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Verse of the Day

Turn from evil & do good; seek peace & pursue it.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, & his ears are attentive to their cry. ~ Psalm 34:14-15

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Have you tried to describe God to someone who doesn’t know Him?  That’s kinda like our characters in today’s devotion.
Prince Caspian is almost disgusted by the thought of going into the Black Woods because that’s where all the ghosts are.
His mentor, the doctor, says to him ..

Your Highness speaks as you have been taught .. but it’s all lies.  There are no ghosts.  It’s a story invented by the Telmarines, who live in fear of Aslan coming from over the sea.  They don’t want to go near it .. & they don’t want anyone else to go near it.

Remember that when you face ridicule for your faith in Jesus. They don’t know & they’re probably afraid – but don’t let that stop you from going where He calls.

It Started With A Brownie

You just never know how one small thing can make all the difference. Little Annie was locked in a mental institution & the doctors had rendered her hopelessly insane.  They even put her in a dungeon – but one nurse began eating lunch near Annie’s cell & would leave a brownie every day. Over time the clouds lifted from Annie & she was told she could return home – but Annie decided to stay & minister.  Annie’s given name?  Anne Sullivan, who taught Helen Keller.

Quotes

Let not your peace depend on the tongues of men – for whether they judge well or not, you’re not on their account.”  One of the first things a Christian should get used to is abuse.  To do nothing is called lazy & to do something is to get abused for not doing something else.  One thing is certain – your standing before God does not depend on your standing before men.  Voltaire once said “Some people are like insects – they wouldn’t be noticed except they sting.”  And 1 Thessalonians 2 reminds us “We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, The Next Chapter After Last

Each of us needs others to watch out for us, to defend us, protect us, & help us stay on track.  One of the big reasons is because we have an enemy set against us that only wants to hurt, steal, kill, & destroy us.  Why?  Because he wants to hurt God & he can’t – so he comes for us.  Ecclesiastes 4 says “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. & a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

In John 4, Jesus meets a woman at the well.  Even without knowing Him, she knew about him. She was not living for the Lord but she knew Messiah was coming & that he’d explain everything. This woman was the first person that Jesus declared he was Messiah to. It’s almost like the Jesus version of Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  It’s the basic rules – what the Bible calls “the milk” – the stuff you need to know before you grow.  ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

Scriptures 

2 Timothy 1:12

Philippians 2:1-7

Habakkuk 2:1

Romans 10

1 John 5:5

Verse of the Day

“May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your Word.” ~ Psalm 119:74

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

Edmund has just disappeared in the snow.  Peter, Susan, & Lucy want to look for him, but Mr. Beaver explains what they already know …

He has betrayed us all.  

It goes on to say their words died on their lips, because they knew it was true.  Still, we can trust God will do all he can to bring back out loved ones.  In fact, he already has.

Quotes

10,000 enemies can’t stop a Christian, can’t even slow him down, if he meets them with an attitude of complete trust in God.  Those enemies will become to him like the atmosphere that resists an airplane, but because the plane’s designer knew how to take advantage of that resistance, actually ends up lifting the plane & holds it there.  What would have been an enemy is instead a helpful servant.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way

“…the image Jesus used to describe the church’s destiny – that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – is a metaphor of offense, not defense. Christians are storming the gates, & they will prevail. No matter how it looks at any given point in history, the gates guarding the powers of evil will not withstand an assault by grace” ~ Elton Trueblood

Initially we trust in our ignorance, calling it innocence. Then we trust our innocence, calling it purity. Either Jesus is the supreme authority on the human heart, or He isn’t worth paying any attention to. Am I prepared to trust Him, or would I prefer to trust my own “innocent ignorance”? If I will take an honest look at myself, I will be appalled at the possibilities of the evil and the wrong within me. But if I will simply hand myself over to Him, I will never have to experience the terrible possibilities that lie within my heart.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Life’s tough times & tragedies are inevitable.  Nobody should have to wait in the hospital alone.  Nobody should have to wait for news from the battlefield alone.  Or spend their first night alone, after their spouse has walked out.  1 Corinthians 12 says “If one part suffers, every part suffers.”  Only a fool would go into those rough times unprepared.  That’s why we all need each other.“ ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

The prophet Micah has just given the message that Jerusalem will be overturned.  King Hezekiah prays, and God relents .. for a time.  Jeremiah 26 tells us why.

Did not Hezekiah fear the Lord & seek His favor?

We can hope in God.  We can believe he’s going to answer us, but all of that starts with the fear of the Lord, which the Proverbs call the beginning of wisdom. ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

“Worship must always contain both Cross & Crown.  So often we cling solely to images from the New Testament, but the challenge is to broaden our vocabulary & communicate Christ from the whole of Scripture.  Yes our worship is TO Jesus, but worship is also IN Jesus, THRU Jesus, & WITH Jesus, who is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.  So the bottom line is this: Worship is a glorious, heavenly mystery. ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

“Only a small crack .. but cracks make caves collapse.” ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Scriptures 

Ephesians 3

1 Corinthians 15:14

Exodus 36:6

1 Peter 3:8

 

Verse of the Day

Lord, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me.” ~ Psalm 69:6

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

Shasta has just finished a nice dinner with Tumnus & begins to worry where the others are – but soon his thoughts spiral out of control to the point that he starts saying things to himself like ..

If Aravis thinks she’s too good to go about with me, she can jolly well go alone.

Isn’t that the way for us?  We can start with genuine concern for others, but before long we start making excuses – & end worried more about ourselves.

Quotes

I’ve had times in my life & ministry when the burdens & pressures seemed too much.  Sometimes physical weariness adds to our temptation to give in to discouragement & doubt.  More than once, by faith that seemed to be imparted directly from heaven, I have been given freedom & strength to pray – & great burdens have melted away.“ ~ A.W. Tozer

God’s silences are actually His answers. God will give you the very blessings you ask if you refuse to go any further without them, but His silence is the sign that He’s bringing you into an even more wonderful understanding of Himself. & His stillness is contagious.  It gets into you, causing you to become perfectly confident, & his silence will be the first sign of His intimacy.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

God put us here to work, & we need people to work with us.  It’s like a snowflake.  Every one of them is unique, but when they stick together they can stop traffic.  The same is true for us – We can make a big difference for His kingdom, if we stick together.“ ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

David’s cry in Psalm 118 is this: In my anguish I cried out to the Lord, & he answered by setting me free. The key word there is “IN.”  In my anguish. David didn’t wait until the trial was past, or his sorrow was over, but praised Him in & thru-out the storm.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

Scriptures 

Ephesians 3

Matthew 25

Zephaniah 3:8-9

Luke 16:31

Isaiah 30:18

Psalm 89:15-16

Psalm 91

Verse of the Day

You answer us with awesome & righteous deeds, God our Savior.  The hope of all the ends of the earth & of the farthest seas…“ ~ Psalm 65:5

Scandal of Grace

Joel Houston with Hillsong on the song Scandal of Grace.

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

When our eyes are opened we’re able to better discern the plans of those who might cause us harm.
Miraz could have used that  Two Lords are speaking with the king about whether he should go into battle against Peter.
They want him to go, so if he dies they can have more power, but they keep telling him don’t go.
However the way they say it makes it look like people will think he’s a coward if he doesn’t accept the challenge, & in the end Miraz says ..

I had meant to refuse it, but I’ll accept it.  Do you hear?  I’LL ACCEPT IT.  I won’t be shamed because some witchcraft of treason has frozen you.

Because he didn’t have access to seeing things clearly, thru God’s eyes, Miraz was goaded into battle.
Let’s not let that be said of us.

Quotes

When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand.  If we could, God would not inspire awe.  All the wonder of God happens above our formula.  The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view – & the more my heart enters into worship.“ ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

When a conscience become seared, when a man has played with fire & burned his conscience until he can handle the hot iron of sin without shinking, there is no longer any safety for him. & people like that, he says, are reprobates – something just washed up on shore, a moral shipwreck.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Echoes from Eden

In 1838, after a long fight, emancipation was given to blacks in Jamaica.  It was set to take effect August 1. On the last nite of July, a big group of former slaves dug a deep hole on the beach, lowered an empty coffin into it, & then threw symbols of their slavery in on top of it. Things like leg irons, whips, & padlocks. A few minutes before midnite, they pushed the sand over it & sang the Doxology. Praise God from whom all blessing flow. So are you hanging onto your symbols, or burying them & praising God?” ~ Author Unknown

Even the children of Israel had to decide what voices to listen to, but Deuteronomy 13 says that was a test to find out whether they loved God. The same is true for us.  We pass the test by continually asking “How will this benefit the Lord”, & then waiting for his response.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

A lot of times we wonder if an idea came from God, the Devil, or just something we want to do. But the Bible says to find out you’ve got to test it first.  If the idea contradicts God’s Word, it didn’t come from him.  God is consistent.  He’s not moody.  & He won’t tell you to violate something he’s written in His Word.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Scriptures 

2 Corinthians 4

Hebrews 12

Romans 9:30-33

Luke 21:33

Titus 1:15-16

Psalm 98:1-3

Verse of the Day

For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.  & I will hope in your name, for your name is good.“ ~ Psalm 52:9

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

A great reminder of the importance of patience & preparation.  Caspian & a few others stumble upon some guards sitting by a tree. Reepicheep grabs his sword, ready for battle, but Caspian’s cooler head prevails in saying …

     If it’s a question of reconquering the islands, I’d prefer to come back with a larger army.

Quotes

Too often we mess around trying to make something happen in congregational worship times – & we underestimate the awakening power of God’s truth. Worship is meant to be a “glorious feast on the perfections of Christ.” So songs & services must present the glories of Jesus—and then provide appropriate ways to respond to this splendor, giving us space to both inhale & exhale.“ Matt Redman, Inside-Out

Some people have a temper, but no man has any more right to go around like that than he has to hold a rattlesnake in his pocket, or leave an untreated cancer on his tongue – because it’ll destroy him.  He can pray, testify, give & labor, but if he blows up nobody will believe in him again.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Success & the Christian

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong.  Then as a tandem bike ride, with God helping me pedal from behind.  But when I switched places & let him take the lead, it was all I could do to hang on.  He took me to people with gifts I needed. & when I’m sure I can’t do any more, he just smiles & says “Keep pedaling.” ~ Author Unknown

Find a small, unnoticed flower somewhere.  Study it.  Get out a magnifying glass & see the delicate veins, notice the nuances in shape & color.  Turn the leaves over & see the symmetry.  & remember the flower may have gone unnoticed if you hadn’t found it & admired it.  Then know that people are like that.  So many go unnoticed & unappreciated, because nobody took the time to admire their uniqueness.“ ~ John Powell, Jesuit Priest

There’s nothing in time or eternity more certain that what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.  He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing with God.  The Cross wasn’t something that happened TO Jesus – it was His purpose in coming.  He’s the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  He came not to accomplish something for Himself, but to take sin away.  The Cross, he says, is not the cross of a man – but the Cross of God.  & it can never be fully comprehended thru human experience.“ ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

When we feel overwhelmed or confused, we’re usually caught up in ourselves & not God’s voice.  God is not the author of confusion – Satan is.  So if you feel anxiety over something you think God has told you to do, then you’re wires have gotten crossed.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Scriptures 

James 4:8

Proverbs 25:28

Psalm 93:1

Acts 4