Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Devotions this Week 1/17/2012

Picking the Line

A righteous man may have troubles but, the Lord delivers him from them all;
- Psalm 34:19

In the trees there is no formula for perfection or line that necessarily produces a better result. The fact we connect spaces instead of react with with counter measures is what's important. Each line produces a different journey with the same end result: we exit the trees. The choice to either sing "whee" or sigh "whoa" stems from the place we turn to for perspective and provision.


First Fruit

The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering.
- Genesis 4:4

When I confide with God not in empty, superficial ways but with a hearty, active faith my offerings, although not always pure, are pleasing. When I accompany my fruit with confession of sin, gratitude for His mercy, and followed by obedience to His will, I surely will not be consumed with God's wrath or discipline.


From Tart to Tantilizing

Be still and know I'm God.
- Psalm 46:10

I've come to learn and even expect that God has a magnificent way of turning our bitter circumstances in to sweet lemonade. I simply have to capture what the enemy intended for evil and allow God to redeem it for good.


Nourishing Rain

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:39

I was reminded this week, weeds of malcontent from evil powers pop up in many places, in many ways in abundant and unavoidable ways when the Spirit of God is doing a new thing. The miraculous trick is to pull them, from the root, before they blossom in to bona fide seed bearing plants.


The Spatula

Man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God's desires.
- James 1:20

I observe the most common kitchen utensil stored in the toolbox of an unskilled peacemaker to be the spatula. The purpose of the wide flat instrument in the kitchen is to scoop under something cooking to manipulate it by removing it, stirring it, or flipping it.