November 20, 2017 Ezekiel 38,39; Psalm 145; Mark 10:35-52

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Your Wonderful, Splendorous Majesty | Kim Chipman

S~ One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:4-5 (NIV)

O/A~ These are things I need to consciously do. Tell the next generation – my children – what You have done for me. I need to speak it. Not just remember it myself, but speak it to them. I also need to meditate on Your wonderful works. My mind wanders so easily. I need to choose my thoughts wisely, continually.

P~ Lord help me to do this today. Help me to speak about all You’ve done for me and keep my thoughts fixed on You. I love You.

I want to be lifted up! | Deanna George

S~ The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14 (NIV)

O~ My visual for this: Jesus is standing beside and holding up anyone that has fallen. He is walking with him, supporting him, and making it possible to take the next step. Jesus takes this support to the next level for those that bow down to him (that actively seek him, love him, and follow him). He lifts them up. He raises them to thrive while needing support, encouragement, and guidance. He is the source of strength, joy, and peace even when our circumstances say we shouldn’t have any. He makes it so we can still have peace and joy during the hard times.

A~ Am I actively keeping my relationship with God a priority? Am I bowing down to him? Am I acknowledging that he is greater than my human brain can fathom, thanking him for his wonderful and awesome works, and singing of his righteousness, love, and compassion? Am I trusting him with my life ~ even the mundane, everyday parts of my life? Or am I I just using him as a lifeline? Do I want to be supported or lifted up? Boy do I ever want to be lifted up. That feeling of peace during hard times is so precious that my heart bubbles just thinking back to when I experienced peace during a really tough time. It shouldn’t have been there, but God was there doing his miraculous thing. It is so worth the time to honor and praise God and to develop that relationship that is so powerful in dealing with this earthly life.

P~ Lord Jesus, thank you for lifting me up so many different times in my life. I appreciate that you hear what I have to say. I appreciate you being there, even when I get mad because my prayer request is not being answered the way I want it answered or it is not happening as quickly as I would like. You still hold me when I’m mad at you. You give me peace. When I doubt, please remind me of the peace you have provided me. Please continue to give me hope and joy even when I don’t feel it. Please remind me to get on my knees when I let a few days go by. I want to be lifted up by you when I feel like I can’t do it on my own.

Why Am I Asking? | Kelly Deases

S~ “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in glory.” Mark 10: 37 (NIV)

“Rabbbi, I want to see.”  Mark 10:51b (NIV)

O~ I had never noticed these two accounts were right next to each other in Mark’s gospel. The contrast is striking. Jesus’ closest friends, who had been with Him and learning from Him, concoct a selfish agenda, wondering if they might receive some glory and payoff for their devotion to Christ. (In one sense, you can hardly blame them; to be associated with this “rebel” in their day would cost them dearly.) But then we see a blind beggar, who had only heard rumors of this miracle-working Messiah, who believes so purely Christ can make him whole that he cries out shamelessly. It is no surprise Jesus grants the one request and not the other.

A~ I need to examine my motives when I come to Him with my requests. Or, more precisely, I should have the posture of “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23  The Lord can help reveal to me, as He so patiently explained to the twelve, where my heart might be wrong. And this is far more beneficial for my spiritual maturity than getting or not getting the thing for which I prayed.

P~ Father, I want to see. Help me to have a clear vision for what You want from me.

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