Inevitable…Change & Death

Inevitable…such a strong word.

Change_Most Adaptable2The dictionary defines inevitable as unavoidable, sure to happen. The synonyms include inescapable, irrevocable, destined as well as fated or decreed. This is a very strong word and when I think of inevitable, I think change and death. Not in a morbid way for this post but in a way that gives understanding that these are the only things totally equal for everyone. While I don’t assume to say that everyone will die the same or live the same length of time, it is inevitable that everyone does have a limited time to inhabit the physical space on this earth and will change daily by how the Lord created us. I would say taxes are inevitable as well but some (geniuses?) may have actually gotten away with not paying taxes. It is appointed unto man once to die and then judgment. We go see our maker. Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV): Continue reading Inevitable…!

He Said “I Love You”

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God’s Hand

Today the quiet allows the mind to ponder the things of God. Reading today allows surrender of the preconceived notion of how things should be. The words shared with me today enhance the place of listening. Thoughts about the past (I am in the now) reflect the journey, the desert, the wilderness, the growth and the personal relationship with my God. When looking back, the choices taken or not taken, reflect to me that God knows who I am. Having experienced the audible voice of God many times and several periods in my life, I know that He knows who I am. What resonates in my soul is that He drew me in with His love, His voice, His gift of His Son that I might have eternal life as well as life here more abundantly. Continue reading…!

Intimacy with God

Deep Thought
Deep Thought

In my devotional today, I read a post on spiritual discipline entitled “Spiritual Discipline: Do You Have a Chair?” by Michael Kendrick. What a joy to read! One thing that sticks out for me is the statement that what you value, you will make time for. The truth of this may touch a tender spot but truth does not change. Facts do. There’s more, keep reading!

Exalting the Lord

This devotion was spent pondering the word exalt.  The definition includes to glorify; to praise; to elevate in rank,honor, power, character, and quality.  I looked into elevate, meaning to raise up; which is archaic or rare.  I want to use that definition today.  We need to raise up the Lord.  I realize that the Lord already sits on the right hand of the Father, elevated to that position by God Himself.  We can, however, elevate or exalt the Lord in our lives.  By our conversation and our behavior, we can exalt the Lord, the world or the enemy.  Psalm 21:13 – “Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.  With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.” (NLT)  With music and singing, we celebrate.  How often do we truly understand the element of music in our worship to the Lord?  We can exalt the Lord by singing and making melody in our hearts to Him.  How can we do that except our minds are stayed on Him? Our minds being fixed on who He is and all that He has done for us. (NLT) Psalm 57:11 – “Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.  May your glory shine over all the earth.”  As bright as the stars are and as far in the heavens as they reside, how much more is the glory of God? The Word says that God would make the rocks cry out if there was none to worship Him.  He is exalted simply as our Creator. (NLT) Psalm 99:5 – “Exalt the Lord our God! Bow low before His feet, for He is holy!”  I think about the word exalt and the meaning to glorify, to praise, and to elevate.  This should be daily practice.  We surrender ourselves to much less worthy things.  Can our Lord get the glory and praise that’s due Him for His precious sacrifice?  We should declare to make praise a daily exercise as part of our worship.  When we do, we open the door for more of the Lord’s transforming power.  When the praises go up, the blessings come down.  (NLT)

Sandra R. Vercellono Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible New Living Translation, Copyright © 1965, 2004.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189.

Grace

Nature's Beauty

Today as I read passages for my devotional, this word jumped out at me, grace.  I have been reading from the Amplified Bible and really enjoy it.  Why?  Because the definitions or meaning of the words are right there for your thought process.  I really like the definition of grace.  The passage of Scripture is Luke 1:26-33. The verse I was focused on was Luke 1:30: “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving kindness) with God.”  How awesome is that? (King James Version / Amplified Bible Parallel Edition, Zondervan, Copyright 1995)

Free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving kindness with God.  I was awed by this description of grace.  The word absolute is the adjective that wows me in this definition.  Absolute to me is complete, whole, nothing lacking or changing.  Trying to grasp that kind of favor is beyond me.  One definition from The American College Dictionary says free from imperfection.  God’s grace is so awesome.  It has everything we need to cause us to  live our daily lives in Him.  Free from imperfection is a state that can be only attained through God.  Jesus attained that grace for us because He was the perfect blood sacrifice.  We have so much to be thankful for and to worship God for.  The concept of God preparing a way for us to reconcile with Him because He knew us and in that process gives us an awesome picture of who He is.  We can do nothing but worship our Creator.