Daily Archives: July 5, 2018
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Your Voice | Kim Chipman
S~ The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 1 Kings 13:18 (NIV)
O~ This “man of God” knew exactly what the Lord had asked him to do: ” You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.” He knew that’s what God asked of him, but he listened to someone else who said they heard from God to do something else.
A~ I could learn from this guy. He ended up dead because he didn’t do what God told him to do. There are times I can talk myself right out of doing what You asked me to do right inside my own head. I don’t even need some old prophet as a mediator.
It’s important for me to remember that there are consequences for disobedience. I might not get killed by a lion, but there WILL be consequences If I hear a voice – inside or outside my own head – telling me to do something opposite of what you already told me, I shouldn’t follow it without praying on it. There’s no way You would give conflicting messages. I need to be devoted to obedience.
P~ Thank You for this example today. I love You!
More and More | Kelley Deases
S~ As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NIV)
O~ I love how Paul encourages the people by essentially saying, “Keep doing what you are already doing. And more!”
A~ So I think if Paul were talking to me, he would say he is pleased to see me reading God’s Word and journaling what He is speaking to me, but would encourage me to be more consistent to sit with Him every morning. I think he would say he is pleased to see the fellowship we enjoy on Friday mornings in my home, but would encourage me to be in prayer every day for these ladies and do more to meet practical needs as they are expressed. He would tell me he is pleased I chose to marry a godly man more than 12 years ago and that we have both been intentional to nurture, protect and improve our relationship over those many years, but he would see there is more I could do to serve, honor and respect him as the gift he is to me. Paul might applaud me for helping to raise a son who loves God, loves the Church, and married someone with whom he is equally yoked, but he would remind me my work is not done as my 10-year-old still requires a lot of “training up in the way he should go.”
My husband and I came to the realization the other day during a great conversation that a true disciple of Christ should never be bored. There is always more loving and serving to do.
P~ Father, Thank You for this fresh burst of inspiration today, encouragement that You are pleased with the life I am leading, but still urging me to live it out more and more. To Your glory!
A Faithful Servant | Joni Tyner
S~ In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 1 Corinthians 12:22 (NLT) (off plan, but God led me here)
O~ Paul is teaching that the church is ONE BODY, that the most valuable gifts are often the ones that go unnoticed and are invisible to others.
A~ A few weeks back, I got to see this scripture being lived out first hand while I was at work. I was taking care of a single mom with no family (that I’m aware of), that was from out of town, spoke English as her second language, and had several physical disabilities that made simple, everyday tasks extremely challenging. Her surgery left her in desperate need of follow up care that was complicated and frustrating. I could see she was in an extremely difficult situation and wasn’t sure how we could help her with the level of assistance she would need.
This young lady apparently visited a church ministry that was giving out donated clothing. The pastor of this church (not her home church) became aware of her medical needs and the complicated issues of her medical care. He stepped up and helped her with getting appointments, rides, medical supplies and other issues. He drove 140 plus miles into Omaha and sat all day while she was in surgery. He made sure the hospital was meeting her needs and was pivotal in arranging her appropriate home care.
This humble servant saw a concerning need and put his faith into action. I doubt anyone knew that he had sacrificed his Friday to help this widowed refugee, when I said something to him, he simply told me that he was just a guy that was available at the right time to be of help.
P~ Dear Lord, I pray for every person tonight that follows and serves You in such a humble, quiet, “behind the scenes” way. Give each person fresh passion for their work, renew their strength, protect them and their families from the Enemy’s attacks. Thank you for their steady faithfulness that so often is unnoticed. I also pray for myself, please infuse me with discernment about which assignments are for me and that I ACT in a way that gives You glory. Amen.
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