Devotionals for December 2018

#130 Inexplicable, 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 Fire

Our Abba God is not staid and grim, nor is He emotionless. The Bible presents a God who is vehement, intense, ardent, consuming! God 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 Is an Action

Obedience 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

#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

When God’s Purpose is Your Purpose

Luke 2:29 AMPC 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

Enraptured with Immanuel

Luke 2:28-29 AMPC 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

Recognizing the Messiah When You See Him

Luke 2:27-29 AMPC 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

Divinely Revealed to Those Who Loved God’s Will

Luke 2:25-26 AMPC 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

#125 An Abode within the Obedient One

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 Your 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 and 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. … 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 of Obedience

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 To Have God Means Obedience

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

#118 A Surrender of Love

Here is a startling illustration of surrender. Abraham had his long-awaited gift of a son, born of promise and miracle, his one hope for the fulfillment of his fatherhood – descendants as countless as the stars! We can’t imagine his … Continue reading

#117 A Deeper Level of Obedience

Now I want to turn to a word that is under and behind obedience. Just for the sake of this writing, let’s say obedience is the bowing of the will to God. “I will obey Your will by the power … Continue reading

#116 Obedience is Alive in Love

Obedience is born of Love. Obedience is alive through being loved, in discovering that God knows and loves a small me. Simply put, obedience is love and love is obedience. Anything else is legalism and not obedience.

#115 The Basic Human Need

The basic human need is to love God. We were created so. But loving God as a colossal need-to-love? Of this we are ignorant. Selfish Adams that we are, we stew in our primal lust to BE loved.

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