Love you all, praying for you.
Do you have a favorite Bible Verse? One that just means so much to you, maybe when you needed Him most, or maybe a life verse? Maybe even a few verses that are your favorites? One of mine is Acts 13:22 - I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.” Wow what a verse. It’s not that David was special – (although he was) It was that David grew to be special. He grew a heart after God’s own heart. There’s hope for me! Anyone can be like David, just ask, and start obeying what God tells you! Praying for you that PiVAT before dinner and PRISM every day - becomes a non-negotiable for you, not a religion, just that special time you have with your Heavenly Father every day, getting directly from Him the wonderful plans He is so excited to lead you in tomorrow.
In church circles people often ask, what’s your favorite verse? But has anyone ever asked you, Hey, what’s your least favorite verse? What’s the one that you don’t like the most? I gotta say, I’ve got a couple. Verses that are just downright...uncomfortable. Those verses that stop you in your tracks. Luke 6:46 – Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” when you don’t do what I say? (Wow, what do you say to that?) or Isaiah 30:1 – Woe to the obstinate children, declares the LORD, who carry out plans that are not mine, who form an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin… (Are you kidding me?) or Psalms 50:16 – But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?” (If verses like this don’t stop you in your tracks, you’re like the guy in the canoe blissfully ignorant as he paddles down the river toward Niagara Falls.) I don’t even like reading these verses… God challenged me recently - It’s funny how many times we are quick to claim promises – as if our actions align us with them. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” as we pursue our own earthly ambitions – carrying out those plans that we never really asked Him about – to see if this is what He is really calling us to pursue at this time. We assumed His approval because we had the talent and the desire. As if success in this earthly desire, is the desires God has for us.
Recently God was showing me about re-engineering… deconstructing an object to discover how it works in hopes of duplicating or enhancing it. God told me, "You should do this with my Word. It will grow your discernment. Let the Holy Spirit lead you." Just like the revelation He gave… "Don’t just ask for the thing – ask for the thing that brings the thing." I’ve always encouraged our kids to seek the context, not just the verse. The context of that... “I can do all things” verse may surprise you. Paul wasn’t using that verse to become a millionaire. Check it out yourself - Philippians 4:13... God showed me something recently that I’ve quoted myself, without fully understanding the context. Psalms 84:7 – They go from strength to strength, til each appears before God in Zion. Hey! We all go from strength to strength! Then God told me to re-engineer that promise. Find out what precedes it. Some eye-opening things. Verse 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD, Almighty. Before he went from strength to strength – it started with him placing a high value on God’s presence, spending time in worship – not just at church – on your own. It starts there. Strength to strength starts there. Verse 2 My soul yearns even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. David acquired a taste for God’s presence. He valued it above anything else, and he put himself there - A choice – and then that choice became an increased appetite. Then verse 3 - Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar. Like the Daily Huddle – Where You Live At? Is your home His presence, because His presence is always what you come home to and go out from? Then verse 4: Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Wow! You can always tell those who make their home in His presence and His presence their home – they are the ones who are always praising! His praise is always coming out of their mouth. Every time you talk to them, they are praising God about something, giving him credit for something! That’s why God is always inhabiting them… (Notice that these people are the ones that lead the most incredible lives!) They are always praising Him, so they always see what He’s doing. And He's always doing more and more in them. Then verse 5 – Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. (They have determined to be obeyers, they're on the journey of obedience, and because they are living in His presence, because they value it and have a passion for it, their constant praising is ‘putting their strength in him’ You can’t go from strength to strength until you put your strength in Him the first time! Verse 6 follows - explaining what makes these people so different… As they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; (they make it a well) the autumn rains also cover it in pools. What was once dry as a bone is now pools of water - because they came. And you'll notice they always pass through... What was once a dessert is now a well. These people, that make their home in His presence, constant praisers, these people bring the water with them. and they leave it behind - Wells of it. The Water of the Word, and the Water of the Holy Spirit. They bring dead places to life. But this valley of Baca – baca means weeping, the place of lamentation and grief. Wow. Those who make His presence their home, who are ever praising you, leave behind pools of living water, even in the desert, even in the place of mourning. They bring refreshing. It doesn’t say the valley doesn’t affect them, but they affect it more! Then comes verse 7 - they go from strength to strength. Not everyone - These People. That’s the path – how the parts fit together to make this object. The things that happen – before the thing.
Praying for you – that the Holy Spirit will lead you to re-engineer His promises. That you will align yourself with what God’s word says brings the promise to pass. Praying that you will value His Presence, and choose it as a habit, so your appetite grows! That you will make your home His presence, so you always come home to it. That you would choose to be ever praising Him, so He takes over your choice, and your praise and testimony rise to a new level, that this would put your strength in God, that you would leave behind you in every barren place the water of the Word and the water of His Spirit, that the joy of the LORD would become your strength – so God can take you from strength to strength – refreshing every place He sends you!
Love you all,
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