Devotionals for December 2015

#131 Surrender Brings Bliss

Surrender, constant and constantly chosen, brings a bliss, the very ecstasy of the Lord, whose delight in the will of God is not a mild, passive yielding. Jesus’ delight is exuberant and mystical. We labor so heavy handed. But He … Continue reading

#130 Peculiar Joy

In some of the most terrible situations I have known, I have been filled with a peculiar joy, unnatural and inexplicable, and not possible humanly. It is Christ’s own joy in the will of God, Jesus living within me and … Continue reading

#129 Our Consuming God

Our Abba God is not staid and grim, nor is He emotionless. The Bible presents a God who is vehement, intense, ardent, consuming! He is filled with passion and compassion. “Our God is a consuming fire.” And He wants His … Continue reading

#128 Surrender Before Obedience

Surrender happens long before obedience appears. Surrender is the result of God’s wooing, capturing love…and the crucial issue of our response to let Him love us. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting … Continue reading

#127 Before Obedience

This is not a 1-2-3 method. It is a move of the Spirit toward us, on us and – as we receive Him – within us. It happens instinctively, most of the time without the recognition that it is GOD. … Continue reading

When God’s Purpose is Your Purpose

Luke 2:29 AMP And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word. As always, the Bible gives a short story with hidden clues to treasures of spiritual meaning. Every word … Continue reading

The Outpoured Fullness of Our Royal Savior

What a time it must have been in heaven when the Son laid down His glory, left His position, abandoned His power, and walked out from the Throne of His Father to step down into His own creation…and limit Himself … Continue reading

Enraptured with Immanuel

Luke 2:28-29 AMP Simeon took Him up in his arms and praised and thanked God and said, And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word. Simeon, who lived for … Continue reading

Came HE!

Came He to wooden walls of animal trough, spread on hay He lay. Down to earthy dust came He, gone from home of heaven-wonder. Away came He from His realm of universe-vastness. Into the confines of infant smallness, helpless as … Continue reading

Recognizing the Messiah

Luke 2:27-29 AMP And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law, [Simeon] took Him up … Continue reading

Lamb King

We briefly pause the devotional series “Let” to take a few days to look at the Lord, our perfectly holy paradox, Messiah. Lamb King “Behold the Lamb of God,” we fail. No horn to tear, no fang to bite. Year … Continue reading

Divinely Revealed

Luke 2:25-26 AMP Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout [cautiously and carefully observing the divine Law] and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was … Continue reading

#126 Desire for His Agenda

Obedience does not happen from nowhere. Before obedience there is the desire for God’s will, which amazingly comes from God Himself. Without desire for His agenda, there is no surrender. God sovereignly moves circumstances, hearts, thoughts, impressions and…pressures to bring … Continue reading

#125 An Obedient Abode

Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, He will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. John 14:23 … Continue reading

#124 Beloved Companion

Love obeys and evokes the presence of the Father’s love. The obedient can experience the Love of Christ. But the third reward of obedience is: I (too) will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to Him. [I will … Continue reading

#123 The Absence of Love

You only surrender your heart to Who loves you. You only love Who loves you. All human loves will fail you or leave you. God’s love is the only Love. We test by words. We judge by deeds. But for … Continue reading

#122 The Motivation to Obey

The motivation to obey, the power to surrender, is the love of God. And He will give that love freely to all who ‘feel’ unloved and want to love and BE loved. Love is the meaning of our existence. Love … Continue reading

#121 And I Will Love Them

The second reward of the surrender of obedience came next. Those who accept My commandments and obey them, are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them. And I will love them… John … Continue reading

#120 Four Rewards

I discovered in my Bible the FOUR rewards for obedience, and it made me so desire to obey. The first is John 14:21 (NASB): He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he … Continue reading

#119 Simple Contract

I had no teacher in the beginning of my Love-walk with the Lord, only the Bible. But I instinctively knew that to have Him meant obedience. I believe that light is in everyone. So I agreed to obey in this … Continue reading