February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 5

“At that time I stood between Adonai and you in order to tell you what Adonai was saying; because, on account of the fire, you were afraid and wouldn’t go up onto the mountain.” (Deuteronomy 5:5 CJSB)

Moses is not needed to stand between God and God’s people.  Fire always bring fear, but we have an Advocate before the Father.  The prophet, Joel speaks of advocacy, saying, “Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not make Your inheritance a reproach, a byword among the nations.’” (Joel 2:17 NASB)  Job also offers cries of advocacy, saying, “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!  Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.  My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.” (Job 16:18-21 NIV)  Joel and Job may not have fully understood Who humanity’s Advocate is, but the writer of Hebrews points to the Son of God, saying, “Jesus…holds His priesthood permanently.  Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:24, 25 NASB)  Jesus of Nazareth is our, “Through Him.”  Jesus of Nazareth is humanity’s Advocate before God.  Through Jesus we access the divine Author’s perfect writing of life.  Our Advocate is the Door, the Gate to perfect Life, Who is God.  Do not limit the Door to a definition of excluding means to institutional entry.  No, the Advocate is purer than a simpleton’s definition.  Jesus is the Way to Life, Life more abundant.

Today's Meditation:  Advocacy

Look to the East,

Kevin

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 4

“In your distress, when all these things have come upon you, in the [latter days], you will return to Adonai your God and listen to what He says; for Adonai your God is a merciful God.  He will not fail you, destroy you, or forget the covenant with your ancestors which He swore to them.” (Deuteronomy 4:30, 31 CJSB)

Return to Adonai.  Listen to what He says.  Adonai is a merciful God.  God will not fail you.  God will not destroy you.  God will not forget the covenant (Covenant:  Messiah will come from the Nation of Israel to make reconciliation available to every generation throughout the world).  These are truths that will never tarnish, fade, nor fail.  Somehow, someway, our faith must be fixed to these truths.  If you have left God, then return.  If you’ve allowed other voices to enter, turn them off and, once again, listen solely to God.  Stop seeing and stating that God is One Who is cruel, and receive God’s mercy.  If failure is all you are experiencing, then find God’s promises and providence.  As all falls around you, and your body is deteriorating through either illness, age, or both, be assured God is not the Author of destruction, but God is writing renewal.  You rest in the covenant of God, not the instability and chameleon-like changing of this world.  It is not enough to conceptually, intellectually hold to the promises of the Scriptures.  The nature of God is actual, true, and unchanging.  Return. Listen. Receive mercy.  God will not fail you.  God will not destroy you.  You are held by God’s covenant.

Today's Meditation:  Truth

Look to the East,

Kevin

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 3

“But Adonai was angry with me on account of you, and He didn’t listen to me.  Adonai said to me, ‘Enough from you!  Don’t say another word to me about this matter!  Climb up to the top of Pisgah and look out to the west, north, south and east.  Look with your eyes—but you will not go across this Jordan.’” (Deuteronomy 3:26, 27 CJSB)

Moses does not get to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land.  Before we tackle this issue, let us first look back to something Moses said to God while at Sinai.  After the Golden Calf Incident, God informs Moses, he and the Israelites will be traveling to the Promised Land without Him.  Moses then says to God, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.” (Exodus 33:15 NASB)  Now, return to Deuteronomy 3:26, 27.  Moses is told by God that He will be venturing up Pisgah with Moses.  If Moses disobeys God’s command—which he had every right to attempt—and tries to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land, then Moses would be doing so without God.  Moses has already set the precedent that declares, it is better to stay put with God, than it is to enter the Promised Land without God.  What has changed?  If God is asking you to venture up Pisgah with Him—even if doing so will result in the end of your physical life—isn’t it better to go up Pisgah and enter into your rest with God, than it is to enter into the Promised Land without God?  Neither Pisgah, nor the Promised Land, neither death, nor life are the issues at hand.  The issue at hand is being in right relationship with God.  That’s easier when you believe yourself to be in good standing with God, rather than in big trouble with God, i.e., Moses at Sinai vs. Moses at Pisgah.  Relationship with God is bigger than a single action taken by tainted humanity.  God desires to stand with each of us, so wherever God says each is to go, means no further discussion as to destination should be necessary. 

Today's Meditation:  Pisgah with God is better than the Promised Land without God.


Look to the East,

Kevin

February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 2

“For Adonai your God has blessed you in everything your hands have produced.  He knows that you have been traveling through this vast desert; these forty years Adonai your God has been with you; and you have lacked nothing.” (Deuteronomy 2:7 CJSB)

God has been with you.  You have lacked nothing.  For some, these two truths are most difficult to believe, but we must hold tight and grip this reality.  Yes, sometimes we feel very much alone…but, right now, God is right beside each of us.  Yes, sometimes our cupboards cannot become any more bare…but breath in our lungs and beating hearts declare the hope that we are without lack.  God knows, very well, both your journey and your present destination.  Even amidst the vast desert of apparent lack, yet-to-be-realized rivers are already flowing.  The temptation is to run, but will you hold?  Will you hold in place and see the glory of the Lord?  Know that what cannot presently be seen is waiting and will be discovered.  Be assured, alive in the badlands is an uncovered harvest.  Neither forty weeks, nor forty months, nor forty years holds you.  You are held by Adonai your God, Who has blessed you in everything.  God has been with you.  You have lacked nothing.  Your promised land awaits.

Today's Meditation:  God has been with you.  You have lacked nothing.


Look to the East,

Kevin

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Deuteronomy 1

“I answered you, ‘Don’t be fearful, don’t be afraid of them.  Adonai your God, Who is going ahead of you, will fight on your behalf.…” (Deuteronomy 1:29, 30a CJSB)

These words are still true.  God still goes ahead of us and fights on our behalf.  Still, we must remember that the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but of the spirit; and, we are not wrestling against humanity, but against the spiritual forces of wickedness.  That may sound silly to some, but it is true.  Let the naysayers rest in their naysaying, but let the children of the Lord recognize how our battles are fought.  God is our shield, our exceedingly great reward.  God hems us in.  Our weapon is not back-and-forth conversation with the enemy.  On the contrary, as Jesus did, we must do.  “It is written,” and, “Get behind me, Satan,” stand as Jesus’ primary strikes to the enemy.  Jesus did not engage in endless dialogue.  Even better, as Michael spoke to Satan, saying simply, “The Lord rebuke you,” we should follow lead and do the simple same.  We have no reason to be fearful, nor afraid.  This is how we fight our battles, with God going ahead of us and fighting on our behalf.


Today's Meditation:  Trust in the Lord, Who fights our battles.

Look to the East,

Kevin

February 17, 2019

February 17, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Numbers 36

“Here is what Adonai has ordered concerning the daughters of Zelophehad:  ‘Let them be married to whomever they think best, but they must marry only into a family from their father’s tribe.’” (Numbers 36:6 CJSB)

This is not societal control and the oppression of women.  God would never behave in such a way.  God is offering revelation, as the opportunity to choose within the confines of perfect Authoring is put before these very in-tune ladies.  Humanity’s definition of freedom says the daughters of Zelophehad should be able to find their own husbands via paths based solely upon each woman’s heart’s affections.  This is not so wrong, but these women were empowered daughters—first of God most high, and second of Zelophehad—who knew God’s higher purpose.  Deep in those beautiful hearts that were leading transformed minds, these ladies knew God had purposed for each of them perfect flesh of flesh and perfect bone of bone.  God would never oppress them.  God knew, and they knew, the direction God was pointing them was not pre-arranged marriages of patriarchal control, but to God’s divine Authoring of their everlasting lives.  To these ladies, it wasn’t, nor ever will be, “Til death do us part.”  These everlasting ladies saw their lives perfectly housed within the eternal God.  Whomever they thought best would be the best, because the daughters of Zelophehad were led by the Spirit of the Living God.  You see, decisions are not really decisions after all.  Decisions are surrenderings to God’s revelations to be realized.

Today's Meditation:  Selah 

Look to the East,

Kevin

February 16, 2019

February 16, 2019 Daily Devotional

Read:  Numbers 35

“In this way you will not defile the land in which you are living.  For blood defiles the land, and in this land no atonement can be made for the blood shed in it except the blood of him who shed it.” (Numbers 35:33 CJSB)

Blood shed by the hands of humanity defiles the land.  Within the defiled land, Jesus’ surrendered blood has generated reconciliation.  Heaven to earth, Jesus descended to the dead.  Jesus’ first offering of Himself is present as He faithfully bleeds during circumcision.  Gethsemane calls fervent drops to fall from Jesus’ intercessory brow.  Pierced through for our transgressions, as Savior is scourged, His blood perfects healing.  A crown of humiliation draws blood from His Jerusalem-set face.  All along the way, interwoven with the misplaced tears of women, Jesus bleeds the journey’s blood.  A robe not His own is stripped from Him…the clothes of a Galilean jack-of-all-trades turned Rabbi are put back upon Him…then, from His confining clothes He is stripped to nakedness, and Jesus' fresh scabs are ripped open to bleed crucifixion’s blood of universality.  Jesus’ final bleeding flows from a pierced side of completion.  It is finished.  In many ways, present completion has always been past tense.  Yesterday, today and forever can never be fixed to a point on a line.  Through Jesus’ precious blood, our bloody, defiled land has been bridged to life, and life more abundant.  Jesus brings rescue to defilement.  With the shedding of blood there is remission of sins.  There is to be shedding of blood no more.

Today's Meditation:  Our blood defiles.  His blood affords reconciliation.

Look to the East,

Kevin