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"He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him.” Daniel 7:14a



Chronological reading for today: DANIEL 5, 7 and 8. Enjoy your time in the Word!



Note: Somehow I've skipped over a day of reading from Ezekiel's description of the new temple. So instead
of backing up I'm just going to divide Saturday's passages into two days for the weekend. Sorry to those of you who follow the reading schedule!!



OK, after reading all of Daniel's visions I'm ready to reconsider and go back to Ezekiel, how about you? But, these visions are part of God's Word and He has something for you and I in these futuristic, dream passages.


When we approach passages that are about the future, or they were in the future of the writer, we need to keep an open mind about the fact that we truly do not know when or who some of these events represent. Although I'd like for the Lord to have given dates and names, He didn't. And since most of us do not read Greek, Hebrew or Latin, we need to trust the Holy Spirit to use His Word and encourage our hearts even with passages like Daniel's visions.

The future appears scary according to Daniel's visions; great and evil rulers will rise up, some will survive longer, some will be killed quickly. A truly terrifying and ominous ruler will appear, "different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it”. (Dan. 7:23b) This is not a very encouraging passage, is it? No, it causes fear to creep into our hearts! And if we focus on trying to decipher who this ruler is or when he rules we take the chance of missing the encouragement of these passages.


We can be sure that God has dates and times He allows rulers, yes even evil rulers, to be in authori! ty in our world. And we can be just as confident He also disposes evil rulers and removes their authority! Remember King Nebuchadnezzar? For 7 years he roamed around the countryside completely out of his mind! God did that when he was at the height of his authority! God ultimately, and always, is sovereign and His plans will not be thwarted!


So when we struggle to comprehend scripture like Daniel's visions of future rulers, kingdoms and their evil acts, we need to keep at the front of our minds that God never surrenders His sovereignty! And even in Daniel's visions, we see it,


"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Dan. 7:13-14)



"Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.” (Dan. 7:27)




The only kingdom that is everlasting is the kingdom of our Lord and Christ! He alone will be worshipped for eternity! We need to remember that. When the Enemy wants us to focus on some of his temporary evil, we can turn and focus on our King's permanent kingdom!



Only one Ruler is worthy of our complete adoration and praise, our Lord God! Today we can thank Him for giving us some glimpses into the future of Israel and our world, but ultimately, we can praise Him that His throne is the only everlasting throne!


And as the final words of our passage above! say, we ! "will worship and obey Him!”


Father God, how grateful we are that Your throne is eternal! And we ask You to continue to encourage our hearts as we see evil leaders and rulers in our world right now. Remind us Lord that their rule is temporary and You never give up Your sovereignty! Remind us to worship and obey only You Lord! We praise and worship You right now for You alone are worthy! In Jesus' name, our Savior, we pray, AMEN!



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"And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.” Ezek. 48:35b



Chronological reading for today: Ezekiel 29:17-30:19, 47:1-48-:35, II Kings 25:27-30 and Jeremiah 52:31-34. Enjoy your time in the Word!



In our society today we have way too many instances of "christians” acting like pagans, heathens or false Christ-followers. There is a "church” picketing funerals and screaming horrible one-liners at the grieving families! There are people who claim, "God is my home-boy!” and others who claim "God loves everyone and accepts them the way they are”. The line of distinction between a true follower of Christ and the world is way too thin!



In our reading this morning we heard the last words from two Prophets, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. Both had difficult messages for the nation of Israel throughout their lives, but I love that both end on a positive note.
Jeremiah tells of the release of King Jehoiachin from prison and Ezekiel ends with the beautiful description of the water that flows from the Temple of God. But the final line of Ezekiel is the best,




"And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.” Ezek. 48:35b



After all the condemnations, exile stories and proclamations of "return and sin no more”, it is wonderful to end on the thought, "The Lord is there!”



‘The Lord is there” is the measuring stick for true Christianity, isn't it? For all the false and ugly pictures of "christians” in our world, isn't this the one fact that should delineate truth from fiction? "The Lord is there!”



For you, when you think about what makes you different from others, different in this world, it is the truth that "The Lord is there!” The Lord should be clearly seen in you and I. Others should know, without a doubt, that we are Christ-followers because they see "The Lord is there!” No one should ever be able to say of us, "Oh, I didn't know she was a Christian” or "Oh, I wouldn't have thought he was a church-goer”. NO! As Christ-followers it should be clear, "The Lord is there!”



We've been focusing on being the Temple of the Spirit of God lately. And what a great way to end our time with these two, great Prophets! In this world that we live, it should be clear to others that the Lord lives in
us. We shouldn't need to declare we are Christians, it should be evident, not by our words, but by the Lord shining through!



The Lord is there! Is that true of you this morning? Is His presence in your life evident to others by your actions and the life you live or only by the words you speak? If God dwells in you, your life should display Him and His character.



The Lord is there, in your heart, evident in the life you live! True or false? Make sure you know the answer today!



Father, as Your children we want You to be evident in our lives, to be so clearly in control that You are seen more than we are seen. We do not want to be a child who has to tell others we are Yours – we want them to know we belong to You because of our life! Lord, convict us and encourage us about our life lived for You. If we've hindered Your Spirit, we ask for Your forgiveness and ask You to show us where we need to change. Where You are evident Lord we praise You!! Use us Lord, be so evident in our lives that there is no doubt "The Lord is there”! We love you, and ask this in Jesus' name, our Savior, AMEN!




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"Day and night they never stop saying: "‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8b



Chronological reading for today: Ezekiel 41-43. Enjoy your time in the Word!



This morning's text contains a beautiful description of a future temple of the Lord. Ezekiel, in his vision, was given the exact measurements and details for the temple, and let's be honest, it's easy to just skim over all the measurements and descriptions. But in skimming, I hope you noticed the few times that the visiting angel spoke to Ezekiel; his words were about a very specific topic – God's Holiness.




"He said to me, ‘This is the Most Holy Place.'” 41:4b



"The man said to me, ‘This is the table that is before the Lord.'”



"Then he said to me, ‘The north and south rooms facing the temple courtyard are the priests' rooms, where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will put the most holy offerings—the grain offerings, the sin offerings and the guilt offerings—for the place is holy. Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.'” 42:13-14



Clearly the main theme of the temple wasn't the Jews, it was about their Holy God! The visitor describes the "most holy place”, the "holy table” and "holy offerings” as all having special significance in that they were "set apart” or "holy” for God.



We be! gin to see the importance of the words of visiting angel to Ezekiel! Holiness is important to God! Holiness, being pure and clean and righteous, is of the utmost importance in God's presence.



But the visiting angel isn't the only one who spoke to Ezekiel. As he was standing near the angel, another "man” is heard,




"While the man was standing beside me, I heard someone speaking to me from inside the temple. He
said: ‘Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever.'” 43:6-7



The pre-incarnate Jesus speaks about His Temple being where He'll rule, from His Throne, and where He physically will stand with the soles of His feet. And then He proclaims His intent to "live among the Israelites forever”! Yes, the Temple was very important and the details were vital because it would house Jesus Christ in the future!



But what about those of us who are not Jewish? What about those of us who already follow Jesus Christ and claim Him as our Lord? As we've talked about recently, we are His temple – the temple of His Holy Spirit!
Can you see how important our temple is? Can you understand why our lives must be lived out in holiness? It's because we house the HOLY Spirit of Jesus Christ – He sits upon His throne in our heart. He requires holiness to dwell anywhere and we can praise the Lord Jesus for giving us His holiness! Without it, His Holy Spirit could never reside in us!



I feel like I'm rambling, like I'm trying so hard to peel open the eyes of you readers. Forgive me, but this is such an overwhelming theme – God's Holiness was given to us by Jesus Christ, through His perfect sacrifice for our sin. Since we are "righteous” we are holy and able to contain the holiness of God in His Spirit! We should ! be overwh! elmed at that prospect! We should want to cry out the Revelation song, "Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” We have God in us – what an amazing, powerful and humbling truth!



Yes, the temple description is very specific, but so is the holiness of our God. He wants YOU to be holy because He is! He wants His Temple, your heart, to be Holy because He lives there!



How is your temple this morning? Re-dedicate it if necessary, confessing any sin and gratefully accepting Jesus' forgiveness! And may His Temple be a holy, set apart, place for our Lord's Holy Spirit to live in you! AMEN!



Oh Father, how can we not praise Your holy name? You are holy and You deserve our hearts to be a throne room that is holy. Thank You for Your forgiveness, for giving us Jesus' righteousness and seeing us filtered through His blood! Oh Lord, You deserve so much more than we can utter, but this morning Lord we lift Your holy name in praise and adoration. YOU are Lord! AMEN and AMEN!



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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" II
Cor. 5:17



Chronological reading for today: Ezekiel 34-36 Enjoy your time in the Word



I've seen a lot of stories lately about the transplants; lots of people getting new lungs, kidneys and hearts. And I noticed that each one of the patients had the same goal for the outcome of the transplant – to have a longer, fuller life. That is, of course, an acceptable goal; we all want to live life to the fullest and enjoy many years with our families. But a transplanted organ can only do that – give hope of more time. It comes with no guarantee.



The Israelites were in need of a transplant; they needed new hearts. Theirs were rotten. Their hearts had turned to worshipping gods of prosperity and sexual impurity. Sadly, they didn't even realize, or maybe they just wouldn't accept the fact that they were in desperate need of a transplant. They just knew they were not
living life to the fullest and wanted a better, longer life.



So The Lord sent Ezekiel to tell Israel what God was going to do for them:




"For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.



I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and
from all your idols.



I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and
give you a heart of flesh.



And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” 36:24-27




I will gath! er you.




I will cleanse you.




I will give you a new heart




I will put My Spirit in your new heart




I will equip you to obey Me.




Do you see the correlation between God's desire for Israel and His desire for you and I?



His desire for all His sheep is not a longer life, not a fuller life, but eternal life! His desire is to give us a new heart that will be filled with His Holy Spirit, sealing us and guaranteeing us eternal life!



Paul said it this way:




"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! II Cor. 5:17



In Christ you don't just get a new heart, you are completely made new! You are transformed eternally. Paul goes on to say that we are now reconciled to God and He no longer counts our sins against us! That is a changed life, a transformed life!



We will be gathered to the Lord – when He returns



We are cleansed – by the blood of Jesus Christ



We have a new heart – giving us a transformed life



We have His Holy Spirit living in us



We are equipped to obey



You and I, just like Israel, needed a transplant. We may have recognized our need at an early age or later in life, but we all need a new, cleansed heart that brings true transformation! And because God no longer counts our sin against us, because of Jesus' payment, we can claim the hope of eternal life with our newly transplanted heart!



Do you have a new, eternal heart?



Father God, thank You for making a way for us to have new hearts, changed hearts that carry the promise of eternal life! We praise You for Jesus Christ, who is the o! nly reaso! n we can boast of eternal life! And Lord, thank You that You have equipped us to obey You through the conviction of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for life here and our life eternal! In Jesus name, AMEN!



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"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10


Chronological reading for today: Ezekiel 14 -16 Enjoy your time in the Word


"Like mother – like daughter”. I've heard that quote many times over the years both in comparing my mom to me as well as my daughter and me. It is always followed up with a smile and knowing nod because we truly are alike in so many ways.



That smiling nod disappeared this morning. It was shocking when I read what the Lord meant when He said, "‘Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.'” (16:44) He was not praising the similarities between mother and daughter, He was condemning them! It was not a praise to be compared, it was a condemnation!



You see, the Israelites, who'd been given everything from their first breath to the clothes on their back, began to brag about their abilities, gifts and talents as if they themselves were responsible for obtaining them! They took all that God had given them and instead of worshipping Him they turned to idols of foreign gods; "prostituting” themselves and all their God-given blessings.



"And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (16:14)



"‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on
anyone who passed by and your beauty became his.” (16:15)



The Lord has given each of us our breath, our life and our abilities, talent and spiritual gifts. He wants us to use! them as His representative. "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.” (I Peter 4:10) We are to be faithful stewards of what God has given us – stewards who reflect God's grace to others.




I never want anyone, most especially the Lord, to compare me to my parents or my children in a negative sense. But I most assuredly want others to see the Christ-like similarities between myself and my Lord, "like Father-like daughter”! If you and I are using our gifts to reflect our Lord we are being Christ-like children. Then, when someone says, ‘Like Father–like daughter/son”, it'll be a true blessing to be so like Christ that others see it!




Who are you like today? Would the Lord be pleased that you are reflecting His grace in this world? Today you can be like your Father – sharing His grace and mercy with the world around you.

Like Father-like daughter/son.


Father, we all want others to see the similarities between you and us. We want to be a blessing to You as a child who imitates You. Remind us when we're wasting our life and affections on this world – convict us Lord! May it truly be said of us, ‘Like Father-like son/daughter”. In Jesus' name, who gave us Life Everlasting, AMEN!



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He then said to me: ‘Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.'” Ezekiel 3:4



Chronological reading for today: Jeremiah 37:11 - 38:28 and Ezekiel 1:1 - 3:15 Enjoy your time in the Word



Have you ever felt like you too far away to really hear from God? We all have times that we feel we aren't in the right place spiritually; not in church, not in the Word, rarely praying. Those times are prayerfully few
and far between but when they happen, what do you do?



Ezekiel was far away from anything that seemed right and godly. He and Daniel were both in the first group of exiles taken by the Babylonians, but unlike Daniel, Ezekiel was sent far north to what might be described as an encampment of captives. There were no temples, no worship, no teaching, no daily prayers – he was as far from God as he could be. But Ezekiel didn't allow his distance to keep him from hearing; he kept his mind on the things of the Lord.



After 5 years of living in captivity Ezekiel was still listening, still willing to hear from the Lord,




"On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin—the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the Lord was on him.” (Ezek. 1:2-3)



And what an amazing sight he saw! Ezekiel describes a vision of a huge cloud filled with lightning and
glowing almost like a furnace. He sees 4 creatures with wings and faces of humans, lions, bulls and eagles. And then he sees an expanse above the flying creatures with a figure of a man engulfed in a rainbow-like glow. Ezekiel realized, "This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory! of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.”



Imagine what this must have been like for Ezekiel; he isn't near a "church”, he can't go and hear the Word read because there is no temple, God seems to be nowhere near. And in that place of exile, that apparently godless place, Ezekiel sees and hears from the Lord!



When we feel far from God, far from His Word and far from His will – God is still there! The difference in Ezekiel's life was his willingness to hear the Lord, his willingness to be spoken to.



If you are feeling far from where you should be, that is the time to humbly say, "Lord I am willing to hear from You. I am willing to be spoken to – to hear Your will.” When you are willing to listen to what the Lord wants to speak to you that is when the sense of distance vanishes. It's our humble willingness that opens our hearts to be close the Lord again.



Like Ezekiel, you and I have a choice to hear the Lord even when we're far from all that seems godly. He is not far, He is right there with you. You just have to be willing to be spoken to and listen! And like Ezekiel, when you and I are willing to hear from the Lord, He can use us! Ezekiel was prepared with a message to spread to the Lord's people – because he was willing to listen.



What might the Lord do through you if you will humbly say, "I'm willing to be spoken to Lord – I will listen to Your Word and Your will.”?



Father, no matter where we are in our relationship with You – YOU are never far off! We praise You for that! Help us to be willing to hear Your voice in our lives, to be willing to listen and willing to accept Your will for us individually. We love You and thank You for always being near. In Jesus' name, AMEN!




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"Therefore my heart yearns for him;I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 31:20b



Chronological reading for today: Jeremiah 31:15-40 and 49:34 - 51:14 Enjoy your time in the Word


I have a list of people I pray for each morning; children of friends, friends, relatives and even some who I would say are enemies. My request is usually very simple, "Go get them Lord!” Because I don't know what
the Lord needs to do in order to get their attention, and because I know He loves them more than even their parents, I don't know what else to ask – so I just bring their name to His throne and ask Him to get them and bring them to Himself.

This morning I am adding to that prayer.

We read in Jeremiah how Israel (Judah and/or Ephraim) finally repented. But their repentance was detailed,



"After I strayed, I repented;
after I came to understand, I beat my breast.
I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'” (31:19)

1. "After I strayed” – they stopped straying, they came back to the Lord! I'm adding that to my prayer, "Lord, let them stop straying”.

2. "After I came to understand” – they recognized their sin and were sincerely ashamed of their actions against the Lord. I'm adding that to my prayer! "Lord, let them see their sin for what it really is and bring them to sincere understanding!”

But, there was more. Not only did we see true repentance and their returning to the Lord, but we saw the Lord's response to them.



"Is not Ephraim ! my dear son, the child in whom I delight?
Though I often speak against him, I still remember him.
Therefore my heart yearns for him;I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.” (31: 20)


1. Is not ________ my dear son? The Lord delighted, took great joy in the child who came back! I'm adding to my prayer, "Lord, this is your child – may You take delight again in them!”

2. I still remember them - The Lord does not forget! I'm adding that to my prayer, "Lord, thank You that you still remember them!”

3. My heart yearns for them – Not only does He yearn or desire for their return, He has compassion on them! I'm adding that to my prayer, "Lord, thank You that You still desire their return and Your compassion is great for them!”


Do you have someone you've been praying for, someone who has strayed or someone who you don't even know if they're really saved? Jeremiah gives us a great reminder of how to pray. Lift them up to the Lord of compassion and trust Him to bring them to Himself.



Father God, You are the Lord of great compassion and we come to You with our lists of "straying ones”. Lord, let them stop straying, let them understand their sin! May You once again take delight in them! Thank You that You still remember them! And thank You that You still desire their return! Show them Your compassion Lord, and go get them! We love You and ask in Jesus' name, who died for them, AMEN!



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If keeping a tidy house is a challenge


Many women struggle with keeping their house organized and tidy. This is no surprise. Afterall, many women are juggling so many responsibilities. They may have several children, hold a full or part-time job outside the home, try to fit in regular exercise to keep their bodies healthy and trim, and of course, try to keep the passion burning with their husband. It's no wonder that they don't have time to keep the house tidy! But the Bible indicates an excellent wife will manage her household well (Proverbs 31;27 "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.")

So what's the overwhelmed wife to do? Well, there are two simple things you can do to help you keep your house picked-up and tidy. 1) Purchase plenty of inexpensive bins, or boxes or containers of some kind. It's extremely difficult to keep the house tidy if you don't have a place to store things! If you have children, make sure you have enough storage containers for their toys, shoes, school backpacks, etc. If you find Sunday school papers and projects strewn around the house, buy a bin just for those things and ask the kids to always put those things in that particular bin. Have a container for everything!

2) Pick a time every day (perhaps after dinner or 30 minutes before bedtime), and tell the family that everyone is going to spend 15 minutes putting everything where it belongs. This means picking up clothes off their floors and putting dirty clothes in the laundry bin. This means picking up toys and putting them in their proper containers. You will find that if you spend 15 minutes picking up every day that the situation will stay under control and you won't be overwhelmed with a house that looks like a tornado tore through it!



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"Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken.” Jeremiah 13:15



Chronological reading for today: Jeremiah 12-15. Enjoy your time in the Word!


Today is my anniversary. Thirty-three years ago I cried and smiled as my dad walked me down that aisle toward Dennis. It was the beginning of a new relationship of love that neither of us had ever experienced.
We had expectations and dreams. And over the years we've experienced many things, but the one thing I can always say is, "He is the one I love!”

The Lord had expectations of His love relationship with Israel also. Often His relationship with them was described as a marriage – a love relationship. But it went so wrong! Their love for the Lord failed. And honestly, this morning I wasn't sure what to do with these passages we read. The Lord seemed to be so filled with anger toward His unfaithful bride.


I prayed, "What are we supposed to learn from this Lord? What do You want us to know or learn from
Your anger?” But then a line popped off the page, a line that moved me from seeing severe anger to recognizing deep grief.


"I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies.” (12:7b)


The Lord was grieving! His precious ones, His bride, those He loved were gone; abandoning Him and their
bond, their relationship. He grieved over their going. He grieved over their choices. He grieved over their rejection of Him! The Lord was grieving and it was displayed in righteous anger.


The Lord gave Jeremiah a very physical picture of the His grief. He had Jeremiah take a brand new belt,
or today we would call it underwear, and hide it in the cleft of a rock. Later he returned fo! r it and was told to tie that dirty, soiled underwear on himself. Then the Lord compared that dirty underwear to His people who He chose to "wear” or bind to Himself,


"I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,' declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.'” (13:11b)


He wanted so much to have a clean and pure people bound to Himself, but instead they rejected Him.
And the Lord grieved! He wanted a Bride who would bring praise and honor to His name. But instead they became filthy from the pollution of the worshipping other gods. And the Lord grieved!


In our marriages it's difficult to be honest and face when we've hurt the one we promised to love "til death us do part”. Our pride prevents us from humbly seeking forgiveness from the spouse we've so grieved. And in the same way, when we've sinned against our Bridegroom, He grieves and He becomes righteously angry at our adulterous ways. But He waits for us to humbly admit our turning away from His love and He hopes for a renewal of our desire to praise and worship Him as our Bridegroom.



This morning, as difficult as this theme is to consider, we must ask ourselves, "Does the Lord grieve over me today? Does my Bridegroom's heart so hurt from my rejection of His will that His grief is expressed in His anger? Have I hurt the heart of the One who calls me ‘the one I love'?”



If you've allowed this world to pull you away from your Bridegroom, return! Humbly tell Him of your sin and
run back to Him – He's waiting.



If you're faithfully living for the Lord, how might you express your love to your Bridegroom Jesus Christ this day? I praise God for my 33 years of marriage, I praise Him even more the eternity I will share with my number! one Brid! egroom – Jesus Christ! He is the One I love above all!

Father, how we thank You for our Bridegroom Jesus Christ who chose to bind us to Himself by giving us His righteousness! We want to be a Bride who He loves and who worships Him rightly. Show us if we're becoming polluted by this world with unconfessed sin. We want to be a pure bride, a humble bride and bride in whom Jesus can be greatly pleased. In His name we ask this, AMEN!




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A remedy for the disappointed wife
by Debbie Chavez on 08/08/13

The remedy for the disappointed wife is so simple and yet so difficult at the same time! The answer is......to lower your expectations. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that you should expect nothing from your husband or that you should tolerate abusive or immoral behavior. What I am saying is that we often expect our husbands to be perfect and to perfectly meet all our desires. That's impossible!

If someone were to ask us if we expect our husbands to be perfect, we would answer "of course not!", and yet, at a subconscious level, most of us DO expect our men to be perfect. It's time to let them off that hook. Afterall, God makes it clear in Psalm 53 "there is no one who does good, not even one". So, maybe it's time you stop expecting your man to be perfect in every way. How about if you and I start extending a little grace instead?!

If you find yourself disappointed with your husband, ask yourself this question: Is he sinning against me or engaged in a pattern of actual sin? Then consult with God and perhaps a godly mentor to determine if you should respectfully confront your husband using the Biblical model laid out in Matthew 18:15-17. However, if you're disapppinted with your husband but he isn't actually sinning against you, then try these two things: 1) Simply and clearly let him know what you desire because he is not a mind-reader! 2) If he still doesn't fulfill your desire, realize that he is human and can't perfectly meet all your needs and ask God to fulfill those desires for you instead. Psalm 37:4 contains a wonderful promise..."Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart". :)



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"And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea” II Chron. 33:13a


Chronological reading for Sunday: II Kings 21:1-22:2, II Chron. 33:1-34:7 and Jeremiah 1:1-2:22 Enjoy reading the Word!

This weekend we received news that a relative we'd thought "long gone” was alive and not doing
so well. He had never liked what our family stood for nor the stance we'd taken to live by God's Word. It was a hard truth to take in, that after all these years he was reaching out for help. We quickly realized that, if we reacted out of emotion instead of carefully responding, our words and help would be much different than what God most likely wanted; we are praying for His will to be very clear, to know what He wants us to do for this relative.


The question running through my mind, or maybe it's really doubt, but, I wonder if someone can really change af! ter a lifetime of serving self instead of surrendering to God. I find myself more willing to be skeptical than to believe a heart can change that's been so hardened. But thankfully, our God is not limited! He can change anyone's heart at any time!



This morning, in our reading about three kings, I was blessed again to see God's Word so personal and pertinent to our daily lives. King Manasseh was only 12 years old when he began his career as an ungodly king; a king with a heart that many would have doubted could ever change! And if you only read II Kings you missed out on the details of the end of his life that II Chronicles provided us. Yes, Manasseh began ungodly, he wasted many years doing things his way and following the ungodly kings before him, but he
didn't end that way!


The Lord disciplined him, removed him from his throne and allowed him to be a prisoner, "put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.” (II Chron. 33:11) It was at that point God was able to get this ungodly kings attention! Manasseh prayed, not to all the foreign gods he'd wasted years seeking, but to God of Israel. And God heard his prayer.


"And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” (II Chron. 33:13)



In humility, when he reached out to the true God, finally Manasseh believed the Lord is God! What an amazing statement! His eyes were opened and instantly his hardened heart was changed. He began to serve the Lord; restoring the altar, removing the foreign gods and telling the people of Jerusalem that they needed to follow the Lord God. He was sold out to God!



Can God change anyone's heart? Even our relative who! seemed t! o hate God? Can He change the heart of your child, your spouse or your relative? YES! God is not finished until the very last breath is exhaled on this earth – God can still transform a life for His glory!



Don't give up on someone who has chosen to follow the foreign gods of this world, because the Lord God still has time to change their heart. Instead, get down on your knees for them and ask the Lord how He might us you in His work in their life.


Don't give up – get down!


Father, thank You again for speaking through Your precious Word to us! We trust You to work in the lives of those we know who have not yet surrendered to You as the Lord God. Let us get down on our knees for them rather than giving up on them! Lord, we bring all who are represented in the reading of this prayer, all the loved ones, all the family members – we bring them to You and ask for You to draw them to Yourself. May we be a tool You can use for that miracle. We ask in Jesus' name, for Your glory! AMEN!



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"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 40:31



Chronological reading for today: Isaiah 40:1 - 44:5 Enjoy reading the Word!



I participated in a challenging Bible quiz with a group of home schooled kids this year and let me tell you, they beat the socks off of me!! The challenge was different, it was a list of "one-liners” that you either had to quote the passage where it was found or cross it off if it wasn't a scripture verse. It was much harder than you'd expect!



Our passage today is filled with well-known verses and often quoted lines; verses that adorn many plaques and paintings in Christian book stores around the country. But in reading these well-known verses, I felt exactly like I did during that Bible study challenge, I needed to slow down and dig in a bit. I needed to make sure I wasn't allowing God's Word to be one-liners but that I was in fact taking in the truth of these well-known verses.



Let's take a fresh look at a couple of these verses.


1. "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 40:8


I love that God's Word will endure forever, don't you? But the "grass” and "flowers” that wither and fall, did you know that speaks of you and I? The preceding verses say that we people are like grass and our faithfulness is like the flowers – WE wither, OUR faith falls! BUT God's Word will never wither or fall, it endures forever!


2. "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 40:31
Go back a few verses and you'll see this passage starts with, "Why do you complain?.....why do say God disregards you?” It's forcing us to face the truth that our faith can weaken and we can become like a whining child! Yes, all of us can grow tired of serving, everyone's faith can weaken! But God never grows tired and as God He knows on Whom our faith must depend – on Him! When our faith weakens and we become tired we can put our hope back on the Lord who renews our strength and makes it easier for us to endure this
life!




There are probably 20 more passages like these in our reading today, passages that if we're not careful we can quote without truly understanding their meaning. It's a gentle reminder to make sure we know what the whole of God's Word is communicating. I pray you're enjoying and learning every day as we read through all of it this year.

Father, we thank You again for Your word that is so readily available to us. Thank You for the truths You placed in our reading today; truths about our faith that can become weak. And Thank You for the truth that YOU never fail and will always be there to lift us up when we place our hope back in You. Encourage us in our walk with You today. We love You and pray this in our Savior's name, Jesus Christ, AMEN!



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I could say more on this, as a Catholic. I have always looked at pain or suffering as a blessing.

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"This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.'” II Kings 20:5b



Chronological reading for today: II Kings 20, Isaiah 38:9 – 39:8 and II Chron. 32:24-31 Enjoy reading the Word!


I've laid in bed all day with a migraine; I've asked God over and over to remove them from me but as of yet He has not chosen to do so. So, this morning, knowing I didn't dare stare at a computer screen, I'm late getting this devotional out to you. And, not surprising, the Lord has allowed today's reading to be about someone who is sick in bed!


Hezekiah, one of the very few godly kings, was dying. He had been told by the prophet Isaiah that his death was imminent and he needed to get his affairs in order. I am surprised and even convicted by Hezekiah's response,



"Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, ‘Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.' And Hezekiah wept bitterly.” (II Kings 20:2-3)



He was bold before the Lord! He had confidence that the life he'd lived was one of "wholehearted devotion and faithfulness”! And in that confidence he asked God to delay his death, to give him more time to praise and serve the Lord. That amazes me.



But then look at his continued prayer, after he was healed and given more time,




"Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept mefrom the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins behind your back.
For the grave cannot praise you, death can! not sing your praise;
those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

The living, the living—they praise you,as I am doing today;
parents tell their children about your faithfulness. (Isa. 38:17-19)


"It was for my benefit that I suffered”, he saw the blessing of suffering followed by God's answered prayers! And he acknowledged God's faithfulness in forgiveness, "putting all my sins behind Your back”. But he didn't stop at just being thankful for healing physical and spiritually, he was grateful for the opportunity to praise God, "the living – they praise You, as I am doing today”


You may not be suffering an illness today, but being human I can pretty much be sure you will be sick at some point in your future. Today, I admit that my prayer didn't sound remotely close to Hezekiah's, my prayer was more along the lines of, "Please Lord, let the medicine kick in!” In the future I'd like to be
ready to approach God's throne with a Hezekiah kind of prayer,

1. I've lived faithfully and with wholehearted devotion to You!


2. It is for my own benefit that You've allowed me to be sick, so I can praise you!



3. With praises I will tell those who come behind me about Your faithfulness!



Whether sick or well, it should be our goal to live a life that can pray Hezekiah's prayer.

Father God, thank You again for Your Word being alive and active! I personally thank You for what You've
allowed in my life and praise You for it! May we all live in a such a way as to bring praise to Your name through faithful and wholehearted devotion to You! And in Jesus' name, in whom we have our sins forgiven, we pray, AMEN!



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This passage has real meaning to me. My mother was a real "Martha". She was anxious just about everything is someone was coming to visit. I always seen her so busy and I did not think she really enjoy her company. So this story has real meaning to me.

There are times when I am a "Martha" I get busy focusing on the wrong stuff. Fortunately my daughter & husband let me know.

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One thing I have Lord no matter what the out come, God has the last say in everything. for He is your portion, hold on to your faith and work it! AR

Choose The Good Portion

We can imagine what that day was like when two sisters of the Bible, Mary and Martha received a visit from Jesus. He was indeed the most influential and important visitor that they had ever received into their homes. Martha made preparations and worked diligently to honor Jesus, while Mary sat at His feet, engulfing herself in his presence. Jesus had Mary’s full attention, while Martha’s well-meaning intentions took her away from the very person she was seeking to honor. How easily we can fall into the mindset of Martha. Aside from common technological distractions, ministry, church activities even religion can become distractions if we do not make time-daily, to be in the presence of the Lord. We must prioritize the one we call “King” and not get wrapped up in activities that were never intended to take the place of intimate time with the one that matters most. Before we set out to do anything for Jesus, consult Him. He may tell us to stay home from that meeting and spend time with our children. He may even tell us to spend an hour in prayer, rather than commit ourselves to a project outside of His will. Martha’s lack of time spent with Jesus positioned her to become a stumbling block for Mary, as she attempted to pull Mary from Jesus to focus on work. Let Mary be our Inspiration, as time with Jesus is not only the best part of our day, but brings the best out of us.
“…Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion…” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
Heavenly Father,
I pray that you help me to adjust my schedule and make more time for you. I desire a closer relationship with you and I need you to be the focus of my life. I pray for discernment when starting new projects or making decisions regarding the direction of my life. Help me to hear your voice clearly when you speak. Thank you Father for wanting to be in my life and I receive you with all my heart, mind and spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.



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It is easy for me to see others like this. However, there are times when I ignored that inner voice. It was too hard or I didn't feel like it. Then my Abba convicted me. Boy, did I learn a hard lesson.

Today I went to the doctor to get the results of my MS tests. When I heard that, "I will not do more for your symptoms. If you were 20 or 30 I would. But not at your age."

Well, I felt unwanted, unvalued and a disposable woman. Yes, I pouted and cried a little. Then, my friend woke me up by saying, "I hope your day gets better." Those words triggered something within me. Next I asked myself, "How do you know that your Heavenly Father isn't protecting you?" Duh, this may be a blessing, not a rejection. After all, God takes care of His children.

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For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.” II Tim. 4:3

Chronological reading for today: Isaiah 30-33. Enjoy reading the Word!

I spoke recently with a lady who claimed to be "buddies with God”; she sees Him as her tool to grab if she's desperate, to acknowledge only when there are no alternatives. In other words, she doesn't have time for God until she needs something from Him. That is when her "buddy” is called upon.



In our reading this morning we see some of the children of Israel trying to use God as a "buddy” God. The description of these rebellious children is truly scary,



"For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord's instruction. They say to the seers,‘See no more visions!' and to the prophets,‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting uswith the Holy One of Israel!'” 30:9-11



Rebellious, deceitful, unwilling to listen. And yet they claimed to worship the God of Abraham!



They wanted to hear only pleasant spiritual truths and were not willing to be faced with "the Holy One of
Israel”! How sad. How scary! And sadly, how familiar; they sound like too many in our churches
today. They want only pleasant sounding messages and most certainly don't want to be made to feel guilty for sin!



In the New Testament, Paul told Timothy to be on guard and ready to preach the truth to the same kind of people. He exhorted Timothy that although they would want him to speak a more palatable message, he was to uphold God's Word and preach it in all truth!


"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” II Tim. 4:2-4


God is not a "buddy” to be called on only in times of trouble, He is God, Creator, Sustainer of Life and He is
jealous for our attention! So how do we make sure we aren't falling into the trap of complacency in our relationship with the Lord?



Just as Paul told Timothy to preach the truth through correcting, rebuking and encouraging, you and I should be sitting under Pastors who do the same – correcting wrong beliefs, rebuking the enemy and those who have fallen into sin and encouraging the body to continue on as Ambassadors for Jesus Christ and servants to the Holy One of Israel!



God is our Abba Father. If you desire a deeper relationship with the Lord you can be sure He'll be there to hear your prayers as your loving Father. But do not mistake that love for tolerance. He expects us to listen to His Word and obey it, even if it's not pleasant or even convicting!

Father, we don't want to be called rebellious, deceitful or children who are unwilling to listen We pray that this week we'll truly hear Your Word preached in our churches and ministries around this country. And may we have ears and hearts willing to listen and obey. We love You, in Jesus' name, AMEN!



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Daniel 6:10 ...'Now Daniel went home to his upstairs room where his window opened towards Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.'



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"For it is written, ‘As I live', says the Lord, ‘every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.'” Romans 14:11


Chronological reading for today: Isaiah 18-23. Enjoy reading the Word!

I love watching medical shows, the ones that discuss the amazing miracles that happen in ER's and surgery
rooms around the world. In almost any show of its kind you'll her a nurse or doctor say, "This was your wake-up call”. The men and women who've woken up in an ER or recovery room because of their own stupidity always answer the same way, "I'm gonna change!” Yet, when the show follows up on them you discover only a few actually follow through on their great declaration!


This morning's reading is filled with "wake up calls”; warnings for the nations around Israel as well as Israel itself, warnings that their lives will be drastically changed if they don't make a change in their lives!



"'I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,'declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” (19:4)

"The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains.” (22:4)



It's difficult to read, especially when it speaks of how people will suffer, losing their land and lives! But we have to remember that God's purposes for us are far better than our temporary comfort; He wants to draw all men to Himself and give them eternal life!



The Lord will wait. He'll give time for the world to "wake up” and realize their lives are not headed wher! e God wants. He'll wait. He'll wait for our family and friends to finally repent.



"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (II Peter
3:8-9)



But eventually the wake-up call will end. Eventually, all the warnings will cease. And on that day,
everyone who claimed, "I'm gonna change” will have no more opportunity to change. They'll be bowing before the King of Kings and giving an account for their un-changed lives.



"For it is written, ‘As I live', says the Lord, ‘every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.' So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” (Romans 14:11-12)


This is a wake-up call day! Today you have a chance to change direction. Today you can stop living for yourself and start living for the Lord. Today.


What about tomorrow? Tomorrow may be the day you kneel before the Lord. Tomorrow may be the day you enter eternity of life or death. Tomorrow


This is your wake-up call. Will today be the day that God has waited for – the day you surrender to His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Do it today because tomorrow you may be kneeling before your Lord and wishing you'd heeded this wake-up call.


Father God, these warnings are hard to read! It's hard to face the truth that we've not listened to the warnings you've sent our way. But Lord thank you for today!! Today is a day that anyone can turn and surrender to Your call – surrender and give their life to You. I p! ray for t! hose reading this, that You'll draw them to Yourself so on that day they face You they'll kneel in pure joy to the One who gave them eternal
life! We love You Lord and we gratefully kneel before You, in Jesus' name, AMEN!



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"Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6



Chronological reading for today: Psalm 136, 146-150. Enjoy reading the Word!



This has been a difficult week in our country as we've watched the news coverage of a verdict that brought out some of the ugliest as well as some very loving responses regarding a jury's decision. Regardless of how you and I feel about the verdict, our hearts must go back to the One who both gives and takes away life. This morning we have an opportunity to re-focus our thoughts, to set our minds "on things above”, as Paul said in Colossians 3.


Ok, if we're being honest with ourselves, that isn't easy! When our emotions run wild and we put a voice to those thoughts that run rampant, we have a difficult time coming back off that roller coaster of anger, bitterness, and even hatred. But that is why reading the Psalms is such a blessing – it helps us to re-focus on the One who is ultimately in charge of all – even the lives of those involved in trials and verdicts. We need to be willing to let go and run back to the Lord for encouragement, support, love and even exhortation and discipline. And if you feel your toes stepped on at all, please know mine are feeling the pain as well!


How do we turn from the chaos of this world and begin praising our Lord again?




1. Start with grateful praise, "Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.”
(147:7)



Grateful praise – not just praise but praise that starts with, "Lord, I am truly grateful for _________________”. Not just praising God as Lord of all, but bringing praise to Him for the things you that require a humble "Thank You Lord!”



What do you need to write in the blank space this morning? Take time right now to give grateful praise to the Lord – humble yourself before Him and express whatever gratefulness you know you need to express.

2. Use praises as a weapon against the Enemy – "May the praise of God be in their mouths and a
double-edged sword in their hands” (149:6)

It takes a willingness to be humble for you and I to use praises of God as a weapon; a tool that the Holy Spirit can use if we have hearts ready to praise God, not a weapon we get to use as arrows flung in hatred and anger!

In humbleness we lay aside our wants and desires and accept Gods plans and ways – then He is able to use His Word to penetrate the hearts of those He is wooing to Himself.
When things don't go the way we expect or the world seems to be winning, we can use our mouths to praise the Lord for His sovereignty even in the midst of chaos. The Enemy of our souls can be defeated with the mighty Word of God coming off our lips in true humility.


What can you humbly praise God for this morning that will stop the Enemy in his tracks? Do it right now!



This world continues to be a place where you and I can choose to honor God. Even in the midst of chaos,
divisions and hatred, we can stop and use our mouths for honoring and praising God. We can do it with a grateful heart and with humility, allowing His Word to go forth and be used by the Holy Spirit for its intended purposes.


What can you gratefully praise God for this morning? And what part of His Word will be on your heart, ready for the Holy Spirit to use today? We must start with humility before God. Then we can open our mouths with grateful praises and our hearts with God's Holy Word.

Father God, thank for Your word! We are grateful for the passages You had us read this morning. We want to have truly grateful praises for You – praises we sacrificially give to You in humility. And Lord, we do pray for all those hurting after this weekend's violence, anger and hatred. May we be a tool in Your hands for bringing
peace and calm to those You place in our paths. Thank You Lord for being in control and always sovereign! In Jesus' name we ask this, AMEN!




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"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15



Chronological reading for today: Psalm 115-118. Enjoy reading the Word!



I received news this morning of the death of sweet friend's mother. She shared her joy of knowing her mom was with her dad and other family members who'd moved to heaven ahead of her. As I read her words, I couldn't help but thank the Lord for our hope; the real hope of a guaranteed eternal life!



And as usual, God's word was alive this morning and hit right where my heart was! As I read Psalm 116
it was like I had different spiritual eyes – I read it from the perspective of an adult child whose mother had just passed away. There are hints throughout this chapter that lead you to conclude this, but I think this was the first time I finally saw it!



You can hear the son's pain, you can sense his great loss, "the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘Lord, save me!'” (116:3b-4)

And you can hear his love for the mother that has left for heaven. And you see the great impact her faith on his life.



"Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.
Truly I am your servant, Lord;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains”. (116:15-16)




Finally you see his desire to continue to serve the Lord, even though it requires a great sacrifice to thank God in the midst of grief, this son chose to do so. He took the death of his mother and allowed God to use it as a catapult to strengthening his own faith!



"I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord—
in your midst, Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord." (116:17-19)


To all of you who've experienced the death of a precious one in your life, I pray you'll know that God's word can be a lifeline for you. And I pray you'll know the peace, even in the midst of grief, that this Psalmist knew – the peace that comes from being a servant of the Lord. May today be a day you can offer that very sacrificial "thank you” to the Lord as you choose to continue serving Him. And I praise Him with you because the day is coming when you'll see not only your Savior face to face, but your loved ones also!



Father, so many have suffered the grief of their loved ones move to heaven. Today Lord I ask You to bring
them peace, bring them glimpses of joy to get them through their day. And Lord, may they be able to sacrificially approach Your throne with their thanks. We praise You for sending Jesus Christ who is our hope of eternal life! It's in His name we ask this, AMEN!



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"But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” Psalm 106:13



Chronological reading for today: Psalm 105-106. Enjoy reading the Word!



"Spiritual Forgetfulness”, that's all I can call it; I forget, all too quickly, the amazing things God has done in my life! Why is that? Why do we so quickly forget what God has done and focus on our own "needs” and desires?


The "disease” didn't start with us – it has been with us since that garden incident with Eve, the serpent and the fruit. Forgetting what God wants so we can seek what we want began with Adam and Eve and will continue until every child of the Lord is with Him in eternity! But that doesn't mean we have to give into the serpent! We can refuse his temptations!



The Israelites needed to refuse the enemy's temptations; they needed to remain faithful in praising God and obey him. But instead they spiraled out of control and went from praising God to despising His Word!


We can't afford to forget what God has done; we need to remember. And this morning, in Psalm 106 we can see the pattern of Spiritual Forgetfulness and the spiraling down affect. The Israelites are very much like you and I.
Look at their pattern:

1. Praise the Lord! They see both His goodness and love and they praise Him for both!
"Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his love
endures forever.” 106:1



2. Declare His Praise! They acknowledge that it is those who do right who are blessed.

"Who can proclaim the mighty a! cts of the Lordor fully declare his praise?
Blessed are those who act justly,who always do what is right.” 106:3-4


3.Forgetfulness and impatience! They soon forget all those "mighty acts” and start to grumble about how God is handling their lives. They no longer are willing to wait for His best plan to work out!

"But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” 106:13


4. Despise and disbelief! Their hearts move to actually despising what God provided! And then right into not believing all He'd promised.

"Then they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his promise.” 106:24

5. Grumbling and disobedience! With disbelieving hearts they soon turn to grumbling and making excuses for not obeying God's law.

"They grumbled in their tentsand did not obey the Lord” 106:25


The spiraling down can be stopped! If we choose to remember God's faithfulness we'll be able to remain in an attitude of praise and remembrance. But if not, we'll spiral down: praising the Lord, telling others, forgetting what the Lord has done, becoming impatient, despising Him and no longer believing His promises and then grumbling and disobedient.

Where are you today? If you're in this downward then confess that and return to believing and remembering all the promises of the Lord. If you feel you're in the right place of remembering God's faithfulness – stay there by telling others all the blessings He has allowed in your life.
There's no need to spiral into Spiritual Forgetfulness. Simply begin to remember! ; recall! all God has done for you and your Spiritual Memory will return!


Father God, we don't want to give into our enemy's temptation to forget Your love and goodness. Show us when we're spiraling down that road to grumbling and disobedience! Open our eyes Lord so we'll see what we're really doing. Thank You for Your forgiveness and willingness to welcome us back when we return to praising You! It's in Jesus' name we ask this, AMEN!



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