That We May Live – Deuteronomy 5:33

“You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live” Deuteronomy 5:33a Our God desires life for us. Real, whole, full, abundant life. Some might say that living according to the commands of God, following the example of Jesus, and walking in the sacrificial and submissive […]

Setting God Before Ourselves – Psalm 54:3

“For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves.” Psalm 54:3 “They do not set God before themselves.” This statement, here describing evil men, begs the question: Do I? Do I elevate the will and desires and plans of God above my own? Do I treasure […]

But I Will Be With You – Exodus 3:11-12; Judges 6:15-16

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall […]

The God Who Answers Me – Genesis 35:1-3

“God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau. So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves […]

Keeping Careful Watch – Proverbs 4:23, 26

“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life… Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” Proverbs 4:23, 26 These verses struck me this morning as pictures of such intentionality. We are not to live our lives simply coasting. Rather, we keep attentive watch […]

Watching Over Our Way – Proverbs 2:6-8

“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity; guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.” Proverbs 2:6-8 Our Lord watches over the way of His saints. 2 […]

Make The Choice – Hebrews 4:7

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7b I feel a bit of a weight today as I begin to write on this warning. Because how often is this the temptation? The warning applies not only to the initial calling of God’s salvation, for us to choose Him and choose […]

Reshaping – 1 Corinthians 7:17

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” 1 Corinthians 7:17a Reading this verse brings such encouragement to my heart. It is highlighting for me both the sovereignty of my God and the devotion to Him that is to characterize our lives. […]

Judged Faithful – 1 Timothy 1:12

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service” 1 Timothy 1:12 How amazing it is that our Lord would judge us faithful. That in the midst of our sin and our weakness, He would see a vessel through which His glory […]