Archive for the ‘Divine Love’ Category


Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Day 285

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”
2 Thessalonians 1:8-10

The final judgment of God magnifies His glory. This may be a difficult statement to understand. To us it is frightening, troublesome, sad and difficult to accept that the lost will suffer an eternal fire. The final judgment will reveal that God’s fire has two sides – one that purifies His saints and the other that executes justice. In the end, we will see the fullness of His great grace, mercy and compassion that he gave to mankind.

God is patient and gives us much time and many opportunities to know Him. Many Christians often wonder why the wicked prosper and live long lives. This is His way. Jezebel is described as a false prophet and one who misleads God’s servants into sexual immorality and other sins. Yet, in the midst of this wickedness, God said, “I have given her time to repent of her immorality” (Revelation 2:20-23). No person on this earth will ever stand before God and be able to lay a charge against Him for not knowing or having opportunity.

And, to us, vessels of mercy, a great happiness is bestowed on us. God will bring justice for the many who have suffered and been persecuted. He will be glorified when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in a blazing fire with His powerful angels.

“We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may
fulfill every good purpose of yours and
every act prompted by your faith.”
2 Thessalonians 1:11


Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Day 282

“They may have the right to the tree of life
and may go through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

A romantic idealism pervades our culture. Essentially, it is the restoration of our earth and life to a ‘garden of Eden’ or ‘Paradise’ concept. We who know Christ need to be rooted in His truth about both the earth and this life.

Genesis describes a Paradise that was lost.

Genesis tells the story of fallen man who ran from God and hid. He sinned and lost his glory and a relationship with a Friend. We see the Tree of Life that he violated and lost.

Man is attempting to restore what has been lost because there is a great void in their lives. He does this through his own self-strength, but there is no satisfaction or fulfillment. Nothing completes him. Therefore, he wants to change our world so we can restore the earth. The emptiness does not go away.

There is an answer, a victorious plan by our God for those seeking Him. We can be satisfied and fulfilled. Christ has won a decisive victory that makes us more than conquerors. We are not only conquerors, there is a new heaven and earth that God will light and a Paradise restored with the right to come to the Tree of Life (Revelation 21:1; 2:7; 22:2, 14). Restoration begins with coming to Christ and then you are guaranteed an inheritance of all the above.

“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud; while their enemies looked on.”
Revelation 11:12


Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Day 281

“Come to Me”
Matthew 11:28

Can you imagine eating a specially prepared meal and never again being hungry in your life? Or drinking a specially prepared glass of water and never again being thirsty in your life?

Yet, Christ’s invitation is more real than that, and more profound because it changes our very nature.

It matters not who we are, what we have been or what we have done. If we answer His call, ‘Come to Me,’ we will never hunger or thirst again in our life. We will be satisfied completely and our nature will rest in Him. All our seeking, restlessness, and anxiety will end. Peace will become our state of life.

What a glorious One is He who loved us so much that He suffered and died for us. Even in the midst of our rebellion we were not looking for Him, not interested in Him, and not able to love Him. Yet, He loved and died for us while we were still sinners. He prepared a way for us and said, ‘Come to Me . . .’ He loved us first. What manner of love is this that the God of the universe reaches down into the mire and lifts us up, cleans us off, and places His robe of righteousness around us?

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”       Revelation 22:17


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Day 278

“Do not consider his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him. The Lord does
not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Self-esteem is the occupation of our culture. In fact, the word itself has taken on a new life and culture. You cannot number the books, media shows and other forms of expression that center on self-esteem. Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah and their other brothers probably would have run right out to get some self-help books, go on talk shows, and ultimately get into a self-help group over their rejection by the Lord. Why is there this occupation with the self?

Being accepted and rejected are real. Identity crisis hits young people early. Many enter and live in adulthood the same way. Natural man wrestles with his identity because of our sin nature. As a child of God we take on a new nature in Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians do not walk in this and start thinking God is rejecting them. Not true.

The entire bible is the story of God pursuing us. He tells us, that if even a mother forgets a baby at her breast, He will not forget us; “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me” (Isaiah 49:15-16). He made atonement for us, for the past, the present, and the future. He has given us life and then sealed (guaranteed) our salvation by imparting the Holy Spirit to live in us. He has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him in eternity.

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever”
Psalm 138:8


Friday, December 17th, 2010

Day 276

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus”
Romans 8:1

Sin started in the heavens when Satan, an angelic being, exercised his will to do evil. Because of this, Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven. Then Adam sinned bringing sin to mankind. Sin is devastating and has terrible effects on us. It attacks and afflicts us, and follows us throughout life. We tend to think of sin as something we do, an act, but it is far more than that. It is a state of our heart and a disposition of our nature.

Jesus exposed the nature of sin when He said, “when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites . . .” [Matthew 6:5-6]. Sin follows us even into God’s presence. The great wickedness of sin is the ultimate root of it – self-adulation and self-worship. How many ‘rights’ do we exercise in the midst of others? How much do we make happen by shear will power and determination? How much do we impose our agenda? Yes, we can take sin into the presence of God even as we worship Him!

It is an extraordinary thing that Christ accomplished for us. We are born into sin and are so easily inclined to sin. Yet, in spite of this, Christ died for us so we may be reconciled to our Father. He became our righteousness so we may know and have fellowship in freedom with Him. Because of Christ there is no condemnation for us who are in Him.

“For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.”
Romans 5:2


Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Day 275

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens;
And His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

David had many peaks and valleys in his life. His life was a mixture of good and evil, and some of the evil was of great extent. David was a great man of God, but wrestled with trials, temptations, sin, and persecution. One thing was clear; he was God’s chosen one and David came to understand His sovereignty through his many dark valleys. He came to the knowledge that we need to grasp – that God is the source and controls all things, and nothing comes to be except through God.

The sovereignty of God is a paradox to our minds. Everything that has occurred in your life; the joys and sorrows, your good health and sicknesses, your financial success and poverty, your good and bad relationships, your achievements and failures, are under His sovereignty.

No matter what happens in our life, He will turn it to His purposes and good will come out of it. But, if we just see God as a way out of our trials, tribulations or unable to help us because we sinned and failed, we will live in fear, anxiety and restlessness. We will believe we are not secure in Him and lose hope.

Knowing His sovereignty comes by faith and relationship; it brings peace, rest and a confidence to our lives. God’s sovereignty causes us to rejoice in Him, for He will bring victory out of our valleys. That is why David proclaimed,

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me,
bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Day 273

“He observes the sons of men; His eyes examine them”
Psalm 11:4

Did you know that God knew you before you were conceived? He knew who we would be. Our birth, planned or not planned, does not change that God knew us. He chose you to be His child and He knew all your days ahead; the good and bad, days of darkness, sin, failures and days filled with happiness and joy.

Consider this: He created Adam and Eve. He knew they would sin.

He chose Jacob, foreknowing he would be a deceiver, reach great heights, only to sink again.

He chose David. God knew he would commit adultery followed by planning and carrying out a murder to cover his sin.

He chose Peter, foreknowing the day he would deny Christ three times.

He chose all these men and you to be His child. He knows all the trials and temptations that you will undergo. He fully knows your infirmities, failures and sins today, tomorrow and in the remaining days of your life. He knows all your ways.

Here is the glory of the Lord: He knows our infirmities and He intercedes for us. He has experienced all temptation and endured the cross for the joy set before Him. He will complete the good work He began in us and will purify us. He has given us the Holy Spirit as a seal of our inheritance and we are eternally His. Saint, do not let sin and failures cause you to lose sight of your eternal Father.

Rise up, and drive the enemies of your soul out.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive your out enemy
before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!'”
Deuteronomy 33:27


Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Day 262

“Taste and see that the Lord is good”
Psalm 34:8

Our Father loves us. He values us above all things for we are the pinnacle of His creation. Even in the face of our rebellion, He pursued us and established a relationship with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. The intensity and cost of His Son’s sacrifice stands as an eternal statement of love. He loved us before we loved Him. He is faithful to us even when we are not. His faithfulness is unchangeable.

What we believe of God sets the basis of how we see Him. Out of this are many misconceptions about God. These perceptions may be crippling in our relationship and destroy an inner freedom. It should not be this way. We need to see God as He really is. He is good, upright and instructs us in our ways. He loves righteousness and justice, and the earth is full of His unfailing love (Psalms 25:8; 33:5). We are surrounded by His unfailing love.

The psalmist declared, “You are good, and what You do is good; teach me your ways.” That should be the cry of our heart. His goodness covers us and makes us right. Are you discouraged, tired, in trouble, need help? Cry out to your Father, “Show me Yourself and Your ways.” He is a refuge in time of trouble. He cares for those who trust Him (Nahum 1:7).

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And being with You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart fail, but God
is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”
Psalm 34:25-26