“He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” Proverbs 21:21
Many times I am amazed when people get upset about negative outcomes in their lives even though they are a direct result of the choices they made. It seems that many people fail to realize that one cannot pursue a certain course of action and expect to experience a result that comes about from a different course of action. I’ve heard it said, “If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.” Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor I encourage you to remember “we receive what we pursue.”
The verse of scripture we are considering today challenges us to think and decide carefully concerning what we pursue. The author of the proverb is clear, one finds what one pursues. In a single verse we are made aware that our pursuits will determine our experiences. Look again at the words recorded in verse 21, “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor.” I submit that this verse is both warning and encouragement. It warns that pursuing the wrong things will produce outcomes in our lives that we do not desire. It encourages that pursuing the right things will produce outcomes that are desirable. Remember we receive what we pursue. Pursue wisely!
Notice there are two things pursued but three outcomes experienced. Pursuing righteousness and loyalty produces life, righteousness, and honor. When one pursues right actions and faithfulness, one experiences sustenance, right standing with God, and abundance. It is wonderful to realize that the right pursuits produce that desired outcomes. Make sure you are engaged in the right pursuits!
Today as you live reignited remember what you pursue determines what you receive. Pursue wisely!
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him (Psalm 103:11).”
God’s love for us at times seems unfathomable. How could God love us so unconditionally? How could He look at us with all our failures, fickleness, and flaws and still love us? How could God see us in the midst of our mess and love us anyway? Yet that is exactly what He does. He loves us beyond measure. There is no limit to God’s love for us. Today, as you rekindle your spiritual fervor, accept the greatness of His love for you.
As the psalmist praises God in Psalm 103 he makes this declaration, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.” Let that sink in. God’s love for us is as high as the heavens are above the earth. Just as we cannot see the end of the heavens for they are too vast to be observed, we cannot see the end of God’s love toward us; it is too vast to be observed. What makes this truth even more amazing is knowing that the Hebrew word translated as lovingkindness means the mercy and/or favor of God. The lovingkindness of God is His mercy and favor on our lives. The greatness of His love is His mercy and favor that rests on us which has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him. The psalmist knew this truth and praised God for it.
Today, I admonish you to accept the greatness of God’s love. His love is so great that it is as high as the heavens are above the earth. Accept that the greatest of God’s love manifests as His mercy and favor on your life. Accept that the greatest of God’s love is His kindness toward you even though you do not deserve. Accept that the greatness of God’s love shows up in your life as His faithfulness to you.
Live reignited today as you accept the greatness of God’s love!
“Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus; and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. And the Lord helped David wherever he went.” 1 Chronicles 18:6
If you are like me, there are times in your life when it seems the task you have been called to accomplish is undoable. There are times when your assignment is greater than your skills and resources. In those moments the temptation is to give up. Yet, you know that giving up is not what the Lord would have you to do. I have a word to encourage you during those moments. It is a simple word that on the surface may sound pat. Remember and stand on this truth in the moments when the assignment seems too large—you can with the help of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 18 records the strengthening of David’s kingdom. After God has promised David He would bless him to have a descendant on the throne of Israel forever, David has prayed a humble prayer of thanksgiving (1 Chronicles 17:16-27) and the results of the promise are chronicled in this chapter. As we read chapter 18 it is clear that David is moving forward to expand his kingdom. What may not be clear on the surface is the source of David’s strength for victory. The chronicler helps us identify the source of David’s strength for victory by saying “…And the Lord helped David wherever he went.” This phrase occurs in verse 6 and again in verse13. This lets us know that the source of David’s victory was not his own strength, but it was the help of the Lord.
Today as you go out to accomplish your kingdom assignment, I encourage you to go forth knowing that you can with the help of the Lord. As you face one giant after another and deal with one enemy after the other, remember you can with the help of the Lord. As you look at limited resources and see great needs, stand in faith believing you can with the help of the Lord. Know that God is with you to help you wherever you go.
Live reignited today and remember you can with the help of the Lord!
“Whether it was two days or a month or a year that the cloud lingered over the tabernacle, staying above it, the sons of Israel remained camped and did not set out; but when it lifted, they did set out (Numbers 9:22).”
There is nothing more precious and valuable than the presence of God! The greatest thing one can ever experience is being in God’s presence. While on earth we only get to experience it in a form, but in heaven we will experience it as He truly is. Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor, I encourage you to stay in His presence.
The cloud hovered above the tabernacle. For Moses and the Israelites the cloud meant the presence of God was with them. They were instructed to remain in camp as long as the cloud was above the tabernacle and to move out when it lifted. Israel got many things wrong but they got this right. They learned to stay in God’s presence. So much so that it is recorded, “Whether it was two days or a month or a year that the cloud lingered over the tabernacle, staying above it, the sons of Israel remained camped and did not set out; but when it lifted, they did set out.” That’s how you stay in God’s presence; you move only when He moves! Israel learned, while in the wilderness, how to stay in the presence of the Lord. It is a lesson all of us need to learn.
Today, I encourage you to stay in His presence. Learn to move only when God moves. Discipline yourself to wait on the Lord before you take even a single step. The value of waiting on the Lord is moving with His presence instead of without. When we move with the presence of God, we are provided for and protected. When we move without His presence, we place ourselves in danger and have to provide for ourselves.
As you live reignited today, I encourage you to stay in His presence. Do not move unless the Lord moves. Wait on Him in all that you do!
“Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you (2 Timothy 1:14).”
I have not had the opportunity to visit England and go to Buckingham Palace to see the royal guard who protect the queen, yet the image of them I have seen of television is quite amazing. The way they stand at attention for hours on end is mind blowing. They stand on guard to protect the queen of England because they value her. You are I have something much more valuable in us that we must stand guard over. We have a treasure that has been deposited in us which is so valuable we must guard it with the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy is the apostle Paul’s final letter to his spiritual son Timothy. It is one of the final letters that the apostle penned. In it Paul reminds Timothy of the calling on his life. In chapter 1 verses 8-14 Paul speaks about the gospel for which he is in chains. As he speaks about the gospel he admonishes Timothy to, “Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.” What is the treasure that Timothy is to guard through the Holy Spirit? The treasure Timothy possessed was revealed in verse 13, “Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me…” The word of God is a treasure so valuable it is to be guarded through the Holy Spirit.
I must confess that I do not always see the word of God as a treasure so valuable that it must be guarded. I am sure that perhaps you may not always see it as a valuable treasure as well. Yet we read that it is such a treasure in 2 Timothy 1:14. Now that we know the word of God is a valuable treasure to be guarded with the Holy Spirit, let us guard it. Let us defend the word that is within us against every attack. Let us diligently keep watch over the word so that the enemy does not come in to snatch it away. Let us guard the treasure of the word through the Holy Spirit.
As you live reignited today, guard the treasure that has been deposited in you!
“He who believes in me, as the scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38).’”
Rivers are beautiful to behold. Standing on the banks of a free flowing river is an awesome experience. To see the power of God on full display as the water flows is breathtaking. It is difficult to imagine a river of water flowing from within a person. Yet that is exactly what Jesus said would happen to those who believe in Him. He declared that out of their belly would flow rivers of living water. Today as you live reignited I encourage you to believe Jesus at His word and let the rivers flow.
As we read John 8, Jesus is at the Feast of Booths. He has quietly made his way to Jerusalem to attend the feast without flare or fanfare. While there Jesus began teaching in the temple. It is clear from the passage that He was also doing some miracles (see verse 31). Finally on the last and great day of the feast Jesus stood and proclaimed “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water (verses 37 & 38).’” In these verses Jesus made two powerful statements: He quenches the thirst of those who drink of Him and those who believe in Him have rivers of living water flowing out from within them. Wow! It is wonderful to know that faith in Jesus produces rivers of living water within us. But what does that really mean?
What distinguishes a river from a lake is that water of a river flows into other channels and ultimately the ocean. Lake water is typically stagnant. It does not flow freely. Jesus said that faith in Him produces free flowing rivers within a person that flow outward. We know from verse 39 that Jesus was speaking of the Spirit living inside the believer. The Holy Spirit in our life as believers is the rivers of living water that flows out from our inner most being. Having the Spirit produces living water within the believer. It is up to each believer to let the rivers flow! That is why the word of God states, “Do not quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).” Rekindle your spiritual fervor and let the rivers flow!
Today as you live reignited renew your commitment to let the rivers of living water flow freely from your life. Live reignited and let the rivers flow!
“For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6).”
There is one Christmas that vividly remains etched in my memory from my childhood. It was the year I wanted a General Custer action figure. My brother Freddy and I wanted the same toy. My mom didn’t want us to have the same exact toy so she got him the General Custer action figure and me the Captain Maddox action figure. Who is Captain Maddox I thought? What did he do? I’ve never heard of him, I thought. Needless to say I was disappointed. I didn’t get what I desired at all.
What does that have to do with rekindling our spiritual fervor to live reignited?
Just has you and I have desires, God has desires! You may not have known that but it is true. God wants something from each of us. He desires that we give Him something. Of course we know God doesn’t need our money-the church does to fulfill the will of God in the earth. God doesn’t need our things-He created everything. What, then, does God desire? Hosea 6:6 reveals that God desires loyalty and delights in us knowing Him. God wants two things from us—our loyalty and intimacy. This is what God desires. Will you give Him what He desires today?
Loyalty is faithfulness. It is remaining true to a person. God wants us to remain true to Him. Israel had been unfaithful to God. In fact the entire book of Hosea is a prophetic judgment on Israel’s unfaithfulness. In Hosea 6:6 God tells His people what He desires from them. It wasn’t all the animal sacrifices and burnt offerings; it was their loyalty and intimacy. He wanted them! Wow! This is what God desires—He wants you.
Today, I implore you to rekindle your fervor for remaining loyal to God. Rekindle your fervor for knowing God. Reignite your flame for a relationship of faithfulness and intimacy with God.
Live reignited today and give God what He desires!