Tuesday

Whose Heart Desires?

Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the Lord
I saw "Ps.37:4" on a Jaguar license plate.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

It’s nice that the Jaguar owner acknowledged all things in life are blessings from God, but owning a sports car isn't the point of this verse. Instead, it's about changed desires...

Two decades ago when my husband was in the Army, we received orders for an undesirable assignment in an undesirable location. We were disappointed, but as we talked and prayed about it, we began to see God’s hand in it. And we actually got excited! God had replaced our heart desires with His heart desires.

And that’s the promise in this verse—first we delight ourselves in the Lord, in His plans, His thoughts, and His purposes. Then we receive the desires of our heart...because our desires have become His desires.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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Monday

5 Ways God Speaks

God speaks through Creation - His Word - Believers- Circumstances - His Spirit
God speaks to us every day!

1. He speaks in creation:
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made..." Romans 1:20


2. God speaks through His God-breathed Word which is "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness"
(2 Timothy 3:16-17).


3. He speaks to us through His Holy Spirit, helping us apply Scripture to each situation in our lives (John 14:26).

4. God speaks through other Believers who help us live in ways that please God (Titus 2).

5. He speaks through circumstances, opening and closing doors and sometimes using supernatural means (Acts 16:6-10). 

But whenever God speaks, He never, never, never disagrees with Scripture, nor does He lead us down selfish, deceptive, or godless paths. 

Is it God's voice you're hearing today?


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Friday

It's Friday

Earthly suffering, Earthly life is temporary
"It's Friday, but Sunday's coming."

This phrase, often spoken at Easter time, reminds us that Christ's horrible crucifixion resulted in His resurrection and ours.* 

But it's also pertinent to our entire earthly life.

Everyone's life is marked to some degree by death - sickness, sadness, pain, suffering, and brokenness. 

Adam and Eve invited death into God's creation when they chose sin and unbelief, and so have all of us. We're damaged by death, living in a world damaged by death (Genesis 3).

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." Romans 8:22-24

It's Friday here on earth.

But Sunday's coming:
"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
* if we love Him (John 3:16)

Thursday

Self-Image

Realistic view of ourselves, no comparisons, false views of others, excusing sin
I am who God says I am, and you are who God says you are.

Paul said, "I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me." 1 Corinthians 4:3-4

It's easy to have the wrong view of ourselves due to: 

1. Self-deception (Jeremiah 17:9-10; 2 Corinthians 10:18).

2. The false perspective of others (1 Samuel 16:7).

3. Comparisons (2 Corinthians 10:12).

4. Excuses for sin (1 John 1:9-10).

But when we humble ourselves, letting the Lord judge, correct, and commend us (1 Peter 5:6), we gain a realistic view of who we are.

"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3
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