Friday, October 31, 2014

A Devotional in Pictures

{Daily Selah}



I know what day it is. You know what day it is. No, I'm not going to preach at you. 

That's not my job. All I'm going to do is share God's Word with you and let the Holy Spirit do His job. 

Just read the scripture in the 5 pictures below and let Him show you what He has to say about today and every day of our lives. 
















Father, thank You for sending the Light of the world, Jesus, to bring us out of darkness. Help us to walk in the light, as He is in the light, today and every day. In Jesus' Name, amen. 


{Daily Selah} is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Who are you following?


Real Time Management

{Daily Selah}

In the bookstores, in magazines and even on television, it seems people are always talking about time management, whether in relation to raising your kids, your efforts on the job, or even juggling your social life. 


God has a lot to say about time, too. Let's take a look...


God is not limited by space and time as we are. He is eternal and knows the end from the beginning. So why is it that He mentions "time" in over 700 places in His Word?

God created time in increments of days, months, seasons and years. He didn't create these measurements of time for His own benefit, but for ours. Why? The answer is found in James 4:14.

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.


Our existence on this earth is limited. God wants us to be aware that our opportunities are limited by that limited existence. He has provided us an opportunity to know Him, to be saved from the consequences of our sin and to repent, placing our faith in the risen Lord Jesus Christ and to become His children. He sent His Son to die in our place at just the right time. 

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 ESV)

According to Ephesians chapter 5, God has some requirements for us as His own dear children. We are to love, walk in the light, produce fruit that is good, right and true, avoid the unfruitful works of darkness, be filled with the Spirit, give thanks to God, and love one another. 

In addition to being right and doing what is right in God's sight, we have also been given a task of global significance. We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and have been given the task of taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth (Mark 16:15). This is the reason for the admonition given in Ephesians 5:15-17:

 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Our earthly existence is limited. Our opportunities are therefore limited.  We need to make the best use of the time we have been given.

That's real time management. 

Father, thank You for sending Your Son at just the right time. Help me to use the time You have given me in the best way, for Your glory and for Your kingdom. In Jesus' Name, amen. 



{Daily Selah} is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are you on the right path?

{Daily Selah}


Have you ever gone for a walk in the woods and suddenly realized you had taken a wrong turn? Its not a good feeling, is it? 

David was a man who had faced many challenges and dangers in his life. He was also a man who had experienced the awful feeling of having taken a wrong turn. 

David's experiences and consequences brought him to an all-important realization. He didn't always make the best choices and he didn't know it all. 

But, David did know Who would always lead him in the right path and Who would always show him the best and right way, if David would just ask for His guidance and instruction.


Shew me thy ways O LORD; teach me thy paths (Psalm 25:4), David pleaded. 

You and I have also had experiences and consequences that should have taught us that we don't consistently make the best choices and don't always follow the right path. 

"Righteousness" is a word we sometimes have a tendency to over-spiritualize and make more complicated than it really is. Righteousness is, in simplest terms, the state of being right. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that when we trusted in Christ as our Savior and Lord, His righteousness was imputed (credited) to us. A living (or, lived out) righteousness is developed over time, as we consistently choose to think, say and do what is right in God's eyes. 

How do we know what is right? We don't. But, God does. Our prayer must be like that of David if we want to be right (righteous) in God's eyes. 


Shew me thy ways O LORD; teach me thy paths (Psalm 25:4).

Are you on the right path? 


Father, I ask that You would open our eyes, show us Your ways and show us Your paths. Make us righteous in Your sight, for Your glory, I pray. In Jesus' Name, amen.




{Daily Selah} is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Abundantly

{Daily Selah}

Abundance. We often think of that word in reference to material things, like an abundant harvest or an abundance of wealth. The dictionary defines it as a large quantity of something.

Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). 

Proverbs 3:1 tells us that the written Word of God brings life. The living Word of God, the living Lord Jesus Christ, brings life and so much more. He came to bring us life "more abundantly."

An abundant life in Christ doesn't mean money or fame. An abundant life in Christ means  abundance of grace, abundance of joy, abundance of peace and more and more. And Who is the Source of all these things? Jesus Christ, the One who came to give us an abundant life. 

The Bible talks about fruit quite frequently. The fruit of the Spirit - love, joy, peace and all the rest of those life qualities that honor our Father in heaven - do you know what all of those really express? Galatians 2:20 gives the answer:


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

When John the Baptist said, "He must increase, but I must decrease," I don't think he was just speaking of public ministry. In order for you and I to live the abundant life Jesus intends us to live, we have to get out of the way so His life, His abundant life, can be lived out through us. 

Christ liveth in me.  This abundant life is Christ living through us. More abundantly.


Father, thank You for sending Your Son so that we could live. Help us to get out of the way so that His life can be lived out through us, more abundantly. In Jesus' precious Name, amen.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Jesus, Be the Center

{Daily Selah}


If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1 ESV)

Yesterday morning in church we were singing, "Jesus, Be the Center," and while we were singing, I had a sudden realization. 



We often talk about putting Jesus first, but putting Him in the center is much different. 

Asking Jesus to be the center means allowing Him to be in the middle of everything we think, say and do. 

It means not just yielding every area of our lives to Him, but also ALL of every area of our lives to Him.  

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)


Very few of us, if we're honest, can say Jesus is consistently the center of it all, all day every day, every moment of every hour. Let's make that our prayer and invite Him to be the center of all we are and all we do today and every day. 


Jesus, be the center

Be my source
Be my light
Jesus
Jesus, be the center
Be my hope
Be my song
Jesus








Daily Selah is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Things

{Daily Selah}


Yesterday, I upgraded to a much better cell phone than the one I had. Everything is new... new menus, new apps, new ways of doing things and a completely new look and feel to the phone.  

Our God is in the business of doing new things but when He does new things, it isn't just an upgrade. When He does something new, it is a complete and total transformation. 

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19)

When we place our faith in Christ for salvation, God makes us new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). That is a wonderful and glorious transformation in itself, but He doesn't stop there. He wants to produce new fruit in our lives (to make us more like His Son), develop new ways of thinking in us (to align our thoughts more closely with His) and give us new avenues to serve Him (for His glory). 

Philippians 1:6, which says God will continue working in our lives until Jesus comes, is a promise that He will continue to do new things in us, for us and through us. 

Think about how much change God has brought into your life since you first met the Savior. Those are all new things He has done in you. 

When John was given a vision of heaven, he saw and heard the One who is the business of doing new things. 

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5 ESV)

Notice God didn't say, "I have made things new" or "I will make things new." No, He said, "I AM making all things new." He is always working to make things new for you and me and He will continue to make things new. 

If we want Him to do more new things, He is willing but we also have to be willing to allow Him to do His work in us. Obedience and new things go hand in hand. We cannot have one without the other. A yielded heart invites God to do new things in us, for us and through us. 


Father, thank You for making all things new in my life when I met Jesus and for continuing to do new things in me, for me and through me ever since. Father, help me to yield more and more to Your will so more new things may be produced in me - new fruit, new thoughts, new service - all for Your glory. In Jesus' Name I pray, amen. 



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Great and Marvellous




In Your Presence, O God


In your presence
That's where I am strong
In Your presence
O Lord my God
In Your presence
That´s where I belong
Seeking Your face
Touching Your grace
In the cleft of the Rock
In Your presence O God.

"In Your Presence O God" Lyrics
by Paul Wilbur from the album Lion Of Judah





Turn Your Feet

{Daily Selah}

We turn our feet in many different directions every day of our lives. We turn our feet toward our place of work, then back again to the place we call home, and turn our feet toward other places along the way. And, sometimes, we turn our feet in the wrong direction. 

David thought about the direction he was going and realized God's way is better. 

He said, "I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies."

God's way is always the best way. Learning His ways means turning our feet to His testimonies; choosing to seek out His Word and applying it to our lives. 

Let's choose today to go God's way.

Turn your feet.

Father, help us to turn our feet to Your testimonies, to love Your Word and to live in light of Your truth, for Your glory. In Jesus' Name I pray, amen.




Friday, October 24, 2014

Covenant and Mercy


Called to Be Different

{Daily Selah}

My siblings, friends and children might tell you that I've always been a little "different" :) 

But this morning, let's look at a different kind of "different." 

Did you know that as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are supposed to be different?


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

We are called to be transformed, not conformed to the ways of the world. We are called to be salt and light and to be witnesses and ambassadors for Christ.  We are in this world, but not of this world. We're not supposed to look like the rest of the world, nor are we supposed to do the things the world does. 

That's what His promise in Philippians 1:6 to continue His work in us is all about - making us more and more like Jesus and less and less like the world. 


If there is no visible difference between you and the world, depend upon it there is no invisible difference. - Charles Spurgeon


Father, I ask that You would continue to do Your work in our hearts and lives to make us more and more different - less and less like this world and more and more like Jesus, I pray. In His precious Name, amen.



Daily Selah is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live.  



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time to GO

{Daily Selah}


"The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey..." (Deuteronomy 1:6-7).

God said it was time to go; time for His people to take their journey into His plan for them.

Its time for you and I to do the same. The Lord has a plan for you and He has a plan for me. He has something for each of us to do; somewhere we should be going. 

Its time to move from where we are and go where He is leading. It may not be a physical move, but a direction in which we are to go to fulfill His plan for our lives. 

God told Israel His plan was (and is) that they would be "...a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth" (Isaiah 49:6). 

God's plan for believers in Christ is also that we be a light and He has a specific task for each of us to fulfill His purpose. 

He has a plan and a place in mind for you and for me. You may already know where He wants to lead you. If not, ask Him. He will show you.


It's time to GO. 

Father, thank You for Your Word and the truth and understanding of You it brings to our hearts. I ask that You would continue to lead us from where we our into Your will and ways. In Jesus' Name, amen. 




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

God Still Speaks

He still speaks.

Are you listening? 









NOTHING can separate us

{Daily Selah}


No matter what live throws at you, no matter how bad it gets, one thing is certain, unchanging and will stand for all eternity. 

NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ.

NOTHING. 

Paul was persuaded of this truth and shared his conviction to encourage us. 


For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:28-29). 

Whatever you are facing today, know this: God loves you with an everlasting love and He won't let you go. 

NOTHING can separate us. 


Father, I thank You for this wonderful truth that Your love is everlasting and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Thank You for showing us Your love, Your grace and Your mercy. Help us to live like we are loved, for Your glory. In Jesus Name, amen. 


[Daily Selah] is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In the Potter's Hands

{Daily Selah}





Have you ever watched a potter at work? 

First, he beats down the clay to rid it of any air bubbles that could produce flaws later. 

Then the clay is slapped down on the potters wheel. 

Using water and the pressure of his hands, the potter changes the shape and character of that lump of clay, transforming it into something unique and beautiful.

God does much the same with us as He continues His work in our lives to transform us into the image of Christ. 


But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

God is not only our Creator. He is also very creative. He can take ordinary lumps of clay like you and me and transform us into something beautiful.



Thank you Father, for continuing to mold us and shape us into the image of Your own Son. Help us to allow You free rein to do Your work and Your will in every aspect of who we are. In Jesus' Name, amen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

What's Your Top Priority?

{Daily Selah}

We are presented with many choices in this life. Young people are presented with a lot of life altering decisions, one right after the other.  

What career path to follow, where to go to college, where to live, who to marry, where to work and many more. 

Even those of us who are a little more seasoned in life still make choices every day. 

All of those decisions are made based on priorities. What is most important to us? 

Jesus had something to said about priorities. He said, 



But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

This is where our first priority as Christians should always be: God first. He's the Only one who deserves first place. And, He will bless us as we make Him our top priority. 

"...all these things shall be added unto you." 

When God is first in our hearts and lives, He will provide all that we need. 

What's your top priority? 


Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for loving us and teaching us. Help us to make You our top priority all day, every day, for Your glory. In Jesus' Name, amen. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't know what to say?

{Daily Selah}

Many Christians have said they can't share a testimony or share their faith because they don't know what to say. Moses tried making excuses and so did Jeremiah. Take a look at the conversation the Lord had with Jeremiah...

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
(Jeremiah 1:5-8)

We're not called to be a Jeremiah.  Every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is, however, called to be a light, a witness and an ambassador for Christ.  

God promised to give Jeremiah the right words to say. He can do the same for us, if we listen. We have no reason to be afraid to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. God is with us just as He was with Jeremiah. 



Father, thank you for sending someone to share Jesus with us. Help us to listen to Your voice so we know what to say to others. Give us boldness to proclaim the truth of Your Word to all who need to hear. In Jesus' Name, amen. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Love More

{Daily Selah}




Paul's prayer for his fellow believers was that they would love more. 

1 John 4:8 tells us God is love. God Himself is the ultimate expression of love. 

He loves us completely and unconditionally and proved it by sending His own Son for us. 

How much then does He expect us to love? More and more, according to Philippians 1:9.

1 John 4:8 also says that the love we have for one another is proof of our love for God:

He that loveth not knoweth not God; 
for God is love.

The kind of love God requires we have for one another is defined for us in 1 Corinthians 13. The bottom line is, putting God and others first. 

Love more.


Father, thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your only Son for our redemption. Help us to love like You love. And help us to proclaim Your love to the world by loving more. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leave the "Giraffes" Behind

{Daily Selah}

Strange title for a devotional, right? Let me explain...

Yesterday morning, I was blessed with an amazing view of the wonders of God's creation. 

Picture this... 

Wisconsin's rolling hills on either side, basking in a glorious morning sun filtered by hues of amber, scarlet and gold emblazoned on every tree and shrub. Worship music was playing loudly from the car stereo as I was praising the Lord for His goodness. Are you getting an idea of what I saw and felt in that moment? 

Then, all of a sudden, A GIRAFFE!!!   No kidding!!!

No, giraffes are not native to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. 

This one was larger than life, grinning at me from the back of a truck. 

Parents in the USA know him as Geoffrey, the face of a well-known toy store that teaches children to write the letter "R" backwards. 

So, I was driving along, enjoying the beautiful scene laid out before and beside me and this giraffe disrupts my moment of awe and praise. Needless to say, I switched lanes and left that giraffe behind. 

That giraffe was a momentary distraction for me, but every believer deals with "giraffes" of distraction at times.

What is distracting you from your Savior right at this moment? That's where our focus must be. Where should we be looking?

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2). 

Is there a "giraffe" you need to leave behind? 

You know what it is that is blocking your view of your Savior. He does, too. 

David dealt with "giraffes" of distraction in his life, too. Bathsheba was a big "giraffe" that blocked his view of his Lord. If David had left that "giraffe" behind, he would have avoided a lot of heartache. But, at some point, David did learn to fix his attention solely on God. In Psalm 57:7, he said, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise."

Is your heart fixed on your God today? 

Are you looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith? 

Leave the "giraffes" behind. 



Father, thank You for the beautiful and amazing grace You have so freely given us. Help us to fix our attention on You alone and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Keep us free of all distractions so we may live for Your glory alone. In Jesus' wonderful Name I pray, amen.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

Created to Fulfill

{Daily Selah}



This morning when I got up, there was a light mist hanging over my part of the world. 


Did you know mist, rain, storms, hail and snow are all created by the Word of the Lord and all fulfill His Word? 


Take a look:


Praise the LORD from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!
 
(Psalm 148:7:8 ESV)


Everything was created by the word of the Lord to fulfill the word of the Lord.


Genesis 2:7 tells us that "...the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature" (ESV)


Man was the only part of creation in which God took a "Hands-on" approach (and still does), but we were also created according to His word. 


Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26 ESV).


Just like all else in creation, you and are created by the word of the Lord to fulfill the word of the Lord. Why? The answer is found in the verses we began with:



Praise the LORD from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!
 
(Psalm 148:7-8 ESV)


Everything in the earth was created to praise the LORD by fulfilling His word! That includes you and me. 


When we obey (i.e. fulfill the word of the Lord), it brings God praise and glory.


In Luke 11:28, Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”  (ESV)


In other words, when we give God praise by fulfilling His Word, we are blessed!


Created to fulfill. 


Father, thank You for creating us by Your Word. Help us to fulfill our purpose to fulfill Your Word. May our lives bring You the praise You alone deserve. In Jesus' Name, amen. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blessed..

Blessed...







All We Need

{Daily Selah}


God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 ESV)


In the spring of 2013, I took a trip to Georgia. As I waited for my flight at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, I was impressed by the fact that some of the amenities provided had improved greatly  since I had last been there. In the women's restroom, for example, there was a device that placed a fresh cover on the seat each time someone entered the stall. Every business that has public restrooms should consider investing in such a device. Clean and sanitary facilities make every female happy and more likely to come back.


When we travel, many of the arrangements are taken care of for us. We buy our tickets and don't have to worry about who is going to serve the food on the flight or how to get our baggage from point A to point B or who is going to put fuel in the plane. Someone else worries about the details for us. 


In yesterday's {Daily Selah}, So, where are you going? we looked at the journey of the Christian life. Not only did God take care of all the preparation needed for this journey (He gave us His Son), He has also packed our bags for us. Take a look: 


I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who will sustain you to the endguiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus ChristGod is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (1 Corinthians 1:4-9 ESV)


How has God supplied us for the journey?

  • He showed us grace in Christ
  • We are enriched in Him
  • He has given us knowledge
  • the testimony of Christ is confirmed in us
  • We lack no gift
  • He sustains us
  • He is faithful to us


2 Peter 1:3 sums up this preparation and provision God has supplied for us. 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence (ESV). 



I'm so thankful God doesn't simply give us grace through Christ to start us on the way, then say, "OK. There you go. Get on with it."


Our God is faithful and He doesn't do things half way. His works are always complete and perfected. 


He has given us ALL WE NEED, now its up to us to make use of it. 


Father, thank You so much for giving us all we need to live lives pleasing to You. Help us to walk in the light of Your truth and follow Your ways. In Jesus' Name, amen.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So, where are you going?

{Daily Selah}

In The Pilgrim's Progress, Evangelist urges Christian to leave the City of Destruction and begin the journey to the Celestial City.


Along the way, Christian faces dangers and troubles but also finds helping hands and encouragement along the way. When he sees Christ's cross and tomb, his burden falls away.


In the Valley of Humiliation, Christian meets the enemy head on. He overcomes the temptations presented by Vanity and others, escapes the Doubting Castle and its owner, the Giant Despair. 



Faithful, Ignorance, Hopeful, Goodwill, Error and Caution are just a few of the characters Christian meets along the way. Some help him on the journey and some try to turn him away from the path set out before him. 


It is a very old book, written in 1628, but John Bunyan's classic allegory, The Pilgrim's Progress provides an intuitive glimpse of the realities, trials and triumphs of the average Christian's journey in every era. 


In Exodus 40, we are given a glimpse of the very real journey taken by God's chosen people as He led them out of Egypt toward the Promised Land. 

Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. (Ex. 40:36 ESV)


Don't ever think God just puts His feet up and watches the show as we journey through this life. He is an active participant in the lives of those who love Him. He cares, He sees, He knows and He guides. In Exodus, He led His people in the right direction. He wasn't just allowing them to wander aimlessly. 

Sometimes they rebelled and went their own way, just as we sometimes do, but God always faithfully sent a warning or a consequence to direct them back to His ways, just as He does for us. Why? Because He loves us so very much. 

Also in Exodus, Moses had a request of the Lord on this journey.


Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. (Exodus 33:13 ESV)


Moses knew that he couldn't do it alone. So, he asked of God,  "Show me your ways, that I may know you." 

God did show Moses His ways and later, Moses stood before the congregation of the people and said, 

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13 ESV)


God also desires that you and I love him, serve Him and keep His commandments. And, like Moses, we can't do it alone either. In Moses' day, God's presence was visible to the people in the form of the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire that led them by day and by night. 

In our time, God's people don't usually have a visible manifestation of His presence, but we have the witness of the Spirit of God in our hearts, Who came to lead us by day and by night. 

When Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, He said, 

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:13 ESV)

We don't have to wander aimlessly through this life as though we are lost in a wilderness. We have the Holy Spirit to guide us on the journey. He guides us into all truth; He leads us on the journey. A GPS system may work well to get you from one point on this planet to another, but it can't direct you to God's Word or His way. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. 


Where does He lead? He leads us "into all the truth." That's where every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ should be going, getting closer to the Father and travelling in the direction of truth - real, everlasting truth - God's truth.

So, where are you going?


 {Daily Selah} is a mini-devotional, a pause to ponder about the Lord and how He wants us to live.