THRIVE: Workweek #2 begins – Lots to do with all the change that is taking place…


With a new year there is always a lot of things to wrap up from the previous year but this year on top of the normal year-end review type things I am faced with some major changes coming down the pipe. As part of these changes, I need to prepare to explain and present our group to executives who will want to learn more about who we are as a team and what we do for the company. With the normal heavy lifting of reviews, this extra layer of work at first made me wonder and even stress a little bit. Thankfully our first week of the year was one of prayer and fasting which meant I was leaning into God more and so it allowed His truth and His promises to cause me to cast the cares, the anxieties, the worries onto Him because He cares for me. I grabbed hold of the 1 Peter 5:7 that says: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I was able to grab hold of the truth that for me to thrive required change, I couldn’t just keep living life the way I had been if I wanted to make 2022 a year to thrive. I didn’t realize it meant in both my personal and professional lives though. Be it with my girls leaving home in 2022. Be it org changes to kick-off 2022. Be it prepping for camps in 2022. So today as I prep for what this week will include, anticipating my wife and daughter coming home from their trip to a soccer showcase, getting my son to and from school, taking care of the home including a puppy, the animals, putting out the trash, and what not, writing up the review docs, writing up the org docs, writing up a report for a board meeting, scheduling the kick-off meeting for the camp core team, and whatever else comes my way.


Today’s verse of the Day comes to us from Ephesians 4:2 and says:

‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ‘

Ephesians 4:2

So today in the midst of it all, God reminds me that I need to live out my today completely humble and so I can’t be walking around being proud or overbearing. God’s Word speaks to the need of being gentle and so living out my today
kind
 · kindly · tender · benign · humane · lenient · merciful · forgiving · forbearing · sympathetic · considerate · understanding · clement · compassionate · benevolent · kindhearted · tenderhearted · good-natured · sweet-tempered · loving · mild · soft · quiet · shy · demure · modest · humble · retiring · unassuming · still · tranquil · peaceful · peaceable · pacific · placid · serene · reposeful · reverent · meek · docile · lamblike · dove-like. God’s Word continues with the need to be patient that’s right, be
forbearing
 · uncomplaining · tolerant · long-suffering · resigned · stoical · calm · composed · serene · even-tempered · tranquil · imperturbable · unexcitable · accommodating · understanding · indulgent · kind · considerate · longanimous · equanimous · inexcitable · persevering · persistent · tenacious · diligent · assiduous · indefatigable · dogged · determined · resolved · resolute · obstinate · insistent · single-minded · purposeful · pertinacious. Which all comes together with love when He closes it out saying to bear with one another in love. Do you remember what love is? Let’s grab a quick look in 1 Corinthians 13 as a reminder where it says:

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So here we go into week 2 of 2022 with a mission and goal to THRIVE. Let’s grab a hold of it and live it out in love for one another.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 5 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you facing a lot of change? Don’t allow yourself to try and carry it alone and get overwhelmed, instead cast it on God who cares for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by it instead overwhelm it with love! If you are feeling the pressures of evil, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s invite Jesus into our very situation. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through our busy today. Let’s be transformed by the renewing of our heart, minds, and souls. Let’s pray:


Do you have them? Will you use them?


If you knew there were three keys would you want them? If you knew there were three keys would you get them? If you knew there were three keys would you use them? Do you have them? Are you using them? Do you know how to use them? Do you know how they work? Do you realize the benefits?

Do you realize what love in action looks like? Will you receive it and live it?


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


The Three Keys


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ‘

Romans 12:11-12

Let’s expand on this to ensure we get the full context of this message and let’s use the Amplified version to get more details:

‘Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor; never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength], contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality. Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them]. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head .” Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.’

Romans 12:9-21

Today’s Word speaks to love in action! Today’s Word comes from Paul trying to give us some key principles to this walk of faith! Today’s Word gives us 3 keys to going far in our relationship with God!


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ready to take grasp of the principles to a walk of faith?
  • Paul boils it down to 3 keys
  • Key #1: “be joyful in hope”
    • hoping isn’t wishing
    • hoping is a strong expectation of God’s deliberate action
    • hoping is confident believing
    • So hope to the point your confidence makes you sing with anticipation of God’s divine work to be accomplished in and through your life.
  • Key #2: “patient in affliction”
    • In this world we will have troubles and difficulties
    • difficulties are a part of life
    • we are a fallen people in a fallen world
    • God desires for us to produce much spiritual fruit and just like other fruit producing trees, they require pruning to become more fruitful and as such God also will need to prune us to enable us to be fruitful
    • pruning hurts
    • let’s be patient and resist our natural tendency when we face troubles of trying to get out of them or escape them
    • let’s be patient and resist our natural response by considering it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds
    • let’s be patient in the midst of the afflictions and look to grasp wisdom and strength through the experience through God’s leading and guiding
    • let’s be patient in the midst of the afflictions and look to grasp wisdom and strength through the experience by looking to God for wisdom and discernment so that we come out the other side with faith that is stronger than when we went in.
  • Key #3: “keep praying”
    • the troubles can be hard and try to break us and cause us to give up but don’t give up, instead pray to God
    • the trials can be tough but let’s persevere in the testing of our faith so that when we let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
    • don’t give up because of unfulfilled expectations
    • don’t give up because of unforseen difficulties
    • don’t give up because of how long you have to wait on God’s answers
    • continue praying with resolve
    • let’s allow our prayers to deepen in the times of difficulty
    • let’s allow our prayers to take on new urgency in times of difficulty
    • let’s be ready to stop talking and start listening if the delays continue
    • let’s be ready to stop, listen, and obey God’s direction through His Spirit
    • let’s be ready to be sensitive to the prompting of God’s Spirit rather than trying to make prayer about ordering and answer or outcome but rather to hear from God and learn a lesson or gain wisdom and discernment.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Which of these keys is a strength in your walk right now?
  • Which needs some attention? What are you going to do about it?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Most people who fail in their dream fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.


Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? Have you started a relationship with God? Are you wanting a deeper relationship with God? Are you looking for God? Are you needing God? Could today be the day your journey begins? 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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Ever considered what it takes to be patient? I am sure you know the benefits.


We know that love is patient. We know patience is a virtue. Patience is a positive trait. But have you ever considered what it takes to be patient? It takes practice! Every day something will happen that will allow you to practice patience. Consider activities that will force you to wait. Consider activities that will force you to remove expectations. Ever taken a look into why or what is the trigger to being impatient? Consider digging into it to see what the underlying issue is. Then use this learning to help you control your impatience. Do you become impatient when you feel uncomfortable? Does that awkward silence get to you? Consider the reality of the situation, stuck in traffic with no control of what is going on, as long as it isn’t life threatening then consider not focusing on the discomfort in order to try and cope with the situation and be patient. Is it your focus on the situation that is causing you to be impatient? What else can you focus on to help you from becoming impatient? What can you do to fill the time? Can you listen to the radio or a podcast you like? Consider ways to work through the situation without getting upset, angry, or even negative. Have you ever considered what the cause or the trigger to you becoming impatient are? Take time when you are in one of those moments to see and identify what is triggering you to feel that way and consider how you can adjust or change your response. Consider ways to deal with them or avoid them or even just accept them. Remind yourself that being impatient isn’t helping anyone, including yourself. Ever found that your impatience is triggered by people? I remember hearing the quote that ministry would be easy if it weren’t for the people, but people are the reason for ministry so it was a weird one for me. What if your response wasn’t becoming impatient but instead was to practice empathy for the person? So rather than becoming impatient consider that everyone is just human, just like you and consider that most of the time they are trying to do their best and so instead of becoming let’s try empathy for them, what they are going through, what they have been through to help us be patient. At work recently in a 27 minute session the idea of mindfulness was shared and how it helps you get through the day and through life. It spoke to how it is helpful in dealing with most negative emotions or feelings or situations. Let’s focus on the here and the now, what we can control, and be grateful and patient. Consider taking a deep breath which will decrease stress and increase calmness. Consider taking a deep breath which will stimulate the lymphatic system. Consider taking a deep breath which will help lower your blood pressure. Consider smiling. Smiling can trigger the release of dopamine, endorphins and serotonin into your body. Smiling can reduce pain! Smiling affects how people perceive you. So if you are still unsure what to do, consider recording when you are feeling impatient and the situation you are in that triggered it. Then later review your list and consider how you might be able to change your response or your reaction to the situation and give it a try in order to become more patient. It will probably help over time in identifying the triggers and trends of things that try to make you impatient. Might the solution to your impatience be taking time to help the other person understand or be able to better perform their task or role? Being patient takes effort! Being patient takes work! Being patient takes time! So in order to be more loving, since love is patient, we need to make the time, make the effort, and do the work to become patient!

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


Patience


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.’

James 5:10-11

Let’s expand on today’s verses and use the Amplified version to get more details and context from this exhortation:

‘So wait patiently, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits [expectantly] for the precious harvest from the land, being patient about it, until it receives the early and late rains. You too, be patient; strengthen your hearts [keep them energized and firmly committed to God], because the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain against one another, believers, so that you will not be judged [for it]. Look! The Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brothers and sisters, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord [as His messengers and representatives]. You know we call those blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] who were steadfast and endured [difficult circumstances]. You have heard of the patient endurance of Job and you have seen the Lord’s outcome [how He richly blessed Job]. The Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. But above all, my fellow believers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be [a truthful] yes, and your no be [a truthful] no, so that you may not fall under judgment. Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God]. Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) is able to accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]. My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you strays from the truth and falls into error and [another] one turns him back [to God], let the [latter] one know that the one who has turned a sinner from the error of his way will save that one’s soul from death and cover a multitude of sins [that is, obtain the pardon of the many sins committed by the one who has been restored].’

James 5:7-20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you want to be more patient?
  • Do you want to be characterized as patient?
  • Are you willing to go through the lessons required to become patient?
  • Are you ready to learn faith through the experiences or crucible of doubts?
  • Are you ready to learn hope through the experiences of despair?
  • Are you ready to learn love through relationships with difficult people?
  • So back to patience, are you ready to cling to God in the situations that seem the hardest to be patient in?
  • Are you ready to cling to God in the midst of the challenging situation until it is over in order to be patient?
  • Ever considered the prophets that God build the character of patience in?
  • Ever considered the hardships that the prophets went thru?
  • Ever considered what Job had to go through?
  • God knew Job could do it.
  • The devil kept trying to strip away God’s protection of Job.
  • Even with the comments of friends and family, Job hung on.
  • Job experienced calamity after calamity, misunderstanding and accusations, and even discouragement and direction to just give up and curse God.
  • Through it all Job clinged to God!
  • In the midst of it all, just like in the case of Job, we may never know why we had to go through that experience.
  • In the end God had convinced Job to trust Him, no matter what.
  • So are you ready to learn patience through the difficult times?
  • So are you ready to learn patience through the obstacles?
  • So are you ready to learn patient through stubborn, inflexible, bull-headed, strong-willed, contrary, single-minded, contrarious people?
  • Let’s not try to skip school of patience that God provides!
  • Let’s be good students who are learning through the classes of life!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some times in your life when God tried to teach you patience? What kind of student were you?
  • What do you need to know about God in order to respond better in His classroom?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver (Life Saying Quotes)

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you leaning in on God rather than becoming impatient? Are you asking wisdom from God to become more patient? Are you asking God to help you be patient and finding it means more situations to practice in? Are you ready to be a good student in this classroom of God’s? 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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How much will you trust God?


Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with hope? Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with joy? Will you trust Him enough to allow Him to fill you with peace in believing? Will you trust Him enough to fill you to overflowing? Will you trust Him enough to allow the Holy Spirit to fill you to the top and then to overflowing?

Today’s verse of the day from the Bible App puts it this way:

‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

Romans 15:13

Looking at the Amplified version, we are able to get this extra piece of the puzzle:

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. ‘

Romans 15:13

Will you trust God through the experiences of your faith? Will you trust God enough to allow His love to fill you to overflowing? His love that is patient. His love that is kind. His love that doesn’t envy. His love that doesn’t boast. His love that isn’t proud. His love that honors others. His love that serves others. His love that isn’t easily angered. His love that keeps no record of wrongs. His love that doesn’t delight in evil. His love that rejoices in the truth. His love that protects. His love that trusts. His love that hopes. His love that perseveres. His love that never fails.

Will you trust God with confidence in His promises? Forever?


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


Eternal Patience


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’

II Peter 3:9

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever considered Jesus’ return?
  • My blog title comes from that beginning when I started to post in 2005 and the part of my reading at the time came from the book of Revelation.
  • Ever imagined or considered that day? the power of it? the beauty of it? the majesty of it?
  • Do you find it as mind blowing as me?
  • Imagine seeing Him riding in on a horse on the clouds in a way where everyone on the earth will be able to see Him.
  • Imagine seeing His believers joining Him in the heavens, both the living and those who have left their earthly lives.
  • Imagine seeing Him coming as the warrior King that He is.
  • Imagine seeing Him battle the devil and his alliance to finish it and take His throne in Jerusalem.
  • Imagine such a time as the 1000 years of His rule all that will happen and take place.
  • Imagine how different things will be, even in the natural world with visions of the lion laying with the lamb.
  • Are you someone who is ready for Jesus’ return?
  • What about all those other people who aren’t ready or haven’t decided yet?
  • What about all those people who haven’t had a chance to hear about Jesus yet?
  • God is patience and so Jesus is postponing His return in order to give others the chance to decide.
  • To give them the opportunity to choose if they will receive the gift of grace or reject it.
  • Who do you know that needs to turn to Jesus and receive Him as their Lord and Savior? What are you doing about it?
  • What about all the others you don’t know? Jesus cares for them too! He wants everyone to turn to Him.
  • Jesus’ timing is perfect! He is never early and never late!
  • He knows there are still people who haven’t heard the Good News yet!
  • He knows there are still people who haven’t put their trust in Him yet!
  • He tells us though that it won’t be long!
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and make all the wrongs transformed and made right?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and honor all His faithful people?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His justice to rule throughout the world?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His grace to rule the world?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to return and for His priorities and plans to happen?
  • Remember how Jesus tells us the story of the lost? Remember how important and how determined in each story finding the lost was?
  • God is delaying judgment for sinners in order to help more lost people be found.
  • God is delaying honoring the saints in order to help more lost people be found.
  • Remember it is but a small price to pay in waiting for God’s perfect timing!
  • Remember this small price to pay will provide forgiveness, peace, and joy for even more people!
  • Remember the story about Lot and Abram and Sodom and Gomorrah? Remember in Genesis 18 when Abram kept asking God what if there were different numbers of righteous people. Remember God’s answers and replies?
  • Remember why Jesus came the first time? Not to condemn the world but that through Him the world could be saved! (John 3:17)
  • So are you ready? Are you helping others get ready? We don’t know the day or the time but we do know He is coming back!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you long for Christ’s return? Why or why not?
  • From your perspective, is the delay reasonable and fair?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When you turn to God, you discover He has been facing you all the time.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to meet your maker? Are you ready to pursue after His plans, purposes, and will? Are you ready to turn back to Him today? Are you ready to trust Him and invite Him into your heart and your life? Are you ready to lead with love? Loving God and loving people? 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

Did you pray with me?
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Moments that Matter – Part 2


The Week of the Passion – a moment that matters

Preached by Pastor Steve Jamison

Matthew 21-27 – those chapters deal with the week of Passion

John 13-17 – 1 night in the life of Jesus – in the upper room

Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1

‘Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ‘ Zechariah 9:9

‘“He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”’ — Matthew 10:40-42

John 13 – upper room

  • Washing the disciples feet
  • People walked where they traveled – and so would send a family member or slave to wash their feet
  • Jesus – servanthood and humility
  • He is preparing his disciples because in a few hours for the pressure and trials
  • He displayed humility and all He has taught to them his message and lesson
  • Follow the model of Jesus in order to be and live blessed

John 14 – starts to speak about the Holy Spirit

John 15 – need to stay connected to Jesus as the vine

  • stay connected to Jesus
  • He is the vine, we are the branch
  • We need the life flowing through Jesus into our lives and through our lives

John 16 – more tell and the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth

John 17 – prays for the believers

  • ‘ “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. ‘ John 17:20-21 https://chop.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.17.20-21

Jesus humbled Him and gave His desciples an experience and a message that they would never forget

  • He served them in a spirit of humility
  • The towel is now in your hands
  • The towel is now in the hands of the church
  • Go out into a hurting world and live our lives in according to Jesus’ example
  • We don’t give to people what they deserve
  • We don’t respond to people because how they respond to us
  • We are to serve people in their moments
  • Not a cup of cold water would lose its reward when given in the name of Jesus
  • Who is struggling?
  • What do they need to see and hear about Jesus?
  • We need to hear and listen!
  • They need you and we are to use the towel into the lives of others
  • In the moments of the towel – in moments of humility – in moments of relationship
  • Only Jesus knew the cross was coming
  • Let’s come back to the upper room

Imagine being in the upper room

  • Humility
  • Surrender
  • Servanthood
  • Need the Holy Spirit
  • A new commandment – love one another – then others will know you are His disciples
    • ‘ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ‘ John 13:34-35 https://chop.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.13.34-35
  • This is who we are and what we are about
  • John 14:6 – so true.

Moments that matter:

  • called to be a surrendered disciple of Jesus
  • pick up your cross and follow Him
  • pick up the towel and love others
  • be generous with others even as I have been to you
  • be patient with others even as I have been to you
  • be forgiving to others even as I have been to you

Some say timing is everything…


Do you realize what time it is? Are you preparing for it? Are you ready for it? When it happens will you be surprised or ready? When it happens will you be shock or excited? Can you see the signs of the times? Are you able to tell what time it is and what you are supposed to be doing? Are you able to tell what time it is and respond accordingly? What is the way you are living and behaving and speaking telling people? Where is it pointing them to? Who is it pointing them towards?

Are you going to live today as a living sacrifice to God? Are your words, thoughts, and deeds going to bring praise, honor and glory to God? Will your response and reactions speak to who God is and what time it is?

If timing is everything, do you know what time it is and what your position and role are? Don’t lose sight of what matters just because life gets difficult or challenging or troubling! Let’s pause before we respond so that we can be ready to accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”‬‬

‭— Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭AMPC

Let’s get started in prayer! Let’s allow our hope and trust in God to overflow from our lives by being first filled up with God’s Spirit and then rejoice in hope. Let’s keep on praying so that when trial or tribulations or suffering come we can be resolute, dutifully firm and unwavering, steadfast and patient. Let’s seek God to fill us to overflowing with love because we know that when it overflows, we will overflow will patience, kindness, without being boastful nor envious, without dishonoring others, without becoming self seeking and boastful, so we can overflow with forgiveness rather than keeping records of wrong. Let’s keep praying and overflowing in love so that we can rejoice in the truth and be disgusted and rejecting evil. Let’s be so filled with love because of our constant conversations with God that h love of God that fills us helps to protect, build trust, shares hope, and preserves because love never fails.

Let’s turn to God and rejoice in hope, be patient in times of trouble, and never stop talking with Him. Let’s pray without ceasing. Be it on our knees or or just talking to God like a friend who is walking through this life with us because we are never alone! Let’s allow the love of Jesus define our lives!



Don’t be so focused on the past that you miss out on the present! Don’t be so stuck looking in the rearview mirror that you end up missing the signs of the times! Don’t allow what is in front of you to be blurring because your focus is on what is already passed. Some say hindsight is 2020 but that doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Let’s receive the gift of the present! Let’s rejoice because this is the day that the Lord has made! Let’s be ready for what today will have in store! We can learn from the past in order to prevent repeating it but we shouldn’t get stuck there. Let’s take the lessons learned and be prepared for the day ahead!

As I posted the day before yesterday, we arrived at day 341 of the reading plan and 4 days were missed as I switched plans during a retreat over the summer. Today’s reading comes from day 232 as I look to make sure to finish strong and complete the good works God has prepared in advance.


The 49 week challenge Day 232 of 341

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 232 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

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

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

My Notes:

  • make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification
  • the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
  • from the rising of the sun to its going down the name of the Lord is to be praised.
  • hear the truth from God and know what is good.
  • turn to the Lord, God and be saved!
  • every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord
  • don’t be deceived by pride.
  • pride comes before the fall.
  • the day of the Lord is coming.
  • As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
  • ‘Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister ? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.’
    — Romans 14:1-23
  • ‘“This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains ; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord , the God of Israel, who summons you by name. For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me. I am the Lord , and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord , and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord , do all these things. “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord , have created it. “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’ “This is what the Lord says— the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands? It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts. I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” This is what the Lord says: “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans— they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, ‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.’ ” Truly you are a God who has been hiding himself, the God and Savior of Israel. All the makers of idols will be put to shame and disgraced; they will go off into disgrace together. But Israel will be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you will never be put to shame or disgraced, to ages everlasting. For this is what the Lord says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the Lord , and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the Lord , speak the truth; I declare what is right. “Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save. Declare what is to be, present it— let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord ? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are deliverance and strength.’ ” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame. But all the descendants of Israel will find deliverance in the Lord and will make their boast in him.’
    — Isaiah 45:1-25
  • ‘The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom— We have heard a message from the Lord : An envoy was sent to the nations to say, “Rise, let us go against her for battle”— “See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord . “If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night— oh, what a disaster awaits you!— would they not steal only as much as they wanted? If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes? But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged! All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, but you will not detect it. “In that day,” declares the Lord , “will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, those of understanding in the mountains of Esau? Your warriors, Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau’s mountains will be cut down in the slaughter. Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever. On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them. You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster. You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble. “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Just as you drank on my holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been. But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and Jacob will possess his inheritance. Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau.” The Lord has spoken. People from the Negev will occupy the mountains of Esau, and people from the foothills will possess the land of the Philistines. They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria, and Benjamin will possess Gilead. This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev. Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the Lord ’s.’
    — Obadiah 1:1-21

As day 232 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

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What is going to motivate you to do good?


Ever considered your motivation? Ever considered the why behind your what? Ever considered the outcome of such things? Ever considered the responses of such things?

What if we went for a breakthrough transformation where our motivation is first Corinthians 13 love? What if decided to have love as our key motivator and as such our why would be love.

Definition of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

When you are in a conversation, consider what love is before you speak or respond. We can’t control what others are going to do or say but we can control our response. And when we consider how we can respond, let’s make sure it is in love and with love. Remember love never fails! Love always perseveres!

By leading with love, we know that we are opening the door for God to show up and help us accomplish the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish!


Hindsight is 2020. We want clarify of vision. Half of June is starting to show up…

The 49-Week Challenge (Day 168)

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 168 link to join me and sign up.

With May 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:

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

Will you be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to answer? While you are listening, will you remember the sacrifice of Jesus for you and for me and for them? Will you allow your faith to be encouraged and built up in the middle of the conversation so that it will be revealed in your response? Will you respond by the prompting of love? Will you endure because of your hope in Jesus? Will today be the day that your response to everything is love? Will you take time to have your love tank filled by God? Will you make time to have your love tank filled by God? Will you allow the filling to continue to the point that it overflows into the lives of others rather than just stopping because your tank is full?


Double clicking into today’s reading and looking to go from being filled to overflowing, I turn to John Gill’s Exposition to see what it has to say about 1 Thessalonians 1:3.

Verse 3

Remembering without ceasing,…. The phrase “without ceasing”, is, by the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, joined to the last clause of the preceding verse; and the remembrance the apostle speaks of is either a distinct thing from the mention made of them in prayer, and suggests that they bore them on their minds at other times also; or it is the same with it; or rather a reason of their mentioning of them then, because they remembered them, and the following things of theirs:

as your work of faith; by which is meant not the principle of faith, for as such that is God’s work, the product of his grace, and the effect of his almighty power; but the operative virtue and exercise of it under the influence of the grace of God: the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render it, “the work of your faith”; and so some copies, and the Syriac version, “the works of your faith”. The Targumist in Habakkuk 1:12 represents God as holy בעובדי הימנותא, “in works of faith”: faith is a working grace, it has a deal of work to do, it has its hands always full, and is employed about many things; it is the grace by which a soul goes to God, as its covenant God, lays hold on him as such, pleads his promises with him, asks favours of him, and is very importunate, and will have no denial; and by which it goes to Christ as at first conversion, afterwards for fresh supplies of grace, out of that fulness of grace that is in him; it receives him and all from him, and through him pardon, righteousness, adoption of children, and an eternal inheritance; and it is that grace which carries back all the glory to God and Christ, and to free grace; it glorifies God, exalts Christ, humbles the creature, and magnifies the grace of God, it has much work to do this way; and it works by love, by acts of love to God, to Christ, and to the saints; and it puts the soul upon a cheerful obedience to every ordinance and command, and hence obedience is styled the obedience of faith; and indeed all good works that are properly so are done in faith, and faith without works is dead; it is greatly engaged against the world and the devil; it is that grace by which Satan is opposed and overcome, and by which the believer gets the victory over the world; so that he is not discouraged by its frowns, and cast down by the trials and afflictions he meets with in it, nor drawn aside by its snares and allurements; something of this kind the apostle had observed and remembered in these believers: he adds,

and labour of love; love is a laborious grace when in lively exercise; love to God and Christ will constrain a believer to engage in, and go through, great hardships, difficulties, toil, and labour, for their sakes; and love to the saints will exert itself, by serving them in things temporal and spiritual, ministering cheerfully and largely to their outward wants, for which reason the same epithet is given to love in Hebrews 6:10 as here; regarding and assisting them in their spiritual concerns; praying for them and with them; building them up in their most holy faith; communicating their experiences, and speaking comfortable words unto them; reproving them for sin in love, and with tenderness; restoring them when fallen in a spirit of meekness; and stirring them up to love and good works: love has much toil and labour, not only in performing the several duties of religion, both towards God and man; but in bearing all things, the burdens of fellow Christians; the infirmities of weak believers, forbearing them in love, forgiving their offences, and covering their sins:

and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, or “of our Lord Jesus Christ”. These persons had a good hope through grace given unto them, and which was founded in Christ Jesus, in his person, blood, and righteousness, and so was as an anchor sure and steadfast; and it had him for its object, it was an hope of interest in him, of being for ever with him, of his, second coming and glorious appearance, and of eternal life and happiness through him; and this was attended with patience, with a patient bearing of reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions, for the sake of Christ, and a patient waiting for his coming, his kingdom and glory; and this as well as the others were remembered by the apostle, and his fellow ministers, with great pleasure: and that

in the sight of God and our Father; or before God and our Father; which may be read in connection either with the above graces, which were exercised, not only before men, but before God, and in his sight, who sees not as man seeth, and who cannot be deceived and imposed upon; and so shows that these graces were true and genuine, faith was unfeigned, love was without dissimulation, and hope without hypocrisy: or with the word remembering, as it is in the Syriac version, which reads, “remembering before God and our Father”; that is, as often as we appear before God, and lift up our hands and our hearts unto him in prayer, we bear you upon our minds before God; and particularly remember your operative faith, laborious love, and patient hope of Christ.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible1 Thessalonians

Notes:

  • Let’s walk by faith in Jesus and follow His example
  • Let’s allow our actions to exemplify our faith in action
  • Let’s not just be acting out of our faith but make our actions be driven by our faith
  • Love isn’t easy and it takes work
  • I’ve heard love what you do and you won’t have to work a day in your life, but realistically love is work
  • So to live out love will require that we make a concerted effort to lead with love
  • Our words, our thoughts, and our actions need to be taken into and under our control so that we don’t just do or go but rather that love is the filter we operate through
  • Remember how we are to take our thoughts captive? Ever considered ways to take our thoughts captive? Let’s reflect on 2 Corinthians 10:5.
  • So let’s be servant leaders! Let’s live thru love by serving others!
  • And when we need to speak correction, let’s ensure it is spoken out of love and with love so that it isn’t hurtful but rather will help to build them up
  • Remember how love covers a multitude of sin. Don’t have your first respond be to take offence, instead remember how love is patient and kind, isn’t self-seeking nor easily angered, keeps no records of wrongs but instead forgives.
  • So let’s allow our hope in Jesus to help us be patient, just as love is patient.
  • Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness, our is in Jesus’s name.
  • Our hope is also in His return and our eternity spent with Him in heaven
  • Our hope is also in Him sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me.
  • So just as strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, let’s wait upon the Lord for wisdom and discernment to help us in our response overflowing with love.
  • Let’s be patient and not overreact
  • Let’s be kind and not overreact
  • Let’s not envy or boast by overreacting
  • Let’s not overreact and become proud, rude, nor selfish.
  • Let’s respond knowing God’s watching and glorify Him in and through our response.


As day 168 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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Sure you have a good plan, but will you give the directions up to God?


Will you try to do it all alone? Will you allow God to help? Will you try to do it your way? Will you allow the process to go God’s way? Will you try to do it all in your own strength? Will you allow God’s strength to help carry the load? Will you share the yoke with God? Are your motives in the right spot? Will you commit all that you are going to do up to God? Will you serve with humility? Will you be fair and just? Would you rather wisdom or reward? Wisdom is more valuable than gold and silver! Let’s be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger! We have 2 ears and 1 mouth — we should be listening twice as much right!

Today’s reading begins in Proverbs…

Commit Your Heart to Adonai

1The plans of the heart belong to man, but the tongue’s answer is from Adonai. 2All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but Adonai weighs the motives. 3Commit whatever you do to Adonai, and your plans will succeed. 4Adonai works everything out for his own purpose— even the wicked for a day of disaster. 5Adonai abhors all the proud in heart. Be assured, they will not go unpunished. 6By mercy and truth is iniquity atoned, and by the fear of Adonai one avoids evil. 7When one’s ways are pleasing to Adonai, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him. 8Better a little with righteousness than much income without justice. 9The heart of man plans his course, but Adonai directs his steps.

The Delights of a Just King

10An oracle is on the lips of the king— let his mouth never be treacherous in judgment. 11Honest balances and scales are Adonai’s. All the weights in a bag are His handiwork. 12Wrongdoing is an abomination to kings, for a throne is established by righteousness. 13Righteous lips are the delight of kings. He loves those who speak honestly. 14A king’s fury is like messengers of death, but a wise man will appease it. 15In the light of a king’s face there is life, and his favor like a cloud of spring rain. 16How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver. 17The highway of the upright avoids evil. He who guards his way protects his life. 18Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19Better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to share the spoil with the proud. 20One prudent in a matter will find good Blessed is the one who trusts in Adonai. 21The wise in heart is called discerning, and sweetness of lips increases persuasiveness. 22Insight is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools. 23A wise man’s heart teaches his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. 24Pleasant words are honeycomb— sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 25There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 26A laborer’s appetite works on his behalf, for his hunger drives him on.

Slow to Anger

27A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and on his lips is a scorching fire. 28A perverse person sows strife, and a gossip separates close friends. 29A violent person lures his neighbor, leading him down a path that is no good. 30One who winks his eyes schemes deceit, one who purses his lips is bent on evil. 31Gray hair is a crown of glory, found on the path of righteousness. 32Better to be slow to anger than a mighty warrior. One who controls his temper is better than one who conquers a city. 33The lot is cast into the lap, but their very decision is from Adonai.

–from Proverbs 16

Character…don’t allow money or power pull you away from what is right and what is just! It’s more than just our words and our actions, God is looking to see our motive – what is in our heart! There is nothing we can hide from Him! We are to love everyone! God created each of us and so we should be treating each other with the respect and love! Let’s be peacemakers! Let’s be flipping the status quo over and live to raise the bar on society! Let’s consider what God says over what people say! Consider Matthew 5 and how Jesus flips what was common and normal towards God’s plan, God’s purpose, and God’s way! Will you walk with integrity in order to find safety? Let’s be looking to create reconciliation and forgiveness rather than allowing anger and frustration and bitterness to grow and fester and take root.

Beware Bribes and Rebellion

1Better is dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance with the brothers. 3A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but Adonai tests the heart. 4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar listens to a malicious tongue. 5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker. Whoever rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished. 6Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly and the glory of children is their parents. 7Arrogant lips are not fitting for a fool, much less lying lips for a ruler. 8A bribe is a charm in the eyes of its owner. Wherever he turns, he succeeds. 9Whoever covers up an offense seeks love. Whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 10A rebuke makes a greater impression on a discerning person than a hundred lashes on a fool. 11An evil man seeks only rebellion, and so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to deal with a fool in his folly. 13Whoever rewards evil for good— evil will never leave his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water— so stop a quarrel before it breaks out. 15Acquitting the wicked and condemning the righteous: both are an abomination to Adonai. 16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool since he has no intention of acquiring wisdom? 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18A man lacking judgment shakes hands on a deal and puts up financial security for his neighbor. 19He who loves sin loves strife. One who builds a high gate invites destruction. 20A perverse heart finds nothing good a devious tongue falls into trouble. 21Whoever fathers a fool gets grief. There is no joy for the father of a disgraceful son. 22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 23The wicked one receives a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice. 24Wisdom is before the person of understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is grief to his father and bitterness to her that bore him. 26Also, to punish a righteous person is not good, nor to beat up an honorable one for his integrity. 27One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm. 28Even a fool, who keeps quiet, is considered wise, discerning, if he seals his lips.

–from Proverbs 17

Let’s do a self assessment today…Rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. …Use forgiveness and love to replace such things. Jesus, the rock of the faith was rejected. The cornerstone of faith was rejected. So consider pure joy when you face trials of many kinds for it will work in you so that in the end you will be complete, lacking nothing. We don’t have to worry, even though in this world we will have troubles, because Jesus has already overcome the world!

We are to make a difference! Do you know why? It’s because you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Living Stones

1So get rid of all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all lashon ha-ra . 2As newborn babes, long for pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow toward salvation— 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house—a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. 6For it says in Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen, precious cornerstone. Whoever trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” 7Now the value is for you who keep trusting; but for those who do not trust, “The stone which the builders rejected— this One has become the chief cornerstone,” 8and “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they are disobeying the word—to this they were also appointed. 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10Once you were “not a people,” but now you are “God’s people.” You were shown “no mercy,” but now you have been shown “mercy.” 11Loved ones, I urge you as strangers and sojourners to keep away from the fleshly cravings that war against the soul. 12Keep your conduct honorable among the Gentiles. Then while they speak against you as evildoers, they may—from noticing your good deeds—glorify God in the day of visitation.

Respect and Order

13For the Lord’s sake, submit yourselves to every human authority—whether to a king as supreme, 14or to governors sent by him for the punishment of those who do evil and the praise of those who do good. 15For this is God’s will, that you silence the ignorance of foolish men by doing good. 16Live as free people, but not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil. Rather, live as God’s slaves. 17Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 18Slaves, with all respect submit yourselves to your masters—not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are harsh. 19For this finds favor if, for the sake of conscience toward God, someone endures grief from suffering undeservedly. 20For what credit is there if, when you sin and get a beating, you endure? But if you endure when you do good and suffer for it, this finds favor with God. 21For you were called to this, because Messiah also suffered for you, leaving you an example so that you might follow in His footsteps: 22“He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth.” 23When He was abused, He did not return the abuse. While suffering, He made no threats. Instead, He kept entrusting Himself to the One who judges righteously. 24He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we, removed from sins, might live for righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.” 25For you like sheep were going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

–from 1 Peter 2

God is good! God is love! God is perfect! God is eternal! God is light!

An Aside with the Disciples

1Meanwhile, when thousands of people had gathered, so many that they were trampling one another, Yeshua began speaking first to His disciples, “Be on guard yourselves against the hametz of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2There is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known.
3Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in private rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops.
4“I say to you, My friends, you should not be afraid of those who kill the body, since after this they have nothing more they can do.
5But I will show you whom you should fear. Fear the One who, after the killing, has authority to cast into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear this One!
6“Aren’t five sparrows being sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.
7Indeed, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
8Now I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge him before the angels of God.
9But the one who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who slanders the Ruach ha-Kodesh will not be forgiven.
11And when they bring you to the synagogues, rulers, and authorities, do not worry about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,
12because the Ruach ha-Kodesh will teach you at that time what is necessary to say.”

A Request from the Crowd

13Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14But Yeshua said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”
15Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the material goods he possesses.”
16And Yeshua told them a parable, saying, “The land of a certain rich man produced good crops.
17And he began thinking to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do? I don’t have a place to store my harvest!’
18And he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do! I’ll tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I’ll store all my grain and my goods.
19And I’ll say to myself, ’O my soul, you have plenty of goods saved up for many years! So take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry.”’
20But God said to him, ‘You fool! Tonight your soul is being demanded back from you! And what you have prepared, whose will that be?’
21So it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich in God.”

Instructions for the Disciples

22Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “So I say to you, do not worry about life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will wear.
23For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.
24Consider the ravens. They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable you are than birds!
25“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
26So if you cannot do even something very little, why do you worry about other things?
27Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
28But if God so clothes the grass in the field—which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow—then how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29“So do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.
30For all the nations of the world strive after these things. But your Father knows that you need these things.
31Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.
32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father chose to give you the kingdom.
33“Sell your possessions and do tzadakah. Make money pouches for yourselves that do not get old—a treasure in the heavens that never runs out, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35“Have your belt strapped on and lamps burning.
36Be like people waiting for their master to return from a wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.
37“Happy are those slaves whose master finds them alert when he comes. Amen, I tell you, he will prepare himself and have them recline at table, and will come and serve them.
38”And if he comes in the second or even the third watch and finds them so, they will be happy.
39But understand this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you don’t expect.”
41Then Peter said, “Master, are You telling this parable for us, or for everyone?”
42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their food portion at the proper time?
43Blessed is that servant whose master finds him so doing when he comes.
44Truly I tell you, his master will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45“But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking a long time to come,’ and he begins to beat the young slave boys and girls and to eat and drink and get drunk,
46the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. And he will cut him in two and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
47“That slave who knew his master’s will but did not prepare or act according to his desire will be harshly whipped.
48But the one who did not know and did things worthy of a beating will be whipped lightly. From everyone given much, much will be required; and from the one for whom more is provided, all the more they will ask of him.
49“I came to pour out fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already ablaze!
50But I have an immersion to endure, and how distressed I am until it is finished!
51“Do you suppose that I have come to bring shalom on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.
52From now on there will be five in one house in opposition, three against two and two against three.
53They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Lessons for the Crowds

54Then He also was saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, instantly you say, ‘A rainstorm is coming’—and so it is.
55And when a south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It will be a scorcher’—and so it is.
56Hypocrites! The surface of the earth and sky you know how to interpret yet you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
57Why can’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
58For while you are going with your accuser to the authorities, make an effort to come to a settlement with him—so he doesn’t drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer of the court, and the officer of the court throw you into prison.
59I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid back the last little bit.”

–from Luke 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever heard of the right place at the right time?


Do you believe there is purpose? Do you believe there is a calendar and a schedule? Do you believe that it’s not random? Do you believe it’s not a coincidence? Do you believe that you were put in such a place on a such a day for such a thing as that?

I have had many instances where God has put me places for special purposes. I have been reading my morning readings and then go on with my day to realize it is speaking right into my very situation. I have seen FB updates and started conversations and next thing I know instead of it being about me saying “Hi”, “Congratulations” the other person turns it around to be asking me questions and it leads to new opportunities. I have seen where my blog triggered something in a reader which created a conversation between our blogs which allowed me to speak hope and life into his life.

God’s timing is perfect! He is never late, rarely early, He is just on time! So be patient! Be obedient to His prompting! Allow the process to have its work in you! Is it tough? Yes, but we can take hope for God’s Word tells us “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Will we face trial, challenges, troubles? Yes, but we can take hope for God’s Word tells us to “consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

So don’t worry! Worry changes nothing! Turn to God in prayer and stick with Him through it all! Or as God’s Word puts it “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Worry won’t help! Or as God’s Word puts it:

25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. –from Matthew 6 (NLT)

So let’s take a hold of the truth! There is a right place to be! There is a right time! There is also a right way to go about it! And until the time is right we will just walk out life, the highs and the lows, with God the right way!


Today’s reading starts with speaking about timing…

1Then Adonai spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they approached the presence of Adonai and died. 2Adonai said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holiest Place behind the curtain —before the atonement cover which is on the Ark—so that he would not die. For I will be appearing in the cloud over the atonement cover.

Yom Kippur Service

3“In this way shall Aaron come into the Sanctuary: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4He is to put on the holy linen garment, have the linen undergarments on his body, put on the linen sash, and wear the linen turban—they are the holy garments. He shall bathe his body in water, and put them on. 5“Then he is to take from the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael two he-goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering. 6Then Aaron is to offer the bull for the sin offering which is for himself and make atonement for himself and his house. 7Then he is take the two goats and present them before Adonai at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 8Aaron will then cast lots for the two goats—one lot for Adonai, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9Aaron is to present the goat on which the lot for Adonai fell and make it a sin offering. 10But the goat upon which the lot for the scapegoat fell is to be presented alive before Adonai, to make atonement upon it, by sending it away as the scapegoat into the wilderness. 11“Also Aaron is to present the bull of the sin offering which is for himself and so make atonement for himself and his house. He is to slaughter the bull of the sin offering which is for himself. 12He is to take a firepan full of coals of fire from off the altar before Adonai plus two handfuls of sweet powdered incense and bring it within the curtain. 13Then he is to put the incense on the fire before Adonai, so that the cloud of the incense may cover the atonement cover that is on the Ark, so that he would not die. 14He is then to take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the atonement cover, on the east side. Before the atonement cover he is to sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. 15“Then he is to slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, bring its blood behind the curtain, and do with it as he did with the blood of the bull—sprinkle it upon the atonement cover, and before the atonement cover. 16So he is to make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the ­uncleanness of Bnei-Yisrael and because of their transgressions, all their sins. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which dwells with them in the midst of their impurities. 17No one is to be in the Tent of Meeting when he enters to make atonement in the Holy Place until he comes out, and has made atonement for himself and for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. 18“Then he is to go out to the altar that is before Adonai and make atonement for it. He is to take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood and dab it around on the horns of the altar. 19He is to sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and consecrate it from the uncleanness of Bnei-Yisrael. 20“When he has finished atoning for the Holy Place, the Tent of Meeting and the altar, then he is to present the live goat. 21Aaron should lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of Bnei-Yisrael and all their transgressions, all their sins. He should place them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. 22The goat will carry all their iniquities by itself into a solitary land and he is to leave the goat in the wilderness. 23“Then Aaron is to come into the Tent of Meeting, take off the linen garments that he put on when he went into the Holy Place, and leave them there. 24He is to bathe himself with water in a holy place, put on his garments, and come out to offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, to make atonement for himself and for the people. 25“Then he is to burn up fat of the sin offering in smoke on the altar. 26The man who leaves the goat as a scapegoat is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in water. Afterward he may come into the camp. 27“The bull for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall be carried outside the camp, and their hides, their flesh, and their dung burned with fire. 28The one who burns them is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in water. Then afterward he may come into the camp. 29“It is to be a statute to you forever, that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you are to afflict your souls, and do no kind of work—both the native-born and the outsider dwelling among you. 30For on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. From all your sins you will be clean before Adonai. 31It is a Shabbat of solemn rest to you, and you are to afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. 32The kohen who is anointed and who is consecrated to be kohen in his father’s place will make the atonement, and put on the linen garments, the holy garments. 33He is to make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, for the Tent of Meeting, for the altar, for the kohanim, and for all the people of the assembly. 34“This will be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for Bnei-Yisrael once in the year because of all their sins.” It was done as Adonai commanded Moses.
–from Leviticus 16

We need to consider our choices and our actions for their are consequences or responses or reactions.

Sacrifice of Life in Blood

1Then Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 2“Speak to Aaron, to his sons, and to all Bnei-Yisrael, and say to them: This is the word which Adonai has commanded. 3Anyone from the house of Israel who slaughters a bull, a lamb or a goat in the camp or outside the camp, 4but has not brought it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to offer it as a sacrifice to Adonai before the Tabernacle—let bloodguilt be charged to that man. He has shed blood—that man is to be cut off from among his people. 5Thus Bnei-Yisrael may bring their sacrifices that they were making in the open field to Adonai, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to the kohen, and offer them as sacrifices of fellowship offerings to Adonai. 6The kohen is to sprinkle the blood on the altar of Adonai at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and burn up the fat as smoke for a soothing aroma to Adonai. 7They are no longer to offer their sacrifices to the goat-demons after which they play the prostitute. This will be a statute forever to them throughout their generations. 8“Then you are to say to them: Anyone from the house of Israel, or from the outsiders dwelling among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, 9but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to sacrifice it to Adonai, is to be cut off from his people. 10“Anyone from the house of Israel, or from the outsiders dwelling among them, who eats any kind of blood, I will set my face against that soul—the one who eats blood—and will cut him off from among his people. 11For the life of the creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your lives—for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life. 12Therefore I have said to Bnei-Yisrael: No person among you may eat blood, nor may any outsider dwelling among you eat blood. 13“Any person from Bnei-Yisrael, or from the outsiders dwelling among them, who hunts as game any animal or bird that may be eaten, must drain its blood and cover it with dust. 14For the life of every creature, its blood is in its life. Therefore I said to Bnei-Yisrael: You are not to eat the blood of any kind of creature, for the life of every creature is its blood. Whoever eats it is to be cut off. 15“Everyone who eats what dies naturally or is torn by animals—whether he is native-born or a foreigner—is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water. He will be unclean until the evening, then he will be clean. 16But if he does not wash them or bathe his body, then he will bear his iniquity.”
–from Leviticus 17

We need to stick with Jesus! He is not only a good example, but a great advocate for us! Let’s not grow weary in doing what is good and what is right! God’s timing is perfect! We may think He is late, but watch what He will do in that very situation! Consider the extra glory to God because of His timing! God cares for us! God’s got compassion for us! His plan is that nobody would perish but that all would turn back to Him and be saved! He sent Jesus to save! Jesus didn’t come to condemn but to seek and save the lost! So we can trust Him! We can live for Him! And we can see how He will touch our lives and transform us from the inside out!

Lazarus Is Dead

1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Miriam and her sister Martha. 2This was the same Miriam who anointed the Master with perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. 3So the sisters sent a word to Yeshua, saying, “Master, the one you love is sick!” 4When Yeshua heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death. It is for God’s glory, so that Ben-Elohim may be glorified through it.” 5Now Yeshua loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6However, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was for two more days. 7Then after this, He said to His disciples, “Let’s go up to Judea again.” 8“Rabbi,” the disciples say to Him, “just now the Judean leaders were trying to stone You! And You’re going back there again?” 9Yeshua answered, “Aren’t there twelve hours in the day? If a man walks in the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of the world. 10But if a man should walk around at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11After He said this, He tells them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I’m going there to wake him up.” 12So the disciples said to Him, “Master, if he has fallen asleep, he will get better.” 13Now Yeshua had spoken about his death, but they thought He was talking about ordinary sleep. 14Then Yeshua told them clearly, “Lazarus is dead! 15I’m glad for your sake I wasn’t there, so that you may believe. Anyway, let’s go to him!” 16Then Thomas called the Twin said to the other disciples, “Let’s go too, so that we may die with Him!”

Comforting the Mourners

17So when Yeshua arrived, He discovered that Lazarus had been in the tomb already for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many of the Judeans had come to Martha and Miriam to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Yeshua was coming, she went out to meet Him; but Miriam sat in the house. 21Martha said to Yeshua, “Master, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died! 22But I know, even now, that whatever You may ask of God, He will give You.” 23Yeshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to Him, “I know, he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Yeshua said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in Me, even if he dies, shall live. 26And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27She says to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, Ben-Elohim who has come into the world.” 28After she said this, she left and secretly told her sister Miriam, “The Teacher is here, and He’s calling for you.” 29As soon as Miriam heard, she quickly got up and was coming to Him. 30Now Yeshua had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met Him. 31The Judeans, who were with Miriam in the house and comforting her, seeing how quickly she got up and went out, followed her. They thought she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32So when Miriam came to where Yeshua was, she saw Him and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Master, if You had been here, my brother would not have died!” 33When Yeshua saw her weeping, and the Judeans who came with her weeping, He was deeply troubled in spirit and Himself agitated. 34“Where have you laid him?” He asked. “Come and see, Master,” they tell Him. 35Yeshua wept. 36So the Judeans said, “See how He loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Couldn’t this One, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have also kept this man from dying?”

Yeshua’s Word Raises the Dead

38So Yeshua, again deeply troubled within Himself, comes to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Yeshua says, “Roll away the stone!” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to Him, “Master, by this time he stinks! He’s been dead for four days!” 40Yeshua says to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they rolled away the stone. Yeshua lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me. 42I knew that You always hear Me; but because of this crowd standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43And when He had said this, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44He who had been dead came out, wrapped in burial clothes binding his hands and feet, with a cloth over his face. And Yeshua tells them, “Cut him loose, and let him go!”

Better that One Man Die

45Therefore many of the Judeans, who had come to Miriam and had seen what Yeshua had done, put their trust in Him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Yeshua had done. 47So the ruling kohanim and Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we doing?” they asked. “This Man is performing many signs! 48If we let Him go on like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our holy place and our nation.” 49But one of them, Caiaphas, who was kohen gadol that year, said to them, “You know nothing! 50You don’t take into account that it is better for you that one man die for the people rather than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” 51Now he did not say this by himself; but as the kohen gadol that year, he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation. 52And not for the nation only, but also so that He might gather together into one the scattered children of God. 53So from that day on, they plotted to kill Him. 54Therefore Yeshua no longer walked openly among the Judeans, but went from there to the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim. He stayed there with His disciples. 55Now the Jewish Passover was near; and many people went up out of the regions to Jerusalem before Passover, to purify themselves. 56So they were searching for Yeshua, saying to one another as they stood in the Temple, “What do you think? Won’t He come to the feast at all?” 57Now the ruling kohanim and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it so that they might arrest Him.
–from John 11

 

 

Will forget, lose hope or give up and then miss out because of it?


Did you forget what just happened? Did lose hope because it was taking longer than you expected? Did you give up and try to go it your own way? Do you realize that trying to get it all down in your own power will remove the blessing of the process? Do you realize the pain it may cause others? Do you realize the impact it could have on those around you? What if you had waited? What if you had trusted? What if it had of gone differently? Then what?

Today’s reading starts with such a scenario. Imagine God showing up and parting the Red Sea. Imagine God showing up and leading you by smoke during the day and fire by night whenever and wherever He wanted you to go. Imagine God providing food and water even though you were wining and complaining. And now if the process is taking longer than you expected and making you anxious or worried, how would you respond? Would you trust Him? Would you wait on Him? Or would you do something and have to deal with the consequences?

Molten Calf and Smashing Tablets

1Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Get up, make us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what’s become of him!” 2So Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden rings that are in the ears of your wives, your sons and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 3So all the people broke off the golden rings that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. 4He received them from their hand, and made a molten calf, fashioned with a chiseling tool. Then they said, “This is your god, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” 5When Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. Then Aaron made a proclamation saying, “Tomorrow will be a feast to Adonai.” 6They rose up early the next morning, sacrificed burnt offerings and brought fellowship offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to make merry. 7Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go down! For your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have become debased. 8They quickly turned aside from the path that I commanded for them. They have made a molten calf, worshipped it, and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you up out of the land of Egypt.’” 9Adonai said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. 10Now therefore, leave Me alone, so My wrath may burn hot against them, and so I may consume them—and make from you a great nation!” 11Then Moses sought Adonai his God and said, “Adonai, why should Your wrath burn hot against Your people, whom You have brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12Why should the Egyptians say, ‘He brought them out to do evil, to slay them in the mountains, and to annihilate them from the face of the earth?’ Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this destruction against Your people. 13Remember Abraham, Isaac and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of I will give to your offspring, and they will inherit it forever.’” 14So Adonai relented from the destruction that He said He would do to His people. 15Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain, with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hand, tablets that were written on both sides, on one and on the other. 16The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 17When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is the sound of war within the camp.” 18But Moses said: “It is not the voice of a shout of victory, nor is it the voice of crying from defeat, but I hear the sound of singing.” 19Then it happened, as soon as Moses came near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing, and his anger burned hot. So he threw the tablets out of his hands, and smashed them at the foot of the mountain. 20Then he took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the surface of the water and made Bnei-Yisrael drink it. 21Then Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you, to make you bring such a great sin upon them?” 22Aaron said, “Don’t be angry, my lord! You know these people yourself, and how they are set on evil. 23They said to me, ‘Make gods for us, to go before us! As for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him.’ 24So I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.’ So they gave it to me and I threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!” 25When Moses saw that the people were unrestrained, because Aaron had let them run wild, to become a joke among their enemies, 26Moses stood at the gate of the camp and said, “Whoever is on Adonai’s side, let him come to me.” Then all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. 27He said to them, “This is what Adonai, the God of Israel says, ‘Every man put on his sword, and go to and fro, from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’” 28So the sons of Levi did as Moses said, and that day from among the people there fell about 3,000 men. 29Then Moses said, “Consecrate your hands today to Adonai so that He may give you a blessing today, for every man has been against his son and his brother.” 30So it happened the following day, Moses said to the people, “You have committed a horrendous sin. So now I will go up to Adonai—perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31Then Moses returned to Adonai and said, “Alas, these people have sinned greatly, and made gods of gold! 32Yet now, please forgive their sin. But if not, please blot me out of Your book that You have written.” 33Adonai said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot out of My book. 34Now go, lead the people to the place that I told you about. My angel will go before you. Nevertheless, on the day when I take account, I will hold them accountable for their sin.” 35So Adonai struck the people because of what they did with the calf that Aaron had made.
–from Exodus 32

How would you take responsibility? How would you respond? How would you apologize? How would you try to make things right? Could you have helped others be more patient? Could you have helped other to trust? Could you have helped others to wait for it? Would you lead? Would you stand in the gap for their actions? Would you plead with God to save them? Would you stand in the middle pleading their case? How would you have respond? How do you respond?

Will you trust God? Will you do it His way? Will you walk it out His way? Will you trust Him? Will you obey Him? Will you be one who will not need an interpreter but will speak face to face with Him? Will you bring your asks, your needs, your ideas, your worries, your curiosities, your everything to Jesus and discuss it? Will your hopes, your plans, and your desires be based on God’s plan? Will you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will you trust God and do good? Will you delight yourself in Him and then He will give you the desires of your heart? Will you want to stick so close that if God isn’t going with you that you won’t move? Will you ensure God’s presence is with you to the point where you won’t move until you know He is moving too? Stick with Him!

1Then Adonai said to Moses, “Leave, get out of this place, you and the people that you have brought out of the land of Egypt, into the land which I swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob saying, ‘I will give it to your seed.’ 2I will send an angel before you. I will drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and the Jebusites. 3Head up into a land flowing with milk and honey, but I will not move within the midst of you, so that I do not destroy you along the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” 4When the people heard these dreadful words, they mourned, and no one put on any ornaments. 5Adonai said to Moses, “Say to Bnei-Yisrael, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were going up among you for one moment, I would consume you. Take off your ornaments, so that I may consider what to do to you.’” 6So Bnei-Yisrael stripped themselves of their ornaments from Mount Horeb onward.

Show Me Your Glory!

7Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the Tent of Meeting. So it happened, everyone who sought Adonai would go out to the Tent of Meeting, which was outside the camp. 8Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would arise and stand, everyone at the door of his own tent, and look after Moses, until he had gone into the Tent. 9After Moses entered, the pillar of cloud descended, stood at the door, and He would speak with Moses. 10When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the Tent, they all rose up and worshipped, every man at the entrance of his own tent. 11So Adonai spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the Tent. 12So Moses said to Adonai “You say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My eyes.’ 13Now then, I pray, if I have found grace in Your eyes, show me Your ways, so that I may know You, so that I might find favor in Your sight. Consider also that this nation is Your people.” 14“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest,” He answered. 15But then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with me, don’t let us go up from here! 16For how would it be known that I or your people have found favor in Your sight? Isn’t it because You go with us, that distinguishes us from all the people on the face of the earth?” 17Adonai answered Moses, “I will also do what you have said, for you have found favor in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18Then he said, “Please, show me Your glory!” 19So He said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass before you, and call out the Name of Adonai before you. I will be gracious toward whom I will be gracious, and I will show mercy on whom I will be merciful.” 20But He also said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live.” 21Then Adonai said, “See, a place near Me—you will stand on the rock. 22While My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and cover you with My hand, until I have passed by. 23Then I will take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face will not be seen.”
–from Exodus 33

Will you be like Abraham and be called a friend of God? Will you be like Jacob and wrestle with God? Will you be like Isaac and follow God even at the risk of death? Will you be like Moses and plead with God? All for His glory and for the good of those under you? Will you receive it with open hands and be a conduit for God? Will you go about it God’s way? Let’s take a hold of His hand and go it His way!

Torah Is a Tree of Wisdom

1Happy is the one who has not walked in the advice of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of scoffers. 2But his delight is in the Torah of Adonai, and on His Torah he meditates day and night. 3He will be like a planted tree over streams of water, producing its fruit during its season. Its leaf never droops— but in all he does, he succeeds. 4The wicked are not so. For they are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5Therefore the wicked will not stand during the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6For Adonai knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
–from Psalms 1

In whom will you put your trust? To whom will you turn for wisdom?

Will you be a ace maker? Will you be a person who brings people together? Will you produce unity by the way you live? Will you use your words to build up or tear down? How will you lead others?

Unity in Community

1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of disputes about opinions. 2One person has faith to eat anything, but the weak eats only vegetables. 3Don’t let the one who eats disparage the one who does not eat, and don’t let the one who does not eat judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5One person esteems one day over another while another judges every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6The one who observes that day does so to the Lord. The one who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and the one who abstains, abstains to the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives for himself, and none dies for himself. 8For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9For this reason Messiah died and lived again, so that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you too, why do you look down on your brother? For we all will stand before the judgment seat of God. 11For it is written, “As I live, says Adonai, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” 12So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13Therefore let us not judge one another from now on, but rather decide this—not to put a stumbling block or a trap in the way of a brother. 14I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Yeshua, that nothing is unholy in itself; but it is unholy for the one who considers it unholy. 15For if your brother is grieved on account of food, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy by your food the one for whom Messiah died. 16Therefore do not let what is good for you be spoken of as evil— 17for the kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking, but righteousness and shalom and joy in the Ruach ha-Kodesh. 18For the one who serves Messiah in this manner is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19So then let us pursue what makes for shalom and for the building up of one another. 20Stop tearing down the work of God for the sake of food. Indeed all things are clean, but wrong for the man who by eating causes stumbling. 21It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith you have, keep it to yourself before God. How fortunate is the one who does not condemn himself for what he approves. 23But the one who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not of faith. And whatever is not of faith is sin.
–from Romans 14

What’s most important to you? What is your treasure? What is your biggest focus? What is controlling you?


Matthew 6:21

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Jesus made it clear that having the wrong treasures leads to our hearts being in the wrong place. What we treasure the most controls us, whether we admit it or not. If possessions or money become too important to us, we must re-establish control or get rid of items. Jesus calls for a decision that allows us to live contentedly with whatever we have because we have chosen eternal values over temporary, earthly treasures.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for the incredible blessings and opportunities You have provided me. My relationship with You. My relationship with my wife. My relationship with my kids. My friendships around my community (work, church, neighborhood, and everywhere in between). Lord, You have revealed to me the importance of having first things first and how when having the priorities right it will bring life into perspective and allow for great freedom and success. Lord, as I look ahead today, I pray for Your hand to be upon this day and that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in all I do and all I say. May others see and feel the light that shines through me from Your Spirit. May others know Your love as I try to be an ambassador for You. And throughout this day, may You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Verse of the Day

24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

Matthew 7:24-25


Psalm 145

1 I WILL extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever [with grateful, affectionate praise].2 Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable. 4 One generation shall laud Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works I will meditate.6 Men shall speak of the might of Your tremendous and terrible acts, and I will declare Your greatness.7 They shall pour forth [like a fountain] the fame of Your great and abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your rightness and justice.8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.9 The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].10 All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]!11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power,12 To make known to the sons of men God’s mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom.13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.14 The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.15 The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season.16 You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor.17 The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works.18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.20 The Lord preserves all those who love Him, but all the wicked will He destroy.21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) His holy name forever and ever.

 

Proverbs 21

1 THE KING’S heart is in the hand of the Lord, as are the watercourses; He turns it whichever way He wills.2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs and tries the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 Haughtiness of eyes and a proud heart, even the tillage of the wicked or the lamp [of joy] to them [whatever it may be], are sin [in the eyes of God].5 The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.6 Securing treasures by a lying tongue is a vapor driven to and fro; those who seek them seek death.7 The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, because they refuse to do justice.8 The way of the guilty is exceedingly crooked, but as for the pure, his work is right and his conduct is straight.9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop [on the flat oriental roof, exposed to all kinds of weather] than in a house shared with a nagging, quarrelsome, and faultfinding woman.10 The soul or life of the wicked craves and seeks evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes. 11 When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of [godly] Wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous man considers well the house of the wicked–how the wicked are cast down to ruin.13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor will cry out himself and not be heard. 14 A gift in secret pacifies and turns away anger, and a bribe in the lap, strong wrath.15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God), but to the evildoers it is dismay, calamity, and ruin.16 A man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall abide in the congregation of the spirits (of the dead).17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.18 The wicked become a ransom for the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and the treacherous for the upright [because the wicked themselves fall into the traps and pits they have dug for the good].19 It is better to dwell in a desert land than with a contentious woman and with vexation.20 There are precious treasures and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a self-confident and foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.21 He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city walls of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles. 24 The proud and haughty man–Scoffer is his name–deals and acts with overbearing pride.25 The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.26 He covets greedily all the day long, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous gives and does not withhold. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is exceedingly disgusting and abhorrent [to the Lord]–how much more when he brings it with evil intention?28 A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears attentively will endure and go unchallenged.29 A wicked man puts on the bold, unfeeling face [of guilt], but as for the upright, he considers, directs, and establishes his way [with the confidence of integrity].30 There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord.

God can turn that frown upside down. Nothing is too big for God.


Today’s Reading: 2Corinthians 6:1-8:9; Psalm 120:1-2; Proverbs 22:26-27


What will God do with all that you are going through? Will you receive it? There is fruit and benefit of Godly sorrow.

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says:

"In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you."
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Consider the relationships you are getting involved in. Consider who you connect with to make sure you are both in agreement about your core beliefs and values.

O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

"I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people."
Therefore
"Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you."
"I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty."
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Being joyful is a choice. This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.

For indeed, when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.

For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.

Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him. Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.

Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia: that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality. For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. But as you abound in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-see that you abound in this grace also.

I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.


WORSHIP

In my distress I cried to the LORD,
And He heard me.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips
And from a deceitful tongue.
Psalm 120:1-2

WISDOM

Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
One of those who is surety for debts;
If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take away your bed from under you?
Proverbs 22:26-27

People are watching you whether you know it or not. What are they learning? What example are you setting?


Let your faith grow exceedingly. Let your love be for all.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

In everything we say and in everything we do, may it be in alignment with the will of God and His purpose, and may it glorify and exalt Him, in Jesus’ name.

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Looking for signs of when Jesus is coming back. Do not grow weary in doing good. Don’t let anyone deceive you in this matter, for He is coming back but before He does, the falling away must come first.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Do not grow weary in doing good. Stand firm.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.


WORSHIP

Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Those who fear You will be glad when they see me,
Because I have hoped in Your word.
I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
Psalm 119:73-75

WISDOM

A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold.
Proverbs 21:22


Today’s Reading

: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:16; Psalm 119:73-75; Proverbs 21:22

Can you resist being afraid? Will you believe and live?


Today’s Reading:
Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 2:1-35;
Psalm 102:12-15; Proverbs 17:25


Don’t be afraid when God is performing a miracle in your life.

Don’t be afraid of His message of good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

Share Jesus with those around You. Share how He has changed your life. Share the transformation He has brought into your life. Share your testimonies.

If someone shared with you great news, would you keep it to yourself or would you be willing to share that news with others? Would you go out of your way to check it out? Would you let those who you find there know of the reasons you have come?

Imagine having waited all your life for a promise to be fulfilled. Imagine trusting that because God said it, it would come. Imagine if God spoke to you and said that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. That is exactly what happened to Simeon.

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

"Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel."
And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

How much would you believe? How long would you wait? How long would you repeat what God told you to do even it the promise didn’t materialize? Would you wait until it was accomplished or would you give up? Will you put your trust in God all your life? He is never late and rarely early, but is always on time.

God will use events throughout your life to build up faith and give you testimonies that you will be able to share with others. Look and trust in God today for He has great and awesome plans for you – to help you and to give you a hope and a future.