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Awesome God

I Kings 19:11-13a
The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

There are many natural disasters reported in the news these days.  There’s bad weather, mudslides, earthquakes, and forest fires, just to name a few.  No matter what part of the country you live in, you need to be prepared to handle the threatening situations that can occur.

Unfortunately, we tend to blame God for all the bad stuff in life.  A tornado wipes out a trailer park, so we call it “an act of God.”  We figure anything that powerful, like floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes must be His doing.

The simple truth is that these things are not the work of God.  He is not the God of death and destruction, but the God of love.  His desire is to win the hearts of men and women through His gift of salvation.  He wants relationship with His creation.

We should be listening for that “gentle whisper” that speaks to our heart.  He uses this method to draw us to Himself.  Instead of seeking Him in the destructive forces of nature – seek to hear Him in the stillness of a quiet place.

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Glory of the Dawn

Job 38:12-15
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?  The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.  The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.”

Sunrise is a very special time of day.  It is then that the dark, gray, formless world suddenly bursts with color, shape, and sound.  I consider it a privilege to be able to wake up with the dawn.  Just to see the blazing colors of the rising sun, to smell the earthy fragrance of the fresh morning dew, and to hear the chatter of the forest creatures as they begin their work in the new day is an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere else.

This should humble us as human beings.  Just to think that this ritual of nature has been repeating itself since creation, and yet we have absolutely no control over it.  The rising and the setting of the sun was set by God ages ago and is far outside the realm of our power and authority.

Don’t miss the opportunity to thank God for this new day. Each one is a blessing from Him.  It is a gift from His hand, and we never know what it will bring until we walk it out.  Start each new day with adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to the Lord.  In that way you will have established it on a firm foundation.  What you do at this critical time will set the direction and atmosphere for the rest of your day.  Make good use of each one.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Mountain of the Lord’s Temple

Isaiah 2:2-3
In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”  The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

When the temple was established in Jerusalem, no gentile could ever enter it, no matter how devout they were.  Temple worship was the exclusive right of the nation of Israel.

Things are different now.  Because of what Christ has done, all nations may now enter the invisible, holy temple of God.  We can now climb the heights to His very presence.  What was formerly impossible is now accessible by grace.

It is now possible to sit at the feet of the Lord and allow Him to teach you His ways.  Even when the temple was open to Israel, only the priests had that privilege.  Now, because of the cross, we can all experience the move of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Make that climb today, to the top, to the mountain of God’s temple.  Approach the majestic presence of the Creator of all things.  Worship at His feet, for He is worthy to receive it.  Wait on Him, for His Spirit to move upon your heart.  Lives are forever changed up on that mountain.  Let yours be one of them.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Walking Like Jesus

I John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

This is one of the toughest assignments we could ever have been given.  It could take someone his whole life just to get started.  Fear, pride and other things will keep some from accepting the gift of salvation until they are much older.  Personally, I’m glad I accepted Christ at a young age.

In this verse, however, John is not talking about our initial conversion to Christ, but rather our ongoing walk with Him.  There are many aspects of this walk that I have heard people talk about.  Loving one another, sharing the good news, and praying for the sick are just a few.

From what I’ve seen there is a major part of Jesus’ life that most Christians never even hear about, let alone imitate.  I am talking about the many times that Jesus went to a solitary place just to be alone with the Father.  It was during these times that He received the strength and guidance needed to fulfill His public ministry.

So, in my opinion, if Jesus needed this in His life, if He felt He couldn’t complete His call without it, then who am I to think I can get by without these private times in the Lord’s presence.  That is why I put together these devotions.  I want as many believers as are able, to experience this incredible meeting of them and God in that secret place.

Spend time in the Father’s presence today.  Find there what your soul needs to carry on.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Worship on this Mountain

John 4:19-24
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The Jews and the Samaritans worshipped God on two different mountains.  The woman speaking to Jesus in this verse was starting to get uncomfortable with where the conversation was heading.  She thought that she could start an argument about which was the right place.  Fortunately the Lord was not distracted from His objective by her question.

Jesus answered that God is Spirit.  He knows no physical limitations as to time and place.  He explained to the woman that anywhere you worshipped God was the right place.  This is a great blessing to us.

Worshipping God is one of the greatest experiences you could have.  It doesn’t matter where you set aside the place.  The key is that we come into His presence in spirit and in truth.  To be alone with the Lord is something you cannot afford to miss.

Take the opportunity today to worship in His presence.  Worship Him in spirit and truth, as He calls us to.  You will find it to be one of the high points of your day.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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A Walk with Jesus

Mark 16:12-13
Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country.  These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.

After His resurrection, Jesus appears to His disciples at various times and in different ways.  In this verse He shows up as a man walking in the country.  He wanted to meet with these disciples in a quiet, unhurried setting.

Please realize that as you go through your daily routine, Christ can appear at any time.  By His Spirit He speaks, guides, clarifies and corrects.  You need to be expecting to hear from Him.

When the disciples returned from their trip, no one believed that they had seen Christ.  Even today it is hard for some to think that you can meet with with Christ during the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  They think you have to be in a church or in your “prayer closet” for the Holy Spirit to speak to you.  The simple fact is, the Lord will show up anyplace there is a listening heart.

Listen for His voice today.  We know that He will be found by those who earnestly seek Him.  Do what it takes to quiet yourself before Him.  That is how you prepare yourself to hear from the Lord.

Spend time in His presence as you walk out your day.  Let Him guide you by His hand.  Keep your spiritual ears open to His Word for you.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Water

Job 38:28-30
Does the rain have a father?  Who fathers the drops of dew?  From whose womb comes the ice?  Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Water has some very amazing properties.  I think about it when I see a rainbow in the sky after a storm has passed.  Sometimes I am dazzled by sunlight reflecting off of a field covered with morning dew.  I have gotten a other-worldly feeling as I’ve walked through a crystal forest after an ice storm.

God has provided an incredible variety of sights and sounds all related to precipitation.  It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and see a world changed by the weather of the night before.  It is in times like these that praise to God, the Creator, just seems to burst from my heart.

It is God who established the physical laws that govern the seasons.  It is God who set down the properties that all of the various elements and substances (including water) exhibit.  It is God who programmed us to respond emotionally to the beauty we see around us.

Praise Him today for His marvelous handiwork.  Take the time right now to show Him your appreciation for His love and care for us in giving us such a beautiful world to live in.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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