Monday, February 28, 2022

Kitchen Table

Day 34

“Love”

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant…                    1 Corinthians 13:4

Pursue love because without it we are left unhappy, unable, and unsatisfied.  We were made for love, not lust.  Know the difference.  Be able to identify them from a distance.  Love lives to the beat of a different drum, a divine drum.  Move to the beat of God’s heart and don’t stop.  Love is painstakingly persistent with passion.  It’s what God has for us and has for others through us.  Don’t stop believing!

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Kitchen Table Devotions

Day 33

“Love”

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.                      1 Corinthians 13:3

Without love, we are left unsatisfied.  Nothing we can do can fill the hole in our hearts like love does.  We were made for love by the God of love who made us to be loved.  Without love, we work to find satisfaction in the things we do but it’s love that brings satisfaction to the things we do.  When we have love we have everything we need for everything else.  But we don’t work for God’s love, we receive it by faith because He worked to bring love to us.  All we do is believe that He loves us.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Kitchen Table

Day 32

“Love”

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.                   1 Corinthians 13:2

Without love we merely find ourselves going through the motions.  We can’t measure life by the noise we make or the pictures we take; life needs meaning, and love does that for us.  Love puts meaning into every one of those memories.  Imagine having everything and being nothing.  A man without a maker is a man without meaning.  Love brings value to everything we do and say and so we need to say and do it all in love.  We find that love first in Jesus.

Monday, February 22, 2022

Kitchen Table

Day 31

“Love”

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1

Where there is no love there is noise.  We were made for love from love.  God is love (1 John 4:16) and eternal life is about knowing God who is love (John 17:3).  We were made from love and for love and Jesus brings us the love God has always had for us.  Without love, we get loud, either in our words or our walk.  It just happens but it doesn’t have to happen to us because we are loved.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Kitchen Table

Day 30

“Prayer”

However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”                        Luke 18:8

Prayer is the evidence of faith and faith is exercised through prayer.  Those who believe, pray!  Faith talks to God, turn to God and takes all things to God.  Faith knows that He can and He will.  Don’t live without it!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Kitchen Table

Day 29

“Prayer”

I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”                                   Luke 18:8

Until we see the attitudes and actions of our enemy as unjust, we will not begin to call on our God for the justice of heaven in our lives.  The enemy, like Socialism, Marxism, or Communism, needs us to be hurting and howling for help because of an injustice.  The injustice of man lives and leaves people hurting and howling and it’s so normal that we accept it as part of this life.  Prayer will always help us to hear and hate the injustice of sin and Satan.  But God will bring about justice once we get tired of the injustice in this world and call on Him for good, right, and true.  Faith prays!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

The Kitchen Table

Day 28

“Prayer”

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,              Luke 18:1-2

It’s prayer that keeps the heart hot with passion and purpose in life.  Life without prayer just keeps the head preoccupied with the perils of life.  Prayer fills the heart with the possibilities of heaven.  It’s prayer that fills the heart with the hope, help, and honor of God.  We cannot survive without these little talks with Jesus.  It’s prayer that lets us walk side by side with Jesus and not lose heart for living from heaven.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

The Kitchen Table

Day 27

“Prayer

Text:  Luke 18:1-8

In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.                  Luke 18:2-3

The aim of our opponent is to crush and change the ambition and anticipation of our hearts.  When that happens we become just slaves and beggars of men.  The judge in this story had no reverence for God nor respect for man.  But the widow, this powerless person, did.  She knew where justice lay and who had it and it brought her out asking for and expecting it.  Until we see the injustice of our enemy, we won’t expect justice from our God.  And it’s through prayer that we tap the heart and heat of God to fight the injustice or our enemy.

Monday, February 7, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotions

Day 26

“Prayer”

Text:  Luke 18:1-8

I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”   Luke 18:8

There’s one privilege God gives us that we dare not forget nor neglect and that privilege is prayer.  It’s important to our lives and livelihood as a believer because God can do anything He wants without us, but He does everything with us.  That happens first & foremost through prayer.  And prayer is the clear evidence of faith.  Jesus went through hell to give us heaven but we must believe it and receive it and we do that through prayer.

Friday, February 4, 2022

The Kitchen Table Devotions

Day 25

“Righteousness”

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood —to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:25-26

Being precedes behaving and believing precedes being.  Righteousness before religion.  Being “right” begins with believing in God’s sacrificial love, not behaving “right” to get His love.  We can’t become “right” without His great love.  All we can do is receive His love by believing that He loves us.  Righteousness begins with forgiveness that we can’t earn but only receive by faith in God’s love.