grasp the [meaning of the] things that were said [by Jesus]. ‘

Luke 18:18-34

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What is most important to you?
  • Are you more interested in stuff than in a loving and intimate relationship with God?
  • Are you more interested in possessing thing than experiencing God’s love?
  • Do you realize that you have to stop holding onto things so tightly in order to get better things into your hands?
  • Do you realize that God’s ways are better than our ways?
  • Do you realize that God’s ways are higher than our ways?
  • Are you ready to go it God’s ways?
  • Today’s verse points to how hard it is for rich people to enter into the Kingdom of God.
  • Jesus’s words raised concerns to the disciples because when they considered how to finance the ministry it would require funding and if the rich are the ones to make it happen how would it or could it be? It might seem impossible.
  • We see in John 18:26 how it even caused them to wonder who can be saved then.
  • Jesus knew their thoughts and their minds and redirected the conversation.
  • It requires a changed heart!
  • God is in the heart changing business!
  • Remeber how we are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous and then He will take care of the rest?
  • We need to realize what matters most and we learn through Jesus that “wealth or poverty, health or sickness, academic brilliance or down-home simplicity” aren’t what matters!
  • We learn how all of these things can be roadblocks to a relationship with God and receiving and accepting His love!
  • We learn how all of these things can be roadblocks to trusting God!
  • But, a roadblock for people isn’t a roadblock for God!
  • With God all things are possible!
  • God can overcome the obstacles and roadblocks!
  • Are you hearing what Jesus has to say today?
  • Are you looking at the person or people you have been praying for without detectable movement and wondering what can be done?
  • Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Trust in God in whom all things are possible!
  • No matter the resistance you have experienced, don’t give up but instead give it up to God!
  • No matter the ignoring of your offers, don’t give up but instead give it up to God!
  • Don’t stop believing!
  • Nothing is impossible with God!
  • Keep praying and keep watching for God’s handywork in that person’s life!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Is there someone in your life who seems to be impossible?
  • What is Jesus saying to you about what’s possible with God?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I’m so optimistic I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sause with me.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you trying to determine what is and isn’t permitted? Are you trying to figure out what is possible vs impossible? Are you ready to invite Jesus into the situation and start a relationship with Him that will open the doors to limitless possibilities? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Forget not His Benefits!


As I awoke and lied in bed praying this morning, the words spoken to me on Friday started to ring in my head. The words that I have someone looking out for me. The words followed by how they wished they had someone looking out for them. I realized that they were thinking of people but I received it as having my God and my savior Jesus Christ. In the midst of the troubles, I had Jesus with me, not out there somewhere but Emmanuel, God with me. In the midst of the trials, I could find hope and joy because of the joy of the Lord is my strength. I am not alone! God is with me! He will never leave me! He will never forsake me! He will never abandon me! In the midst of trials, He reminds me to consider it pure joy because of the process it is working into and through my life. I can consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds because I know that the testing of my faith produces perseverance. I can consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds because I also know that when I let perseverance finish its work I will be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So I started this morning to pray for time and opportunity to share this hope that is within me with him. I pray that the door will open to allow him to realize the truth of his words but the reality of my God and how he has the choice too also accept and receive Jesus into His heart and life too. He has the choice to never have to go through life alone again too.

Do you realize the benefits of God? Do you realize the benefits of receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you realize the benefits of the Word of God? Do you realize the benefits of the Father’s love? Do you realize the benefits of the Holy Spirit living in you as your comforter and your guide? Do you realize the benefits? Do you realize how much they outweigh the alternatives?

Let’s meditate on this as we read the Amplified translation of Psalm 103:


‘ BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits– Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! [Isa. 40:31.] The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. [James 5:11.] He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge. He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe]. For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more. But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children–[Deut. 10:12.] To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts]. The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all. Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word. Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!’

Psalm 103:1-22

The benefits are too numerous for us to be able to count. We can grasp more as we reflect on Psalm 23 too:

‘ THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. [Rev. 7:17.] He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over. Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.’

— Psalm 23:1-6

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They say that hindsight is 2020. As I reflect on the storms, the troubles, the trials that have taken place in 2020, I also focus on God who is before me, never leaving me nor abandoning me, who gives me favor, who loves me, he loves me so much that He gave His one and only Son so that I could believe in Him and not perish but find everlasting life. The biggest lesson of 2020 has been revealed to me because I didn’t stop turning to God in the midst of it all and like Job, I can feel the joy refilling my spirit thanks to God!

The 49 week challenge Day 327

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 327 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD–THE BIBLE:

My Notes:

  • ‘A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.’
    — Revelation 12:1-17
  • ‘Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord , and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord , who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here. “ ‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day. “ ‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”’
    — Zechariah 3:1-10
  • ‘Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” “Very well,” he replied. So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. When Joseph arrived at Shechem, a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him. Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.’
    — Genesis 37:1-36

As day 327 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Is the stress you are feeling related to trying to go it alone?


Is it because you are trying to go it alone? Is it because you think you have to do it alone? Is it because you think you are alone?

Do you realize there are others who can help carry the load? Do you realize that there are others who are willing and able to share the load with you? Do you realize that you don’t have to be a one-man show?

Is your busy schedule causing you to fall into the trap of self-pity? Is the pressures of your life that are causing you to fall into the self-pity trap?

Are you willing and ready for an encounter with God about everything that is going on? What if God we’re to go beyond just an encounter and bring along some encouragement? Are you will and able to invite God I to your situation and then to hear and listen and to trust what He has to say? What if it were right in the middle of it all? Would you be willing to stop in order to hear o Him.would you be willing to set time aside and find a quiet place where you can hear from Him and get filled with His wisdom and encouragement and direction and instruction and inspiration?

Remember how the devil plays. Remember the devil’s plan. He is a liar. He is a murderer. John 8:44 tells us

He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

God’s Word shares the devil’s plan is “to steal and kill and destroy”. Jesus came that “we could have life and more abundantly, to the full, and satisfying.” So don’t be fooled or tricked by the devil in the midst of everything going on. It may not be easy and our response may cause others to wonder what is so different about us and so we will get to be Jesus with skin on when we consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds and when we face troubles and take hear because Jesus has overcome the world.

Take time to stop and turn back to God in the midst of it all. Allow Him to to intervene and intercede on your behalf. Consider His plans and purposes for your life and pursue those. Consider the helpmates God has provided you. We are not alone. There is a difference between isolation and being alone. With COVID-19 there are many who are isolated at home. But we are all in this together, so we don’t have to go it alone or fell all alone, because just like Elijah as he was isolated because of the leaders (Ahab and Jezebel) we see how an encounter with God can bring encouragement that we are not alone.

“There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.””

1 Kings 19:9-18

Hindsight is 2020. With the blur in front of us how will we choose to find clarity of vision? We need an encounter with Jesus where He is able to encourage us with truth, wisdom, and direction that we can use to move forward with confidence and clarity.

Don’t allow yourself to make up stories in these times when you start to believe or think you are the only one who care or is working hard.

Remember that there are others who are ready and willing and able to help, to do it, and to share the load. Make the decision to let others be a part. Let others do their part. Let others take a shot, make their shot, and learn from their shot.

Turn to God so that He can let you know you are doing too much. Ask Him when He gives you that wisdom to also share, reveal, or show others who can come alongside and help.

Useful…


Do you know how to be useful? Do you want to be useful? Would you volunteer to be useful?

use·ful [ˈyo͞osfəl]
ADJECTIVE
  1. able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways:
    “aspirin is useful for headaches”
    synonyms: functional · practical · handy · convenient · utilitarian · serviceable · of use · of service · beneficial · advantageous · helpful · worthwhile · profitable · rewarding · productive · constructive · valuable · fruitful

Now that we know what it means, do you know how to be useful? How about useful for God? Do you realize that you don’t have to be proud, boastful, or rude? Do you realize you can be quietly spoken, modest and deeply spiritual?

Do you realize what is needed or necessary? Let’s consider what is said from today’s reading:

20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

–from 2 Timothy 2:20-21

Put another way in the MSG version, it says “Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing“.

Let’s be Jesus’ hands reaching, helping up, handing out. Let’s be Jesus’ arms embracing and comforting! Let’s be sensitive the prompting of the Spirit in every situation so that we can be used for God’s purpose at a moment’s notice! So let’s dedicate our lives to God and to His purpose and to His service!


Twenty-Five Ways to Be Useful to God

Day 296: Bible In One Year 2017

Proverbs 25:21-26:2 (1-8), 2 Timothy 2:1-26 (9-21), Jeremiah 49:7-50:10 (22-25)

  1. Love your enemy
  2. Watch your tongue
  3. Avoid quarrelling
  4. Bring good news
  5. Stand your ground
  6. Do not seek honour
  7. Be self-controlled
  8. Don’t worry about what others say
  9. Pass it on
  10. Endure hardship
  11. Avoid distractions
  12. Keep to the rules
  13. Work hard
  14. Meditate on God’s words
  15. Focus on Jesus
  16. Correctly handle God’s word
  17. Turn away from evil
  18. Be a peacemaker
  19. Be kind to everyone
  20. Learn to teach
  21. Don’t be resentful
  22. Hear the word of the Lord
  23. Allow God to speak through you
  24. Walk closely with the Lord
  25. Find rest in the Lord

Today’s Reading from God’s Word:

 

 

Do you need a change? Is it on the inside or the outside?


Do you know what it will take? Do you know what to do? Do you know where to turn? Do you realize the benefits it has?

Have you already made the decision and started moving forward in change? Has it been a mental change? Has it been a physical change? Has it been a heart change? Has it been a spiritual change?

As I ponder these questions, I am so glad that I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior because when I made that decision, I was transformed. I know spiritually I had begun the transformation from the inside out. As I ponder these questions and with knowing through God’s Word that my body is the temple for the Holy Spirit, I am considering what can I do to help make the outside better too. I have purchased workout equipment which probably a good start. I am now considering diet, and how I eat to help as well.

I know that because of the big decision to receive Jesus, it has impacted my life for eternity. I am now considering best ways to live a longer and healthier life to be able to be around for the next generations where not only can I share the importance of living with and for God but also living and eating well. I want to see them grow up and develop into all that God has purposed and planned for each of their lives. Time goes by so fast and so I need to make time to do what is right and make sure to stay on track for all the things God has planned and purposed for my life too.

Will you allow God to radiate in your life to the point where your life will point others to God and to believe in Him? Will you allow God to work in and through your life so that when others see your good works they will praise your Father in heaven?

When someone looks into your eyes, what do they learn? When you look into the eyes of others, what do you learn? Ever heard that the eyes are the window to the soul? Ever considered that windows tell a story based on what you can see? Consider windows you can look in through and see the beauty, the love, the hope. Consider tinted windows where you can’t see anything but darkness or maybe a reflection of yourself. Consider windows that do the screening so that they tell one story without actually knowing what is on the inside, you might be able to get close enough to look through the dots and see in, but from a distance you only case see what it was designed to say. When people take a look into your eyes what do they see? When you look through your eyes how do you see? Is your vision keeping you from seeing others as God does? Are you allowing God glasses to help you see the people He has brought into your life in the way He does so that you can see, hear, understand, and respond like you should?

So what does your face and your eyes say to the world around you?

What does the Bible say about faces and eyes?


How to Have a Spiritual Facelift

Day 242: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. God’s face … Psalm 104:19-30
  2. Our faces … 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
  3. God’s eyes … 2 Chronicles 35:20-36:23

Today’s reading from God’s Word…

  • Psalms 104:19-30
  • 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
    • 7The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 10In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!
      12Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.
      16But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

  • 2 Chronicles 35:20-27
  • 2 Chronicles 36

Who do you watch to help get better?


Wanting to continuously improve, where do you turn? Who do you turn to? What do you learn?How does it change your life? How does it impact your children’s life? How does it impact the people around you? Who is a good example you are trying to live like? Who is watching you as an example and what are they learning watching you? Are you a good example? Are you demonstrating purity, faithfulness, and dedication? Are they seeing Jesus in you? Are they seeing Jesus through you?

Through Jesus we have received freedom! Although all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial, so we need to make sure the things we do is a good example to the people around us! Although we can do anything, not everything is good! We don’t want to cause others to stumble but rather we want to lead by example so that God receives all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Don’t live a life that is selfish in order that others will see your life and praise our Father in Heaven and receive Jesus and be saved.

So is there something that we need to do or change to make sure we are a good example to those God has placed into our lives?


How to Raise Your Game

Day 228: Bible in One Year 2017

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3420-bible-in-one-year-2017/day/228

  1. Example of your life … Proverbs 20:5-14

  2. Example of Paul … 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1

  3. Example of leaders … 2 Chronicles 5:2-7:10


Take a read of today’s devotional and make sure to read from God’s Word in your preferred translations.


Hope! Do you know where to go to get some?


Where are you looking? Where are you going? What are you trying to find? What do you think it looks like? How will you know when you have found it? How will you know when you have arrived?

Do you know that hope is? Doing a search online shows…

hope
[hōp]

NOUN

  1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen:
    “he looked through her belongings in the hope of coming across some information” ·

    [more]
    synonyms: aspiration · desire · wish · expectation · ambition · aim ·

    [more]
  2. archaic
    a feeling of trust.

VERB

  1. want something to happen or be the case:
    “he’s hoping for an offer of compensation” ·

    [more]
    synonyms: expect · anticipate · look for · be hopeful of ·

    [more]
Powered by Oxford Dictionaries · © Oxford University Press · Translation by Bing Translator

But is that the hope the Bible speaks of? Checking, we find…

To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.

from http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/hope/

A\nother resources puts the Bible’s meaning this way…

“a strong and confident expectation.”

from https://bible.org/article/hope

Not a wishy washy thought, but a strong and confident expectation for what is yet to come!

Hope isn’t to be wishful thinking, it is to be confident expectations!

Where does your hope come from? My hope comes from God! In Him I can trust! In Him I can depend! In Him I am confident!

So if you don’t have hope in God? Do you have hope in something that will get you through the storms of life? Do you have hope in something beyond today? Where does your hope come from?

Turn to God! He is loving! He is trustworthy! He is faithful!

Why not start today by inviting Jesus into your life and be transformed forever?


Today’s reading begins in Isaiah…

Sign of Nakedness

1In the year that the Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, 2at that time Adonai spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz saying, “Go, remove the sackcloth from your loins and your sandals from your feet.” So he did so, walking naked and barefoot. 3Then Adonai said: “Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years, as a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, 4so will the king of Assyria lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to Egypt’s shame. 5So they will be dismayed and ashamed, because they hoped in Ethiopia and boasted in Egypt. 6Then the inhabitants of the coastland will say in that day, ‘Look, such is our hope—there we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! Now, how will we escape?’”

–from Isaiah 20

Do you see what is going on? Are you paying attention to what is going one? Do know realize what is taking place? Do you see those who are trying to lower expectations? Do you see those who are going towards the lowest common denominator rather than reaching for the stars? the best? the goal?

Watchman, Pay Attention!

1The burden of the desert by the sea: As windstorms sweep over the South, so it comes from the desert, a terrifying land. 2A harsh vision has been shown to me: “The traitor betrays, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, Elam! Besiege, Media! I have put an end to all her groaning.” 3Therefore my body is filled with pain. Pangs have taken hold of me like the pangs of a woman in labor. I am bewildered by what I hear, terrified by what I see. 4My heart is bewildered, terror overwhelms me. The twilight I longed for has been turned into trembling. 5Set the table, spread out the cloth! Eat! Drink! “Rise up, you princes, oil the shield!” 6For Adonai has said to me. “Go, post a watchman— let him declare what he sees! 7When he sees a chariot with a pair of horsemen, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him pay attention— very close attention!” 8Then he cried out like a lion: “Upon the watch tower, Adonai, I stand continually in the daytime, and stay at my post every night. 9Look! Here comes a chariot of men, with a pair of horsemen.” Then one answered and said, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon! All the images of her gods are broken on the ground.” 10O my people, crushed on the threshing floor, what I heard from Adonai Tzva’ot, God of Israel, I have declared to you. 11The burden of Dumah: One calls to me from Seir, “Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?” 12The watchman said, “Morning comes, yet also it is night.” If you would inquire, inquire. Come back again.” 13The burden of Arabia: In the desert brush of Arabia you will stay for the night, you caravans of Dedanites. 14To him who is thirsty bring water, inhabitants of the land of Tema, meet the fugitive with food. 15For they fled from swords, from drawn sword, from bent bow and distress of war. 16For thus Adonai said to me, “Within a year (as with the years of a hired worker), all the glory of Kedar will cease, 17and the remainder of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few. For Adonai God of Israel has spoken.”

–from Isaiah 21

So will you confess what is taking place? Will you return to God? Will you learn His ways? Will you meditate on His Word daily? Will you take care of your health? Will you expand your mind? Will you open your heart and invite Jesus in? Will you soften your heart? Do you need to have your life shaken up in order to get your attention? Do you need someone to come with a jackhammer to be able to get into your heart? What’s it going to take?

Confess, Return and Learn

1Of David, a contemplative song. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is pardoned. 2Blessed is the one whose guilt Adonai does not count, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3When I kept silent, my bones became brittle through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me. My strength was drained as in the droughts of summer. Selah 5Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not hide my iniquity. I said: “I confess my transgressions to Adonai,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah 6So let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. When great floodwaters rise, they will not reach him. 7You are my hiding place— You will protect me from distress. You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will give counsel—My eye is on you. 9Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding, and must be held in with bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” 10Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but lovingkindness surrounds the one who trusts in Adonai. 11Be glad in Adonai and rejoice, you righteous, and shout for joy, all who are upright in heart.

–from Psalms 32

Will you trust in Jesus? Will your hope be in Him? What would it take to get your attention? What would it take to change your mind? What would it take to open up your heart?

Do you feel that need in your heart? Do you feel that void that you keep trying to fill with things of the world but nothing is working or has worked yet? That is because it is a hole that we are supposed to turn to God and ask Him in to fill it! Is today your day?

Anticipating Hostility at Sukkot

1After these events, Yeshua was walking about in the Galilee. He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Judean leaders wanted to kill Him. 2Now the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near. 3Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, so Your disciples also may see the works You are doing. 4No one who wants to be well known does everything in secret. If You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world!” 5For not even His brothers were trusting in Him. 6Therefore Yeshua said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always at hand. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that its works are evil. 8You go on up to the Feast. I’m not going to this feast, because My time hasn’t yet fully come.” 9After saying these things, He stayed in the Galilee. 10But after His brothers went to the Feast, He also went, not openly but secretly. 11Then the Judean leaders were searching for Him at the Feast and kept asking, “Where is that fellow?” 12There was a lot of murmuring about Him in the crowds. Some were saying, “He is good.” But others were saying, “Not so! He leads the people astray.” 13Yet no one spoke openly about Him for fear of the Judean leaders.

Teaching at the Temple

14About halfway through the Feast, Yeshua went up to the Temple and began teaching. 15Then the Judean leaders were amazed, saying, “How does this man know so much, having never been taught?” 16Yeshua answered, “My teaching is not from Me, but from Him who sent Me. 17If anyone wants to do His will, he will know whether My teaching comes from God or it is Myself speaking. 18Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 19Hasn’t Moses given you the Torah? Yet none of you keeps it. Why are you trying to kill Me?” 20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who’s trying to kill you?” 21Yeshua answered, “I did one good work, and all of you are amazed. 22Because Moses has given you circumcision (though it is not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a man on Shabbat. 23If a man receives circumcision on Shabbat so that the Torah of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry that I healed a man’s whole body on Shabbat? 24Do not judge by appearance, but judge righteously.” 25Then some of the people from Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the person they’re trying to kill? 26Look, He speaks openly and they’re saying nothing to Him. Can it be that the leaders know He is the Messiah? 27But we know where this person is from. But the Messiah, whenever He may come, no one knows where He is from.” 28Then, while teaching in the Temple courts, Yeshua cried out, “You know both who I am and where I am from! I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You do not know Him, 29but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.” 30Then they were trying to seize Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31Yet many from the crowd believed in Him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, He won’t perform more signs than this person has, will He?” 32The Pharisees heard people in the crowd murmuring these things about Him, and the ruling kohanim and Pharisees sent guards to arrest Him. 33Yeshua said, “I am with you only a little while longer, and then I am going to the One who sent Me. 34You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come.” 35The Judean leaders then said among themselves, “Where is this person about to go that we shall not find Him? He’s not going to the Diaspora to teach the Greeks, is He? 36What did He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Satisfying Spiritual Thirst

37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified. 40When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.” 41Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He? 42Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?” 43So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua. 44Some wanted to capture Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Religious Adversaries

45Then the guards returned to the ruling kohanim and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?” 46“Never has anyone spoken like this man,” the guards answered. 47The Pharisees responded, “You haven’t been led astray also, have you? 48Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him? 49No, but this mob that doesn’t know the Torah—they are cursed!” 50Nicodemus, the one who had come to Yeshua before and was one of them, said to them, 51“Our Torah doesn’t judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it?” 52They answered him, “You aren’t from the Galilee too, are you? Search, and see that no prophet comes out of the Galilee!” 53Then everyone went to his own house.

–from John 7

Are you thirsting? Are you wishing you could just fill that hole? Are you wanting to have a spring within you that can fill you to overflowing with joy, peace, hope? Turn to Jesus! Ask Him into your heart! Allow Him to do a work in you! Allow God’s Spirit to lead you and guide you! Be transformed from the inside out! Let’s build our lives on the foundation Jesus has provide with Jesus as the cornerstone to help us build it up straight and strong to last!

Building Together on God’s Foundation

1And I, brothers and sisters, could not speak to you as Spirit-filled but as worldly—as infants in Messiah. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. Indeed, even now you are not yet ready, 3for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, aren’t you worldly and walking in a human way? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere humans? 5What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to trust—and to each as the Lord gave. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. 8Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each consider carefully how he builds on it. 11For no one can lay any other foundation than what is already laid—which is Yeshua the Messiah. 12Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13each one’s work will become clear. For the Day will show it, because it is to be revealed by fire; and the fire itself will test each one’s work—what sort it is. 14If anyone’s work built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss—he himself will be saved, but as through fire. 16Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim dwells among you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks he is wise in this age, let him become a fool so he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God. For it is written, “He catches the clever in their craftiness.” 20And again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are useless.” 21So let no one boast about men. For all things are yours— 22whether Paul or Apollos or Kefa, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come. All are yours, 23and you are Messiah’s, and Messiah is God’s.

–from 1 Corinthians 3

 

What are you letting into your life?


It could be through what you eat. It could be through what you watch. It could be through what you hear. It could be through what you do. It could be through who you hangout with. It could be through the activities you participate in. It could be through what you read. How are you filling up your mind, your body, and your soul? What are you letting into your life? Is it beneficial? What comes out of our mouth is the overflow of our hearts! So let’s consider closely what we let in!

12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!

–from 1 Corinthians 6

and

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

–from Ephesians 4

and

7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

–from 1 Timothy 4

and

23″I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. 24No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

–from 1 Corinthians 10

So let’s be living a life that will glorify God! Let’s not be allowing ourselves to be filled up with things that are bad, short lives, and selfish! Let’s be focused on taking in things that will strengthen, encourage, build up, and prepare us for what is yet to come.

What will you allow into your life today?


Today’s reading starts in Leviticus speaking of direction from God to the Jewish people about what is good to eat…imagine if we followed these rules as part of our diets today…

Kashrut for Holiness

1Adonai spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, 2“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. 3Whatever has a split, divided hoof and chews cud among the animals—that you may eat. 4“Nevertheless, you should not eat of those that only chew cud, or have a split hoof. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof, is unclean to you. 5The coney, though it chews the cud yet does not have a divided hoof, so it is unclean to you. 6The hare, though it chews the cud, does not split the hoof, so it is unclean to you. 7The pig, though it has a split, divided hoof, does not chew cud, so it is unclean to you. 8You are not to eat meat from them, nor are you to touch their carcasses. They are unclean to you. 9“From all that are in the waters, you may eat whatever has fins and scales, within the waters, in the seas and in the rivers. Those you may eat. 10But any that do not have fins and scales in the seas or the rivers, among those that swarm on the waters, or among any of the living creatures that are in the waters, they are loathsome to you. 11They are to be detestable to you. You should not eat meat from them and you should detest their carcasses. 12Whatever has neither fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing to you. 13“Among the birds you should detest the following—they are not to be eaten—they are loathsome: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15any kind of raven, 16the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat. 20“All flying insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you. 21Yet you may eat from all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to hop on the earth. 22You may eat from any kind of locust, any kind of katydid, any kind of cricket and any kind of grasshopper. 23But all winged creeping things that have four feet are loathsome to you. 24“Moreover, by these also you will become unclean: whoever touches their carcasses should be unclean until the evening. 25Whoever carries any part of their carcass is to wash his clothes, and will be unclean until the evening. 26“Every animal with a separating hoof but not split, or does not chew cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them will become unclean. 27So whatever moves on its paws, among all animals that go on all fours, is unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean until the evening. 28Whoever carries their carcasses, is to wash his clothes and will be unclean until the evening. They are unclean to you. 29“Among the creeping things that creep on the earth, the following are unclean to you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31Among all that creep these are the ones that are unclean to you. Whoever touches them when they are dead, will be unclean until the evening. 32Whatever falls on them when they are dead will become unclean, whether it is any vessel of wood, or clothing, or skin, or sackcloth. Whatever vessel it is, with which any work is done, it must be put into water, and it will be unclean until the evening, then it will be clean. 33“Now if any of them falls into a clay pot, everything that is in it will become unclean, and you are to break it. 34Any food that may be eaten but has water on it from such a pot will become unclean. Also any drink that may be drunk in any such pot will become unclean. 35Everything on which part of their carcass falls will become unclean. An oven or stove for pots is to be broken in pieces. They are unclean and will be unclean to you. 36Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern for collecting water will be clean, though anyone who touches their carcass will become unclean. 37If part of a carcass falls on any seed for sowing that has yet to be sown, it is clean. 38But if water is put on the seed, and part of a carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you. 39“If any animal that you may eat dies, the one who touches its carcass will become unclean until the evening. 40He who eats of its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. Also, the one who carries its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. 41“Every creeping thing that crawls on the earth is detestable—it shall not be eaten. 42Whatever moves on its belly or crawls on all fours or has many feet among all the creeping things that crawl on the earth, these you are not to eat, for they are detestable. 43You are not to contaminate yourselves with any creeping thing that crawls nor make yourselves unclean with them or defiled by them. 44“For I am Adonai your God. Therefore, sanctify yourselves, and be holy, for I am holy. You are not to defile yourselves with any kind of creeping thing that moves on the earth. 45For I am Adonai who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. Therefore, you should be holy, for I am holy. 46“This is the Torah of the animal, the bird, every living creature that moves in the waters, and every creature that creeps on the earth, 47to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.”

–from Leviticus 11

Are you setting up for a legacy? Are you preparing for what is yet to come?

Niddah Rest for New Mothers

1Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 2“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, instructing: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she will be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her niddah she will be unclean. 3In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin is to be circumcised. 4She must wait during the blood of purification for 33 days. She is not to touch any holy thing, nor come into the Sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 5But if she bears a female child, then she will be unclean for two weeks, as in her niddah , and she is to wait in the blood of purification for 66 days. 6“When the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she is to bring to the kohen, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove, for a sin offering. 7He is to present it before Adonai and make atonement for her. Then she will be cleansed from the discharge of her blood. This is the Torah for her who gives birth, whether to a male or a female child. 8If she cannot afford a lamb, then she is to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Then the kohen will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.”
–from Leviticus 12

Do what is right! Do what is good! Love! Live with and bring joy! Live in and create peace! Be and develop patience! Walk and live with kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control! Against such things there is no law. Live in alignment with God’s call on your life! Your time is now which is why you are here on this earth! So take a hold of God’s Word, God’s promises, and God’s truth and then walk it out in spirit and in truth!

Anticipating Hostility at Sukkot

1After these events, Yeshua was walking about in the Galilee. He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Judean leaders wanted to kill Him.
2Now the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near.
3Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, so Your disciples also may see the works You are doing.
4No one who wants to be well known does everything in secret. If You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world!”
5For not even His brothers were trusting in Him.
6Therefore Yeshua said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always at hand.
7The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that its works are evil.
8You go on up to the Feast. I’m not going to this feast, because My time hasn’t yet fully come.”
9After saying these things, He stayed in the Galilee.
10But after His brothers went to the Feast, He also went, not openly but secretly.
11Then the Judean leaders were searching for Him at the Feast and kept asking, “Where is that fellow?”
12There was a lot of murmuring about Him in the crowds. Some were saying, “He is good.” But others were saying, “Not so! He leads the people astray.”
13Yet no one spoke openly about Him for fear of the Judean leaders.

Teaching at the Temple

14About halfway through the Feast, Yeshua went up to the Temple and began teaching.
15Then the Judean leaders were amazed, saying, “How does this man know so much, having never been taught?”
16Yeshua answered, “My teaching is not from Me, but from Him who sent Me.
17If anyone wants to do His will, he will know whether My teaching comes from God or it is Myself speaking.
18Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
19Hasn’t Moses given you the Torah? Yet none of you keeps it. Why are you trying to kill Me?”
20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who’s trying to kill you?”
21Yeshua answered, “I did one good work, and all of you are amazed.
22Because Moses has given you circumcision (though it is not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a man on Shabbat.
23If a man receives circumcision on Shabbat so that the Torah of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry that I healed a man’s whole body on Shabbat?
24Do not judge by appearance, but judge righteously.”
25Then some of the people from Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the person they’re trying to kill?
26Look, He speaks openly and they’re saying nothing to Him. Can it be that the leaders know He is the Messiah?
27But we know where this person is from. But the Messiah, whenever He may come, no one knows where He is from.”
28Then, while teaching in the Temple courts, Yeshua cried out, “You know both who I am and where I am from! I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You do not know Him,
29but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.”
30Then they were trying to seize Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
31Yet many from the crowd believed in Him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, He won’t perform more signs than this person has, will He?”
32The Pharisees heard people in the crowd murmuring these things about Him, and the ruling kohanim and Pharisees sent guards to arrest Him.
33Yeshua said, “I am with you only a little while longer, and then I am going to the One who sent Me.
34You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come.”
35The Judean leaders then said among themselves, “Where is this person about to go that we shall not find Him? He’s not going to the Diaspora to teach the Greeks, is He?
36What did He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Satisfying Spiritual Thirst

37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
39Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified.
40When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.”
41Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He?
42Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?”
43So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua.
44Some wanted to capture Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

Religious Adversaries

45Then the guards returned to the ruling kohanim and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?”
46“Never has anyone spoken like this man,” the guards answered.
47The Pharisees responded, “You haven’t been led astray also, have you?
48Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him?
49No, but this mob that doesn’t know the Torah—they are cursed!”
50Nicodemus, the one who had come to Yeshua before and was one of them, said to them,
51“Our Torah doesn’t judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it?”
52They answered him, “You aren’t from the Galilee too, are you? Search, and see that no prophet comes out of the Galilee!”
53Then everyone went to his own house.
–from John 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want you work to be of worth?


Want your work to not be in vain? Want your work to be fulfilling? Want your work to have purpose? Then be steadfast, be immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord! When we are working in the Lord, our labor is not in vain!

Yes, there will be struggles! Yes, there will be obstacles! But in them we will see glimpses of success! Yes, there will be brokenness! Yes, there will be pain! But in them there is still hope!

Today’s Reading dives into this subject as follows…

The Resurrection of Christ

 1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

 12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. 29Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30Why are we in danger every hour? 31I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 34Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

 35But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

 50I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

–from 1 Corinthians 15

When we turn our lives over to God, when we turn back to Him as our source, when we ask Jesus into our hearts and start to live in relationship with Him, life changes! We are new creations! The old is gone and the new has come! We bury the dead and are reborn a new! We are redeemed!

Now imagine that power and purpose in your work and efforts! Redeem your work too!

I have had people speak to me about work, about their worries and concerns! I express how for me I do my best and then I let God take care of the rest! When you live and work with the mindset that you are working for God, it transforms it all!

Be it the verse:

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

–from Colossians 3:23

or

rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

–from Ephesians 6:7

or

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

–from Proverbs 16:3

It all points to the same thing! It all points to the truth that if we want our work to be fulfilling, we need to be working as unto God not unto man! And when we put His purpose and plans first, then He will take care of the rest!

Yes, there was the fall in the garden that we have to deal with in this fallen world, but that isn’t where we should stay or end or live! Jesus came that we would have life and life to the full! Jesus came to redeem our lives from where it was to where it should be! We are saved by grace through faith as a gift so that nobody can boast! We didn’t do anything other than receive it! And if you haven’t accepted it or received it and are living in the old life and the old way, maybe today is the day you will take a moment and ask Jesus into your heart and start the journey!

Want to talk about it? Leave me a comment as I am happy to talk with you, pray with you, and share God’s love with you in and through it all.

Today’s devotional (Finding Fulfillment At Work-day 3) is on this subject and here is an excerpt to hear it from another person’s perspective!

Work is Redeemed.

After months of hard work, the deal goes through. Sales skyrocket after a new product launches successfully. A new member to a team adds value and energy. Projects are completed on time.

In the midst of struggle and obstacles, we see glimpses of success. In the brokenness of work, we have hope. Thanks to God’s grace, we aren’t stuck in the Fall forever.

In Genesis and the creation story, we learn the origin of our work. In the Fall, we know the difficult realities of work. Christ lived an earthly life and died a horrific death to pay the wages for our sin. This sacrificial act redeems and frees us from a life enslaved to sin. We can begin to see the untangling of the sinful consequences of the Fall. We get a foretaste of the world to come, of how things could be. However, we still face the obstacles of sin in our daily work. We await the final restoration when Christ returns to make all things new.

A Christ-centered Perspective

A redemptive, Christ-centered perspective helps us see the significance and hope in our mundane jobs.

Jesus’ days on earth ultimately make our most ordinary days significant. He died to redeem our sin and all of creation, including work. Without Christ’s redemption, our work would be plagued by our sin. Now, the work of our hands matters. We can help bring redemption to every facet of work, furthering God’s kingdom.

We are called to serve faithfully in our vocation in light of the gospel. Our vocation may not be to take the gospel to new places and preach it to people who have never heard it, but it is still important to be faithful in the mundane.

As we do our daily work, we should do it with the hope of the resurrection when everything will be set right and sin will be no more. We should strive to bring order to disorder, treat others with love, and demonstrate integrity in all that we do.

Our work, if it is done for God’s glory through his grace, demonstrates the nature of God’s kingdom.

Christ’s sacrifice frees us from the grips of sin today, not just eternally. Because of Christ’s redemption, our work holds significance, and when done to God’s glory, our work is good.

The garbage man works every day to keep God’s creation clean. The accountant brings order to chaotic finances and spreadsheets. The doctor redeems sickness and heals pain. The teacher shares knowledge and skills with children and adults. The artist and musician capture, interpret, and portray truth in many forms. Every good and moral job can bring redemption to God’s creation.

How do you see the effects of redemption in your work?

–from Finding Fulfillment At Work-day 3

So will you put Jesus in the center of your life? Will you allow Him to be the north star for your life? Will you allow Him into your heart and clean out the junk of the past and redeem not only you and your life, but also your work, your relationships, and more? Will you do what is best and what is right and allow God to take care of the rest?

Ask Jesus into your heart! It’s not just about rituals and routines, it is about a true living relationship with Him! He will be with you, never leaving you nor abandoning you! His Spirit will give you wisdom and direction, discernment and correction when you open yourself up to His purpose, His plans, His will!

We may make a plan for today, but it is God that directs our steps.

I look at my calendar and ask God to use it for His will and His purpose!

Throughout the day I will watch some meetings disappear and others stick around! His way is incredible!

So what will you do? Do you want your life to be fulfilling?

Some people have a skewed perspective!


Ever seen people try to stir up trouble when someone else is trying to do good? Ever seen something incredible and then witness others trying to attack the person? Ever seen people who try to find a flaw so that they can try to discredit or taken down someone? Ever seen people whose intentions are out of sync with reality? Ever seen people with a perspective that no matter what is said or done, they wouldn’t be happy?

How do you respond? Will you still go and do what is right and what is good?

Imagine this situation…

The Man with a Paralyzed Hand

(Matthew 12.9-14; Luke 6.6-11)
1Then Jesus went back to the synagogue, where there was a man who had a paralyzed hand. 2Some people were there who wanted to accuse Jesus of doing wrong; so they watched him closely to see whether he would cure the man on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man, “Come up here to the front.” 4Then he asked the people, “What does our Law allow us to do on the Sabbath? To help or to harm? To save someone’s life or to destroy it?”
But they did not say a thing. 5Jesus was angry as he looked around at them, but at the same time he felt sorry for them, because they were so stubborn and wrong. Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and it became well again. 6So the Pharisees left the synagogue and met at once with some members of Herod’s party, and they made plans to kill Jesus.
~from Mark 3 (GNT)

Are you ready? Are you preparing for the time when it is too much so that you have a route to safety? Are people coming to you? Are people turning to you? Are people wanting to be around you? Will you take a hold of the authority that has been given you in order to glorify God? Will you ask God for wisdom to guide your steps and your actions?

A Crowd by the Lake

7Jesus and his disciples went away to Lake Galilee, and a large crowd followed him. They had come from Galilee, from Judea, 8from Jerusalem, from the territory of Idumea, from the territory on the east side of the Jordan, and from the region around the cities of Tyre and Sidon. All these people came to Jesus because they had heard of the things he was doing. 9The crowd was so large that Jesus told his disciples to get a boat ready for him, so that the people would not crush him. 10He had healed many people, and all the sick kept pushing their way to him in order to touch him. 11And whenever the people who had evil spirits in them saw him, they would fall down before him and scream, “You are the Son of God!”
12Jesus sternly ordered the evil spirits not to tell anyone who he was.
~from Mark 3 (GNT)

Are you setting up a structure that is stable? Are you preparing a structure that will stand? Are you aware of what it will take to make your idea work? Do you have 12? Do you have 3?

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

(Matthew 10.1-4; Luke 6.12-16)
13Then Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the men he wanted. They came to him, 14and he chose twelve, whom he named apostles. “I have chosen you to be with me,” he told them. “I will also send you out to preach, 15and you will have authority to drive out demons.”
16These are the twelve he chose: Simon (Jesus gave him the name Peter); 17James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee (Jesus gave them the name Boanerges, which means “Men of Thunder”); 18Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Patriot, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
~from Mark 3 (GNT)

Are there 3 people around you that you can trust? Are there 12 people around you that you can trust? Do you trust them enough to entrust them with a higher calling? Do you trust them enough to delegate?


So where are you at today?
All things might be possible, but not all things are good for you!
So let’s focus today on doing things that are more than just possible and acceptable, let’s do things that are good and beneficial!

Use Your Bodies for God’s Glory

12Someone will say, “I am allowed to do anything.” Yes; but not everything is good for you. I could say that I am allowed to do anything, but I am not going to let anything make me its slave. 13Someone else will say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immorality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body. 14God raised the Lord from death, and he will also raise us by his power.
15You know that your bodies are parts of the body of Christ. Shall I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of the body of a prostitute? Impossible! 16Or perhaps you don’t know that the man who joins his body to a prostitute becomes physically one with her? The scripture says quite plainly, “The two will become one body.” 17But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him.
18Avoid immorality. Any other sin a man commits does not affect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.
~from 1 Corinthians 6 (GNT)

What is going to be your driving force? What is driving your perspective?

40How often they rebelled against him in the desert;
how many times they made him sad!
41Again and again they put God to the test
and brought pain to the Holy God of Israel.
42They forgot his great power
and the day when he saved them from their enemies
43and performed his mighty acts and miracles
in the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.
44He turned the rivers into blood,
and the Egyptians had no water to drink.
45 He sent flies among them, that tormented them,
and frogs that ruined their land.
46He sent locusts to eat their crops
and to destroy their fields.
47He killed their grapevines with hail
and their fig trees with frost.
48He killed their cattle with hail
and their flocks with lightning.
49He caused them great distress
by pouring out his anger and fierce rage,
which came as messengers of death.
50He did not restrain his anger
or spare their lives,
but killed them with a plague.
51He killed the first-born sons
of all the families of Egypt.
52Then he led his people out like a shepherd
and guided them through the desert.
53He led them safely, and they were not afraid;
but the sea came rolling over their enemies.
54He brought them to his holy land,
to the mountains which he himself conquered.
55He drove out the inhabitants as his people advanced;
he divided their land among the tribes of Israel
and gave their homes to his people.
56But they rebelled against Almighty God
and put him to the test.
They did not obey his commandments,
57but were rebellious and disloyal like their ancestors,
unreliable as a crooked arrow.
58They angered him with their heathen places of worship,
and with their idols they made him furious.
59God was angry when he saw it,
so he rejected his people completely.
60He abandoned his tent in Shiloh
the home where he had lived among us.
61He allowed our enemies to capture the Covenant Box,
the symbol of his power and glory.
62He was angry with his own people
and let them be killed by their enemies.
63Young men were killed in war,
and young women had no one to marry.
64Priests died by violence,
and their widows were not allowed to mourn.
65At last the Lord woke up as though from sleep;
he was like a strong man excited by wine.
66He drove his enemies back
in lasting and shameful defeat.
67But he rejected the descendants of Joseph;
he did not select the tribe of Ephraim.
68Instead he chose the tribe of Judah
and Mount Zion, which he dearly loves.
69There he built his Temple
like his home in heaven;
he made it firm like the earth itself,
secure for all time.
70He chose his servant David;
he took him from the pastures,
71where he looked after his flocks,
and he made him king of Israel,
the shepherd of the people of God.
72David took care of them with unselfish devotion
and led them with skill.
~from Psalm 78 (GNT)