Today’s Bible Treasure Devotionals

Christianity is a lifetime of making choices. Here’s where you’ll find encouragement, challenges, inspirations and my take on Scripture as revealed by the Holy Spirit to me.

Perspective

Perspective

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure’ (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV)

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b).

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3).

One evening while driving home from work during inclement weather, a car ahead of me switched lanes. From my point of view it looked as if the car moved over directly in front of the car coming up in the lane, almost as if to cut it off. It was at this point that I realized my perspective vastly differed from the person driving both of the other cars. What I saw and thought would happen did not because I was only seeing part of the picture from my limited view. I was behind the cars, not in the same area.

Our vision is restricted to what our eyes can see in the direction we are looking. Even our peripheral vision has limitations. However, God has all-around vision. He sees all things, from all directions, at all moments. He knows the end from the beginning and the heart of all matters. He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts, the root cause of issues, the details within the details. He knows what will happen, when it will happen and the effects it will have on us. This is why it is imperative we always seek His perspective when we pray, especially when praying for others.

Praying from God’s perspective helps us to not pray our opinion or emotions into a situation or for someone. Many times we say we will pray and we jump in head first without thinking, praying from our limited knowledge of the situation. Our perspective of what is going on can limit what God wants to do in the situation, not only with the situation, but also with us. But when we ask Him first what is really going on and how He wants us to pray, we open the door for Him to move in ways we wouldn’t ordinarily think possible. There is no situation, person, or circumstance that He does not want us to seek Him first in before jumping in to pray.

I began earnestly seeking God’s perspective in prayer a few months ago. He has given me deeper insight into the people and things I pray for and opened my eyes to His hand at work. I have found it is much easier to remove my personal feelings and opinions about what I pray for when I no longer pray from my personal perspective.

Let’s Pray: Dear Papa, thank You for the grace and love You have for us. We ask that we always look upward to seek Your face and Your heart before interceding in any situation. May we have ears to hear what Heaven says before we pray and may we be in agreement with Your perspective in every situation. Keep us focused on what You have planned and purposed. Thank You. Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: Before praying, ask God how He would like you to pray. Clear your heart and mind of any opinions or emotions that could hinder the direction of your prayer based on what you think you know. Listen to the Holy Spirit and pray according to what you hear from Heaven.

Additional Scriptures: Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2

 

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So excited to share this with you!!

Word for Today #2

Some of you may feel as though the fire of your heart has gone out, but it has not. There are still embers. This is a season to rest and remain. There is work to be done, but it is work by the Holy Spirit in you, not by you. Take this time to allow the Holy Spirit to probe, address, cleanse, revive, refill and rekindle. Sit back and enjoy the ride. 
Shalom 💜

Set Table

Today is named SET TABLE because in the midst of trial, God sets a table for us, right in front of our enemies. He invites us to sit and partake of His bounty, resting while our enemy growls and snarls in front of us. Whatever the cacaphony of circumstance we face, provision is made for the journey and we can be sure of a set table in the midst of it.
“You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies.” (Psalm 23:5 VOICE)

New Book Announcement

A few years ago I published a series on the blog call 30 Days of Prayer for Families. I have decided to unpublish them from the blog and instead compile these into book format. The book is currently in the editing stage, so long nights and re-writes are expected. Please pray for me as I work on this next exciting project, as well as for the project itself!

Thank you and love you all!

Do the Needful

Do the Needful

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs (Matthew 6:32 NLT).

Years ago I worked as a property tax research specialist for a company who did outsource work for a well known nationwide mortgage company. Their customer service department was outsourced as well, to a non-US based company. English was not the first language and there were times when this was evident when deciphering the tax research required from the notes left. There was one customer service rep who never typed anything more than “do the needful” in a customer’s account, ensuring we covered every base since we did not know what needed to be done or the reason the customer called. Research cases from this particular rep always took longer than necessary because there was no direction in the account notes.

There are times in our prayer life when we have a need, but are unable to articulate it explicitly. These are the times when we simply say “Papa, do the needful!” I am grateful He does not need direction when it comes to this kind of prayer, aren’t you? He knows what we need, when we need it and how best to meet that specific need.

Let’s Pray: Dear Papa, thank You for knowing our needs before we are able to express them. Your knowledge of our heart’s cry brings us comfort in those moments when we can do no more than say “do the needful”.  You are the faithful giver of peace in all our situations, and we are so grateful for Your hand in our lives. Because of You, we do not have to worry that our prayer will be answered, we know it will. Thank you, Papa! Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: No matter what your need is, Papa does not require direction in meeting it. Trust Him to provide what you need and thank Him for it!

I’m Not Christian Enough?

I’m Not Christian Enough? Maybe to some, but not to Jesus.

The leech has two daughters—Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, “Enough!” (Proverbs 30:15 NKJV).

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone (Matthew 23:23).

I’ve been thinking a bit lately about a particular seed I see taking hold within the Church in which we are not “Christian enough” unless we are exhibiting how Christian we are with “stuff”. Christianity has somehow become synonymous through showcasing our faith – such as having bumper stickers on our cars, coffee mugs, purses, tote bags, apparel, Scriptures taped, etched, sewn, embossed on all of our stuff, as well as our language. It would appear the more “Christian” stuff we have on display, the more self-righteous and pious we believe we are. This line of thought affords us the opportunity to judge others based on their outward display of their “Christianity”. None of this is really important in the grand design, nor is it Biblical; our outward display of Christianity should be how we live our lives and interact with others, not how righteous we appear with our stuff. Papa knows the heart.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).

How much love do we have for others, believer and non-believer, if we are nit-picking the outward display of faith based on how we perceive it should be? How can we expect non-believers to behave like believers when they are not? How is comparing ourselves to others advancing the kingdom of God in any way? Our faith should be highlighted and underscored by our behavior, by our demeanor and by our relationships, structured and punctuated with love. We should never consider ourselves better than others based on how many ichthys fish, crosses, Scripture references, faith-based apparel they either have or don’t have. Ever. To behave such as this is a shallow faith, and an outward one only.

Our adversary would have us think our relationship is tied to our outward appearance of Christianity. This is religious thinking and we have been given the tools to break free from these destructive thoughts. Religious thinking teaches we are not enough unless we have this, this and this, and have performed such and such. Religion never has enough and we will never be enough. But, because we are in Christ; our satisfaction, our identity, our sense of purpose is embedded in Him. All we do should emulate who He is in our lives. His purposes are redemptive, reconciliatory and restorative and as His ambassadors on earth, we need to reflect His purposes. Kingdom advancement should be our long term mindset and our short term goal is to make disciples.

Relationship is key to advancing the Kingdom God’s way. Our relationship with Him, our relationships with other believers and our relationships with non-believers speak to how God is portrayed on earth. It is time we kicked religion to the curb.

Let’s Pray: Dear Papa, thank You for being our Father, for blessing us with a new day and new mercy. Forgive us for our religious mindset, we thank You for setting us free from it. Thank you for showing us the way to advance Your kingdom and how You know our hearts better than we do. We ask for opportunities to share Your love and Your light with others, the wisdom to recognize them and for the grace to follow through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you have judged based on physical appearance of Christianity, change your mind and move forward. If you have been judged, forgive and move on. God has much planned for each one of us, we must not get yoked to guilt because of the past. God’s mercy is new every morning and so grab it and take a fresh step.

Shalom!

Today’s Declaration 10/23/15

Today’s Declaration:

“I will sing to Papa, and declare how amazing He is. I will sing along with all creation. Papa loves the sound of my voice and He holds me in the palm of His hand, close to His heart. He rejoices over me and calls me Daughter. It is my joy to know Him, He truly is my strength and my song.”

Go ahead, sing!

Shalom! 🙂

My People

Continue to intercede for our nation. Speak life and love over your jars of dirt daily and remember to bless, never curse!

I am led to repost this.

Shalom!

Today’s Declaration 9/5/15

Today’s Declaration:
“I look upon my Father with the eyes and heart of a child, never losing my awe and wonder. One thing I seek is to dwell within His house and gaze upon His beauty, every day of my life. In the secret place of His Presence is where you’ll find me.”
Never lose your wonder.

Shalom!

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