Archive for February, 2013

Non-stop

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Devotions
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Love never fails. …

I Corinthians 13:8 NKJV

This passage is often referred to as the Love Chapter. It clarifies the definition of love. It promotes love as the greatest character asset we can have. Our culture portrays love as sexuality or as having no limits and accepting every behavior every person ever commits so they can feel good about themselves. We fiercely need to know what love is so we can recognize it. We seriously need to recognize it so we can develop it in our own character. Of all the attributes that love encompasses it is this refusal to fail that I desire most.

It is not about winning with love it is about not quitting. No matter what the history is love finds a way to reconnect. Love is so non-stop that Romans 5:8 tells us that BECAUSE OF LOVE Christ died for us while we were still sinners! We have many character traits that we use to cope in life and all of them except love will fail. Great strength will finally meet its match. Intense discipline will eventually break. Gifting, talent, pride, philanthropy; all will give up, but not love.

Love bears all things. That is it carries whatever cost it needs to reach out to others. Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love really believes that others will succeed/flourish in The Lord no matter their present condition. It even puts up with their brokenness.

Love never fails. Our society thinks that love is like a little tweeting bird on a branch that can easily be frightened out of our hearts. The Bible teaches that love is like a powerful bulldog that will never let go once it has taken hold.

Let me say it again: Love never fails.

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Touch

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was. Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Mark 6:54-56 NKJV

Once people see Jesus they recognize Him wherever He shows up. Once they experience His ministry they run to get those who are in distress. They will even carry their friends to Him in hope that they will reach out to Jesus and be healed.

I did notice that as many as touched Him were healed. Their friends had carried them to Jesus but they had to reach out and touch Him. Lord, today I reach out to touch the hem of Your garment. Heal me and I will be sacrificed.

Ridiculed

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Devotions
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And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
Mark 5:40 NKJV

Jesus had already done a lot. Yesterday He had taught all day. First He would teach the crowd in parables then explain it to His disciples. As evening came they headed across the sea. Jesus was tired from a full day of ministry and went to sleep in the stern of the ship. His disciples awakened Him when a storm threatened them. He calmed the sea and admonished them to put away their fear and have faith. Then when morning came and they left the boat Jesus met the demoniac who could not be bound. He ministered deliverance to the man via some swine and then left at the populace’s request. Now He sails back and finds a large crowd.

Jairus finds Him and begs Him to heal his little daughter who was very sick. Then a woman who had chronic medical issues for years touched Him and was healed by her faith. To Jairus’ dismay Jesus stops to sort things out and minister counseling to the woman. Bad news breaks in on the counseling: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”

I love the Lord’s response to the news. He quickly tells Jairus not to be afraid, to hold on to his faith. Then He informs them that they can remain calm because the child isn’t dead just sleeping. This is where the ridicule starts. It seems that this ridicule provoked Him to another response. He put out the mockers; those who were unbelievers. Then He ministered resuscitation to the girl. The family was overwhelmed with amazement so Jesus gave them the instructions to feed her and keep her revival private.

When bad news comes, help me to respond by looking to You, hanging on to my faith, and putting out those with no faith until You can respond to the situation with Your miraculous grace!

Mighty Ones

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Devotions
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Give unto the Lord , O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. …The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Psalms 29:1, 2, 11 NKJV

David calls God’s people the mighty ones. He calls for them to give glory and strength to The Lord’s uses in a way that is worthy of His name. He calls for us to worship from the beautiful position of holiness. Then David breaks out into the praise of God’s voice and the worship of God’s diverse authority. God is ruling everything just by commanding it with His powerful, majestic voice! As God’s people consider all He is and does during the worship service at the temple they all declare, “Glory!” At this point God’s authority is established in the lives of His people and He gives them strength and peace!

Lord, as I recognize the might You have given, let me use it to worship You and advance Your kingdom. Keep me from sin so that my offering will be holy and that it will be beautiful too.

Different

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Devotions
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But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
Numbers 14:24 NKJV

Caleb had seen all the things that the other spies had seen. He had seen the giants, the rough country, the walled cities, and he had seen the incredible produce of the land. Unlike the ten, he and Joshua saw the potential not the obstacles. They saw that God was on their side so they were ready to take what had been promised. The others saw the good things but they focused on the difficulties instead of the rewards. Caleb’s DIFFERENT spirit allowed him to believe.

Lord I pray for a spirit like Caleb. Remind me that You are not a God of fear but of power, love and self-control. Help me put timidity out when it tries to stop me from going aft what you have promised.

Identity

Posted: February 23, 2013 in Devotions
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Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.
Mark 2:13, 14 NKJV

We call him Matthew. His real name is Levi. He is descended from THE Levi. His heritage was to serve the priest in the tabernacle and synagogues. But like his ancestor he sold out. He was rich from tax collections. He had made a good living from consorting with the Romans. Everyone hated him for betraying them. Then Jesu appeared in Capernaum teaching and healing people so that His fame spread everywhere.

Jesus came right to where he worked and invited him to follow him. When Moses called the earlier Levites to follow him to punish the Israelites for worshiping the golden calf in debauchery they answered and followed him with zeal. Like his ancestors he answered the call of God and repented when Jesus came to him. Like them his repentance and zealous service made a way for him to return to the destiny that God had for him.

Don’t forget that we are called to be priest and kings. If you have sold out return, repent, and reclaim your true identity as minister of the kingdom.

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalms 27:5 NKJV

King David had his share of struggles in life, yet he knew he could count on The Lord to keep him safe. Though I have had struggles of my own, I like David am confidant that He will keep me safe. Economic struggles, relational struggles, spiritual issues; He has hidden me away from the fear of what might happen. In all kinds of struggles He has held me high in the Rock. When the world swirled around I am secure knowing that He is my Light and Salvation. There’s nothing I need to fear. No matter the odds or how things look to those around me I will have the desire of my heart met. I will stand before Him in His glory and hear Him say “We’ll Done!”