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There Is Joy In His Presence

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?…One thing I ask of the Lord… That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. – Psalm 27:1-6

No one in the entire Bible expresses the joy of being in the presence of the Lord any better than David. The imagery that he uses in expressing his desire for the presence of God is compelling. Dwelling in the house of the Lord conjures up pictures of just basking in his presence day after day.

In another place he writes, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). You can see the deer running from his pursuers, and growing thirsty as gains he ground and the pursuing danger is far behind.

The cry of David’s heart for the presence of God stirs a hunger within us to also be in his presence. For many years now I have devoted the early morning hours to being with the Lord and I can tell you there is great reward in pursuing him when the day is fresh and our minds are not cluttered with the e the world.

Every day we are faced with all manner of distractions. There is the attitude of others; there is the natural desire of the flesh for the world; there is the need to provide…. And the list grows. If we don’t set a time to be in his presence, and the earlier the better, then we will never be able to get around to it.

Today is the day! Today make it a purpose that you will dwell in his presence. Start out with prayers of petition and thanksgiving and meditate upon his word. When you make the effort to start the day with him you will have his joy.

Prayer: Lord, I tend to begin the day with good intentions, but early in the day I allow the cares of this life to keep me from being with you. Grant me the grace and the persistence to be in your word and in your presence daily. In Jesus name, amen.

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Joy In The Bridegroom’s Voice

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Daily God Walk For Saturday, February 2, 2013

Joy In The Bridegroom’s Voice

The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. – John 3:29

I usually awaken early in the morning, much before my bride of many years. I will go to the kitchen, put on the coffee and go to my desk for devotions and preparation for the day. After a while I will hear a stirring in the bedroom and in just a moment I will hear my name being softly called. She is not calling out in need; it’s just that little notice of, “I’m awake now.” I can’t tell you what hearing that voice does inside of me every morning.
Whether we are talking about brides or bridegrooms the principle is the same – Hearing that one voice affects us like no other. Our relationship with the Lord can carry the same kind of joy when we look to him with the same hope that a bride has when she thinks of her bridegroom.
I remember a time when I was particularly discouraged over a failure in my life and I knew that there was no way that God could love me, or even forgive me again for this oft repeated sin.
I was in prayer one morning, wondering why I was even prying because I knew He couldn’t answer. I had failed too many times. Then in my heart I heard him say, “My son, don’t you know I love you.” I had a conversation with him that day that forever changed my life. From that day I have never doubted his love.

Prayer: Lord, I am grateful that when I fall you are there to pick me up and speak words of comfort to me. Amen.

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The Love Triangle

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Daily God Walk for Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Love Triangle
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

When we think of a love triangle we usually think of an unhealthy relationship getting ready to explode. This devotion is not about that kind of triangle. It is about three components to a healthy Christian walk.
Faith, hope and love are as connected as the three sides to a triangle, and each is integral to the other. When Paul had finished instructing about the importance of love in the life of a believer he concludes with this summary: “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love.”
Our relationship with God begins by hearing, hearing leads to believing and believing leads to faith. Faith then is spurred on by hope. Faith is valueless if it is not accompanied by hope.
Faith is the motor which drives hope and hope is the tool which releases love. It is possible to have faith and hope without love, we see that often shown in despotic leaders of nations and people – but it is impossible to have true faith in God and hope in his promises without having his love released into our hearts.
James says, “Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18). My question is this: What was driving James to do good deeds? It was the love which accompanies faith and hope.
Here is my question to you: Does your faith and hope produce love for others? What is the expression of that love in your lifestyle? Faith and Hope produce a love driven purpose for our lives.

Prayer: Lord, help me to allow my faith and hope to be driven by your love. I don’t want to be a two sided triangle. Release your love into my heart. In Jesus name.

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What to do when you feel Lonely

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6

Have you ever heard anyone say that the times they feel most vulnerable to temptation is when they feel lonely? It’s like they have a need for comfort from someone or something that is familiar.

It is at those times that most of us just naturally turn to behaviors that are not good for us. For some of us that is comfort foods, for others it is alcohol or drugs. Some just go into a depression or another unhealthy emotional state.

When our hope is in Him, and our trust is in Him, and His Word is our strength and comfort we can go to him in these lonely times and find the strength and comfort we need. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He is faithful and His word is true – trust him it works.

I have also found that when I’m struggling with an issue, or just feel alone, if I go to a trusted friend and share just where I am emotionally that friend can give me encouragement and remind me that God, and my friend, will walk beside me all the way.

Some folks are lonely even around friends because they have not learned how to open up and be a friend. Here is an antidote for loneliness: Trust God to be your friend then be a friend to someone else. Try it – it works.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank you for being there for me. I am grateful that I never have to worry about whether you will leave me alone. Now, grant me the faith to believe what I know. Amen.

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Scripture is The End of Your Search For Life

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me. – John 5:39

Remember that thing that came in a box that said, “Some assembly required?” When you opened the box it was full of pieces that needed to be put together and there was an instruction booklet there to help you put it together.

I’ve done that before, except I thought I was smart enough to figure it out on my own. Just give me the pieces and I’ll figure out how to make it work. I usually wind up with something that does ok – but it doesn’t work quite right and I always wonder what would have happened if I had followed the instructions and used all of the parts instead of just sticking the left over parts in a drawer somewhere.

Then the thing breaks down; and I complain about the company that produces a lousy product that doesn’t work like it is supposed to and breaks down too often.

Wake Up – we’re the box of pieces and our ego is the one trying to put us together without following the instructions. God has given us a wonderful book of instruction on how to gain eternal, abundant, life. Let’s just follow the instruction.

I have talked to many people whose lives are being controlled by addictions and as a result they are living in abject poverty. Yet, when I talk with them they claim to be walking with God. The saddest part of that is they could be living the abundant blessed life if they would only search the scripture to see what it says and follow it.

Prayer:  OK Lord. I think I finally get it. Today I will follow the instructions in the book. Grant me the grace of faith to trust you. In Your name, amen.

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Jesus Is the True Vine

Daily God Walk for Monday, February 27, 2012

I am the true Vine, and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:1-4

So many of us feel so self sufficient that we believe we can make it through the day without anyone else giving us support. So, we start the day with all kinds of good intentions; then, bit by bit our good intentions begin to unravel.

Anger jumps up unexpectedly. Desire for things that we know would not be good for us begin to rise up. And, out of the blue, someone turns up from our old life and begins to talk about the “good old days.” We begin to feel ourselves being drawn away from the vine, the source of our strength.

Does that scenario sound familiar? I think we have all fallen into that trap a few times, but we don’t have to. Jesus said, “remain in me.” What does it mean to “remain” in him?

Each day we must make a purpose to yield ourselves to him. We renew our commitment to follow where he leads and to deny our own tendency toward things that would not be good for us.

It takes effort to stay in the vine, but the rewards of being “in Christ” far outweigh the cost of the effort.

 Prayer: Lord, I tend to begin feeling confident enough to make it on my own, and each time I try it I fall short. I truly do need your strength. Grant me a strong desire to stay in the vine and to do what I must to do so. In Jesus name, amen.

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Fellowship Strengthens the Body

Daily God Walk for Sunday, February 26, 2012

Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:19-20

There is a lot of instruction in the Bible about our interaction with each other. We are told to regard others in higher esteem than ourselves, to submit to one another, to forgive one another and to bear one another’s burdens. This passage is about having spiritual fellowship with one another.

Can you remember a time when you might have been feeling just a little down and either a friend came over, or you went over to the friends place, and you began to have fellowship. Maybe someone brought up a scripture that encouraged them and someone else will lead out in a song that has been on their mind.

It’s at those times that we realize the value of believing friends who can share with us how God is working in their lives and thereby bringing us encouragement and hope.

Shortly after the birth of the church Acts records, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). Fellowship was crucial in the early days of the church and it is crucial today. Call a friend today and offer a thanksgiving to the Lord for He is worthy of our praise.

 

Prayer: Lord, I tend to try and “go through it alone,” because I don’t want to burden others with what is going on with me – but I need others in my life to lift me up. Give me the desire to reach out for others and to others. In Jesus name, amen.

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