Category Archives: Devos

Is that strains of the “Hallelujah Chorus” I’m hearing?

Couldn’t resist… If you’re following the “Necessary Food” Bible reading plan I developed, you’ll know I read ahead today! Romans 7:7-25 can be a bit discouraging… But the last verse of Romans 7 (vs. 25 and Romans 8:1-11 (the passage for tomorrow) provides a victorious answer!!!Anyone identify with these words from the Apostle Paul this morning?

“I am unspiritual … sold as a slave to sin! I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do. And if I do what I do not want to do…it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that good itself does not dwell in me – that is, in my sinful nature. I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing… So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched person I am! Who will rescue me…?!!” (words found in Romans 7.14-24 NIV 2011 edition)

I thought so … most of us!! Existentially true!! A tough read, but something we all identify with!

THE BEST WORDS IN THAT PASSAGE – THE MOST WONDERFUL WORDS ARE THE ONES THAT FOLLOW!!“Thanks be to God, Who delivers me though our Lord Jesus Christ!! … Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set me free from the law of sin and death!!” (Romans 7.25 – 8:2)

Is that strains of the “Hallelujah Chorus” I’m hearing!! I’m not a finished product yet! I still struggle and fail! I’ve experienced (and more often than I’d like to admit – still experience) what Paul wrote about in Romans 7.14-24. (And the sad admission of it is found in my journal … which incidentally happens to be password protected J) But He forgives and He is at work within me to transform my life! No condemnation!! The “law of the Spirit of life at work within me setting me free from the law of sin and death”!! (Romans 8:1-11) Pretty wonderful… and I’m very grateful!!

I Raise a Hallelujah!!!

This morning during “Coffee with the Lord” as I was reading Isaiah 12 I was reminded of all that the Lord has done for me – all the rich and bountiful blessings of the Lord! As I read Isaiah’s praise (and his encouragement to praise the Lord) I felt challenged to make his words my words! So what follows is a bit of a personalization of Isaiah’s words in Isaiah 12. I worshipped with them today (… it was wonderful!) … I recommend them to you for your worship today…

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord! … You are my salvation! I will trust in You and not be afraid; for You are my strength and song, and You have become my salvation! With joy, I’ll draw water from the wells of salvation and I’ll give thanks to You and call upon Your name! I’ll make known what you have done everywhere – to everyone – and proclaim that your name is exalted! O, I sing praises to You for you have done gloriously! I want this to be known in all the earth! I’ll shout and sing for joy for You are the Great and Holy One in our midst!” (adapted from Isaiah 12)

Wonderful time of worship with those words! Wonderful time! Just say’n!!

Why don’t you join me?

What a “Day” That Will Be!

I read the following wonderful words in the Bible this morning!  Frankly, they describe an antidote and healing salve to the poison and painful condition that exists in our world and country at the present time!  Read it all – relish the descriptive word pictures! … It describes a leader that our world desperately needs (in fact a Savior we all need)!  But It also describes a wonderful idyllic state of affairs that can only be realized when He is fully in control!

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.  And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.  And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.  Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.  The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.  They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:1–9 ESV)

Oh, I know there is a theological debate over whether this passage describes a temporary (but very long) future state of affairs during a period referred to as “the Millennium” (i.e. 1000 years) – or whether it is a description of the eternal bliss finally realized in what we call “Heaven!”  Ultimately, WHO CARES (I have my opinion – but my heart longs for the reality these words describe either way)!  The heart’s cry of all devoted followers of Jesus cry, “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20) 

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