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When we think of a sanctuary we can be tempted to think of a building. But we are God's living sanctuary. Bible Reading: Psalms 114-116 Verse of the day: Psalm 114:2, "The land of Judah became God's sanctuary, and Israel became his kingdom." Word of the day: Sanctuary. It is the Hebrew word: קֹדֶשׁ (ko'-desh).
The struggle is real in this life, but then the stronghold of God is our refuge when life becomes too much. Bible Reading: Nahum Verse of the day: Nahum 1:7, "The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him." Word of the day: Stronghold. It is the Hebrew word: מָעוֹז (maw-oze').
Seeking God is not a casual endeavor. We need to set our minds and hearts toward the purpose of seeking God or we fall away. Bible Reading: 2 Chr. 11-15 Verse of the day: 2 Chronicles 11:16, "Those from all the tribes of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to the LORD God of their fathers." Word of the day: Set. It is the Hebrew word: נָתַן (naw-than').
Ever feel overwhelmed to carry out the task God has given you? When God appoints, He also anoints us to accomplish His purposes. Bible Reading: Deut. 1-3 Verse of the day: Deut 1:13, "Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads." Word of the day: Appoint. It is the Hebrew word: שׂוּם (soom).
Suffering is a part of life in a fallen world. But suffering is never in vain. The purpose of suffering is seen in the fruit it bears. Bible Reading: Acts 1-2 Verse of the day: Acts 1:3, After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Word of the day: Suffering. It is the Greek word: πάσχω (pas'-kho).
Boasting is commonplace in a world of comparison. People want to make more of themselves, but frankly, we are not all that and a bag of chips. Our worth comes from the One Who alone is worthy of all praise. Boasting leads to roasting if we are not careful. We have no right to boast for all we have has been given to us. Bible Reading: Proverbs 27-28 Verse of the day: Proverbs 27:1, "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring." Word of the day: Boast. It is the Hebrew word: הָלַל (haw-lal'). It means to praise, glory, to brag on.
No one likes to be humbled, yet the truly humble have favor with God. And God Himself, the greatest of all, chose to humble Himself to win our souls. Bible Reading: Psalms 111-113 Verse of the day: Psalm 113:6, "Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?" Word of the day: Humbles. It is the Hebrew word: שָׁפֵל (shaw-fale').
Scheming is futile in this life. While we scheme or others scheme against us, in the grand scheme of things, God's purposes prevail. Those who strive for their own glory and purposes wind up reaping what they sow. Bible Reading: Micah Verse of the day: Micah 2:1, "Woe to those who scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the power of their hands." Word of the day: Scheme. It is the Hebrew word: חָשַׁב (khaw-shab').
We often say the phrase “praying for you”, but perhaps we pray amiss. Prayer is not just about getting what we want. It is about doing life with Jesus and crying out to Him with all that we encounter in this life. Bible Reading: 2 Chr. 6-10 Verse of the day: 2 Chronicles 6:19, "Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You." Word of the day: Supplication. It is the Hebrew word: תְּחִנָּה (tekh-in-naw'). It means to request favor or grace, plea for mercy.
None of us wants to volunteer to experience troubles, but perhaps we do without realizing it. Bible Reading: Num. 33-36 Verse of the day: Numbers 33:55, "But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live." Word of the day: Trouble. It is the Hebrew word: צָרַר (tsaw-rar').
People can proclaim peace all day long, but if they do not know Jesus, they will not find peace in this broken world, just shattered pieces of our hope. As the saying goes, Know God, know peace. No God, no peace. Bible Reading: Philemon Verse of the day: Philemon 1:3, "May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace." Word of the day: Peace. It is the Greek word: εἰρήνη (i-ray'-nay).
Death is a 100% proposition no one can avoid in a fallen world. But Jesus' death removes death's sting and shows us how to truly live. Bible Reading: John 21 Verse of the day: John 21:14, “This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.” Word of the day: Dead. It is the Greek word: νεκρός (nek-ros').
Foolishness is applauded in a culture that is void of character. But the one who is willing to give up what the culture prizes is no fool. Bible Reading: Proverbs 26 Verse of the day: Proverbs 26:4, "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him." Word of the day: Fool. It is the Hebrew word: כְּסִיל (kes-eel').
Ugh. Being someone's target is no fun at all. Especially when hatred or jealousy are at the root. But when we are surrounded by enemies, we are also surrounded by God, Who defends us. Bible Reading: Psalms 108-110 Verse of the day: Psalm 109:3, "They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause." Word of the day: Surrounded. It is the Hebrew word: סָבַב (saw-bab').
“Be careful—You might get what you ask for.” Whenever I hear this phrase, I am grateful to realize that nothing happens to us apart from God's sovereign, perfect will. God knows what we need before we do and He knows what we don't need. Answered prayers might not always look like what we hoped for, but they are just what we need. Bible Reading: Jonah Verse of the day: Jonah 2:2, "...In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry." Word of the day: Answered. It is the Hebrew word: עָנָה (aw-naw').
People are yearning for security in a world that cannot provide it. But when God establishes us, we don't have to strive or fear. Bible Reading: 2 Chr. 1-5 Verse of the day: 2 Chronicles 1:1, "Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the LORD his God was with him and made him exceedingly great." Word of the day: Established. It is the Hebrew word: חָזַק khaw-zak' אָמַן (aw-man'
Discouragement is a by-product of living in a world that cannot satisfy. But we who are in Christ must seek to encourage one another in what truly satisfies: knowing God and His word. Bible Reading: Num. 29-32 Verse of the day: Numbers 32:7, "Why will you discourage the heart of the people of Israel from going over into the land that the LORD has given them?" Word of the day: Discourage (ing). It is the Hebrew word: לֵב נוֹא (noo) – heart = labe).
Sound doctrine is more than just teaching a belief system. It is the core of our faith. Holding onto sound doctrine matters lest we become errant in what we believe. Bible Reading: Titus Verse of the day: Titus 1:9, "He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it." Word of the day: Doctrine. It is the Greek word: διδασκαλία (did-as-kal-ee'-ah).
I used to recite a poem about diligence with my children when they were little. The end line was, “things done by halves are never done right.” Leaving a job half done is not complete at all. We are fulfilled when we seek to fulfill God's purposes and will in our lives, living fully for Him. Bible Reading: John 19-20 Verse of the day: John 19:28, "Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, ‘I am thirsty.'" Word of the day: Fulfill. It is the Greek word: τελειόω (tel-i-o'-o).
Jealousy and comparison lead to a lot of unnecessary drama. God is the one who positions people for His glory. Being envious is a sure sign that we are not satisfied with God's portion for us. Bible Reading: Proverbs 24-25 Verse of the day: Proverbs 24:1, "Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them." Word of the day: Envious. It is the Hebrew word: קָנָא (kaw-naw').
What we crave might be our undoing. We were made to crave and worship our Creator, not the creation. Bible Reading: Psalms 105-107 Verse of the day: Psalm 106:14, "They craved intensely in the wilderness and tested God in the desert." Word of the day: Craved. It is the Hebrew word: אָוָה (aw-vaw').
Pride is esteemed by our culture, but not by God. God is able to humble all who are prideful. Bible Reading: Obadiah Verse of the day: Obadiah 1:3, “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?' Word of the day: Arrogance. It is the Hebrew word: זָדוֹן (zaw-done').
What legacy are you leaving your children? The best legacy is to live a vibrant faith and to encourage our children to be Whole-hearted and Holy in their worship and service of God. Bible Reading: 1 Chr. 26-29 Verse of the day: 1 Chronicles 28:9, "And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever." Word of the day: Whole. It is the Hebrew word: שָׁלֵם (shaw-lame').
We don't have to be in a literal wilderness to be in a wilderness in our own mind. When we feel dry and far away from God, sometimes doing the next best right thing can help to pull us out of the wilderness into God's abundance for us. Bible Reading: Num. 25-28 Verse of the day: Numbers 27:14, "For when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes . . ." Word of the day: Wilderness. It is the Hebrew word: מִדְבָּר (mid-bawr').
I grew up hearing that “cleanliness was next to godliness”, as if that phrase was a Scripture. And while being clean is certainly a great goal, it does not represent godliness as much as exhibiting grace under pressure does. Bible Reading: 2 Tim. 3-4 Verse of the day: 2 Timothy 3:5, "Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people." Word of the day: Godliness. It is the Greek word: εὐσέβεια (yoo-seb'-i-ah).
Our flesh can make it difficult to walk faithfully with Christ, yet Christ chose to set His love on us, and He prays for us. Bible Reading: John 17-18 Verse of the day: John 17:2, "Since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him." Word of the day: Flesh. It is the Greek word: σάρξ (sarx).
What we do with what we have been given is the proof of our character. Skills do not just happen. They are developed. Bible Reading: Proverbs 22-23 Verse of the day: Proverbs 22:29, "Do you see a person skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure people." Word of the day: Skilled. It is the Hebrew word: מָהִיר (maw-here').
Sometimes we don't recognize the benefits of belonging to God. But remembering the benefits is a motivation to be faithful. Bible Reading: Psalms 102-104 Verse of the day: Psalm 103:2, "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits." Word of the day: Benefit. It is the Hebrew word: גְּמוּל (ghem-ool').
Remembering the LORD and Who He is in our daily lives helps us to number our days aright. Bible Reading: Amos 5-9 Verse of the day: Amos 5:8, "It is the LORD who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The LORD is his name!" Word of the day: LORD. It is the Hebrew word: יְהֹוָה (yeh-ho-vaw').
Sin costs. Jesus offered Himself to pay for our sins. So, too, when we sin, we should be mindful of the cost. Bible Reading: 1 Chr. 21-25 Verse of the day: 1 Chronicles 21:24, "But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”" Word of the day: Nothing. It is the Hebrew word: חִנָּם (khin-nawm').
We all are under a curse on this earth, but Jesus has reversed the curse for those who have accepted His forgiveness. Bible Reading: Num. 21-24 Verse of the day: Numbers 22:12, God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them. You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” Word of the day: Curse. It is the Hebrew word: אָרַר (aw-rar').
Rationalizing our thoughts or behavior will never give us the clear conscience God's word requires. And a seared conscience does not even know it does wrong. Bible Reading: 2 Tim. 1-2 Verse of the day: 2 Timothy 1:3, "I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day." Word of the day: Conscience. It is the Greek word: συνείδησις (soon-i'-day-sis).
When I was a little girl, I loved to play Hide and Seek, as long as no one found me. There was a sense of safety of being hidden. But if I did not remain in my spot and peeked outside of my hideout, I was discovered. This is such a picture of those who are hidden in Christ. They are safe as they abide and remain in Christ and in His word. Bible Reading: John 15-16 Verse of the day: John 15:7, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." Word of the day: Abide. It is the Greek word: μένω (men'-o).
We can tend to want to weigh our character by our good intentions, but an accurate measure reveals our true motivations. Bible Reading: Proverbs 21 Verse of the day: Proverbs 21:2, "A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart." Word of the day: Weighs. It is the Hebrew word: תָּכַן (taw-kan').
People of worth don't make worthless decisions. Our worth is shone by our words and deeds. Bible Reading: Psalms 99-101 Verse of the day: Psalm 101:3, "I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me." Word of the day: Worthless. It is the Hebrew word: בְּלִיַּעַל (bel-e-yah'-al).
Seeking counsel leads to victory and there is no greater counsel than the counsel of God. Bible Reading: Amos 1-4 Verse of the day: Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets." Word of the day: Counsel. It is the Hebrew word: סוֹד (sode).
Seeking God is never done. When it is a part of our daily lives, we find strength for this life and His sweet presence to encourage us on. Continue to continue in your passionate pursuit of God. Bible Reading: 1 Chr. 16-20 Verse of the day: 1 Chronicles 16:11, "Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!" Word of the day: Continually. It is the Hebrew word: תָּמִיד (taw-meed').
Being devoted involves our whole self. God gave His all and so will we. Bible Reading: Num. 17-20 Verse of the day: Numbers 18:14, "Everything in Israel that is devoted to the LORD is yours." Word of the day: Devoted. It is the Hebrew word: חֵרֶם (khay'-rem).
Neglect is not just important from a physical standpoint. We can neglect ourselves spiritually and neglect the gift of God and miss the most significant calling of our lives. Bible Reading: 1 Tim. 4-6 Verse of the day: 1 Timothy 4:14, "Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you." Word of the day: Neglect. It is the Greek word: ἀμελέω (am-el-eh'-o).
We can't receive if we don't believe. And when we receive Christ as our Savior, we also receive a relationship with God. Bible Reading: John 13-14 Verse of the day: John 13:20, "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” Word of the day: Receives. It is the Greek word: λαμβάνω (lam-ban'-o).
Integrity is not found in the words we speak, but in the life we live when no one else is around. Bible Reading: Proverbs 19-20 Verse of the day: Proverbs 19:1, "Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity Than a person who is perverse in speech and is a fool." Word of the day: Integrity. It is the Hebrew word: תֹּם (tome).
God made us to worship Him and that often involves music, though worship is more than just music. Singing has a way of evoking passion within us that merely uttering words cannot. Bible Reading: Psalms 96-98 Verse of the day: Psalm 98:1, "Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!" Word of the day: Sing. It is the Hebrew word: שִׁיר (sheer).
The Day of the LORD is both near and far. We don't know the day or hour, but as we live in the already but not yet, living as if the Day of the LORD could be any moment helps us to live well. Bible Reading: Joel Verse of the day: Joel 1:15, "The day of the LORD is near, the day when destruction comes from the Almighty. How terrible that day will be!" Word of the day: Near. It is the Hebrew word: קָרוֹב (kaw-robe').
Man strives to be great in his and other's eyes, but it is when we become less that God can make more of us for His purposes. Bible Reading: 1 Chr. 11-15 Verse of the day: 1 Chronicles 11:9, "And David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him." Word of the day: Greater. It is the Hebrew word: גָּדוֹל (gaw-dole').
Every parent knows the angst and discontent that grumbling can produce. But grumblers offend God more than the people who represent God. Bible Reading: Num. 13-16 Verse of the day: Numbers 16:41, "The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the LORD's people,” they said." Word of the day: Grumbled. It is the Hebrew word: לוּן (loon).
There are a lot of personal goals we make every year, some short-term, others long-term. But there is no greater goal than to be saved and to live and love others like Jesus. Bible Reading: 1 Tim. 1-3 Verse of the day: 1 Timothy 1:5, "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith." Word of the day: Goal. It is the Greek word: τέλος (tel'-os).
Believing Jesus is the Christ is more than just believing in a historical figure. Jesus Christ is risen, anointed and appointed as the Savior of the world! Bible Reading: John 11-12 Verse of the day: John 11:27, "She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.'" Word of the day: Christ. It is the Greek word: Χριστός (khris-tos'). It means anointed one, chosen one, Messiah, Son of God.
No one likes to be humbled. The power of shame is strong. Yet there is a beauty in humility that releases pride and extinguishes shame. We aren't “all that”. It's ok to admit that, and oh so freeing. Bible Reading: Proverbs 17-18 Verse of the day: Proverbs 18:12, "Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor." Word of the day: Humility. It is the Hebrew word: עֲנָוָה (an-aw-vaw')
Let's face it. We have a 100% chance of facing anxiety in this world. The question is how will we deal with it when we do face it? Anxiety does not get the final word when we put God's word above our own thoughts. Bible Reading: Psalms 93-95 Verse of the day: Psalm 94:19, "When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comfort delights my soul." Word of the day: Anxious. It is the Hebrew word: שַׂרְעַפִּים (sar-af').
Turning away from God leads to suffering and separation from God, but God invites us to turn back to Him through repentance. Bible Reading: Hosea 8-14 Verse of the day: Hosea 11:7, "My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all." Word of the day: Turning. It is the Hebrew word: מְשׁוּבָה (mesh-oo-baw').
We will bear fruit in our lives based on what we commit ourselves to. Bible Reading: 1 Chr. 6-10 Verse of the day: 1 Chronicles 10:13, "So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, for his failure to keep the word of the LORD; and also because he consulted a medium [regarding a spirit of the dead], to inquire of her." Word of the day: Committed. It is the Hebrew word: מָעַל (maw-al').