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Word for Your Life
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing... ~ 1 Peter 5:2

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

Have you ever been frightened even after a victory?

As Eustace & the others are approaching a castle, the chief soldier asks for the password. Tirian draws his sword & says “This is my password” .. & then it’s on.

Before you know it the steel is flying, & Eustace doesn’t have time to think or remember any of what had been taught him – he just slashed wildly & found, to his great surprise, that he had won. & though it was a great relief, it was also rather frightening.

The lesson for us is that we do our best to prepare for life everyday – one day at a time – & trust that God is in our tomorrows before we are.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Just like when you fill up your gas tank, you can choose regular or premium – you have a choice what you fill up your spiritual tank with.

 

Proverbs 4:7 says ..

 

Wisdom is supreme – Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

The price of acquiring that may mean you don’t get to always do what YOU want to do – it’ll cost you your time, your priorities, even your relationships, but it’s value in keeping your spiritual engine running is worth every penny.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ Set of the Sail

Among the enemies to devotion, none is so harmful as distractions. Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, or shifts our focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us is a distraction.  The remedy .. is the same now as it was in simpler times – prayer, meditation & the cultivation of the inner life. Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity .. & want fewer things.

Francis Chan ~ Multiply

We gravitate toward solutions that are quick & easy. When it comes to helping people, we often address the surface level of the problem but never get down to the heart of the matter. It’s not that Christians are uncaring. Very often, we really do want to help the people around us however we can, but we get so focused on finding a quick solution to the external behavior that we overlook the real problem.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

A fresh start would amount to nothing without the experience necessary to make the right adjustments.  Lacking the knowledge we’ve gained, we’d make the same mistakes over again.  But grace means our sins are gone forever – replaced by love.  Grace means God has given us the resources to make a new beginning.  So the question is not “Can I make it?  Am I able?”  The question is “Can He transform me?”

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

We must learn to give God elbow room.  We plan & predict that this or that will happen, but we forget to make room for God to come in as He chooses.  Don’t look for God to come in a particular way – but do look for Him.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The ladder of power reaches up, the ladder of grace reaches down.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

We live as worshipers of the otherly in a culture of the ordinary .. it’s only as we breathe in more of the wonders of God that we can breathe out a fuller response to him.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

 

What I believe is not what I say I believe .. What I believe is what I do.  Deep belief costs something.  If I really believed something, I’d have to do something about it.

Scriptures

Habakkuk 1:5

Revelation 6:16

Psalm 28:8

Luke 21:28

Acts 3:1-10

Acts 6:8

Psalm 8:2

Word for Your Life
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life... ~ Revelation 3:5

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

After Eustace has been turned into a dragon, he’s telling the others about being visited by a lion.  He says…

There was no moon last night, but there was moonlight where the lion was.  I was terribly afraid of it.  You may think, being a dragon, I could have knocked any lion out easily enough, but it wasn’t that kind of fear.  It came close & looked straight into my eyes & told me to follow.  & I knew I’d have to do what it told me.

No moon, but moonlight – a reminder of a day when there will be no sun, & no need for it, because the Lord himself will provide the Light.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

We believe our God can bring victory from whatever it is that has us bound, but we have a part to play.

The story of Mickey Mantle is one of triumph & sadness.  Because he’d had several family members who died young, Mickey Mantle believed he was genetically pre-disposed to do that too – so he lived a riotous life.

It was a sad mistake, because cures were developed for all of those things that had plagued his family – but because of his lifestyle, it came too late for him.

So today’s One Thing for us is to learn more readily from the mistakes of others – & don’t make the same deadly miscalculations.

Quotes

William Booth ~ Founder of Salvation Army

The greatness of man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

Bishop N.T. Wright

Biblical faith is a singing faith – from Miriam’s wild song of triumph on the shores of the Red Sea to the thunderous song of all creation at the triumph of the Lamb.  You could summarize the whole of Christian discipleship in terms of the summons to join in that song.

Joni Eareckson Tada ~ The God I Love

I wished God were like He used to be, a few notches lower. I wanted Him to be lofty enough to help me but not so uncontrollable. I longed for His warm presence, times when He seemed more… safe.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Ingratitude in others can embitter us.  We must forgive those who fail to thank us, even those who’ve turned away.  We can’t do much about those who disregard us, but we can do a good deal about ourselves.  & the habit of thankfulness must come from inside, because apart from His grace we’d all be ungrateful wretches.

Billy Graham

I believe that out there in space where there are a thousand million galaxies, God can find a place to put us – so we don’t have to go around discouraged & despondent with our shoulders bent.  I’m not worried about where it is, but I know it’s going to be where Jesus is.

Thomas Edison’s last words

It is very beautiful over there.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

The whole design of the Tent of Meeting was to give some very strong signals to the people as to whom they were worshipping.  God doesn’t delight in fast-food spirituality.  Worship is a spiritual occasion, marked by mystery & wonder .. & you can’t rush into wonder.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

I was guilty of using love like money, withholding it to get people to change & be who I wanted them to be .. but God doesn’t withhold love to teach me a lesson.

Scriptures

Psalm 28:2

Isaiah 60:1-3

1 Chronicles 17:16

Hebrews 10:22

Genesis 17:8

Isaiah 64:8

Word for Your Life
Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge & understanding. ~ Jeremiah 3:15

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

As everyone is approaching some incredible fruit trees, it all looks so amazing they’re afraid to take it. They finally get the okay from Peter, & it goes on to say that ..

Compared with those fruits, the freshest grapefruit you’ve ever eaten is dull, the juiciest orange was dry, the most melting pear was hard, & the sweetest strawberry was sour.  If you had once eaten that fruit, all the nicest things in this world would taste like medicines after it .. but you can’t find out what it’s like unless you can get to that country & taste it for yourself.

We can try to describe what God has done – & how our lives have been changed – but the growth of the seed is not our territory, & ultimately the kingdom of God has to take root in each heart.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Psalm 49:3 says…

My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

There are a lot of people saying a lot of things these days .. & some of them may have the appearance of wisdom, but Jesus said …

Wisdom is proved right by her actions.

So today’s One Thing for us is that we can’t stop at the ability to discern.  We have to act on it.

Quotes

A.W. Tozer ~ The Counselor

I think we’re the busiest bunch of eager beavers ever seen in the religious world.  The idea seems to be that if we’re not running around in a circle we’re not pleasing God.  We flit around in the sunshine like butterflies & imagine we’re eagles.  Sometimes I think we’d be better off to call a moratorium on activity & just wait on God to see what He’s waiting to do for us.  That’s what they did before Pentecost.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The kingdom of God thrives where its subjects follow the desires of the King.

Leo Tolstoy

A man who professes an external law is like someone standing in the light of a lantern fixed to a post.  It is light all around him, but there is nowhere further for him to walk.  A man who professes the teaching of Christ is like a man carrying a lantern before him on a pole.  The light is in front of him, always lighting up fresh ground & always encouraging him to walk further.

Lin Yutang ~ Chinese writer

I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colors richer, & it’s tinged with a little sorrow.  It’s golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the kindly wisdom of approaching age.  It knows the limitations of life – & is content.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

I ask myself “Why do we have to die? God has put eternity in our hearts!” & the answer comes as a complete surprise.  Death is not our lot – it’s our sentence.  We are mortal because we are sinful.  So what will take away our fear?  It is the promise of a morning that rends the skies.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

Worship thrives on wonder.  For worship to be worship, it must contain something of (what he calls) the Otherness of God. Time after time we find ourselves amazed by the blessings he lavishes on us, but let’s not be fooled into thinking that this story is all about us.  It never has been, & it never will be.

Scriptures

Matthew 5:11-12

Revelation 22:1-2

Romans 8:24

Mark 9:14-29

1 Corinthians 4:18-20

Psalm 33:16-18

Psalm 107:10-16

Word for Your Life

Now then, you & all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give them… ~ Joshua 1:2

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

When you’re in charge, when you reign over something, that comes with certain responsibilities.

Our heroes have vanquished the foes, & Caspian announces that he’s turning the ship over to Drinian – & he’s following Reepicheep to see the World’s End.  His thinking is “I’m in charge – you’re my subjects – I can do this if I want.”

But Reepicheep becomes the voice of reason, & says ..

You’re the King of Narnia.  You break faith with your subjects if you don’t return.  You can’t please yourself with adventures as if you were a private person.  & if your Majesty will not hear reason, it will be the truest loyalty of every man on board to follow me in disarming you until you come to your senses.

There are a lot of things we’d “like” to do.  & Christ’s sacrifice does mean we’re free.  But freedom comes with responsibilities.

& remember we weren’t just freed – we were bought at a price.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

We’re all drawn to beauty, & that’s one of the reasons we have to be careful how we define it, because the enemy is all to eager to put those temptations in front of us.

Malachi 2:15 says…

Guard yourself in your spirit, & don’t break faith with the wife of your youth.

When Satan tempts us, he does it with attractive, even innocent looking packages.  But if we’re not careful, those relationships can entangle you – & wreck what God has planned.

So today’s One Thing for us is just jot down 5 things you love & respect – about your spouse if you’re married, or maybe about what you’re looking for in a spouse if you’re single.  & then ask God to reinforce them in your heart.

Quotes

A.W. Tozer ~ Renewed Day By Day

The fall of man has created a perpetual crisis. It will last until sin has been put down and Christ reigns over a restored world. Until that time the earth remains a disaster area .. It’s always been difficult to understand those Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play & loaf – they are at ease while the world burns.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

The image Jesus used to describe the church’s destiny – “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” – is a metaphor of offense, not defense.  Christians are storming the gates, & they will prevail.  Not matter how it looks at any point in history, the gates guarding the powers of evil will not withstand an assault by grace.

Louie Giglio ~ Indescribable

Scientists aren’t entirely sure just how big the universe is, but one thing is clear: We’re really small.  In fact, earth itself is inconsequential amid the expanse of space.  But if you look closely enough at the pale blue dot, you’ll find, beside a busy roadway, just outside a small city, on a hot after­noon thousands of years ago, a cross that stills looms ever so large in history .. where hung God, in human flesh.

Booker T. Washington

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

I’ve been given the utterly undeserved gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Thru no merit of mine, I have been given a bona fide invitation to drink new wine forever at the wedding feast in the kingdom of God – but sometimes I get so involved with myself that I start making demands for things I think I deserve, or I take of granted every gift that comes my way.

CS Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Pain, far from being an obstacle to our spiritual growth, can be the condition of it.  God will discipline the ungodly in due time, but he must first discipline & teach His own children – because a good Father begins with his own family. & without pain, God could never make the most of our lives.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

In some ways we treat our neighbors BETTER than we treat ourselves, because we would never say the things to a neighbor that we tell ourselves every day.  We don’t believe it’s okay to kick people around, but we do it to ourselves all the time.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

When it comes to expressing our worship, what we do on the outside is a key reflection of what’s taking place on the inside.  Facedown worship always begins as a posture of the heart.  God will one day invade.  There’s no use saying you choose to lie down when it’s become impossible to stand up.

Scriptures

Job 13:15

Psalm 27:4

Colossians 1:27

Romans 1:16

Joshua 3:5

Word for Your Life

Let us rejoice & be glad & give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, & his bride has made herself ready. ~ Revelation 19:7

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Eustace has come up missing .. & as Prince Caspian is trying to organize a rescue party, one of the crew mumbles “good riddance”, but is quickly rebuked by Reepicheep.

You never spoke a word that became you less.  The creature is no friend of mine but he’s of the Queen’s blood, & while he’s one of our fellowship it concerns our honor to find him & avenge him if he’s dead.

We would do well to remember that kind of honor in our interactions with friends…& enemies…face to face, or on Facebook.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

When we talk to God, even though He’s called us friend, we must not forget who He is.

There was a boy who asked a businessman for $10,000.  The businessman said “Son, do you have any idea who you’re talking to?”  To which the boy replied – “Yeah.  I’m talking to the man who’s rich enough to pay for the operation that will save my mom’s life.”

The same is true for us.  When we’re praying we’re talking to the Creator, Sustainer, Healer, Provider, & Author of our faith – & his name is to be honored.

Quotes

A.W. Tozer ~ That Incredible Christian

Before the judgment seat of Christ my service will be judged not by how much I’ve done but by how much I could’ve done. In God’s sight my giving is measured not by how much I have given but by how much I could have given, & how much I had left after I made my gift.  In the work of the church the amount one man must do to accomplish a given task is determined by how much or how little the rest of the company is willing to do. It is a rare church whose members all put their shoulder to the wheel.

Matt Redman ~ Devotion on Mercy

It’s the difference between life & death, between inescapable chains & eternal freedom.  It’s where love & justice kiss, & holiness & mercy meet.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace

The original followers of Jesus watched their beloved Jerusalem burn to the ground, & I’m sure they looked back thru tears as they moved on to Rome & Spain & Ethiopia.

CS Lewis ~ The Weight of Glory

…we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness & purity of morning, but they don’t make us fresh & pure. We can’t mingle with the splendors we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.

Audrey Hepburn

The beauty of a woman isn’t in a facial mode, but is reflected in her soul.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

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.

Scriptures

1 Peter 3:3-4

Psalm 46:1-6

Exodus 19:18-19

2 Corinthians 3:13-16

Isaiah 28:22

Isaiah 58:6

1 John 4:18

Deuteronomy 5:29