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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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Today’s Word of Promise

actsEveryday, 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 John 18-Acts 2.

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

 

And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved. Acts 2:21

This was Peter preaching the word brought to Israel by the prophet Joel. What Peter was saying was that Jesus Christ was the Lord to whom Joel referred.

Whoever calls on the name of Jesus Christ – Yeshua – יֵשׁוּעַ , will be saved.

Saved from what? Saved from the righteous judgement of God in the wake of our human sinful ways. As it is said in John, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus, Yeshua, stands in for us so that we no longer fall short but rise up to Him.

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

lukeEveryday, 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 Luke 6 through Luke 11.

The part that stood out to me today was Luke 8:12, as Jesus explained the Parable of the Sower:

Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Wayside is defined as the edge of the path.

What is the path? How can I, someone desperate to hear the word of God and obey the word of God, stay off of the wayside and remain on the path so that the word cannot be taken out of my heart?

I did some digging into verses about “paths” and came across these (among others):

So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness. Proverbs 2:20

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it. Psalm 119:35

I think the path is following the commandments of God, of which Jesus mentioned often. And, when asked what the greatest of these commandments were, said:

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-39

I think that those are the wayside are not giving their “all” to God – their heart, soul and mind. I think they’re holding back, and it makes them susceptible to “then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts.”

Today I’m examining my heart, soul, and mind, and I’m making sure I’m loving God with ALL of me so that His word can plant itself in me and take root, and not be trampled on or devoured.

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

lukeEveryday, 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 Mark 14 through Luke 5.

The part that stood out to me today came from the first chapter of Luke.

In Luke 1:13-17, the Angel Gabriel told Zacharias, who was married to Elizabeth and both were “advanced in years”, that she would have a son and his name would be called John (the Baptist).  Zacharias said:

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” Luke 1:18-20

Then, the same angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bare a son and that his name will be Jesus. And Mary said:

Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:34-37

So, Zacharias said, “How can I know this?” and he was punished by Gabriel for his lack of faith. And, Mary said, “How can this be?” and she was rewarded with an answer.  What was the difference?

I think it was in intent, for God knows our hearts. I think Zacharias intent with his question was to say, “I’m old. My wife is old. What you say will happen cannot be. How can I know this?”

I think Mary’s intent with her question was, “I am a virgin. What do you need me to do to get pregnant, because clearly there are logistics involved. I believe you, I just need to know ‘how’.”

I think Mary had faith, and Gabriel knew it. I think Zacharias had no faith, and Gabriel knew it. So while their questions might have sounded the same, their hearts were opposite.

Which tells me, it’s okay to question logistics when God has given you a task – as long as you understand that the logistics have already been handled and you keep the faith that God knows of what He asks you.

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

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