November 26 “What do you crave?”

What do you crave? Is it the pure milk of the Word?

What do you crave? Is it the pure milk of the Word?

If you were to honestly answer that question, what would you say? Is it Christ and His Word or … something else?

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 43 & 44
Psalm 134.1-3
Proverbs 29.7
1 Peter 2.1-25

 

Ezekiel 43 & 44:

Our sin & His mercy

Chapter 4.1-5, Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. 2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. 3 It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. 4 And the glory of the LORD came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. 5 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Matthew Henry had this to say about this chapter, “After Ezekiel had surveyed the temple of God, he had a vision of the glory of God and it caused him to fall on his face. When Christ crucified, and the things freely given to us by God, through Him, are shown to us by the Holy Ghost, they make us ashamed for our sins. This frame of mind prepares us for fuller discoveries of the mysteries of redeeming love …”

Genuine conversion causes us to see our sin for what it really is—an offense against a Holy God. Only then can we fully understand the love and grace and mercy of God. When we see ourselves in comparison to Him and His holiness and seek to please Him through His empowering grace, He will take us yet deeper into His truths. Continue reading

September 5 “Me… keep silent?!”

time“Let your women keep silent in the churches … they are to be submissive …” Are you kidding? Me … keep silent? This is not first century Jerusalem! Is that really in the Bible?

 

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 1 & 2
Psalm 105.1-6
Proverbs 24.23-25
1 Corinthians 14.21-40

images[4]Isaiah 1 & 2:

Empty ritualistic religion verses salvation by grace and relationship

The book of Isaiah is the first of the “Major Prophets,” so called because of their size, not necessarily their importance, since “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable …” (2 Tim. 3.16). He prophesied during the time when Israel was divided into the Northern and Southern kingdoms. He condemned the empty, ritualistic religious practices and the spiritual idolatry of the people and warned of God’s coming judgment. Come to think of it, he could just as easily be preaching today! Continue reading

September 4 “Red hot love”

Fire flamesRed hot love? Does God really approve of a red-hot sexual relationship within the context of marriage? Judge for yourself!

Today’s Readings:
Song of Solomon 7 & 8
Psalm 104.31-35
Proverbs 24.21-22
1 Corinthians 14.1-20

Song of Solomon 7 & 8:

Red hot love

I’d like to share some of these verses from The Message to help us get a clearer picture of the imagery here. Chapter 7.1-9 contain Solomon’s description of his bride:

1-9 Shapely and graceful your sandaled feet,
and queenly your movement—
Your limbs are lithe and elegant,
the work of a master artist.
Your body is a chalice,
wine-filled.
Your skin is silken and tawny
like a field of wheat touched by the breeze.
Your breasts are like fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
Your neck is carved ivory, curved and slender.
Your eyes are wells of light, deep with mystery.
Quintessentially feminine!
Your profile turns all heads,
commanding attention.
The feelings I get when I see the high mountain ranges
—stirrings of desire, longings for the heights—
Remind me of you,
and I’m spoiled for anyone else! Continue reading

August 14 “God, authority & speeding tickets”

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God is a God of order and He works through authority. We can’t say we’re fully submitted to God if we aren’t submitted to the authority He has placed in our lives.

Today’s Readings:
Job 19 & 20
Psalm 95.6-11
Proverbs 23.4-5
Romans 13.1-14

Job 19 & 20:

My Redeemer lives

In spite of all his miseries Job could still say, “For I know that my Redeemer lives …” That should put most of us to shame! He went on to say, “… I shall see God.” So no matter what, he was sure of his eternal destiny.

listening, earst 14 “God, authority & speeding tickets”" >Psalm 95.6-11:

We will hear His voice

What a strong encouragement to us that as we “worship and bow down” and recognize that “He is our God,” that if He is truly the God who sits on the throne of our hearts, we “will hear His voice” and do what He asks us to do! Continue reading

April 3 “Submission = great faith”

What does your respect for authority, or lack of it, say about your faith? Do you have great faith or a heart that trusts in what seems right to you?

great faith

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 29 & 30
Psalm 40.1-5
Proverbs 13.9-10
Luke 7.1-30

Deuteronomy 29 & 30:

When we fail to seek understanding

In chapter 29.2-9 Moses was recounting what God did for them those 40 years in the desert. He says, “You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land—the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.”

In his Daily Bible, John MacArthur says, “The Lord had not given them an understanding heart, simply because the people had not penitently sought it.”

seeking wisdom

Photo courtesy of Marilee Reidland

What have you not “seen” because you have not sought understanding? God desires to show us more and more, to take us deeper and deeper into His truth, for us to know Him better and better, but we must want it and we must seek it and we must ask Him for it.

In Matthew 7.7-8 Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Continue reading