Friday, July 31, 2015

Who is the King of glory?
            strong and mighty,
the LORD,
             mighty in battle.

                        Psalm 24. 8

(No matter with what you struggle
--and everyone struggles
                   with something--
God is able to grant victory over it,
maybe in ways you would never expect.
Seek Him in it.  Take one step.
God will redeem.)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

So Jotham became mighty ,
     he ordered his ways
before the LORD his God.

                  2 Chronicles 27. 6

(His strength was evident
not in favorable circumstances
but in ordering his ways
       and ordering his days
                    before the LORD.
When we align ourselves with God,
there is nothing ordinary.
The extraordinary emerges by His design,
     even in ways we may never see.
We have only to be faithful.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The man of God said,
"The LORD is able
to give you
    much more than this."

             2 Chronicles 25. 9

(Trust God not only
 for what He is doing,
 but how He is doing it.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

And Jehoida made a covenant 
between himself and all the people
and the king
that they should be
              the LORD'S people.

                   2 Chronicles 23. 16

(Be the LORD'S.
How should that change
what I say and do today?
How does that change who I am?)

Monday, July 27, 2015

...those who were to sing to the LORD
          and praise Him in holy array
...went before the army...

                   2 Chronicles 20. 21

(When we praise God,
He changes even how we approach
          an overwhelming situation.
Fear just blocks out the light.
Seeking God helps me to see
         His way into it.)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

If you confess with your lips
    that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart
that God raised Him
from the dead,
           you will be saved.

              Romans 10. 9

(Confessing and professing
      "Jesus is Lord"
is not just another worldview.
Jesus changes not just how 
      I view the world, 
             but my heart.
His Lordship radically alters 
the course of my life.)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

But you, take courage!
Do not let your hands be weak,
for your work
     shall be rewarded.

               2 Chronicles 15. 7

(God does not just
  use what you do 
  in His Name.
He multiplies it.)

Friday, July 24, 2015

The LORD lives.
            Psalm 18.46

(That on which 
you can stake your life)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

But if Christ is in you...

                   Romans 8. 10

(Nothing will ever be the same.
It is not that things are different now,
        but I am different.
What does that look like today?)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

...if My people who are called by My name
humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin
           and heal their land.

                       2 Chronicles 7. 14

(O LORD, have mercy on us.
We have sinned in our silence,
in averting our eyes,
in our lack of compassion
     for those who have no voice.
We are called by Your name
    but we have not heeded Your ways.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 that you may belong to another,
to Him who has been raised from the dead
in order that
   we may bear fruit for God.

                      Romans 7. 4

(The fruit of belonging....
love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.
That which is revealed
not just in what I do,
            but by Whose I am.)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Many are the plans
      in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD
      that will be established.

                 Proverbs 19. 21

(God's purposes are not dependent
           on my understanding of them.
I have only to trust Him into it.
And He will do the rest.
Follow Him and He will fulfill.
There is nothing random 
                     in His designs.)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Who then will offer willingly,
   consecrating himself today
   to the LORD?

               1 Chronicles 29. 5

(Consecrating myself every morning
changes the course and
evidences a different outcome
to the day.)

Saturday, July 18, 2015 the presence of the God
        in whom he believed,
who gives life to the dead
and calls into existence
     the things that do not exist.

                       Romans 4. 17

(Impossible situation?
No problem.
God's specialty.
Watch and see what He does with it,
          how He redeems.)

Friday, July 17, 2015

How long, O LORD?
...But I have trusted
            in Your steadfast love,
my heart shall rejoice
            in Your salvation.

                 Psalm 13. 1, 5

(Even in the hardship,
    trust is not something 
         someday I need to do,
but what gets me through.
Even in what may appear as silence,
    the LORD is whispering,
            "Follow Me deeper.")

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Now set your mind and heart
   to seek the LORD your God.
                1 Chronicles 22.19

(Every which way you can.
Nothing will ever be the same.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In the LORD
           I take refuge.

                 Psalm 11. 1

(A shelter in the storm,
      a place of strength
         from which to go forth,
  a shield that makes me invisible 
    to those who would do me harm,
  His grace in impossible situations,
an abiding in hope
           in the midst of darkness)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For he held fast to the LORD;
he did not depart from following Him.
...And the LORD was with him;
wherever he went forth,
                        he prospered.

                   2 Kings 18. 6-7

(No matter what or where,
 despite circumstances,
       God always leads into flourishing.
Hold on tight!
Trusting God is the only way to get through this.)

Monday, July 13, 2015

After greeting them,
he related one by one
the things God had done
             among the Gentiles
   through his ministry.
And when they heard it,
           they glorified God.

                 Acts 21. 19-20

(God uses your story
            to encourage others.
Never be shy to share
    the things that God is doing in you.)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Deliverance belongs to the LORD;
Your blessing be upon Your people.

                         Pssalm 3.8

(Deliverance from the LORD
comes often in packages
           we never expect.
My responsibility is to follow Him,
    not dictate how He does it.)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Do not be afraid of the Chaldean officials;
dwell in the land,
and serve the king of Babylon,
and it will be well with you.

                    2 Kings 25.24

(You are there for a reason.
Bring the name of Jesus there.
Don't fight culture,
     be a new creation within it.)

Friday, July 10, 2015 lead a life worthy of the Lord,
fully pleasing to Him,
bearing fruit in every good work,
and increasing in the knowledge of God.

                    Colossians 1.10

(Not something else to add
     to an already full to-do list,
but that which invades and pervades
           everything I do
                and all that I can be.)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Coasting along it with difficulty,
we came to a place
        called Fair Haven...

                 Acts 27. 8

(God never promised smooth sailing,
    but He provides rest areas
                       along the way,
moments of peace,
an encouraging word,
      awareness of His Presence.
Even in the storm,
           when I can't go any further,
there He reminds me,
"I am with you in this.")

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

These are their dwelling places
according to their settlements
within their borders...

                   1 Chronicles 6. 54

(A designated place to be,
to bring the name of the LORD there,
to be faithful to His purposes,
however long 
      the LORD keeps me here.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jabez called on the God of Israel,
"Oh that You would bless me
and enlarge my border,
and that Your hand might be with me,
and that You would keep me from harm
       so that it might not hurt me."
And God granted what he asked.

                         1 Chronicles 4.10

(With what am I coming before the LORD?
What am I trying to do without Him?
Boldly live in His Presence.)

Monday, July 6, 2015

A man's gift makes room for him
and brings him before great men.

                             Proverbs 18.16

("God makes room
     for His gifts to be used."
           -- Chuck Swindoll
No greater calling
    than to bring Him glory
    through them.)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The following night
the Lord stood by him and said,
"Take courage,
for as you have testified 
        about Me at Jerusalem,
so you must bear witness also at Rome."
                          Acts 23. 11

(The LORD always equips us
          for the next step.
Faithful in one small obedience
      builds strength for the next.)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Blessed are all
who take refuge
             in Him.

Psalm 2.12

(The most exciting place on earth
is the center of His will.)

Friday, July 3, 2015

...for you will be a witness
for Him to all men
of what you have seen and heard.

Acts 22.15

(Bearing the light of Jesus.
Even in this.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

He did what was right
in the eyes of the LORD...

                 2 Kings 22.2

(transformed his life,
impacted everyone around him,
changed the culture.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

...take root downward,
       and bear fruit upward.

                     2 Kings 19.30

(That is what God's Word does.
That is how it works.)

...take root downward,
       and bear fruit upward.

                     2 Kings 19.30

(That is what God's Word does.
That is how it works.)

...take root downward,
       and bear fruit upward.

                     2 Kings 19.30

(That is what God's Word does.
That is how it works.)

...take root downward,
       and bear fruit upward.

                     2 Kings 19.30

(That is what God's Word does.
That is how it works.)