Welcome 2014!

This is going to be an amazing year!  It’s such a fun thought to know that there are bunches of us who want to know God better and are waking up and beginning everyday meeting with Him.  It makes those blurry-eyed mornings a little more “doable” when you know you’re not the only one in the world who is going for it! 

The Daily Reading section is going to be used for notes about the daily readings. The purpose is to simply highlight the fact that God wants to speak to us every day.  He isn’t silent!  Sometimes we just need a little extra perspective to see the things He may want us to see.  Our hope is that these daily comments would provide encouragement, open your heart in a new way or simply just “add to” your own personal time with Him. Wewill have new entries each day that correspond with the daily reading schedule – so keep checking in! 

God bless,

Phil Joel

 

Daily Reading

Thursday
Aug282014

August 28th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Job 28:1-30:31 / 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 / Psalm 42:1-11 / Proverbs 22:7

 

Standout Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us, diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death and to the other we are the aroma of life leading to life.”

As we walk closely with the Lord, the natural “outflow” from our life spent with Him will be a permeating “fragrance” that others will notice.  Our lives will be attractive to some, drawing them to the Lord – a fragrance of LIFE (exciting!).

Others will be repelled by the same fragrance.  It’s good that we know this will happen, but we can’t allow it to affect us or influence us to change the way we are living. We simply need to acknowledge this reality, be “okay” with it as we continue to press on staying focused on the Lord.

The truth is, the different responses we will encounter from those around are beyond our control.  Knowing this frees us to concentrate on our job - to simply love God and love others well!

Wednesday
Aug272014

August 27th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Job 23:1-27:23 / 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11 / Psalm 41:1-13 / Proverbs 22:5-6

 

Standout verse:

Proverbs 22:5-6 “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who guards his soul will be far from them.  Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Yesterday’s Proverb talked about being prudent, foreseeing evil and removing ourselves from it before it messes us up.  Today’s Proverb again acknowledges the “thorns and snares” that life is sure to deal.  As parents, our job is to lean into the Lord as He promises to help us raise our children and build their lives on the strong foundation of His TRUTH.   We must guard their hearts and keep their minds safe, and at the same time, help them grow in wisdom, showing them how to identify the “thorns and snares” and make wise choices to keep themselves safe.

Satan would love us to believe that raising strong, Godly children is some unattainable, unrealistic “ideal” and no matter what we do or how much time we give to raising them, the best we can do is “cross our fingers” and hope for the best. That thinking is hopeless and overwhelming and causes us to give up, believing the culture is TOO strong to combat…secretly believing they’ll “probably have to go wayward” in order to “figure things out”.

CAN WE JUST KICK THAT THINKING TO THE CURB? WE HAVE THE GOD OF THE UNiVERSE ON OUR SIDE TO LEAD US AND GIVE US GREAT STRATEGIES TO RAISE STRONG, GODLY CHILDREN WHO WILL BECOME PASSIONATE LOVERS OF GOD AND OTHERS!

We must do everything we can to build strong foundations of truth for our children (in the early years) and WITH them until adulthood. Our main goal is to help them understand the vital importance of KNOWING and WALKING WITH their Heavenly Father – and, helping them understand that without Him, each one of us is toast! 

Teaching them Godly discernment, and equipping them to identify the strategies of the enemy unto making LIFE-SAVING CHOICES is a HUGE part of the training.  Helping them develop a hunger for the “good stuff” is KEY – teaching isn’t all about saying “NO”, its also about continuously exposing them to Godly things that are TRUE, NOBLE, JUST, LOVELY, AND OF GOOD REPORT. 

Yes, as our children grow they will surely make wrong choices and have to learn from the pain and consequences.  But the hope is, the lessons learned will be clear-cut and well understood.

As they experience the PEACE and FREEDOM that comes from making RIGHT CHOICES and learn to “love what is good and hate what is evil” THEY’LL BE ABLE TO WALK STRONG AND SURE-FOOTED THROUGH THEIR LIVES AND, THEIR PERSONAL DESIRE WILL BE TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE LORD AND NOT DEPART FROM HIM!  

Tuesday
Aug262014

August 26th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Job 20:1-22:30 / 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 / Psalm 40:11-17 / Proverbs 22:2-4 

 

Standout Verse:

Proverbs 22:3

“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the naive walk into it and are punished.”

Evil WILL come our way, temptation WILL occur, and we must be PREPARED and WISE.  There is an enemy who wants nothing more than to “take us out” (come between us and the Lord).  Catching us off-guard and unprepared is one of the things he likes best. 

So, knowing this, the wisest, most prudent thing we can do is to have a plan in place for when we encounter evil.  We must make choices ahead of time and know where we stand so we can be steadfast and immovable when the heat comes.  If we are forward thinking we’ll be able to anticipate and turn the other direction, easily escaping what was meant to entangle us.

We have all made mistakes and, at times, have chosen the wrong path.  Hopefully, we learn from the consequences of our bad choices and gain wisdom from our failings.  Learning from our mistakes is definitely one way of gaining wisdom, but it’s not the best way, and it’s certainly not the easiest way.

God’s “A Plan” for us is that we trust Him, take Him at His word, and understand that His ways lead to LIFE and allow Him to guide us as we face evil and temptation so we stay safe. 

Monday
Aug252014

August 25th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Job 16:1-19:29 / 1 Corinthians 16:1-24 / Psalm 40:1-10 / Proverbs 22:1

 

Standout Verse:

Psalm 40:9-10

“I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; indeed I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed You lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.”

Earlier in Psalm 40 it talks about how God hears our cries, and rescues us from a life of separation (here on earth and eternally) from Him.  This terrible separation is described as a horrible pit, and miry clay – neither sound appealing. It then tells how God saves us, sets us on solid ground (Himself) and gives us a "new song" – a beautiful testimony of His faithfulness, goodness and love for us.

Some Christians say, “My walk with the Lord is personal and private…I don’t like to discuss it.” OR “God and I have our own thing going, I’m uncomfortable talking publically about it.” However, if we really understand what we’ve been saved from, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE SILENT.  If we have truly been set free,  understand what that means, and the massive blessings that come with this decision, we will be ready to passionately proclaim the saving, life-giving, lovingkindness of our Heavenly Father.

Sunday
Aug242014

August 24th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Job 12:1-15:35 / 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 / Psalm 39:1-13 / Proverbs 21:30-31

 

Standout verse: I Corinthians 15:58 - “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Proverbs 21:31 - “The horse is prepared for battle, but deliverance is from the Lord.”

Both of these verses allude to preparation and hard work with the belief that, as we prepare, walk with the Lord and are diligent, the Lord won’t allow our efforts to be in vain.  God calls us to listen to Him, and steadfastly determine to do the things He has created us for – NO COMPROMISE!

We need to trust that God is working behind the scenes in ways we can’t see.  His timing is perfect – He has the PERFECT PERSPECTIVE – the “aerial view” and knows exactly what He is doing!  We must stay faithful - not growing wearing in doing good, knowing that in due time (His perfect timing) we will reap IF we don’t lose heart (2 Thess 3:13).

When we find ourselves in a season of waiting, it’s super important to remember this: God HAS NOT FORGOTTEN US (That’s a lie straight from the enemy)! He is involved in the smallest details and is working things together for good beyond our line of sight.  PROMOTION AND DELIVERANCE COME FROM HIM…all we need to do is trust Him, obey Him, keep our eyes on Him and continue to work with hope-filled expectation!