Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 19 "Enough" I Kings 18-20

He was the prophet who called down fire and rain. He knew. Yet, he hurt and wondered and just wanted to die n midst of glory and ministry. 

And Elijah records: I have had enough, Lord. 1 Kings 19:7.  And I feel the same.  Problem is my testy circumstances matter in no kingdom.  

May I care about those things that touch Eternity. 

“I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” I Kings 19:10

And God responds: “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

And this spent an, this seeking prophet finds his God in a gentle Whisper. God will do His Work in his time by His Spirit, a sweet and gentle blowing of the Spirit of God. Whisper by me. 

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN ONE, JUST ONE MOMENT THIS DAY: Oh God! Open our ears this day. Im spent. 

April 18 "Truth" I Kings 15-17

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” 1 Kings 17:24. 

Is there anything more important? To ne a woman of God. And then, the Word will fall from our mouth. 

Oh Father! CHANGE ME IN THESE 10,000 moments. May I speak the truth cause my heart is pressed to the Pages. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 17 "Look After My Own" I Kings 12-14

 Look after your own house. I Kings 12:16

The theme of today's reading drives me 'back home' to the place where we should work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.  It is when kings and paupers are not in the places where they should be.  It is when kings and paupers long for what they have not.  We are not in charge of any of this.  Just subordinates living for a King and a future world.  Just passing through here.  Leaving our mark be it success or silence.  Taking care of our own business.  Letting ambition go.  Living for another country.

DEAR GOD:  PLEASE CHANGE IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS THIS YEAR that I may truly know a little deeper that I am living for another country, another kingdom.  I am far too entrenched in what I see and touch and hear and feel.  God, please move in my own life.  Help me take my "eye" off of what I see; what I want.  Help me to look after my own house.  Amen.

PHOTO:  No eye has seen.  No ear has heard.  Never entered our minds.  All You have for us!  Look at this!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 16 "Overwhelmed" I Kings 10-11

When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.
 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at[a] the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.  I Kings 10:2-4

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 15 "You Know My Heart" I Kings 8-9

Uphold my cause, O God.  I Kings 8:44

I Kings 8:39 'Then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with everyone according to all they do,

since you know their hearts
(for you alone know every human heart), 

so that they will fear you all the time they live in the land."

DEAR GOD, CHANGE ME IN ONE OF THESE 10,000 MOMENTS:  May your eyes be open to my plea just as you've been these thousands of years gone by.  Solomon prays for open eyes not open ears and I wonder why.  Is it because one can see far more than they can hear?  Uphold this cause of mine, this day, and forever, O King!  I Kings 8:52

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 14 "Our Hearts Cannot Conceive" I Kings 6-7

Only 7 years to build The Temple. Solomon gave full attention to prefer God's Honor over his own.

Then, Solomon took care of his own house, a more leisure pace.
13 years to build Solomon's palace.

Colonnades. Cedar Columns. Forest of Lebanon. Throne Hall. Hall of Justice. Great Courtyard. High-grade Stones. Cast Bronze. Encircling Pomegranates. A Sea of Cast Metal. Encircling Gourds. 2,000 Baths. Movable Stands of Bronze. Hammered Lions and Bulls. Chariot Wheels. Engraved Cherubims, Lions, and Palm Trees. Bronze Basins. Sprinkling Bowls. Bowl-shaped Capitals. The Lord's Temple. The Golden Altar. The Golden Table. Lampstands of Pure Gold. Pure Gold Floral Work. Silver and Gold Furnishings.
"Christ is now the Temple and the Builder; the Altar and the Sacrifice; the Light of our souls, and the Bread of life; able to supply all the wants of all that have applied or shall apply to him.  Outward images cannot represent, words cannot express, the heart cannot conceive, His Preciousness or His Love." Let us come to Him and wash away our sins.  Let us seek for purifying grace.  Let us maintain communion with Him and yield all we have.  Being strengthened by Him!  Matthew Henry

April 13 "Discerning Hearts" I Kings 3-5

David had a dream.
A dream come true.
He asked for wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong.

“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” I Kings 3:5

What if?
What would we ask for?

And God granted Solomon what he wished for...and even more.
A discerning heart.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN MY 10,000 MOMENTS that I may show love to my children by taking care of their souls, by "snatching them as brands out of the burning."  (John Wesley).  May I not be nonchalant over their days but vigilant to pray and content to rest in the struggle.  Oh God!  Change me.  And change my children.

PHOTO:  A dream place where I often go and wait for God.