Posts from August 2019

Posts from August 2019

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2019

Exodus 3:3 – So Moses thought,  “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” God would prepare Moses for his leadership role:  first,  by a revelation of Himself  (3:1-10),  and second,  by a revelation of His ways  (3:11-4:17).  God’s ways are usually outside the circle of our everyday thought patterns  (Isaiah 55:9)  and are discerned only as we seek for Holy Spirit insight and understanding  (I Cor. 2:14).  Moses was occupied with mundane…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 23, 2019

Exodus 2:15 – When Pharaoh heard of this,  he tried to kill Moses,  but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian,  where he sat down by a well.  Why did God take Moses into the desert of Midian?  It was a consequence of his rashness—to save Moses from the wrath of Pharaoh.  Also it was to  “drain him of all self-sufficiency so he would learn dependency on the sufficiency of God.  God was preparing Moses in obscurity…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2019

Acts 7:25 (MSG) – (Moses) thought his brothers would be glad he was on their side, & even see him as an instrument of God to deliver them.  But they didn’t see it that way. Moses failed because  “his attempt to deliver God’s people was carried out in the self-effort of the impetuosity of the flesh and not in reliance upon God.  All the knowledge and wisdom acquired in Egypt’s institutes of learning was not adequate to equip Moses for…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21, 2019

Hebrews 11:24-26 – …(Moses)  regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt…(focus verse 26).    In spite of the fact that Moses was obliged to Pharaoh’s daughter by gratitude and self-interest,  he chose to identify with the Children of Israel.  He chose to share in the afflictions of his people over the pleasures of Egypt.  He chose the eternal reward of a son of Abraham to the temporary advantage of a son…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY AUGUST 20, 2019

Exodus 2:15-17 – …Moses got up and came to their rescue…(focus verse 17).  Moses did not allow preoccupation with his own problems to keep him from helping others with theirs.  In the school of divine providence as a stranger in a strange land,  God taught Moses understanding and compassion for the heart of a stranger.  He would be better qualified to lead God’s  “strangers”  (the Children of Israel)  out of a  “strange land”  (Egypt)  and into the home promised for…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUSGUST 19, 2019

Exodus 2:11 – One day after Moses had grown up,  he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor.  He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew,  one of his own people. Moses was a full forty years old when the afflictions of his people aroused him to action (Acts 7:23).  His attempt at bringing justice turned bloody and very quickly Moses became a fugitive in Midian.  Moses did not realize it,  but God’s…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 17, 2019

Ruth 4:18-22  –  Outcast  What’s particularly amazing about Ruth is that God chose a woman to play an integral role in the Davidic and Messianic line.  God uses both men and women to accomplish His purposes.  And He often uses broken people,  the outcasts,  and imperfect people (like you and me) that others overlook to bring about His promises.  God entrusts us to carry out His promises,  and Ruth foreshadows how Jesus did the same thing for us.  Ruth is…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2019

Ruth 4:1-17  –  Redemption  God fulfills His promises.  He brings to fruition what He said He would do.  Our responsibility is to submit to Him in trust,  no matter what the cost,  because we know He will keep His promises.  But God’s ways are counter-intuitive to our ways.  We know how the story ends for Ruth and Boaz (and Naomi);  but is there something perplexing or painful in your life that has an unknown ending?  God cares about the details…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 15, 2019

Ruth 3  –  Risk  Naomi directed Ruth into a very risky,  possibly shameful,  embarrassing and potentially irredeemable situation.  Ruth would propose to Boaz and claim him as her  “near kinsman” (KJV).  Naomi had seen Boaz’s attraction and knew he was not only an honorable man,  but also an extended family member with legal rights who could provide for Ruth.  Boaz proved worthy of her opinion.  It is not wise to take risks without Holy Spirit leadership and wisdom from Godly…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14, 2019

Ruth 2 –  Vulnerability and Humility  Ruth shows us what it takes to do the will of God:  obedience,  commitment,  humility,  and self-sacrifice.  She took a risk and showed courage and initiative when it would have been easier for her to just stay put.  Is the Lord asking you to do something that scares you and that requires vulnerability and humility?  Are you willing to humble yourself and be authentic?  Ruth’s actions put her in the direct sightline of someone…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY AUGUST 13, 2019

Ruth 1:6-22 –  Unknown and Unfamiliar  Ruth begins a journey into the unknown and unfamiliar.  You’ve likely felt this way before.  She chooses to sacrifice her own comfort and needs for the sake of another.  When Ruth arrives in Bethlehem she is an outsider,  a non-Israelite woman,  but she is  “all in.”  Jesus asks us the same thing:  lay it all on the line,  take a risk,  be willing to be uncomfortable.  Christ demonstrated this on the cross.  We must…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2019

Ruth 1:1-5 –  Brokenness to Fullness Naomi experiences loss,  crisis,  and trauma in more ways than any other character in this narrative.  However,  this story quickly shows us how God can bring fullness into a broken situation.  Naomi accuses the Lord by name for the injustice towards her  (vs. 13, 21).  At first this seems like a negative action.  However,  it actually indicates that she acknowledged God’s authority over her bitter situation.  She professed her belief in His authority over…
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