Monday, October 31, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 37: John 14

You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

The caveat is that what I ask and can be assured will happen is predicated on the Son bringing glory to the Father through the answer.  If I considered this before I prayed for anything, I wonder how my prayers would be impacted.  But, truly, this should be my constant consideration - how can my life bring glory to the Father?  Holy Spirit, purify my heart and my motives that I may breathe for the glory of the Father.  Holy Spirit, prove Yourself in Your teaching and reminding me this of simply stated mandate, cultivate in me the submission of a careful, faithful and loving handmaiden.   Let me live to the glory of the great Name of my God.  And may my response be a witness to You.  Your Name, oh Lord, not mine; Your glory not mine; Your fame, not mine.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 36: Malachi 2

Listen to me and make up your minds to honor my name,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ...

Hear the Lord, decide to honor His Name.  Both are within my power to do.  Lord, help me to choose to intently listen to You and keep me resolved to glorify and celebrate You and Your Name(s).  You alone are Worthy!

I will curse even the blessings you receive.

Lord, if You have blessings for me that I will cause to be cursed by You; please keep them from me and keep me close to You.  I prefer You to Your blessings - even when I whine and squirm.

“To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

Overwhelmed with cruelty.  Wow, Lord, I cry anew for marriages in this day.  You are our Bridegroom and You have never been unfaithful to Your Bride.  Lord, impart Your faithfulness to Your children that divorce would become obsolete and marriage would be what You created it to be.  Shatter the deceptions and bonds the enemy has on Your people regarding marriage.  Renew the desire to be united in holy matrimony in Your people, prove Your hatred of divorce by kindling, healing, reconciling, tendering Your people's love and regard for one another in the bonds of marriage.  Glorify Yourself in our lives, hearts and vows.

You have wearied the Lord with your words.
"How have we wearied him?” you ask -
~   You have wearied him by saying that all who do evil are good in the Lord’s sight
~   You have wearied him by saying that he is pleased with the the evil-doers
~   You have wearied him by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

I praise You that You are not wearied by my talking too much.  I thank You that You do not grow tired of hearing from me, that You will never screen prayers from me because I am always talking to You.  Yet, Holy Spirit, give me words to say that honor the Name of the Lord of Hosts.  Keep me from confusing evil with good, from endorsing behavior which is wrong and from asking where You are.  When I do have questions, please provoke again my desire to seek You first, Your Kingdom and Your Name.  Then, if questions remain, may I bring them to Your throne and receive what You are pleased to give me.   I praise You again that I do not wear You out.  You are good, God.  Thank You for Your kindness to me.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 35: Zechariah 4, 6, 7

Hard heart equals spiritual deafness.  Spiritual deafness is like spiritual deadness, for when a heart does not beat – that’s death.  I am in charge of the condition i want my heart to be.  Lord i want my heart to be fervently beating for You, i desire keen hearing and discernment which only comes from listening to You.  I yield to You.  Spirit of God, speak that i may hear and understand. Communicate with me that i may obey.    I pray that i would receive Your constant infusing of Your Holy Spirit.

Friday, October 28, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 34: Joel 2, Micah 2, Haggai 2

But as for me, i am filled with power – with the Spirit of the Lord.

May i know this to be true in my experience and my faith. May You be glorified in me and through me today, Spirit of the Lord.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 33: Ezekiel 43

And this is the basic law of the Temple: absolute holiness! ... Do this each day for seven days to cleanse and make atonement for the altar, thus setting it apart for holy use.

And I am that temple, now.  So, the basic law for me is absolute holiness.   But how, oh Lord, how?  Please teach me, make absolute holiness so -  in my life, my mind, my soul, my strength, my M.O.   I recognize and praise You for Your gift of righteousness and holiness that You have bestowed upon me, that You have provided atonement for me and set me apart for holy service; but holiness must be part of me and I don't even know how to be holy, I don't even know holy.  I just don't know.  Holy Lord, make holiness so for me  and make my service holy to You.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 32: Ezekiel 39

... for I jealously guard my holy reputation! ... I will display my holiness among them for all the nations to see. ...

Lord, I do not understand Your holiness.  I see power and might, design, destruction, love, provision, prophecy, salvation, restoration; but I do not know holy.  I am not sure how to get there from here, either.  But I want to know.  Holy is You.  Please pour out, stir up, educate me in Your holiness.  As the song says, "What Do I Know of Holy?"  Yet, I desire to know, as I desire to know You better and to better reflect You to this world which lacks holiness.  Thank You for Your gracious answers which are coming.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 31: Ezekiel 36:27 - 37:28

O my people of Israel, you should be utterly ashamed of all you have done!

Even in the face of vile behavior, God is still tender and loving to His people.  I thank You Lord, that I am one of Your people.  I praise You that Your love towards me is not predicated on my conduct, constancy and character.  Holy Spirit, please help me to respond rightly and graciously to my God and King, to my Messiah and Example and to You - my Help and Consolation.

... and everyone will know that I am the Lord. ... Then you will know that I am the Lord. ... When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord.... the nations will know that I am the Lord.

God, I am sorry that I don't always conduct myself in a manner which displays that I know You are the LORD.  Please cultivate in me the proper perspective for my thoughts, words, deeds, actions, reactions, passions, strength, spirit and soul.  You are LORD and there is none other.  You are singular and unmatched in presence, power and wisdom.  You are the LORD, may my life, my days and my nights display that well; that everyone - including Your people, the nations and the unique individuals I encounter personally and cyber-ly - would have no doubt.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 30: Ezekiel 11

When the exiles return, they will remove every trace of the vile and detestable images, the egregious idols. Which suggests to me the ones who appear favored (by being in the homeland) are not faithful. The ones left behind judge the exiles as being far from God … While they entertain idols.

Lord God over the residents and exiles, please help my heart to be fully yielded to you. Wherever i am, please stir in me a passion for devotion to You. Let me not adopt the standards of my time and culture, rather guide me to pure worship and celebration of You. And please keep me from making circumstance-based judgments and decisions of anyone in or out of exile, may i not determine who’s favored by appearances … May i look only to You. And may i increase in gratitude to You for the grace, mercy and favor You bestow on me. You are Lord of All and i must live in response to that truth.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 29: Ezekiel 8

Lord God, I thank You for the mercy You have shown us, for the precious gift of Your only Son.  Jesus, I have so much gratitude for the mercy You have given us in laying down Your life after serving so lovingly and graciously in the brief time You lived on this earth.  Holy Spirit, You are mercy and You live with me.  I praise You for Your presence.

Lord, I pray that You would give me eyes to see where I have placed idols in and around my life and my worship of You.  I don't ever want to make You jealous, for I know I am Yours.  Please help me to be more faithful.  

Holy Father, I pray that You would keep our leaders from ever offering prayer to another, from sacrificing to honor anyone but You and from elevating anyone above Your Name and Position.  That You would always and only be our focus in the temple of Your Name.   Never let us think that we are getting away with anything which dishonors or profanes You.  Convict, break, chase us with holy unrest and discomfort until we repent. 

Precious Savior, please do not allow us to give ourselves, our emotions, our tears, our strength, our passion to anyone but You.  No one is worthy but You.  Help us to see the choices we make are choices we are making - and remind us of our allegiance to You.  Oh Messiah, especially for the women I pray that You would purify our minds and our motives that our responses may be holy and God-honoring, encouraging the Body and still sacred.  We are emotional folks, instruct us in authentic and pure responses to You and to others.  

Holy Spirit, holy by nature, please keep us from desecrating the holy temple You have provided for us by giving our worship, our attention, our faces to anything but You.  Break us before You allow us to bow down to anything created - even a glorious creation - that we may remain unto You as You have called us to be. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 28: Ezekiel 2, Ezekiel 3

The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet.

He can get me up from where ever I have set myself down, fallen to or dropped out.  His Word is powerful and enabling, strong and mighty to accomplish the purpose.  He sets me on my feet.  I praise Him for that.  I need that.  Thank You Spirit who sets me on my feet.  I even imagine that You set me on my feet facing the right direction, too.  Praise You!  Help me to give You all of my attention, please fill me when You speak to me that I may not miss a nuance of Your communication and communing with me. 

Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself."

Oh Spirit, help me to let Your words sink deeply into my very essence.  Increase my capacity to  listen and comprehend Your words.  Please help me to take great care and reverence in receiving and considering Your precious words to me.  And may I tremble at Your words and be changed as a result. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 27: Isaiah 63

We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,
   like those who are not called by your name.

Lord God, so tempting is the lure to look like those who aren't Yours.  The culture, the media, the market and even the some of those who gather in Your Name prioritize the "becoming" like the world.  The urgency to be different by looking like everyone else ... that doesn't even make sense; but that's what we do.  Passively, carelessly or intentionally - we follow along with the culture's edicts unless You intervene.  Unless You give us ears to hear and a heart to heed Your call to be unlike those over whom You have never ruled and more like the Christ You have given to us.  

God, we have dressed Your precious Holy Spirit in garments that are acceptable, predictable, unremarkable; we have taken the Holy from You and clothed You with the common, generic, ordinary.  Idolatry is what we've perpetrated - a rendering, an extreme makeover of Deity to a regular g.o.d.  Forgive us.  

Holy Spirit, rip off those ridiculous efforts to make You bland and vanilla and be Who You are.  All of Who You are - in us, among us and on us.  And anywhere else You please.  We need You to teach us Holy.  Sacredness.  Majesty.  Be You that we may be who You created us to be, to praise of Your very great Name and the glory of Your Presence.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 26: Isaiah 61

Destitute, devastated, despairing, darkness-dwelling, un-delivered, anguished, agonized, ash-bearing captives.
These are those that the LORD will free, heal, sustain, anoint and adorn with praise.  The Sovereign Lord will use these to promote Himself with.  He will display His glorious splendor through these towering  examples of righteousness. 

Lord God of All, Anointed One, Appointed One, I praise Your very great Name and the glory You reveal.  Lord, I am just "shut-upped" with these words.  You rescued me when I was so very young that I was delivered away from much, by Your grace.  I know my potential for  darkness was there; but You- in perfect love and wisdom - acted before I could.  You kept me off the menu of sin's consuming hunger.  Because of Your very great mercies to me (and I thank You for that), I don't feel as if I can bring You much glory - I don't think I have brought You much thus far; certainly not be much more than a seedling example of righteousness for Your great Name - again, only by Your grace and power.  

It's just that those that have been in agony and devastation seem to be a  better choice in the forest of Your fame than one shown such extraordinary love and grace; perhaps I could be in Your pottery collection of faithfulness.  And yet, my God, I know that I was that poor devastated soul in need of Your exceedingly great news.  I was that sightless one, stuck in sin's ravenous pit.  I was born into sin and I behaved as a sinner - albeit, a polite and considerate, freckle-faced one.  I know that the deep pit was to be my home if it weren't for Your kind intervention on my behalf.  I know the corruption I can entertain.  I know that it is only YOUR righteousness and none of ours (mine).

Father, help me to receive all of Your Word for me; don't let me not drink deeply or dine well because I haven't traveled the path of many others ... because You have divinely chosen my path for me.  Lord, help me steward well and pleasingly what You have entrusted to me.  Never, please never, never let me think less of my witness of You because it doesn't compare to others.  Lord, it is still my witness of YOU  and that is mind-blowing. Please help me to believe You and Your Word.   Holy Spirit, remind me of the Cross, keep me centered on the good news, responding to the LORD God Almighty, my Messiah Christ Jesus and You, the Spirit of the Living God.  Because, I do want to bear good and much fruit - and only plants do that, huh?  Thank You for that. You are always good to me – because, You are always good.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 25: Isaiah 59

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save … Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him.

Holy God, I can’t imagine what it was like to make a people who would need such saving and to follow through with the salvation and then, the sanctification. Oh, my Lord, I thank You and praise You and am in awe of You. I don’t even know what being upheld by righteousness means, but I desire to be upheld in that way. I know that You provide me with Your righteousness and I am grateful. Teach me, illumine me, ignite in me a passion to fully live and thrive in Your righteous upholding. You sustain me, completely. Who am I? But You are and You continue to be the Perfect All-Powerful, Wise, Present Covenant Keeper.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 24: Isaiah 48

 “From now on I will tell you of new things,
   of hidden things unknown to you.
  They are created now, and not long ago;
   you have not heard of them before today.
  So you cannot say,
   ‘Yes, I knew of them.’  ...
  From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
   at the time it happens, I am there.”

Thank You Sovereign Lord and my Father God for these words this morning.  You alone know my prayer this morning, You prepared this reading for today and my heart to seek You in the fashion  I JUST did.  I receive this answer and encouragement and I praise You for Your gracious ways toward me.  I don't know why You would esteem me; but You do.  May I bring You better glory as You dance with me through this life, patiently instructing me to respond in liberty and love to You.  Oh, how I want to live the life You created me to live.  For Your Name sake, LORD, Your Name sake.  Holy Spirit, please work in and through me, sift through my hidden things that my life may be purely and wholly yielded to You - with no stiff neck muscles nor knees that do not bow before You.  Thank You, my God and my Lahai Roi - the Living One Who Sees Me.  I bless Your Name.

Monday, October 17, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 23: Isaiah 44

Do not be startled or afraid.
Have I not told you and declared it long ago?
    You are my witnesses!...

Thank You Lord, for still choosing to have witnesses, Your witnesses.  Thank You for Your promises that we will never be put to shame and that we will boldly proclaim You.   May we grow in faithfulness and grace to testify of You and Your great Name.

All who make idols are nothing,
    and what they treasure does not profit.
    Their witnesses do not see or know [anything],
    so they will be put to shame. ...
    Look, all its worshipers will be put to shame,
    and the craftsmen are humans.
    They all will assemble and stand;
    they all will be startled and put to shame. ...
He feeds on ashes.
    [His] deceived mind has led him astray,
    and he cannot deliver himself,
    or say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”

Lord, grant me a heart for the ashamed, the startled, the unseeing, the ignorant, the deceived, those in need of rescue and those who perpetuate lies.  Father, give me a plan to work in Your loving purpose to those same people.  Jesus, please let me follow Your example of service and grace to bring many to You.  Holy Spirit, please help me to operate from Your supernatural tenacity, strength and empowering to accomplish that which is mine to do.  May I honor my God in my days and serve nobly in His Kingdom.

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 22: Isaiah 42

... But this is a people plundered and looted;
   they are all of them trapped in holes
   and hidden in prisons;
they have become plunder with none to rescue,
   spoil with none to say, “Restore!”

LORD, this is our country, our town, our friends and family.  Maybe even a few of us.  Jehovah, our culture screams at us to consume ad nauseam in every way we can.  Consequently, instead of being the masters of the stuff, the people have become plundered and looted themselves - trapped and hidden in inescapable places.  Holy Spirit, You are the One to speak rescue and restoration to them; but You do it through Your tabernacles ... through the faithful body of believers.  Open our eyes, unplug our ears, teach us understanding that we may, that I may be one You use to rescue and restore the imprisoned and pit-dwellers.  We need Your revelation to see the holes and prisons in the lives of ourselves and our people. We need to learn the language of liberty and how to effectively communicate with one whose habits have taught them the speech of the shackled and dialogs of darkness.  I need courage to engage those who despise my Lord Jesus. Gracious and Holy Spirit, You renovate lives - may I be a helpful and functioning member of Your the praise of the Eternal Kingdom and the King who is enthroned on the highest and most awe-inspiring of thrones.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When God's Spirit Moves - Day 21: Isaiah 40

“Comfort, comfort my people,”
      says your God. ...
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
   “Clear the way through the wilderness
      for the Lord!
   Make a straight highway through the wasteland
      for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
      and level the mountains and hills.
   Straighten the curves,
      and smooth out the rough places.
 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
      and all people will see it together.
      The Lord has spoken!”

Lord God, You say to comfort Your people.  Please help me to offer comfort to Your chosen people.  Help me, in ways which honor Your purpose, love and grace, to bring solace and consolation to those who are called by Your Name.  May I faithfully steward this responsibility in my time.

Also, Lord, it is a great and awe-inspiring task to make the way for You; but I want to be a part of the task-force.  Hearten us for the work, the spiritual  encounters and the cooperation necessary.  We want to see Your glory in our day; we welcome Your revelation.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 20: Isaiah 34

Search the book of the Lord,
and see what he will do. …
for the Lord has promised this. His Spirit will make it all come true. (NLT)

Seek ye out of the book of Jehovah, and read:
for My mouth, it hath commanded, …
and His Spirit, He hath gathered them. (ASV)

Thank You Lord God of All for showing me that Your Word is executed by Your Spirit. Thank You for Your divine instruction to quest in Your Book. Grant me eyes to read and see, a mind which understands and stays engaged with Your living text that I may comprehend the work of the Holy Spirit. I would love to adventure with You.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 19: Isaiah 32

The fearful heart will know and understand,
   and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. ...
But the noble make noble plans,
   and by noble deeds they stand.

Lord God, this just seems to describe me in a now and a when-I-arrive scenario.  Holy Spirit, I know Your Spirit is not one of fear; but so often, I find myself a bit fearful.  I feel my speech is just gibberish and incoherent - not always; but when I have to communicate to someone I just feel like I blow it.  Oh, I desire to make noble plans and to be known for them - but You are my only connection to nobility.  I'm just a goofball.  But I know that's not Your purpose for me.  May my trust in You grow and my opportunities for trusting You be more obvious to me.  I don't want to be a passive Spirit-bearer; may I own all that You have for me, may I steward well Your nobility in my little life, may I unreservedly live, choose, think, react, love, plan, be for You.  May my small things diminish that I may make You greater in my life.  Please, be free to reign in righteousness through my whole life, soul and spirit. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 18: Isaiah 30

For the Lord GOD , the Holy One of Israel, has said:
    “You will be delivered by returning and resting;
    your strength will lie in quiet confidence.
    But you are not willing.”

Returning to God and resting in His provision is deliverance.  Strength comes from the confidence born of that return and rest in God.  Lord, in every place in my life that I chose unholy things, cause me chose You, to return to You and Your rest.  And may my strength be that audacious boldness born of Your Holy Spirit's witness in my spirit that I am Yours.  May I be profoundly and completely willing.  To the praise of Your very great Name.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 17: Isaiah 11

... And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD …

O Spirit, when You come to rest, You bring wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the LORD. You allow the fear of the LORD to be one’s delight. I pray that You would rest on me, in me and through me that I may delight in the fear of my LORD. That I may live in unrestrained response to the Most High God and my Heavenly Father, my Lord Jesus and You, the Holy Spirit of the LORD. Only through You may I see what I cannot see, hear what is beyond my capabilities and know what only You teach. Let me tremble at Your Word, at Your Presence, at Your Name – in awe and anticipation. I praise You for Your tremendous work and giftings in a life such as mine. Thank You.

Monday, October 10, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 16: Psalm 143

… May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. …

Oh Lord, thank You for your graciousness in my life. Holy Spirit, I praise You for the forward motion and the steady, solid path on which You guide my spirit. Oh, that I would walk faithfully in the Your Spirit’s steps. Make me want to walk in Your way even more than I do now. Where I wane, fan the flame that I may desire Your track even more. May I always go forward with You, as there is no forward without You. For the glory of Your Name.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 15: Psalm 139

O LORD, You ... are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

And You still love me.  You know that intimacy freaks me out and You know that from the inside of me out.  Please help me to relax in that closeness.  Even admitting this is difficult, uncomfortable, scary.  Yet, I trust You and know that my trust is safe in Your hands.

Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

Let my soul praise You all the more for Your wondrous and glorious acts. 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! 

O God, grant me increased understanding that my estimation may increase and my worship of You.  I am in awe of Your words and Your works.  Thank You for revealing what You have to me.  May I always hunger for more, may I always delight in You, may I faithfully and joyfully ascribe honor and glory and majesty to You.

And lead me in the everlasting way.  This is to You.  Yes, Lord, amen and amen and amen. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 14: Psalm 104

When you send your Spirit …

Please, send Your Spirit. Holy Spirit, be welcomed more fully in my life and passions. Create and renew all that You desire, that the purposes of the Most High God may be accomplished in me. May Christ be glorified and His people revived. Come, Holy Spirit, come.

Friday, October 7, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 13: Psalm 51

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

You have purified and cleansed me. I praise You for Your sacrifice and redemptive work on my behalf.  May I live worthy of Your payment and in response to Your provision of a wholly pure, clean, washed and flawless life through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
    and You teach me wisdom deep within.

Lord God, only You can put integrity in my inner self, from You alone comes wisdom deep within a person.  Holy Spirit, I am hopeless and helpless to be wise and to have integrity without You.  I need You to do that which You desire - to have me be a person of integrity from within, to have discernment and knowledge from inside.  Nothing from the outside will accomplish this, I can't even fake the wisdom part, I can't long imitate the integrity. Please, fulfill Your holy desire in me - for Your sake and for mine.

God, create a clean heart for me
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Only You can clean a heart, only You can make a spirit steadfast.  Thank You for Your gracious cleansing; help me to choose Your steadfast and faithful way from my spirit first, through the soulish things and may they manifest in my physical and spiritual realms to Your great Name's glory.
Do not banish me from Your presence
    or take Your Holy Spirit from me. 

I thank You that banishment is not an option; but help me to  treasure Your presence, Your holiness, You - as I was created to.  Let me not take You for granted or presume upon Your grace.

Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
    and give me a willing spirit.

Only You can grant me a compliant and enthusiastic spirit; please stir me to fervent passion for You and Your plans.  I don't even know how to imagine this.  And may I always  be joyful in view of Your gift of salvation.  May I not digress, distract or dispirit from a spirit-deep euphoria in response to You and Your blessed bestowal of ransom.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 12: Nehemiah 9

You have performed Your words,
      For You are righteous. ...

I praise You, Lord God, for You perform Your words, You keep Your promises. You give power and life to what You say and all that You do and say is right and good.  Only You can know, only You can do, only You - and I worship You for Your omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence.
But You are God,
      Ready to pardon,
      Gracious and merciful,
      Slow to anger,
      Abundant in kindness,
      And did not forsake them, (Your people). ...

God Most High, You pardon, You are kind, You don't fly off the handle, You are so gracious and merciful that You do not abjure, abandon nor abnegate Your people even when they leave You.

You gave your good Spirit to instruct them 
       and did not withhold your manna 
       from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. ...

You are always before us, always in front of us and always ahead of us.  You always sustain and maintain.  Your very Spirit is our guarantee of Your Word.  

Here we are, slaves today!

Despite Your incredible love, provision and power, we still evolve into slaves apart from You.  We will only choose our destruction if we don't receive from You the vision, power and discipline You have for us.  I do not want to be slave to anyone or anything except You, LORD.  Holy Spirit, please instruct me in the proper care and keeping of me that I may be bound only to You. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

When God’s Spirit Move - Day 11: 2 Chronicles 24

Then the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah ...

The wording reminds me of  the latter directions to put on the full armor of God and clothe yourself in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was not costumed in God's Holy Spirit, nor was he half-dressed; he was clothed - fitted, measured and viola! Clothed.  Completely.  Nothing too big or too small.  Perfectly dressed in the Spirit of God.  And ready to speak some hard words to important people.

Lord, help me to remember that You have clothed me with Yourself.  That I am perfectly dressed to do that which You have called me to do.  Let me walk in the confidence of a warrior, of a runway model knowing that all eyes are on You and what You are doing - I'm just the one wearing Holy.  Your clothing did not keep Zechariah from being killed.  Holy Spirit, since You clothed him, You were with him in his murder.  I praise You that  You neither leave nor decay in hard times.  And that You see Your people through that which You call them to do.  Help me to face the days You have prepared for me in bold confidence of Your enduring presence and love.  Clothe me according to Your masterful design, that I may show Your holy colors.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 10: 2 Chronicles 20

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless ... We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.

Lord, this is true everyday of my life.  I am impotent to stop the advance of the enemy.  I am clueless and helpless.  I need You.

The leader prayed and the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there.  Holy Spirit, You can use anyone, not just the noble, influential, kingly types.  You empowered a regular guy to speak Your words, to motivate a nation to worship the Most High King and to go into battle according to Your most curious plan.  May I be useful to You for Your words, may I be as responsive to Your words as those who heard the ordinary man speak for You and may I comply in spirit and detail with Your directions - regardless of what they are.  May liberty come as a result of obedience to me, to my family and my people.

Early the next morning the army of Judah went out ...   May I react to Your commands as promptly as this army did.  You spoke of "tomorrow" and they responded with "early the next morning."  May I have such a hearty appetite to embrace Your provision as they demonstrated- obedience at first light.

Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm.  Yes, Lord my God, I believe You and in You. Help me in my unbelief.  Holy Spirit, steady me, ready me and make me resolute.  May I stand as firm as You enable me to be.  To the praise of Your very great Name and to the spread of Your fame.

Monday, October 3, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 9: 2 Chronicles 15

Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah ... Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage  and removed ..., restored..., gathered..., sacrificed..., made covenant..., rejoiced ... , sought the LORD  ... and He (the LORD) let them (the king and the people) find Him... So the LORD gave them rest on every side (they received rest).

Azariah received God's Spirit, he received God's words and prophecy, he spoke them plainly to Asa - the intended audience - who received them and responded appropriately.  What Azariah said was not new, nor even surprising.  The last sentence, "But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work”,  wasn't even terribly prophetic; but because these words were spoken as a result of the Holy Spirit's work, there were results.  God-crafted, God-inspired, God-fueled, God-praising, God-only results.  And God-peace.  What the Holy Spirit sponsors, He delivers on, God-tastically.

God Most High, I desire to take courage and obey - thoroughly and willingly - that You may accomplish in and through me that which You are pleased to do.  Holy Spirit, may I be known for loving obedience to You which has the fruit of idol-removal, restoration,  gathering, sacrificing and fasting, covenant-participation, rejoicing, seeking You, finding You, and peace.

... Asa’s heart was blameless all his days ...

This man responded compliantly to the direction of the Spirit and his heart was declared to be blameless all his days.  Lord, I desire that to be true of me.  Help me, teach me, strengthen me to respond compliantly and honorably to Your words that i may have a blameless and pure-motived heart all my days.  If You don't do this in me, it won't happen.  I know blamelessness comes only from You.  Increase my desire, my yieldedness and my capacity for Your holiness.  Lord, make it so.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 8: 1 Chronicles 12

Spirit of the Living God, You came upon Amasai and he declared loyalty and alliance to Your chosen king.  He spoke of success, triumph to those that aided Your coming king and  the fact that Your help was due.  Holy Spirit, I ask for Your vision for my allegiance.  I desire to walk in Your victory and to be compliant with Your cause; but I need Your wisdom to discern the opportunities.  And Lord, I just need Your help.  Please send it.  I thank You and praise You for the grace You extend to me and that You incline Yourself towards me at all.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

When God’s Spirit Moves – Day 7: 2 Kings 2

“Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” he asked. 

Thank You Lord for my heritage of faith. Help me to not only see that You are my God; but that You were my father’s God and his father’s before him. I praise You for that godly legacy You have allowed me to be a part of. I praise You for You are the God of my children. May Your Name continue throughout all of our generations. I praise You that I never need ask where are You – for You never leave me alone. I praise You that You are my God, the LORD God of Tami. May I be a canvas for Your use. May I be fully available to You for Your purposes.