Strength Through Obedience

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Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength… Deuteronomy 11:8a (NIV) 

We often see rules and regulations as restricting and confining, a damper on self-expression. The motto for most of society today is just, “you do you”. Do what feels good; do what makes you happy. If all that jargon worked, why is dysfunction at an all time high and emotional disorders flooding out of even the youngest generation within our schools today?! Something needs a reset and I think our answer is found in a renewed mindset. Romans 12:2a (NIV) states, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…. 

In Deuteronomy God is equipping the Israelites to victoriously take the Promised Land, which is currently occupied by the vastly larger than life enemy! This victory will not be accomplished by the meager strength of the Isaelites but rather in the God of Heaven’s Armies, who has promised to go before them in His conquering strength! 

Deuteronomy 11:8 above holds an interesting promise. The strength for the battle will be there but what must come first according to this verse? They are to observe or obey all God’s commands, His rules and regulations! Through their obedience His overcoming strength would flow! Society today views humble gentleness, a bending of one’s strong will as weakness but that could not be farther from Truth! When was the last time withholding your own power (when it was within your power to unleash it) whether in word or deed, was the easier route, requiring less self-control, less strength?!?! Just holding your tongue still, remaining silent, in an argument when you know you are right is hard enough!! There is a hidden power in meekness that is anything but weakness. It was through this submission of will that Jesus obeyed His Father, and took the cross in our place that we might gain eternal life (Mark 14:36)! 

This world is alluring, and Deuteronomy 11:16 also warns us to be careful of the enticements of this world’s way or we will be caught up in ultimate defeat. If we will bend our knee before God’s way, then we can stand victorious against anything in our way. We will find conquering strength through a God conquered will. Deuteronomy 11:22,25a (NIV) If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow – to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him – No one will be able to stand against you….

How’s your memory?!


Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. Proverbs 1:23 (NLT) Wow! What a blessing for just responding appropriately to wise counsel! What might keep us from responding rightly to wise counsel? 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) Wow! This verse promises directional clarity if we will only listen and respond with obedience. What might drown out the Voice of wisdom in our lives?

We read clear directional wisdom from God in Deuteronomy 17:16 (NIV) …for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” God was warning the Israelites not to go back to the land of their slavery that He had miraculously freed them from. Why would any of us want to go back to what had us enslaved in the past?! And yet, how often are rehab facilities filled with repetitive visitors and how often are poor, even harmful dating relationships returned to…?! As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Proverbs 26:11 (NIV) We foolishly remember our past more glorious than it was. Yet we have the promise in Proverbs 1:23 that if we will only draw near to God and listen to His wise counsel, we do not have to stay a fool but He will make us wise!! 

Let’s illustrate our point of wisely remembering well, as opposed to foolishly defaulting to our fleshly remembrance of harmful things past. Looking at the Israelites journey through the wilderness toward the Promised Land, Numbers 11:5 (NIV) finds the first generation of the freed people of God after having miraculously been rescued from brutal enslavement in Egypt, complaining! These people were treated inhuman and their babies were being murdered and yet they declare, We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost – also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic. So they want to go back!! WHAT?! This generation ends up wandering in the wilderness for 40 years due to their lack of faith to move forward, but not before they send spies into the Promised land, bringing back word of the land that truly is flowing with milk and honey just as God had said! 

Numbers 13:23 reports that the spies had found grapes, figs and pomegranates!! So in verse 26 they are found at Kadesh reporting to the rest of the Israelite people all the blessings they saw. However they allowed distrust and fear to keep them from moving forward with God so they wandered in the wilderness until the next generation rose up to trust God for the blessing. What future hope has you keeping your focus up and forward with God? Do not be distracted!

Fast forward now to this next generation who has grown up in the wilderness. According to Numbers 20:1 they are back at Kadesh, the same place their parents failed to respond in faith. However in comparison to what their parents were remembering, longing for the false sustenance of their past land of slavery in Numbers 11:5, look at what this generation remembers according to Numbers 20:26 (NIV). Nevermind that they are again expressing their feelings through complaining as their parents did, but this time they are craving figs, grapes and pomegranates!! Where did this generation ever experience these?! These were the foods brought back by the previous generation from the Promised Land that they lost out on! These are NOT foods of their past enslavement! This next generation was remembering well and it was stirring up a correct response of faith in their God to bring them forward; the only direction faith faces! 

Today, what direction are you facing? What are you remembering? How are you remembering? Draw near to God today and listen. Drown out the distraction of all other voices but His, and respond in faith dear one, your future depends on it. 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV) 

Your Purpose

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Genesis 18:19 (NIV) For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

What do you think of when you think of the Biblical character Abraham? Probably faithful, righteous, blessed… This guy was called from darkness into light by the grace of God! Abraham was willing to follow God without knowing where he was going! In Genesis 12:1-3 God gives Abraham a miraculous promise, a promise and a blessing that would be for ALL people but it was through Abraham that God would bring it about. The exact “how” of the blessing and promise are sketchy, Abraham will be required to exercise faith and trust filled obedience; which he does. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Romans 4:18 (NIV) 

His journey of faith was not without hiccups. There were times Abraham chose wrongly, very wrongly and there were times that because Abraham could see no way for God’s way, he begs God to bless his own agenda! Maybe more than, yours truly, can relate?! And yet God is patient and gracious and Abraham continues to pursue God faithfully even after fateful falls. for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) 

It is easy to look around at others and even at the characters in the Bible and become discouraged with what seems to be such a grand life purpose compared to what may seem like a severe lack of significant calling in your own life. However what we are often seeing in others is a fleeting snap shot of reality or in the case of the Bible we get to see lives from a birds eye view! People rarely post “reality” and in the Bible, those characters did not see the end result of their faithfulness in their journey, just as we cannot! They had to walk by faith not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), relying on what they believed was Truth by God’s faithful Word rather than on emotions. 

According to the verse at the top, Genesis 18:19, what was Abraham chosen for? To live a life of faith for his children, his household and his grandchildren!! Is that more than what you and I have been called to?! Sounds pretty similar! We are called to live in trust filled obedience through faith in our sphere of influence. Our forever God given ministry is first to our families! Do not discount that significant calling, that great purpose in His Kingdom work!! It certainly is not for the faint of heart to live out in sincerity and truth. 

Half way through Genesis 18:19 it says, “so that”. Abraham was called to be a faithful witness to God’s faithfulness in his family, to lead his family in trust filled obedience to God Almighty, SO THAT… God Himself would then bring about all the other blessings and miraculous events and tremendous adventures in Abraham’s life that even Abraham had no way of imagining!!! 

We compare our life to others and think our calling isn’t as important but as we see in the life of the great Abraham, his calling, his purpose was the same as ours, be faithful with your family, with the direct sphere of influence He has entrusted to you for such a time as this. SO THAT through faith He can do with and through your life greater things, well beyond yourself, things you could never even imagine dear one! We are not called to be successful, only faithful with what God has placed in our hand right now. Through belief in the overcoming work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead we are able to live as vessels of His victory, one faith filled step at a time! Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) 

God bless you muchly~

Settled Permanently

Turn away from evil, do what is good, and settle permanently. Psalm 37:27 (CSB)

In the short four chapter story of Ruth we see devastating tragedy and loss followed by an indescribable, almost unfathomable, happily ever after! It reminds me of the Truth recorded in 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love him –  

Ruth comes from a line of people that finds it’s origin in a dark cave of hopeless depression and incest! Strike one, she is a Moabite. Residing in a pagan land she marries into a foreign family however not only does her father-in-law die, along with her brother-in-law but her own husband dies as well, AND she is childless! (Can we just not continue to tally up the strikes against this young gal?!) What was left for Ruth, especially in that day in age?! 

With all humanly conceivable hope gone, Ruth clings to her mother-in-law (Naomi), but more than that, she clings to Naomi’s God who just so happens to be The King of kings and Lord of Lords! Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18 (KJV) Ruth adamantly and resolutely sets her face toward God Almighty, leaving her pagan land and gods behind, she travels to Bethlehem with Naomi to live. 

In a wild turn of events Ruth encounters her kinsman redeemer, and as only God Almighty can do, this poor girl from a pagan land with a past plagued by hopeless tragedy and loss, is grafted into the very genealogy of Jesus Christ our Redeemer!! 
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5 (NIV) Dearly beloved of God, no matter where you are, have been or are headed, right now is not too late to stop, pause, turn from evil, do good and settle your mind, heart and future, permanently in the Hand of your Redeemer too; He only holds happily ever after endings dear one.

Become Familiar, Become Family

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Everyone knows what it feels like to be unknown; to be the new guy or gal… on the playground, in class, at work, in the neighborhood, at church, on the team… at some point or another in life, we’ve all experienced it. Aren’t we all glad that feeling, that experience is never lasting?! Eventually (hopefully or ideally) we acclimate, we make friends, we become known and we know others. There is something to be said about the familiar. It’s wonderful to feel like you “belong”. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us God has set eternity in our hearts, so that feeling like there is more to this world has been set inside us by our Creator! Acts 17:26-27 tells us God has placed us specifically within our individual time and space in history on purpose; God did this so that we would seek him and perhaps reach out to Him! He isn’t hiding from any of us but rather longs to be known intimately by each one of us! You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) In fact God says He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!

Without exception God shows no favoritism and longs for each one of His created image bearers to know Him as their personal Savior. Remember the Egyptians in Exodus that had enslaved God’s Hebrew children and were treating them with horrific brutality?! Well, God’s grace knows no bounds and a search of the Scriptures reveals God’s diligent, most earnest pursuit of the Egyptians’ hearts. Praise God that even at our worst He pursues our hearts not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9)! 

Exodus 5:2 reveals Pharoah declaring he has no idea who God is. This declaration is followed by extremely radical displays by God to reveal Himself to the Egyptians. Each revelation of Himself is followed by the explanation that the reason was so that they would know Him! See, Exodus 7:17; 8:10; 8:21-22; 9:14; 9:27-29; 10:2; and 11:7! Seven times God responds to Pharoah’s “I don’t know you” with radical revelations of Himself so the Egyptians “will know Him”! Seven is the number of perfect completion. God had perfectly and completely without a shadow of a doubt revealed Himself to Pharaoh and if you know the story, Pharoah chooses to harden his heart toward God; so God eventually honors Pharoah’s choice… all the way to the bottom of the Red Sea. 

Dear one, do you know your Savior, Jesus Christ? If not, you have not come to this page by accident but rather that is your Creator pursuing your heart even now! Believe and receive… For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)

 …“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts… Hebrews 3:15 (NIV) 

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About That Time

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I have the quote, “faith in God includes faith in His timing” taped to the front door of my refrigerator where I’m encouraged to read it often. Trusting God’s timing is not always easy but it is always best. Scripture reassures us time and again that waiting on God is where blessings reside. Scripture also illustrates how we will often not understand God’s timing, yet understanding is not the goal as much as merely trusting is. For example, check out the following passage in Acts 9:36-37 (NIV) In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. (37) About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 

Note in the above passage where it states “about that time” and consider what that phrase is referring to.

About that time (the time that Tabitha seems to be at the height of doing good and helping the poor) what happens?! 

She dies!!!?! Does that make any sense to anyone?! After reading Acts 9:36 the LAST thing you expect “about that time” is for what takes place in verse 37!! 

Maybe you can relate. You prayed desperately for a right and everything went left. Sometimes it takes handfuls of nothing left, to recognize something right, afterall. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV) On the heels of that last verse let’s proceed to the end of our story in Acts 9 specifically verse 42 (NIV).

After Tabitha is raised to life, verse 42 states, This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. If Tabitha had not gone through this “left” many would have missed seeing Jesus’ work through her life and thus been left out of Heaven! So what at first seemed to be the worst time to take Tabitha out of commission was in fact the best time for God to fulfill His ultimate mission through her life! 

If you read Isaiah 40:31 in the NIV it states, but those who hope in the LORD… the NLT states, But those who trust in the LORD… the ESV states, but they who wait for the LORD… If we do all three in the Lord (hope, trust and wait) we can’t go wrong! Hope in God includes hope in His timing, trust in God includes trust in His timing, But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 (NIV) 

Our infinite God knows things we don’t and understands things we can’t so look to Jesus and remember about the time He displayed His love for you on the cross; remember about the time His power and everlasting new life was made available to you through His resurrection! About that time dear one, you know you can trust Him, so you can trust His timing; all the time.

God bless you muchly~

“But who are you?!”

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One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Acts 19:15 (NIV) 

How much of this world are we allowing to take root in our mind and heart; to come between us and God? How much of this passing away world are we allowing to influence and distract us from what is truly meaningful in life? Scripture is clear that there is so much more going on than merely meets our human eyes! 

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even the angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 10-12 (NIV) 

Even the angels are intrigued with raptured attention at what God is doing throughout the ages and in times to come! 

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder. James 2:19 (NIV) Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:12 (NIV) 

The demons know God’s Word, they know Truth, and it makes them tremble, shudder, for they know their fate and the reality of our overcoming Almighty God! And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 (NIV) 

As a beloved child of God (Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12 (NIV)) are we spending time getting to know the Word (who is Jesus Himself)?! (The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NIV)) Are we letting the knowledge of our Heavenly Father be surpassed by that of even the demons?! 

In Acts 19 we find a story of those intrigued by the authority of Jesus’ name. They were enraptured with the power, popularity and praise that surrounded those doing miracles in the name of Jesus, so they tried to manipulate His name for their own glory and fame. When then came to try and expel evil spirits the demons responded to them with disdain and disregard. The demons were, and are, well aware of who Jesus is, and they know about those who are His true disciples, for they are given overcoming power though Him, over them; but to these men hypocritically walking in faith, the demons proclaimed them to be no threat! In fact they had no idea who they even were! The demons then proceeded to beat these men to a pulp until they ran naked and bleeding into the public streets!

Dear one, Jesus never loses sight of His own (see Psalm 139, John 10:27-30) and His eyes roam the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully devoted to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). The enemy is well aware of the overcoming power God’s children have through Jesus with His indwelling Holy Spirit. They know the victory we fight from and they tremble!! Are we missing the thrill of living for Jesus because we are distracted by this world, giving our affections away to the meaningless?! Are we bowing to the false gods of power, fame, fortune, popularity and praise from humans…?! Are we trying so hard to “fit in” when we were created to stand out?! 

When you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the floor the enemy should say, “Oh no! (insert your name) is up!!” For they know the power you have access to and if you’re willing to navigate your moments from your position in Christ they’ve lost before they began! They know if you merely resist them they will have to flee in Jesus name!! Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 (NIV) 

You may have a million reasons in life why you should fear, back down, give up….but dear one, you only need one, one cross shaped reason, to stand fearless, firm and to keep on! Look to the cross and remember where your strength comes from, your validation, your priceless worth… If you are ever faced with, “but who are you?!” respond with God-fidence, I’m a child of the Most High God, The King of kings and Lord of lords knows my name and has me in His grip. My Father stands undefeated and in the name of Jesus I too stand. ALL that comes against me must bow at His name…all fear, depression, oppression, failure, death, trial and tragedy… For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) 

Don’t get beaten to a bloody pulp by the enemy who lives to make you think you’ve lost the game you’ve actually already won! Know the Word who is Jesus, take His Truth into the fiber of your being, live in it authentically and you’ll be set free from the deceptive chains of this fleeting world! 
May the enemy never have to ask “but who are you?!” because we know the Word and live it out fearlessly with grace and Truth. Dear one, if you want to know who you are; get to know Whose you are. Your indescribable worth is found in Jesus, it is His love that defines you, precious and priceless.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong Circumstance and Yet…

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If you have ever felt like a wave of impossibilities threatened to overtake you, this story is for you in Matthew 15:32-39. This is the story of when Jesus fed the 4,000 with only 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. Interesting that the number 7, the number of completion, of perfection, in the Bible is the number of loaves of bread the disciples had on hand. This alongside a few small fish. Also interesting that the word “small” is used to describe the fish the disciples had. Jesus Himself is the Bread of Life (John 6:35), our complete and perfect sustenance. The “small” in our own hand, the “small” we have to offer Jesus becomes more than enough when we are walking along with Him! Are you willing to release into His hand your “too small”, your “not enough” so that He can take you beyond yourself? He would show you that it is in your weakness you will most rely on Him, finding His strength to be more than enough to compensate for your lack (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)! 

After reading this short passage in Matthew, where are Jesus and His disciples? Not among their people but among predominantly Gentiles! This certainly is not a place, nor a people anyone would expect God’s supernatural blessing to reign down upon. Strike one.

Next question; Who prayed for this miracle to occur? Who even thought it possible? The disciples had recently witnessed Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish (less provision for an even greater crowd) and yet they doubted (verse 33)! No one brought the need of these people to Jesus. Certainly the wrong time with no apparent faith around. Strike two.

Strike three is that the circumstances were all wrong! Not only the wrong people at the wrong time in the wrong place but there were inadequate provisions, to say the least. Three stikes we’re out, we should all just go back and sulk in the dugout, right? WRONG!! It may have been all wrong but Jesus is in the business of making all wrongs, right, dear one! 

What we see as the wrong place, Jesus saw as the perfect place to break into history His ministry to ALL people! What we see as the wrong time, Jesus saw as the perfect time to reveal that His actions are not dependent on ours. Jesus moved without any human prompting, praying or even a meager human offering of faith. (Actually He was faced with flat out doubt and denial and distaste for the whole remote area!) And yet… Jesus says in Matthew 15:32 (NIV) “I have compassion for these people;… And Jesus doesn’t stop at the thought but follows through with action!

Even in the imperfect circumstances of a severe lack of provision (which was only the cherry on top of multiple obstacles that made all seem wrong for a miracle that day) Jesus saw opportunity, and stepped in to do what only He could do; because He is love.

That day 4,000 men plus women and children were fed and had 7 baskets full of leftovers! What in your life seems all wrong for a miracle? Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people, wrong circumstance… maybe all these obstacles add up to one big opportunity for Jesus to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us (Ephesians 3:20)! Dear one, Jesus sees you and He sees you through eyes of loving compassion. Don’t lose hope, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23)!

No More Wandering

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Have you too experienced the exhaustion of wandering?! Maybe you have seen those “Family Circus” comics that trace the little boy’s wandering steps ALL over the neighborhood before he fulfills his purpose; like delivering the message to his sister (who has been sitting on the front porch all along) that it’s time for dinner! Talk about taking the long route to fulfill a purpose; exhausting! 

God graciously and patiently loves us through our wanderings and continues to meet us in our self imposed exhaustion. Mark 6:31b (NIV) Jesus says, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” He also beckons us in Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

In our continued wanderings and double-mindedness God continues to instruct and guide with all compassion and understanding, in sincerity and truth. In James 1:6-8 (NIV) But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. Think of a toddler learning to walk and all the energy they expend in their unstable wanderings! I wonder how many of us appear to God, in the same exhausted shape as a toddler at nap time! 

With gentleness God says in Deuteronomy 5:32 (NIV) So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Similarly in Proverbs 4:23-27 (NIV) He advises, Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. How long dear one, must we wander around before we learn to heed His instruction?! I think God may have the very same wonder!

Psalm 4:2 (CSB) How long, exalted ones, will my honor be insulted? How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie? And yet in His grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and sincere compassion He reaches out again and again to restore and redeem to Himself all who are willing to respond to His rest and reset. Proverbs 1:23 (CSB) If you respond to my warning, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words. Oh precious heart, do you hear the love of Jesus as He pursues you and I even in our wanderings?! Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) 

In reverent response to His voice calling out in my wandering I make Deuteronomy 5:29 a personalized prayer from a heart I pray is pure, sincere and truthful before God Almighty; “Oh, Heavenly Father, that my heart would be inclined to fear You and keep all Your commands always, so that it might go well with me and my children forever! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

God bless you muchly~

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“Poured Out” is the second book in the T.R.U.S.T. series (T.otal R.eliance U.pon S.ustained T.ruth). The goal of this series is to study through the entirety of the Old and New Testaments simultaneously and in a chronological order. The structure of this series aims to encourage rather than overwhelm anyone in any stage of life. This resource is set up to increase endurance and sustain perseverance in the study of Scripture through a healthy serving of both grace and Truth.

“Poured Out” serves as a guide through 12 weeks of study in the Old Testament book of Job and the New Testament book of Matthew. Illustrated through the life of Job we will witness radical faith on display in the face of severe suffering through a supernatural sustaining strength that uniquely comes when we are at our weakest; if we are willing to receive it. Job’s life points us to the sure and blessed Hope we have in Jesus. As we embark on another wild ride through the waters of His Word seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven, by God’s grace, may we receive a fresh encounter of the life changing faithfulness of our Messiah, Jesus, the Son of the Living God. 

At the culmination of 12 weeks I pray that each of us will have a higher perspective of our circumstances and a renewed strength that will sustain our faith and embolden our trust in Jesus through the filling of the Holy Spirit that will exceed our wildest expectations. All this in order that we, like Job, would live as a magnification of sure Hope in our Savior’s faithfulness to be the Source of all our needs and Whom will never run dry. For it is only in living poured out, that we can be truly filled. 
In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV)