Confess

Who is God?

Exodus 24-26:  God dwells among His people.  God is precise.  Jesus is the Bread of Life.  jesus is the Light of the World.  God dwells in His people.
Psalm 32: God is righteous and willing to forgive.
Acts 19:23-41:  God’s hand is at work behind everything.  He uses people to do his will.
Matt 13:44-58:  Jesus will judge us in the end.  Until then His people will live along side those who aren’t His.  Jesus wasn’t trusted in His hometown.

How do I enjoy Him?

In Psalm 32 David pours his heart out to god.  This draws Him closer to the Father.  We have joy when we are open and honest and clean before our Lord.

My goal for today is to take some time to confess my sins before God.

Follow His ways…

Who is God?

Exodus 21:  God is a social activist.  God is just.  God is in favor of women’s rights. God is fair.  God cares about His people.  God wants us to party.  God fights for us.
Psalms 31:  God is our refuge.  God is faithful.
Acts 19:1-22:  God makes His name known.  God uses His people to perform miracles.  Jesus’ name prevailed mightily.
Matt 13:24-43:  Jesus plants and Jesus reaps.

How do I enjoy Him?

God cares about us and has put actions in place to protect us from ourselves.  i enjoy Him most when i am in His ways.  When I’m outside of His ways, I feel disconnected (and I could be being punished).  So I enjoy Him most when I follow His ways.

My goal for today enjoy God by following His ways and not mine.

The good soil…Jesus.

Who is God?

Exodus 19-20:  God owns everything.  God is our deliverer.  God is the only God.  God is above creation.  God judges those hate Him.  God shows love to those who obey Him.  The Lord’s name is holy and should be treated as such.  God wants His people to rest.  God gives us our parents. God gives us our provisions.  God honors life.  God honors purity.  God provides. God is true.  God gives us all that we need.
Psalm 30: God is our healer.  God is our restorer.  God’s name is holy.  God is worthy of thanks.
Acts 18:18-28:  God uses His people to preach His gospel.  God is sovereign and brings people into our lives when we need it.
Matt 13:1-23:  Jesus makes himself known to everyone.  Some will not understand though.

How do I enjoy Him?

My joy is found in Christ and nothing else.  There are things that will try to take away my joy, but Christ is the only one who can give it to me.  Through His strength I avoid the deception of Satan.  Through Him I persevere through persecution and troubles.  Through Him I ignore the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches.

My goal for today is to be planted in Christ.  To trust in Him for everything and to have some time to thank Him for all that He does in my life.

The Vastness of God

Who is God?

Exodus 16-18: God is our only provider. Everything comes from Him. God expects us to rest and worship Him. Even though we are short-tempered and short-sighted, God still provides for us. God is our strength and protector. God does not expect us to do ministry alone. God puts people of wisdom to speak into our lives.
Psalm 29: God is due glory. God is powerful and majestic. God causes our worship. He is King over everything.
Acts 18:1-17: God is with us. God watches over us, but that doesn’t mean that we are always safe from harm.
Matt 12:38-50: Jesus calls us to trust in Him without signs and wonders. He has already provided everything we need to know that he is God. He is alive.

How do I enjoy Him?

Jesus tells the scribes and pharisees that the greatest sign will be his rising from the dead. We see throughout scripture God’s strength and power. We see the power that Jesus had to raise from the dead. I can be so short-sighted sometimes. I only see the problems that are in my life, but I don’t see the power that God has over them.

My goal for today is to trust in the power that Christ has given me through His Holy Spirit. When I think about my short comings, I will remind myself of the vastness of God.

Missed Day

Sorry woke up late.

Tips for Time with God

For those that are interested, I posted on my other blog some tips for spending time with God. This blog is my personal daily Bible journal (but feel free to read and comment), the other one is more for my random thoughts and musings.

The Lord will Provide and Protect

Who is God?

Exodus 13-15: God is our provider and protector.  God is our guide.  He knows our hearts better than we do.  Though the road might be hard, His ways are better.  God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  The Lord will fight for us.  The Lord is the only one worthy of receiving glory.  He is the Lord our healer.
Psalms 28:  The Lord is my strength and protector.
Acts 17:16-34:  God is greater than any created thing.  He is the Creator.
Matt 12:22-37:  God’s works are to be attributed to Him.  To do otherwise is dangerous.  Everything good comes from God.

How do I enjoy Him? 

My joy comes when I realize the truth of who God is.  He is my protector and provider.  Everything good in my life and the lives of those around me come about only by the hand of God.   To enjoy Him is to rest in this truth.  I don’t need to worry about how I am going to pay the bills.  I don’t need to defend myself when someone speaks against me.  I don’t need to take credit for the good in my life.  All of that needs to be put in the hands of God.

My goal for today is worry about life, but to put my trust in God.  When I start to worry about something today, I’m going to stop and give thanks to God for already providing.

Seek His Face

Who is God?

Exodus 10-12: God hardens pharaoh’s heart. God gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. God gives warnings. God provides a way out from destruction. God commands them to BBQ. God answers His promises.
Psalms 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation. The Lord is the stronghold of my life. He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent He will lift me high upon a rock. He tells us to seek His face. The Lord is good.
Acts 17:1-15: Jesus’ gospel reaches all people groups.
Matt 12:1-21: Jesus is greater than religion. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus is healer. Jesus fulfilled prophecy. Jesus is hope for everyone.

How do I enjoy Him?

The words in Psalms sing out in my heart: “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” “You have said ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.'”

My goal is to seek the face of God. To look for His beauty in my life. To see His great work and to dwell with Him there. I will be active in seeking God. I want to be like David and say, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

Believe in Jesus

Who is God?

Exodus 7-9: God is in control. He hardens the heart of Pharaoh.  God is more powerful than the ways of this world. God leads Moses through all of his time with Pharaoh. God can cause great miracles to happen.  God can lead the heart of man…but we are ultimately responsible for our own choices.
Psalm 26: God is the vindicator.  God is our redeemer. God is our grace giver.
Acts 16:16-40:  (v.25) God is worthy of praise no matter what situation we are in.  Jesus is our savior.  Salvation comes only through believing in Him.
Matt 11:20-30:  Jesus is judge.  Jesus prays.  Jesus cares for those who aren’t wise.  Jesus is gentle and lowly in heart to the weary and heavy laden.  Jesus’ ways are easy and he doesn’t heap burdens upon us.

How do I enjoy Him?

Life in Christ isn’t hard.  He comes to give us rest and lighten the burden that we put on ourselves (or that religious people put on us).  He has come to say that we don’t have to earn His love and salvation.  We just have to believe in the work that has been done for us.  He calls us to follow Him.  This isn’t something that we do in our own strength but through His.  He calls. He empowers. He guides.  Life with Christ is easy as long as we believe in Him.

My goal for today is to believe in Jesus the same way I believed in Him for my salvation at first.  I will believe, just as I did on the first day, that He is able to wash away my sins.  I will believe that it was finished on the cross.  I will believe that He is my strength and He will guide me.

My All in All

Who is God?

Exodus 4-6:  God is our sign and voice.  He provides us with the words we need. Moses had no self confidence and a speech impairment.  God uses broken people to do His work. God is patient.  He isn’t brought to anger until Moses questions God the third time and even then He provides Moses’ brother Aaron. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  Everything is under the power of God. We are short-sighted in what is happening in our lives…but God knows the ultimate purpose of why things are happening in our lives.
Psalms 25: God is our guide.  He leads and teaches us His ways.  He is gracious and hears our cries.  He hears the despair of our hearts.  He forgives us of our sins.
Acts 16:1-15: (v1-5) God uses calls unlikely people to do His work.  (v6-10)  God is in control of our ways.  (v11-15) The Lord opens the hearts of people.
Matt 11:1-19:  Jesus showed His deity through His deeds.  He came in peace and fulfilled the prophecies about Him.

How do I enjoy Him?

I know that in my life I have come to many conclusions.  I am weak and flawed.  I’m not the greatest speaker.  I am prideful.  I am lazy and a procrastinator.  There are things/people in my past that I always have trouble letting go of.  My mind is constantly filled with thoughts of how I am unworthy of the love of God.  But God is patient and continues to restore me.  He loves me more than I will ever understand.  He forgives me and covers me with His grace.  More than that He then uses me as His tool.  Where I am weak He is strong.  Where I have gone astray, He has brought me back to Him.  He is my counselor, friend, healer, provider, strengthener, father, sacrifice, justifier, power, comfort, peace, king, lord…He is my everything.  My joy comes when I realize that life isn’t about my weakness or flaws…but is about His strength and perfection.

My goal for today is to rest in the truth that life isn’t about me…but about my All in All.