“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Did you rush through life to store up for yourself fancy houses, educated children, and a nice nest egg for your retirement? Then, years later, downsized, watched your retirement decrease, and contemplated whether your kid’s education was worth it.
Did you neglect to care for the house that really mattered?
You have a house bought at an immeasurable price—God’s holy temple. (I Cor. 6:15-17) Your spiritual body is the temple of the living God. Jesus died for it. Just as a solid foundation supported your home, you must support your spiritual body by feeding on God’s word. Fill your heart and mind with his word until his glory consumes you. God lives! He’s anxious to walk and talk with you.
Prayer: God, help me to commune with you and place my heart on things above.
Meditate: Imagine a garden, a lot like some homes, filled with all the food you could possibly want. No tending, no tilling, no sweating in the hot sun to maintain it. All you do is walk side by side with God in his garden. Stop and think what that might feel like.
Read: Haggai 1-3; John 15:4-10; Act 17:27-28 (NIV)
“. . . I will show my love to the one I called ‘not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘not my people,’
‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
Some of us can trace our genealogy as far back as two hundred years. It’s fun to go on these fact-finding adventures. While going through your genealogy, did you discover an adopted son or daughter? How did that make you feel? Did you feel some resentment over the fact that a member of your family isn’t really a member of your family; not by blood anyway. Well, we too have been adopted, spiritually adopted, through the blood of Jesus. And with this blood-stained, spiritual adoption comes an inheritance.
God declares it’s the children of promise who will be regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Not the children of natural birth.
Too often we get caught up in pedigrees, losing our spiritual self-worth to lowly men of stature. I have a father who has more wealth than any man. He provides me with loads of forgiveness and isn’t stingy with his mercy. He protects me, soothes me, sends ministering angels when I’m in despair, and provides a hedge of protection when danger nears.
My greatest of grandfathers are Abraham, Moses, Isaac, and David. A host of my brothers come from their loins, but Jesus is my favorite. Through him we are made special.
Prayer: God, please help me remember you care about me and that I’m loved by you.
Think: If someone stripped you of all your accomplishments, what would you have left?
Read: Romans 9; Romans 2:28; Galatians 4:23
Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Poet, Novelist
New book: “Selfish Ambition” – http://www.bn.com
A Christian Romance
Just as a reminder, my new novel is out. It’s FREE. It’s a Christian Romance. “Selfish Ambition” can be found at:
Shortly after Sherelle Lindsey transmits her dissertation to Journalism Department heads at the American University in Cairo (“AUC”), a bomb blasts through her classroom. When she wakes, she’s tied to a chair and wonders if she’s been captured by the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Police, or student protesters. To her surprise, she’s been rescued by Army Special Forces and Major Laurence “Lennie” Williams. And how does she thank this wounded soldier who almost died for her? Betrayal. When she and her staff are pressured to come up with fresh stories for The Nation’s News newspaper, she’s tempted to expose secrets she thinks she’s found in Major Williams’ apartment of an assassination attempt on a European target. Twisted by her strong need to become managing editor and her growing love for Major Williams, Sherelle struggles to come clean. Will she choose to ruin Major Williams’ career a second time or will she choose truth and love?
For Major Williams, rescuing someone from the throes of danger was not only his patriotic duty, but the adrenaline rush he needed to survive a broken engagement. After being wounded while rescuing Sherelle Lindsey, his doctor informs him that he can no longer go on covert missions. With no other option, he takes a job as a counterintelligence supervisor in Washington, D.C. Life has no real meaning for him until he sees Sherelle Lindsey on a train. It doesn’t take Lennie long to know he’s in love. Though he can’t explain it, Lennie is certain God put them together. Matter of fact, he believes unequivocally that Sherelle saved him instead of the other way around. But can he convince her of that? Or has Lennie misinterpreted God’s message?
Donna B. Comeaux
Freelance Writer, Novelist, Poet