Clean My Cup, Lord

I Samuel 16:7 (NKJV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Early each morning, I make a cup of detox tea to sip on during my quiet time with the…

A Soulful Investment

Matthew 13:51-52 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” One of my greatest earthly treasures is my grandmother’s china. It is an…

Firstfruits Giving

Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV) Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. It makes me laugh how often I am thinking one thing and God has something else in mind. This Bible study took a dramatic…

The Principle of Causality

Romans 8:29-31 (NIV) For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified….

Mercy Triumphs Again

Psalm 26:2-3 (ESV) Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. Well, God is good! He is patient. Loving. Kind. He gives me the time I need to calm down and circle back to Him – time and time again. It…

Unformed Substance

Psalm 139:14-16 (ESV) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one…

Deep Penetrating

Psalm 51:6-8 (ESV) Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Thursday is cleaning day. I have taken to…

EVERY Good Gift

James 1:16-18 (NIV) Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. Don’t be deceived. The enemy…

Slow Leak

Psalm 34:4-7 (NLT) I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is…

Soulful Sowing

Hosea 10:12 (NIV) Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. God has already provided for us. He has supplied every need. The Lord desires to bless us. To prosper us in the land of the…