October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 43

“But now this is what Adonai says, He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel:  ‘Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I am calling you by your name; you are mine.  When you pass through water, I will be with you; when you pass through rivers, they will not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you will not be scorched—the flame will not burn you.’” (Isaiah 43:1, 2 CJSB)

God says, “I have created you, formed you, redeemed you, named you, and am calling you by the name I gave you.  You are mine.  I will be with you.  You will not be overwhelmed, scorched or burned.”  These are not simply words of hope, but, even more so, words of truthful realization.  Our redemption and identity is nowhere and in no one else, but God.  So look only to Father - Son - Holy Spirit.  Whether you are beginning, continuing, or ending this day, God says, within the tension, there is no need to be tense.  Instead of existing within the destructive forces of water, rivers, and fire, simply, in body, spirit, and mind, lean back and rest in the peace of God.  

Today's Meditation:  In God alone

Look to the East,

Kevin

October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 42

“He will not snap off broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick.  He will bring forth justice according to truth; he will not weaken or be crushed until he has established justice on the earth, and the coastlands wait for his Torah.” (Isaiah 42:3, 4 CJSB)

When all else turn down their thumbs and render a judgment of snapping and snuffing, the Righteous Judge declares remaining life to be present within the bruised, the broken, and the smoldering.  Fixing His eyes on each of us and announcing to the laughing world, the Savior says, “This is not death, but only slumber.”  Even when, in yourself, all hope is lost, the Christ says, “Don’t be afraid.  Just believe.”  No matter where you are, no matter what you’ve done or has been done to you, no matter what you have lost, God says, “Lean into Me, and you will stand upright and burn brightly once again.”  God did not come to kill, or to steal, or destroy.  God came that the bruised, the broken, the smoldering would have life again, life more abundantly.

Today's Meditation:  Love believes, bears, and hopes all things.

Look to the East,

Kevin

October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 41

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you; don’t be distressed, for I am your God.  I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 CJSB)

We fear who we believe ourselves to be, because of what we have done.  Because of who we believe ourselves to be, we are afraid of what we just might do.  Consequently, there is no participation in the present, because of our paralysis in the past that has passed and a future that may or may not ever be.  God is far more interested in our true identity, than God is in our past “what was” and our future “what may or may not ever be.”  Jesus teaches this principle as He calls us to pay attention to internally dirt teacups and white washed sepulchers.  When there is surrender to God and God’s authoring of internal identity, then actions become holy, and fear dissipates and dies.  So, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you…I am your God.  I give you strength, I give you help, I support you with my victorious right hand.”  

Today's Meditation:  Be…not afraid

Look to the East,

Kevin

October 13, 2019

October 13, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 40

“A voice cries out:  ‘Clear the road through the desert for Adonai!  Level a highway in the ‘Aravah for our God!  Let every valley be filled in, ever mountain and hill lowered, the bumpy places made level and the crags become plain.  Then the glory of Adonai will be revealed; all humankind together will see it, for the mouth Adonai has spoken.’” (Isaiah 40:3-5 CJSB)

Existence is an undulation.  Life is a leveled road.  The diagnosis comes, and we have no real past, present, or future control.  The economy shifts, and, despite our best efforts, we stand as either the winner or the loser.  We attempt to control birth, but life only comes where it has been divinely ordained.  The externals will bend and, sometimes, even break our branches, but when life has been surrendered to, then there is no gust that can ever uproot our roots.  Amidst all named storms, God calls each to live communally within the eye with full assurance of divine protection.  Life is leveled highway.  Life is filled in valley.  Life is plain.  Existence will always ripple, so ride the winds of the Spirit.  Because the glory of the Lord has been revealed, and God’s mouth has spoken, the Spirit’s winds are all the undulation we should ever know.

Today's Meditation:  Leveled


Look to the East,

Kevin

October 12, 2019

October 12, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 39

“Hezekiah said to Isaiah, ‘The word of Adonai which you have just told me is good’; because he thought, ‘At least peace and truth will continue during my lifetime.’” (Isaiah 39:8 CJSB)

Prince Merodach-baladan of Babylon has brought gifts of well-wishing to King Hezekiah.  Hezekiah had been sick, and the king of Babylon sent his son to deliver the gift as an offering of kindness.  Whether Hezekiah was foolish or wise we know not, but as an act of hospitality, Hezekiah sees to it that Babylon’s prince and his fellow emissaries receive a tour of Hezekiah’s palace, treasures, and storehouses.  After they leave, Isaiah informs Hezekiah that everything the Babylonians have seen they will pillage from Israel when the Hebrews are exiled to Babylon.  Hezekiah neither mourns, nor weeps.  The king’s heart is not interwoven with his possessions.  He has no fear of losing everything, because everything is nothing to Hezekiah.  Objects hold no value.  Only subjects are capable of receiving the Spirit’s fruit from a fellow subject.  Hezekiah’s true everything is peace and truth during his lifetime.  Even when we, as God’s children, lose all our objects, because of the consistency of our offerings of peace and truth to our life’s fellow subjects, we are able to say with holy contentedness, “Losing everything is good, because peace and truth can continue to be offered.”

Today's Meditation:  The heart of Hezekiah

Look to the East,

Kevin

October 11, 2019

October 11, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 38

“What is there that I can say?  God has spoken to me and acted!  I will go humbly all my years, remembering how bitter I was.  Adonai, by these things people live; in all these is the life of my spirit.  You’re restoring my health and giving me life—though instead of peace, I felt very bitter.  You desired my life and preserved it from the nothingness pit; for you threw all my sins behind your back…The living, the living—they can thank you, as I do today; fathers will make their children know about your faithfulness.” (Isaiah 38:15-17, 19 CJSB)

While understanding only God is good in the grand scheme of things, there is a great chasm between worldly goodness and godliness.  Hezekiah was a good man, but not yet a godly man.  During his near death experience, Hezekiah came to the realization that he was bitter, and he was loving objects and using subjects, rather than gratefully utilizing objects and sharing love with his fellow subjects.  With miracle in hand and full knowledge that he would be among the living for another fifteen years, Hezekiah thanked God Who alone is good, and the king committed to sharing God’s faithfulness with the children providentially subject to him.  To be brought to our senses and come home to the land of the living is the gracious gift of God.  God inspires.  God makes desperate.  Yet whether the gift is inspiration or desperation, both are God’s perfectly packaged presents to us that have been designed to ignite in the heart and mind redemption, restoration, and transformation.  Do you need to turn your face to the wall and pray to the Lord?  No matter inspiration or desperation, we are all well-served when we turn and pray.

Today's Meditation:  Gratefulness for God’s perfect gifts

Look to the East,

Kevin

October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Isaiah 37

“Now therefore, Adonai our God, save us from his power—so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that you are Adonai—you only.” (Isaiah 37:20 CJSB)

God rescues, so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that God alone is Lord of all.  Unfortunately, many in the world do not know that God alone is Lord of all.  Unfortunately, many of God’s children have not acknowledged they are to live their lives as purveyors of the Gospel, so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that God alone is Lord of all.  Jesus teaches, saying, “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:14, 15 NASB)  To purvey the Gospel is to serve others with the love of Christ.  We are saved from the enemy’s power by Jesus’ life of cleansing love.  As we have been washed, now go and wash.  In the nakedness of our ignited spirits, we are wrapped with the reconciling towel and bear the cleansing basin of the Suffering Servant.  Hezekiah prayed for his people; they were saved, and all the kingdoms on earth knew that God alone is Lord.  We must live lives of Christlike servitude, so that all in this age will learn likewise.

Today's Meditation:  So that all will know…


Look to the East,

Kevin