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Archive for January, 2015

30 second devotion: Then you shall call upon me

Jer 29:12-13
12 Then shall ye call upon — me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek — me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Then you shall call upon me
What a simple effort it takes to call upon the Lord. Just a whisper of the soul sent heavenward receives the same attention an agonized cry from deepest suffering. No matter the anguish or intensity….the prayer that reaches heaven, simply resonates upon the heavenly ear born of brokeness, and humility from hearts who know the undeserved love of their Father. Otherwise we like the Mt Carmel mob would need to cut ourselves and cry all the louder to petition the Graceland of our father’s presence. If such simplicity and humility unlocks heavens gate, then why does the Father have to invite us to come and find him on bended knee? Fickle hearts only seek him when trouble comes but have no need of his provision when unencumbered. Father may our very breath breathe utterances of praise and petition. Give us our daily need.

30 second devotion: Contentment

Heb 13:5-6
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor — forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Life seems often full of troubles. We need things and want things and do not always get those things. We pray seeking answers but often we are telling God what we want when we should trust him with the answer and the results. Even when we are persecuted by the world we should not respond by greedily hoarding all we can just because we experienced lack. If our confidence and contentment anchors in the Lord our savior we will find ourselves satisfied. With him there is no depth where his supply can’t be found. No eagle can fly so high or so far the supply cannot reach him. Even when we tap into the supply of his sufficiency we cannot deplete it. He is inexhaustible.  He is not only our source, he is our supply and ultimately our satisfaction.  Yet if our anchor is bound deep into this life, or the physical world around us, in relationships or finances we will find our contentment wax and wins with each moment. Those items can be exhausted, and their source can be lost. How great is our God and his supply. He keeps it right with us because he never leaves us nor forsakes us.

30 second devotions: His way or mine

His way or mine
Mat 12:3-4
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

Several things intrigue me here in this passage. I just love the way Jesus deals with challenges. In the face of the Pharisees challenge to Jesus authority he challenges their knowlege of the word of God. He implies they have forgotten the word of God. He asks them if they have ever read the story where David and his men ate the shewbread meant only for use in the Lord’s tabernacle. They had forgotten and loved to take texts out of context to aid their control of the people. They were too quick to judge. Jesus never taught that we should not judge. He warned us to be cautious when we jusge. He taught that we should judge ourselves first. Then in judging others it ought to help and not to hurt. The Pharisees were charging Jesus disciples for working on the Sabbath. They were always quick to forget the import of the word. Further they invariably applied the word to others while neglecting to judge themselves by it at the first. Jesus however reminds them that David and his men were hungry and they had done the same as his disciples in their hunger. Essentially jesus is saying where David and his men were not condemned neither should they be condemned. He always taught doing good on the Lords day was right. His defense is simple. His word supercedes our interpretation. What about the Lord’s day have you been neglecting? Do you forget the assembling together as God designed? If you do assemble do you make tradition more important than doing good. Have you read his word and forgotten it’s meaning and the changes it requires in your life? Are you quick to judge others with the word while neglecting measuring yourself by the word first? Whatever our fault with the Lord’s day, Jesus knows best. It is his word after all.

30 second devotions: Come unto me

Mat 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

No other God invites you to come to Him in spite of your sins.  All others want you to clean up and earn your way to them. Jesus says come as you are and be forgiven. The poor in spirit will be made Kings and Priests. You are welcomed into His royal family.  Adoption into God’s family is the best gift one could ever have given to them. Yet so many do not receive such a gift. Fear of failure, the human desire to earn ones worth, and the simple desire for sin keeps people from asking for that gift. Sad to say even those who receive adoption do not always enjoy the love and acceptance given by their forgiveness of sins. They somehow wander into sin, stumble into sin and even walk bald faced into sin. Then because of fear that God doesn’t accept them, fear that others will not forgive them, they miss out on the pleasure of being restored and accepted in the fellowship with God and their church family. God promises if we confess he will forgive and restore fellowship (1 John 1:9). Too often they are like a bird with a broken wing. The bird will flee from those who would help mend the wing. On the other hand when a child is sick with their parent at the doctor, knowing they will get a shot, they cling the more tightly to their father. Today, you are in failure, you fear not being forgiven, not being accepted and restored. Today I implore you not to be like the little bird. Don’t run from God anymore. Be like a child and cling to your father. God loves you. Jesus asks you to simply come. Aren’t you tired of running? Come just as you are and He will give you rest.