Saturday, March 28, 2015

Accepted By God

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.
Deuteronomy 33:26

Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way, walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Romans 1:16 (NIV)
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Romans 3:27-28
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

Lord, I'm so glad that there is nothing I've done or ever could do to be accepted by you. It is completely based on faith! I'm so glad that my relationship with you isn't tied to me obeying the law.

Romans 3:31
Well then, if we emphasize faith, does that mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A True Jew?

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.
Deuteronomy 33:26

Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way, walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes - the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

Romans 2:28-29
For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather it is a change of heart produced by God's Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.

Lord, last night at the Freedom Workshop I was getting a little high on praise from my sisters who were seeking to encourage and build me up. Then during the worship I heard this voice in my head trying to tell me, "You're such a fake! You have everyone convinced, including yourself, that you are so righteous." I thank you, Lord, for helping me to Immediately realize that was a baldfaced lie. I am NOT a fake, because YOU are changing my heart! Your Spirit is in me transforming me into a new person by changing the way I think. You are helping me to care more about praise from YOU than from people. Thank you for this confirmation that I belong to YOU! I AM being made into something beautiful. It's by hiding your word in my heart and spending time talking with you. You are making me look more and more like you. And there is NOTHING more beautiful in this world or in heaven than YOU! I praise you that you want to be friends with me. I praise you that we DO have conversations and sweet fellowship together. Lord Jesus, I can't wait for the time when I will get to see you face-to-face!! I love you so much!! Amen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Better Together

Genesis 4:17
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
Genesis 4:17

Psalm 51:6 (NASB)
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 
Psalm 51:6 (NASB)

Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes - the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

Romans 1:12
When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

Lord, this is what I miss out on when I listen to that voice of isolation. We are indeed better together! You want to use me to encourage my brothers and sisters in their faith. But you also want me to be encouraged by theirs. Lord, you know how easy it is for me to give in to that voice of isolation, especially when it involves giving up my evening at home. I pray that you would give me a want to go and spend time encouraging and being encouraged.

Psalm 119:142-144
Your justice is eternal,
and your instructions are perfectly true.
As pressure and stress bear down on me,
I find joy in your commands.
Your laws are always right;
help me to understand them so I may live.

In the construction world a plumb is used to make sure that the work is "perfectly true" or in perfect vertical alignment. I don't know a lot about construction, but I think that the reason for this isn't just so the building will be aesthetically pleasing, but also so that it will be able to stand up to the pressure and stress that will bear down on it.

Lord, Your instructions are perfectly true, they keep me in perfect alignment with You! Because of this, when pressure and stress bear down on me, I am able to find joy in your commands. I'm able to stand up to the pressure and stress when I stay in perfect vertical alignment with You. 

In construction it is important for the building to not only be aligned vertically, but also horizontally. Lord, Your laws and instructions also keep me in horizontal alignment with the people in my life.

Lord, I so quickly and easily get out of alignment with You and the people around me. I thank you that all I have to do when that happens is confess it to You, and sometimes to the person I've hurt, and ask for forgiveness. Whether that person chooses to forgive me or not, YOU always are faithful to forgive me and make me in perfect alignment with You once again.

I thank You, Lord, for your laws which are always right! Help me to understand them so I may live. In Jesus' Name, amen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Shepherd

Genesis 4:17
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
Genesis 4:17

Psalm 51:6 (NASB)
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 
Psalm 51:6 (NASB)

Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes - the Jew first and also the Gentile.
Romans 1:16

Psalm 119:129-133
Your laws are wonderful.
No wonder I obey them!
The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand.
I pant with expectation,
longing for your commands.
Come and show me your mercy,
as you do for all who love your name.
Guide my steps by your word,
so I will not be overcome by evil.

Genesis 46:33-34
Then he said, "When Pharaoh calls for you and asks you about your occupation, you must tell him, 'We, your servants, have raised livestock all our lives, as our ancestors have always done.' When you tell him this, he will let you live here in the region of Goshen, for the Egyptians despise shepherds."

I know that Egypt is a type of the world. This world despises the Good Shepherd. They don't want anyone telling them how to live their lives. As a result, they end up wandering and lost. They end up getting themselves caught in thickets of their own making. 

It makes me sad that they don't know what they are missing out on. They think that Your laws will be a burden and a drudge to obey. But they are wonderful and I gladly obey them. The teaching of Your Word gives light to my mind so that even in my simpleness and humanness I can understand. I long to know and obey your commands, because in that I find Your mercy. You do this for all who love Your name. You guide my steps by Your Word and prevent me from being overcome by evil.

I Praise You my Shepherd!! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Light a Fire

Genesis 4:17
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
Genesis 4:17

Psalm 51:6 (NASB)
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 
Psalm 51:6 (NASB)

Micah 6:8
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Psalm 119:125
Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your laws.

Lord, I certainly do need discernment! I want to understand your laws and follow hard after you. Will you please light a fire down in my soul that I can't contain and I can't control? I want more of you, Lord!

Please direct my steps today. My times are in your hands. Help me to keep short accounts today. If I hear my sinful nature speaking to me today, and I know I will, help me to turn and say, "Jesus! It's for you!"

Lord, I've placed the management of my household and all we own and all I eat in your hands. Help me to remember to consult you about everything. 

Psalm 37:23
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

I praise you that you delight in every detail of my life! You direct my steps. Thank you! I praise you, Jesus!! Amen.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Lord, Bring the Rain!

Genesis 4:17
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
Genesis 4:17

Psalm 51:6 (NASB)
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 
Psalm 51:6 (NASB)

Micah 6:8
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Hosea 6:3
So let us know, let us press on to know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.

Lord, what a beautiful picture you gave me of this verse this morning! Just as I was settling down to meet with you it started raining outside and you came to me like the rain. You refreshed my soul yet again.

Lord, you come to us like the spring rain in waves of blessing. Sometimes it's a soft, gentle outpouring. Then it becomes a deluge flooding my soul with your truth and washing away all the contaminants that I've picked up along my way. Just like a hard rain washes away the pollen from the air, you leave behind a fresh clean feeling and I can breathe again. I'm left dripping and soaked in your love and truth. Lord, may it splash out onto everyone I'm in contact with today! Please keep raining on my soul all day today!

Lord, use the rain that you've watered my soul with to water seeds that were planted in others! Let the rain you are giving me splash onto other believers leaving them soaked and dripping too.
Then they can pass it on to others as well.

Genesis 39:2-6a
The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master's household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar's household for Joseph's sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn't worry about a thing -- except what kind of food to eat!

Lord, I know that Joseph was a type of Christ. Jesus Christ, I want you to be in charge of our household and finances! I know that with you in charge all our household affairs will run smoothly and our crops and livestock will flourish. Help me to look to you to know how to run my household. Show me what you want me to do with every minute of my day. Do you want me to go do laundry? Please let me know and I will go do it. Is it time for me to check the kids' schoolwork? Speak to my heart and I'll do it. Help me to stop and ask for guidance each moment of my day.

Please be in charge of the kind of food I eat as well! Lord, I tend to want to let my stomach be my master. I tend to want to eat the kind of things that are not good for me. Help me to submit to your will in what I eat and how much I eat. Then my body will flourish and be healthy.

1 Peter 2:21-23
Lord, help my husband to know that the suffering he goes through at work is all part of what YOU have called him to. Remind him that Christ, who suffered for him is his example. Help my husband to follow in HIS steps. Jesus, you never sinned and you never deceived anyone. Help my husband to not retaliate when he is insulted. When he suffers, help him not to want to get even. Enable my husband to leave his case in YOUR hands God because you always judge fairly! In Jesus Name! Amen!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Salt and Light Retreat Quiet Time Sunday

Hebrews 12

V.1 Lord, you know how easily sin has tripped me up and still does. Help me to strip that weight off because sin's power over me is broken. Help me to run with endurance the race set before me!

V. 2 Lord, you know that there are times when I'm out running when I just want to stop before I reach my goal. Especially when I'm running in a race the pressure is on to keep running and not stop. The secret to being able to endure in a race is to find that pace that my body is able to maintain. It can be hard to keep that pace without a pace setter. It's tempting to go too fast too soon without that. Lord, you are my pace setter. I keep my eyes on you as I run. As I do this consistently, you perfect my pace and help me to run better and better with you at my side.

V. 3-4 Lord, when I think of what you endured for my sake, it gives me the strength to keep on going for you. The things I suffer can't even compare to what you went through for me.

V. 5-6 I thank you for the discipline you administer to me. Thank you for the spankings and slaps to my hand, because these things train me in righteousness.

V. 7-9 If you didn't spank me then I wouldn't truly be your child. Lord, I submit to your discipline  so that I can grow up and live in your presence forever!

V. 10-11 Lord, do whatever you need to do to train this foolish and rebellious heart! I want to share in your holiness. Lord, I'm thinking of how my roomies and I were talking last night. They were sharing about their pasts and how you have brought them so far. I was feeling like I've lived such a sheltered life and praising you for being my shelter. But even though I've led a sheltered life, I have a human heart. I have a sinful nature that wants to drag me into all kinds of trouble. Lord, though I may seem so sweet and innocent to outsiders, YOU know the ugliness that is inside me. You know that I have just as much capacity to sin as anyone. Lord, I pray that you would continuously cleanse me. Show me the areas in me that still need your spring cleaning. I don't need to go looking for these and trying to scrub them myself. My efforts would only be like someone trying to clean a dirty counter with a filthy rag. It would only smear the mess around more. You want me to wait for you to show me the areas that need cleaning and then watch as you pour your blood over it. As your blood washes over what is left is clean, sparkling and disinfected!

V. 12-13 Lord, this weekend has been about getting a new grip with my tired hands and strengthening my weak knees. You mark out a straight path for my feet so that though I may at times feel weak and lame, I will not fall, but you make me strong.

V. 14 It has been easy to live in peace while here, but I'm going home to my family and all the realities of my life. Help me to take with me all that you've taught me this weekend. Help me to work at living a holy life.

V. 15 Help me to continue to look after my salt and light sisters so that none of us will fail to receive God's grace. Let me keep short accounts so that no root of bitterness grows up to corrupt many.

V. 18-24 I praise you God that I have not come to a place of condemnation and fear, but a place of forgiveness by your sprinkled blood! Lord, I am part of that assembly of your firstborn children whose names are written in heaven. Praise Your Name!!

V. 25-29 I want to always listen to your voice Jesus. Give me a faith that cannot be shaken! I want to thank you and worship you with holy fear and awe because I am receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable. Lord, show me how to worship you like that! God, I know that you are a devouring fire.