May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 15

“Samuel then said, ‘You may be small in your own sight, but you are head of the tribes of Israel—Adonai anointed you king over Israel!’” (1 Samuel 15:17 CJSB)

Always, each must remember that God has anointed him and her to be perfectly, communally special.  You are unique; and, even when you believe yourself to be small in your own sight, that does not change your yet-to-be-realized spiritual magnitude.  God is always poised to build deep and tall.  Among His children, the everlasting to everlasting God will never sound shallow depths nor disproportionately make one wider than the whole.  The faithfully surrendered become invisible as they carry the Gospel to the uttermost.  The plans God has for the parts are complimentary to the sum, as the sum vividly reflects the Face of God.  Human epiphany is a product of asking submissive questions.  “Who are You, Lord?”  And, “Who have You anointed me to be?”  And, “How are You respectfully fitting me with Your community?”  To doubt, is to deny.  To force, is to exist as one unknown to God.  To submissively believe, is to find oneself in the atmosphere of spiritual conception, and gestation, and birth, and growth, and maturity.  These are those visible to God.  Always, in holy humility, surrender your sight to the stature God has anointed you to be.

Today's Meditation:  To see as God sees.


Look to the East,

Kevin

May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 14

“Saul consulted God:  ‘Should I go down in pursuit of the Philistines?  Will you hand them over to Israel?’  But He didn’t answer him that day.” (1 Samuel 14:37 CJSB)

It is a lonely thing to live in a land of selfishness and receive the silence of God.  God is always speaking, but God can only be heard form the place of selflessness.  Your location matters not.  To hear or not is always a matter of the heart.  Anywhere in this world and beyond, heavenly stars are visible.  They are always waiting to graciously deliver the Creator’s light.  When surrendered to the holding hands of God, even when the Father is not speaking His words are heard.  The child doesn’t need sound.  She simply knows.  So, be still.  Know that He is God.  It really is, simply, a matter of being.  

Today's Meditation:  The voice of God

Look to the East,

Kevin

May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 13

“But as it is, your kingship will not be established.  Adonai has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and Adonai has appointed him to be prince over His people, because you did not observe what Adonai ordered you to do.” (1 Samuel 13:14 CJSB)

There is, but one King…the One True God, Father - Son - Holy Spirit.  There are no positions in God’s kingdom, only communal, complimentary people who, as one, shine forth the Face of God.  In our birth we are seen, and, still, invisible.  Those truly present reveal not their own faces, but only the fulness of God.  The observation of God’s orders are not mindless acts of mandated duty.  To observe what Adonai has ordered is a matter of both submission and seeking.  There is a repentance from the ways of empire, and then a submission to the One Who has overcome and led the way from a system that is contrastingly both destroyed in its nature, and destroying in its atmosphere.  God’s children are liberated from the economics and governmental systems of temporality, and, as sons and daughters, they now are after the heart of God.  They seek God.  They see God.  They pursue God.  They get within arm’s length of God and watch as God disappears.  Still, in their hearts, they know that God in His hiding is still with them.  So, they breathe deeply, catch the aroma of the Christ, and reach out their hands to find that they are already embraced by the Eternal Heart.  No King Saul will find eternal establishment.  Only the servants of God’s kingdom will boldly approach Grace’s Throne.  So, which will you be:  Saul or one who is after the heart of God?

Today's Meditation:  One after God’s heart

Look to the East,

Kevin

May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 12

“Now is wheat harvest time, isn’t it?  I am going to call on Adonai to send thunder and rain.  Then you will understand and see how wicked from Adonai’s viewpoint is the thing you have done in asking for a king.” (1 Samuel 12:17 CJSB)

We rest under the believed-to-be security of humanly manufactured seasons of provision.  Yet when our rations are a product of the world, then our defense is an untrustworthy mist that quickly dissipates.  God’s thunder and rain can quickly decimate each harvest that is exclusively worked towards and credited to the labors of humanity’s hands.  God alone wants to be our provider.  There is no part of God that desires for humanity to plant, water, and provide their own increase.  Yet, still we try.  We store up treasures, and moth and rust destroy.  We marry and give in marriage, buy and sell, and then floods produced by our own selfishness rush in upon us, and we find ourselves in drowning depths.  Still, there is opportunity for rescue.  Just as Jesus speaks to the Church at Ephesus, He speaks to us saying, “Remember.  Repent.  Redo.”  We can rise from the pig sties of this world and return to the silos of heaven.  The harvest windows of God’s barns are never selfishly constructed, so, not from windows, but from God’s hands we find miraculous harvest.  Like Naaman before you, while in this world, kneel on God’s soil, and you will find yourself in the middle of God’s field of gold.

Today's Meditation:  Return to true harvest.

Look to the East,

Kevin

May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 11

“So all the people went to Gilgal; and there in Gilgal, before Adonai, they made Saul king.  They presented sacrifices as peace offerings before Adonai there, and there Saul and all the people of Israel celebrated with great joy.” (1 Samuel 11:15 CJSB)

It is a contradiction in devotion to attempt to make a man king, and, at the same time, present sacrifices as peace offerings to God.  If humanity elevates another human to a position of rule, can God still be sacrificed to?  In the shortsighted immediacy, the answer is affirmative.  But, in considering the eternal, only the King of kings is to ever hold the sole throne of universal, eternal monarchy.  This cosmic truth dethrones each of the “kings” in the phrase, “King of kings.”  Only one King is to be King.  Sadly, though, humanity has always wanted a king to rule over them, so that they could be like all the other nations and then, in turn, fight for supremacy over other nations.  Humanity is an imperialistic and nationalistic lot.  We too often believe our governments to be messianic.  Still, it is not too late.  Even while burdened with each of this world’s forms of government, it is completely possible to give sole allegiance to God.  You can still vote, advance social justice, and edify your community, while at the same time remain 100% true to God alone.  While living within temporal society, surrender to the Father’s eternal will as the actuator of your societal activities.  Just do not allow your life to be a divided kingdom.  Houses of division will always be razed.  It is time for theocracy to once again be the order of our days.

Today's Meditation:  God, the King


Look to the East,

Kevin

May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 10

“When these signs come over you, just do whatever you feel like doing, because God is with you.” (1 Samuel 10:7 CJSB)

To be filled with the Spirit and respond supernaturally.  Soon-to-be-king, Saul did not know what was about to hit him.  One minute he was looking for some livestock; the next minute he was prophesying.  God wants His words to go forth.  There has always been a steady calling to the world to return to the God Who gave life.  Moses once replied concerning prophecy, saying, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:29 NASB)  Be the individual Saul, elders in Israel’s camp, or you right where you are, God desires to fill everyone with Holy Spirit and provide the opportunity to bring forth His words.  There is no need to force nor contrive.  Through faithful surrender, simply allow the Spirit to come over you and let God’s words flow.  They may be words of song or worshipful posture.  God’s calling may come in known or unknown languages.  Acts of sacrificial service, compassionate touch, and abiding presence are all prophetic revelations of God’s reconciling words.  So, within the confines of this world, when these signs come over you, be filled with the Spirit and respond supernaturally.

Today's Meditation:  To be filled with the Spirit and respond supernaturally.


Look to the East,

Kevin

May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  1 Samuel 9


“Saul replied, ‘I’m only a man from Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel; and my family is the least important of all the families in the tribe of Benjamin!  Why are you saying such a thing to me?’” (1 Samuel 9:21 CJSB)

We have a tendency to look at our human deficiencies, rather than the sufficiency of God.  God never sees anyone as, “Only.”  God never considers a single person to be, “Small.”  In God’s eyes, everyone is, “Important.”  Even before we are ready to receive the truth, God speaks, “Such a thing,” to each and every one.  God has designed you perfectly, so stop looking at yourself through the lenses of the world.  Like Abram to Abraham, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul, allow God to introduce you to your true self.  You are not less than; you are not greater than; you are perfectly complimentary to each and every person around you, both those you know and those you do not know.  We have been designed to communally reflect the Face of God.  When we surrender to God’s authoring and active knowledge of us, a more vivid revelation of the God Who holds us is provided to the world.  Receive your own divine introduction, rather than declaring impossible that which is waiting to be.  

Today's Meditation:  God’s declaration of perfect design

Look to the East,

Kevin