Friday, August 31, 2012

Whether for correction,
or for His land,
or for love,
       He causes it to happen.

                           Job 37.13

(there is always purpose in all He does)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
to show that the transcendent power
belongs to God
and not to us.

2 Corinthians 4.7

(His Presence changes us)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Not that we are competent of ourselves
to claim anything as coming from us;
our competence is from God.

                       2 Corinthians 3.5

(God makes the strategic difference,
providing a strength that is not your own)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

For we are not, like so many,
peddlers of God's Word,
but as men of sincerity,
       as commissioned by God...

                           2 Corinthians 2.17

(not selling anything,
just living transformed lives)

Monday, August 27, 2012

For He will complete what He appoints for me,
and many such things are in His mind.

                                 Job 23.14

(His goodness is coming to completion.
"I am in this."
Even that what we cannot yet see,
we can trust Him.")

Sunday, August 26, 2012 make us rely not on ourselves
          but on God...

                     2 Corinthians 1.9
(learning that my strength
     is in Him alone)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

For I know that my Redeemer lives...

                       Job 19.25

(the truth on which I stake my life.
No matter what happens, He is there)

Friday, August 24, 2012

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the LORD.

                        Proverbs 21.31

(Do all things with excellence.
God will do the rest.
Get your horse ready
and He will reveal His day for you)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

...Who does great things beyond understanding,
    and marvelous things without number.

                                Job 9.4

(not just what we can see,
the awe that stands beyond)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

He who withholds kindness from a friend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

                           Job 6.14

(even a simple kindness is profound)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The steps of a man are from the LORD,
and He establishes him in whose way He delights;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
for the LORD is the stay of his hand.

                            Psalm 37. 23-24

(no matter what happens
God still guards the feet of the faithful,
even through the thicket.)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Trust in the LORD and do good,
    so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD,
    and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
    trust in Him,
                  and He will act.

                            Psalm 37.3-5

(just following the LORD into today)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

And who knows 
whether you have not come to the kingdom
for such a time as this?

                        Esther 4.14

(God knows. 
His perfect timing, divine placement,
and purpose for each one of us)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It is better to live in a desert land
   than with a contentious and fretful woman.

 Proverbs 21.19

(Am I looking for a fight?
My disposition is a daily choice
that impacts everyone around me)

Friday, August 17, 2012

And the joy of Jerusalem
         was heard afar off.

                     Nehemiah 12.43

(His joy within you infects everyone around you,
its impact like ripples in a pond)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

When the righteous cry for help,
     the LORD hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.

                            Psalm 34.17

(Sometimes He uses us as His rescue crew.
God places people in our paths)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.
God is faithful,
and He will not let you be tempted
                    beyond your strength,
but with the temptation will also provide
                                the way of escape.
    that you may be able to endure it.

                             1 Corinthians 9.13

(look for the exits,
     the pass through the mountains)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And You divided the sea before them,
so that they went through
      the midst of the sea on dry land.

                             Nehemiah 9.11

(God delivers and redeems impossible situations
in ways we cannot even comprehend)

Monday, August 13, 2012

For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking,
"Their hands will drop from the work,
and it will not be done."
But now, O God,
        strengthen my hands.

                        Nehemiah 6.9

(God is your shield and strength.
Let not fear nor distractions
keep you from what God
has given you to do)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

You are a hiding place for me,
You preserve me from trouble,
You encompass me with
       shouts of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you
       the way you should  go,
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

                          Psalm 32. 7-8

(He will provide a way and bring you through,
as long as you keep your eyes on Him)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Now I was cupbearer to the king.

 Nehemiah 2.1

(We are all on special assignment.
God uses you where You are.
Do it well.)

Friday, August 10, 2012

You have set my feet
in a broad place.

Psalm 31.8

(secure and full of possibility)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

I took courage,
for the hand of the LORD was upon me...

 Ezra 7.28

(take your courage in His strength)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

And girded me with gladness...
      Psalm 30.11

(not an attitude but a  heart condition.
Equipped and outfitted by God,
No matter the situation)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

...for the LORD had made them joyful,
and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them,
so that he aided them in the work
of the house of God, the God of Israel.

                          Ezra 6.22

(God can turn the heart of the king.
God can change everything in the blink of an eye
for His glory)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Be our Shepherd
and carry us for ever.

   Psalm 28.9

(in whatever "field" you sojourn today,
in whatever situation,
that we would know Him.
We don't go alone.)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

You have said,
       "Seek My face."
My heart says to You,
   "Your face, LORD, do I seek."

                      Psalm 27.8

(seek His presence in all things)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

And the men did the work faithfully. every kind of service.

                    2 Chronicles 34. 12-13

(in whatever you do)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Turn to me, O LORD,
and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
   bring me out of my distresses.

Psalm 25. 17-18

(His deliverance may come in the form
of strength to endure one's situation.)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Be strong and of good courage.
Do not be afraid or dismayed
before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him,
for there is One greater with us than with him.
With him is an arm of flesh,
but with us is the LORD our God,
to help us and to fight our battles.

                    2 Chronicles 32. 7-8

(Whatever that battle may be.
Everyone struggles with something.)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

O my God,
      in You I trust.

               Psalm 25. 2

(not just written on our coins
     but engraven in our lives)