Monday, October 11, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional: The Game of Life Day 66

“Eyes On the Road”

And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17

We’ve got this big life to travel through; let’s keep our eyes on the road. It’s so easy to be distracted. And it’s easy to lose our focus right at the start of our trip. When you don’t know where you’re going, any stop will work. Jesus keep His eyes on the road, and it was at the get-go that He was bombarded with all sorts of things to distract Him. Something we can learn from Jesus’ life. Jesus knew His where because He knew His why and He knew His why because He knew His who He was living for in this life. He wasn’t distracted by those who thought they were right but was determined to help and heal those who knew they were wrong. He wasn’t here to please man but He was here to please His Father. It’s a lot easier to keep our eyes on the road when we know why we’re on the road in the first place and who we’re going to see.

Friday, October 8, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional: The Game of Life Day 65

“Empty”

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10   trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:6-10

An empty life comes from empty love. We cannot know love by ourselves, it’s only found in the community of two or more. Selflove isn’t love at all; its only fear dressed up in pleasure. When we’re living in the dark, we can only think of ourselves and it is fear that takes us there. When we’re in the light we can see and love so much more. The light or truth lets us see that love exists because God exists. Learn to live to please Him, He will bring fulness into your life. It’s not hard; it only requires loving the One who loves us. When there is no one greater than ourselves to love and live for, we lose our ambition to love and live. That’s when the world gets to be a dark place. Do go back there but live in goodness, righteousness, and truth, learning what is pleasing to the Lord.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 69

“Empty”

Therefore, do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10   trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.                     Ephesians 5:7-10

The only way to escape the sorrow of emptiness is to exit the stage of emptiness with all its excuses.  It’s no secret that there are many who believe in God, but they don’t believe God and as a result they don’t behave God.  He says that there is fruit in faithfulness and life in the light.  It’s the exit that exposes real faith and it’s the emptiness that exposes real fear.  Exiting emptiness takes faith and fearlessness.  We must believe God to behave/obey God.  Don’t go along to get along.  There’s no hope or help in that.  Live a life that challenges those around us to live up, not down.  If we don’t live empty, we won’t leave people empty.  Believe and behave God, there is light with the Lord Jesus Christ dispels darkness and ends emptiness.  He will put purpose in pleasure and pleasure in purpose as we live to please Him.   

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 68

“Empty”

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience Ephesians 5:6

Two things occupy the “empty” life:  Disobedience and disappointment.  Here without Heaven is difficult, deceptive, and depressing.  Here without Heaven is full of people who use empty words to get empty things.  A man without a Maker is a man without meaning.  For some reason, empty people go back to empty wells to fill their empty buckets (hearts).  Immorality births impurity that leaves us with insanity. That’s a life that makes no sense.  Disbelief and disobedience will only leave us with the disappointment of an empty life.  The Bible says, “Therefore, do not be partakers with them for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord;  walk as children of light.”  (Eph 5:7-8)  Disbelief and disobedience keep us empty and darkness keeps us blind.  Only love can bring light into our lives and it all begins with believing and behaving in the love of God.  You were made and saved to live in heaven here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 62

“Empty”

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10   trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:6-10

By our words, we walk through this life.  By the words we believe and the words we use, we find ourselves in the life we choose.  The life you’re living right now is the one you have chosen.  Make sure the words you save and speak are worth saving in your heart and speaking with your mouth.  Words without truth leave us with lives that are without hope, help and Him.  Weigh the words you hear, if they’re light they’re hollow and cannot accomplish true light and love in this world.  Weighty words will leave you happy with yourself.  When we are happy with who are, we won’t be hungry for who we wish we were.  Many people are deceived because they are displeased; they are living on empty words.

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 61

“Empty”

For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-7

Don’t run on empty.  Empty will leave you worried, worn out and wrestling with empty thoughts that just don’t matter.  Keep your tank full and many of the temptations and trials of this life will pass by like mere road signs on the highway of life.  It’s when we get empty that we’re constantly detoured by empty words and empty promises.  Fill up before you hit the road. Emptiness keeps us desperate and disposed to empty promises.  Remember, Jesus will never leave you empty but we can get that way by leaving Him out of our lives.

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 60

“Wisdom”

And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9 and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’” Luke 13:7-9

Wisdom is not still or silent, it shows up bearing fruit.  Wisdom is known by its actions, announcements, assertions.  We can see it in the way we live.  Wisdom is seen in both its conviction and commitment.  Wisdom is a result of what we receive into our lives as good and right and true.  There’s weeding, watering, and nurturing that must happen.  And then we must absorb  what is good, right, and true.  We have a choice to bear the fruit of wisdom or bear the consequences of foolishness.  The preacher writes…

My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a  future,
And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:13-14

Wisdom is not still or silent, it may not participate, but it will produce a witness.  Eat the honey of God’s word and enjoy the help of God’s wisdom.

Thursday, September 20, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 59

“Wisdom”

And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?’ Luke 13:7

Wisdom is fruitful, not futile.  It doesn’t lay dormant or distant from our lives who have found it.  It speaks, it directs, it blesses.  A person without fruit is a person without the wisdom of God.  Without the wisdom of God, we are left with the worries of man.  God says that His fruit is better than gold and yields better than choicest silver.  That means that wisdom works in and through those who want it.  James writes, But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5)

I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 “Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries. Proverbs 8:17-21

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotional:          The Game of Life  Day 58

“Wisdom”

And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any Luke 13:6

Just because we’ve planted something doesn’t mean it’s going to grow and produce fruit.  We must nurture whatever we plant.  We know that about plants, but we don’t think that about life.  Life is something to be nurtured, not neglected.  The life we’re living right now is the one we’ve chosen.   Just because it’s planted doesn’t mean it’s going to produce.  The life we’re living, the marriage we have, the family around us, the church we are part of, all these attest to the attention we’ve given them.  Wisdom lives in the words of our heart not just in the works of our hands and those words are there because we let the Holy Spirit nurture our spirit daily.

1 My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
2 That you may observe discretion
And your lips may reserve knowledge. Proverbs 5:1-2

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Kitchen Table Devotions:          The Game of Life  Day 57

“Wisdom”

Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse  culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? Luke 13:4

I’ve seen it over and over again where man lifts his opinion of the times over God’s observations of the truth to understand and explain the trials and tragedies of life.  Wisdom doesn’t come from what we face but what we fear (respect).  When we fear or respect and honor the truth, we possess the wisdom for what we face.  Wisdom comes from God who is and knows the truth.  The preacher writes: 

I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.
13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14 “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.
15 “By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
17 “I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me. Proverbs 8:12-17