THRIVE: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your day!


Busy calendar? Is it because you have to be or because you let it be? Is it with the right people at the right time on the right topics? Invite God into your scheduling and allow Him to add/remove things from it based on His plans and purpose for your day! Invite the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and discernment about what meetings need to happen and which don’t. Invite the Holy Spirit into each meeting to give you the thoughts, the words, and the actions necessary to accomplish God’s will and for Him to receive the glory! Allow new things to be added when the Holy Spirit prompts. Allow existing things to be moved around when the Holy Spirit prompts. Focus on the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish today!

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill up your heart with love, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you guard your heart knowing that everything you do flows from it?

From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks

So who is in control of your day? Are you rejecting God’s wisdom and discernment or accepting it? Are you rejecting God’s purposes and plans for your day or accepting them? Are you rejecting God’s prompting or accepting it? Are you trying to go it alone or are you willing to go it with God and with others? Let’s choose to go through today with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it so that we can accomplish God’s will for His glory!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 20


Are you ready to talk with God in a direct way? Are you ready to avoid the fluffy stuff and start with straight-talking? Are you ready to speak with and listen to the Holy Spirit to help you get through today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to create a new heart in you and for you to be born again, becoming a new creation where the old stuff that was holding you back is gone and the new stuff that will help you finish the race called life strong!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

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."

THRIVE: What will it take for things to get back on track?


Ever heard that what is the greatest threat to the planet according to man? Ever considered if that is the right answer? Many think it is climate change but I would have to disagree. Taken a look around these days and everything that is taking place? Considered that some nations that consider themselves godless and try to keep their people in that space and what is going on today? Considered how those nations are allies and trying to support each other? Yesterday as part of the THRIVE series I heard what the biggest threat to the planet is, it is a godless heart. We even see it through God’s Word in Exodus 32-36. We need to remember the reality that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it and our role is to be good stewards of what God puts into our hands. God has ownership and we get to steward the parts He provides to us. So we need to choose to serve Him well!

‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ‘

Psalms 24:1

People need to remember and realize how in spite of what is taking place right here and right now, God is in control and is the one who is able to work in the midst of what man is doing, can bring good out of evil, and can bring good out of despair.

Let’s pause and reflect on the big earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco. The earthquake caused water and gas lines to break and for the city to be set on fire and 80% of the city destroyed. Sounds pretty bad right? Do you realize one of the incredible things that came out of that devastation? Do you realize what God was able to do with what the devil would have tried to do? Do you realize what God was able to do with the despair of that time? Have you ever heard of the good and the revival that came after that? Ever heard about the Asuza street revival? Ever heard about the impact of God’s people showing up in the midst of the devastation? I found a great article that covers it titled: Azusa Street Revival. Here are the sections it works through, check it out and see how God shows up when His people turn back to Him.

How big of a shake-up would it take to get your attention? How bad would things need to get before the heart will turn back and look to God? Would it take war? Would it take having your kids taught things that aren’t right? Would it take someone trying to take away your rights, liberties, possessions? How much would the world need to be shaken before people wake up and turn back to God? Are you ready for a revival now? Are things bad enough now for you to want to turn back to God? Are you feeling desperation and fear enough to want and need a revival? We read in Hebrews 12:27 about a shaking of God and it tells us:

‘At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, ‘

Hebrews 12:26-28

Are you ready to start focusing on what is most important rather than being focused and consumed by materialism? Are you ready to keep your focus on God and patient enough to wait upon Him? Are you ready to turn back to Him and invite Him into your situation?

It’s the start of a new work week and with a sampling of direction and yet a lot of unknowns, I am choosing to ask God to help me step forward trusting and believing in Him. I am choosing to ask God for wisdom and discernment about work. I am choosing to ask God for wisdom and discernment about what in addition to having started to blog should I and can I be doing to prepare for Be The Dads? How best to produce presentations? How best to practice and share the presentations? How to prepare for the venues where such presentations will take place? I am choosing to trust God and lean not on my own understanding in order to allow Him to make my path straight. I am choosing to lean in on God so that in the midst of the shaking I am able to grab hold of the things that won’t be shaken and cannot be shaken. I am choosing to hold loosely the things in my hands so that God is able to both take the things or give the things away that He chooses and can replace and add other things that I will need for such a day and such a time as this. Lord, help me with Your wisdom and discernment to be able to see what You put into my hands so that I am able to be a good steward and use it for Your praise, Your honor, and Your glory.

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

HAPPY TODAY!

So as we get ready for today, let’s even consider what took place or triggered the change of heart in the lives of many and for a revival to start.



Verse of the Day

‘Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” ‘

Matthew 4:4

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 12


As we kick off this day let’s turn to God! As we kick off this day with all that is shaking around us let’s lean on God! As we kick off this day with the challenges and struggles it will bring let’s choose to go it God’s way. Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart today? Are you ready to start a relationship with God that will last for the rest of eternity?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

catching up on the days I missed (back to Feb 12th)

THRIVE – Let’s check our hearts to make sure they are ready and right.


It’s the end of the workweek and it has hit me that I need to look inside. The words I have spoken are like lights on the dash of my car, warning me to check under the hood. The responses that I have had are making those lights blink, warning check your heart. There is a lot of change going on and I need to be in the right state of mind and heart to be able to receive it and respond properly. With so much loss of control, it seems that is what is triggering it. Be it at home with kids growing up and having their own lives. Be it at work with organizational changes and uncertainty around what will happen. Be it conversations with others that create questions or concerns. And yet today, it comes down to stopping and checking under the hood.

I first remember a business person’s lunch where our guest speaker Brad spoke to us about a checkup from the neck up about right thinking. I next grab hold of today’s verse of the day speaking about how what’s in our heart will come out of our mouth. We need to inspect our hearts when we are seeing the lights on the dash turning on because those things coming out of our mouths are rooted in our hearts.

So let’s turn to God and ask Him to help us find and clean out our hearts. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment about what needs to be taken out of our hearts. Let’s ask God to create a clean heart in us. Let’s realize what we have done turn back with a spirit of repentance and ask for forgiveness.

So let’s make the right decisions today to help us go from surviving to thriving!


Today’s verse of the day comes from Luke 6:45

‘A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ‘

Luke 6:45

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 5


How about you? What is the state of your heart? What is the state of your mind? How is life showing you what’s going on there? Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving? Are you ready to look to clean things up and get things fixed up? Then let’s ask Jesus in and ask Him for help in cleaning things up. Let’s ask Him to step in and help get things fixed up so that from the overflow of our hearts the right things will come out of our mouths. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and allow Him to lead and guide us as our Lord and Savior.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

What does a background check get you? What else would they find if they searched your heart?


Ever had to get a background check? When you volunteer? When you want to join or become something? When you want to serve kids? When you want to serve teens? When you want to mentor? When you want a job? When you want to become a citizen?

Ever noticed the different levels of background checks? Ever noticed the different types of background checks? You give them information and then they go searching. You give them information and fingerprints and then they go searching. Imagine if someone was doing your background check and they used all of these types:

  • Criminal History Check
  • Prior Employment Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Reference Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Sexual Offender Registry Check
  • Credit Background Check
  • Social Media & Internet Check
  • Driving Record
  • Professional License & Certificate Confirmation
  • Social Security Number Trace

But would they be able to find out about what is going on in your heart and mind? If someone were to try and do a check of your heart and mind would any red flags come up that would need to get addressed or that would potentially disqualify you? In general people are searching for external evidence but God searches the heart.

  • ‘But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ‘
    1 Samuel 16:7
  • ‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” ‘
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9
  • ‘Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart. ‘
    Psalms 37:4
  • ‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ‘
    Psalms 51:10
  • ‘Test me, Lord , and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. ‘
    Psalms 26:2-3
  • ‘You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. ‘
    Psalms 139:1
  • ‘Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. ‘
    Psalms 139:23
  • ‘See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.’
    Psalms 139:24
  • ‘“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” ‘
    Jeremiah 17:10

So have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you invited Him into your heart to help get things fixed up and cleaned up and then to help with the regular maintenance work? Do you realize that when God helps you to clean up your heart that it doesn’t leave a background or stains? Are you ready to allow God to create a new, clean heart in you? Are you ready to give your broken heart over to God so that He can put it back together and give you a new clean heart?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 14TH


He Searches Hearts


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.’

Romans 8:27

Let’s dig in a bit to get the context of what is being said and then look for additional details through the Amplified version.

‘For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us! For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration and futility, not willingly [because of some intentional fault on its part], but by the will of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be freed from its bondage to decay [and gain entrance] into the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only this, but we too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit [a joyful indication of the blessings to come], even we groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for [the sign of] our adoption as sons—the redemption and transformation of our body [at the resurrection]. For in this hope we were saved [by faith]. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure.

In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity]. What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter .” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 8:18-39

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Remember how yesterday how the Holy Spirit can pray for us even when we don’t have the words to speak? Ever been at a loss for words?
  • As we looked into the expanded details of today’s verse we find that God has even more encouragement as it relates to our heart. The Holy Spirit is able to pray in alignment with God’s will with the complete and total knowledge of every detail of our lives, even the deepest and darkest parts of our heart.
  • God is omniscient and knows everything.
  • God knows us better than we know ourselves and has great plans for us so that we can have a hope and a future. Are you ready to receive and accept that?
  • The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are one. So they are in constant and complete agreement.
  • So when the Holy Spirit prays it is in alignment to God’s perfect will and plan for us.
  • Do you understand God’s will for you life? Do you like to think you understand God’s will for the life of others too?
  • God’s spelled out many aspects of God’s divine direction in His Word.
  • Even so there are many times (probably even more than we’d like to admit) where our desires and God’s will may not be in alignment and could get in the way of God’s will for us to have life and life to the full or more abundantly.
  • So let’s not get trapped by the ways of the world and the desires of the world but instead look to God to help us live our lives to the full and in all the abundance He desires for us.
  • Sure we look to have fun, excitement, happiness, and wealth but would that be enough? Look around and see all the people who seem to have it all and yet don’t have God in their lives and end up getting into trouble or traps of the devil.
  • So instead of going after material things, let’s turn to God and pursue His perfect plan for our life.
  • Let’s lean and trust in Him rather than our own understanding!
  • Let’s lean on Him when things get tough so that we can take heart and even consider pure joy.
  • Let’s turn to God to get wisdom and discernment for our situation.
  • Let’s cry out to God to get wisdom and discernment for our situation.
  • Let’s be bold and courageous when we step out to do what God is calling us to do in faith and knowing we are walking under the protection of His wings.
  • Let’s not allow a difficult or confusing situation rob us!
  • Let’s decide to invite God into our situation to be able to give us wisdom and discernment in the midst of the difficulties and confusion.
  • Let’s receive that wisdom and discernment so that whether God takes us out of the situation, walks us through the situation, or takes us around the situation His perfect will be done.
  • Let’s receive that wisdom and discernment so that we come out the other side with a valuable lesson.
  • Let’s grab a hold of how when the Holy Spirit prays for us He is praying at this higher, deeper level so that we can have richer lessons in this life we live.
  • Let’s decide today to pray in alignment to the Holy Spirit and God’s will for our life.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some ways we might confuse our wants with God’s will?
  • Does it comfort you or disturb you that the Father searches your heart? Explain your answer.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God always answers our prayers according to our good and His glory.”

— Ike Reighard

As we move into December we have finished the readings of the Tanakh and I thank Sefaria for their resources in helping me to see the Old Testament in a new way and my friend Lionel for having shared this tool with me. As we kick off December the idea my wife brought up came to mind about going through the book of Luke (who was a doctor) which happens to have 24 chapters which means we can read one a day and complete it in time for Christmas. To get as many details from this I am going to use the Amplified version to try and grasp all the details Luke gives us to consider and learn.

So today we will read Luke 14:

‘It happened one Sabbath, when He went for a meal at the house of one of the ruling Pharisees, that they were watching Him closely and carefully [hoping to entrap Him]. And there in front of Him was a man who had dropsy (extreme swelling). And Jesus asked the lawyers and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they kept silent. Then He took hold of the man and healed him, and sent him on his way. Then He said to them, “Which one of you, having a son or an ox that falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they were unable to reply to this.

Now Jesus began telling a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been selecting the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down [to eat] at the place of honor, since a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by the host, and he who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place,’ and then, in disgrace you proceed to take the last place. But when you are invited, go and sit down [to eat] at the last place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; and then you will be honored in the presence of all who are at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled [before others], and he who habitually humbles himself (keeps a realistic self-view) will be exalted.” Jesus also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or wealthy neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a banquet or a reception, invite the poor, the disabled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (the just, the upright).” When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

But Jesus said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many guests; and at the dinner hour he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have purchased a piece of land and I have to go out and see it; please consider me excused.’ Another one said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have [recently] married a wife, and for that reason I am unable to come.’ So the servant came back and reported this to his master. Then [his master,] the head of the household, became angry [at the rejections of his invitation] and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and the lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and the disabled and the blind and the lame.’ And the servant [after returning] said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ Then the master told the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled [with guests]. For I tell you, not one of those who were invited [and declined] will taste my dinner.’ ”

Now large crowds were going along with Jesus; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God]— he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a watchtower [for his guards], does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is unable to finish [the building], all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one who is coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else [if he feels he is not powerful enough], while the other [king] is still a far distance away, he sends an envoy and asks for terms of peace. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] give up all his own possessions. “Therefore, salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed My words.”’

Luke 14:1-35

So where are you today? Are you in need of heart healing? Are you in need of a heart repair? Are you in need of a heart cleaning? Are you in need of a heart recreation? Are you in need of a heart resurrection? Are you in need of a heart transfer? Are you in need of a heart creation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and your life to make it a reality? 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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What’s the state of your heart today?


After yesterday, a day to focus on thankfulness, what is the state of your heart? After yesterday, a day to draw people together, what is the state of your heart? After yesterday, a day to give thanks to God, what is the state of your heart? What did you do yesterday? What are you thankful for? Who matters to you? Will you choose to give God the praise, the honor, and the glory because of your thankfulness?

Time together. Time with everyone home. Time to relax. We watched a movie together – God’s Not Dead – We The People. It is powerful when people from across the country can stand united. It is powerful when people can come together in unity of purpose. It is powerful when people can come together in unity to stand up for and practice love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things, there is no law. The kids played Wii together. The family had an incredible dinner together, prepared by my incredible wife. I am so thankful for such an incredible woman in my life as my wife and the mother of our children. I thank God so much for the incredible wife He has provided me and the inheritance, the gift, the blessing to us both of our incredible kids. I am thankful to get extra time to think about this incredible blessing and thank God for it all.

As I turn from looking back to looking forward, I see Christmas ahead of us. As I think of the season, I reflect on that invitation that came in the mail to our house that brought us to our church home for the first time and how God met us there, saved us, and then put us on track for the plans and the purpose He had for our lives through what felt to be an accelerated program or as I like to call it my “jetpack journey” to get us back on track for where we should have been. As I look forward filled with the thankful heart, I am praying to many other lives will be touched and transformed with the reality of and a relationship with Jesus.

So… what about you? What is the state of your heart? Have you invited Jesus into it yet? Have you experienced the transformational power of starting such a relationship and journey? Might you be ready to start one today?


The One Year Daily Insights 
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 26th


Integrity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds; From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.’

Psalms 78:70-72

Do you realize how much God loves us? Do you realize that He has been trying to pour out His love for so long and yet people have continued to rebel? Do you realize that He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to make a way when there didn’t seem to be away, to pay a price we could never have paid ourselves, and to offer it to us without a fee? Do you realize all we have to do is accept it, receive it, embrace it? We have free will and so we each get to choose. We have free will and so we each get to decide. Are you tired of looking for love in all the wrong places, of trying to fill that hole with so many things that don’t fit and never fill? Are you ready to receive the gift of love and grace that you have been seeking and searching for? Could today be your day? If we expand on today’s verse we can see God’s love and people’s rebellion. Let’s check it out and use the Amplified version to get as much context and details as we can.

‘Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord , And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God. The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law, And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them. Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap. In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths. He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers. But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?” Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation. Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind. He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire. They were not deprived of their craving; But while their food was still in their mouths, The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice men of Israel. In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works. Therefore their days He consumed in futility, And their years in fear. When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer. Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue; For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again. How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy, When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan; Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink. He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning. He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them. He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague, And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of their strength in the tents of Ham. But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain which His right hand had acquired. He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies, But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images. When God heard this, He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel, So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men, And delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy’s hand. He also gave His people over to the sword, And was furious with His inheritance. The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage. Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine. And He beat back His enemies; He put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has established forever. He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds; From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalms 78:1-72

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever heard of David and how great of a leader he was?
  • Ever heard about his bravery and how it inspired others?
  • Ever heard about his strategies for battle?
  • Ever heard about his healing of the two nations into one with diplomatic skills?
  • Ever heard about how these skills and talents being developed in his younger years as a shepherd boy?
  • Imagine being a shepherd boy, protecting the flock and wondering if you would ever amount to anything.
  • David kept his focus on his task at hand, leading the sheep to better pastures and fresh water.
  • David kept his focus on his task at hand, protecting the sheep by killing a lion and a bear that attacked them.
  • David spent his time thinking, praying, reflection, and developed literary skills as he wrote letters to God, that we get to experience through psalms.
  • It prepared David for the time when he had to rescue Israel from Goliath and the Philistines because his heart was strong and his hands were trained for battle.
  • He was ready!
  • No Quit! Don’t give up! Don’t give in!
  • Even if you felt like you are living in obscurity, don’t give up!
  • Even if you fell abandoned by friends, don’t give up!
  • No matter what, no quit!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to stay in the game!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to sharpen your skills!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to strenthen your heart!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to be ready when the time comes!
  • Let’s be ready!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe times in your life when you felt passed by. How did you respond?
  • What are some things you can do to sharpen your skills and strengthen your heart?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you thankful for? Are you ready to invite God in so that you don’t have to go through life alone? 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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Are you still trying to fill that hole in your heart?


Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with things? Buying more and more in hopes of filling it up and not feeling an emptiness? Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with relationships? Doing or saying or testing or experimenting more and more in hopes of filling it up and not feeling an emptiness? Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with drugs or alcohol? Have you tried to dampen or wipe out that empty feeling by taking things that disrupt memories, emotions, pain, and ability to learn or discern or perceive? How are you being tempted to try and fill the hole or void? What temptations are coming your way to trick you into thinking they can fill that hole or void? Are you still looking for that missing piece? Do you realize you were built with a piece missing that can only be filled by having a relationship with God?

Might you consider taking hold of what John 10:10 says?

‘The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. ‘

John 10:10

Might you reflect or consider these verses from Romans 5?

‘Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all people [no one being able to stop it or escape its power], because they all sinned.

For just as through one man’s disobedience [his failure to hear, his carelessness] the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of the one Man the many will be made righteous and acceptable to God and brought into right standing with Him. ‘

Romans 5:12,19

Do you realize that there are experiences and events in your life that can cause holes? Do you realize what the right response or way to fill those holes are? As I was searching around, I found this interesting post that has a table that shows and points to both the hole, the lack, or the wound as well as the vitamin or response to deal with or take care of it. I will share the table but for more insights and details check out the article.

Lack or woundVitamin
Avoiding harmsWeakness, helplessnessStrength. efficacy
 Alarm, anxietySafety, security
 Resentment, angerCompassion for oneself and others
Approaching RewardsFrustration, disappointmentSatisfaction, fulfillment
 Sadness, discontentment, “blues”Gladness, gratitude
Attaching to “Us”Not seen, rejected, left outAttunement, inclusion
 Inadequacy, shameRecognition, acknowledgement
 Abandonment, feeling unlovedFriendship, love

So where are you at today? What hole are you trying to fill? Is it the God shaped hole that requires starting a relationship with God? Is it a hole caused by loss or injury? Are you ready and willing to invite God into your life to help you navigate it? Are you ready and willing to invite God into your life and allow Him to bring healing and restoration to your heart? Could today be your day?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 19th


Eternity In Their Hearts


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.’

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Let’s look for additional context from Solomon using the Amplified version and some verses from around it.

‘What profit is there for the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the task which God has given to the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live; and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God]. That which is has already been, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by [so that history repeats itself]. Moreover, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous and the wicked,” for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and for every deed. I said to myself regarding the sons of men, “God is surely testing them in order for them to see that [by themselves, without God] they are [only] animals.” For the [earthly] fate of the sons of men and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no preeminence or advantage for man [in and of himself] over an animal, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. Who knows if the spirit of man ascends upward and the spirit of the animal descends downward to the earth? So I have seen that there is nothing better than that a man should be happy in his own works and activities, for that is his portion (share). For who will bring him [back] to see what will happen after he is gone?’

Ecclesiastes 3:9-22

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you have a sense that life is more than what you can see?
  • Do you have a feeling that there is more to life than this?
  • Do you have a sense that life is more than our senses of sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell?
  • Do you feel there is something more, something bigger than what we are able to perceive?
  • Do you ever try to label it?
  • Do you ever try to name it?
  • Do you realize the reality of God is more than you could ever imagine or think?
  • What are you sure of? Where is your certainty?
  • What aren’t you sure of? What do you find mystery in?
  • Ever considered the definition of faith?
    • ‘Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. ‘
      Hebrews 11:1
  • Do you ever find yourself in awe or surprised what God does, even though you know He can do it?
  • So you know He can and then when He does it amazes you. This is the two facts of life working together to help us continue to look at God’s goodness and greatness with a sense of awe and amazement. Certainty vs Mystery!
  • Take a look around as the seasons change and it screams to God’s existence!
  • Grab hold of the reality that history tells us that He became a man and died for our sins over 2000 years ago!
  • Let’s grab hold of these certainties!
  • Let’s stick close to God as we live out our lives as we have each been created on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose and as such we get to live out the mystery of life!
  • Let’s remember that His ways are not our ways but rather they are higher and better than our ways!
    • ‘“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord . ‘
      Isaiah 55:8
  • So let’s stand on the rock that is immovable that is Jesus Christ!
  • Let’s enjoy the journey of life with its mysteries!
  • Let’s live out our lives with intrigue!
  • Let’s realize the beauty of life through these mysteries and intrigue!
  • Let’s look for the beauty in its season!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you feel more comfortable with certainty or with mystery?
  • What are some reasons you need the other trait in your life and in your walk with God?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities.”

ROBERT MURRAY M‘CHEYNE

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready for the next phase of your life like Job? Are you ready for a better second half? Are you ready to have that void, the hole filled permanently by God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? 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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It’s a matter of the heart!


When you consider the words that come out of your mouth, they are a reflection or overflowing of what is going on in your heart. When God points to the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation it is to make sure that bitterness and anger don’t take root and impact your heart. When we consider the impact or the issues that happen in life, we need to get to the heart of the matter to discover the motives and the emotions that are causing it.

Remember what it says in Luke 6:45?

‘A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.’

Luke 6:45

Remember what it says in Matthew 5:23-24?

‘Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. ‘

Matthew 5:23-24

Remember what it says in Proverbs 4:23?

‘Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.’

Proverbs 4:23

It all comes to the heart! The ten commandments weren’t to keep us from living an incredible life but rather to help our hearts be in the right place to be able to avoid the snares and issues of life! The top 2 list from Jesus that satisfy the ten commandments are a matter of the heart and how we are to love God who will fill us with love so that we can love others and pour out and into their lives in ways to glorify God! There are so many things we can learn from God about how important it is to invite Jesus into our hearts to help clean it up and keep it cleaned up through the Holy Spirit in order that we won’t allow things like anger, frustration, bitterness, and hate to take root in our hearts and stain or taint our hearts and as overflow harm and hold back the fullness of life that God has planned and desires! We know that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but rather that we can be saved! Jesus came that we can have life to the full as we read in John 10:10 where it says:

‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’

John 10:10

So let us not get tripped up by the lies of the devil and find condemnation and pain. Let’s receive Jesus for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus as it tells us in Romans 8:1 where it says:

‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ‘

Romans 8:1

So let’s check our hearts as we start today and see if we need to forgive, love, or clean up or uproot what is there in order for the overflow of our hearts today to be love!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 14th


The Issues of Life


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.’

Proverbs 4:23

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Consider the heart as a place that reflects or projects what is going on inside of you
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes motives
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes relationships
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes every action in our lives
  • So is your heart healthy enough to that you can see clearly or is your view distorted?
  • The heart is like a lens that is so important that Solomon in today’s proverb encourages us to protect it.
  • He is wanting us to realize that it is so important because it will affect every aspect of our lives positively or negatively depending on its state.
  • What’s in your heart?
  • Are you carrying around anything that needs to be removed or derooted?
  • If you consider your heart as the house of the Holy Spirit, does it need a spring cleaning?
  • When you consider your motives, what is it telling you about the status of your heart?
  • Are you seeing anything selfish that needs to be removed?
  • Are you seeing anything that is keeping you from living a life of integrity?
  • Are you seeing anything that is causing you to exaggerate the truth?
  • Honestly, what are you seeing or finding when you inventory your heart?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s truth?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s purposes?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s ways?
  • Are you ready to take what Solomon says seriously and protect your heart by honoring God in all you do?
  • Are you ready to take what Solomon says seriously and protect your heart by honoring God by treasuring love and integrity?
  • Are you ready to fill your heart with God’s things or will you choose to fill it with other things that will leave you feeling empty or that you are missing something or worse if you allow bitterness in.
  • We all have freewill and we all get to make our own decision!
  • We have to make our decision daily and through each moment of the day!
  • We need to choose to let God keep filling us as we pour out or leak through our days!
  • Our decision will make a difference to the life we get to live!
  • Our decision will make a difference in our sense of joy, peace, direction, strength, and fullfilment!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Take a snapshot. What’s the condition of your heart right now?
  • What are some ways you can fill your heart with faith, hope, and love, and then protect it?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you ready to get some help with filling your heart with good things? Are you ready to get some help with pulling out bitter roots in order to be able to find freedom through forgiveness? Are you needing a video testimony on the subject (check out on YouTube “Story Slam Forgiveness GoDaddy” or visit https://youtu.be/tOHCePoPlPo)? Are you ready to have a heart check-up today? 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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Louder doesn’t mean it’s right. Louder doesn’t mean better.


Ever been in a meeting where people start to raise their voice or even yell in order to make their idea or perspective seem better or right? Ever been in a meeting where it even escalated to the point where people start swearing or cursing? Ever seen those people in the room who are keeping quiet and how the meeting is missing out on their viewpoint and perspective? Ever seen those meetings where the meeting either escalates or gets called because of the behavior? Ever felt like walking out of one of those rooms?

The verse of the day from the Bible App today has an interesting perspective about when we speak:

‘If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:1

It is about our hearts! There are so many things that aren’t about the physical actions but rather about the content of our heart. If we aren’t speaking out of love then we are missing the point. If we aren’t overflowing from our hearts in love then bad things happen. Remember how it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks? If we haven’t filled up our hearts with love then the anger and frustration, the bitterness and resentment, the hate and other ugly things are what come out. So we need to ask God to help us clean house and to fill our hearts with love!

So where are you at today? What is the content of your heart? What are your motives and intentions? Consider them today before you start or get into that conversation and look to speak what you have to say in and out of love!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 12th


Old and New


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.’

Ephesians 4:20-24

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever caught yourself battling the ways of the world vs the ways of God?
  • Ever struggled with choosing between the sinful way and God’s way?
  • Ever been challenged with the selfish choice vs the selfless choice?
  • Ever noticed how this challenge can be more evident when you become a Christian?
  • God forgives us for all our sins, we become a child of God, and we have our names written in the book of life that will allow us to spend eternity with God.
  • Ever noticed the challenge of this newness when the old sinful nature hasn’t fully gone away?
  • Ever noticed how it challenges us with lies that God doesn’t care?
  • Ever noticed how it challenges us with lies that we are foolish to be following God?
  • Ever noticed how it challenges us with lies that it is ok to be selfish?
  • Today’s reading points out how the old selfish nature as a self-preservation actually gets worse.
  • Paul as he speaks thru today’s verses uses the metaphor of getting dressed to help us grasp how to deal with the old (selfish) and new (selfless) ways to live.
  • Are you going to put on clean clothes today or are you going to go thru the laundry hamper to pick what to wear?
  • Can you tell the difference? Do you even realize that you are doing it? Do you put all your clothes and so it is harder to detect or distinguish?
  • What happens when you notice that you are wearing something with a stain or an odor? Do you change into something clean?
  • It is similar to how when we notice we are acting in the old way, the stains or odors of pride, arrogance, indifference, and other things need to be taken off and replaced with something new and clean.
  • So when we notice it, let’s give it up to God and ask for forgiveness and then put it down and pick up the new and clean behavior instead.
  • Let’s decide to be putting on clean clothe and habits that will honor God and bless people!
  • Let’s decide to let God’s Word to sink into our hearts and our lives so that walk refreshed and renewed (like clean clothe that just came out of the dryer)
  • Let’s take hold of God’s truth so that we don’t get stuck wandering around wondering what the stink is until others point it out that it is us. That loudness! That rudeness! Let’s make sure we are speaking from a heart filled with love and a mind filled with the Word of God!
  • Let’s be aware so that when we notice the bad behavior, we can stop ourselves and like dirty clothes, we can change our attitude!
  • Let’s not ignore it but instead let’s do something about it!
  • Let’s put on our clean clothes!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some dirty clothes you’ve worn lately? When did you realize they were dirty?
  • What are some clean clothes you need to put on today?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”

Bob Pierce

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready for the old to be made new? Are you ready to start living a new? Are you ready to be a new creation where the old is gone and the new has come? 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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Will you care enough to do it right?


Will you choose to live your life in a way that is moral, ethical, and good? Will you believe enough to choose to live a life that is honorable, reputable, and honest? Will you pursue and be interested in living a life that is exemplary, irreproachable, and uncorrupted? Will you care enough to make choices that will keep you blameless, guiltless, and innocent? How will you decide to live out your today?

We are each given today to live on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! We each are given freewill to spend our time and energy in whatever way we choose. So as you consider today, a day the company I work for has given us off in remembrance and celebration of Juneteenth, even before the U.S. government passed it as a national holiday. The company gave us the day off to be able to study it, volunteer for it, and share it. The company’s goal and hope in giving us the day off was to give us an opportunity to learn, connect, and reflect on how we can continue to heal, move forward, and create lasting change. It raised to the surface our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable, learn about the black experiences, and talking to the next generation about race.

As I consider caring and sharing, loving and serving, what comes to my mind is both how to best serve orphans and widows. In the U.S. the kids in the foster care system are our modern day orphans. Looking up some numbers, I found that in 2018 there were about 424,653 children were in foster care. Nearly 1/3 of them lived with relatives. There are slightly more boys than girls are in foster care. In the research data, we find there are racial overrepresentation in the foster care system where in some cases there are more African-American and in others Native Americans and Latinos. The why is very complex but has generated and inspired studies, activism, and efforts to change how communities support vulnerable families. One thing that we find in terms of what gets kids into the foster care system are some form of abuse or neglect. For a child to be removed from their home requires the child welfare agency to go to court after having had social services investigate the allegations of abuse or neglect and determination that it isn’t safe for the child to remain there. The best option is to support the family so that the child doesn’t need to be removed but that isn’t always a possibility.

So how will you use your time today? How will you choose to spend your time? Will you care enough to do what is right?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for June 18th


True Religion


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.’

James 1:27

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you trying to live a life of being entertained?
  • Are you living life as a spectator?
  • Are you ready to change that and get involved?
  • Are you ready to participate in this thing called life?
  • Are you ready to go from content and analysis like the world provides through news and blogs to taking action?
  • Are you ready to get involved and make a difference?
  • Are you ready to not only notice people in need but look for ways to help people in need?
  • Are you ready to look for ways and go places where you can find and make opportunities to touch lives and offer assistance?
  • Are you ready to get off your but, off your couch or chair, and go? Go and get your hands dirty? Go and make a difference?
  • We aren’t to do it for the applause of men, remember?
  • We are to do it for the glory of God!
  • We aren’t to go out and publicly be parading around to get the applause of men but more secretively in order that only God knows what is going on!
  • We should go into that quiet place and pray, we shouldn’t allow our left hand to know what our right hand is doing when we give, and we should be serving others with humility and grace.
  • James reminds us when he calls us to go, to visit, and to serve the widows and the orphans, the down and out.
  • James reminds us when he calls us to go, to visit, and to serve the people who are usually forgotten in order to meet their needs.
  • We learn how the widows and orphans were the forgotten and so James calls us to show true religion by going to, meeting with, and serving these people who are forgotten and down and out.
  • Today the list can have added to it the homeless on the streets, the prisoners in jail, and more.
  • So how will we choose to live out our faith?
  • How will we decide to make a difference, finding the need and filling it?
  • In the midst of going and serving, James provides one more thing we should be doing to show our faith, stay away from sinful attitudes, words, and actions.
  • So today we get to make a choice!
  • Each today we get to make a choice!
  • Will we choose to invite Jesus into our hearts and live out our lives in a way that glorifies Him?
  • Will we choose to live for Christ by allowing Him to help us live with a pure heart?
  • Will we choose to live for Christ by allowing Him to help us live with an outward expression of His love to the unfortunate?
  • Will we choose to live both inwardly and externally in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Who is the best example you know of someone who lives a true faith?
  • What steps do you need to take today to have true faith?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Sympathy is no substitute for action.”

David Livingstone

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to respond to God’s calling on your life? Are you ready to change the way you are living your life to a way that will bring God praise, glory, and honor? Are you ready to change do what is right? Are you ready to accept the gift of grace through Jesus Christ in order to receive true freedom? Are you ready to be a part of the people who Jesus set free so that you can be free indeed? Are you ready to receive the truth and be able to walk out in true freedom? 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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What’s in your heart? It’s a fountain of its content and what comes out of it is what it is filled with.


So what are you allowing into your heart? Is it love or hate? Is it forgiveness or bitterness? Is it joy or anger? Are you allowing it to take root? Are you allowing it to grow? Are you allowing it to bloom and flooring? What will pour out of it when life gets tough?

“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.”

Proverbs‬ ‭16:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Matthew‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So, what’s in our heart? Are you ready to replace the hate with love? Are you ready to replace the bitterness with forgiveness? Are you ready to replace the anger with joy? Will you invite Jesus into your heart so that you He can help you clean things up?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 3rd


The Well of the Heart


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you more focused on the outside than the inside?
  • Are you more focused on appearance than reality?
  • Are you more focused on what you are allowing into your heart than what is coming out?
  • Are you more focused on rules, regulations, and routines than on having a real relationship with others and with God?
  • Ready to turn things around and take hold of what Jesus has to say and offer?
  • Ready to turn things around and start or improve your relationship with Jesus?
  • Let’s be more focused on what comes out of our mouthed than what we put into them!
  • Let’s be more focused on the content of our heart and how the words we choose to use can create rather than destroy and heal rather than hurt!
  • How do you communicate with others?
  • You do you communicate with those you love?
  • How are you with the words you speak? Is it intentional or habitual?
  • Are you more interested in being smart or snarky or sarcastic or loving?
  • Let’s purpose to speaking more lovingly in order to bring healing!
  • Let’s tell people how much we love them!
  • Let’s tell people how proud we are of them!
  • Let’s tell people when we see and recognize things hey are really good at!
  • Don’t cut people by using critical words!
  • Don’t hurt people by using sarcasm!
  • Don’t allow silence to cause others to feel self-doubt or emptiness!
  • Be observant of the words that comes out of your mouth as a barometer of what is going on in your heart and look to adjust accordingly!
  • If you are finding that what is pouring out of you is negative, biting, caustic, or sarcastic then turn to God and ask Him to help fill you with faith, hope, and love to overflowing so that what comes out of you aligns with Him more!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Think of the conversation you’ve had in the past day. How would you describe the content of your words?
  • What changes do you need to make in your communication, especially with those you love?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.”

— Zig Ziegler

So ready to get your heart right? Ready to get some help? 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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Are you aware of your surroundings?


Are you sure the foundation on which you stand is solid? Are you sure that the ground is level? Are you wearing the right footwear to be able to stand firm? Are you wearing the right equipment to be able to stand firm? Are you prepared physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for what is coming your way? Are you standing up for the right things? Are you standing up for anything? Are you prepared? What do you believe in? Do you believe the right thing(s)? Will you continue to do good, even when things get hard? Will you continue to do good and not grow weary? What is motivating you to do good? Is it enough to keep you going and keep you doing good? Are you ready to do good on every opportunity that comes your way?

What if you are wrong? What if you were to be confronted with the truth? What if you were confronted by the truth? Would you be ready to be transformed? Would you be willing to take everything you know and use it for good? Would you be able to take everything you know and point people to the real truth? Would you be able to ask for forgiveness? Would you be able to humbly submit yourself to the reality? What would it take for you to get there? Would it be something drastic? Would it be something that impacts your mind? Would it be something that impacts your body? Would it need to be enough to knock you over? Would it need to be enough to knock you down?

How would you take it if the one you were standing up against was the devil using the truth? Would you keep standing?

How would you take it if the one you were standing up against was God and learned you were missing details? Would you be willing to turn back to God?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 21st


When God knocks you down


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Acts 9:3-8

‘As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. ‘


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Don’t allow your position cause you to think you are better than that or higher than that.
  • Don’t allow your education cause you to think you are better than that or higher than that.
  • Don’t allow pride to rob you of living a life that is to serve others out of love and humility.
  • Don’t allow passion to cause you to step over the line or do the wrong thing.
  • Don’t be one of those people who think they are always right.
  • Have you met God?
  • Was it an eye opening experience?
  • Was it a surprise?
  • Did it change your view of things?
  • Did it transform the way you think and feel and act?
  • Did it transform your heart?
  • Did it transform your mind?
  • Did it transform the way you live your life?
  • Did it reveal the truth and did the truth set you free?
  • Did it show you your wrongs or wrong ideas?
  • Did it show you the right things and the things to grasp?
  • Was that moment a pivotal point in your life?
  • Was that moment a pivotal time and changed you and the way you live the rest of your life?
  • Did it surprise you? Did it shock you? Did it devastate you?
  • Did it break your pride?
  • Did it shake your confidence?
  • Was it a time of new beginnings where you were able to humble yourself and receive what God had to offer?
  • Is now your time for a new beginning where you can humble yourself and receive what God has to offer?
  • Are you ready and willing to submit yourself and your life to Jesus?
  • Are you ready to take hold of and meditate on the gospel? The Good News?
  • Are you ready to become a new creation and allow God to rebuild you stronger and better than ever?
  • Don’t allow pride to rob you of being a great leader!
  • Just because you are a great leader doesn’t mean you have to live pridefully!
  • Be a servant leader! Be a leader that God can bless! Be a leader that models the example of Jesus!
  • Do you really want to alternative of being a prideful leader? To have your pride crushed?
  • Either way, God will be able to take the humble, broken pieces to create a new person.
  • Will you be a humble, servant leader who is lead by the Holy Spirit instead of selfish ambition?
  • If or when God needs to knock you down, how will you respond?
  • Will you allow God to reform your passions and redirect your path?
  • Will you allow God to reform your passion in order for you to be able to use all your God given abilities for Him?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How can you tell if it’s God who’s knocking you down?
  • Knocked down by God usually is due to us falling out of line.
  • Knocked down by God usually is caused by pride
  • Knocked down by God usually is caused by selfishness
Does it encourage you or depress you that God is willing to crush your pride to reform you? Explain your answer.
  • Yes
  • It encourages me that God loves me so much that He is willing to encounter me right where I am at and help course correct and direct me.
  • It depresses me that I wouldn’t listen to the still quiet voice and humbly obey God’s wisdom and direction to the point that my pride require Him to step out and knock me over and crush my pride.
  • When God steps in and loves on me like this, He then picks up the pieces and helps me become a new and improved person.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Religion is the first thing and the last thing, and until a man has found God and been found by God, he begins at no beginning, he works to no end. He may have his friendships, his partial loyalties, his scraps of honor. But all these things fall into place and life falls into place only with God.”

— H. G. Wells

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Humility or Pride? Humble or Proud? Serving or Served? Ready or Unprepared? Persevere or give up?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Worship…


As we head into the weekend and the beauty of fresh snow is across the field, the idea of purity, untouched, and worship came to my mind. Ever heard the phrase “white as snow“? Ever reflected on where you heard it or where it came from? Ever considered this verse in the Bible:

‘“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord , “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

Isaiah 1:18-20

Ever considered how it would be or could be possible to have such a transformation? Ever considered what it would take for this to happen? Ever considered the sacrifice paid by Jesus in order to cleanse us of all unrighteousness – removing the crimson stain of sin and replacing it with the purity and cleansing of His ultimate sacrifice on the cross?

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow. 
-- Isaiah 1:18
Isaiah 1:18
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
-- Psalms 51:7

Ever compared snow first thing in the morning before people or animals get to trample through it? The purity? The beauty? The untouched snow?

Ever reflected with awe and wonder the magnificence of God’s hand on this world? Ever focused on the awe and wonder of God’s love and sacrifice? Ever considered how much God loves you to the point of wanting and willing to give you another chance? Don’t you think He is worthy of our worship and praise? Don’t you think we should live out our lives as living sacrifices to God in order that by the words we speak and the actions we take He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name?

What or Who do you worship? Is it God or do you have an idol that you worship? Do you live in awe and wonder of what God has been and is able to do in and around and through your life? Will you consider as you start this day how you can worship God? Will you worship God in Spirit? Will you worship God in Truth? Will you choose to worship God rather than some idol? The decision is yours and that decision will have an impact on both your life and those around you. So who will you choose to worship today?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 13th


Spirit and Truth


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: John 4:23-24

‘But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize that God is omnipresent and so He is everywhere and so we that means we can talk to Him and walk with Him everywhere we go?
  • Do you realize that God wants us to have a relationship with Him rather than going thru the motions of rituals and routines and so we should be able to share every moment of our lives in conversation and interaction with Him?
  • Do you realize that God wants us to be friends with Him and as such to be able to share every part of our lives with Him rather than trying to compartmentalize the parts we let Him in vs the areas we don’t?
    • ‘No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. ‘
      John 15:15
  • Do you realize that you can’t put God in a box? He is bigger than that!
  • Do you realize what it takes to have a relationship? Let’s choose a relationship with God over rituals and routines, only being able to worship Him in certain places or certain times or in certain ways!
  • Let’s choose to get on track with God and use the rails of the Spirit and Truth to direct us forward!
  • Let’s live in relationship with God by worshipping Him in Spirit!
  • Let’s live in relationship with God by worshipping Him in Truth!
  • Let’s go beyond starting a relationship with Jesus and being saved!
  • Let’s continue our relationship with Jesus and be sanctified!
  • Let’s choose to go beyond our worldly and fleshly ways and move towards our spiritual ways for God is Spirit!
  • For some there is an emptiness in their hearts and they keep trying to fill it with different things and find it doesn’t work or fix the hole. Jesus is the piece we need to fill the hole in our hearts!
  • Without God in our hearts there is an emptiness, there is a gap, there is a hole where our eternity can’t be found. So we need to invite Jesus into our hearts to help that pull towards eternity with God.
    • ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.’
      Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • It is more than just a spiritual experience, it is a relationship with God!
  • It goes beyond a feeling or some may have heard it said as it is more than a feeling!
  • So let’s not be drawn away from God!
  • Let’s walk out our lives daily with God!
  • It’s not about an experience or a philosophy, it is about a relationship with Jesus!
  • Don’t allow the devil to trick you into thinking you are all that or have it all together and allow pride to slip into the situation!
  • Let’s come to God in humility!
  • Let’s walk out our day sensitive to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit!
  • Hear that still quiet voice? How will you respond?
  • Feel that prompting to act? How will you respond?
  • Will you be obedient to the still quiet voice and do what God is asking of you?
  • Will you be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and be God’s hands extended to the people around you?
  • Don’t be robbed by pride! Don’t be robbed by selfishness!
  • Let’s live humbly and with a servants heart to both God and those He has brought into our lives to serve!
  • Let’s choose to walk with our Friend God and worship Him as living sacrifices in Spirit and in Truth!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Which are you more attracted to, spiritual experiences or biblical truth?
  • Biblical truth – God’s Word is alive and speaks truth to me daily. He knows what I need each day and is able to speak right into my very situation, exactly what I need to hear.
  • God experiences – having Him be able to lead and guide me through the prompting of the Holy Spirit makes it so that when I send a quick note to someone that they came to mind, I get to see how God purposed for it and can work it to speak life and hope and love into the lives of others.
What would a strong blend of both look like in your life?
  • A powerful day where living with and for God would cause my light to shine for others to see and glorify my heavenly Father. A powerful day where I am about my Father’s work.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Many times Christians state their love for the Lord and their willingness to die for Him. I will make no pretense of knowing the Lord’s will in your life, but I do feel that in most cases the Lord is far more interested in our living for Him than He is in our dying for Him.

— ZIG ZIGLAR

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 32
    • It is not good for people to be alone. It is not good for people to be without a spiritual leader.
    • Left to their own ways they are tempted to worship or create idols rather than convene with God.
    • We need to not allow peer pressure to cause us to buy in or get sucked into the tricks and lies.
    • We need to be filled regularly and walk with God continuously or else we can be led astray and start doing the wrong things for the wrong motives.
    • Will you turn back to God before it is too late in order to be forgiven?
    • Will you turn back to God before it is too late and allow Him to clean that crimson stain of sin and make it white as snow?
  • Exodus 33
    • Are you willing to go into God’s promises and leave God behind?
    • Will you choose to stay with God rather than walk into an experience or situation alone?
    • Will you only go if God will go with you?
    • Will you choose to meet with God?
    • Will you choose to walk out our life in God’s favor?
    • Will you go forward only if and when God will lead you?
    • Will you stay as long as God doesn’t choose to move?
    • Will your favor with God be evident in the way you live and your life goes?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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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Search the heart!


Ask God to search your heart. Ask God to remove anything He finds that isn’t according to His will. Ask God to help create a clean heart in you. Ask God to make more room for His things. Ask God to fill it with love to overflowing for from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Ask God to create a clean heart in you and to renew a steadfast spirit in you. Let God’s will be your motive! Just as when we pray, ask God for His kingdom to come and His will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven! Lord, I draw near to you for Lord Your Word promises that as I draw near to You, You will draw near to me. Lord, rather than worrying, I put my hope and trust in You Lord for Your Word tells me to be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication to make my needs known to You. Lord, change is taking place, some appears to be for good and some I have not been able to discern. Lord, give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a mind to understand and discern how I should proceed. Don’t allow my heart to harden Lord but help me have a soft heart and a pliable heart and an obedient heart to Your purpose and plan. Keep me from becoming one who has eyes but doesn’t see what is right in from of him. Keep me from becoming one who has ears but doesn’t hear what is being said. Keep me from becoming one who can’t understand nor discern what to do. Help me Lord through Your Holy Spirit to lead and guide me, direct and comfort me, grant me wisdom and discernment to be able to walk out Your plan and Your purpose according to Your will rather than in and through my own strength. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I don’t have room in my heart nor my mind for the lies of the devil and tricks and traps and snares he is attempting to set in place and in motion. I know Lord that what the enemy does for evil, you are able to turn it around and use it for good. I know Lord that with you by my side that even if they plot evil against me and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed. You are my rock and my fortress! You are my foundation and my strength. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! I know and trust You Lord because You work all things for good for those who love you and have been called according to your purpose.

So Lord, I come to You and give my life, my heart, my mind, my purpose, my goals, my hands over to You so that in all things You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.



2020 Hindsight – Clarity of vision

The 49 week challenge – Day 172

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With May in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Walk with grace and peace
  • God is just
  • Vengeance belongs to the Lord
  • Jesus is coming back
  • We must believe
  • Pray to be made worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith
  • Pray to God and cry for His mercy
  • Allow God to be your relief
  • Meditate on God’s Word
  • Take hold of God’s unfailing love and put your trust in God
  • Hide yourself in God and allow Him to show you His will
  • Receive the saving grace of God
  • Serve God
  • Do good in the eyes of God
  • Live out your life with breakthrough love as described in 1 Corinthians 13
  • Turn back to God before it is too late
  • When Jesus returns be found in Him.
  • Choose Jesus so that you will get to spend eternity with God rather than apart from Him where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

As day 172 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 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

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Where is your heart at?


What motivates you? What leads you? What directs you? What controls you? Are you willing to speak the truth in love, even when it is hard? Are you willing to speak the truth, even when it means confessing that you did something wrong? Are you willing to let God know all of you? Are you willing to let Him know your strengths and your weaknesses? Are you willing to be honest with Him, even when you mess up? Are you willing to tell God the truth whether you do right or wrong? Are you able to confess when you miss the mark (aka sin)? Are you able to praise God through it all? Are you able to cast all your cares upon Him? Are you willing to trust God no matter how big or small your cares and needs are? Do you believe God is big enough to handle anything you throw at Him? the good? the bad? the ugly? Are you willing to live with your emotions on your sleeve before God so that He always knows and can tell where you are at? Are you going to live your life before God without a mask? Are you willing to give God all of your heart? Are you willing to take God at His Word and agree with what He says? Is your faith in God? Is your faith in God strong enough when you succeed? Is your faith in God strong enough when you fail? Is your faith in God strong enough that when you fail, you will turn back to God, confess, and seek reconciliation through forgiveness? Will you pursue God’s Word with all you are? Will you do everything God asks of you?

Will you invite Jesus into your heart to fill that void?

Hole in heart that only Jesus can fill.jpg

Will you always answer God’s call? Will you pick up when He is calling you? Answering the call shows that you put your trust and faith and hope in Him!

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called


2020 Hindsight 
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge 
(Day 145)

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April is in the rearview mirror

With April in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • What would it take to be a person after God’s own heart?
  • What would it take to accept Jesus into your heart?
  • What would it take for God’s Word to be important in your life?
  • What would it take for you to do everything God wants you to do?
  • How will you live once you have received God’s call?
  • When you don’t know what to do, will you choose to turn to God?
  • Do you have God’s Word with you?
  • How will you show your trust in God?
  • Don’t let your past define your future!
  • If God calls you to it then He will get you through it!
  • Nothing is impossible with God!
  • Will you wait in order to receive the Word of God?
  • Will you do what God calls you to do?
  • Will you receive the Holy Spirit in order to walk in the power of God?
  • Will you be who God created you to be?
  • Will you live as God calls you to live?
  • Will you receive the instruction for life from God and live it?
  • Will you allow God to be your savior?
  • Who has God created you to be?
  • What is the purpose He created you with and for?
  • Will you trust God enough to be patient and wait upon the Lord?
  • Will you wait upon the Lord to renew your strength?
  • Don’t rush! Don’t lose hope! God’s timing is perfect!
  • Will you follow the command God gives you?

As day 145 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 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

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

A new week! A new day! A new way!


So how are you heading into this new week? Are you waking up with confidence? Woke up before my alarm today but a song was playing in my head – Confidence by Sanctus Real. The words “Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den”, “Give me a heart like David in the wilderness”, “be my defense so I can face my giants with confidence” looping in my head. It’s Monday and we are back to it after the weekend. Are you ready to face your giants with confidence? Will you invite Jesus into your heart to create in you a new and clean heart? Will you start to lean on Jesus more as your confidence to help build your faith and your hope through it all?


Here is a the full song from YouTube…


Do you realize that this week is going to be difference? Do you realize that this week is starting with new messaging, new challenges, new giants? Will you allow Jesus to be your confidence in and through it all? Will you ask Jesus to give you the words and the wisdom to speak the truth in love? Will you walk in the faith and hope, with a heart that takes confidence from a relationship with God? We are to be more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us! Receive faith like Daniel! Receive Hope like Moses! Receive a new heart like David! Call out to Jesus! Worship and praise God till the walls fall! Will you let God be your defense so that you can live out today in confidence thanks to Jesus? The battle belongs to the Lord! Let’s get ready and face our giants with confidence!


2020 Hindsight 
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge 
(Day 111)

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With March in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Do you have confidence in the work God has for you to accomplish?
  • Do you have confidence that even if it isn’t easy that since God called you to it, He will get you through it?
  • Do you have confidence that God’s plan is better than your plan and so going His way will be best?
  • Do you have confidence that with God all things are possible?
  • Do you have confidence that God works all things for good for those who love Him?
  • Do you have confidence that if God’s will is different that your will that you will do it His way?
  • Will you be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide, comfort and direct you?
  • Put your confidence in God over man!
  • Will your confidence in God be so strong that you will be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen?
  • Will your confidence in God be so strong that you will not turn from God’s will even in the midst of attacks and mocking?
  • Will your confidence in the power of the resurrection encourage and strengthen you?
  • Even if your faith is the size of a mustard see that can be enough to throw a mountain into the sea!
  • Jesus made a way for us to be able to have relationship with God!
  • The curtain tore to open up the Holy of holies that everyone would now be able to see in.
  • We see how even the words Jesus spoke align with what comes from today’s Psalm reading.
  • God is not far away, out there somewhere, put your confidence in God no matter what.
  • Psalm 22 foretold of what would happen to Jesus and how He would be treated.
  • Ever compared what was written in the Old Testament (Psalm 22) and realized how it spoke to Jesus and who He is (Mark 15)?
  • Persevere as you wait upon the Lord and allow Him to renew your strength!
  • Do you see all that is taking place today with COVID-19? How bad would it take before people will humble themselves and turn back to God?
  • Do you realize that if we will humble ourselves and pray, turn back to God, He will hear us from Heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land!
  • Confidence that He who started a good work in and through me will complete it.

As day 111 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 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?

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

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Do you know how to fill that empty feeling in your heart? Did you know there is one thing that can fill it?


Ever have that feeling in your heart that there is an empty spot that needs filling? Ever tried to fill it with everything you can find? Ever found that it didn’t fill it up? Do you know what it takes to fill that spot? Do you realize it is like a puzzle and that one piece needs to be added to complete it? Do you realize that the one piece that will complete it is Jesus?

Hole in heart that only Jesus can fill.jpg

Do you realize that God isn’t out there somewhere but He is right here with us? Do you realize that when you turn back to God that He is coming after you? He gave you freewill and isn’t going to force anything on you, it will require a decision, a choice, a turning point where you choose to call out of God and receive Jesus into your heart. When we receive Jesus, we can take hold of the reality of who He is and what He provides for us! With God all things are possible! We can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! We can take heart when we face troubles because Jesus has overcome the world!

Be an overcomer

Day 56: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge 
 Day 56 —

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January is in the rear view mirror

With January in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from: (I have chosen to use NIV

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

John 6:37

As day 56 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 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?

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, cleansend and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?


Today’s devotional comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Working thru the damage of the storm while delivering good news to others.


Ever been in the middle of two very drastic and opposite experiences? Ever had a touch personal situation and at the same time needed to deliver good news? Ever had a traumatic experience personally and then had to celebrate someone else? Where do you put your focus in order to make both possible? How do you position yourself so that you are able to handle both situations with the right heart and mind? Are you able to compartmentalize enough to make it happen? Are you able to guard your heart and your mind so that you are able to walk thru it? Are you able to distinguish between what is on the outside and what is on the inside so that the outside will just pass thru bu the things in your heart will be good and from the overflow of your heart, your mouth will speak? Do you have some other way to deal with it? What if that was your situation today?

Ever considered Jesus’ situation where He was being persecuted and put to death and yet the message He was delivering was one of hope and grace to the world. You may feel the pain and go through the suffering. You get to choose where you will focus and the reasons and the purpose behind why you would good through it.


Day 55: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge 
 Day 55 —

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January is in the rear view mirror

With January in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:

(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)


My Notes:

  • Are you doing it for the right reason?
  • Are you doing it out of tradition or out of purpose?
  • Are you doing it out of routine or out of your heart?
  • Are you aware that what goes into you isn’t what makes you defiled?
  • Don’t you realize that it is what comes out of your heart that defiles you?
  • Do you realize that from the overflow of the heart your mouth speaks?
  • So to be defiled would require your heart overflow things like: sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
  • Will you pursue God, His purpose, and His will all the days of your life?
  • How will you know how you are to respond?
  • How will you know how to decide?
  • Will you live out of love or out of fear?
  • Will you live in a way that is pleasing to God?
  • Will you elevate the word of God?
  • Will you celebrate the word of God?
  • Will you allow the word of God to bring conviction?
  • Will you allow the word of God to bring transformation?

As day 55 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 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?

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, cleansend and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Partial obedience is still disobedience.


Isn’t partial obedience willful disobedience? We don’t get to pick and choose which commands of God to follow. To obey God, we must be willing to make the necessary changes, adjustments, or sacrifices required. We can’t go after it halfheartedly or partially but rather fully obey God. There is no blessing in partial obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Submission is better than offering. Rebellion is as bad as witchcraft. Stubbornness is as bad as worshipping idols. Disobedience to God always brings consequences.

Do you trust God fully? Is Jesus Lord of all or is He not lord at all for you and to you? Will you turn to Him or turn away from Him? Have you invited Jesus into your heart and allowed Him to create a new heart in you? Have you invited God to create a new heart in you and remove the deceitful and desperate things from it? Are you allowing your roots to grow deep by the living water of Jesus so that even during the heat and droughts of life?

Let’s pursue God and hear what His Word has to tell us today.



Today’s reading from God’s Word gets started in 1 Samuel 15 where we see how Saul doesn’t fully obey God’s command and learn what happens to him…

‘One day Samuel said to Saul, “It was the Lord who told me to anoint you as king of his people, Israel. Now listen to this message from the Lord ! This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy the entire Amalekite nation—men, women, children, babies, cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and donkeys.” So Saul mobilized his army at Telaim. There were 200,000 soldiers from Israel and 10,000 men from Judah. Then Saul and his army went to a town of the Amalekites and lay in wait in the valley. Saul sent this warning to the Kenites: “Move away from where the Amalekites live, or you will die with them. For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up from Egypt.” So the Kenites packed up and left. Then Saul slaughtered the Amalekites from Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He captured Agag, the Amalekite king, but completely destroyed everyone else. Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and kept the best of the sheep and goats, the cattle, the fat calves, and the lambs—everything, in fact, that appealed to them. They destroyed only what was worthless or of poor quality. Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command.” Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night. Early the next morning Samuel went to find Saul. Someone told him, “Saul went to the town of Carmel to set up a monument to himself; then he went on to Gilgal.” When Samuel finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. “May the Lord bless you,” he said. “I have carried out the Lord ’s command!” “Then what is all the bleating of sheep and goats and the lowing of cattle I hear?” Samuel demanded. “It’s true that the army spared the best of the sheep, goats, and cattle,” Saul admitted. “But they are going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God. We have destroyed everything else.” Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! Listen to what the Lord told me last night!” “What did he tell you?” Saul asked. And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel. And the Lord sent you on a mission and told you, ‘Go and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, until they are all dead.’ Why haven’t you obeyed the Lord ? Why did you rush for the plunder and do what was evil in the Lord ’s sight?” “But I did obey the Lord ,” Saul insisted. “I carried out the mission he gave me. I brought back King Agag, but I destroyed everyone else. Then my troops brought in the best of the sheep, goats, cattle, and plunder to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord , he has rejected you as king.” Then Saul admitted to Samuel, “Yes, I have sinned. I have disobeyed your instructions and the Lord ’s command, for I was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. But now, please forgive my sin and come back with me so that I may worship the Lord .” But Samuel replied, “I will not go back with you! Since you have rejected the Lord ’s command, he has rejected you as king of Israel.” As Samuel turned to go, Saul tried to hold him back and tore the hem of his robe. And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to someone else—one who is better than you. And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!” Then Saul pleaded again, “I know I have sinned. But please, at least honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel by coming back with me so that I may worship the Lord your God.” So Samuel finally agreed and went back with him, and Saul worshiped the Lord . Then Samuel said, “Bring King Agag to me.” Agag arrived full of hope, for he thought, “Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!” But Samuel said, “As your sword has killed the sons of many mothers, now your mother will be childless.” And Samuel cut Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal. Then Samuel went home to Ramah, and Saul returned to his house at Gibeah of Saul. Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the Lord was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.’

— 1 Samuel 15

‘“The sin of Judah is inscribed with an iron chisel— engraved with a diamond point on their stony hearts and on the corners of their altars. Even their children go to worship at their pagan altars and Asherah poles, beneath every green tree and on every high hill. So I will hand over my holy mountain— along with all your wealth and treasures and your pagan shrines— as plunder to your enemies, for sin runs rampant in your land. The wonderful possession I have reserved for you will slip from your hands. I will tell your enemies to take you as captives to a foreign land. For my anger blazes like a fire that will burn forever.” This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord . They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord , search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools. But we worship at your throne— eternal, high, and glorious! O Lord , the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced. They will be buried in the dust of the earth, for they have abandoned the Lord , the fountain of living water. O Lord , if you heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for you alone! People scoff at me and say, “What is this ‘message from the Lord ’ you talk about? Why don’t your predictions come true?” Lord , I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people. I have not urged you to send disaster. You have heard everything I’ve said. Lord , don’t terrorize me! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster. Bring shame and dismay on all who persecute me, but don’t let me experience shame and dismay. Bring a day of terror on them. Yes, bring double destruction upon them! This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and stand in the gates of Jerusalem, first in the gate where the king goes in and out, and then in each of the other gates. Say to all the people, ‘Listen to this message from the Lord , you kings of Judah and all you people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem. This is what the Lord says: Listen to my warning! Stop carrying on your trade at Jerusalem’s gates on the Sabbath day. Do not do your work on the Sabbath, but make it a holy day. I gave this command to your ancestors, but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay attention or accept my discipline. “‘But if you obey me, says the Lord , and do not carry on your trade at the gates or work on the Sabbath day, and if you keep it holy, then kings and their officials will go in and out of these gates forever. There will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. Kings and their officials will always ride in and out among the people of Judah in chariots and on horses, and this city will remain forever. And from all around Jerusalem, from the towns of Judah and Benjamin, from the western foothills and the hill country and the Negev, the people will come with their burnt offerings and sacrifices. They will bring their grain offerings, frankincense, and thanksgiving offerings to the Lord ’s Temple. “‘But if you do not listen to me and refuse to keep the Sabbath holy, and if on the Sabbath day you bring loads of merchandise through the gates of Jerusalem just as on other days, then I will set fire to these gates. The fire will spread to the palaces, and no one will be able to put out the roaring flames.’”’

— Jeremiah 17

‘“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three against. ‘Father will be divided against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’” Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times. “Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right? When you are on the way to court with your accuser, try to settle the matter before you get there. Otherwise, your accuser may drag you before the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, who will throw you into prison. And if that happens, you won’t be free again until you have paid the very last penny.”’

-Luke 12:49-59

‘And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house. But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.’

– Hebrews 3:1-6

‘Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit— with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.’

-Psalms 51

It’s a matter of the heart!


From the overflow of your heart, you speak. From the overflow of your heart, you act. From the overflow of your heart, you believe. From the overflow of your heart, you respond. From the overflow of your heart, you trust. So what are you putting into your heart? What are you allowing into your heart? What are you removing from your heart? It is a matter of the heart!


Today’s reading gets us started with Deuteronomy

‘“You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands. Keep in mind that I am not talking now to your children, who have never experienced the discipline of the Lord your God or seen his greatness and his strong hand and powerful arm. They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land. They didn’t see what the Lord did to the armies of Egypt and to their horses and chariots—how he drowned them in the Red Sea as they were chasing you. He destroyed them, and they have not recovered to this very day! “Your children didn’t see how the Lord cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here. They didn’t see what he did to Dathan and Abiram (the sons of Eliab, a descendant of Reuben) when the earth opened its mouth in the Israelite camp and swallowed them, along with their households and tents and every living thing that belonged to them. But you have seen the Lord perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes!

“Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter. If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey! For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden. Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain— a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year! “If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul, then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil. He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat. “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the Lord ’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you. “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him. Then the Lord will drive out all the nations ahead of you, though they are much greater and stronger than you, and you will take over their land. Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land. “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before. “When the Lord your God brings you into the land and helps you take possession of it, you must pronounce the blessing at Mount Gerizim and the curse at Mount Ebal. (These two mountains are west of the Jordan River in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Jordan Valley, near the town of Gilgal, not far from the oaks of Moreh.) For you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take that land and are living in it, you must be careful to obey all the decrees and regulations I am giving you today.’

Deuteronomy 11

Today’s reading continues into Isaiah

‘Then the Lord said to me, “Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz. ” I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to witness my doing this. Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said, “Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. For before this child is old enough to say ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama,’ the king of Assyria will carry away both the abundance of Damascus and the riches of Samaria.” Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, “My care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloah, but they have rejected it. They are rejoicing over what will happen to King Rezin and King Pekah. Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River —the king of Assyria and all his glory. This flood will overflow all its channels and sweep into Judah until it is chin deep. It will spread its wings, submerging your land from one end to the other, O Immanuel. “Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified. Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless. Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed. For God is with us! ”

The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many will stumble and fall, never to rise again. They will be snared and captured.” Preserve the teaching of God; entrust his instructions to those who follow me. I will wait for the Lord , who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my hope in him. I and the children the Lord has given me serve as signs and warnings to Israel from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies who dwells in his Temple on Mount Zion. Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead? Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.’

Isaiah 8

and

‘Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

The Lord has spoken out against Jacob; his judgment has fallen upon Israel. And the people of Israel and Samaria, who spoke with such pride and arrogance, will soon know it. They said, “We will replace the broken bricks of our ruins with finished stone, and replant the felled sycamore-fig trees with cedars.” But the Lord will bring Rezin’s enemies against Israel and stir up all their foes. The Syrians from the east and the Philistines from the west will bare their fangs and devour Israel. But even then the Lord ’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent. They will not seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Therefore, in a single day the Lord will destroy both the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed. The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail. For the leaders of the people have misled them. They have led them down the path of destruction. That is why the Lord takes no pleasure in the young men and shows no mercy even to the widows and orphans. For they are all wicked hypocrites, and they all speak foolishness. But even then the Lord ’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. This wickedness is like a brushfire. It burns not only briers and thorns but also sets the forests ablaze. Its burning sends up clouds of smoke. The land will be blackened by the fury of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The people will be fuel for the fire, and no one will spare even his own brother. They will attack their neighbor on the right but will still be hungry. They will devour their neighbor on the left but will not be satisfied. In the end they will even eat their own children. Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, Ephraim will feed on Manasseh, and both will devour Judah. But even then the Lord ’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.’

Isaiah 9

and

‘What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws. They deprive the poor of justice and deny the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and take advantage of orphans. What will you do when I punish you, when I send disaster upon you from a distant land? To whom will you turn for help? Where will your treasures be safe? You will stumble along as prisoners or lie among the dead. But even then the Lord ’s anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.’

Isiah 10:1-4

Today’s reading next takes us into the New Testament. We get started here in Matthew

‘Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground. Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus. As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” Then his disciples asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes? ” Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist.’

Matthew 17:1-13

and then into Romans

‘We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. ‘

Romans 15:1-7

So what is the state of your heart? Are you willing to heal? Are willing to restore? Are you willing to repair? Are you willing to forgive? Are you willing to open up and invite Jesus in?

Today’s reading concludes in Psalms.

‘From the depths of despair, O Lord , I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. Lord , if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. I am counting on the Lord ; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. O Israel, hope in the Lord ; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin.’

Psalms 130

How do you take care of your house?


Are you a good steward? Are you keeping it tidy? Are you focusing on how it looks from the outside? Are you focusing on how it looks on the inside? Are you focusing on the yard? How does that correlate with your heart and your life? Are you trying to make everything look ok on the outside when on the inside everything is a mess? Are you trying to look good on the outside forgetting to take care of your health? Are you trying to look good on the outside and forgetting to take care of your heart and spiritual self? Ever taken an inventory of your heart house? Have you invited Jesus in to help clean up the pain, the bitterness, the anger, the frustration? Have you invited Jesus in to help kick out the things that don’t belong and replace it with things that are beneficial and strengthening? Where are you at today? How do you take care of your house?


Today’s reading gets us started in Leviticus 14.

‘Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as your own possession, I may contaminate some of the houses in your land with mildew. The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, ‘It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.’ Before the priest goes in to inspect the house, he must have the house emptied so nothing inside will be pronounced ceremonially unclean. Then the priest will go in and examine the mildew on the walls. If he finds greenish or reddish streaks and the contamination appears to go deeper than the wall’s surface, the priest will step outside the door and put the house in quarantine for seven days. On the seventh day the priest must return for another inspection. If he finds that the mildew on the walls of the house has spread, the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be taken outside the town to an area designated as ceremonially unclean. Next the inside walls of the entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the unclean place outside the town. Other stones will be brought in to replace the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered. “But if the mildew reappears after all the stones have been replaced and the house has been scraped and replastered, the priest must return and inspect the house again. If he finds that the mildew has spread, the walls are clearly contaminated with a serious mildew, and the house is defiled. It must be torn down, and all its stones, timbers, and plaster must be carried out of town to the place designated as ceremonially unclean. Those who enter the house during the period of quarantine will be ceremonially unclean until evening, and all who sleep or eat in the house must wash their clothing. “But if the priest returns for his inspection and finds that the mildew has not reappeared in the house after the fresh plastering, he will pronounce it clean because the mildew is clearly gone. To purify the house the priest must take two birds, a stick of cedar, some scarlet yarn, and a hyssop branch. He will slaughter one of the birds over a clay pot filled with fresh water. He will take the cedar stick, the hyssop branch, the scarlet yarn, and the live bird, and dip them into the blood of the slaughtered bird and into the fresh water. Then he will sprinkle the house seven times. When the priest has purified the house in exactly this way, he will release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. Through this process, the priest will purify the house, and it will be ceremonially clean. “These are the instructions for dealing with serious skin diseases, including scabby sores; and mildew, whether on clothing or in a house; and a swelling on the skin, a rash, or discolored skin. This procedure will determine whether a person or object is ceremonially clean or unclean. “These are the instructions regarding skin diseases and mildew.”’

Leviticus 14:33-57

Today’s reading then takes us in the book of wisdom, first with Proverbs 9.

‘Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.” Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. She sits in her doorway on the heights overlooking the city. She calls out to men going by who are minding their own business. “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, “Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!” But little do they know that the dead are there. Her guests are in the depths of the grave.’

Proverbs 9
We need to consider both the foundation and the pillars in our lives.

Today’s reading then continues into Proverbs 10.

‘The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life. The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace. The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away. The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed. People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace. The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions. Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses. Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction. The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin. People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray. Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense. The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible. The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted. When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes. Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked. The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.’

Proverbs 10

Today’s reading then brings us into the New Testament starting in Mark 10.

‘Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.’

Mark 10:46-52

Today’s reading then brings us into 2 Corinthians 1.

‘We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you. Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can’t understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us, even if you don’t understand us now. Then on the day when the Lord Jesus returns, you will be proud of us in the same way we are proud of you. Since I was so sure of your understanding and trust, I wanted to give you a double blessing by visiting you twice— first on my way to Macedonia and again when I returned from Macedonia. Then you could send me on my way to Judea. You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.’

1 Corinthians 1:12-22

Let’s take a moment and consider the state of our heart house and ask Jesus in and to help us get it in order. Let’s meditate on today’s Word from God and what it is speaking into and over our lives. Let’s consider how we can apply it today in our lives so that in all that we think, say, and do, we can bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.

Today’s reading concludes in Psalms 81.

‘Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob. Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob. He made it a law for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice say, “Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks. You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude “Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me! You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god. For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. “But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas. Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths! How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him; they would be doomed forever. But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”’

Psalms 81