Posts Tagged ‘ God’s love ’

June 18, 2017

June 18, 2017

PSALM 26-31

Focus Verse: But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
Psalm 31:14-16

 

Do you trust in the Lord? I know that all of us will say yes, but do you really trust in the Lord? How do you answer that question when things aren’t going so well? When your being attacked on all fronts? Do you still trust in the Lord?

 

David’s answer is ‘yes’. And I love that he follows it up with “My times are in your hands”. What a statement of trust. My times are in Your hands God, the good times, the bad times, the times it’s a breeze and the times I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it through. ALL of my times are in Your hands.

 

And how can David have that kind of trust? Because he has experienced God’s unfailing love. He has felt the face of God shine upon him. He has a relationship with his God. So whether he is delivered from his enemies or not, his trust in God won’t fail. David’s earthly victory has nothing to do with his Father’s love for him.

 

You earthly success or failures have nothing to do with how much God loves you. I can’t tell you why you are going through the trials you’re facing, but I can tell you that if you keep your trust in God, He promises to make these trials work out for your good, whether that’s on this side of eternity or the other.

 

You can trust in His love. It will never fail.

June 17, 2017

June 17, 2017

PSALM 21-25

Focus Verse: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
Psalm 22:1
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Psalm 22:7-8
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
Psalm 22:14-18

 

Little Bible trivia for you: Psalm 22 is the most quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament. It probably won’t get you any further in life, but you’ll know now if the question ever comes up on Jeopardy or in some Christian version of Trivial Pursuit.

 

But it makes sense, doesn’t it? I’m sure I’ll address this again when we hit Isaiah 53, but how can you miss the significance of this chapter in the Bible. King David wrote this about 1,000 years before Jesus Christ was born! Are you picking up what I’m throwin’ down?

 

If you were to read this chapter to someone who had little to no knowledge of the Bible, I guarantee that they would identify this passage as describing Jesus, NOT David. That’s how prophetic it is!

 

One thousand years before Jesus Christ was born, God was already working in the hearts of His followers how His only Son would die. The plan had already been made, even down to the last words that Jesus would cry out on the cross.

 

God’s plan to win your heart back to Him has been in effect since the moment Adam and Eve fell in the garden. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”, Paul tells us in Romans 5:8.

 

You are the apple of God’s eye. Do you believe it yet?

June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

PSALM 17-20

Focus Verse: Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
Psalm 17:7-8

 

I promise, I’m not getting lazy here. This is just too good for me to ruin with my words. Sometimes, the best thing we can do as followers of Christ is let His Word speak for itself, so here it is:

 

You are the apple of God’s eye. He loves you so much more than you can ever imagine. There is no love on this earth that can even compare to His love for you.

 

Say it out loud. You need to hear it. Say it until you believe it. If you’re in the middle of a public place, you better believe it before someone hears you.

 

“I am the apple of God’s eye. He loves me so much more than I could ever imagine. There is no love on this earth that can even compare to the love He has for me.”

June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

JOB 32-34

Focus Verse: I gave you my full attention.
But not one of you has proved Job wrong;
none of you has answered his arguments.
Job 32:12

 

Why are you arguing?

 

Are you arguing to win or are you arguing to be right? Because I would argue that as long as you are arguing to prove the other person wrong, you’re losing the argument.

 

We love to throw Ephesians 4:15 around and speak the truth to people, but I’m afraid it is very rarely done in love. I absolutely do not believe in lying to people to make them feel good. I will never tell someone an untruth or a half truth just to make them feel good. But my goal when talking to people about issues involving my walk with Jesus is to win them to Jesus, not to prove myself right.

 

I think this can stem from what I wrote about yesterday. We don’t see everyone as equals. We see the world in good guys vs. bad guys. We who have Christ are the good guys and those who don’t are the bad guys. And that simply is not true. I love the story of Joshua in Joshua 5, when he meets the Captain of the Lord’s armies and asks him, “Are you for us or against us? Are you a good guy or a bad guy?” And the angel answers: “NO!”

 

God’s not here to win arguments for you. He’s not here to win anything for you. So you go ahead and pray those imprecatory psalms against your enemy, but I’m warning you, as long as your victory over your enemy is more important than winning your enemy to Christ, your priorities are off.

 

Our goal is never to prove someone wrong. Our goal is to prove to them how much God loves them. Let’s strive for that with everything we have.

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017

1 CHRONICLES 28-29; 2 CHRONICLES 1

Focus Verse: “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours. Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.”
1 Chronicles 29:14-19

 

What a fantastic prayer! First of all, notice how David approaches the Lord: humbly! That’s where it all starts. And reading further, this isn’t just a false humility. David acknowledges that it is God who tries the heart of man and delights in uprightness. He knows that God sees right through all of that fake junk and sees straight to our actual motive. Do you serve the poor so that you can feel better about yourself? Do you go to church so you can be considered “above that other group of people”? If so, God sees right though it. But the good news is, He can also change that! He wants to change that! But you have to come to him humbly.

 

The second thing we notice in David’s prayer is how generous David is. He acknowledges that everything is God’s, so what right does he have to hold back anything? We MUST put ourselves in the same position. Everything is God’s. We owe Him everything; our very lives! If you have never made that promise to God, I suggest you do it now. Tell Him that everything you have is His and He has the right to ask you for it all at any point. Go ahead and separate yourself from it now…it’ll make it a whole lot easier when He eventually asks for it back.

 

And finally, David asks that the people, most of all his own son, would have their hearts directed toward Him. That they would have a perfect heart to keep God’s Law and to do His will perfectly. I pray this every night for my son and daughter, that God would capture their hearts, and very recently I’ve started praying it for myself.

 

Every sin is cured if we love God enough. The only way we can love Him enough though is if He captures our heart through an experience with Him. When’s the last time you’ve asked God to capture your heart?