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Who is this King of Glory?

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,

The world and those who dwell therein,

For he has founded it upon the seas

And established it upon the rivers.

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Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who does not lift up his soul to what is false

And does not swear deceitfully.

He will receive blessing from the Lord

And righteousness from the God of our salvation.

Such is the generation of those who seek him,

Who seek the face of the God of Jacob. (Psalm 24:1-6)

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Devotion: Traditions Hinder the Work of The Lord

   “When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. “- Luke 13:12- 17
    Readers, may I pose a question to you? Are you hindering the work of God in you, and through you, because of tradition, law or “my church has always done it this way?” May I ask, dear reader, if tradtition is what you look to, that you repent? Many a spiritual and physical healing may come to ourselves and others, if only our hearts would be flexible enough to receive it. The woman had faith and was delievered. The ruler of the synagogue had a hard heart and was ashamed. If you truly desire the work in your life to be done, then repent of tradition and open up your hearts wide to him. 

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Devotion: The Jealous Warrior Lion

 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. -Ezekiel 39:25


“He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane I’m a tree, bending beneath the weight of his love and mercy…” – David Crowder 

     The word jealous is a wonderous word, especially when it comes to Jesus. He is a majestic king jealous for his bride. Passionately seeking to protect her, care for her, guide her, make her perfect- he is jealous for her. He wants only her- only his bride – the church- will suit him. He won her (heart) by dying for her, and desires that she love him only. She is HIS and  HIS alone. Her dress of brillant white is just the inescapable glory of his righteousness radiating on her being. Stunning, he cannot help but to love her and hold her. And she, cannot help to love the protector, husband, wonderous king who spilit his blood for her. His sash, stain-blood washed linen, drapes over him, shrouding his warrior frame, victorous from having slain  sin and death. The majestic warrior and the magnificent bride unite together. And if she were to turn he would would stop at nothing, like a roaring hungry lion- to have the bride for which he died. 

“I will greatly rejoice in The Lord my soul shall exult in my God 
for he has clothed me in the garment of salvation; 
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decks himself like like a priest with a beautiful headress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up
so The Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up from the nations. – Isaiah 61: 10-11



 “Then I saw a new heave and a new earth, 
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, 
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as bride adorned for her husband. 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. 
He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, 
and death shall be no more; neither shall there be 
mourning, nor crying, nor pain, anymore, 
for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21: 1-4 


 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.- Ephesians 5: 29- 27 

        

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Devotion: The Jealous Warrior Lion

 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. -Ezekiel 39:25


“He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane I’m a tree, bending beneath the weight of his love and mercy…” – David Crowder 

     The word jealous is a wonderous word, especially when it comes to Jesus. He is a majestic king jealous for his bride. Passionately seeking to protect her, care for her, guide her, make her perfect- he is jealous for her. He wants only her- only his bride – the church- will suit him. He won her (heart) by dying for her, and desires that she love him only. She is HIS and  HIS alone. Her dress of brillant white is just the inescapable glory of his righteousness radiating on her being. Stunning, he cannot help but to love her and hold her. And she, cannot help to love the protector, husband, wonderous king who spilit his blood for her. His sash, stain-blood washed linen, drapes over him, shrouding his warrior frame, victorous from having slain  sin and death. The majestic warrior and the magnificent bride unite together. And if she were to turn he would would stop at nothing, like a roaring hungry lion- to have the bride for which he died. 

“I will greatly rejoice in The Lord my soul shall exult in my God 
for he has clothed me in the garment of salvation; 
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decks himself like like a priest with a beautiful headress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up
so The Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up from the nations. – Isaiah 61: 10-11



 “Then I saw a new heave and a new earth, 
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, 
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as bride adorned for her husband. 
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 
“Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. 
He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, 
and death shall be no more; neither shall there be 
mourning, nor crying, nor pain, anymore, 
for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21: 1-4 


 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.- Ephesians 5: 29- 27 

        

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Devotion: What of … Showers of Blessings?

    “Let none say: God has bless us with money and possessions and then live as if they and their God were alone in the world. For the time will come when they realize that they have been worshipping the idols of their good fortune and selfishness. Possessions are not God’s blessing and goodness, but the opportunities of service which God entrusts to us.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer , A Testament to Freedom pp.196-197 

   What is that shower of blessing you have received? Give it cheerfully. What is the monetary extra you have stored? Look like a treasure seeker to find some good use for it in his Kingdom. What is the gain you have gotten by hard work, or gift? Pour it upon a need. What is the spiritual blessing or blessings of friendship that have come into your possesion? Pour them on the weary and wounded. As the rain comes and waters your field, take your buckets and run mad to the  thirsty parched  soul of another and pour refreshing waters over. Do this again and again until you are almost parched, for then and only then will you be ready once more to receive the blessings from on high. 

  

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Devotion: What of … Showers of Blessings?

    “Let none say: God has bless us with money and possessions and then live as if they and their God were alone in the world. For the time will come when they realize that they have been worshipping the idols of their good fortune and selfishness. Possessions are not God’s blessing and goodness, but the opportunities of service which God entrusts to us.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer , A Testament to Freedom pp.196-197 

   What is that shower of blessing you have received? Give it cheerfully. What is the monetary extra you have stored? Look like a treasure seeker to find some good use for it in his Kingdom. What is the gain you have gotten by hard work, or gift? Pour it upon a need. What is the spiritual blessing or blessings of friendship that have come into your possesion? Pour them on the weary and wounded. As the rain comes and waters your field, take your buckets and run mad to the  thirsty parched  soul of another and pour refreshing waters over. Do this again and again until you are almost parched, for then and only then will you be ready once more to receive the blessings from on high.