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Today’s Word of Promise: Zephaniah 3:17

Do you feel worthless? Do you feel unloved? Do you think that you have no value in this life? Do voices whisper in your ear the lies that you’re ugly and unappreciated?

Beloved, The Mighty One loves you! He is in your midst. Think about that! The Creator of the Universe, who knows the placement of every speck of sand of every beach in every planet in every galaxy is in YOUR midst. You are not alone and He KNOWS you! He will save. And He will rejoice with you!

We were made in His image, and He has gifted us and equipped each of us in abundance so that we can grow even closer to Him. Throughout scripture we can see ourselves reflected back the way God sees us!

You are:

Beautifully and wonderfully made
Saved
Forgiven
Born again
Reconciled
Justified
Redeemed
New creation in Christ
God’s own possession
Free from sin
Joint heir with Jesus
Ambassador of Christ
Sealed by His Spirit
Temple of the living God
Created in His image and Likeness
Holy and blameless
Dearly beloved

Take those truths forward and let them speak to you and drown out the lies of worthlessness and insignificance. Cling to this knowledge and rise from the ashes to see your true beauty and refinement.

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Word of Promise: 2 Chronicles 8

Many days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk. Today, among other chapters, I listened to 2 Chronicles chapter 9.

As I was listening, I thought about all of the questionnaires that have gone around since the invention of the internet. Often, in the series of questions, there will inevitably be, “What event would you wish you could witness?”

Listening to this chapter, all I could think is how amazing Jerusalem must have been in the prime of Solomon’s rule! Think of the ornateness of these descriptions — think of the exoticness of the environment. Think of the rule of a man who is described in 1 Kings 4:  And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.

I would love to travel back in time and stand in Solomon’s courts – to witness this grandeur that was built as a way to glorify God.

Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne; there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests. Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.

All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon. For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships came, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and monkeys.

So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.

Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.

So he reigned over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland. And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.

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Today’s Word of Promise: 1 Chronicles 28:20

1 chroniclesMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Right now, I’m listening to the Bible in chronological order. This morning, I heard the end of 1 Chronicles, several Psalms, and the beginning of 1 Kings.

A verse this morning made me pause as I was walking. It was 1 Chronicles 28:20:

And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

I realize this was specifically to Solomon from his father David about building the temple of God. However, I found that it immediately spoke to me, about my career as a Christian author who is using my gifts as God has given them to me. My mission statement for my writing is to prayerfully craft stories as modern day parables to uplift fellow believers and minister to seekers in our fallen world.

I believe that is my own work for the service of the house of the Lord, even if it’s not for physically building the temple that Solomon constructed. With that comes a host of other duties — speaking, interacting with readers, traveling the world alone. Most of those things would terrify me if I gave it enough thought. However, I would rather not focus on what should make me fear what I do and instead focus on one thing: my God will be with me. He will never leave me nor forsake me.

So, even as I travel all over the United States and beyond (to Australia) in the coming year, most of the time alone, and as I work through my production schedule and bring you, my readers, the conclusion to the Song of Suspense Series and introduce you to my next series, I know that I am continuing in my work for the service of the house of the Lord.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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Today’s Word of Promise

jobMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today I listened to the first 19 chapters of Job.

A couple of things stood out to me as I walked and listened.

  1. Job’s soul was filled with bitterness. He reviled the day he was born. He wanted not only to die, but to have died in the womb so that no one would have ever known of his existence. And yet, despite such negative feelings and bitterness, he did not sin. That tells me that we can despair, we can mourn, we can wail against the day and sin not.

    So often, well meaning friends (not unlike Job’s friends) try to tell us that there’s something wrong in despair, that there’s trouble in bitterness. I don’t believe that being bitter means that God will then set you aside. I think it means that things are just absolutely horrible and there’s a well of bitterness that’s growing inside. It doesn’t mean it will always be, but it means that sometimes it happens.

  2. The second thing that stood out is rather random, but it just occurred to me today. When Job’s children died and his property was destroyed, Satan used the weather. Interesting that he had control of such. I don’t think I’d ever noticed that before.

Job is always hard to read for me. But, one thing that I always remember, and Job himself said it — this is such a short time in the blip of eternity. One day, we’ll stand before the Father. What earth was like, what we experienced here, what we endured – all of that will fade to nothing when we can fall at our Father’s feet and worship Him on his throne.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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Today’s Word of Promise

galatiansMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today I listened to the entire book of Galatians.

The part that stood out to me in that passage is this:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

I’m focusing today on the verb “IS”. Do you know what “IS” is? Well, sure, it’s a lot of things. But for this specific post, it’s SINGULAR. That’s right, the verses do not say that the fruits of the Spirit are. What they say is that the fruit of the Spirit is. That means that if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then you can count on a well of love, joy, peace, longsuffering (read: patience), goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

They’re right there for you. One big singular package just ready for you to unopen it and embrace it.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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Today’s Word of Promise

actsMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Today I listened to Acts 17 – Acts 28.

The part that stood out to me in that passage is this:

And he called for two centurions, saying, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at the third hour of the night; 24 and provide mounts to set Paul on, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.” 25 He wrote a letter in the following manner:

26 Claudius Lysias,

To the most excellent governor Felix:

Greetings.

27 This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them. Coming with the troops I rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman. 28 And when I wanted to know the reason they accused him, I brought him before their council. 29 I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains. 30 And when it was told me that the Jews lay in wait for the man,I sent him immediately to you, and also commanded his accusers to state before you the charges against him.

Farewell. ~Acts 23:24-30

I have always imagined that the government in the time of the New Testament was corrupt. I think it stems from the fact that Jesus, a man without sin, was crucified so terribly — in my mind, only a corrupt system could have that be so.

However, while it’s not necessarily “moral” to the way that our society operates today (and I use the term moral in conjunction with our society loosely), it was absolutely NOT corrupt. It’s fascinating to me the lengths that were taken to protect Paul – a Jew – because he was a Roman citizen. He was about to be beaten when Paul revealed his nationality – and in a day and age without recordings and video evidence, they could have easily beaten him, killed him, and covered it all up because was a Sadducee in the Jewish faith. Instead, they immediately halted anything against him until they could investigate who he was and what he was.

In the meantime, the Jewish leaders sought to kill him. Rather than just letting it happen and washing their hands of this whole religious feud between the followers of Christ and the Jewish leaders, they took great pains to keep Paul safe and transport him out of the area for his protection.

When I listened to this, the lack of corruption both surprised me and impressed me.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.

Hallee


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