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

Tuesday
Sep162014

September 16th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Isaiah 22:1-24:23 / Galatians 3:1-3:14 / Psalm 60:1-12 / Proverbs 23:15-16

Standout Verse:

Proverbs 23:15-16

“My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice – indeed, I myself; yes my inmost being will rejoice when you speak right things!”

Any parent can relate to this verse.  There is an indescribable feeling of excitement seeing your children understand you and obey the things you’re asking them to do.  Not only is it awesome when you can see they “get it” – it’s just as fun for them to “succeed” and experience the feeling of your good pleasure due to their right choices!  The experience of success spurs them on to trust you more, stay close, continue to listen to the things you are teaching them, and obey the things you ask them to do.  It’s a “win, win situation!”

It’s just the same with our Heavenly Father. As we press into the Him, increase in our wisdom and understanding of the things most important to Him, and practically live out the LIFE-GIVING principles He desires us to “get”, our Heavenly Father is excited, well-pleased, and honored - His heart greatly rejoices!

 

Monday
Sep152014

September 15th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Isaiah 19:1-21:17 / Galatians 2:1-21 / Psalm 59:1-17 / Proverbs 23:13-14

 

Standout Verse: Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

It’s an amazing concept…one only our miraculous God could come up with!  When we ask Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, something supernatural happens:  our “old life” (apart from God) is no longer.  We are REBORN into NEW life WITH HIM living IN US, and THROUGH US

No longer limited by finite, ever-changing, human thinking, we have all we need to walk out this life (and into eternity) with our Heavenly Father – His thoughts, His ways, His designs…the greatest gift we could ever be given.  Never again do we have to walk alone, at the mercy of this world or the enemy of our souls!

It’s be cause of God’s GREAT LOVE for His CREATION that He hand-crafted us with a FREE WILL to choose Him and His ways. His desire is that each one of us would reach back and engage in a real, authentic relationship with Him; understanding that apart from Him we are lost – here on earth and for eternity. It is by faith we are saved – faith in the unchanging, 100% trustworthy, God of the Universe!

Sunday
Sep142014

September 14th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Isaiah 15:1-18:7 / Galatians 1:1-24 / Psalm 58:1-11 / Proverbs 23:12

 

Standout Verse:

Galatians 1:22-23

“And I (Paul) was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ, but they were in hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted the us (the churches in Judea) now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy”.  And they glorified God in me.”

Paul’s life is an inspiring testimony to the fact that no matter how far gone, how side-tracked, or how “anti the things of God” a person may be, they are NEVER out of the reach of their Heavenly Father!  GOD CAN REDEEM, RESTORE AND HEAL EVEN THE HARDEST HEART. 

Paul’s whole life was radically transformed in a moment.  Still, in the midst of great revelation, he had a choice to surrender and embrace the awesomeness of God or turn away and continue on the destructive path he was heading down.  Thankfully, he saw and understood the Lord was reaching out to Him and chose to listen, yield and reach back to Him!

God continually uses moments to get our attention – many of us have crazy stories much like Paul’s “road to Damascus” while others of us have life-changing testimonies that aren’t quite so dramatic but are non-the-less revolutionary! 

In either case it’s clear – the Lord never stops knocking at the door of our hearts.  His great desire is for us to acknowledge His goodness, turn away from living apart from Him, surrender our lives to His INCREDIBLE, TANGIBLE, GOODNESS (and LOVE) and experience the ABUNDNT LIFE He offers to all those who choose to walk in a close, growing relationship with Him!

Saturday
Sep132014

September 13th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Isaiah 12:1-14:32 / 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 / Psalm 57:1-11 / Proverbs 23:9-11

 

Standout verse:

Psalm 57:7
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast.  I will sing and give praise.” Even in the midst of danger and attack, David speaks praise to the Lord.  Praise takes our eyes off the physical circumstances surrounding us and focuses our attention on God, His power, His ability, His plans and purposes, and His love for us.  Praise is an OFFENSIVE WEAPON we must use, especially when we are facing fear, doubt, hopelessness or any kind of enemy fire.  Praise is an “ACTION” word – it’s not passive or fleeting.  It requires that we engage it and use it in order for it to be effective. 

When the arrows of accusation, fear and difficulty are flying try this:

Find some great praise and worship music – play it LOUD and sing along.  Even if you don’t think you can sing - do it!  It’s not about being ‘on pitch, it’s about being in tune with the truth. As we sing, we declare God’s goodness, power and faithfulness - our fears will break and our faith will rise.

Friday
Sep122014

September 12th deliberatePeople. post by Phil and Heather Joel + today's dP reading schedule:  

Isaiah 10:1-11:16 / 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 / Psalm 56:1-13 / Proverbs 23:6-8

 

Standout verse:

Psalm 56:3
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.  In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear.  What can flesh (man) do to me?”

At times we all face fearful or uncertain circumstances.  It is during these times God calls us to stand down the threat of our circumstances and walk, filled with faith, believing that God is greater and more powerful than anything that would come against us.  The battleground for our emotions is our minds.  It is there that the battle takes place and we must be equipped with truth if we hope to win.  Truth is found in God’s word.  That’s why it is so critical that we fill ourselves with it (each and every day!) and know it so we can stand on it, steadfast and unshakeable, when we face painful or difficult challenges.  When we are feeding on God’s truth, our faith rises.  When our faith rises we will be much stronger and more equipped to extinguish the fiery arrows of doubt and fear that the enemy wants to take us out with. 

Today, whatever we face, let’s choose to stand on God’s truth, promises and past provision in our lives…strong, fearless, faith-filled!