Archive for September, 2010


Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Day 208

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?”
Psalm 139:7-12

God is Omnipresent. He is present everywhere. No matter what we do and where we are, He is there. He is not limited to Sunday worship and prayer times. Often we do not sense His presence in our lives because daily activities and concerns occupy us. Our emotions even betray us leading us to believe God is not present. When times of trauma or tragic circumstances occur in our lives we may plunge into periods of uncertainty or darkness. Yet, in the depth of these times God is present. In fact, His presence never leaves us.

Then there is sin and rebellion that may grip us. We may even flee from God. We may get angry with God. We may even deny Him. The psalmist declares, “If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.” And God says, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?” [Jeremiah 23:23-24]. Remember this, in the midst of your sin, He is there. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good” [Proverbs 15:3].

God does not change because of our position. He is immutable, unchangeable. God cannot change within His character. Rather we are emotionally hot or cold, in sin or walking in righteousness, or in trauma or happiness, He is ever present. “For I am the Lord, I change not” [Malachi 3:6]. This unchangeable nature gives us a surety of His presence. The Living Bible renders Psalm 139:7 this way: “I can never be lost to Your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!” And we can cry with the psalmist, “This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe!”

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast the sum of them! Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.”
Psalm 139:17-18 NIV


Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Day 207

“Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
Revelation 5:2

John is looking at the Throne and he sees a scroll in the right hand of the Father. It is written both inside and on the back and sealed with seven seals. What is this scroll? It is God the Father’s eternal decree, His eternal plan and purposes for all creation throughout the ages and eternity. The scroll is sealed with seven seals; it’s closed, meaning God’s plan is sealed. If it’s sealed, it is unfulfilled, not carried out. “So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or look at it” [verse 4].

Now John hears that there is One worthy to open the scroll and loose the seven seals. It is the slain Lamb of God who has redeemed us by His blood. A great exaltation rises in the heavens and they worship Him. The breaking of the seals and opening of the scroll means the execution of God’s eternal plan. His glorious redemptive purposes are being realized and we are made kings and priests to give praise, honor and glory to Him.

The Elder declares to John, “He has conquered . . .”, or He has won; has overcome and triumphed. Christ has conquered sin on the cross and delivered us. By bearing the full burden of God’s wrath for our sins, and conquering Satan, He has purchased us and our freedom. He has earned the right to break the seals and open the scroll, thereby ruling the universe in accordance with God’s plan. Now He is our Mediator, crowned with glory and honor. It is now the Throne of God our Father and the Lamb. Now our warfare has ended, our sins forgiven and we are comforted by Him who first loved us.

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing” Revelation 5:12


Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Day 206

“And there before me was a throne in heaven
with someone sitting on it”
Revelation 4:2

The Apostle John was permitted to look into heaven. There was a door standing open and he heard Christ say, “Come up here.” The Lord speaks; “I will show you what must take place after this.” What does John see?

He saw the Throne with One sitting on it. The Throne is the center of all things and Christ ascended to sit at the right hand of God. He entered heaven in exaltation and took His seat by His Father, and now John was permitted to see this. It is from here that everything may be understood. It is here where God governs. The Throne is the Holy of Holies. Where once there was a Tabernacle in the Wilderness for God to dwell with His people, as a representation of what was in heaven, now there is access to God Himself. Everything led to the Holy of Holies and the Mercy Seat, and now John saw it.

Why did the Lord permit John to see the Throne and record minute details? It was His love being demonstrated towards us who are His children. He opened the door to heaven so we could see the Throne and know what must take place. And this is a great comfort to us for we gain understanding to God’s Divine plan and see the outcome of it. It permits us to have an assurance and knowledge that God has dominion over ALL things, for He created them. It means that every minute detail of our life is in His hands.

“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His footstool;
He is holy” Psalm 99:5


Monday, September 27th, 2010

Day 205

“And there before me was a door standing open in heaven”
Revelation 4:1

After His resurrection Christ showed Himself to the disciples over a period of forty days. At the end of that period they began to ask Him about the times and dates of restoring the kingdom to Israel. They still had their eyes on an earthly reign. Jesus told them they were to wait for the Holy Spirit, who was to baptize and give them power. He would empower them to be witnesses, testifying of Jesus. After He told them this, He was taken up before their very eyes ascending into heaven.

The cross and resurrection were not the end of His ministry, but the beginning leading to His exaltation and reign under which those who believe are reconciled to the Father. A short time later He opened a door in heaven for us to see the continuation of His ministry. He permitted us to see the present and future and gave us assurance of the divine plan. Many find the Book of Revelation hard to understand or confusing; it really is the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is His letter of love showing us the completion of His work.

And what does the door open to? The Psalmist declared it centuries before: “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; He sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake” [Psalm 99:1]. There is only one thing to see through that door; the Throne. “He sits enthroned…” This Throne is at the center of the universe, for He created all things. It is our assurance of victory and completion in Him.

And the Baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers us to be a light, light-bearers, that shine on everyone in the house (Matthew 5:14).

“Great is the Lord in Zion [the church]; He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name—He is holy” Psalm 99:2-3


Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Day 204

‘And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”
Romans 1:4

The cross demonstrates the love of God for us.

The resurrection demonstrates the power of God for us.

The Holy Spirit was at work in the humanity of Christ starting from the incarnation, through His earthy life and in the resurrection. He lived in Him experiencing the fullness of humanity. And He dwelled with Him in His sufferings and death and rose with Him in the resurrection. The Holy Spirit experienced the fullness of Christ in every aspect and when Christ entered the gates of heaven in exaltation to sit at the right hand of God the Father, that same Holy Spirit came to indwell every believer.

Now, through the resurrected Christ “. . .we have received grace …” [verse 5]. Christ is our only mediator with God. This grace is a gift from God, based upon what Jesus Christ has done. We neither deserve nor can we earn His grace. He has chosen us and it is His decision to give us grace. And what God gives cannot be taken away, for He is immutable, never changing in His character. So, we have a reservoir of grace that is ours to use and it is new every morning [Lamentations 3:23]. This is His faithfulness.

Today you have a new reservoir of grace from God. You are equipped with everything you need to live in Christ. The Holy Spirit that experienced humanity in Christ and resurrection power now dwells in you. With Paul, we can say, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection …” [Philippians 3:10].

“Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel
and the proclamation of Jesus Christ . . . be glory
forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
Romans 16:25-27


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Day 203

“He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold
back his hand or say to Him:
‘What have you done?'”
Daniel 4:35

Our concepts of free will and freedom clash with the reality of God’s sovereignty. When Adam usurped God’s place, he brought humanity into bondage. Separated from the fellowship of God, our human nature became an independent self-sufficient spirit. We pride ourselves on these character traits. Yet, it is these very traits that cloud our ability to see God clearly. When Proverbs warns us to “not lean on your own understanding,” it is clearly stating that if we do we will be misled in life.

Recognizing our separation from God comes when we see our foolishness and sinfulness. When we acknowledge this we acknowledge the sovereignty of God. “He does as He pleases…” God sets the nations, determines our place, and chose us for Himself. We may plan our way, but the Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9).

God’s divine sovereignty is His Fatherhood and love for us. It is the love that caused Him to send His only Son to become one of us. He permitted the lowering of Himself, a deep humbleness that subjected Him to the frailties of humanity. He did this to show us the way and give us eternal life. He literally presented Himself to His creation that rejected Him!

Now we can live by the grace and mercy of God our Father. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” [John 3:27]. Our true freedom rests in the sovereignty of God and by leaning on His sufficiency. With John we can say, we know and rely on the love of God.

“Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, for Thy righteous acts have been revealed” Revelation 15:3-4


Friday, September 24th, 2010

Day 202

“Your servant was tending his father’s sheep”
1 Samuel 17:34

What were David’s qualifications? He visited the Israelite encampment and found that the Philistine’s had sent a giant named Goliath out to taunt them into battle. Being a massive man and mighty warrior, he presented an overpowering and frightening presence to the Israelites. They were no fools, so they stayed in camp. It was this scene that David came upon.

David was a very young man, most likely in the 12 to 17 age bracket (favoring the younger age). As the youngest he took care of his Father’s sheep. His brothers were serving in the army. And while taking care of the sheep, he had already proved himself in battle with a lion and a bear, killing both. They had taken from the flock. He saw Goliath no differently, as one who would kill the Father’s children. David won the right to do battle with Goliath. David declared, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts . . . this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands . . . for the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). The remaining story is well known.

What were David’s qualifications? There was only one; “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep.” Our Great Shepherd is Christ, and He is tending the Father’s sheep—you and I. He has laid down His life for us, making full provision so that not one us will be lost. Neither the lion nor the bear shall take one away, for our Great Shepherd has conquered death, setting us free. He said, “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them to eternal life on the last day” (John 6:39).

“Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird out of
the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and
we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the
Lord, who made heaven and earth”
Psalm 124:6-8


Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

DAY 201

“I can of Myself do nothing . . . because I do not seek
My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me”
John 5:30

If people are asked what the purpose of Jesus was, the answer most likely given would be that He came to save sinners. While it is true that He did that, His greater purpose was to do the will of God. In that, sinners are saved and reconciled to the Father. Hebrews says, “Then said I, lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Without the accomplished work of Christ and His resurrection, we would not be who we are today. But there is more. By subjecting Himself to our flesh, living on this earth 33 years and going through His final agony, He perfectly obeyed the Father. He accomplished this as man and became the first to do so. In doing this, He showed us the way. He made the way for us – “Anyone who obeys My Father in heaven is My brother, sister and mother” [Matthew 12:50].

The zeal of Christ was to do the will of His Father. By doing the Father’s will, He not only brought us into the kingdom, He has given us the Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit that dwelled in Him and experienced perfect obedience. He now lives in us, guiding us in that obedience and revealing the Father to us.

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”
Hebrews 10:10


Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Day 200

“My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength
of my heart and my portion forever”
Psalm 73:26

Tribulations are part of life. From physical to mental, many things can assault us in the course of a day. For many, relationships are an area of suffering. These affect our family, work, social, and life in general. Surprisingly, being a Christian does not exempt us from these life’s difficulties.

What most of us do, how we react under these circumstances, is to draw on our strength. Human nature has an amazing capacity to handle adversity in life. The problem is it is self-strength. The reaction is to the self. Asaph, the psalmist, said that when his flesh and heart failed, God was His strength. In his weakness, it was God who empowered and kept him. When all else had failed, he came to understand that he could only live in God’s strength. When He is our strength, we can trust Him. When we trust ourselves it is self-strength,.

When Joshua attacked Ai (in his own strength), he suffered a great defeat. He turned to the Lord and repented. The Lord said, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,” and Joshua became victorious so that not one man was left in Ai. When David was assaulted by His enemies, He turned to the Lord who delivered him from all his enemies. David declared, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect” (2 Samuel 22:33). Our Father desires to deliver us today from all our enemies and take us through adversity in victory. Self-strength will bring discouragement, fear and defeat. His strength makes our way perfect.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth
give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though
its waters roar and foam and the mountain quake
with their surging . . . The Lord Almighty is
with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Psalm 46


Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Day 199

“…in Him we live, and move, and have our being”
Acts 17:28

We all agree that God has a plan. But, most of us wrestle with knowing God’s will. From that point on it gets more difficult. Some believe that you must know each point of that plan so you will not miss the mark. And to “miss the mark” is to be out of the will of God. It seems to suggest that God creates a robot state of life for His children.

What kind of a Father would He be if we had to precisely fulfill every minute detail of a plan to be in His will? This is a gross misunderstanding of our Father and His purpose for us. He leads, we follow. This is how easy it is. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). By focusing on Him is how we walk in His will. Everything else will take care of itself. It is why Christ and the Apostles were able to say “do not worry”, “do not be anxious.” We have a good Father who leads us each day of our lives and we know His voice.

God guides His own. “When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice” (John 10:4). This refers to several flocks of sheep kept together at night, but in the morning each shepherd would lead out his own sheep. His own sheep, and they alone, would respond to his call. He then goes ahead of them and the sheep follow. He leads. He does not drive. For He is our Father and within His plan there is freedom.

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7