Focusing on my Maker

God knows that what you need most is a Maker, not a mate. When you’re focused on the Maker, you won’t be distracted by the cares of this world. When you’re working on falling in love with your Maker, you become the person someone else wants in his or her life.
You can’t control the people who come into your life and how they respond to you, but you can control how you invest in becoming the person God wants you to be. You can burn a lot of energy seeking that right person and miss what you need to work on in yourself.
When you submit yourself to God to be molded, he will move you toward the people he wants you to meet. You don’t have to be anxious about being in the right place at the right time or fear who will miss out. If you commit to submitting to the process of becoming, God will be responsible for the process of bringing. So, if you want to get close to somebody, the answer is to move toward Jesus.
The enemy will try to get you to stress about your relationships and whether you will meet that special person. He knows if he can get you to worry about the future, it robs the power of what God wants to do in you today.

At some point, you have to say, “I love me. I don’t have it all together, I know, but I love me just like God does when I’m not perfect. God loved me when I had issues, so I can love me with my issues.” You need to be able to be thankful for yourself, because God is thankful for you. You need to tell yourself you are a rare and beautiful treasure, because that’s what God thinks about you. You need to extend to yourself the same forgiveness and grace that God extends to you. It does not honor Jesus for you to be hard on yourself and beat yourself up, because he already took the beating for you. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all believe in you. And they are cheering you on with a great company of the heavenly host!

What God thinks about me?

You Are New

In my eyes, you are a brand new creation. The old has passed away; the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). Sin is no longer your master, for you died to sin and are now alive to me (Romans 6:11; Ephesians 2:4–5).

You are finally free from the slavery of sin and death. There is now no condemnation for you (Romans 8:1–2). All your sins are forgiven (1 John 1:9). All your unrighteousness has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7,9). You are now righteous in my sight with the very righteousness of my perfect Son (Romans 4:5).

You’ve been saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8). You’ve been justified by faith (Romans 5:1). You are utterly secure in me; nothing will be able to separate you from my love in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39). No one is able to snatch you out of my hand (John 10:29). And I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

Psalm 27

Psalm 27
Psalm 27 is one of those many places in Scripture that bring us priceless clarity about our lives.
The psalm is like an old friend who firmly places his hands on our shoulders, looks us in the eyes, and reminds us about what really matters. Life slows down. The noise grows faint. The distractions are drowned out by what we most need to know.
Look, our friend says, this is truth. This is your one desire. This is your hope.
God is your light and your salvation. He is the stronghold of your life, and therefore, you have nothing to fear. Your enemies, even if they are an army or an entire war waged against you, will not stand. In fact, in the midst of the turmoil, when your seething adversary is making his assault on your soul, you can be confident. Not just okay; not just getting by; but confident. Your heart can be firm.
God is your light, and he will show you the way. He will lead you in his paths. God is your salvation, and he will rescue you from destruction. He will lift you high upon a rock.
God is your stronghold, and though everything else around you falters, he has hemmed you in. He has established your feet. The raging floodwaters may rise. A tsunami of affliction may build in the distance. But his hold of your heart is unshakable, and the most intimidating of waves is a mere splash compared to his power. He has you. He’s holding you.
Your Desire
This is your one desire. You want God. He is your Supreme Good — the unparalleled object of your soul’s deepest longings. And so you ask him for him. You seek him. To be near him. To gaze upon his beauty. To worship at his feet. That is it. All other goods, good as they truly are, are about this one, great, matchless Good. You want them because you want him, and because their goodness makes us wonder, as C. S. Lewis puts it, “What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary [flashes] are like this!” God is that one thing above all other things. He is our chief pursuit, and all other things we seek are for his sake.
Your Hope
This is your hope. You will look upon the goodness of God in the land of the living. That means you will be raised from the dead with Christ to live in his eternal presence. There is more life to be lived after our lives in this world are over. That is when real life, true life, the fullness of life, just begins. That is when the faint echoes of God’s goodness we’ve known in this world become visible, when our faith becomes sight.
On that day, when we look upon God’s goodness in the resurrection age, the fight will be over. The victory we’ve long tasted but partially enjoyed will invade our lungs in triumph. No more doubt. No more pain. No more struggle. We will see, more clearly than ever, the grace of God, the glory of Jesus, the wonder of his fellowship.
We will know then, most surely, what Psalm 27 tells us now: This is truth. This is our one desire. This is our hope.

The table 

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How do u know if the devil is sitting at yr table? U hear this –
1. U are never Gg to make it or make it through this.
2. U aren’t good enough
3. Everybody is against u



10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

The provision is Him, His Word, His Will. Jesus, His word and His will.

Whatever the fight, thank you Jesus for being with me. Thank you for your word which informs me, thank you for your will so i stay in the fire – so what do i do in the fire/fight today?

God’s angels are surrounding your enemies.

Give thanks to the Lord. His love for me, and in and through me endures forever. When those armies collided against themselves, and died (Elisha’s story), all of the kingdoms feared God. The reason the table is in the middle of the enemies, is not cause you can get through alone, but it is so that God can get the glory in the middle of the fight.

We are saying to God – get us out of the furnace. But He is saying – no.. get Me in the furnace and watch me sustain you, guide u, restore u, anoint you, protect you, provide for you, follow you and make you everything I want you to be. Not in the absence of the fire or the fight or difficulty.. but right smack in the valley of the shadow of death, that is the place of revival.

Open our eyes to see the table around us.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).

But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.

The danger of this misconception is that it can produce chronic disappointment and discouragement. Cynicism sets in and we give up or whip through them to alleviate guilt because devotions don’t seem to work for us.

Our longing for intimate communion with God is God-given. It’s a good thing to desire, ask for, and pursue. The Spirit does give us wonderful, occasional tastes. And this longing will be satisfied to overflowing some day (Psalm 16:11).

“Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it.”

But God has other purposes for us in the discipline of daily Bible meditation and prayer. Here are a few:

  1. Soul Exercise (1 Corinthians 9:24; Romans 15:4): We exercise our bodies to increase strength and endurance, promote general health, and keep unnecessary weight off. Devotions are like exercise for our souls. They force our attention off of self-indulgent distractions and pursuits, and on to God’s purposes and promises. If we neglect this exercise, our souls will go to pot.
  2. Soul Shaping (Romans 12:2): The body will generally take the shape of how we exercise it. Running shapes one way, weight training shapes another way. The same is true for the soul. It will conform to how we exercise (or don’t exercise) it. This is why changing your exercise routine can be helpful. Read through the Bible one year, camp in a book and memorize it another year, take a few months to meditate on and pray through texts related to an area of special concern, etc.
  3. Bible Copiousness (Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:97; Proverbs 23:12): A thorough, repeated soaking in the Bible over the course of years increases our overall biblical knowledge, providing fuel for the fire of worship and increasing our ability to draw from all parts of the Bible in applying God’s wisdom to life.
  4. Fight Training (Ephesians 6:10–17): Marines undergo rigorous training in order to so ingrain their weapons knowledge that when suddenly faced with the chaos of combat they instinctively know how to handle their weapons. Similarly, daily handling and using the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) makes us more skilled spiritual warriors.
  5. Sight Training (2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 4:18): Jesus really does want us to see and savor him. Savoring comes through seeing. But only the eyes of faith see him. “Blind faith” is a contradiction, at least biblically. Faith is not blind. Unbelief is blind (John 9:38–41). Faith is seeing a reality that physical eyes can’t see and believing it (1 Peter 1:8). And “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). So if we’re going to savor Jesus, we must see him in the word he speaks. Faith is a gift (Ephesians 2:8). And like most of God’s gifts, they are intended to be cultivated. Daily devotions are an important way to train our faith-eyes to see the glory of Jesus in his word and to train our emotions to respond to what our faith-eyes see. Keep looking for glory. Jesus will give you Emmaus moments (Luke 24:31–32).
  6. Delight Cultivation (Psalm 37:3–4; James 4:8; Psalm 130:5): When a couple falls in love, there are hormonal fireworks. But when married, they must cultivate delight in one another. It is the consistent, persistent, faithful, intentional, affectionate pursuit of one another during better and worse, richer and poorer, sickness and health that cultivates a capacity for delight in each other far deeper and richer than the fireworks phase. Similarly, devotions are one of the ways we cultivate delight in God. Many days it may seem mundane. But we will be surprised at the cumulative power they have to deepen our love for and awareness of him.

“It’s okay if there was no special spark in your Bible reading today. In fact, ordinary devotions are a good thing.”

There are many more benefits. You could certainly add to this list. But the bottom line is this: Don’t give up on daily devotions. Don’t whip through them. Don’t let them get crowded out by other demands.

Brick upon brick a building is built. Lesson upon lesson a degree is earned. Stroke upon stroke a painting is created. Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it. Press on. Don’t short-change the process.

Uninvited Small Group Bible Study by Lysa TerKeurst – Session One

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Matthew 7:11-12

11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

You don’t have to beg for acceptance from others if you live with accepting Jesus’ love. You won’t find yourself begging for scraps of love from others. Rejection never has the final say. With Jesus, you are forever held, completely loved and always invited in.

When (activities etc) given from a heart whose real motivation is hoping what I will get in return, it is not really love at all. That’s not the answer. No soul can soar in the place of living loved when it is a performance-based endeavour. Living loved is sourced in the quiet daily surrender in the One who made you.

How dangerous it is when our souls are gasping for God but is flirting with the world. The world entices our flesh but never embraces our soul. God waits for us every day. While we are out looking at the world for love, but not looking at Him. We run at a breakneck pace towards what we want to achieve but what God wants is for us to receive. He waits to give us love every day.

Mark 3:13-15

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons.

1st part of the calling is to be with Him. Fullness comes to us when we remember to be with Him before going out serving. He wants our hearts to be in alignment with Him before our hearts go out to do assignments for Him.