Monday, July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018 … 24/7 Watch Care

Berry Patch Devotions in 2018 - Day 203 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube of images and lyrics from Kari Jobe singing … I Am Not Alone … poignantly singing of the reality that God our God is always with us and even goes ahead of us.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Jeremiah 23:24 [NKJV] … 24  Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. 
… Nowhere to go that our God doesn’t see us.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Jeremiah 23:20-24 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… God, thru The Prophet, confirms that God’s eyes are on all His children … ALWAYS! 
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Reference Passage : … Deuteronomy 31:8 [NKJV]… 8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
… Moses, to Joshua, declaring that God will go with - and even before - him as he leads God’s people into the Promised Land.

Reference Passage : … 2 Chronicles 16:9 [NKJV]… 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” 
… God declares thru a prophet to the King of Israel that there was nowhere he could go that God couldn’t see his heart.

Reference Passage : … Psalm 139:1-7 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… King David knew that our omniscient God was (IS) always watching.

Reference Passage : … Hebrews 4:13, 13:5 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… God, thru the author of Hebrews, declares that He, our Lord, will never leave us or forsake us and that his watchcase over us is 24/7 complete.

  My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Lisa Samra, uses a personal reflection about an insightful remark of her child illustrating a truth about God’s watch care we need to remember. The ODB author wrote: Before he raced out the door to school, I asked my son if he had brushed his teeth. Asking again, I reminded him of the importance of telling the truth. Unmoved by my gentle admonishment, he half-jokingly informed me that what I really needed was a security camera in the bathroom. Then I could check for myself if he had brushed his teeth and he wouldn’t be tempted to lie. 
While the presence of a security camera may help remind us to follow the rules, there are still places we can go unnoticed or ways we can avoid being seen. Although we may evade or trick a security camera [see photo], we fool ourselves if we think we are ever outside the gaze of God. 

In the ministry God has called me to serve Him, when I’m discipling the men God leads to us (USE THIS LINK) , I often remind these Christians that they may be able to con me, or their brothers in the ministry, or maybe their wives if they’re married; but they MUST NOT try to con God; because there’s simply no where they can go to hide from His watch care.

That’s the message God gives to us over and over again in His word. It was the message He gave to Joshua, thru Moses, when Joshua was charged (in Deut. 31:8) to take God’s people into the promised land. It was the message He gave to King David in song (see Ps. 139:1-7 … that the Lord watched over EVERYTHING in David’s life. And the Lord repeats this assurance of His 24/7 watch care in all the other Scriptures above.

So, as Kari Jobe sings in the linked song, we are never alone; and as He promised in the passages from the Author of Hebrews above, … our God will never leave us nor forsake us. And I think that truth is WAY WORTHY of a resounding and thankful ”HALLELUJAH!!” … don’t you? 

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for Your omniscient watch care. 
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … O Lord, watch over me as I do all I can this day to serve and glorify Your Name. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018 … Hope Lies in Jesus

Berry Patch Devotions in 2018 - Day 202 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube of images and lyrics from Crowder along with Tauren Wells singing … All Our Hope … poignantly singing of the hope we have in our eternal relationship with Christ..


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Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 34:18 [NKJV] … 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. 
… When we’re at our lowest, our God is at His closest.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 34:15-18 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… King David in a time of great trial/stress couched all his hope in His God.
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Reference Passage : … Psalm 119:50 [NKJV]… 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. 
… The Psalmist found his hope in God’s word.

Reference Passage : … Lamentations 3:22-23 [NKJV]… 22  Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.23  They are new every morning; … great is Your faithfulness. 
… God’s mercies are new every morning and available to all whose hope is in Christ.

Reference Passage : … Colossians 1:27 [NKJV]… 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
… Christ in us, His Holy Spirit, is our hope of glory.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Dave Branon, uses a personal personal reflection about the loss of a child to show that all our hope lies in Jesus. The ODB author wrote: As we were enjoying an excursion to the airport, Steve [my son] turned to me and said, “It’s not as much fun without Melissa,” his eight-year-old sister and sidekick. Neither of us knew then how poignant those words would turn out to be. Life indeed has not been “as much fun” for the years since Mell died in a car accident as a teenager. The passage of time may dull the ache, but nothing takes the pain away completely. Time cannot heal that wound. But here’s something that can help: listening to, meditating on, and savoring the solace promised by the God of all comfort. 
Life can never be the same again when someone we love is gone. But God’s promises bring hope and comfort. 

Perhaps there are readers here today who’ve experienced a great loss or a personal trauma which has been a “gut punch” in our life, causing great pain, sorrow, and feelings of loss. But we Christians, … if we believe in the hope that lies in us thru our relationship with Christ, can move onward, letting time heal the wounds of loss, because, as Crowder sings in the linked song, “All our hope is in Jesus!” 

Please take in the song and meditate on God’s truth and prayerfully get the same soothing balm from God’s word as the Psalmist sung of in Psalm 119:50 … or King David in the highlight Psalm 34, … or the Apostle Paul in Col.1:27, all seeing what we need to see … the truth of what lies ahead in eternity when we see all hope come to fruition in glory.

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You the hope You have planted in my heart in Your Spirit.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … I set the past in the past and find all my hope which lies ahead in You. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

July 21, 2018 … Shelter in the Storms

Berry Patch Devotions in 2018 - Day 201 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube of images and lyrics from Ryan Stevenson singing … Eye of the Storm … powerfully singing of how we find God’s guiding and protection in the storms of life.


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Highlight Verse[s]: James 1:[NKJV] … 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 
… We all encounter the storms of temptation which lead to sin/death.
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Highlight Passage [context]: James 1:12-18 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… James encourages us to find our shelter in the storms of life in the loving protection of our Lord. 
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Reference Passage : … Psalm 62:5-8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… King David sings of where His strength is found to deal with the storms of life.

Reference Passage : … 1 Corinthians 10:13 [NKJV]… 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 
… God, thru Paul, shows us the Lord’s faithfulness to help us deal with the storms of life.

Reference Passage : … 2 Corinthians 12:9 [NKJV]… 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
… God’s grace is always sufficient to give us the strength to deal with the trials of life.

Reference Passage : … Galatians 6:1-5 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… We are called as Christians to help others deal with the temptation to sin.

Reference Passage : … 2 Timothy 2:22 [NKJV]… 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 
… God’s primary battle strategy for dealing with storms of lust where so many find themselves these days.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, James Banks, uses a personal story about storm chasers to illustrate how we must avoid and deal with the storms of life The ODB author wrote: When I lived in Oklahoma I had a friend who “chased” tornados. John tracked the storms carefully through radio contact with other chasers and local radar [see photo], trying to keep a safe distance while observing their destructive paths so he could report sudden changes to people in harm’s way. 
One day a funnel cloud changed course so abruptly John found himself in grave danger. Fortunately, he found shelter and was spared. 
John’s experience that afternoon makes me think of another destructive path: sin in our lives. 

In my life, I have been called to be a Gal. 6:1-5 and 2Tim. 2:22 “storm chaser,” … helping Christian men who encounter storms of habitual sexual sin, to walk out of those storms and find the protective shelter of their relationship with Christ.

Our Ministry (see www.battleplanministries.org), shows men the truth of God’s faithfulness (see 1Cor. 10:13) and the sufficiency of His grace (see 2Cor. 12:9) to walk away from the storm clouds of sexual sin into the light and freedom offered by God’s Spirit.

These days, our “pornified” world has become shrouded in the the thunderstorms of hyper- sexuality, making it very difficult for men (well, really anyone) to avoid these storm clouds. But as King David sung [in Ps. 62:5-8], and Ryan Stevenson sings in the linked song, we can find shelter from these storms and take on God’s strength to walk out from under these dangerous thunderstorms of sin.

I pray that those reading this have found that strength and the “Son-shine,” where we can find His light to walk away from the dark and dangerous thunder clouds of lustful pleasure which surround so many of us today.

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for sanctifying and empowering grace to flee the storm clouds of lust in our world.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … You are my shelter in the storm. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018 … Homeward!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2018 - Day 200 

Devotional Song:GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube of song and lyrics from Scott Parker singing his song … Heart Headed Home … poignantly singing how need to have the hope which comes from looking forward to our home in heaven.


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Highlight Verse[s]: John 14:2 [NLT] … 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
 … Jesus tries to belay the fears of His disciples by telling them of a glorious home He will have prepared for them when they find their way to their eternal home.
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Highlight Passage [context]: John 14:1-14 [NLT]… USE THIS LINK
… Jesus, in the Upper Room, tells His Disciples that He is going ahead to prepare an eternal home for them.
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Reference Passage : … Isaiah 41:10 [NLT]… 10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 
… During our trek thru this life, we need not fear what comes into our lives [see also Rom. 8:28]

Reference Passage : … 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Truth [!!] … and from it we have the hope of a new home - with Christ - forever!!

Reference Passage : … Hebrews 13:5-6 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… During our sojourn on earth we need never fear because our God will never forsake us.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Keila Ochoa, a common word picture of a family move to illustrate our heading every homeward in our sojourn in this life. The ODB author wrote: “Why do we have to leave our home and move?” my son asked. [see photo] It’s difficult to explain what a home is, especially to a five-year-old. We were leaving a house, but not our home, in the sense that home is where our loved ones are. It’s the place where we long to return after a long trip or after a full day’s work. 

Yes, it may be difficult for a 5 year old to understand the concept of “home,” especially when circumstances in life are confusing or in upheaval. But how often do we older folks, those of us who’ve given our lives to Jesus, get uptight or stressed out when we have to move to a new place and start a new chapter in our life. Just imagine how difficult it was for Jesus, the night before He died, to explain and belay the fears of His Disciples when they learned that He was “going away” from them, especially learning that one of them would betray Him that night.

But Jesus told them, as captured in the highlight passage [see John 14], that He would return to them and have a home waiting for them. But they didn’t get it, just as we so-called people of “faith” forget that our trek on this earth is just a temporary sojourn thru time and that our hope is in the home waiting for us in glory.

Stop, then, as you read this, listen to the linked song, and meditate on the truths above; … and then breath a sigh of relief, knowing that Jesus has a glorious home waiting for us when He comes again to claim His Bride.

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for having my eternal home waiting for me to be with You forever.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Waiting, Lord, … to be with You in glory. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018 … Focus!!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2018 - Day 199 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Alan Jackson singing the old classic … Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus … poignantly singing how we must focus our eyes on our relationship with Christ and not let visions of worldly/fleshly things divert our attention from God’s grace.


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Highlight Verse[s]: 2Corinthians 4:17-18 [NLT] … 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 
… Focusing on the here-and-now will take our mind’s eye off or what is really important … our relationship with Christ.
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Highlight Passage [context]: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18 [NLT]… USE THIS LINK
… Paul exhorts Christians to focus on Christ and the Cross rather than on our circumstances 
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Reference Passage : … Isaiah 26:3 [NLT]… 3  You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 
… God’s anti-anxiety prescription is to keep our trusting focus on Him.

Reference Passage : … John 10:10 [NLT] … 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 
 … Since Jesus’ promise here is truth,… so, why would we ever take our eyes from His purposes and dwell on what the world or Satan would try to get us to see.

Reference Passage : … Romans 8: 28, 39 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Truth [!!], … showing us that nothing can separate us from God’s love … and that our God works thru all of life’s circumstances FOR OUR GOOD.

Reference Passage : … Hebrews 11:1 [NLT] … 1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 
 … Seeing life thru the eyes of faith keeps our focus on God’s will and His purposes and reduces or eliminates our anxieties about the circumstances of life.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Anne Cetas, uses an illustration of how a friend of hers used a glass cross to keep his focus on Christ and away from the troubles of the world. The ODB author wrote: My coworker, Tom, keeps an 9 inch by 12 inch glass cross on his desk. His friend Phil, who like Tom is cancer survivor, gave it to Tom to help him look at everything “through the cross.” The glass cross [see photo] is a constant reminder of God’s love and good purposes for my friend, Tom. 
 That’s a challenging task for all believers in Jesus, especially during difficult times. It’s so much easier to focus on our problems than on God’s love. 

 I so love the simple, but powerful message of Alan Jackson’s rendering of the old hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, linked above, because it gives the same TRUTHFUL message as the ODB today. And the truth is that when we can take our eyes off of our own desires and the lures of the world (and Satan), we can see so much clearer what’s really important thru eyes of faith.

That’s the message of all of those truths from God’s words provided above for the meditation of any reader here. Perhaps you’re one whose attention has been anxiously focused on some challenging circumstances in your life. Well, God gives us His anti-anxiety prescriptions (see above); but we must choose to view life thru the eyes of faith, trusting that God is in COMPLETE control and always doing or allowing what is good for us.

So, let’s turn our eyes upon our Lord today and see life His way!!

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for giving me eyes of faith.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Shine Your light brightly on Your purpose so that I can easily see it today. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 … Passion = Christ B

erry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 197 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Avalon singing … Everything To Me … poignantly singing how we can choose to make Jesus our everything in life.


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Highlight Verse[s]: Psalm 20:7 [NLT] … 7  Some nations boast of their chariots and horses; but we boast in the name of our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm. 
… Christians must put NOTHING in the place of our relationship with our God.
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Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 20 [NLT]… USE THIS LINK
… King David sings of how his God is #1 in his life.
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Reference Passage : … Proverbs 3:5-6 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… Trust God with ALL YOUR HEART … and … Acknowledge Him with ALL OUR WAYS.

Reference Passage : … John 15: 5, 7 [NKJV] … 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. … 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
 … Abiding in Christ is putting Him above all aspects of our life, … i.e, making Him our passion.

Reference Passage : … 1John 2:15-17 [NKJV] … 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
… God’s strong warning to avoid elevating anything in this world above our abiding love for Jesus.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, David H Roper, uses an illustration of how we can let earthly/worldly things become idols in our lives. The ODB author wrote: One of the tellers at my bank has a photograph of a Shelby Cobra roadster on his window. (The Cobra is a high-performance automobile built by the Ford Motor Company. ... See photo above) 
One day, while transacting business at the bank, I asked him if that was his car. “No,” he replied, “that’s my passion, my reason to get up every morning and go to work. I’m going to own one someday.” 
I understand this young man’s passion. A friend of mine owned a Cobra, and I drove it on one occasion! It’s a mean machine! But a Cobra, like everything else in this world, isn’t worth living for. Those who trust in things apart from God “are brought to their knees and fall,” according to the psalmist (Psalm 20:8). 

So, is our passion our relationship with Christ and filing our lives with His truth and our surrender to His ways? Or do we pursue passions like the Cobra in the ODB entry above?

God put a “love-hole” in the soul of every one of us that only HE can fill; and that is clearly expressed in the Scriptures above as well as the linked song. Our challenge … what drives our lives? What do we pursue above all else? … What is our passion?

Because if it’s anything besides an abiding, surrendered life to our King Jesus, we have let idols become our passion; and we’ll never live the fruitful life God desires for us (see John 15: 5,7 and 1John 2:15-17). We get to choose our passion in life, don’t we? God's questions become …

WHAT IS OUR CHOICE?!! … WHAT IS OUR PASSION?!!

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for showing my way to be fulfilled by Your love/grace.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Be my passion in life.!… Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018 … Chosen and Called

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 197 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics of Daniel O’Donnell singing … Here I Am Lord … poignantly singing of responding to God’s call with our willing/humble service.


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Highlight Verse[s]: 1 Corinthians 1:27 [NKJV] … 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; … 
… Really, God; … You’ve chosen me!!!
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Highlight Passage [context]: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… God’s truth, thru Paul, that God’s ways are sometimes mysterious to us.
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Reference Passage : … Joshua 1:1-9 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… God’s call and charge to Joshua … as well as His promise to be with him in his calling.

Reference Passage : … Matthew 5:48 [NKJV] … 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 
… And to that charge from Jesus, I think all must say, … “I just can’t do that!!”

Reference Passage : … Acts 1:8 [NKJV] … 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
… Jesus calling to ALL Christians and His promise to provide HIS power to enable us to be His witnesses to the world.

Reference Passage : … Hebrews 13:5-6 [NKJV]… USE THIS LINK
… God’s promise to all He chooses … that He …”will never leave us, nor forsake us!”

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Tim Gustafson, uses a word picture with which most of us can identify to teach on God’s calling to His beloved. The ODB author wrote: “I just can’t do it!” lamented the dejected student. On the page he could see only small print, difficult ideas, and an unforgiving deadline. He needed the help of his teacher. 
We might experience similar despair when we read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). Anger is as bad as murder (v. 22). Lust equals adultery (v. 28). And if we dare think we can live up to these standards, we bump into this: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (v. 48). 

Yeah, … been there, felt that, and have worn that T-shirt, for sure! I can remember looking down at a genetics test in college [see photo] and having those “No Way!!” feelings [see photo]. I think we’ve all felt inadequate to our calling at times, haven’t we? And those feelings are certainly described in may Biblical characters.

Think of Joshua getting the overwhelming calling to lead God’s people into the Promised Land after Moses died (see Joshua 1). Or what about “scaricat” Gideon being called to take 300 men to face thousands of Midianites [see Judges 6]? Or Moses’ doubts and fears when God called him at the burning bush [see Exod. 3]? Or impetuous Peter whom Jesus called to be a “fisher of men.” [see Matt. 4] Those turned out to be pretty good witnesses for God, didn’t they? But they certainly had those “NO WAY, GOD!” feelings when they were called.

But then we remember the truth of God’s word in the highlight and reference passages above; and we’re confronted with a truth a mentor repeated many times to me, … that … “God’s calling is His enablement.” And so, if we’re convicted or feeling called by God’s Spirit to a certain task or service for God, and we’re having those “can’t do it” feelings, we can know that our God will gives us what it takes from His Spirit to carry out that task; … just as He did with Moses, Gideon, Joshua, or Peter.

So, let’s just jettison those “I just can’t” feelings; and rely on our God to give us what it takes to do what He calls us to do and let’s echo what Daniel O’Donnell sings in the linked song … “Here I Am, Lord, … I will follow!!”

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My THANKFULNESS: … Oh Lord, Jesus, thank You for Your enabling grace and Your calling for me to serve.
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My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … Precious Spirit … Lift me up to overcome my feelings of inadequacy and pour Your enabling/empowering grace into my efforts to fulfill Your calling. … Amen

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled “Our Daily Bread,” distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.