Willing to be Filled (July 5)

Willing to be Filled (July 5)

Reverence is the posture of voluntary receptivity, an eagerness for everything about God. By virtue of our creation, all of us have a built-in hunger for God; humility and gratitude mean acknowledging that hunger and doing what is right about it.

Made to be Filled (July 4)

Made to be Filled (July 4)

There is no higher request we can make than to be filled with God. When we see this as the meaning of life — to be filled with God ourselves, and then to communicate Him to others — we can begin to fulfill the potential for which we were made.

Walking with God (July 3)

Walking with God (July 3)

It is remarkable that God offers to every one of us the possibility of walking with Him. No matter how badly we’ve wrecked our past, God is willing for us to walk with Him the rest of the way home, if we’ll accept His pardon on His terms.

Friends of God (July 2)

Friends of God (July 2)

To be the friends of God, through His Son Jesus Christ, is no passive or slothful thing. It is the active enjoyment of all the thoughts, words, and deeds that flow between those whose love is strong enough to govern their character and their conduct.

God Is All That We Lack . . . and More (July 1)

God Is All That We Lack . . . and More (July 1)

God gives us many gifts beyond our bare necessities. He is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Our Maker is a God who takes delight in surprising us with the riches of His infinite goodness.

A Difficult Thing for Good People to Do (July 31)

A Difficult Thing for Good People to Do (July 31)

Let us not be deceived. That which passes for “religion” can delude us into thinking that we’re closer to God than we are. It may even be that we are dead, though we have a reputation for being alive. It happened at Sardis; it can happen to us.

The Emptiness of Autonomy (July 30)

The Emptiness of Autonomy (July 30)

God invites us to acknowledge our emptiness and come back to Him. He is waiting for us to seek Him. Our self-rule has been a sad experiment. The results have been shockingly disappointing. At last, is it not time for honesty to open a new path?

Failing to Take God into Account (July 29)

Failing to Take God into Account (July 29)

When we leave God out of our calculations (philosophically, economically, or scientifically), we “boast” of something that human beings, on their own, do not actually possess: the ability to discern what is ultimately good and bring it to pass.

Captivated (July 28)

Captivated (July 28)

No other issue is of as much consequence as our reverence for God. When we find ourselves not merely interested but profoundly captivated by belief in Him, we are ready to leave behind the shadows of “life” and pass into the realm of life indeed.

Continuance (July 27)

Continuance (July 27)

When the time is exactly right, God’s purposes will be gloriously consummated and those who have obediently entrusted themselves to Him will share in His great triumph. Until then, the message to His people is always this: continue!

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