Devotionals for January 2019

#11 I Will Love Them Freely

I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them. Hosea 14:4 NASB The Love of God toward us is not passive, mild, or distant. His love is in constant action and a vibrant force, ever moving … Continue reading

#10 The Love of God Draws

The Love of God draws. He corners but does not trap. He pursues but will not control. He weaves yet does not ensnare. He hunts but never kills. And we seldom see that it is God, seeking us for love.

#9 Drawn with Bands of Love

Hosea 11:4 NKJV I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love… The Love of God pursues, arranges, surrounds…always wooing us as the Hidden Beloved, sovereignly behind our boundaries and restrictions.

#8 Love, Authority, and Power

LOVE is the only power, the only truth, the only authority.

#7 Love is Truly Unquenchable

Love is a force that is not stoppable or predictable. Love is unquenchable. The only thing you can do to Love is…miss it.

#6 Jonah and the Power of God

The power of God falls on His will. The word of the Lord in Jonah 3 (NASB): “Arise, go to Nineveh…” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Verse 5: Then the people of … Continue reading

#5 Speak Out of a Niagara of Love

When we don’t speak out of a Niagara of Love, we need to hack up our brazen podium and not speak again until Love is the overflow and undercurrent in any stream of revelation.

#4 The Origin of Truth is Love

God-who-is-Love is the origin of truth. So all truth derives from Love and is given because of Love. Truth is the expression of love. God’s Love is His willingness to open Truth to us. Truth is Love.

#3 Laodicea Will Not Need

The proud will never truly love God for they will not stoop to the humiliation of raw need. Laodicea says, “I am rich… I have need of nothing.” Especially not God.

#2 When Do We Love God?

When the needy are satiated with awe and the thirsty overflow with bliss, they love God for Himself…alone.

#1 Humiliation, Not Nobility

Loving God is not humanity being noble; loving God is a humiliation. The destitute love God for His hope. The poor love Him for His sufficiency. The wretch loves Him for His forgiveness. The more need for God, the more … Continue reading

The Power of Obedience Will Change Your Life!

Though yesterday’s devotion was the last in Martha’s The Power of Obedience devotional series, you can continue to follow the Spirit on the issue of obedience.  True Obedience is a powerful audio series on the life-or-death role of obedience in … Continue reading

#135 The Will of God for YOU

The great adventure of your life is the will of God. But His will is also our dread and suspicion. We don’t naturally come with that delight in His will. Yet in Christ we have been sanctified and saved from … Continue reading

#134 Surrender Without Resistance

When you surrender your heart to be broken by God, without resistance (as Abraham with Isaac), you receive God’s strange and outlandish provision. HE provides for HIMSELF the “ram in the thicket.” That is Resurrection, something miraculous and beyond the wildest human … Continue reading

#133 Receive All God Wants to Give

Surrender is not just to obey willingly, it is to receive… Surrender not only lets God do what He wants, but it is to be in a place where you receive all He wants to give!

#132 What Delights God?

Obedience is consent of the will. “I will do your will, Lord, even if I don’t want to.” This satisfies God. Surrender is agreement of the heart. “Whatever pleases You, Lord, pleases me.” This delights God.

#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

Where Are You Going This Year?

The following is an excerpt from Martha’s article “Going!” from the series Change of Seasons. It seemed particularly anointed for the first day of a new year. May it bless you richly! Our life is like a house. It must … Continue reading