Bible in 365 Days – Day 209

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 63:15-19
  • Isaiah 64-66
  • 2 Kings 20:20-21
  • 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 64:7‭-‬8 NLT

Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Observation (s):

  1. When we don’t acknowledge God’s place in our lives, He is forced to leave us to our sinful natures.

    Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.

  2. Abandoning us is not what God intended, in His role as our Father and Potter who shapes our lives.

    And yet, O Lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Application:

Imagine how you feel when the persons you love acknowledge your role and your influence in their lives. Does it make you feel loved, important and seen? If we, as humans, crave this recognition from our loved ones, why is it so hard for us to afford that recognition to God?

God is the Potter who shapes the clay that is our lives. When we refuse to acknowledge His influence on our lives, He is forced to hand us over to the sins that will mar the perfection of the vessels He has lovingly formed with His hands. Will you acknowledge your Father today? Call on His name.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 196

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 136
  • Psalms 146-150

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 136:23 NLT

He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Through His faithful love, God remembers us in our weaknesses.

    He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.

     

Application:

Have you ever been so sick that you couldn’t move? The last time I was affected by this level of weakness was when Jamaica had an outbreak of the chikungunya virus, commonly called “chik v”. Today, if you sit and listen to Jamaicans tell you of their experiences with the disease, you will hear stories of a disease that impacted persons differently because it preyed on people’s individual weaknesses. Some, like myself, had joints that ached severely and nasal issues, others experienced diarrhea and other bowel conditions, including vomiting. There were even a few persons who died.

Chik v exploited people’s physical weaknesses, making them worse. God remembers and protects us despite our weaknesses, striving to make us better. Through His faithful love, He refrains from exploiting us and protects us from exploitation. Our Father’s faithful love endures forever, towards us.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 177

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Focus Chapters:

  • Hosea 2:14-23
  • Hosea 3-8

 

Standout Verse(s):

Hosea 6:6 NLT

I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God desires us to show love as much as we offer sacrifices.

    I want you to show love,
    not offer sacrifices.
    I want you to know me
    more than I want burnt offerings.

  2. God desires us to connect with and know Him more than He desires burnt offerings.

    I want you to show love,
    not offer sacrifices.
    I want you to know me
    more than I want burnt offerings.

     

Application:

It is quite easy to get caught up in the motions of doing things out of habit or because it is expected of us. Regrettably most of us spend our lives on autopilot, never connecting or doing things from the heart. For example: we throw tithes because we should, we attend church because it is expected and participate in church events because it would look weird or questionable if we don’t. Despite all these actions, we never take the time to talk to God or read His word or listen to His voice for His directions. We shun connecting with God but embrace disconnection through the false reality of appearing to connect.

God does not desire us to do things on autopilot, particularly as it relates to Him. God requires sacrifices and offerings that are backed by a desire to please and connect with Him. He does not delight in sacrifices when it is done because it is expected rather than a pure gesture of love. He has no interest in burnt offerings when we make no effort or have no desire to know Him.

Our religious actions, without the requisite and necessary connection with God, is for naught. Embrace the opportunity to connect with God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 156

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Kings 11
  • 2 Chronicles 9:29-31
  • Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Kings 11:1-3 NLT

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Solomon disobeyed God’s instructions and married foreign women.

    Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.”

  2. Solomon’s love of his foreign wives was the root cause behind his heart straying away from the Lord.

    Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

Application:

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Did you know that the people you love can become your treasure? Deep love brings with it a deep desire to please, giving the recipient of that love, power that can be easily abused. The people you love have the power to lead you astray. It is, therefore, critical to choose companions who share your fundamental belief systems.

Throughout his youth, Solomon loved and pleased God, yet he made one fundamental mistake. In his wisdom, he understood the importance of marrying to form foreign political allies. However, he disobeyed God’s precise instructions and made room in his life for foreign princesses and their foreign gods. He grew to love these women, giving them the control and room to sway him from his beliefs. In his old age, his love, for these women, turned his heart away from God to them and their gods. 

Are you choosing your companions wisely? Do they add or detract from your spiritual life? Don’t be like Solomon whose love for his wives caused him to stray from God.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 121

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 22
  • Psalms 18

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 18:1-2 NLT

I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David used the possessive pronoun “my” that declared his relationship with God.

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

  2. David’s declaration of his relationship with God reached the point where he utilized adjectives and descriptive parts of speech to describe the role that God played in his life.

    He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.

Application:

Who doesn’t love possessive pronouns and the ownership or relationships that they allow us to declare quite proudly. “My mother” is much more personal that “the lady who gave birth to me”. “My boy friend” declares a pride that “a guy friend” lacks. And who can argue about the different between “God” and “my God”. It screams love, personal relationship and a sense of belonging and ownership!

There is also something incredible which these relationships announced when our possessive pronouns are coupled with adjectives and descriptive parts of speech that show the specialness of our relationships. For example when “my friend” becomes “my best friend” or “my mother” becomes “my biggest cheerleader” or “my God” becomes “my strength”.

Are you like David who love and have such a special relationship with God that you use possessive pronouns and descriptive parts of speech to capture His active role in your life? God was David’s strength, his rock in whom he finds protection, his fortress, and savior. God was David’s shield, the power that saves him, and his place of safety. Who is God to you?


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Kings Exist! They Are Not Dead.

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A dedication to J, a king who loved me and taught me to love wholesomely.

Early last year, I grew to love someone romantically for the first time in years. He was perfect not because I couldn’t see his imperfections but because I did and I still wanted him. He made my day brighter just by being in it. He had the incredible ability to frustrate me in equal proportions as his ability to do something totally ridiculous that would have me squealing with laughter until tears ran down my face or smiled until my jaws hurt. He loved to make me smile! In his words, “What’s the world without the prettiest smile from the prettiest girl?”

He was the first man I’ve been involved with who wanted to pray with and for me. Although most of the times, he was thousands of miles away, travelling, there was never a night that we did not speak or a journey that he did not call to check that I had made it.

He understood that I wasn’t perfect but still he saw perfection in me despite my imperfections. He listened when I spoke. We spoke about the hard topics. We learned to agree to disagree on stuff that we both felt strongly about. He supported, motivated and pushed me to my limits. He was the type of guy who would spend hours learning and quizzing me about a topic that he knew nothing about just because I had an exam coming up. He made me want to be a better person on all levels. He forced me to be brave and let my voice be heard. He made me see the world in a more different and exciting way.

This guy was perfect! Incredibly, we synced and fit on everything but one…the one thing that turned out to be the deal-breaker. Before I knew it, I was planning to let my perfect guy go, overruling his protestations that he wanted me more than some childhood dream. Yet, I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe, just maybe, one day that special glow in his eyes, when he looked at me, would die when the conclusion sunk in that I was really serious and wouldn’t give him the one thing he has yearned for for as long as he could remember. And so, dying a little inside, I let him go and I walked away without looking back. We haven’t spoken since…

My heart aches whenever I hear a woman say that there are no good men out there. I know that’s a lie because I had one and he treated me as his queen. The queen in me rose and aligned to the king in him. But, before I could get there, the queen in me had to be readied so that she would see, acknowledge and respond wholesomely to the king he is. Only then did the incredible and rare thing occurs where we both connected, fitted and synced on another level. This is an experience I wish for all ladies. Only, when you find him, may you get to keep him.

 


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 27

Focus Chapters:

  • Job 30-31

 

Standout Verse(s):

Job 31:29-30 NLT

“Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
or become excited when harm came their way?
No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
or by asking for revenge.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Job considered the godless to be persons who rejoiced at the misfortune of their enemies.

    “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
    or become excited when harm came their way?

  2. Job considered it sinful to curse (wish bad on) an individual or seek or ask for revenge.

    No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
    or by asking for revenge.

     

Application:

Job shame me! As I read today’s focus verses, my mind dashed back to times when I used “vengeance belongs to God.” to gloat at the comeuppance that would surely come my enemy’s way. God forbid if I got to see that comeuppance in action. I would be ecstatic! I can’t even begin to consider the number of times that I have cursed my enemies and wished a world of hurt for them or hurl my desire for revenge into the atmosphere. We all know the power of our words.

Job showed me that I still a far way in my journey to becoming pure as gold while reminding me of God’s command to “love my neighbor as myself.” As I consider my previous behaviour, I must admit that gloating at the misfortune of my enemies or wishing them bad are not acts of godly love. These are situations in which God is removed and self is at the forefront. Honestly, these are behaviours that I am certain I would not relish if, God forbid, I should reap what I have sown. From today and now on, I will extend godly love, even to my enemies.

 

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