“…for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17).”
The trials of life can easily overwhelm to the point that one begins to wonder if things will ever get better. Even believers can question when things will change and when comfort will come. It is easy and understandable to wonder if things will ever get better. Today I want to encourage you to just wait, knowing God will comfort you.
Revelation 7:9-17 gives us a glimpse into heaven. We see a multitude standing around God’s throne. What are they doing? They are worshipping God and the Lamb. When asked who these people were, John declared to the elder who asked, “My lord, you know.” The elder then declared they were the ones who came out of the tribulation. He went on to declare that they would no longer hunger or thirst and that the sun would no longer beat down on them. Finally in verse 17 the elder declared, “…for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” That is quite a promise. Those who come through the tribulation will be comforted by God Himself. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. That is a message of hope for a people enduring trials and tribulations. It is a message of hope for us today as we go through life with all its ups and downs. Just wait, God will comfort you.
I encourage you to find hope in this promise today. No matter what the trial is you may face, just wait, God will comfort you. No matter how bad the situation may seem, just wait He will comfort you.
Take courage today as you live reignited and just wait, God will comfort you.
“On my bed night after night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him but did not find him. I must arise now and go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I must seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him but did not find him (Song of Solomon 3:1-2).”
If you have ever been in love, then you know love can make you do strange things. Many have gone to incredible lengths to prove their love for that special someone. Love drives us to do really creative and sometime downright foolish things. While we may do foolish things because of love, what is undeniable is that finding real genuine love is worth the effort. Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor let me remind you of what love makes you do.
Song of Solomon chapter 3 begins with the beloved, Solomon’s bride, searching for him. The heading in the New American Standard Bible reads The Bride’s Troubled Dream. It is clear from the first five verses of the chapter that the bride was driven by her love for Solomon. She missed him so much that she went looking for him until she found him. Her love for him drove her to get out of her bed, to leave her home, to go into the city and walk the streets until she found her lover. This is the picture of a woman in love. It is a picture of one who refused to be without the one she loved. It is a picture of what love makes you do. When reading verses 1-5 of Song of Solomon chapter 3 it is undeniable that the beloved loved her lover. She went to whatever length was necessary to find him and show him her love. I am convinced that this is a picture of how we should pursue our bridegroom—Jesus. We should go to whatever lengths necessary to find and connect with Jesus to show Him our love.
How far will you go to show Jesus your love? What will love make you do?
Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor I challenge you to go to whatever length is necessary to show Jesus just how much you love Him. Search for Him diligently until you find Him. Cry out for Him until you sense His presence. Refuse to stop seeking until you are safe in the arms of Him who loves you.
Live reignited today as you do what loves makes you do!
“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds (Psalm 145:17).”
It is undeniable, how one views God determines how one responds to God. Our view of God shapes our lives significantly. It light of this truth it is important to have a proper view of Him. Yet many times our view of God is not based on scripture, but on what we have been taught or heard. Today as you live reignited I encourage you to rekindle a proper view of God.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading the Psalms is seeing how the psalmist viewed God. David had a proper view of the Lord. He saw God as being the only one he could truly depend on. He understood God to be his defender, provider, sustainer, and redeemer. The psalmist saw God through the lens of faith. Therefore many of his psalms are prayers directed toward God for deliverance and justice. How do we know how the psalmist viewed God? He constantly declared how he viewed God in his songs of praise and prayers for protection. In Psalm145:17 we read of how the psalmist saw God, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.” The psalmist saw God as completely righteous and totally kind. That is the proper view of God. He is not some mean spirited ogre waiting for us to do wrong so that He can punish us. He is not a religious warden standing watch over us to keep us in line. God is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. That’s the right view of God.
What is your view of God? Do you need to rekindle a proper view of God today?
I encourage you to take time to reflect on your view of God. If your view is different than that put forth in the word, then it is time to rekindle a proper view of God. If you see God as unjust or unfair, it is time to rekindle a proper view of God. If you think God is punishing you because of some failure and sin, your view of Him is off and you need to rekindle a proper view of God.
Today as you live reignited I urge you to rekindle a proper view of God.
“For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God (Numbers 12:46).”
There was a time when praise and thanksgiving were the hallmark of Christian worship. When the songs we sang truly gave God glory and thanked Him for all He had done. Those days in many cases have passed away. Just as our worship focuses on satisfying and stimulating the individual worshipper, our songs are often focused on getting an emotional response from the individual. Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor I issue a call to return to true praise and thanksgiving!
As one reads through Numbers one can easily get overwhelmed by all the lists and numbers. If one is not careful one can become bored and stop reading. However, if one persists in reading there are nuggets hidden in the text that are true jewels. In Numbers 12:46 we find one such gem, “For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. Did you see it? Nehemiah said the songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving were sung by leaders and directed toward God. In the days of old the songs were praises and thanksgiving to God. They were not self centered songs. They were not songs designed to make the hearer feel good. The songs were sung to God.
It is time for the church to reignite our spiritual flame for worshipping God. It is time to rekindle our fervor for offering songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. God is the only one who deserves our praise and thanksgiving. He alone has done great things for us!
Live reignited today and rekindle your spiritual fervor for singing songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God!
“and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God, as He has spoken (Deuteronomy 26:19).”
It is good to know that we can trust God. When He promises to do something it is already done. God simply cannot go back on His word. To do so would show Him not to be God. Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor I encourage you to trust Him, because He promised!
In Deuteronomy 26 we read about God commanding Israel to bring the first fruits to Him as an offering when they entered the land. The command was pretty straightforward. Israel was to take the first fruit of all the produce of the ground, put it in a basket, and bring it to the priest as an offering. The command was not without a promise however. God promised the nation that He would take them as His treasured possession and that He would set them “…high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the Lord your God…” God said if you trust me enough to keep my commandments and statutes I will make you great! God wanted Israel to understand He was the one who was able to elevate them above all other nations. He wanted them to realize they could trust in His promises.
Today God wants us to realize we can trust in His promises. He wants us to realize He alone can make us truly great. Man can promote, but only God can elevate. Man can market and brand, but only God can give favor. We can trust God because He promised. We can live in obedience to Him because of His faithfulness to His word. Trust Him, He promised.
Live reignited today!
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it (2 John 1:6).”
I am often drawn into conversations about whether Christians are obligated to follow the commandments of the Old Testament. It surprises me how many believers still live under the Law of Moses. They feel bound to observe the Ten Commandments. Perhaps you are one who feels you must obey the Ten Commandments in order to be in right relationship with God. If so, I pray this devotional brings liberty and assurance to you today. We are under a law, but it is not the Law of Moses. We are under the law of Christ. What is Christ’s law? Love! Today as you rekindle your spiritual fervor I encourage you to follow the law of love which is the law of Christ.
In John 13:34 we read, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus went on to say that the true mark of discipleship is love for one another. Love is Christ’s law. It is no wonder that John when writing to the church reminded them of the commandment of Christ. He reminded them that love was the commandment that Christ gave from the beginning. In doing so John affirmed that our obligation is not to live out the Mosaic Law, but to live out the law of love. We, as followers of Christ, demonstrate our commitment to Him by loving one another as He loved. Love is the commandment; let’s just do it!
Today rekindle your spiritual fervor to live in love. Reignite your fire for loving others as Christ loves you. Decide that you will fulfill the law of Christ by loving radically even those who do not deserve to be loved. Choose to show others you are Christ’s disciple by your love. Love; just do it!
Live reignited today as you live in love!
“Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord (Acts 21:13).””
In my life and ministry I have had many people tell me they were with me until the end. I am convinced that when they uttered the words they were not saying them carelessly. I am sure they meant the words when they released them from their mouth, but something happened that caused them to change their mind. Perhaps it was something I did or said. Perhaps it was some character flaw within them. It matters not! The only thing that matters is that they did not follow through on their words. They were not truly all in! Today let me show you a picture of what it looks like to be all in.
Paul was making his way to Jerusalem for the last time. At each stop along the way, he encountered people who loved him that did not want to see him suffer and die. These people were well meaning. They wanted Paul to continue being presence in their lives. They loved him and wanted the pleasure of his company. Finally by the time Paul arrived at Caesarea, Agabus the prophet came down and prophesied Paul’s suffering when he arrived in Jerusalem. This was too much for those who loved Paul. They began begging him not to go to Jerusalem. Paul’s response to them reveals what it really looks like to be all in for Jesus. This is a picture of a reignited life. Paul declared, “…I am ready not only to be bound, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord.” That’s what it looks like to be all in. You are willing to die for the sake of the one you love and serve. Paul was ready to lay down his life for Jesus. He was all in.
Are you all in? Are you ready to suffer and even die for Jesus? If you are not, then there is still more work to do in the area of rekindling your spiritual fervor. When you reach the place where you are willing to die for Jesus, you have reached the point of being all in.
My prayer for you today is that you will rekindle your spiritual fervor to the point where you are all in! Live reignited.