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He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
(Romans 4:20-22 NKJV)

Not wavering at the promise of God is the key, isn’t it? When we refuse to waver because we are convinced that the power God is up to His promises and that His character is integral then we are strengthened in our faith. In that strength we glorify God. This is the process that promises that we will all appear before God going from strength to strength; from glory to glory. And that is just the warm up.

This conviction is the conduit that the Lord uses to impart His righteousness to us! Growing strength in the faith is just a benefit of being assured that heaven is ours. Verse 23 proclaims that this passage doesn’t apply to Abraham alone but to us who are also fully convinced that He died for us and raised from the dead for our relief from sin. It is our only justification.

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For we will surely die and become like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; but He devises means, so that His banished ones are not expelled from Him.
II Samuel 14:14 NKJV

David’s family was in a terrible situation. It was by their own doings. David hadn’t parented well. Amnon had raped his half-sister, Tamar. Her brother, Absolam, had waited two years to avenge her by murdering Amnon. Scripture that when David heard about the rape he was angry, but he didn’t do anything about it. Now Absolam was in exile in, Geshur, a foreign province that had maintained a mostly friendly relationship with Israel. Joab arranged for a local woman to present a fictitious case with similar merits so that David could judge objectively. This ruse worked and David brought his son home.

Absalom’s final rebellion not withstanding, Joab’s teaching through this women still applies to us today. If we can’t find ways to restore our relationships after there is catastrophic failure we will be like water that is wasted when it is spilled. We have to make our heart like the Lord’s so that it devises ways to return those who are banished from our lives before they are permanently expelled from our lives.

And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.
I Kings 6:7 NKJV

If we let Him, God has a way of quietly shaping us away from public view. The changes in our character can be dramatically evident without there being a lot of drama associated with the process. Jesus is humble and does not require the spotlight. He wants us to shine for Him so that we can introduce others to Him in naturally supernatural way.

However, He is so committed to changing our character that He will correct us quite publicly if we refuse to submit humbly to the private process. We can count on His love to hold us in place while He shapes us to resemble Him. The choice of venue for our process of change is largely our choice.

Waiting at the Quarry…

Solitary

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Devotions
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A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Psalms 68:5, 6 NKJV

Our God cares for the lowliest of society. He often reverses the situation that has wounded the soul. Those who are alone find themselves deeply connected to a group in mutual love. Those who are in debt find themselves with more than they need. Those who acknowledge Him are given strength to rise above their circumstances.

I am thankful for all that Jesus has done for me. But, I am especially thankful to have been placed in a family that loves Him so much. Together we are rescued from our history and given a new future in His holy habitation.

Nevertheless

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Devotions
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7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). … 10So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
II Samuel 5:7, 10 NKJV

The Jebusite king and his men were very confident of their city’s defenses. They were sure their walls were impregnable plus they had a water supply that was nearly inexhaustible. They bragged that even sightless, crippled people could defend their fortress. Still, David found a way in through their water supply and conquered them.

Don’t let others tell you that things that God has planted are beyond your reach. Don’t believe you are shut out of places that you are called to inhabit. Like King David, go on to be great! And may God be with you!

Understanding

Posted: April 28, 2013 in Devotions
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23Now these were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord : …32of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
I Chronicles 12:23, 32 NKJV

In a long official list of those who came to join David after Saul had died we come to the sons of Issachar. They were noted for understanding the times they lived in. More impressively they knew what to do in their times. Most impressively they were unified under their leadership. These men came to David at a crucial time. The kingdom was in transition. Saul and most of his line had been killed in battle. There were leaders throughout the the military who could have seized control (at least partial control) of the country left in disarray by the destruction of its primary leaders. Instead they chose to join with a rival of their former leader to solidify the country and not give their enemies an chance to press them in battle and take their land and possessions from them.

I want to be like those sons of Issachar who realized what was significant about their times and acted appropriately to bring victory to their people. It is time for us see that we are truly it he last days. It is time for us to cleanse ourselves and shine like the stars in the night sky. Lord, grant me Your understanding.

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:22-25 NKJV

After a long day of ministering to everyone, Jesus sent His disciples on ahead, sent the crowds home, and then He went up the mountain to be alone in prayer. As He prayed he could see the boat tossed in the by the waves and held back from their goal by the strong winds blowing against them. So Jesus went to them. He called Peter to walk with Him on the water and when He got in the boat the wind stopped.

Jesus never stopped caring for His disciples. He was praying for them until they were truly stuck then He went to them. Jesus is still praying for us as we cross life’s sea. We can still count on Him to come to us in the dark times of our life. We can still count on Him to call us to do the miraculous with Him.

Counting on Jesus seeing me even when I can’t see Him.