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THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Yesterday, I posted this verse, discussing the line of not depending on my own understanding.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
~Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ (NLT)

This morning, this verse spoke to my heart.

“This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” ~‭Isaiah‬ ‭48‬:‭17‬ (NLT)

I’m starting to sense a theme here…

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

whats_the_next_stopI’m reading a devotional about doubt. One of the verses that popped up is very familiar to me.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
~Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ (NLT)

I don’t think I have read this in the context of doubt. The line that sticks out most to me today is “do not depend on your own understanding.” Sometimes, life circumstances lead us to question God’s intention to fulfill His promises. We need to remember the big picture that only God sees, and rely on scripture to help us manage our doubts. In time, we will be shown the reasons why we go through these life circumstances that sometimes hurt a great deal.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
The LORD himself watches over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.”
~Psalms‬ ‭121‬:‭3-5‬ (NLT)

If you find yourself walking along the precipice of fear, turn toward your God who stands beside you and protects you.

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“O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.”
~‭Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ (NLT)

I love this Psalm. There are days that my whole body aches to leave this dry and weary land, and just sit at God’s feet and praise Him in Heaven. Don’t worry, I’m not planning to rush this, but some days, all I want is to go Home.

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“I love the LORD because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!” ~Psalms‬ ‭116‬:‭1-2‬ (NLT)

This has been one of my favorite Psalms since I was a new believer at age 19. I loved picturing our God in Heaven, so big, so majestic, bending down, listening to little, insignificant me.

Even if you don’t think anyone hears.
Even if you don’t think anyone is out there.
God bends down to hear your prayers.

SPIRITUAL INTIMACY by kathy

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Raleigh feels Mako’s girlhood fears as her parents died.

I recently saw the movie Pacific Rim on Netflix, that I found to be compelling. It originally came out a year ago, and is just now beginning to gain popularity.

In the movie, the planet Earth is being attacked by very large evolving alien monsters called Kaiju (think Godzilla). To fight these Kaiju, a branch of the military developed “Jaegers,” large robots piloted by two people whose minds must be linked to operate it effectively. One person could not operate it to defeat the Kaiju. Both people needed to be linked and focused on the task.

This process of linking minds is called “drifting.” To be able to drift, two people must be “drift compatible,” or able to trust one another enough to bond at that level of intimacy. When drifted with his partner, a pilot has access to her memories, feelings, everything. Most of the pilot pairs were family.

I found myself thinking about this bond. I thought about how we are often ill-equipped to fight the worldly temptations and battle the things unseen when we are not bonded with the Holy Spirit. We have to rely on Him who is within us to be effective. The more we trust the Holy Spirit, the more effective we become at overcoming what comes our way. He is the One who knows our thoughts, our memories, our feelings, … everything. He understands what we struggle with, and He helps bear our pain.

Alone, we are not effective.
Bonded with the Holy Spirit, there is nothing we cannot defeat.

“What is impossible for people is possible with God.” ~Luke 18:27 (NLT)

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” ~‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭9-10‬ (NLT)

Sometimes when I read this, my heart is filled with fear knowing that God has access to my inner motives, and plans to issue out exactly what I deserve. However, I am reassured. God sees our wicked hearts, and yet he gave us His own son, so that we may not have to remain in our wickedness.

Confess your secret sins to God. He knows about them anyway.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.” ~1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ (NLT)

There is no way to repay this sacrifice made on our behalf. How should we respond?

LOVE by kevin horath

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One thing I have noticed about our dogs is that they seem to love unconditionally. I can be gone 5 minutes or 5 weeks. Either way, when I return, they are happy to see me. Even though we have been separated, they still love me and do not forget about me. When they see me, they will jump on me, wag their tail, and sometimes will even bark. Believe me, I don’t get that kind of response from people – which, as I think about it, might be a good thing. Dozsar even likes to get up in my face and nibble my nose. I do not understand it, but it is his way of showing his affection.

I recently studied the first and second chapters of 1 Thessalonians. In all of Paul’s writings, his love for the church is evident. Consider what Paul said:

But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:17

Even though Paul could not physically be with them, he held them close in his heart. And, he fervently worked and made plans to see them just as soon as it was practical and possible. His love was not mere sentiment or often repeated words. No, his love was manifested by his oft-repeated deeds.

Love is action. It is shown. It endures. Even when separated by time and space, love endures. Paul demonstrated it. My dogs understand it. When will I learn?

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I found this little nugget this morning.

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” ~1 Peter‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ (NLT)

How precious it feels to be chosen to be God’s people, called by Him out of the darkness and into the light. I feel a sense of responsibility to live for God, and stay out of the dark places of sin.