9/11/11 Devotional Thought

“Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, naked I’ll return to the womb of the earth. God gives, God takes. God’s name be ever blessed. Not once through all this did Job sin; not once did he blame God.” Job 1:20-21
Job 1:1 talks about what kind of man Job was. I’m no where near as devoted as Job was most days of my life (although that is my desire) and yet I feel as though God abandoned His poor, innocent servant every time things don’t go my way. What is up with that?

Reading these verses, I feel like such a spoiled brat. I turn quickly on my awesome loving Savior when physical things go wrong. Lord, please teach me to respond like Job did. He immediately went to worship and recognized that he came into this world with nothing and will leave this world with nothing. It’s all in God’s hands. His capable, loving, strong, nail-scared hands…

Upward and Onward

So… It’s been long…long…long time since I’ve written anything. To be completely honest and transparent, it’s mostly because I haven’t really had anything worth writing. Sure, I’ve been extremely busy and life feels like it’s spinning in harmonious chaos. But ultimately, if I felt I had something worth writing, I would’ve made time to do it. Which begs the question, why haven’t I had something worth writing? Is there nothing going on in my spiritual life which I could write about and share with others? I feel like a lot has changed in my life and heart over the past year. In fact, I know a lot has changed. And yet, so much hasn’t. A lot of the idols and giants I wanted conquered in my life remain to die another day. I know God has been moving in my life, but have I really pursued Him at the depth I could have and with the passion of a lovesick lover? Honestly, no. No I haven’t. If I had, I know I would be on to bigger and better things in God.

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Purpose in the Wilderness

A few days ago during my devotions I was listening to some worship music.  I was really struggling to find a song that truly represented my heart as I wanted to worship God.  I quickly prayed in my head asking God to show me a song that represented where my heart was at with God. I was clicking thru my songs and came across one called “Hosea” by Luke Wood.  I was curious to see what it was about… and God answered my prayer! The chorus says, “We’re going back to the wilderness where it all began, back to the place where We first met. We’re going back to the wilderness where it all began, but this time it ends in the Garden of Eden.” Wow… So my heart is in the wilderness. Very true. I know this is where I am, but I had always viewed this as a very negative thing.  I figured it was my fault that I was here because I had some terrible lesson to learn because there’s an area of sin that God wants to deal with.  While that may be true at times, God revealed to me a much grander and more beautiful purpose for the wilderness.  It is the place where intimacy begins. Continue reading…

“When doubts filled my mind…”

These words were penned by a man many Christians consider to be their favorite character… second to Jesus of course. A man that God himself said was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). I think that for some reason many of us can relate to David easier than we can relate to Jesus. David gives hope to anyone: even though he was a murderer, adulterer, married to many wives, etc. He was still call a man after God’s own heart. He understood what it meant to give it all, to truly worship God. Not with lip service as the Israelites eventually fell in to (Isaiah 29:13) but with his heart. He knew how to command his heart and soul in to a place of truly worshiping God. I think this is something that has been lost upon many in our generation… including myself.

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Write It Down…

Today I was challenged as I read a book by Bill Johnson called The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind. He’s talking about remembering God’s Word and how it is extremely vital in living the Kingdom life that God has called us to – a life of miracles, healings, and power. He talks about meditation, and how it should not be confused with the world’s view of meditation. The world’s view of meditation is to empty your mind of everything, and therefore somehow find your true self. God’s view of meditation is to fill your mind with the knowledge of His word and promises. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly meditating. When the bill that we can’t pay comes, we are either going to meditate on the impossibility, or we’re going to meditate on God’s promise to provide for all our needs. Continue reading…