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Word for Your Life

Therefore encourage one another & build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Our love can’t be like God’s, but it should at least be more amazing than the world’s. In today’s devotion, Susan shows a bit of that love in her tenderness toward Trumpkin.

Trumpkin has just been beaten in a contest of swords with Edmund, & then decides to take on Susan in an archery contest. He shoots at the target, an apple, & just skims it.  Susan hits it dead center & knocks it down, but instead of gloating she says ..

It wasn’t really any better than yours.  I think there was a tiny breath of wind as you shot.

If we believe the Bible to be true, there are obviously going to be times when those who don’t believe it will be proven wrong. However, God has us here to be concerned with our fellow man, & that means showing grace.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Men Who Met God

Very few of us know the secret of bathing our souls in silence. There were times when (Jesus) had to send the multitudes away so He could retire alone into the silence of the mountainside. There He would turn His soul toward heaven & expose Himself to the face of His Father..But all the signs of immaturity are among us.  We abhor being alone, being silent.  The more noise we make, the happier we seem to be.

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion

One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling.  The Bible says “All of you together are Christ’s body, & each one of you is a part of it.”  & there’s no correlation between size & significance.  The most important light in my home, he says, isn’t the large chandelier, it’s the night light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up in the night.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Most of the time when we’re singing a song of hop, it’s because things aren’t all that hopeful. 1 Chronicles 16, David tells the worshipers to give thanks to God & remember the wonders He has done.  No matter how tough your week has been, there have undoubtedly been times when the love of God has pierced through that darkness.  Those are the times to hang onto – that provide the background music to your own song of hope.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; his face always. Remember the wonders he has done …

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

The bible tells of angels who strike fear in the hearts of those to whom they appear.  In the Old Testament, one angel puts to death 185,000 men in an enemy camp. Revelation 18 tells of an angel lights up the earth with his splendor.  The glorious beings so commanding they inspire fear & trembling, bow down at the sight of the One who is altogether MORE glorious.

C.S. Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

John Blundell ~ Ladies For Liberty (Link to Full Article)

She (Anne Hutchinson) was born in England .. Her father was a school teacher & a preacher, who criticized the church for promoting badly educated men.  He set up a home school for his girls, which was pretty rare.  She was a radical too, as a big proponent of a “covenant of grace” – that everyone could enter Heaven by developing a personal relationship with God. She came to America in the 1630s – & after a while set up Bible studies in her home – & she didn’t pull any punches, even disagreeing with the male preachers.  She stepped on so many toes they kicked her out of Massachusetts, so she moved to Providence – & is the only woman to co-found a state.

Oswald Chambers ~ If You Will Ask

The Holy Spirit, when He comes into our life, works out in us the understanding of sin that God has.  There are tremendous thoughts expressed in God’s Word, & while we may think “I’ll never understand that”, the Spirit in us does.  We just have to learn to think spiritually.

Charles Wesley’s mom, upon his conversion

I think you’ve come into an odd way of thinking.  You say you had no spiritual life, no faith, & while I rejoice that you’ve attained this hope – it’s another thing to be sensible of having it.

Scriptures

Isaiah 52:7

Revelation 4:1-8

Psalm 91

Ephesians 4:1-3

Romans 8:26-27

Psalm 46

 

Word for Your Life

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. ~ Hebrews 1:10

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

  • Shasta
  • had heard all these terrible stories about a demon in the form of a Lion, but when he meets Aslan ..

After one glance at the Lion’s face he slipped out of the saddle & fell at its feet.  He couldn’t say anything but he didn’t want to say anything, & he knew he didn’t have to.  Their eyes met, & instantly the pale brightness of the mist & the fiery brightness of the Lion rolled together into a swirling glory.

 We would probably be satisfied with just Jesus’ sacrifice, but He gives us so much more.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Rut, Rot, or Revival

If you don’t pray much, you’re not thinking God’s thoughts.  If you don’t read your Bible much, & often, & reverently, you’re not thinking God’s thoughts.  We’re responsible for our premeditative thoughts.  They make our mind a temple where God can dwell with pleasure – or a stable where Christ is angry, ties a rope & drives out the cattle.

Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope Devotion

The more pleasant you are, the more persuasive you are.  Nagging doesn’t work.  It matters not only what you say .. but the WAY you say it.  If you want to be below the other person, attack them.  If you want to be even, get even.  If you want to respond like Jesus, show love.

Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

It used to be that the family was portrayed in a positive light in Hollywood.  Those days are gone, but even though the dark may seem darker than ever it is a great opportunity to show others what a biblical family looks like.  As it says in Matthew 5:16 ,,,

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works & glorify your Father in heaven.

Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Deep belief costs something.  If I really believed something, I’d have to do something about it.

Francis Chan, Multiply

The disciples could not have fully understood what they were getting into when they responded to Jesus’ call.  Whatever expectations or doubts, whatever curiosity, excitement or uncertainty they felt, nothing could have prepared them for what lay ahead.  In only a few years, these simple men were standing before some of the most powerful rulers on earth & being accused of turning the world upside down.  What began as simple obedience ended up changing their lives, & ultimately, the world.

Scriptures 

Romans 8:18

Psalm 81

John 1:1-16

Romans 1:18-21

Matthew 27:51-53

1 Corinthians 15:22

Matthew 24:35-44

1 Corinthians 1:18

Word for Your Life

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. ~ Romans 6:4

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

More often than not, we are really bad at impersonating Christ.  An ape named Shift has made a lion’s skin to drape over a donkey named Puzzle – & it looks ridiculous.  It says:

No one who had ever seen a real lion would have been taken in for a moment, BUT if someone who had never seen a lion looked at Puzzle, & the light wasn’t too good, & Puzzle didn’t let out a bray, he just may be mistaken for a lion.

It’s been said that the best way to spot a counterfeit isn’t to examine all the fakes, but to get to know the real thing so well – that the fake is easy to see.

Quotes

The history of Israel & Judah points us to 1 truth – the masses are, or soon will be, what their leaders are.  Whatever kind of man the king turned out to be, the people soon followed.  It happened with David, Solomon, Jeroboam, & Hezekiah.  & it happens today.  For better or worse, religious people follow leaders.  A good man may change the moral complexion of a nation.” ~ A.W. Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares

Love is a choice.  Even the words we use, like ‘I Fell In Love’, make it sound like we had no choice.  We do.  Love can’t be forced, including your relationship with God.  Deuteronomy 30 makes this clear.  ‘I’ve set before you life & death, blessings & cursings, now choose life so that you & your children may live & love the Lord. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“After God opens the eyes of our heart, it is important that we act on what we see.  In Lamentations 3:40, the prophet Jeremiah tells the people..

Let us examine our ways & test them, & let us return to the Lord.

He’s just got done teaching about all the stuff has happened because of their sin, but then calls the people to examine their actions & their thoughts, & understand that a new way of thinking will bring new results, as we examine our ways with his eyes.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

It is of no use to ask God with earnestness for ‘A’ when our whole mind is in reality filled with ‘B’.  We must lay before him what IS in us, not what OUGHT TO BE in us.” ~ CS Lewis, Letters To Malcolm

Why is it so hard to accept grace?  Ever argue over a check?  We love to give charity, we hate to receive it.  We like to think of God’s love as Romeo & Juliet, when it’s more like the Taming of the Shrew.” ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Often the soundest minds have not been in sound bodies.  Michelangelo once said “The more the marble wears, the better the image grows” – & the same is true for us.  God enlarges us on the inside, & the nervous energy we expend in God’s work means a grander weight of glory & spiritual insight. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Love of God  

Scriptures 

Isaiah 43

1 Corinthians 11:1

Matthew 14

Proverbs 25:20

2 Peter 3:9

Psalm 22:3

Exodus 34

2 Corinthians 10:5

Word for Your Life

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. ~ Matthew 28:6

Billy Graham

A classic cut from Billy Graham on your soul.

A Year with Aslan from The Silver Chair

No greater call..No greater love..No greater life. Sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps us going … knowing we’re doing what he wants us to do.  Today we find Jill, Puddleglum, & others trekking through several caves.  Puddleglum, who tended to be kind of a wet blanket before, asks the obvious question ..

I wonder if anyone from our world, the world atop, has ever done this trip before? 

& as Jill wonders “Whatever will become of us?” .. it’s Puddleglum who conforts her, saying ..

There’s one thing you’ve got to remember.  We’re back on the right lines.  We were to go under the Ruined City, & we are under it.  We’re following instructions again.

The same is true for us.  If we are following after God, it may seem at times that we’re lost – but we aren’t. We’re simply following our leader.

Quotes

Your calling can’t make YOU holy, but you can make IT holy.  No matter how humble the calling may be, the true order is God makes a man holy by blood, fire, & sharp discipline.  Then he calls the man to some special work, & the man makes the work holy.” ~ A.W. Tozer, We Travel An Appointed Way

Forgiveness may be the most misused, misapplied, & misunderstood quality in our culture.  Real forgiveness, he says, is unconditional.  When Jesus stretched out his hands on the Cross & said “Father, forgive them..for they don’t know what they’re doing” – nobody asked for it.  Nobody had said “Please forgive me”.  He just offered it.  No attachment.  You don’t earn it.  You don’t deserve it.  You don’t bargain for it.  It’s not based on a promise to not do something again.  You offer forgiveness whether they ask for it or not. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“A recent study shows we’re getting about an hour less sleep per nite than we used to. That means by the end of the year, we’re about 2 weeks behind on sleep. That restlessness is a big contributor to our worry.  In Proverbs 12:25, we’re told ..

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

So if you’re looking for a pick me up, get some rest.  & be someone who helps lift others up.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

In the Old Testament, as people entered to worship, they were given a strong sense of what kind of God they were approaching.  The whole tabernacle spoke of a holy God with an intense desire to dwell among His people.  The white walls spoke of His purity.  The embroidered wall hangings of his beauty.  Everything about it prepared the people’s hearts for reverent worship.  Any sort that esteems drawing near to God, yet portrays Him as a cuddly friend, perhaps isn’t as near to Him as we would like to think.” ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

Satan wants us to believe meaningless things for meaningless reasons.  Can you imagine if Christians actually believed God was trying to rescue them?” ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Eric never tried to change [my] theology.  He focused us not on the future, not on someday, but on today.  What can we do today to love like Jesus loved. ~ Eric Liddell’s roommate, Pure Gold  

Scriptures 

Luke 24:1-12

Acts 4:33-35

Isaiah 61

Ephesians 2-3

Psalm 40:1-2

Verse of the Day

…Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.  I’m for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. ~ Psalm 120:16

A Year with Aslan from A Horse & His Boy

Hwin & Bree are talking, & Bree says “I can’t go on.”  Hwin answers that by saying …

Don’t horses, when they’re being ridden by humans, get forced to go on & find they have more to give?’

But that doesn’t seem to get through to Bree, & the passage goes on to say that …

One of the worst of being a slave & being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more, you find you’ve almost lost the power of forcing yourself.”

Quotes

Jacob vowed a vow & it was the beginning of a wonderful life.  Daniel purposed in his heart & God honored his purpose.  Jesus set his face like a flint & walked straight to the Cross.  & Paul determined to not know anything but Jesus Christ crucified.  So let us set our sails in the will of God, so we can find ourselves moving in the right direction, no matter which way the wind blows.” ~ A.W. Tozer, The Set of the Sail

Most people don’t get the difference.  We don’t just forgive & move on.  Trust is built over time.  If you lose trust, you’ve lost your right to lead at that moment.  It takes time to rebuild it – & in our relationship with God that comes thru obedience. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“A photo of a man shows him lying on his back, a heavy chain on his ankle, dragging a huge boulder.  He had collapsed dragging this boulder, trying to earn forgiveness from God. So many people are walking around, maybe even in your church today, confused about what it takes to “get to heaven”, when the truth is heaven came to us. Ephesians 1:7 says …

In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

The redemption comes from him.  The forgiveness comes from him. You don’t have to earn it.  You can’t. So don’t make someone else drag a boulder around to earn your favor.” ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

…the otherness of God .. that idea that God is so pure & unique, so different from us, nothing else comes close.  That’s what makes his grace so outrageous.  God does not need of our offerings – everything we bring to him, whether a good deed, a tithe, or even a simple song of praise, came first from Him.  God even paid the price for us to draw near to Him in worship.” ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

It comes mostly from losses & disappointment, which only leads to deeper discouragement.  So I’m learning, he says, to ask myself “Can I be content with these losses, knowing they’re part of aging – & as such are the will of God.  If I accept my lot with a quiet patience, not chafing against it, I will find it’s not without its compensations.  God’s will is a soft pillow for my head.” ~ David Roper, A Heart of Wisdom

Prayer is an interruption of personal ambition.  It’s not a means of self-development.  When we’re born from above, the life of the Son of God begins in us – & we can either starve it or nourish it.  Prayer is not a way, he says, to get things from God – but rather that we may get to KNOW God. Oswald Chambers, If You Will Ask  

When we’re in an unhealthy condition we always look for thrills.  That leads to a counterfeit life – & eventually to destruction.  ” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Scriptures 

Luke 1:17