Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Romans 11:34

“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Who has known (ginosko: perceived, understood) the mind (nous: faculties of perceiving and understanding, judging, determining, reasoning) of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor (sumboulos: adviser)?”

SUMMARY

Who has understood the reasoning of the Lord? Who has been His advisor and given Him counsel?

MEDITATION

Has anyone advised God today? Has He asked anyone for some advice? I think not. The LORD is in need of no thing and no one. He is fully capable within Himself to execute what He desires at any moment. The great thing however is that He chooses to interact with us, listen to our pleas and use us to carry out His will. He has willingly created us capable of interacting with Him. Although I know that I could never fully understand and grasp the mind of the LORD while I'm in this body of flesh, I daily strive to know Him more. By walking in holiness, studying His Word and seeking His face, I continue to know more and more of my unfathomable Father. Today, take advantage of the opportunties to interact with your Creator. His attributes are endless.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Psalm 30:10

“Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Hear (shama`: hearken, understand, discern, perceive), O LORD, and be merciful (chanan: be gracious, supplication, pity, show favor) to me; O LORD, be my help (`azar: helper, support).”

SUMMARY

Please hear and understand me O LORD, be gracious to me and show me favor; O LORD, I need You to be my helper and support.

MEDITATION

Today I read the news headlines and see nearly the entire world going their own way. It saddens me so, it really does. I cannot help but feel the heart of God when I see the masses willingly defying Him and reveling in their flesh and all that this earth has to offer. This is not about condemnation, this is about facing the fact that we are a people in need of mercy. Would you join me today in pleading for God’s mercy to fall upon mankind? LORD, we are Your beautiful creation yet we have abandoned You, show us pity and be gracious. Pour out Your mercy today, though undeserving are we all. LORD, show us compassion and draw men unto Yourself for without You, we have no hope.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hebrews 13:1

“Let brotherly love continue.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Let brotherly love (Philadelphia: brotherly kindness, love of the; love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren) continue (meno: abide, remain, endure, be held, never perish or fade).”

SUMMARY

Let brotherly kindness and love be cherished and never fade away.

MEDITATION

Love has many facets. Love is being truly concerned for your brother. Love is being honest when the truth is painful. Love is knowing when to be gentle and when to be firm. Love is, as we see here, to be cherished regarding others in the Body of Christ. Today, may we value one another and truly edify the Body. Not in some vain “How are you? Great… fine thanks.” relationship but in true transparency and vulnerability – real relationship. It is time the Body of Christ sees Her need for truly godly relationships. Today, in your life, may brotherly love continue.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Luke 8:48

“And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’ (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith (pistis: assurance, belief, conviction of the truth, belief with the predominate idea of trust or confidence) has made you well (sozo: saved, made whole, healed); go in peace (eirene: rest, quietness, state of tranquility, security, safety, prosperity).’

SUMMARY

And He said to her, “Daughter, your belief and trust has saved and healed you; go in peace, security and rest.”

MEDITATION

For some reason, many people have a hard time when approaching the topic of healing. It’s somehow been deemed as “not for today” because others have abused and perverted it throughout the years. However, when looking at the text alone, we see that “well” is the same word used to describe salvation (sozo). It is wholeness, wellness, completeness. You see, healing is a byproduct of God’s much greater plan. That is why we see, with this woman, that Jesus said “your faith has saved you” – when she was made whole, she was healed. Some will be, as this, instantaneously seen – others may be a process, but we must have the faith in what we do not yet see. Today, believe God for something you don’t see any results for or perhaps don’t even yet have even any feelings for. He has made you whole.

Friday, March 27, 2009

2 Samuel 22:35

“He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“He trains (lamad: teaches, skillfully instructs) my hands for battle (milchamah: war, fighting), so that my arms (zerowa`: power, shoulder, might, strength) can bend (nachath: break, bring down) a bow of bronze.”

SUMMARY

The LORD skillfully instructs my hands for battle, so that my strength can break a bow of bronze.

MEDITATION

In this verse it stands out to me that the LORD is the trainer, if you will, but it is my hands that battle and my arms that that do the breaking of the bronze. We must realize that it is not about our greatness or our personal abilities, but it is we who do the action on His behalf. Few seem to see that they are in a battle that needs trained for. Would the LORD desire to train us for a war if one didn't even exist? So many Believers speak of feeling spiritually puny and ineffective in their walk. I believe it is because we’ve not understood that we need to be trained by our King. He is the skillful Instructor and we are His mighty army, here to carry out His plans and agendas. Today, will you be trained for battle by the King?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

1 John 2:15

"Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

"Do not love (agapao: welcome, entertain, be fond of, love dearly, well pleased with) the world (kosmos: earthly constitution, order, government, world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly) nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love (agape: charity, dear, brotherly, affection, good will, benevolence) of the Father is not in (en: with, among, through) him."

SUMMARY

Do not welcome and love worldly order, nor the things that are within it. If anyone is well pleased with worldly matters, the affectionate love of the Father is not in and through him.


MEDITATION

Without question, everyday decisions must be made that really have no eternal purpose. But today I want to challenge you to have as few ties to worldly things as possible. Don't be entertained and think too fondly of worldly goings on as the love of them has the ability to keep you from the Father. Keep your gaze set straight. Today, be aware of where your heart leads you - don't give up your love and affections to earthly affairs.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Psalm 61:4

“Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Let me dwell (guwr: sojourn, remain, abide, dwell in, dwell with, inhabit) in Your tent ('ohel: tabernacle, dwelling, covering, habitation) forever; Let me take refuge (chacah: trust, hope in, protection) in the shelter (cether or cithrah: secret place, hiding place, covering, protection) of Your wings (kanaph: skirt, borders, ends). Selah.”

SUMMARY

I will dwell and remain in Your habitation forever; I will trust and hope in the covering and protection of Your wings.

MEDITATION

As one who grew up in the Midwest, I was very familiar with tornadoes blowing through each and every summer. When the sirens would sound, there was no question or debate about what should be done – we all sought shelter. The reality is that there is likewise an ongoing spiritual battle all around us and one must deliberately choose where to dwell. My desire is to approach everything that I do seated in the covering of my Father. It is not a cowering in fear and wait dwelling but rather a place of strength and victory! Today, assess where you’re seated and seek to be found under the shadow of His mighty wings.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Psalm 55:16

"As for me, I shall call upon God, And the LORD will save me." (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

"As for me, I shall call upon (qara': cry out, call out, utter a loud sound, summon, invite, call for, commission) God, And the LORD will save (yasha`: deliver, help, preserve, salvation, avenging, defend, rescue, safe, victory, liberated, to give victory to) me."

SUMMARY

As for me, I shall utter a loud cry and call out to God and He will deliver and give victory to me.

MEDITATION

May this be the cry of the Body of Christ today! As for me, I absolutely will cry out to God and I know, without question, that He will bring me victory! The LORD that I serve is always the Victor. He is always the Overcomer. He is always the LORD of all! Today, take a few moments to know Your LORD. He is beautiful, lovely and mighty beyond description. Call out to Him with a loud voice. In Him alone place your trust today.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hebrews 2:1

“…We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“…We must pay much closer (perissoteros: more abundantly, more exceedingly, much more, more frequent) attention (prosecho: give heed to, bring near, care for, attend to, addicted to, devote thought and effort) to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (pararrhueo: carried by, pass by, slip away) from it.”

SUMMARY

We must pay much closer attention and devote much thought and effort to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away and allow it to pass by.

MEDITATION

Today, aggressively grab hold to Truth. Be attentive to what is going on around you in spiritual realms. In a time when people seem to pay little attention to the battle that is against principalities and powers unseen, will you look deeper and see? We must be cautious to not allow ourselves to be carried away, but rather we must give heed to the Truth that we have been given in God’s Word. Today, may the Body of Christ awaken and walk with eyes wide open, ready to see and hear what the Spirit is saying in this hour.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ezekiel 10:5

“Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.”

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim (keruwb: angelic beings) was heard (shama`: hearken, publish, understand, sound, declared) as far as the outer court, like the voice (qowl or qol: noise, sound, thunder, proclamation) of God Almighty when He speaks.”

SUMMARY

The sound of the wings of the angelic beings was heard as far as the outer court, like the thunderous proclamation of God Almighty when He speaks.

MEDITATION

There is no profound revelation within this verse really, I just find it fascinating. Do you expect to hear and see God move in such a way upon this earth today? Do you wake up in the morning and ask the LORD to make His glory known among all nations in ways that no mind can comprehend or do you serve a sleeping God who is just passing time? Today I encourage you to dream big! Expect God to reveal His majesty in this day and hour! Today may just be the day that the audible voice of the LORD resounds for all to hear. The events in The Word are not fables my friend. It is time that we believe for mighty moves of God to take place in our time upon this earth!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Proverbs 1:20

“Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Wisdom shouts (qara': calls, cries out, proclaims) in the street (hamah: roar, noise, disquieted, troubled, clamorous, concourse, mourning, tumultuous, commotion), She lifts her voice in the square.”

SUMMARY

Wisdom calls out and proclaims in the nosiy and troubled concourse, She lifts her voice in the square.

MEDITATION

There is such depth to this verse. I’d like you to go back and read the Hebrew used to define “street”. Amongst the clamor and noise of life, Wisdom calls. It is as if I can see Her standing there amidst the news of the economy, the fears of the future, the hate, the anger and the disappointments of mankind that are seemingly shouted from rooftops. In the midst of it all, She calls to you and I. Who will hear Her? Who will choose to heed Her words and dwell in peace and rest? Today, tune in to the calls of Wisdom and then follow Her. Learn to drown out the noise of this world and hear Her utterances for She is calling to you today.

Friday, March 20, 2009

1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let all that you do be done in love.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Let all that you do be done in love (agape: charity, dear, brotherly love, affection, good will).”

SUMMARY

Let all that you do be done affectionately, in love, charity and good will.

MEDITATION

The Word has a simple charge for us today, may everything that we put our hands to, be rooted in love. When you talk to your spouse, speak in love. When you interact with those at your workplace, do so in love. When you speak to the LORD, express your love. Today, may the Body of Christ be the best example of love that this world has ever seen.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Psalm 18:31

“For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock (tsuwr or tsur: strength, beauty, might), except our God?”

SUMMARY

For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a beautifully mighty rock except our God?

MEDITATION

Now this is a simple question, isn't it? Who am I to go to besides the LORD? He is my Father. He is my abilities. He is my encourager. He is my enabler. He is my wisdom. He is my hope. He is my lover. He is my friend. He is my King. He is my rock and my strength, the mighty One to whom I run. Today, be found clinging to the Rock. Where else would anyone want to turn but to our beautiful and mighty God? He is God and there is no other.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

John 7:16

“So Jesus answered them and said, ‘My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.’ (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“So Jesus answered them and said, ‘My teaching (didache: doctrine, instruction) is not Mine, but His who sent Me.’

SUMMARY

So Jesus answered them and said, “My teachings, doctrine and instruction are not Mine, but His who sent Me.”

MEDITATION

I catch a lot of flack sometimes for saying the things that I do. No one likes to hear that the way they are living might actually not be what they thought it was. I am encouraged with the words of Jesus as He was not interested in whether or not people received His message. How was this so? Was He cold-hearted or disinterested in them personally? Of course not. He saw the greater purpose. His message was His Father’s message. His message was upheld and defined by Jehovah God and if anyone had issue with it, they could talk to Him about it. I am slowly adopting this same approach in my life. My message is not my own. My agenda is not my agenda. I am one who has been sent and has been given a message to proclaim. Today, I encourage you to only speak the Father’s message and opinions, without any thought of result or consequence. I believe that the Body of Christ will be a whole lot better off for it if we do.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Proverbs 7:4

“Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister’, and call understanding your intimate friend.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Say to wisdom (chokmah: skillfulness, shrewdness, prudence), ‘You are my sister’ ('achowth: together with, in relationship with, intimate connection), and call understanding (biynah: wisdom, knowledge, discernment) your intimate friend (mowda`: kinsman, kinswoman, relative).”

SUMMARY

Say to wisdom, “I will be intimately connected with you” and call understanding, knowledge and discernment your intimate relatives.

MEDITATION

I know plenty of people who I consider to be wise, in worldly qualities and knowledge. On the other hand, I know quite few that are likewise in the realm of spiritual matters. I believe that it is time we all assess who and what we partner with in our Christian walk. Today, I choose to be intimately connected with wisdom and call understanding and discernment my close relatives. It is a choice that is to be made, in every situation. One can only possess godly wisdom by walking according to the Spirit. Today, would you join with me in doing just that? May we, the Body of Christ, walk hand in hand with wisdom as our intimate friend.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Psalm 147:8

“Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Who covers (kacah: hides, conceals, clothed) the heavens with clouds, Who provides (kuwn: prepares, establishes, directs, readies) rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow (tsamach: spring forth, spring up) on the mountains.” (NASB)

SUMMARY

The Lord clothed the heavens with clouds. The Lord prepares and provides rain for the earth. The Lord makes grass to spring forth upon the mountains.

MEDITATION

In our part of the country, it has been raining large amounts for days now. For some time over the last 24 months, we were in a serious drought, but it seems that all is on its way back to normal, should this rain continue. Is this not just like life? There are times when we feel dry and barren and in need of spiritual rain. Today I say may it be in the spiritual as it is in the natural for you. The LORD sends the rains and causes new life to grow. Lift your hands and praise the Giver of the rain! All that exists is within His mighty hand.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

1 Thessalonians 5:3

“While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape." (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction (olethros: ruin, destroy, death) will come upon them suddenly (aphides: unawares, unexpected, unforeseen) like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape (ekpheugo: flee, seek safety in flight)."

SUMMARY

While everyone is saying all is well, destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not be able to flee and find safety.

MEDITATION

I had yet another dream last night where the LORD is urging me to prepare for what is to come. Much is stirring right now among Believers as several well known Christian leaders share what they feel is on the horizon for this nation and the world. Some state that judgment and wrath are coming and others feel it is all unnecessary fear and panic. I personally view it like this. If I have been given the foreknowledge of things to come and I do not inform and warn others, then it I am a fool. People will believe what they will. I will turn my gaze and my ears to the heavens. I will watch. I will pray. I will hear what my Father is speaking of tomorrow’s events and declare it as so without wavering. My charge is for you to go to the Word to form your own view on the matter. You hear, you see. Only then will one truly know what the Spirit is truly saying in this hour.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

2 Samuel 7:28

“O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words (dabar 1: matters, acts, chronicles, sayings, commandments, utterances) are trustworthy ('emeth: truth, true, right, faithful, assured, established), and you have promised (dabar 2: spoken, told, pronounced, declared) these good (towb: better, well, best, merry, prosperity, precious, beautiful, pleasant, agreeable, happiness, bountiful) things to your servant (`ebed: subject, bondservant).”

SUMMARY

O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words and utterances are true, assured and established, and You have prnounced these beautiful and bountiful things to (insert your name if you're a born from above Believer in Jesus, The Christ).

MEDITATION

When the LORD speaks it, it is so – period. When there seems no one can be trusted, place your trust and hope in the LORD, for He is incapable of being anything but perfectly trustworthy. He has made promises to you. Do you know what they are? One must read the Word and have daily interaction with the Father in order to discover all of His promises. Precious, bountiful, prosperous, beautiful promises! Today, declare the LORD is God! Rejoice over His sovereign Lordship, for there is none like Him!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Psalm 11:7

“For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“For the LORD is righteous (tsaddiyq: just, lawful, right, correct), He loves righteousness (tsedaqah: justice, right, righteous acts, truthfulness); The upright (yashar: right, righteous, straight, correct, pleasing, straightforward, fitting, proper) will behold (chazah: see, look, perceive) His face (paniym: before, presence, countenance, person).”

SUMMARY

For the LORD is righteous and just, He loves justice and truthfulness. The straight and righteous will look and see His countenance.

MEDITATION

How does one see God? Walk in righteousness and truthfulness. So many people I talk to say that they just don't "sense God's presence" or they "can't ever seem to hear God's voice". I believe that this is often the case because as a whole, we don't seek holiness and righteousness. Unlawful and selfish lifestyles distance us from the LORD. We cannot go our own ways, making up our own spiritual guidelines and expect to walk in intimacy with the LORD. He gave us instruction in His Word and has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us. It is our responsibility to be holy as He is holy. Today, seek righteousness. Above all else, be found upright in the eyes of the LORD.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jeremiah 17:8

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots (sheresh: deep, firmness, permanence) by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought (batstsoreth: dearth, destitution) nor cease to yield fruit (periy: reward, produce, offspring).”

SUMMARY

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots deep and firm by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought or destitution nor cease to reproduce offspring.”

MEDITATION

Recently I was walking through the woods quite briskly as I came up on a large fallen tree that was laying across the forest floor. I simply saw it ahead, proceeded down my path and jumped upon it in order to pass over it. What I was unaware of was that it was completely soft and rotted out. So, when I landed on it in order to springboard down the path, it crushed beneath my feet. I instantly thought of the spiritual metaphors. This once mighty tree had been uprooted long ago and it had fallen. After laying there dormant and disconnected from its life-giving roots, it had become lifeless, frail and could no longer stand tall and be what it once was. I see things spiritually in the same manner. When one is uprooted from the LORD, the Water, the life-giving Source, spiritual death begins. Years of such disconnect will make one a shell of what they were created to be. Also, be sure that what you are is truly alive. On the outside, the tree appeared to be strong, but in fact was hollow. Today, be assured that you are planted by the Source of life. Establish roots that go deep in Him. He alone keeps us alive.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Psalm 119:140

“Your Word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Your Word ('imrah: speech, commandment, utterance; word of God, the Torah) is very (me`od: greatly, exceedingly, mightily) pure (tsaraph: tried, refined, purged, tested and proved true), Therefore Your servant (`ebed: bondservant, slave, subject, worshipper) loves ('ahab: friends with, beloved, like, human appetite for objects, human love for or to God) it.”

SUMMARY

Your Word oh God is exceedingly pure, tested and found true, Therefore I, Your bondservant, a worshipper of You, love and crave It.

MEDITATION

Do you crave the Word of God? Do you desire to know It? Do you read it expecting the Spirit of God to reveal Its mysteries? Is it vital to your very existence or could you easily live without it? Today I encourage you to read It, study It, listen to It and be transformed.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Psalm 46:7

“The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“The LORD of hosts (tsaba' or tseba'ah: war, armies, battle, service, appointed time, warfare, soldiers, of whole creation) is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold (misgab: defense, refuge, high tower, high fort, secure height, retreat). Selah.”

SUMMARY

The LORD of the armies, appointed times and all creation is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower and defense.

MEDITATION

Where do you run when tumultuous times come your way? It had better be where you are already residing – the solace and security of the LORD. It is time to establish our dwelling in His mighty hand. I know where I physically dwell because I return to this house each and every day. I eat here. I sleep here. I reside here and it is my earthly solace. It is likewise in the spiritual. I choose to reside in the LORD. He is my security and my high tower. Moment by moment I willingly choose to go to Him and dwell in His presence. Today, assess where you dwell. Be assured that your refuge is in the mighty hands of the LORD.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Psalm 66:5

"Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men." (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

"Come and see the works (miph`al: workings, things made) of God, Who is awesome (yare': terrible, be in fear of, stand in awe of, respect, reverance) in His deeds (`aliylah: actions, inventions, practices)
toward the sons of men."

SUMMARY

Come and see the things made by God's handiwork, Who is worthy of awe and respect in His actions towards us all.

MEDITATION

Recently I've spent many hours outside. Usually, whenever I do so, I always seem to find myself marvelling at the handiwork of God. The great expanse of the sky and the beauty of His Creation is truly breathtaking. His great work is also evident in His best work of all, you and I. We are the apple of His eye, the peak of His Creation, fashioned and formed in His very own likeness. Today, declare praises over the awesome works of the LORD. He has truly blessed us greatly.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Luke 11:28

"But He said, 'On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.'" (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

"But He said, 'On the contrary, blessed (makarios: well off, happy, supremely blessed) are those who hear (akouo: hearken, give audience, to attend to, consider, understand, perceive, comprehend) the word of God and observe (phulasso: keep, guard, keep watch, to guard for one's self so as not to violate) it.'"

SUMMARY

Jesus said, “Supremely blessed are those who hearken and consider the word of God and keep it, without violation.”

MEDITATION

Obviously Jesus was attempting to encourage us to realize that the hearing of the Word is not enough. Just as I recently told a friend of mine, my willingness to help them get through some tough times will only be of benefit to them if they take the time to call me. Likewise, the Word is only beneficial for those who hearken Its voice and obey Its commands. It is an active interaction that we can have and the result is that we will be supremely blessed. Today, be diligent to consider and understand the Word of God and then, when given the opportunity, observe Its instruction.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

1 Chronicles 16:23

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim (basar: show forth, publish, preach, announce) good tidings of His salvation (yeshuw`ah: help, deliverance, health, prosperity, victory) from day to day.”

SUMMARY

Sing unto the LORD all the earth; proclaim and announce good tidings of His deliverance and victory from day to day.

MEDITATION

Now here is a great way to spend your time! Sing unto the LORD! Declare His deliverance and His victory each and every day. A Believer who walks in such a manner will be easily identified in a world where the negative abounds. A Believer in Jesus Christ should not be constantly speaking negativity. Speak life! Announce His greatness! Declare health and prosperity! Don't allow yourself to get all wrapped up in the despair and depressions of this world. Today, sing a beautiful song unto the LORD!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Genesis 1:20

“Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

None necessary.

SUMMARY

None necessary.

MEDITATION

I know that this is not some deep revelatory endeavor today, but it is wonderful nonetheless. As my wife and I were out walking this morning, the sun began to slightly rise. With its arrival, the beautiful sound of birds singing began to be heard from every direction. I believe with everything within me that they are praising the LORD as they were created to. Amidst the quiet backdrop of early morning, I too feel the wonder of the LORD in His creation. Today, make time to simply sit and watch the heavens. Listen to its sounds. Hear the voice of the Father that echoes throughout the entire earth. Everything that breathes declares His glory.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Proverbs 14:15

“The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“The naive (pethiy or pethiy: simple, foolish one) believes ('aman: assurance in, faithful to, trusts, supports) everything, but the sensible (`aruwm: prudent, crafty) man considers (biyn: perceives, understands, intelligent, discerns, attentive to, considers diligently)
his steps.”

SUMMARY

The naive and foolish one places his assurance in and supports everything, but the sensible and prudent man discerns and diligently considers his steps.

MEDITATION

We live in an era of Christianity where good equals godly, wealth equals blessing and popular equals worthy of following. In the midst of this, I say where are those who walk with spiritual discernment? Scores of Christians empty shelves of best-selling books, order the latest sermons from mega church pastors and follow the latest prophetic trends, but where is the discernment? Of course not all is bad and I believe that it is good to wisely gather information, but likewise, not all is good either. We must be wise and approach everything that we allow to form our opinions and beliefs to be truly of the LORD. To blindly assume that everything that has a “Christian” label is godly is just plain ignorantly na├»ve. May it not be so for the Body of Christ! Today, lay all that you give time and attention to beside the Word of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to filter all that you look into and consume. Today, consider your steps.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nehemiah 8:10b

“The joy of the LORD is your strength.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“The joy (chedvah: rejoicing, gladness) of the LORD is your strength (ma`owz: fortress, rock, place of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold).”

SUMMARY

The joy and gladness of the LORD is your rock and fortress, your place of safety and strength.

MEDITATION

If the joy of the LORD is our strength, then one can also assume that one who lacks the joy of the LORD also lacks strength. Joy is deeper than feelings or emotions and is not about whether you smile all the time or not. It is a state of resting in the Father and being elated in the fact that He chooses to reside with you. I am truly heartbroken for those that I see who have seemingly allowed the dark and depressing things of the world to run off their joy. In good things, in gladness, in my rejoicing I reside in the LORD’s protection and safety – He is my fortress. I personally believe that in this place of refuge, joy abounds because I am literally protected from all of the sadness and depressions of life for He is my fortress. Today, be filled with rejoicing! Be overwhelmed with gladness! Keep your gaze above for the LORD is your strength and refuge.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Psalm 77:14

“You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.” (NASB)

STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS

“You are the God who works (`asah: makes, executes, performs, fashions, ordains, institutes, produces) wonders (pele': wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary, acts of judgment and redemption); You have made known (yada`: shown, told; made to see, understand and perceive; declared, revealed) Your strength (`oz or `owz: power and might) among the peoples.”

SUMMARY

You are the God who produces and performs marvelous wonders; You have revealed your strength, power and might to all peoples.

MEDITATION

The question is not if God is making Himself known, it is a matter of whether or not we notice it. Whenever I wonder why God doesn’t seem to perform such tangible and miraculous works today as I read that He did in the Word, I always arrive at the same conclusion. It is not He who changed, it is us. Throughout history I believe that mankind as a whole has expected less and less of God’s wonders to be seen in their lifetime. I desire to revive, if you will, this great expectation. I long for the LORD to reveal Himself to the nations and to be seen for Who He is. Will you join me today in anticipating His wondrous works to be seen by all nations and all peoples? Today, at every opportunity, be found looking for His handiwork and seeking out His marvelous acts - they are not hard to find.