- Tuesday, 6/18/19 Zeph
2:3a, Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of
the earth... Meekness is a willingness to be governed. It’s adjusting our
agenda to another’s. Moses was meek; Christ is; we are to be too. In a wife,
God says this is extremely valuable. Are you willing for Him to govern you,
even if He uses human authority (husband, parents, boss, law) to do it? Zeph 3:12, I will also leave in the midst of thee an
afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
The huge calamity of national annihilation, starvation, much death, and mass
deportations brought salvation through faith to some. For us: what is a huge
negative this week may turn out to be a much greater positive next year. Bottom
line: trust whatever God is doing/bringing in our lives.
- Wednesday, 6/19/19 Zeph
2:3ab, Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of
the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness...
Whatever good qualities we have don’t last: they get corrupted or forsaken by
our flesh. Keep seeking what you already have. We
are to learn from history. Matthew
16:22-22, From that time forth began
Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and
suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,
and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke
him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. Even
our Saviour had to undergo an enormous short-term negative so as to produce a
greater positive. So that’s how the Father operates. You and I can expect the
- Thursday, 6/20/19
Proverbs 16:9, The way of the
wicked is an abomination unto the Lord. He didn’t say “the way of the
wicked person,” but simply the lifestyle of the wicked person. Does your
lifestyle (away from church) obviously emulate righteousness or a wicked man’s? Some verses in the
Bible can humble us to the core immediately. And we all need that...our level
of pride and complacency and arrogance and condescension must be nauseating to
the Lord. Can you even read this verse out loud without your spirit nearly
buckling? Psalm 119:162, I rejoice at thy
word, as one that findeth great spoil. How excited would you be to find out
you had the winning lottery ticket or just had your name picked out of the hat?
That’s minuscule compared to how we should be every morning... ‘just sayin...
- Friday, 6/21/19 Psalm
119:32, I will run the way of thy
commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. We must always be pushing
ourselves to run faster and to get a larger heart and run even faster. Do you think
you’re “fast enough”? “good enough?” “holy enough?” Luke 12:1b, [Jesus] began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the
leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. We often think of a hypocrite
as one who acts better than they are, and, of course, that’s a correct
illustration. However, the reverse is true. Do you ever act worse than you are
so as to not be shamed for being “too holy”? So as to not be ridiculed? Are you
hypocritical when you won’t admit that you don’t drink and that drinking is
anti-scriptural? “Beware.” Today it’s not standing against wrong that others
do; tomorrow it’ll be putting up with the wrong that you do.
- Saturday, 6/22/19 Psalm
119:24, Thy testimonies also are my
delight and my counsellors. Advice...do you get it from peers? Associates
at work? family? professionals? Or, is the Bible directing you? If you need
extra outside advice, are you first
going to the Holy Spirit and letting Him direct?
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