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Devotion: Almost Slipped?

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As always with these devotions, ask Father, simply, to speak to you in these verses personally.  Trust that He wants to connect with you and help you.  Don’t get sidetracked by academic possibilities.  Instead let Him draw you near.  Seek Him not facts about Him.

Psalm 73 or see the Message version

v1-6 ‘On one hand, I can see that God is good to His children’

But on the other hand, look at all the injustice!  Look at those who are thriving and oblivious to Him!

The psalmist is honest and brave enough to admit (confess) his envy (sin).  You can be brave enough to speak out your weakness, your struggle, your selfishness, immaturity.  Your Sin.

Basically, he’s saying:

It’s not fair”.  Proud, violent people with no worries while your humble servant is plagued (with sickness, with the worries of life).

Actually, the wicked aren’t living worry free lives, they aren’t immune to human ills.  But it feels that way when we see so many things going right for them and our own problems are shouting louder than any blessings we can’t see in this season of life.  This psalm is willing to go down the road of honesty of feelings and experience, not cut it short because it’s “not what I should be feeling”.

v10-14God’s people question Him, his abilities, His power.  We question our own dedication to Him and our Faith in light of our trials and pain

v16-17Trying to figure it out I was overwhelmed, depressed.  Fortunately I came into your presence and it all made sense.  

An eternal perspective came from making a decision to seek God, to give Him time to feed and fill us.

Whether they really have it so good is now seen in the previous verse and in v19-20.  A repentant  heart speaks of humility and a change of mind:

v21-25I was stupid and wrong, still You are always with me and helping me, bringing me on, until You bring me–literally–to You on that glorious day.  Who else matters, what else matters?

We too can be this honest.  We can admit to having yucky attitudes and a shameful heart toward others and God.  Since He’s always with us anyway, and knows everything… Why not let the poorly kept secret out and give it to Him?  That’s what our Father wants from us and we can trust Him with our secrets and fears as well as our dreams and hopes.  This is the difference between knowing of God and knowing God–talking to Him and relating to Him rather than just thinking about ourselves and being aware of Him.  Go on, take a step and open your mouth and say something to Him.

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Devotion: Discipline from Father

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Going through the mill?  Being stretched or pushed?  What can be done?  Besides changing your circumstances (maybe you can, maybe you can’t), turn to the Lord and ask Him if there’s anything He’s trying to teach you through this.

This learning is for our attitude and our heart, which Father is much more interested in that our mere situation:

 

Hebrews 12:7-11 (NIV)

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Father, what are you saying to me from these verses about my circumstances?

 

Proverbs 15:5 NIV

A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

Job 5:17-18 NIV

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
He injures, but his hands also heal.

 

Revelation 3:19-20 NIV

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

AgainFather, what are you saying to me from these verses about my circumstances?

Facing challenges isn’t easy, might be unpleasant, but the results (fruit) are freedom and strength and peace.   We are not alone.  He is with us and He loves us.  He wants the best for you.

David For Real with God

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Psalm 22

v 1 a “Why”? (questioning God is okay)

v1b ‘Why are you so far…’ David is expressing his feelings, didn’t wait until he was correct before coming to God.  God is near, but He’s allowed this to be included in the Bible.  Maybe as an example that God is more interested in us coming to Him as we are than being right.

v3-5 Talking himself ’round to praising God and focusing on Him and His goodness, retelling the family stories of how God has helped in the past.

v6 back to His despair and his depressed feelings about the situation and himself.

v9-10 seeing the problems

v11 asking for help from God

v12-18 situation ain’t good

v19-21 Lord please help

v22 pronouncing quality decision to praise God

v23 leading others to praise

v24-26 why we should praise

v27-312 predicting good things for others, prophecying

Strengthen in The Lord

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David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters.   But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.  1 Samuel 30:6 Amplified Bible

Life can throw us curve balls and seeming set backs that try and take us off course, however I want to encourage us to fight discouragement because God wants to move in your situation like David.

David went to God.

If you think your situation at work or in life is different and the bible is for ‘church-ey’ stuff, think again, this was not in a religious setting, this was in a political arena.  David encouraged himself in God.

Isaiah 27:3-5 says to ‘layhold of the strength of the Lord’.  David did this by encouraging himself in who God is in His name, recollecting his power, ability and unfailing commitment in being amazingly good!  Encourage yourself this week in God.

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Jesus’ Says to City Life…

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“The LORD is good! There is no end to his faithful love. We can trust him forever and ever!”  Psalm 100:5

Ask Him to show you this truth more and more.

Thank Him for this awesome blessing!

 

 

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