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Lion Ahead of Me

There is such a peace that passes understanding being in Your hands, Father (Philippians 4:7). Help me to remain in the center of Your will this day and every day. Amen.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

At many periods in our lives, we can look ahead and begin to feel overwhelmed. There is no end to the many things that could be included on this list. And they can be quite different for each of us. But, Lord, as I look ahead to what this week may hold, I turn to You.

This verse from Deuteronomy is part of Moses’ farewell speech to Joshua and the people of Israel. This was a time of great transition. There were on the verge of stepping into the land promised them. There were some “knowns” but many unknowns. Moses was driving home the fact that they were not going it alone.

He proclaims, For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.” God, himself, was personally going ahead of them! Anything and everything they would come up against would have to go through God first. There was no reason to be afraid. There was no reason to panic. It was proven over and over again that He would “neither fail…nor abandon” them.

Lord, this week is really no different than the 54 plus years of weeks I have gone through before. It is full of “knowns” and unknowns but regardless of what lays ahead absolutely everything I will come up against has to go through You first…and You have never failed or abandoned me. Help me to boldly go forward. May I be “strong and courageous” as I walk in Your strength and Your courage for there is nothing to fear, for You, Lord, the Lion of Judah, are personally going ahead of me! Thank You, Lord! Amen.

Sept 25th, Mon, 6:37 am

LIFE!

Father, I am grateful that I can come before You this morning with “clean hands and a pure heart.” Psalm 24:4 And I wholeheartedly acknowledge that it is only because of Your love and mercy that I can do so. I pray that I will clearly hear Your voice in our time together this morning and then throughout the day. Amen.

Hebrews 8:1-13 (<<click here)

Lord, with Your coming and giving of Yourself in total sacrifice You have established a new covenant with us, one that is put “in our minds” and written “on our hears” v.10. That is a personal, interactive covenant. That surely is the case but why, then, do we want to make it cold and impersonal? We take something that is alive and we do our best to paralyze it. Many have taken this life giving, invigorating covenant and have just sucked the life out of it by making it a list of do’s and don’ts. We externalize it and when we do it that way, we undermine Your work in us and through us.

Your plan, Your desire, is just the opposite! Jesus, You are the Living Word not a dusty tome. You are LIFE! And You infuse us with that life. In doing so we come to life. We are able to become who we were created to be. We are less motivated by rules and regulations and the fear and punishment for failing to fulfill them and instead are motivated by love! Your great love for us results in us having a greater love for You. And when that takes place we begin to desire to follow Your directive not out of obligation but out of that love.

Lord, this day may I be a living expression of Your new covenant!

Mar 31st, Thurs, 6:33 am