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May 29, 2019, 8:53 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah the Prophet 2


Elijah the Prophet

 

1 Kings 17:1

Now Elijah said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand…

 

Thought for Today

The reign of King Ahab was a low point in the history of Israel. “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (16:33). He made Baal worship Israel’s official religion and denied people access to the synagogues where they worshiped the Lord. Elijah boldly approaches King Ahab on behalf of God. He declares that the God of Israel lives. How does Elijah know this? He has stood before God. Elijah does not say he stands for God, but before Him. Elijah is not empowered and emboldened to stand up for God because of theological facts he has learned about God. He stands up because he knows God personally. He has been in His presence. He has seen God’s glory, majesty and power first hand. Seeing how great God is, Elijah cannot help but go to Ahab in His name. Do you know God? Not know about Him, really know Him? Scripture tells us that God is waiting to reveal Himself to us like He did to Elijah. “Call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 26:12-14). Seek Him today. Discover His power and majesty and grace and love. Knowing God will change your life.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I do want to know you more nearly today. Reveal Yourself to me. Help me to seek You with all my heart. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

A common mistake we make is that we look for God in places where we ourselves wish to find him, yet even in the physical reality this is a complete failure. For example, if you lost your car keys, you would not search where you want to search, you would search where you must in order to find them.” ― Criss Jami

 

Quote of the Day

It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way. Rollo May

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May 28, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah the Prophet 1


Elijah the Prophet

 

1Kings 17:1

Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab

 

Thought for Today

Do you know what your name means? Eric means “eternal ruler.” It is unlikely that my parents named me Eric because of regal infant deportment. Nor is it likely a prophetic name, though one can hope. We name our children things because we like the way they sound or because they were the name of someone we hold in high regard. This was not the case in Elijah’s day. Parents gave children important or prophetic names. They tried to make a statement by what they named their children. Elijah’s parents lived in a time when the rulers of Israel were increasingly hostile to the LORD God of Israel. In the midst of that hostility they named their child “The LORD is my God.” This tells us the kind of faithful family that Elijah grew up in. It also begins to explain why he was so open to God’s leading in his life and how courageously he defended God’s honor. His parents raised him in the fear and love of the Lord in a world that opposed God. The way you raise your children or impact your grandchildren for God matters. God can use them to bring a whole nation back into His love.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help my children (grandchildren) to see how much I love You, and let that love impact their lives. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love. ― A.W. Tozer

 

Quote of the Day

Never's the word God listens for when he needs a laugh. ― Stephen King

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May 24, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: A New Commandment 5


A New Commandment

 

Genesis 22:2

He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

 

Thought for Today

I was curious to know the first time the word “love” appeared in Scripture. What a surprise to discover it was all the way in Genesis 22. Here God acknowledges that the son Abraham is to sacrifice is the one he loves! Or is it so surprising? God places this incredible test in Abraham’s life to help him, and all of us who will come after him, understand what God is like. In the end, God will stop Abraham’s hand, because the beloved child to be sacrificed is not Abraham’s son Isaac, but God’s Son, Jesus. It is the very nature of God’s love to sacrifice for the sake of others. The very first time the bible uses the word “love” we see one it its most powerful and memorable depictions. How have you experienced God’s sacrificial love?

 

Prayer

Loving Father, I cannot fathom a love that offers up the Son of God to death so that the sons of men might live, and yet this is exactly what You have done for me. Help me to live a life of gratitude for Your incredible sacrifice. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If you don't believe God has forgiven you, you are actually saying that God needs to do more for your forgiveness, and that Jesus' sacrifice was not enough. — Jud Wilhite
 

Quote of the Day

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else.” ― Mitch Albom

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