The Dogfights (#jammed daily devo, day 201)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 201: Dukes up.

“Moses (to God):  Who am I to confront Pharaoh and lead Israel’s children out of Egypt?'” Exodus July 203:11 (VOICE)

Today’s verse is a dogfight. God is telling Moses to go to Pharaoh and demand the release of the Egyptians, and Moses is telling God ‘no.’

dogfight-A device used in marches and piano rags to introduce a contrast in style and break the flow of the composition with a loud and intense musical statement.

“Who am I?” Moses says. Moses …it’s God! Just do what He tells you to do! Are you kidding? 

 The dogfight is special because it characterized by a musical interaction between instruments or groups of instruments playing a short musical phrase followed by another short musical phrase by a different group of instruments.

A dogfight is a musical conversation. Can’t you just hear the trumpets play as Moses whines? And the big bellowing tubas as God responds to Moses. Back and forth, until God finally allows Aaron to speak for Moses.

“Who am I?”

When we wonder who we are, God reminds us we are His. Even when we dig our heals in, turn and run, or bury our heads in the sand. We are still His. Always His. Whether or not we acknowledge our Creator, Author of us He is. We may not be able to talk directly to Him through a burning bush like Moses, but we can dogfight through prayer. He will respond.

Moses was honest with God, and God looks at the heart. He honors those who honor Him. Moses felt unworthy, unqualified, and scared. When we feel the same, we can talk to Him, too. Jesus is bridges the gap from our unworthiness to God’s holiness. He is the Way we talk to God. He is the Truth God speaks to us. He is the Life we receive when we accept Him as our Savior.

Who are we?

His.

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Father, Praise You that we are Yours, now and forevermore. Thank You for Jesus, and His willingness to lay down His earthly life for us so that we can dogfight with You. Forgive us for our doubt and hesitation. For our lack of faith in who You made us to be. Please bless us and strengthen our hearts and resolve to follow Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The Accidentals (#jammed daily devo, day 200)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 200: A slightly different sound.

“This is My name forevermore, and this is the name by which all future generations shall
remember Me.” Exodus 3:15

July 19

When I heard the name of one of my favorite bands while subbing for the High School Band teacher, I realized just how out of my element I was.

“Watch out for the accidentals,” the student teacher advised.

I almost shouted, “Hey, I know them! Love that band!”

But the room full of adolescents knew exactly what he meant, and went on playing without  missing a beat. I scribbled in my journal instead of asking what it meant. And this is what I …well, Google …found:

“An accidental in music is a symbol that indicates the modification of a pitch.”

Interesting, isn’t it? Our pitch can change. We definitely go through a lot of change as we grow up and grow old.

Not God. Today’s verse assures us that He is the same. Then, now, and always.

“I am.” Exodus 3:14

God is unchanging. We don’t need to watch the verse stanzas for the accidentals. He is the same from the beginning of the Bible to the very last page. For all of time and to the end of time …God promises, “I am.”

We may be all over the place in this life, but Christ is constant. The Way. The Truth, and the Life. He knew us when God knit us. He loved us when He hung on a cross for us. When we accept Him, our hearts will forever be on a course charted to be more like His. And He will always walk with us. The key to our insecurity lies in trusting that in His arms, we are secure.

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Father, You are constant, and we praise You. Thank You for Your loving us as much today as You always have. The perfect love of the great I Am. We confess any previous denial of Your Son, and fully accept Jesus Christ to be our personal Savior. Forgive us, and grow us in holiness, forevermore. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The #GodisGreater Shirt (#jammed daily devo, day 199)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 199: Be bold.

“So the impossible is possible with God.” Luke 1:37 (VOICE)July 18

In a sea of high-schoolers, it’s cool to see a #GodisGreater t-shirt drifting down the hall. It’s been a while since I walked the halls of a high school, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.   Young people are impressive. They’re generally ready to make a difference, and it’s encouraging to see so many of them are on a mission to make a difference for God.

My daughters are still in elementary school, but the teenage years will be here before I’m ready. The challenges that era of life will bring, for them and I, will be a chapter we’ll remember …for better or worse. As a parent, I scratch my head trying to figure out how that can be my kid walking the hall proudly with the #GodisGreater t-shirt on. How can I protect them from making the same mistakes I made?

“The impossible is possible with God.”

Impossibilities are the challenges God has prepared us to face ….with Him. My daughters don’t have to walk down the same roads I did if they are following His lead. God’s grip on my life serves as a witness of Him to them.

“For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37 (NIV)

Not one word. When I say that something will never, ever happen …I feel an automatic feeling of regret. That’s become a signal to the next challenge I’ll inevitably have to face. But when God says it, He’s capable of fulfilling it. His Word is Truth.

“We’re not waiting on the proof of God, we are proof of God.” Pastor Steven Furtick

Our lives are proof of His possibility, and our children are in His hands. Jesus will chase them, as He did us. I’ll be the first one to hug them if they do, but I pray that my daughters wont’t have to live through the same messes and mistakes I did.

Once we learn to trust God and follow Jesus, the Spirit translates our striving into purpose.

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Father, Praise You for impossibilities. Thank You for allowing us to witness so many of them become possible through our faith in Your Son, Jesus. Forgive us when we fear the future and doubt Your capability through our faith to break cycles. Bless our children to follow You fast and furiously, never veering …to experience the full calling You have on their lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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The Crowd (#jammed daily devo, day 198)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 198: Fit in there.

“I’m working hard to comfort and encourage them so that they will be knit together—that manyJuly 17 hearts would become one through His love.” Colossians 2:2 

When Paul was writing this letter, there was a lot of talk about the kind of knowledge required to “know” Christ. And Paul, I like to imagine in his own wonderfully over-dramatic way, had to be shaking his head and wondering how they could have missed the mark by so much.

Loving Christ has less to do with what we know, and everything to do with what we believe. Questioning and seeking factual and historical knowledge can be crucial to building a solid foundation of faith. And should be encouraged! The Bible’s historical accuracy is fascinating! But the quest for that type of knowledge has never been a requirement to follow Jesus.

“Believe, and follow me.” That’s the key to eternal life. Believe and follow Jesus. That’s it. It’s cool to know all kinds of Biblical trivia, but it’s not necessary. That’s not the point of spending time in the Word. The wonder of God’s Word is the witness of His movement in and out of our lives.

He speaks to our prayers, guards and guides our hearts. God’s Word is living, moving, and breathing. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Word begins to flow in and out of our lives like the wind …invisible but palpable. The Spirit moves to translate our prayers and His Words into a spiritual, soul-stirring symphony.

Over-dramatic Paul. Shipwrecked, beaten, jailed, and tormented Paul …had Peace. And he so desperately wanted everyone else to have it to. Especially the beloved followers he spent time nurturing. Because when one soul meets Jesus, it sparks a wild fire. He knew every thread of our being and every thought we entertain before He died on that cross. His love is incomprehensible to the human mind. It’s surreal …Truth.

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Father, Praise You for Paul. Thank You for the trail of his life and of Your love that we read and experience through Your Word. Forgive us for neglecting to make more time for to spend in it. Bless our days with stretched-out minutes to experience the soul shaking reality of Your Living Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

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The Next Turn (#jammed daily devo, day 197)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 197: What’s next.

” So now who will lead us…?” Judges 1:1July 16

“How did I miss that?!” I laughed, knowing my tendency to overlook HUGE details …like the fact that my passport had not expired before sending in my request to renew it. I filled out the rest of my mission application, scanned it, and sent it off. I could feel the excitement … the ‘meant to be’-ness of it all. My dream was finally coming true. I was going to Africa! Until … I discovered ten minutes later that the next trip conflicted with the dance recital dates that I had triple checked.

“Now what?” In a swing of twenty minutes, my hopes were realized …and then deferred.

Today’s verse tells of God’s people looking for their “now what?” Moses passed leadership to Joshua, so after Joshua’s death, the people naturally looked for the next leader that God would provide. The book of Judges records an in-between era, before the first king of Israel was chosen. In that time, God’s people were dealt judgement for their disobedience, and deliverance from invasion.

The promised land was in disarray. How could they have let that happen?

The story of God’s people is one of what not to do with hope deferred. Let’s not fill in our own answers when God is quiet. To remain faithful and hopeful and know that He’s got the best plan, and that all of steps in it are equally as important. I will prepare, and follow, and serve until it’s my turn to go …to Africa. I think sometimes, He checks our hearts for the ready and willingness to go when He says it’s time.

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Father, Praise You for missions! Thank You for the opportunities we have to serve and love Your people around the world. Forgive us for becoming frustrated with hopes deferred and trips delayed. Help us to trust You and hear Your voice louder than all others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Traveling,

Megs

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