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
Oct302014

October 30th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Lamentations 4:1-5:22 / Hebrews 2:1-18 / Psalm 103:1-22 / Proverbs 26:23

Standout Verse:
Psalm 103:2-5, 11-13, 17-18
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities and who heals your diseases.  Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.  Who satisfies you with good things so that your strength is renewed like the eagles. (V.11) So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities His children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.  (V.18) But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to His children’s children to such as keep His covenant and to those who remember His commandments to do them.”

Our God forgives, heals redeems us from destruction, pours out His loving kindness and tender mercy on us, gives us good things, strengthens us and is merciful toward us.  He removes our sins far from us and doesn’t hold us hostage to our past. He desires that we walk in His ways, and as we do, we’ll be able to eagerly pass our passion and AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE down to our children so they can passionately pass it down to their children - His blessings are for generations!  LIFE WITH GOD WORKS!

Our only requirement is that we WHOLEHEARTEDLY CHOOSE HIM, SEEK HIM, WALK IN HIS WAYS AND DO THE THINGS HE CALLS US TO DO.  This is no difficult task – a simple choice that says YES to Him; YES to the fruitful abundant LIFE He promises those who love Him and seek Him!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct292014

October 29th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Lamentations 1:1-2:22 / Philemon 1-25 / Psalm 101:1-8 / Proverbs 26:20

 

Standout Verse:
Proverbs 26:20
“Where there is no wood, the fire goes out.  Where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.”

A simple and straightforward principle:

If we choose to practice negative, critical thinking or gossipy conversation regarding the failures of others, we will continually find ourselves feeling anxious, confused, and angry (either at our own life or at other people).  When we feel the need to constantly point out the problems and chat to others about specific people, situations, ways we’ve been wronged, etc…it’s just like putting more and wood on the “fire of controversy” - we will see that those issues of life seem to grow, becoming “thorns and snares” that never seem to go away; always plaguing our thoughts and conversations.

However, when we choose to stop engaging in criticism (toward others or toward our circumstances) and instead, take our struggles, issues, the ways we’ve been wronged, our pain and our troubled thinking to the Lord, lay it before Him and ask Him for His perspective, strategies, and healing, He will meet our needs and His peace will begin to fill us. 

As we stop running to others first, the flames of confusion and strife will cease to be stoked and the fire will go out. As we run to the Lord, trusting and believing He will lead us through, He will give us His thoughts (which just so happen to be higher than ours), His strategies and His supernatural peace for whatever it is we are dealing with.  

Tuesday
Oct282014

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

Jeremiah 51:54-52:34 / Titus 3:1-15 / Psalm 100:1-5 / Proverbs 26:18-19

 

Standout Verses: Psalm 100
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His courts with praise, be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

Psalm 100 talks about living a PRAISE-FILLED LIFE OF THANKSGIVING to the Lord! “Entering His courts with praise” stems from a grateful heart that is fully devoted to Him; acknowledging His hand of blessing, provision and sovereignty - He is the MAKER AND CREATOR of ALL THINGS!

When we TRULY TRUST in the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and, when we are in pursuit of a dynamic, EVER-GROWING RELATIONSHIP with Him, we be able to recognize His PRESENCE and PROVISION and we won’t be able to help praising our Heavenly Father, passionately telling the generations to come about His goodness, faithfulness, truth, mercy and His heart to draw us near to Him and keep us close.  He is our awesome God!

Monday
Oct272014

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

Jeremiah 51:54-52:34 / Titus 3:1-15 / Psalm 100:1-5 / Proverbs 26:18-19

 

Standout Verse:

“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

It’s God’s kindness and deep love for us that draws our hearts to Him. God is our maker, our Heavenly Father – He knows us intimately.  He handcrafted us and fashioned our hearts for specific plans and purposes.  His ultimate desire for us is that we would walk closely with Him, enjoy His presence, know Him, trust Him, and obey Him.  This relationship leads to LIFE and, NOTHING PLEASES GOD MORE THAN TO SEE HIS CHILDREN LIVING FRUITFUL, ABUNDANT LIVES ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN AN EVER-GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

If we are living apart from Him, if we haven’t asked Him to be the Lord of our lives, if we have chosen to go our own way following the lead of the world, THE TRUTH IS we are in deep need of SAVING and RESCUE!  Life apart from God is a scary state to be in – it’s filled with confusion, void of hope, filled with mixture and ultimately leads to death.  PEOPLE DESPERATELY NEED THE LORD if they want to have any hope and if they truly want to LIVE!

When we turn our hearts toward Him and cry out to Him to save us from a life apart from Him, He embraces us with open arms!  He washes and cleanses us from our sin and restores and renews us.  He gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives within us – that still small voice which leads us and allows us to walk free, clean, steadfastly and with strength.  Thank You for your AMAZING GOODNESS Lord and the WONDERFUL GIFTS You desire to give us!

Sunday
Oct262014

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

Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 / Titus 1:1-16 / Psalm 97:1-98:9 / Proverbs 26:13-16

 

Standout Verse:
Psalm 98:1
“O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!”

Having a praise-filled, grateful heart toward the Lord is a huge key to breakthrough in our lives.  When we “sing to the Lord” our praises, powerful things happen. 

First (and most obvious) we get the opportunity to worship and acknowledge our Heavenly Father – His goodness, faithfulness, magnificent power, and strength!  Praising God and lifting up His name put’s things in right perspective – we are opening up our hearts, surrendering to Him; His presence, His power, His life in us!

Secondly, as we speak praise, we hear the sound of our own voice declaring the truth about who God is, what He has done in our lives, what He is doing now and what He will do in our lives in the future (a NEW SONG). 

As we speak about God’s faithfulness and hear His truth we REMEMBER.  When we REMEMBER His faithfulness and goodness – when His praises are on our lips, OUR FAITH RISES!  Our eyes are re-directed toward the Lord, our minds become “stayed on Him” once again, and peace fills our hearts.  SO GOOD!