Wednesday, September 20, 2017

For waters shall break forth
      in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert...

                Isaiah 35. 5-6

(Now just watch
what God does 
with this impossible situation,
far profound 
  than I can ever know).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

...in quietness
       and in trust
shall be your strength.

               Isaiah 30.15

(Trust Me in this).

Monday, September 18, 2017

...the work of My hands
                in his midst....

                 Isaiah 29. 23

(Even that which we cannot yet see,
because it is the profound hand of God,
that which only He can do,
        thick layers of wonder upon wonder.
Watch for Him.
Am I seeking God in this?)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

You keep him
     in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD 
     is an everlasting rock.

                     Isaiah 26. 3-4

(I can stake my life on You.
Peace is not just an outcropping,
but the indwelling 
            of trusting God.
On whom, on what
      is my mind stuck on?
Seek out the Rock in this).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I am crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, 
but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now
           live in the flesh
I live by faith 
        in the Son of God,
who loved me 
and gave Himself for me.

            Galatians 2. 20

("But Christ 
           who lives in me."
That should look very different 
in my ways,
habits,
choices,
words,
attitudes,
and how I love others).

Friday, September 15, 2017

...a blessing in the midst
               of the earth.

              Isaiah 19. 24

(God has placed you
  strategically).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

...and is swift
      to do righteousness.

                       Isaiah 1. 5

(Wherever I am,
among whom God has placed me,
His glory
    in every good endeavor,
    in every detail,
    in every dimension of my day.
can't do everything,
    but I can do something 
to tear away a corner of darkness
and bring the love of Jesus there).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Examine yourselves,
to see whether 
you are holding 
            to your faith.
Test yourselves.
Do you not realize
  that Jesus Christ
               is in you?

       2 Corinthians 13. 5

(And that changes everything).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

When I am afraid,
I put my trust in You.
In God,
Whose word I praise,
      in God I trust
without a fear.
What can flesh do to me?

                 Psalm 56. 3-4

(In God I trust.
Not just imprinted on our coins,
        but engraved on our hearts.)

Monday, September 11, 2017

...but He said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you,
for My power is made
       perfect in weakness."
I will all the more 
gladly boast of my weaknesses,
that the power of Christ
        may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ, then,
I am content with weaknesses,
insults,
hardships,
persecutions,
calamities;
for when I am weak,
           then I am strong.

              2 Corinthians 12. 8-10

(Letting the power of Christ
     come to the visible surface,
for His sake
and for His purposes,
which always extends
               beyond you).

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Behold,
       God is my helper;
the LORD is
   the upholder of my life.

                   Psalm 54. 4

(I am not alone).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

...your thoughts will be led astray
from a sincere and pure devotion 
                     to Christ.

                    2 Corinthians 11. 3

(What is distracting you?
Something new and shiny?
Or an old habit
    with its heels dug in?
Or a favorite grievance who is
     a full time resident in your heart,
words or actions held for ammunition,
someone held hostage
          from being forgiven?
Take every thought captive 
                     for Christ.
What sort of person do I want to be?
                 His).

Friday, September 8, 2017

....take every thought captive
           to obey Christ.

                  2 Corinthians 10. 5

(Even this?
Especially that.
Not just how can I think differently,
    but how can I 
    bear the mind of Christ in this?)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

And God is able
to provide you with every 
         blessings in abundance,
so that
you may always have 
    enough of everything 
and may provide in abundance
             for every good work.

                   2 Corinthians 9. 8

(Seeking the blessings
 makes you only a glutton.
Seeking God first
    opens up the incredible.
Where God guides your heart,
God provides for every good work.
And spiritual wellbeing 
is always the biggest piece of the pie).

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

...and call upon Me
            in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you,
and you shall glorify Me.

                  Psalm 50. 15

(First response,
             not last resort.
Seek God in this hard thing.
His profound purposes 
     are intricately embedded.
God did not promise
a life of ease,
but that
       "I am with you.")

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In the morning sow your seed,
and at evening 
      withhold not your hand,
for you do not know
             which will prosper,
this or that,
or whether both alike
      will be good.

             Ecclesiastes 11. 6

(What has God placed on your path,
on your radar,
on your heart today?
Even in what is totally unexpected,
             God is using you.
You have no clue how deeply
     He is at work in you
     and through you.
God always works
      in a million different layers,
even that we may never see).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

...but we were afflicted 
  at every turn
--fighting without 
            and fear within.
But God...

           2 Corinthians 7. 5-6

("But God" changes everything.
Because there is God
     --because God is --
every detail of my life
has profound purpose
     and intricate design.
Live in the reality of God.
Even in this.
God redeems every inch).


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Be still,
and know that 
           I am God.

              Psalm 46.10

(Right now,
even in this stressful situation,
this impossible season,
and among these imperfect people,
      me the foremost among them,
wait, be still and listen.
God is still God,
    and I am not).


Friday, September 1, 2017

I know
that You can do all things,
and that no purpose of Yours
              can be thwarted.

                   Job 42. 2

(God reveals His faithfulness 
through our experience,
that we may KNOW Him
      and not just believe.
There is not just
     "a reason for this,"
but God's divine purposes 
    and intricate designs.
"Random" is 
  never in God's vocabulary.
Only His 
     profound appointments).

Thursday, August 31, 2017

...we make it our aim
         to please Him.

          2 Corinthians 5. 9

(In whatever I say,
             do and think,
wherever He places me
                  today,
and among whomever.
Even here.
Even in this.
Even among them.
How can I see this
   not as a struggle,
but an opportunity 
          to please Him
 and practice grace?)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

For what we preach is not ourselves,
        but Jesus Christ our Lord...

                        2 Corinthians 4. 5

(Who do others see today
     in all I do,
     in how I respond,
     in who I am?
"Excuse me,
  but your relationship with Jesus 
                    is showing."
May His power, love and grace
     brim over in whatever you do,
     wherever He places you today).


                  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

...but our sufficiency
               is from God.

     2 Corinthians 3. 5

(God makes it enough.
More than we can know.
Don't even try 
to do this day
         without Him).

Monday, August 28, 2017

But we have
  the mind of Christ.
      
       2 Corinthians 2. 16

(Not just aware of God,
but having the mind of Christ 
                    in this.
Even in this.
And that always
       looks very different.
His vision over mine,
His thoughts over mine,
His heart over mine).

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

            Job 28.14

(God's divine appointments,
even that which 
    I cannot understand,
nor yet see from where I am).

Saturday, August 26, 2017

But that was
to make us rely
not on ourselves.  
         but on God
who raises the dead.

         2 Corinthians 1. 9

(Not a struggle,
but a time of strengthening.
Nothing random at all).

Friday, August 25, 2017

Let all that you do
    be done in love.

       1 Corinthians 16. 14

(The original Greek word 
   for "all"
means exactly that.
No matter what.
Bring the love of Jesus 
               to it).

Thursday, August 24, 2017

And now, O LORD,
    for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
 
            Psalm 39. 7

(Seeking not a way,
     nor an answer,
nor a door to suddenly
                to open,
but seeking God Himself).

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

But for You, O LORD,
           do I wait;
it is You, O Lord my God, 
who will answer.

              Psalm 38. 15

(Don't run ahead of God,
don't lag behind His purposes.
We are not waiting
        for a door to open,
but walking with Him
     in the passageway.
God brings His answers
in unexpected ways
     and His perfect timing).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As for me,
I would seek God,
and to God
would I commit my cause,
Who does great things
and unsearchable,
marvelous things
       without number...

              Job 5. 8-9

(More than we can know.
Commit my self,
not just my situation
to God Himself.
Seeking God,
not just an answer).

Monday, August 21, 2017

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is Your name
          in all the earth!
You have set Your glory
      above the heavens.
...When I look at Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which You have set in place,
what is man
that You are mindful of him,
and the son of man
    that You care for him?

                 Psalm 8. 1, 3-4

(The eclipse has
His fingerprints all over it.
And we've seen
          nothing yet!)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

(Fulfillment of God's promises to us
are not restricted to 
     our limited way of thinking.
Trust,
take delight,
commit,
and watch what God does.
He is taking you
            on the ride of your life.
The change starts
     when the submitting 
                     to God begins).


      

Saturday, August 19, 2017

He who pursues
    righteousness and kindness 
will find life and honor.

               Proverbs 21. 21

(That which is right
                in God's eyes,
that which is kind
    are intentional choices.
A pursuit is never
             a casual stroll.
Am I being faithful to God
         in this?
An opportunity to
             practice grace
is rarely convenient,
    costs you 
                      something,
and is always profound).

Friday, August 18, 2017

Do this
   in remembrance of Me.

           1 Corinthians 11. 24

(Not just for communion,
        but in everything I do.
Even this.
Sometimes 
       the only way I can do it,
       even think of doing it
    -- a grace, a mercy, a kindness,
        a costly sacrifice 
                 in the face of adversity--
is in remembering Christ.
I am not doing something for Him,
but by Him,
       through Him,
       and because of Him).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Say to my soul,
   "I am your deliverance."

              Psalm 35. 3

(The LORD will not only
show me the way through,
      He IS my deliverance.
Not just to follow through the trouble,
not just to see beyond this mess,
        but abide in Him.
Jesus meets each one of us
   at the point of 
               our deepest need.
As the song "There is a Hope" states,
     "And in the pit,
      I see my Savior there."
What you are struggling with
       is not random,
but that which God redeems.
Even this.
The light of Jesus
is not just at the end of the tunnel,
     but right where you are).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seek peace,
    and pursue it.

                Psalm 34. 14

(It doesn't just happen).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Forty years
You sustained them
    in the wilderness,
and they lacked nothing;
their clothes 
     did not wear out 
and their feet
     did not swell. 

        Nehemiah 9. 21

(It's not a wilderness 
                  to God,
but a place of
   His great faithfulness,
in ways we do not even know,
   quiet miracles
      we do not recognize.
His fingerprints 
  are all over your life).
  
Forty years
You sustained them
    in the wilderness,
and they lacked nothing;
their clothes 
     did not wear out 
and their feet
     did not swell. 

        Nehemiah 9. 21

(It's not a wilderness 
                  to God,
but a place of
   His great faithfulness,
in ways we do not even know,
   quiet miracles
      we do not recognize.
His fingerprints 
  are all over your life).
  

Monday, August 14, 2017

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

             Nehemiah 9. 11

(God leads in
     unexpected ways,
through unlikely places,
and on dry land in
 impossible situations).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

...for they perceived 
that this work 
had been accomplished 
   with the help of our God.

                  Nehemiah 6. 16

(Live in such a way
         that He is seen,
not just in the extraordinary 
or in the seemingly impossible,
   but also in faithfulness 
    even in what would appear
             as ordinary.
God always somehow some way
bears fruit
       in what is selfless.
God is at work
               in you
and through you
     to bring Him glory
in incredible corners of this world).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

So we built the wall,
and the wall was joined together
              to half its height.
For the people had 
         a mind to work.

                 Nehemiah 4. 6

(What has God set before me?
That which is proximate 
     enlarges and deepens my vision,
not what is way off in a distance.
Willingness in the ordinary,
faithful to Him right where I am,
                even in this,
is how God builds His kingdom.
There is nothing mundane
in God's economy,
nothing He cannot use
       in extraordinary ways).
                  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Now I was 
cupbearer to the king.

          Nehemiah 2. 1

(Where has God 
strategically placed you today
for His purposes 
    and for His glory?
Being faithful to Him.)