Sunday, July 23, 2017

If you will be kind to this people
              and please them,
and speak good words to them,
they will be your servants for ever.

                    2 Chronicles 10. 7

(Kindness always leads to
     an entirely different outcome.
If we only knew how radically
         good words endure
                  for generations,
we would consider nothing else.
There is always another way through,
    and that would be grace).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

O LORD, God of Israel,
there is no God like You,
in heaven or on earth,
keeping covenant
and showing steadfast love
to Your servants
who walk before You
      with all their heart...

             2 Chronicles 6. 14

(When I walk before the LORD,
    nothing can remain the same.
Even if circumstances don't alter,
         God redeems everything 
and changes me instead).

Friday, July 21, 2017

...that My name might be there...

                    2 Chronicles 6. 5

(What am I doing here?
What is all this about?
That His name would dwell there,
          even here,
          even in this impossible place.
His profound purposes
   are deeper than I can know).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

...we too might walk
        in newness of life.

                Romans 6. 4

(What does that look like today?
Not the same ol' thing,
the same patterns of thought
the same path,
but how can I walk differently 
                in this?
My circumstances may not change,
     but God changes me in them.
A new heart,
a new mindset,
a new story
        for His glory.
God unfolds His extraordinary 
   in what only appears 
                   as ordinary).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Be strong and
  of good courage,
and do it.
Fear not,
be not dismayed,
for the LORD God,
  even my God is with you.
He will not fail you 
       or forsake you,
until all the work
for the service 
of the house of the LORD 
            is finished.

         1 Chronicles 28. 20

(What has God placed
before me today?)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

                    Romans 4. 17

(God is not just in control
        of this situation.
The reality is that
               He is sovereign 
 even in what does not yet exist.
What is impossible to us
     is completely visible to God.
There is so much more to this
         than we can see,
         than we can know).

Monday, July 17, 2017

How long must I
  bear pain in my soul,
and have sorrow in my heart
            all the data?
How long shall my enemy
   be exalted over me?
...But I have trusted 
         in Your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice 
          in Your salvation .
I will sing to the LORD,
because He has dealt
    bountifully with me.

                      Psalm 13. 2, 5-6

(Even in the struggle,
   God draws me closer to Him.
Even in the things
     I cannot understand,
                God is good.
Even in what appears 
     as silence or injustice,
     God whispers,
            "Follow Me deeper."
The return to peace
   is only in the Presence of God).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Be strong 
   and of good courage.
Fear not;
   be not dismayed.

         1 Chronicles 22. 13

("Walk with Me."
Love God,
love people,
and be not afraid).

Saturday, July 15, 2017

...and called upon the LORD,
    and He answered him...

                  1 Chronicles 21. 26

(Calling upon the LORD 
draws me to
   an entirely different outcome.
Following the LORD into it,
    as first response not last resort,
changes my course
and radically influences 
       everyone around me
       and everyone who comes after.
It always comes without regrets.
"Did you ask Me
               about this?")

Friday, July 14, 2017

And the LORD
gave victory to David
    wherever he went.

              1 Chronicles 18. 6

(When we follow the LORD
    into the day
          into His ways in it,
victory comes in many sizes
   and in unexpected packages.
There are no small victories,
     nothing God cannot redeem.
Even in this).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ever since 
       the creation of the world,
     His invisible nature, namely,
His eternal power and deity,
have been clearly perceived
in the things 
          that have been made.

                    Romans 1. 20

(Where do you think
     the awe and the wonder
                    come from?
Creation is only one of the ways
    God reveals Himself to us).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

...and David said,
"God has broken through
my enemies by my hand
     like a bursting flood."
Therefore the name of the place
    is called Baal-perazim.

                1 Chronicles 14. 11

(Which literally means in Hebrew,
the "Lord of breaking through."
He still is
the Lord of breaking through 
    whatever overwhelms me,
  even in this impossible situation.
The most important first step
appears in verse 10:
"And David inquired of God..."
First response, 
             not last resort.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For your God
          helps you.

         1 Chronicles 12. 18

(A daily reminder 
that I can respond differently,
even in this,
because God helps me.
Practicing His presence
      in the every days,
learning how to
      "Trust Me in this."

"If we do not do the running 
steadily in the little ways,
we shall do nothing
           in the crisis."
   -- Oswald Chambers
    My Utmost for His Highest)

Monday, July 10, 2017

...for upon them
lay the duty of watching...

             1 Chronicles 9. 27

(Don't miss God in this.
   are never passive.
Live  and pray
on the edge
        of your seat).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

We sailed slowly
for a number of days,
and arrived 
     with difficulty...

             Acts 27. 7

(God's hand and shield,
         even in that,
not the prevailing winds,
    but His purposes.
God does not just have
      "a reason for it,"
but you in it,
by His design
     and for His glory).

Saturday, July 8, 2017

...when the LORD sent
Judah and Jerusalem 
                 into exile 
by the hand
         of Nebuchadnezzar.

              1 Chronicles 6. 15

(Not where I choose to be,
even then,
even there,
        God is at work.
There really is 
   no place of exile.
We are each
strategically positioned 
    for His purposes,
even when,
maybe especially when,
     we cannot understand.
"Seek Me in this.")

Friday, July 7, 2017

in the morning 
You hear my voice;
in the morning 
I prepare a sacrifice to You,
        and watch.

                Psalm 5. 3

(Not "lay my day before Him,"
but pray, listen and watch
as God lays out His day for me,
His way in this,
His say in this,
His slender scarlet thread
   through impossible places.
If I am only praying for an answer,
    I am missing out on Him.
"In the morning"
    captures the day).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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

           Proverbs 18. 16

(We can never comprehend 
   nor determine 
   nor limit
how God is using us,
and for what or whom
   He has equipped us.
Just what He has placed
  in front of me today
       to follow Him into.
For His Kingdom.
For His glory.
And sometimes 
  that will surprise you.
"God makes room
for His gifts
     to be used."
   -- Chuck Swindoll

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

belongs to the LORD.

             Psalm 3. 8

(Worry has 
never opened a door,
   nor parted a sea.
Follow God through this.
What is Your way in this,
              O LORD Almighty?
God will probably 
            surprise you).

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

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

                 Acts 23. 11

(God has strategically 
            placed you
   to bring His name there,
more perfectly and precisely
      than you can know.
Hearts around you
        are already prepared.
Jesus is standing 
   right there with you.
Say something.)

Monday, July 3, 2017

...for you will be
a witness for Him
to all men
of what you have seen
        and heard.
               Acts 22. 15

(God's redeeming is translated
  into what others see and hear,
by the stories
     God has given you,
by the changed life
              they see.
Every opportunity,
     bring His grace 
     to impossible places).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

After greeting them,
he related 
      one by one
the things that
  God had done....

            Acts 21.19

(What stories of redeeming 
    has God woven into your life?
These tales were not designed 
  to be kept to yourself.
Speak boldly
and point others to Him).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

But if you say to me,
   "We rely 
    on the LORD our God"....

                 2 Kings 18. 22

(That is when
    things really begin to change.
And it starts in my heart.
God specializes 
    in impossible situations.
Rely on Him
           through this).

Friday, June 30, 2017

But I do not account
my life of any value
nor as precious to myself,
if only
I may accomplish my course
and the ministry 
   which I received
   from the Lord Jesus,
to testify to the gospel
        of the grace of God.

                     Acts 20. 24

(Faithful to God
in His course for me,
     His ministry through me.
That which is most significant 
      for His kingdom
I will least suspect).

Thursday, June 29, 2017

...and the name of the Lord Jesus
       was extolled.

                 Acts 19. 17

(And on the bottom line,
that is what counts
       most of all
in whatever I do today.
Even in this,
       His name,
       His glory.
There is nothing insignificant 
    in God's economy).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Then Jehoahaz 
   besought the LORD,
and the LORD
   hearkened to him.

          2 Kings 13. 4

and heed.
It is not that the LORD
  doesn't hearken to us,
but it is we who don't 
     hearken to Him.
God will change
  the course of your day.
God will change
  the course of your life.)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

And the LORD said to Paul
one night in a vision,
"Do not be afraid,
but speak
and do not be silent,
   for I am with you,
and no man shall attack you
to harm you,
for I have many people
                in this city."

                Acts 18. 10

(Do not be silent in this.
You are there for a deep purpose,
         by God's anointed people,
even those you do not know
         in impossible places.
Seek them out.)

Monday, June 26, 2017

And some of them
   were persuaded...

           Acts 17. 4

(Share the gospel,
live it out before
everyone around you,
yes, even verbally.
You will be astounded 
by those who respond 
to God's calling
       on their lives.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

But about midnight,
Paul and Silas were praying 
and singing hymns to God,
and the prisoners were
     listening to them.
...and immediately 
all the doors were opened 
and every one's fetters
     were unfastened.

                Acts 16. 25-26

(Fervent praying and praise
to God cannot help
but change everything 
and everyone around you.
Worship in the midst,
     even in the ordinary,
is a catalyst for
     the monumental.
God releases you
even in the impossible 
     to bring Him glory
in words and actions and attitudes.
Even now. Even in this place.)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

(One of my favorite passages)

When the servant of the man of God
rose early in the morning
and went out, behold,
an army with horses and chariots
was round about the city.
And the servant said,
"Alas, my master!
      What shall we do?"
Elisha said, "Fear not,
   for those who are with us
   are more than those
   who are with them."
Then Elisha prayed, and said,
"O LORD, I pray to You,
open his eyes
      that he may see."
So the LORD opened the eyes
   of the young man, and he saw,
and behold, the mountain was
full of horses and chariots of fire
round about Elisha.

                   2 Kings 6. 15-17

(Feeling that kind of
"Then Elisha prayed..."
It is not that
    "God will show up,"
but He opens our eyes
to see He is already here.
The LORD is my strength.
Even in this.)

Friday, June 23, 2017

And then he said,
   "What then
     is to be done for her?"

             2 Kings 4. 14

(Who has God
     put on my path?
What need stands
     right before me?
I can't do everything,
but I can do something.
God's faithful people
are strategically placed
for profound purposes
        and His glory in it.
Never minimize 
  where God is using you.
No act of faithfulness 
    is ever insignificant.)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A cheerful heart
     is a good medicine,
but a downcast spirit
        dries up the bones.

               Proverbs 17. 22

(I may not be able
to change my circumstances,
but God can change 
             my heart in this
and I can choose
     a day-changing attitude.
It impacts me
      and everyone around me.
It is not making the best of it,
     but seeking Him in it,
and bringing the reality of Jesus
                  into it.
    give me a different heart
through this miry bog.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

...that you may bring salvation 
  to the uttermost parts
                 of the earth.

                     Acts 13. 47

(And that includes your zip code.
Bring the name of Jesus with you,
      the gospel in real time.
Even there,
  where God has 
         strategically placed you
and to whom God has put
       on your path
       and on your heart.
The uttermost parts of the earth
    may be right under your feet.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And Jehoshaphat said
           to the king of Israel,
"Inquire first
   for the word of the LORD."

                 1 Kings 22. 5

(What does God have to do
                  with this?
I don't want to miss out 
     on His way in this,
even in those things
    I will never comprehend.
God is not just 
     part of the outcome
        or a variable in the solution,
but God is the reality
   of the equation before me.
Inquiring first of the LORD
   avoids a lot of panic later.)

Monday, June 19, 2017

...the people of Israel 
encamped before them
like two little flocks of goats,
but the Syrians
         filled the country.

                1 Kings 20. 27

(Ever feel overwhelmed like that?
God is never limited
        by the odds against Him.
impossible situations 
       are His specialty.
What am I trusting Him for
    that only He can do?
God will show the way
    where there only seems 
                     to be no way.
He always has deeper purposes
       woven in the fabric.)