OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Apr 30]--Changing My Mind

2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Chronicles 22:6-10

One of the last conversations that David had with Solomon his son was about his fondest unfulfilled desire. David was a godly man who loved his Savior God, and he wanted to honor him in the best way he knew how—building a temple for his Lord which would be the source of envy and awe for all the world.

Let’s take this story step-by-step and see what we can learn from it, shall we? David knew that the Lord deserved a much better “house” than the tent which'd been covering his Ark for several centuries. He thought it wrong that he lived in a palace of cedar (the finest wood available) while God “lived” in a tent. Of course, David knew his theology too well to believe that the Lord was really restricted to that tent. But as the dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant, it was the official meeting place between God and man. David believed that the God of Israel deserved much better.

So he proposed to his resident prophet Nathan his plans, and the man of God put his stamp of approval on them. That night, the Lord intervened and told the prophet to tell the king to change his course. And per usual, David listened to the word of the Lord and obeyed.

Here are some lessons we can learn. Numerous people have asked me, “How do I know the will of God? I know about his general will for everyone; I know it’s not his will for me to steal, lie, or cheat on my wife. But what about things that aren’t addressed specifically in the Bible?” My response: Relax! Are you doing what you know God wants you to do? Are there any areas of habitual disobedience? Do you truly desire to honor, please, and obey your Savior? Then don’t worry so much about less important issues like which college to attend, or which job to take. Here’s why.

David had a good desire, namely to build a temple for the Lord. However, the Lord had other plans. So it’s entirely possible to desire a good thing which is not in accord with God’s will. But here’s the good news. If you’re doing what you know you’re supposed to be doing, then if you’re heading in the wrong direction, God will change your direction! Do you really think he wouldn’t? Do you think he wants you to stumble around in the dark? Or even worse, do you really think he'd blame you for going in the wrong direction if he held back specific guidance from you?

So here are two simple hurdles on getting God’s guidance. First, make sure you’re being obedient to his clearly revealed will. Second, make sure you’re spending time listening to what God has to say, both in your TAWG and as a part of the Body of Christ. When the Holy Spirit points out something to you that needs cleansing, ask for forgiveness and repent. This ain’t rocket science, folks.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

No comments:

Post a Comment