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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…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 10, 2019

Exodus 14:31  And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians,  the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.  God’s victory over the Egyptians changed Israel’s attitude toward God and Moses,  though only temporarily.  Many more lessons awaited them.  But this was the beginning of discovering a new paradigm—a return to the promises of their fathers and an opportunity to fulfill God’s call as a nation.  What…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 9, 2019

Exodus 5:2 (NIV)  Pharaoh said,  “Who is the Lord,  that I should obey him and let Israel go?  I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.”  Kingdom work is not easy.  Evil will not release its grip and seeks to find expression through people who yield to it.  God dealt severely with Pharaoh to answer his defiant question,  “to compel recognition of and submission to the sovereignty of God”  and as a universal testimony to…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 2019

Exodus 4:2-4 (NIV)  (Vs. 3) “Throw it down on the ground,”  the Lord told him.  So Moses threw down the staff…”  God trained Moses in unquestioning obedience:  throwing down the staff and picking it up again,  putting his hand inside his cloak and taking it out again.  Miracles would be the norm for Moses and Israel.  God was training Moses to lead with  “instantaneous unquestioning obedience to the divine command …without paralyzing human rationalization  (consequently causing modification or even elimination…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7, 2019

Exodus 4:1-2 (NIV)   Moses answered,  “What if they do not believe me or listen to me…Then the Lord said to him,  “What is that in your hand?”   “A staff,”  he replied. Moses’  credentials would not be a well-framed degree hanging on an office wall.  His credentials were  “the manifestation of the supernatural—the seal of his commission and the attestation of his divine accreditation.”  For Moses to lead well and exercise authority over others,  he first had to submit…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY AUGUST 6, 2019

Exodus 6:9 (NLT)  So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said,  but they refused to listen anymore.  They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.  Moses’  job included casting vision to people who were so overwhelmed by their circumstances that they couldn’t believe that life could ever be different.  Getting from a debilitating  “here”  to a marvelous  “there”  requires repeatedly casting the vision and assuring people that the  “there”  is worth all the…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY AUGUST 5, 2019

Exodus 3:10 (NLT)  (God to Moses)  “Now go,  for I am sending you to Pharaoh.  You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.  T.D. Jakes says:  “We need a vision that is so big we have to be careful who we tell it to!”  Leaders see the  “God-thing”  out there on the horizon and inspire the people to walk toward it.  Leaders see more than the here and now.  They think deeply enough to move beyond the space in…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2019

Deuteronomy 31:8  The LORD Himself goes before you …Do not be afraid;  do not be discouraged.  Fear of failure is a big stressor.  We have to learn to embrace failure and get good at things we think we might fail at.  Normalize it—it’s called  “learning”!  The greatest achievers have normalized failure.  The  “40% Rule”  says our system starts to back off a new challenge at about 40% of our actual limit.  Stop listening to the fear,  because it kicks in…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY AUGUST 2, 2019

Genesis 15:1 (NIV)  “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”   When we stretch ourselves to get out of our comfort zones,  and reach for a goal,  adrenaline and dopamine release.  When we engage all our hearts in doing something great with God,  we don’t have time for all the toxic stuff of life.  We feel invigorated.  It is  “good stress.”  Don’t fear it.  Get out there and grow!

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2019

Luke 10:41 (NIV)  “Martha,  Martha,”  the Lord answered,  “You are worried and upset about many things.”  In our highly distracting world,  so much comes at us.  With too much going on all the time,  it overwhelms the circuits.  We must learn to narrow our focus and keep the  “main thing”  the main thing—applying effort toward that focus and letting other things go quantitatively to the bottom of the list.  Too many things distracted Martha.  Mary focused on the one important…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2019

John 16:30b (NIV)   …In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  Two people can have the same amount of pain and difficult circumstances and yet have completely different responses.  We must learn to audit things that stress us out.  The stress system is a reactive one that goes through filters and tells you when something is a danger or not.  And it has a lot to do with how we think about…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 30, 2019

Job 26:10 (MSG)  He draws the horizon out over the ocean,  sets a boundary between light and darkness.  Stress comes when we feel out of control.  Who has control over you?  Of course,  we have the law,  or the board,  or our workplace supervisor.  What DO you have control over that affects the quality of your life?  If your company goes through a financial downturn,  there are things you may not be able to control but there are things that…