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Ulterior Motives

Father, I would ask for Your help. This time of year is exhausting! I need Your help to get up and meet with You on a regular basis – I truly realize the utmost importance of it. Help me, I pray. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 2:3-6 (<<click here)

Ulterior motives…they fill our world. We – and that includes me – are guilty of them. We say or do something to or for or with someone in the hopes that our “hidden” desires will be fulfilled. Our desire for power, possessions, sex, and sustenance drive our actions. Many will do absolutely anything to get what we want!

Of course in this passage Paul is speaking of his work for You, Lord – basically his ministry, his calling. But Lord, aren’t we all called to serve You? We may not be planting churches, as such, but aren’t we all either building – or tearing down – Your kingdom?

Lord, You call for us all to have as our purpose “to please [You], not people. [You] alone examine the motives of our hearts.” I would ask that my motives be motivated solely by my love for You! If my love for You permeates me to the very core of my being, that love will impact all of my interaction with those around me, be they people I love, people I know or total strangers! If the motive of my life is love then ulterior must never factor in! Dictionary.com defines ulterior as “being beyond what is seen…intentionally kept concealed” Lord, help my love for You and others to be everything but an ulterior motive. May my love be blaring and blatantly obvious to everyone with whom I come in contact!

July 10th, 2015, Fri, 6:30 am

Whole World in His Hands

A foggy morning greets me as I sit for our time together, Father. It is beautiful to behold. All the nuances of Your creation are a constant reminder of Your power and might and Your attention to detail. Your hand in creation is a great reassurance that Your hand is upon my life as well. Thank You, Father.

Revelation 5:1-5 (<<click the green)

In the midst of this scene of power and might and holiness, with everyone lifting praise deservingly to God, stands a strong and mighty angel. And in reference to a sealed scroll which God holds in His hand, he shouts in loud voice,

“Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” vs2

The Amplified Bible puts it this way,

“Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals?” vs2

And because no one in all of heaven or earth or under the earth stepped forward, the Apostle John wept bitterly.

But one of the twenty-four elders said to [John], “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” vs5

I realize that that is a lot of introduction but as I write, Lord, it must be stressed that only You, the Lion of Judah, are worthy. In all of eternity both forward and backward only You were able to live a life of perfect obedience to God. Only You were able to pay the penalty for the sins of all humanity by dying on the cross. Only You in Your resurrection proclaimed Your power over evil and death! And because only You “won the victory,” only You “can be trusted with the world’s future”!*

A song from my childhood comes to mind. The repeated line of the first verse says it all, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.”

No matter where we find ourselves in our life’s journey, Lord, we are safely in Your hands…and that is where I want to remain. Amen.

Aug 15th, Tues, 6:24 am

*Core concepts expressed in this paragraph are from the Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Power and Authority

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Father, waking up this morning I see (and hear) the might of Your creation. Peals of thunder and pouring rain remind me that You alone are in charge of this world. I cannot slow it down, I cannot stop it. I can only stand in awe of Your power and might!

Jude 25 (<<click  green)

”All glory, majesty, power and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”

I had read this portion of Scripture yesterday and knew I wanted to look at it again today but hadn’t done so prior to my opening prayer, Lord. Once again You had set my mind down the best path!

“A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E, attitude, attitude, attitude!” That is a phrase that has often been repeated in our home over the years, and what an attitude we have! As a whole mankind has this mindset that we are all powerful, we can do anything we set our mind to, nothing can stop us. Many believe that we have put God in his place on a shelf, in a box marked “Useless Things of the Past.” Oh, but we could not be more wrong!

As I wrote of the storm, I cannot control it. Thinking of the death that awaits us all, I cannot stop it. I can amass great wealth but a fire or a flood or a turn in the world market can quickly bring it all to an end.

King David understood the reality of who we are.

“Our days on earth are like grass
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone –
As though we had never been here.”
Psalm 103:15-16

But You, Lord? The last half of the 25th verse of Jude tells us who You truly are. We claim power and authority but they are Yours alone. We exist on this speck of dust but for a breath – but You are eternity!! Thank You, Almighty God, for providing a way – Your death on the cross – for me to be with You, in Your love, for eternity.

“All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Amen!

June 5th, Mon, 6:28 am

You Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

There have been too many things clamoring for my attention this morning, Father. I should have been here sooner. Enable me to focus on what is important and to truly hear what you have to say to me. Amen.

Jude 1:17-21 (<<click green)

In my house, a wonderful gift exchange is “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” This may occur in other circumstance but we both love having our backs scratched! 🙂

Another mutually beneficial act – and one of much greater importance is keeping ourselves safe in God’s love and Jude encourages us to do this by building each other up in our “most holy faith” by praying in the “power of the Holy Spirit.” as weawait the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ…” “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” We are a family and we should have each other’s back- and not just for scratching! Every opportunity we get we should encourage each other. Our world is way too full of negativity and put downs. Lift each other up!

We must pray for each other, regularly! Absolutely nothing can accomplish what prayer can, especially when we “pray in the power of the Holy Spirit” and not our own. Pray for each other!

Lord, You are coming and we should be doing everything we possibly can to help each other as we ready ourselves for Your imminent return. Help us, Lord, I pray. Amen.

May 31st, Wed, 9:12 am

Beware the Charlatans

Father, I am grateful for Your love and forgiveness, for Your mercy and grace. And those words and the reality of those words are not just concepts to be tossed about. I have experienced them and continue to experience them. I surely don’t deserve it but You day after day lavishly bless me with these things and so much more. Praise Your Holy Name! Amen!

2 Peter 2:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, another reason that we must be diligent in reading Your word and speaking with – and listening to – You is to assure that we are not led astray. Most definitely those who proclaim Your word are not infallible, we have our struggles, we make mistakes. Because of this, Your people must be discerning. We should pray for and lift up Your servants.

But another reason we should pray for discernment is that for millennia there have been charlatans who have not been driven by desires to further Your Kingdom but instead are all about fulfilling their own agendas of power or prosperity – some, at their core, have as their goal to undermine Your Kingdom. They are all about discrediting Your Church and Your name.

I’m sure some started with their hearts in the right place but those first tastes of power and control moved things from their hearts to their heads. They were in charge. They deserved their portion of the “profits.” They, little by little, came to see themselves living above the Law.

Lord, first of all, may we all be diligent in keeping ourselves true to You – striving to immerse ourselves in the Bible and spending quality time in Your presence. Then may we fervently pray for those who lead us. May we pray for their purity of heart. May we not hesitate to come to them if realignment is necessary for their lives. May we do so in Your love but may we not shy from the responsibility. And Lord, if they will not change may we not hesitate to remove ourselves from their influence of our lives.

Help us to seek Your face and to live pure and holy lives in Your power and strength. Amen.

Mar 17th, Fri, 6:33 am