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Monday, March 31, 2014

WORD OF GOD SPEAK 2014 - Praying God's Word

I have so loved our time together in “Word of God Speak 2014”! It’s been so exciting to hear the many ways the Lord has spoken to you through Scripture. One of my favorite parts of studying God’s Word is that it not only becomes a part of us – it becomes a vocabulary with which we commune with Him. Check out this “Praying God’s Word” Word Time video from my new Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World DVD Bible study….

Monday, February 24, 2014

First Things First | Joanna Weaver

In his book First Things First, Stephen Covey tells the story of a man teaching a time-management seminar. In order to make a point, the man picked up some fist-sized rocks and put them in a wide-mouthed gallon jar. Then he looked out at the class and asked, “Is the jar full?”

Some of the students blurted out, “Yes.” The teacher laughed gently and said, “No, it’s not.” He pulled out a bucket of pea gravel and began to pour it in the jar. The class watched as the pea gravel filtered down between the rocks until it reached the top.

“Now, is the jar full?”

The class was a bit reticent to answer. After all, they’d been wrong before. The man poured a bucket of sand down among the pea gravel and the large rocks. He shook the jar gently to let the sand settle, then added more. He asked again, “Is the jar full?” They said, “Probably not.”

Now the teacher poured a pitcher of water in the jar. It filtered down until it was running over. “Is the jar full?” the time-management consultant asked. The class answered, “We think it is.”

“Okay, class,” he said. “What is the lesson in this visual aid?”

Somebody said, “No matter how busy your life is, there is always room for more!”

“No,” the teacher said as the class broke into laughter. “That’s not it!”

“The lesson is this, class,” he said, “if you don’t put the big rocks in first you’ll never get them in later.” 

It sounds like the same point Jesus made when He said, “Seek first his kingdom… and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
                                                                                                              —Having a Mary Heart

READ: 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
REFLECT: What did Solomon set as his highest priority, and what was the result of that choice?

Special Note:  This post is an excerpt from my devotional At the Feet of Jesus, which pull readings from Having a Mary Heart, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening, as well as unpublished outtakes from all three books!

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Word Behind the Word--Are You Tired of Waiting for Your Fruit-Producing Season?

Have you ever been so frustrated at waiting for a fruitful time in your life that you said to the Lord, “When is the fruit-producing season ever going to start in my life? I’ve worked, believed, and waited, but I am a little tired of waiting to see the fruit I long to see in my life. How long do I have to wait, Lord?”

I encourage you today to stay on track and refuse to give up, because you’re about to reach the greatest period of fruitfulness you’ve ever known. Before a fruit-producing tree reaches a time in its growth when it blossoms and bears fruit, first it sends its roots down deep into the earth where it can draw on a constant source of nourishment….

During the life of that tree, it must endure the elements of every season—the heat, the cold, the sleet, the rain, and the snow—before it ever blossoms. Because those roots are deeply tapped into a continuous source of strength, nourishment, and energy, the tree is able to outlast all the seasons and eventually become a fruit-producing tree….

In light of this, consider what the apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:7: “Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” I want you to especially notice the word “rooted” in this verse. It comes from the Greek word ridzo, which means to be firmly and deeply rooted, making the object fixed, steady, stable, and strong. This is the picture of a strong tree whose roots go down deep and reach its source of nourishment. The tree is also held securely in place by those roots, regardless of the weather or the environmental opposition that comes against it.

Rather than complain that it’s taking too long for your fruit-producing season to arrive, you need to thank God for this time in your life! Take this time to send your roots down deep and tap into the strength of God’s Word and God’s Spirit. If your roots are securely fixed in Jesus Christ, you will outlast every season, every foul climate, and every storm. Eventually you will enter into the finest fruit-producing season of your life, your ministry, your family, or your business.

Honestly, you need to thank God that things haven’t happened faster in your life! Have you ever seen someone who reached success too quickly? That person usually loses his success just as quickly as he gained it because he didn’t have the roots and the experience necessary to maintain the success he gained.…

So take this time to work on your personal life, your mind, your thinking, your discipline, your finances, your weight, your relationships, and your behavior. While you are waiting for that fruit-producing season to come to pass in your life, use this time to put off the old man and to put on the new man (Colossians 3:9, 10)...

If you use your time wisely, there will be no wasted time in your life. But if you just sit around and complain that it’s taking too long to get where you want to go, you will waste time. Sitting and complaining doesn't make anything happen faster—and it often further delays the manifestation of the answer you've been waiting for….

Instead, look at this time in your life as a blessing sent from Heaven to help you get yourself rooted deeply in Jesus Christ! Then send your limbs upward and outward as you tap into the power of God. Eventually you’ll begin to see blossoms budding in your life, signaling that you are about to enter your long-awaited season of bringing forth much fruit!

Special Note:  This excerpt is from Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner

Monday, February 10, 2014

When God's Word Speaks

Leaving his young son in boarding school in Great Britain was the hardest thing Rev. James Dunlop Liddell, Scottish missionary to China, had ever done. But Eric thrived like a hare in the highlands. He studied hard. He loved sports, particularly rugby. He joined a Bible study, attended church regularly, and...began his lifelong habit of early morning Bible reading and prayer.

Eric advanced to the university, joined the track team, and won races like a thoroughbred. Every week he brought home more prizes and trophies until he soon ran out of storage space. His legs became a Scottish national treasure, and all the world followed him to the 1924 Olympics.

All the while, Eric’s Christian life continued on the fast track as well, and his newly-found fame gave opportunities for preaching and witnessing. At the Paris Olympics, his faith was put to the test when his chosen venue, the 100 meter race, was scheduled for Sunday. Eric, who didn’t believe in competing on the Lord’s Day, opted out. He entered the 400 meter run instead as the world watched and wondered.

In his dressing room just before the race, Eric unfolded a small bit of paper that had been given to him by the team masseur. It read: “In the old book it says ‘He that honors me I will honor.’ Wishing you the best of success always.” Eric knew the verse well. It was 1 Samuel 2:30. He smiled and made up his mind that, win or lose, he would honor God.

His time that day was 47.6 seconds. He won. He set a new world record. He and the Lord had honored each other.

Special Note:  This is an excerpt from From this Verse by Robert J. Morgan

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Day Love Was Born | Joanna Weaver

The angels saw it all. Creator spoke, and suddenly the dark, swirling chaos of the cosmos disappeared, leaving an ordered universe in its place.

Night. Day. Land. Water. Word by word, day by day, the plan of Creator unfolded before the heavenly host, each creation more wonderful than the last. The Father spoke. The Spirit moved. And the angels applauded. 

"Marvelous!" cried one angel. "Incredible!" said another.

The brilliant blue and green planet beckoned with beauty, nestled against the black night sprinkled with stars. Layered with lush forests and soaring mountains, it was a palace fit for a King. As though God himself would dwell there. 

"Unthinkable!" cried one. "Ludicrous!" said another.

And yet it was so. Each evening Creator left his throne and walked in the garden he'd created, visiting the man he'd formed from the dust of this new world. The man created to fellowship with almighty God.

Why? the angels wondered. Never had such an honor been given. And yet somehow they understood. The heart of Creator was so large it ached to love. The adoration of angels and their unrestrained praise filled his ears but failed to touch his heart. He longed for love. Not worship. Not fearful reverence. But love. Laughter echoed across the garden and into heaven. The fellowship was sweet. Creator smiled as Created named each animal, exulting in every one. 

Together they explored the secrets of Eden and the wonder of this new friendship. But as the days passed, a growing conviction gripped the heart of Creator. A bittersweet realization that there was still more to give.

Each creature had a mate. Another of its kind. But the man was alone.

"It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helpmate."

And in that moment love was born. Not in the creation of the woman, but in the Creator's willingness to share the man. In the Creator's willingness to give. For God so loved…he gave. 

Though it meant sacrificing the single-minded devotion of the man, God gave. Though it meant sharing the communion meant only for him, God gave. Though it meant the willful disobedience of man and woman would someday cost Creator the life of his dear Son, God gave.

We, too, must give if we endeavor to love. Love holds no room for selfishness. It is only in laying down our life that we find it. It is only in losing that we win. We can learn a lot from the day love was born.

Special Note:  This essay was taken from my gift book:  With This Ring: Promises to Keep 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Word of God Speak 2014-Philippians & Colossians

Our time in the gospel of Mark has been wonderful! Thank you for sharing the things the Lord has been speaking to you – it’s been rich. We're going to switch gears and spend the next month in two of my favorite books of the Bible: Philippians and Colossians.

Here's a few things to remember:

  • Before you begin reading, ask the Holy Spirit to remove any preconceived ideas so that you can receive a fresh word from the Lord.
  • Read slowly, and then only until something speaks to you.
  • Write down the portion you read, such as “Philippians 1:1-6.”
  • Note the verse(s) you want to meditate on, and then write the verse word-for-word, including the reference.
  • Respond to what you sense God saying through His Word.
  • Tomorrow, start where you left off in your reading and repeat the process above.

Remember, the goal is to read slowly and prayerfully, listening for what God wants to speak to your heart. I suggest reading the first chapter in the first half of the week, and the second chapter in the second half of the week. If you make it through a chapter without finding something to meditate on, go to the chapter in Proverbs that corresponds to that day’s date. 

As always, stop by my Facebook page and leave a comment! Can’t wait to hear what God has to say through you!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Set Free | Joanna Weaver

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20

Mark 5:2–5 describes the scene when Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake: “When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet Him.… No one could bind him any more, not even with a chain.… Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.”

What a sad, eerie picture of a tormented life. When the man saw Jesus, he ran and fell at His feet. “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” he shouted. “Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” (verse 7).

Isn’t it amazing how the very thing we need is often the last thing we want? When the man encountered the one and only One who could deliver him, he didn’t call out for help. Instead, self-preservation was his first response. “What do you want with me? Don’t torture me!”

Now, I realize it was the demons in the man who spoke these words. Yet Satan often uses the same arguments to keep us from surrendering to the work of God in our lives. It will be too painful, he hisses. Why doesn’t He just leave you alone? There’s no hope for you anyway.

It’s much easier to stay in bondage, he suggests. Sure, you roam the graveyard of your past day and night trying to find answers. Sure, your mind is tormented by the pain. But that’s a whole lot less painful than what God has in store for you, the deceiver insinuates. Who knows what God might make you do if you allowed Him to set you free?

Does any of this sound familiar to you? I know it does to me. For many of us have spent more time among the tombs than we’d care to admit.

                                                                                                       Lazarus Awakening
READ:  2 Corinthians 2:11
REFLECT: Though this verse is connected to the danger of unforgiveness, what other schemes does the devil use to outwit you and keep you from God's love?

Note:  This post is an excerpt from my devotional At the Feet of Jesuswhich pull readings from Having a Mary Heart, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening, as well as unpublished outtakes from all three books!