July 24, 2016

Satisfaction


Psalm 23:1-3
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

What satisfies? What brings genuine and fulfilling contentment? I would have to say it begins with my relationship with the Lord, and the benefits of that relationship are:

Knowing I am His
Knowing I am loved
Knowing joy
Knowing peace

Why is it that we are privileged with these benefits in our walk with the Lord? The best answer I have is that this is who God is!

He is the lover of our soul.
Jeremiah 31:3 Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

He is our joy.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

He is our peace.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

LOVE   JOY   PEACE

Now, if those sound familiar, they are. Love, joy, and peace are the first three in the fruit of the Spirit list in Galatians 5:22. We should be reaping these in great abundance in our lives, and they will bring us a wonderful and satisfying contentment, that we can only know because of Him.

Today, I want to be grateful. I want to thank Him for His goodness to me and for the satisfaction I have in the Lord who is my Shepherd.

Psalm 107:8-9
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.

July 21, 2016

A Moment Each Day



There’s a moment each day
When a heart must
Slow down
Take a breath
Deeply sigh
Take a breath


Find perspective
Think the thoughts
Of lovely things
Look around
Know the wonder
See the beauty in each day


Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.



July 17, 2016

Nehemiah's Strength


The story of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem after the Israelite kingdoms had fallen and were taken into captivity is full of valuable lessons that have taught me a lot about prayer and persistence and believing God will provide and take care of us. 

One of my favorite verses emerges from this story.  Nehemiah 8:10b For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

I think for Nehemiah, he lived this verse and it is why he accomplished all that he did.

While in captivity and in the king’s court as a cupbearer, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he diligently prayed for months and sought God concerning what to do about the report of the broken walls and gates in Jerusalem, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he risked his very life and courageously asked King Artaxerxes if he could go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he asked King Artaxerxes for all the supplies and everything he would need to do the job, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When he surveyed the damage to the walls and devised a plan, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When Nehemiah and his group of workers were ridiculed for their efforts and threatened with trouble, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When Nehemiah armed the workers with swords in one hand while rebuilding, the joy of the Lord was his strength.

When the work was finished and everyone in the city gathered to worship the Lord and be thankful for the job that was accomplished in rebuilding the walls, Nehemiah admonished the entire congregation with the words of Nehemiah 8:10.

Is God the source of your joy? Is He the source of your strength? I think we would be wise to declare as Nehemiah did that the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Nehemiah 8:10
For the joy of the Lord is your strength.

July 14, 2016

There Is A Reason



You could literally spend hours reading one blog post after another, one devotion or article after another, all by people who love the Lord and have something they want to impart. And that is a good thing. 

We each have a different style and different approach and that is because God made all of us unique.

I want to write words that jump into your heart and are real.

I want you to know that I mean them. I am not just saying them. 

There is a reason that I write what I write and say what I say. 

I am in this too.

We are in this together.

This day to day battle for our hearts and minds in an ever increasingly evil world that needs the light of Jesus. (I don’t enjoy writing these words but look around. Our world is getting darker, not lighter.) 

We need to help each other be strong in our faith because we are the message carriers of the reason for our faith and that is Jesus.

I don’t write about having a close relationship with God just because I want you to spend x amount of time praying or reading your Bible or having a sweet time of fellowship with the Lord. (Yes, all of these are vital to the health of our spiritual growth.) 

I write about having a close relationship with God because that is what strengthens and prepares us and helps us endure the trials and battles we face.   

The simple reason I write is because I want us to walk close with the Lord who is the source of our strength, on our good days and in our difficult times. When He is the source of our strength we will stand strong in our faith. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.