Psalm 119:162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.
November 30 Bible Reading
The Psalmist is our guide today… Do you know God’s Promise for you? Many people think they do. They think God’s Promise is ONLY about forgiving them their sins and giving them peace. You know. Harps and singing and all of that. I don’t want to try and diminish forgiveness or peace by any means. My point is to illuminate how much more there is to God’s Promise that those amazing things.
When you meet Him… you KNOW. The Promise will course through your veins. You will be different. Maybe not markedly so on the very moment (maybe so though), but more like finding out about a significant change later… when it is needed.
Kinda like those expensive windshield wipers the guy talked you into. You paid the extra $6 bucks so you could leave the Jiffy Lube a little sooner, but when it rains… well… you can hardly wait until it rains now. Ok. Ok. That’s a little silly, but still you get the idea.
The truth is that God’s Promise is available to you. If you have been a “Christian” all your life or if you are reading things about God for the first time today, it makes no matter. When you pray a simple prayer earnestly and meaningfully… FROM YOUR HEART… God hears you. He WILL save you. But free will wouldn’t be free will if he didn’t truly give you the choice to make. When He is the choice you make… You will receive His Promise. And like the Psalmist says, “You will rejoice in His Promise like one who has found great spoil.”
November 29 Bible Reading
The bite force of a lion is thought to be 900-1000 lbs per square inch. That’s enough to cut through flesh and bone in one chomp. When Daniel made the choice to worship the Almighty God and deny the creed that was written by King Darius he was making a choice to die in order to worship God. Think about that… Lions. Ripping you limb from limb. Watching them fight over parts of you in your last moments before unconsciousness takes over. All of that to worship God. What strength! What courage! What an Awesome God!
Regardless of bite force, God shut the mouths of those lions and rescued His servant Daniel. Why? Because God loves Daniel. God loves Daniel just like God loves you.
I’ll end today with a quick trivia question:
1.) What does the name “Daniel” mean?
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November 28 Bible Reading
Encouragement from our daily reading is inevitable because God is in control and He loves us. God wants us to be well and what He wants… He gets! The encouraging message I received today from the Word is to stand strong. Do not backslide into the “old self” or “false self”. Another word for the “old self” is the flesh…
Remember the flesh? That’s right… the flesh is one of our three major enemies in our spiritual fight. The world, the flesh, and the devil. John Eldridge writes that those three make up a “sort of unholy trinity.” He’s right if you thing about it.
That draw you may have to slide back into your old ways can be fought off like any other enemy we face. By putting on the Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, The Shoes of the Gospel, The Helmet of Salvation. By picking up the Shield of Faith and welding the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And by welding these weapons at all times in the Spirit of God. Ephesians 6:10-19
That verse didn’t come from our reading, but it pointed me there. The encouragement came from 2 Peter and Psalms today. Make sure you read your Word today and don’t forget to post a comment at the Facebook Page.
November 27 Bible Reading
Pride has a way of sneaking in. Pride is subtle at first. It tells you that you are humble and that is what has made you great. Unless you are on defense against pride, it will sneak in on you too.
So how do you fight pride? By giving glory to God for everything for He strengthens you to do all things. Philippians 4:13.
Pride found Nebecanezzer in our reading today and he was Humbled by God. The king let pride tell him that he was responsible for the greatness he built. When in fact, God was the one who gave him the power.
Be on your guard against pride. Pride is slippery and subtle. Stand against it with the Word of God. Philippians 4:13 is a good place to start. Say it out loud next time you hear pride whisper.
November 26 Bible Reading
In every section of our reading today I found Jesus. In Daniel I love the imagery of Jesus walking around in the fire keeping His chosen ones safe. He fights for us! But did you notice… He doesn’t keep them from being thrown in the fire. He shows up to save them from it.
Peter talks about being tested and standing strong through that test. That’s exactly what Daniel and his friends did. They were willing to stand firm in their convictions for God. God will SHOW UP. He saves. He saves US! Notice how Peter talks about our enemy too.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)
Call me crazy, but it looks like Jesus wants us to do more than, well… just show up. We have to stand up for Him. Peter tells us to RESIST the enemy. We will find ourselves right on the frontlines from time to time. That’s when we will have to take a stand. That’s what Daniel and the gang did in The Book of Daniel today, right? They stood up for God and said basically, “You can kill us, but you can’t make us worship another God”. What strength!
Where does that come from??? I’ll tell you where…
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)
The point is Jesus fights for us. He wants us to have skin in the game, but He fights for us!
The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name. (Exodus 15:3 NIV)
Be strong and know that your God loves you and He fights for you… you have to pick up your sword too though…
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By now I hope the turkey is eaten, the shopping was successful, and that you’ll get a chance to relax today before getting back to it all tomorrow!
Today is the 330th day of the year….. I look at that number on the calendar and it’s really hard to believe that I’ve been reading the bible for 330 days now. It’s a small part of my daily routine, as far as time goes, but it’s such a huge part of what my day’s focus and attitude takes from those 15 minutes everyday. I don’t understand what I read everyday and I would have never admitted that publicly before, but my relationship with God is different now and I’m not afraid to admit that the bible can be confusing at times. That’s not enough to cause me to give up and close THE BOOK, because there are so many days that the bible justifies what’s going on in my life, my thoughts, my expectations, our world, every day things, etc. Simply put, the bible has helped change my life and it’s helped repair my relationship with God. <<<<<< Read back over that last sentence. I’ll wait……….
OK, do you get it? Did it click? My life is better, I’m better. 15 minutes a day. That’s all it is. That leaves you with 23 hours and 45 minutes of time. Will you join me?
Thank you! I know you’re listening and I feel your presence. You’ve been with me all along and I’m just so glad that you’re here. I’ve been praying all my life, wondering if you were listening or if I even mattered. You gave me my answer; you told me to show you and I have. After all these years, after all these sins, the mistakes, and the disappointments you’ve stood by me. There was never a doubt in your mind, only in mine. You mean so much to me and I’m so proud of our relationship. To my friends that are reading this prayer, please know that I’ve been where you are, I’ve hurt, I’ve cried,I’ve given up, etc. God’s here with me and He’s here with you. Pray. Pray harder. Pray specifically. Thank you God for allowing me to be me and for loving me!
November 25, 2012 Bible Reading
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November 24 Bible Reading
We find yet another place in the Bible that has a name (of a tribe to be exact) then the same sentences after the name listed. Why would God do this if He is the perfect author? I mean we all learned to not repeat our sentences in elementary school writing, right? Why would the perfect Author of the Universe write in such a way as to repeat the same mundane sentence over and over? I’ll tell you why…
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