Monday, September 25, 2017

I Will Exalt Thee

Scripture:

Isaiah 25:1 "O Jehovah, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things, even counsels of old, in faithfulness and truth."

Observation:

Isaiah is speaking to the Lord and declares that Jehovah is his God and that he will praise him and exalt him for the wonderful things he has done.  Isaiah took time to worship and exalt the name of the Lord and to give Him glory.

Application:

True worship should come naturally to us when we see the works of the Lord.  When we read of what He has done in the past and when we see what He does in our lives, the response should be worship.  God deserves our highest praise and worship and we need to spend more time lifting His name because He has been so good to us.

Prayer:

Father, help me to worship and praise Your name more and more in my life.  Help me to take time out of my schedule just to spend time in worship.  Help me to discipline my life in this way, but also put a worshiper's heart in me and let worship exude from my life because You are worthy!

Yours,
Jeff

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Joy of Salvation

Scripture:

Isaiah 12:3  "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation".

Observation:

This scripture is a prophecy about Christ coming to the earth and bringing salvation.  His salvation is meant to bring us joy.  Jesus said that out of our bellies would flow rivers of living water.  Joy is a strong part of the Gospel and one of the fruit of the Spirit.

Application:

God's people should be a joy-filled people.  We should be the people who are living in the joy of the Lord.  The joy of the Lord is our strength.  Satan knows that when we are joyful, we are strong, therefore he will do whatever he can to steal our joy.  We must learn to walk in the joy of the Lord at all times.  When we don't know how, we simply need to think about our salvation, out of that, just contemplating that should bring up our joy level.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in great joy.  It want to be filled with all of the fruit of the Spirit, but I really want my joy back.  Joy should be a hallmark of my life and I want it to be again.  Help me to walk with You at a deeper level where I know everything is going to be well so I can exude joy everywhere I go.

Yours,
Jeff

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Light Has Come

Scripture:

Isaiah 9:2  "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon then hath the light shined".

Observation:

Isaiah here sees a picture of Christ, the Messiah.  He says about Him that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  Jesus said, "I am the light of the world".  He also told us to be light like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden.  Jesus came to light up the dark areas of this world.

Application:

Darkness disappears when the light is turned on.  We need to invite Jesus to shine into every area of our lives.  We need him to shine in our homes, our personal lives, and our work lives.  We need to see the light and let him lead us.  Where there is light, you can see where you are going.  If Jesus is the light, then we need to follow Him closely.  He knows where we need to go.

Prayer:

Jesus, light up my world.  You are the light of the world.  Shine in my life.  Show me the direction I need to go and make the way clear before me.  Help me to walk in the light at all times and cause me to see clearly what I need to do in every situation.  I want to be led by Your Spirit.  Light up my world!

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Send Me

Scripture:

Isaiah 6:8  "And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then I said, Here am I; send me".

Observation:

Isaiah had an incredible encounter with God and the cherubim and seraphim.  He saw the Lord high and lifted up with His glory filling the Temple.  After the angel had cleansed his lips, the Lord spoke to him and asked him who could the Lord send to represent him and speak for him.  Isaiah replied, "Here am I, send me".

Application:

When we have had an encounter with God like Isaiah did, it is easy to say, "Here am I, send me".  When we haven't had quite that powerful of an encounter, the Lord still wants our hearts to say, Here am I, send me to be Your voice, Your hands, Your feet, to my generation.  When we humble ourselves and offer ourselves to the Lord, He will raise us up and allow us to speak on His behalf.  Can the Lord trust us with His message to our generation?  We must offer God all of ourselves.

Prayer:

Lord, I give you my life.  I lay myself at Your altar and ask You to have Your way in my life.  Fill me to overflowing with Your Spirit and let me accurately represent You to Your people.  Help me to walk in the Spirit at all times and be led by You completely.  Direct my steps and let Your will be accomplished in my life at all times.  I am Yours.

Your Son,
Jeff

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I Am Loved

Scripture:

Song of Solomon 7:10 "I am my beloved's; And his desire is toward me".

Observation:

This passage is talking about two lovers, yet it also can reflect how we feel in our relationship with God.  This lover feels confident that she is her beloved's and that his desire is toward her.  She is confident in her love and in her lover.

Application:

Does my spouse know that she is mine and my desire is toward her?  Is she confident in my love enough to say to people around her that she is mine and that I desire her?  In the same way, am I absolutely confident that God loves me as His bride and that His desire is toward me?  We can rest assured that God absolutely loves us and desires to fellowship with us, yet sometimes we need reminded just how much He loves us.

Prayer:

God, help me to make sure Cheryl feels my love, devotion and knows that my desire is towards her.  Help me to pursue my wife as You pursue me.  Also, help me walk in confidence as Your bride, that You love me and desire relationship with me at a deep level.  I love you Lord.

Yours,
Jeff

Friday, September 15, 2017

Spousal Perception

Scripture:

Song of Solomon 4:7  "Thou art all fair, my love; and there is no spot in thee".

Observation:

In this text I see a person in love, who is telling his lover his thoughts about her.  He says that she is "all fair" and that there is "no spot in thee".  When the author sees his love, he sees no imperfections.  He sees no spots in her life.  He sees everything about her as "all fair".

Application:

When we first fall in love with someone, we tend to only see the good about them.  We tend to only see the positive in them.  As we grow in our relationship, we tend to see all the things we don't like about them.  I need to get back to the place where I see my wife as "all fair" with "no spots".

Prayer:

Lord, help me to see my wife the way you see her.  Help me to see her as all fair and with out spots.  Forgive me for judging her and not appreciating her like I should.  Teach me to love my wife and show me how to communicate that well to her.

Yours,
Jeff

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Godliness with Contentment

Scripture:

I Timothy 6:6-7 "But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out".

Observation:

Paul tells Timothy here that he shouldn't get wrapped up in materialism, but rather to be godly and content.  He goes on to tell him that we brought nothing into this world and that we can take nothing out of this world.

Application:

Sometimes we need to be reminded that having more and better stuff will never make us happy.  We need to live godly and content where God has us.  It is easy to compare ourselves with ourselves and to feel bad about not being at a certain place in life concerning material things, but God wants us to be content.  We can work hard to have nice things, but in the end we cannot take those things with us into heaven.

Prayer:

Lord, help me not to get carried away with the abundance of things.  Help me to walk in contentment with where You have me at this period of time in my life.  Teach me to live in contentment, being glad for how you have provided for me and my family.  Instead of seeing what I don't have, help me to be content with what I do have.

Yours,
Jeff