Faith Deficiency {{Week 4}}

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We are on our last week of our Isaiah 40 study. I invite you to join me, as we reflect on today’s devotion time.

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:27; Luke 18:7-8

“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights (Isa. 40:27, NLT)?

 

 “Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith (Lk. 18:7-8)?”

Faith Deficient?

In today’s Isaiah passage, we are bluntly asked the reason for our complaints… tempted to think that God would ever hide Himself from the circumstances of our lives. It paints a portrait to a deeper problem, which reveals a deficiency in the faith department of our lives.

 

Through the Bible, we are given God’s perfect thoughts and words. God’s Word is alive and active even at this very moment (see Heb. 4:12). God is teaching us that He is faithful and always in control. He is the very One we can trust.

It doesn’t matter how tough of a time we are going through, because we can trust God with the hard stuff of our lives.

 

“We can trust God with the hard stuff of our lives.” (Click-to-Tweet)

This is a truth I would be wise to listen to, as I sit with some new medical information. What I face today – is not greater than God. God is my good good Father, and that never changes. Even when life doesn’t happen the way we want, God is still good… and still faithful!

Never Ever Give Up

In Luke 18:7-8, we are learning the importance of praying and not giving up. Some things in my life are embarrassing to talk about – with any one. However, here, God is showing me that He deeply cares! The things I avoid thinking about – He sees. He doesn’t come at me with judgment, but compassion through the eyes of my ever-loving Savior Jesus.

 

“The things I keep avoiding thinking about – He sees…[with] compassion through the eyes of my ever-loving Savior..” (Click-to-Tweet)

God isn’t afraid of the big or small things of our lives. God stands, ready to listen and be our ever-present help… if only, we would trust God. He is full of power and compassion, that He longs to pour over into our lives.

Why do we say God disregards our ways, when nothing could be further from the truth?

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I invite you to join me for our next study. Starting September 11, we will begin our “Gleaning from the Heart of Jesus” study – where we will explore Matthew 4-7 in bite-size chunks. You can pick up your study journal over on Amazon. Bonus: As an Amazon affiliate, you can support the blog with any purchase you make using this link (which will take you straight to the new journal, for ease). I hope to see you join us for our upcoming study. It is going to be a great time of worship and study!

Wonderful Possibilities // DLRB (August 28 – September 3)

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It is a brand new week. Full of wonderful possibilities. Even when we face current trials, this week is still full of wonderful possibilities. As always, I am setting my goals based on my hopes for this week – taking into account my limitations as well. So if I don’t hit every single goalit is okay!

//Do//

Blog // Serving

  • Write reviews (Sheets, Bevere, TerKeurst).
  • Write blog posts for last week of Isaiah 40 study.
  • Write blog posts for first week of Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus.
  • Continue to craft homemade cards.

Food

  • Find one allergy friendly recipe.
  • Take baby steps to eat better.

//Learn//

This week, I want to be intentional in my Christian life. I want to deliberately seek after God with my whole heart.

“Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways (Ps. 119:2-3, NIV).”

For me, this means: developing an attitude of prayer and continue reading//studying what God is like. I want to continue to read books, that fuel spiritual growth. I want to learn how to make the most of my days, even when I am not feeling well and must rest. So this week, I have a few books I am planning on reading (see below).

“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” ― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

This week, I need to intentionally seek Christ & to allow Him to fill my mind like Scripture teaches us to do.

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You (Isa. 26:3, NKJV).

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will… And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. (Rom. 8:6-7, 10, NLT).

//Read//

**Read for a minimum of 20 minutes per day**

  • Read Bevere’s newest book (“Without Rival”), along with “Let Me Be a Woman” (Elisabeth Elliot).
  • Begin “Really Bad Girls of the Bible” (Liz Curtis Higgs).
  • Study Psalms 119:1-8.
  • Continue with Gleaning study (& other studies).

//Be//

immersed in prayer and studying my Bible, so God can speak to me.

I want to welcome the intimacy only Christ can provide, through time spent with Him.

God Never Gets Tired {{Week 4}}

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I just finished writing our last devotion, for week 3. It is official. We begin our last week of our Isaiah 40 study. It has been a good journey. God has shown me a lot about Himself, His character, and even myself. I am thankful for this journey. I hope it has drawn you closer to the Lord. During this special time, we have been able to sit, worship, and connect with God. It has been such a fun journey.

Our next study begins relatively soon (2 weeks from today!). It will be a longer journey, but well worth every ounce of effort we put into it. You can find out the details, at the end of this blog post. Prayerfully consider joining us, friends. It will be in a similar format to this, except the journal is on Amazon.

Now onto our schedule, for our last week!

The Schedule

Monday
Isaiah 40:27

*Blog Post*

Tuesday
Isaiah 40:28

Wednesday
Isaiah 40:29

*Blog Post*

Thursday
Isaiah 40:30

Friday
Isaiah 40:31

*Blog Post*

This Week’s Study

Judging by this week’s scriptures, I know it will be a great week. One of my favorite Scriptures is in this week’s reading. This week, we get to learn a lot about tiredness. Are you feeling tired or weary, my friend? If so, you are in the right place. God assures us that He never gets tired! As we draw nearer to our Savior, we will experience just how true this statement is!

“Surely you know. Surely you have heard. The Lord is the God who lives forever, who created all the world. He does not become tired or need to rest. No one can understand how great his wisdom is. He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. Even children become tired and need to rest, and young people trip and fall. But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired (Is. 40:27-31).”

God is never tired. This makes Him our perfect refuge! (Click to Tweet)

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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)

Look Up! {{Week 3}}

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We are at the end of our third week, for our current study. We have spent the past few weeks, studying Isaiah 40. Amazing journey, right?!? I am loving it! If you are new, it’s not too late to join in. We have one more week, before journeying through Matthew 4-7 (see end of post, for details). For Isaiah 40, you can pick up a free journal and schedule – to join in the fun!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:26; Psalm 89:11, 147:4

“Look up to the skies. Who created all these stars? He leads out the army of heaven one by one and calls all the stars by name. Because he is strong and powerful, not one of them is missing (Is. 40:26).”

The skies and the earth belong to you. You made the world and everything in it… He counts the stars and names each one (Ps. 89:11, 147:4).

God is calling us to “look up”. Look up, He says to us. Look up and see. God is the great Creator of the universe. He has uniquely made each star, but He doesn’t stop there.

  • God created them.
  • God has brought them out, so we can see His handiwork. We get the shear joy of witnessing His handiwork.
  • God has called each one, by its God-given name.
  • God counts them, to make sure none are missing.
  • While God counts each one, they are given a specific name. Our God is specific and deliberate in every action He makes.

To me, this shows just how involved God is in each one of our lives – as well. In John 10, we see most of these themes play out again. Only this time, they relate to us!

Just as the heavens and eath are His, we are definitely His too! God saw fit to create us and call us His own. God created us from nothing and has the authority to call us as His own.

God is weaving us into His grand plan for the universe, as we come to Him. (Click to Tweet)

God calls us, by name. It doesn’t matter what we answered to, before we began walking with Jesus. All that matters is the moment we are standing in. All that matters is the new name we have been given, at this very moment. God wants to call us His sons and daughters. This happens, as we come to His Son – Jesus Christ, the Messiah!

Jesus has chosen you (me too), and gives you a new name. Just like He did for Jerusalem, He is rebuilding us. He is bringing us back. He is healing us. He is shwoing Himself as our Awesome Creator. His understanding, in Psalm 147:5, is even described as “beyond comprehension.” He is that good!

Jesus has picked you! And, He has a new name for you too. (Click to Tweet)

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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)

True Greatness {{Week 3}}

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We have been studying Isaiah 40, over the past few weeks. It has been an amazing time of worship and connecting with God. I hope you have been able to join us. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. We still have a few days left. You can pick up your free journal and schedule, and join in the fun!

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:23-24; Psalm 107:40; Isaiah 5:21

“He dooms the great men of the world and brings them all to naught. 24 They hardly get started, barely take root, when he blows on them and their work withers, and the wind carries them off like straw (Is. 40:23-24, TLB).”

“For God pours contempt upon the haughty and causes princes to wander among ruins (Ps. 107:40).”

“Woe to those who are wise and shrewd in their own eyes! (Is. 5:21)”

We aren’t as awesome, as we would like to believe.

As humans, we sin and are powerless (on our own). When we stand alone, we are so small compared to God and His righteousness. Even the greatest people of the world will give an account to God for their actions.

When we stand alone, we are so small compared to God and His righteousness (Click to Tweet).

Absolutely none are exempt from the judgment of God. God is sovereign and we need to know that. Our whole world is rampant with conceit and pride. In today’s society, we waste our own effort in becoming great in the world’s eyes versus knowing the One who is truly great – the Greatest One of all!

One thing is certain – destruction becomes ours from the moment we think we are wise and clever in our own eyes. The truth is – we need to be humble and seek God. Knowing His vastness, should bring us to our knees and make us rethink the way we are living. If we try to live for the world’s applauds versus God’s, we are inviting His judgment to sit with us – ignoring His sacred truths. We need to live like we know God’s all powerful. We need to revere God, through how we live – because He is the One in control.

While He passionately pursues, and meets us on a personal level, I need to invite God to be the most important part of my life – for He is true greatness. God’s sovereignty isn’t superficial or going to fade with time. God is Awesome in His power. The best kind of power, is God’s eternal power.

God’s sovereignty isn’t superficial or going to fade with time (Click to Tweet).

Lord Jesus, you are the very picture of greatness. It is not found in anything I could ever do. But, it is found in You. Thank You, Lord!

See 1 Cor. 10:12; Matthew 23:11-12

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I invite you to join us for our next study. For nine weeks, beginning on September 11, we will be enjoying bite-size portions of Matthew 4-7. This amazing section of Scripture, we will finally get to sit down and study at our own level. You can pick up your journal, over on Amazon. (Please Note: As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a small earning from any purchases made using the link at no expense to you.)