August 17, 2019

August 17, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 20

“Go back, and tell Hezekiah the prince of my people, that this is what Adonai, the God of David your ancestor, says:  ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, and I will heal you.  On the third day, you are to go up to the house of Adonai.  I will add fifteen years to your life.” (2 Kings 20:5, 6 CJSB)

God speaks to the ailing Hezekiah, saying, “I will add fifteen years to your life.”  With an inhalation or an exhalation from God’s lungs, fifteen years of physiology can come and go.  God appreciates the physicality of existence, but God views life from the context of both humanity’s everlasting nature and atmosphere and the eternality of God.  God has no beginning and no end.  Humanity has a beginning and will exist, somewhere, everlastingly.  As we consider everlasting existence beyond the grave, let’s allow the Messiah to be responsible for personal placements.  Then, while the Advocate before the Father advocates, let each consider what to do with the next fifteen years, or fifteen months, or fifteen weeks, or fifteen days, or fifteen hours, or fifteen minutes, or fifteen seconds.  For that matter, what if each simply considers how this moment is to be lived?  To enter eternal Life through surrender to Messiah.  To be, then, a child of the Father, married to the Bridegroom, and impregnated with the Holy spirit, in order for the Gospel to be birthed into the next moment, or the remaining fifteen years.    


Today's Meditation:  Fifteen years

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 19

“Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah:  ‘Adonai the God of Israel says:  “You prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, and I have heard you.”’” (2 Kings 19:20 CJSB)

What is required of the praying man, so that his prayers find themselves resonating in God’s hearing ears?  Jesus tells us the Father does not hear prayers just because a person’s petitions are saturated with numerous rambling words, nor, so says the Savior, does friendship with the Father guarantee an answer.  It is silence that first reaches the ears of God.  Next, God’s ears are quickened when the one praying offers, knowingly or unknowingly, a genuine prayer that mirrors the prayer Jesus teaches us to pray.  Finally, intercession reverberates in the throne room of God when the intercessor holds in persistent, prayerful surrender.  God hears the prayers of the individual as the individual lives in the prayerful rhythm of silence, simplicity, and persistent intercession.

Today's Meditation:  Prayers that are heard

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 18

“Hezekiah put his trust in Adonai the God of Israel; after him there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, nor had there been among those before him.  For he clung to Adonai and did not leave off following him, but obeyed his commandments, which Adonai had given Moses.  So Adonai was with him…” (2 Kings 18:5-7 CJSB)

Which is the greater commendation:  To be named as one who puts his trust in Adonai or to have it be said of you, “After him there was no one like him among all…?”  Maybe it’s neither.  Perhaps the greatest commendation is to be unconcerned with commendation.  It is nice when the world says nice things, but the true Hezekiah will always remember his own name from the context of his declaration of the Name of God.  God has given us our true names for the glory of God’s own holy moniker.  Being named for God’s glory allows grace to be, without hinderance, inclusively delivered.  Then, with grace extended, each name will decide whose name is the greatest.  So:  Give commendation to the fringe of Messiah’s garment by clinging to it; give commendation to the footsteps of Christ by walking in them; give commendation to the Word by being obedient to Him.  And Adonai, Who is always with you, will be with you.

Today's Meditation:  Commendation

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 17

“They both feared Adonai and served their own gods in the manner customary among the nations form which they had been taken away.  To this day they continue to follow their former [pagan] customs.  They do not fear Adonai…” (2 Kings 17:33, 34 CJSB)

Consider the contrast leading to truth the writer of 2 Kings shares with us:  “They both feared Adonai and served their own gods in the manner customary among the nations…they do not fear Adonai.”  Surrender to Messiah begins and will always continue to draw the child of God away from the ways of service of gods that are customary among the nations.  Until the imperfection of conformity becomes perfectly transformed, this will always be the process of maturing spiritually.  Yet to claim fear of God while existing in this world according to the manners of this world is declaration of the unsurrendered, childish life.  This truth is not a dualistic indictment.  It is the reality of the human nature that does not have to be confined to death, thievery and destruction.  Parents ask hiding, contracting, dancing children, “Do you have to go to the bathroom?”  Pretending-to-be-fine children say, “No,” and then commence to mess themselves.  Graphic as the parable may be, it is a vivid picture of compromised, dishonest worship.  Submission leads to the tension of peace that rests between the perfect fear of God and the perfect restoration by God.  This tension of peace is honest and walks us to spiritual maturity and completion.


Today's Meditation:  Fear Adonai

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 13, 2019

August 13, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 16

“Rather, Ahaz lived in the manner of the kings of Israel; he even made his son pass through fire [as a sacrifice], in keeping with the abominable practices of the pagans, whom Adonai had thrown out ahead of the people of Israel.” (2 Kings 16:3 CJSB)

God will always move the family of God deeper into divine residence.  Deeper and deeper still is the filling, overflow, and expansion of holiness.  To be one with God, neither the abominable practices of pagans, nor shared geography can be entrenched components of the life of God’s children.  In order to carry the Face of God to the world, God’s children must become separate from the world.  Holiness is not sterility, so this is a tenuous task.  Too far away and God’s children keep the Face of God at an unseeable distance.  Too close and God’s children shroud the reconciling complexion of the Lord.  Surrender puts God in control of the devotional distances, prayerful preparation, and ministerial spheres of influence.  Surrender is the lifestyle contrary to the manner of kings, and the lifestyle that will never be thrown out. 

Today's Meditation:  Contrary to the manner of kings

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 15

“Adonai struck the king, so that he had leprosy until his dying day, so that he lived in a separate house, while Jotham the king’s son ran the king’s household and was regent over the people of the land.” (2 Kings 15:5 CJSB)

Settle into the sufficiency of God’s grace.  Whether by allowance or ordination, leprosy in its many literal and figurative forms will come; but, I say again, it is in the sufficiency of God’s grace that we bathe in the cleansing perfection of God’s strength.  God’s strength is always perfect.  In each, it is pruning by leprosy that refines divinity’s perfect strength.  Don’t be afraid of the deterioration of imperfection.  Each is everlasting.  The eternal God has seen to it that you will always exist.  So cling to the One Who bears our wounds.  In the One, we are healed.  Leprosy can be a curse if you choose curse; but, as each surrenders to the One, leprosy simply sobers us to the reality of God’s extended and embracing love.  God’s grace surrounds the dying and is the elixir for death.  Leprosy alerts us to who we have become, not who we are.  Through and with Messiah, we are God’s healed children who are in need of healing.  See leprosy as a grace to move beyond decay to the newness of true life.


Today's Meditation:  Leprosy

Look to the East,

Kevin

August 11, 2019

August 11, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  2 Kings 14

“Jehoash the king of Israel sent this reply to Amaziah king of Judah:  ‘Once, in the Lebanon, the thistle sent a message to the cedar: “Give your daughter to my son in marriage.”  But a wild animal passed by the thistle and squashed it.’” (2 Kings 14:9 CJSB)

God desires for His family to be unified, not separated.  God will never see one child as a cedar and another as a thistle.  By God’s grace all are growing to be mighty oaks.  Because of this, we are to be communal and not destructively confrontational.  While the heart is the context for reconciliation, the senses are the reflection of transformational light within.  We look, and we see.  We hear, and we listen.  We reach out, and we touch.  It is spiritual embrace that recognizes the aroma of Christ and the taste of God.  This is the oneness for which Jesus prayed somewhere between Jerusalem’’s streets and the garden.  Imperfection speaks the names Jehoash and Amaziah, but it is the gift of the Gospel’s reconciliation that calls us to rest in the family of God.

Today's Meditation:  Unity


Look to the East,

Kevin