Friday, January 31, 2020

The Kitchen Table Day 20

Today’s Reading:    Psalm 15; Deuteronomy 24:17-25:4; 1 Timothy 5:17-24

The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.

So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.  1 Timothy 5:24-25

Don’t forget “how” you got here, not just “where” you came from.  Sins are conspicuous and good works are conspicuous (evident).  It’s how we got here that is critical to our help or our healing.  Many people just remember “where” they came from and never deal with the “how” that came through along the way.  The “where” can be obvious but the “how” can be oblivious if we don’t thank and talk about it.  How did I get to where I am?  God tells the Israelites, “but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there”.  Remember “how” God got you here.  Remember “how” you got yourself where you are or used to be.  The Psalmist says, “He who walks blamelessly and does what is right… shall never be moved.”  Don’t be afraid to deal with the how, it determines the here.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Kitchen Table Day 19

Today’s Reading:    Psalm 15; Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 1 Peter 3:8-12

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

 1 Peter 3:12

Today, be good, do good, think good.  God has ordained good and good makes the world go round.  God has ordained good, He has ordered it personally for this world and this life.  And we all like good, really.  Peter writes, “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)  We bless people when we do good.  It’s the key to a life that we can love.  Today, be good, do good, think good.  It’s a God thing so we don’t pull what is good out of ourselves but out of Him.  We think good by thinking like Him.  We be good by being like Him.  We do good by doing like Him.  Paul wrote, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)  Today, be good, do good, think good.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Kitchen Table Day 19

Today’s Reading:  Psalm 27; Gen 49:1-26; Luke 1:67-79

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!  Psalm 27:13

Only those who surrender to the word of light shine in the world as light.  Today both Jacob and Zachariah speak the word of God over their children.  The plans of God are in the promises of God and they need to be spoken.  Our heavenly Father speaks words of life over His children.  Listen for and live by the words of light that come from your heavenly Father of love.  One of the important things that a dad does is speak words of love, light and life over his children.  Those words reveal his heart, hope and happiness with his children.  Those words create confidence, clarity, conviction and courage in his children.  Hear and surrender to the words of your Heavenly Father.  Get a prophetic word from your Heavenly Father, His plans are in His promises.  Only those who surrender to the word of light shine in the world as light.  Listen for the voice of God and live in the word of God.  He loves you!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Kitchen Table Day 18

Today’s Reading:  Psalm 27; Judges 7:12-22; Phil 2:12-18

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life  Philippians 2:14-16

Only those who surrender to the word of life shine in the world as light.  Only as Gideon surrendered to the word of the Lord, was he able to defeat his enemy.  Remember, it’s not who you are but who He is that matters.  It’s not what you could do but what He can do that makes the difference.  We don’t do things in our strength but His when we surrender to His word and His way.  The Psalmist writes, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living…”  Surrendering to God involves looking forward to what our victory looks like, not just at what our enemy’s defeat looks like.  See the difference.  Think about what God’s victory looks like for us who believer, not just at what defeat looks like for our enemy.  If we can see what victory looks like we can better surrender to what victory means. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Kitchen Table  Day 17

Todays Reading:    Psalm 27: Judges 6:11-24; Ephesians 5:6-14

Walk as children of light… Ephesians 5:7

Remember to live in words that mean something and on ways that do something good.  Don’t be deceived by empty words and worthless ways.  God has something better in store for you.  Live in what is good and right and true. Learning what pleases God.  He operates in what is good and right and true.  Our course in life is tied to our conversations in life.  The Psalmist says that all he asks for is to dwell in the house of the Lord.  Gideon finds the courage and calling sitting in the company of the Lord.  Our conversations in life have so much to do with our course through life.  Seek conversations with God and with God’s people.  You don’t want to live with empty words on worthless ways, there’s no joy in that for you or anyone else.  God will give you the words and the way of life.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Kitchen Table  Day 16

Today’s Reading:    Psalm 4:1-6; 1 Samuel 10:1-8; Galatians 2:1-10

The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power…  1 Sam 10:6

Whatever you do, don’t neglect the presence and power of God in your life.  He is the difference-maker.  He doesn’t just call us to Himself, He comes Himself.  He came to and on and in Saul and Paul and He made them different people, just like He will us.  It’s His presence that makes all the difference.  But we have a choice.  We can choose to live in His power, passion, purpose, and pleasure or we can choose to live in our own poverty, pain, perversion, and plans.  We do have a choice in it all.  We neglect Holy Spirit of God when we choose to hold onto our hurts, disappointments, and regrets waiting for someone else to do the right thing rather than waiting on and wanting the right thing of the Holy Spirit.  Saul would choose to live in the insecurities; and inconsistencies of life but Paul would choose to live in the incentives and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power.  Don’t neglect Him, don’t say no or not now.  Want Him, seek Him, know Him.  His presence makes all the difference and He will come, and He will make all the difference.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Kitchen Table Day 15

Today’s Reading:    Psalm 27:1-6; 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Galatians 1:11-24

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. Ps 27:6

One thing we all learn as we grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father is that His presence is precious.  In His presence all things become beautiful.  His glory and majesty transform the hurt, hate and hollowness of humans.  Like we read today, God met Hannah in her hurt and Saul in his hateful, sinful, sabotage.  God’s presence changes everything and even though He is always around us, it’s when we seek Him that we know Him.  And as we gaze upon who He is and what He has that we lose sight of who are and what we need.  As we just gaze upon Him, we can begin to see what we can be and what we can have.  Sometimes, I’m certain, we spend more time groveling than gazing and just looking at our problems doesn’t make them go away but look at Him makes those other things lose their sway over our lives.  Maybe less words and more wonder would wake up our sense of hope for today.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Kitchen Table  Day 18

Today’s Reading:  Isaiah 48:12-21; Matthew 9:14-17

I am the Lord who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.  Is 48:17

God is calling us to leave what we’ve know to live in what He knows.  He’s not calling us to patch up the old life but to live the new life.  There’s a new life He is calling us to like He was calling the Israelites to from Babylon.  There’s a new life He is calling us to that involves new clothes and new table service.  It’s about new lives and new thinking but Jesus is the one who teaches us what this new life looks like and how it works.  Those who try to fix up an old life end up with a nice-looking old life.  Jesus deals in new lives filled with new thoughts and new treasures.  God, who can bring water from a rock, knows how to lead you and me into a life that works, really works.  Don’t settle for a patched-up old life, get a new one from Jesus.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Kitchen Table               Day 13

Today’s Reading:     Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 10:1-13

He to the punishment and that made us whole…          Is 53:5 msg

Remember this!  Jesus took it outside to deal with everything that was wrong on the inside so that we might be saved, changed, and healed on the inside to be different on the outside.  Jesus didn’t just die for what sin did, He died for what makes sin live, a deceived, damaged, and dying heart.  He faced on the outside all the evil and anger and wickedness that can come out of a man to heal what is damaged, deceived and dying on the inside of a man.  And He did that to  heal us on the inside to be whole on the outside.  He took the fight outside to give us the fix on the inside.  Only the love and life of Jesus can fix what’s wrong on the inside to make us right on the outside.

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Kitchen Table  Day 12

Text:  Psalm 40: 6-17; Exodus 12:1-13, 21-28; Acts 8:26-40

You are my help and my deliverer…  Psalm 40:17

Don’t just look for God, listen for Him.  Hope, help and healing are in His word.  There was an old hymn we used to sing called “Trust and Obey” for there is no other way.  Hearing and honoring the word of God, the Israelites put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts preventing the death angel from entering their homes.  The Eunuch, after hearing the word of the Lord, chose to be baptized and God delivered him from his sinful situation.  Deliverance is in God’s word to us.  Listen to it, don’t just look for it.  Listen to His word, it will help you see His work and will for your life.