The Wild Win

During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. Exodus 14:24 (NIV)

During which watch of the night did the Lord throw the enemy into confusion according to the verse above? THE LAST! It’s like God is a professional at pulling out the game point win with only a .1 millisecond left on the clock!! Games like that are super intense and rare but it seems our God can pull out a wild win like that anytime He wants! 

Jacob wrestled with God all through the night (Gen:32:22-32) and it wasn’t until just before daybreak that Jacob got the blessing. He was called an overcomer by God. I bet Jacob was wondering what God was talking about?! Jacob probably didn’t feel like much of an overcomer having to wrestle ALL night long!! But I believe it was at the moment that Jacob recognized that he couldn’t bless himself… that any blessing he received would have to come from Sovereign God Almighty. It’s in obedience and submission to God that we become overcomers. 

Jacob walked away from that match with a limp but a limp that made sure he never forgot just Who was Sovereign and Almighty over the very gift of breath he had. Every ache of his hip (that may have acted up especially in the rainy seasons of his life) reminded Jacob he was blessed and not alone – an overcomer. The ache gave him reason to praise God even in the rainy seasons! 

God sits enthroned upon our praises which shames the enemy with defeat. Jacob had wrestled with God and hung on, recognizing his life Source. When we reverence our life source as Jesus, Sovereign God Almighty, we too become overcomers. May any “limp” we acquire not keep us in the shadow of shame or under the rock of regret but rather in the enemy defeating praise performance of a lifetime, to our Savior’s glory!

In the dark of night don’t let the enemy have the upper hand in his finest hour! Wrestle through! Walk through that last watch, for it is at the break of day that God’s mercies flow fresh and new!! Jesus holds the ultimate victory so He can bring a wild win through your current “game” no matter what the score board reads or how much time is left on the clock! Just wait for it… God loves a wild win!

Stick to the Pattern

See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. Exodus 25:40 (NIV)

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When Moses was commissioned to build the tabernacle in the desert God reminded Moses to build according to the plans He gave him in His presence.

Have you let the distractions in your “desert” blur the details of the plan God commissioned you with in His presence? Have you begun to doubt or take building advice from other voices? Is the pattern God gave you taking longer than expected or maybe it’s just hard and looking very different than you thought?!

We can rest in the wait because we know Who holds the weight. Noah did. Noah was given the pattern to build an Ark for God and no one (including Noah) had ever even seen rain before! Noah gave the most weight to the Word of God and His family was saved! What plan, what voice, who’s opinion do you allow to hold the most weight in your heart/mind?

and Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. Genesis 7:5 (NIV) We can’t expect to understand a “pattern” He gave someone else when they were alone with God. We can also not measure our own God given “pattern” with another’s. Each life is His fresh new idea and will reflect Him in a fresh angle to the world. Are we willing to see it? To be it?

Jesus modeled the way to keep to the pattern for your life, HIS pattern for your life. Through earnest prayer and reading the Scriptures with a gentle and humble heart of which only He can give us if we’ll receive it.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will ear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

Don’t give up, stick to your God given pattern, sustaining strength is found in Him – let Him finish what He has started in you as He promises to (Phil. 1:6) – He only builds good and beautiful things to His great glory dear one (Ecc. 3:11).

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A Light To Be Shared

Praying to GROW through what we go through. 

That all the fiery trials of life that the enemy means to turn us into ash with, will rather refine our faith into something that rises with the most breathtaking beauty!

He rose again so that we can rise again!

He overcame so we can be overcomers!

He reigns victorious so we can carry His victory in this world EVEN WHEN it “rains”!

Think about Jesus. He held on patiently while sinful men were doing evil things against him. Look at Jesus’ example so that you will not get tired and stop trying. Hebrews 12:3 (ICB)

Entrusting our hearts fully into His steady hands ensures we will always have Light to share. …his word is in my heart like a fire… (Jer. 20:9)

Never forget you are dearly loved (with unfailing love) by The King that knit your heart! 

May God bless you very muchly as you choose to LIVE in the gift of His love today.

PS. Check out the song titled “Carriers” by Jeremy Camp

Made me think I want to be…

*a carrier of His name

*vaccinated by His love

*and a walking inoculation center, ready to share Him with anyone!

Zech. 4:6 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

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“LIVE in The Light” is the second study book in a four part series that will take us further into the life of Christ. We will continue to journey through the harmony of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Go back to what you know to find your faith in all that you do not. Allow God to use your questions, doubts, fears, failures as well as your triumphs as tools to bring Truth into the Light. Upon the solid foundation of Christ we place our trust that we may truly step into life as He intended it to be lived. In a world with ever fluctuating standards of validation, come delight yourself in Him who remains unchanging and steadfast through the ages. Through His life we will learn how to live with great expectancy rather than tangled and tripped up in our faulty expectations. Our God takes great delight in who He purposed you to be, a display of His splendor! Come step into the Light of His lavish love for you and LIVE! Ephesians 5:8 (NIV) For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light ~

Distressed To De-Stressed

David was greatly distressed … But David found strength in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV) 

Greatly distressed… anyone out there ever experienced great distress in their lives? Not just stress but full out DIStressed, like I’m talking stress on steroids?!! It’s an easy downward spiral to begin wallowing in what we might call weakness. Self talk can be strongly negative in stressful moments or seasons. “Why couldn’t I balance it, why did I fail…again, why wasn’t I enough, why did my patience run short, why am I so weak, I should know better by now…” Seems to me the main character or subject in all that self talk is just that, SELF. 

Psalm 68:19 (NIV) states, Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. How often?! DAILY God offers to bear our burdens! Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. How often and how long do we spend with God compared to that with our phone/social media? Is our focus more on self or our Sustainer in our distress?

1 John 4:4 (NIV) You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. Romans 8:11 tells us as believers in Jesus, His Spirit lives in us! The same Spirit that raised Him from the dead!!! Dear one, I don’t think you are weak even in your most distressed state! You cannot be weak with God Almighty inside of you.

Don’t call weak what may just be weary. David was greatly distressed and found strength where? Not in self talk or self help books or on social media but in the Lord his God. His God who is our God and who daily is strong enough to carry our burdens and beckons us moment by moment to come near and cast it all on His strong enough shoulders. 

Do you feel stressed, burdened, just plain weary… don’t call it weak, call on the God who has a word morning by morning (daily) to sustain the weary (Isaiah 50:4).

I pray this week that in our most stressful moments we can all declare with our lives… (__Your name___) was greatly distressed… But (___ your name_____) found strength in the Lord his/her God.

Dear one, our weariness will never outweigh His sustaining strength, praise Him, oh praise Him!! He is the calorie free carbohydrate of life, so feast!!

A Seasonal Menu

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…In the evening you will know that it was the LORD…and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD… Exodus 16:6-7 (NIV)

In the evening you will KNOW and in the morning you will SEE… These verses in Exodus refer to God’s promised provision to sustain His people for forty years in the desert. 

Point #1: In John 6:35 Jesus declares Himself to be the Bread of Life. He is the very sustenance of life itself.

Point #2: Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds that the steadfast love of God never ceases and that every morning His mercies fall afresh!! 

Point #3: Psalm 16:7 conveys that even at night the Lord counsels.

Just like the Israelites in the DESERT WILDERNESS had EVERYTHING they NEEDED to sustain them through that season, so do we in Jesus, the very Bread of Life. EVERY morning He wakes us to SEE the fresh new beginning He offers because of His GREAT unfailing love and mercies. By evening what we had only seen in the morning becomes what we KNOW by night because throughout the day we have experienced Him meet our need to wash ourselves lavishly in His generous flow of mercy, grace, love and forgiveness!  

However we know that the Israelites were not content with the provision of manna. They complained and even begged to go back into slavery to escape it!!! But remember God never intended for the manna to be on the menu permanently it was only for a season. God had told them He was bringing them to a land flowing with milk and honey… no mention of manna. Manna was to get them through a season. Do we grumble against the miracle manna God has sent to sustain us through a season? 

Today, may we praise God for the provision of seasonal “manna”. Because of His death and resurrection we don’t end in “manna” but in Jesus we are headed to Paradise. A place with no tears or pain. A Paradise prepared in such love it’s too wonderful for any mind to conceive or ear to have heard or eye to have yet seen! 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 

Enjoy the miracle provision of the seasonal menu, it won’t last forever.

Music listening suggestion: “Ride it Out” by Sanctus Real

Remain On The Line

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He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. Daniel 2:22 (NIV) ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) 

Why do we toss and turn, losing sleep and energy over trying to discern what God’s will is when if we were to expend our energies rather, into just knowing Him, we would naturally be walking in His will! Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) reminds us, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

How much of our heart?

ALL!

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L.isten

L.et Him lead

If we want to live ALL in His will then it will take abiding in Him, and listening, and letting Him lead, as we follow in obedience. 

How are you abiding in Him? How are you listening? How are you letting Him lead you? Are you following in surrendered obedience (in every area of your life)?

Daniel 2:22 makes clear there are hidden things, things we do not know that lie in darkness. But Light dwells with Him, and in Him there is no darkness at all! In Jeremiah 33:3 God invites us to call out to Him to reveal that which is unsearchable for us, things only He can reveal! Are we willing to step ALL in? Call to Him, His phone number is easy to remember, 33:3 and His machine message is simply illuminating, 2:22! Maybe we make complicated, what should be as easy as 1, 2, 3?! 

He is always there, you’ll never get a busy signal. When you hear silence maybe He is waiting on you to lean in closer, to trust Him deeper in the waiting as He is affording time to lead you further into His heart of perfect love for you.  

Don’t give up dear one – remain on The Vine. John 15:5 (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Live Entrusted

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Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.” 1 Chronicles 19:13 (NIV) 

David’s warriors were resolute to fight bravely, entrusting themselves and the battle’s outcome to God. They trusted God would do what was good in His sight. I’m so glad that God has a birds eye view to all that I am blind to. I can trust Him to see what I cannot and thus prepare and perform in ways far beyond my own. 

Too often we get caught in the little slice of life we can see, feel, hear and touch (and if we are not careful we can begin to do the same with His Word… picking and piecing together our own theology instead of taking ALL of God’s Word in totality) we become endangered of missing His bigger picture. We can think of it this way, if I were blind and told to describe a bus but I only touched the wheel, I would say a bus is round and rubbery. That is not at all what a bus is! My perspective was skewed by my lack of it.

It’s easy to lose a battle or miss a blessing simply because we have overthought it in our finite minds or we have listened to the wrong voices describe it. We rely on a limited perspective more than we trust His greater one. 

1 Chronicles 19:1-4 describes a time when David tried to show great kindness to another leader however because the people around that leader spoke words of doubt over David’s act of kindness, the leader retaliated with great meanness! That leader missed out on a huge blessing because he trusted the wrong source, a wrong perspective. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that ONLY God Himself can fathom His great plan from beginning to end. Genesis 16:13 reminds us that our God is a God that sees us. He knows the number of hairs on your head, He knows the number of days to your life, He has collected your tears in a bottle, there is no place you can go, no battle you will face that He does not see you in! Why so often do we trust the “blind eye” when we know the One who sees and promises His presence with us!!! 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV) That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 

Each day we are gifted to wake back up, may we pray to know Him more, becoming completely convinced He is able in all situations to see us, freeing us up to LIVE ENTRUSTED! Entrusted to the One we know is able to guard us, doing battle before us, so that we might fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. Trusting all our outcomes to the One who will faithfully do what is good for us, and for His glory, according to His perfect sight. Praise Him!

Because… I know Him.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 (NIV) 

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Exodus 14:14 became one of my “flotation devices” near a decade ago. I like to refer to passages or verses from God’s Word that I find particularly powerful, as flotation devices. Sometimes the Truth from just one verse like Exodus 14:14 can sustain the abundant life Jesus died to give us through unthinkable hardships and tragedies the enemy thought were sure to have had us bobbing belly up! 

The flotation device, or Exodus 14:14, was tossed out to me by a mom who happened to be fighting along her son’s side to kick cancer. Her son was battling cancer and yet SHE had a flotation device to toss ME?!?! When you have allowed the LIVING WATER of His Word to completely fill you, you’re unsinkable! His Word declares it wells up within you to eternal life!

Moses who speaks Exodus 14:14 grew up in times of turmoil. Honestly if we look at all of history who hasn’t grown up in times of turmoil?! And that my friends is why His Word tells us He is the sure foundation for our times! OUR TIMES! Our God is timelessly trustworthy and He has proven it time and time again! 

Moses as a baby was delivered from death by literally riding a floatation device, a basket coated with tar and pitch (Ex. 2:3). He grows up and is commissioned by God to deliver His people out of slavery (more times of turmoil – can anyone begin to relate?). Exodus 4:10 finds Moses debating with God Almighty, complete with supporting evidence as to why God has chosen the wrong guy for the job. None the less God wins the argument and Moses goes with God.

Now 10 chapters later in Exodus 14 Moses is still quite aware of his shortcomings and his times are still quite filled with turmoil to say the least however something has changed. Moses has walked with God chapter by chapter and now speaks from the side of having experienced the use of his own great weaknesses infused with God’s overcoming strength and can thus declare in great God-confidence to all the people as they face their Red Sea, their seemingly impossibility; “The God I know, will fight for you, you need only to be still!” 

Where did this knowledge come from? From choosing to trust God in the turmoil, in the trial and finding God faithful. He never asked you to float without Him but always IN Him, in His Word, in His promises! Like Moses, that mom had discovered this Truth and so in her storm she was a lighthouse on a hill passing every “floating device” God handed to her heart on to others on the stormy seas of life… why? Well, walking with Him leads to ever increasing trust in Him because you begin to know Him. Like Moses was able to stand unshaken on the brink of the Red Sea, turmoil swirling at deafening levels, that mom extended me a “flotation device” from a steady heart and a confident gaze that said, “…because He’s faithful, He’s unsinkable… I know Him.”