#SoulDeep Daily Scripture Reading : #newlife

28. Lamentations 5:21

"Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old" Lamentations 5:21
When we think of the word “restoration,” we think of an old car being brought back to its former glory or an old photograph being saved and brought back to life by means of editing software. Time, wear and tear, or the over usage of something calls for renewal. It happens to be that our Lord is in the renewal business and desires to restore things back to their former glory.  

Restoration is defined in terms of bringing something back into existence or back into use. It also means to put something back into its earlier or original state. Renewal, like restoration is the rebuilding of something at large.

As we read through today’s Scripture in Lamentations, we see a need for serious
renewal and restoration. Lamentations 5:21 says: “Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; Renew our days as of old…” This passage talks about a time in Israel’s History where God’s people had been sent into captivity by the Egyptians and Assyrians. There was a need for the people to both pray and to repent, so that God could restore them to their former land.

The prophet Jeremiah is the one said to have penned the book of Lamentations. We clearly see that he was lamenting and pointing to a day of future restoration for God’s people. Shock, grief, humiliation, suffering and chaos due to sin and idolatry were the cause of the authors need to lament.

Please keep in mind that before there could be renewal or restoration like Jeremiah was pointing to in the Old Testament times, there was a path that had to be followed. It started with the depravity of mankind. Man’s sin lead to sorrow. Sorrow lead to repentance, repentance lead to hope. Hope lead to faith and faith lead to the type of restoration that only God could give His people. That restoration came through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on Calvary.

Even though the book of Lamentations was written as a collection of five different poems, all written in the style and rhythm of an ancient Jewish funeral song, Jeremiah saw the future coming of Jesus and pointed to our need for His coming.

Today, some many years later, we have Jesus. God’s Healing Spirit lives in us as believers. It works to restore and renew our lives in more than imaginable ways. Marriages are healed, painful memories are washed in the blood of Jesus and people forgive. The prophet’s prayer for restoration proves that God makes all things new. The Lord desires to redeem, renew and restore.

Today is also a call for rejoicing and celebration. Join with me and thank Yahweh that He restores and renews us through His grace. Thank Him for His love that is poured out through His Spirit. Ask Him to fall afresh on you and then sit back and watch as He makes beautiful things out of your life.  

~Misty Keith

27. Psalm 90:5-6

"You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers."  Psalm 90:5-6
I love how God seems to always take me somewhere other than I think we are going through this ‪#‎souldeep‬ scripture journal. Today's ‪#‎newlife‬ word is restoration, so I was curious as to the restoration of "what"?

In context, Paul is writing another letter to the church in Corinth because he has received word they are in turmoil and rebellion, in part to the presence of Paul's opponents. The church has fractured into inharmonious factions and the unity (belief of the Gospe...l) which was present at it's beginning, has been lost. The restoration of this unity is Paul's urging with his writing.

It was interesting to me how the different Bible translations expressed this first charge from Paul (this is a good example of why to read from multiple translations)
HCSB - become mature        NASB - be made complete        KJV - be perfect        ESV - aim for restoration
So, in simpler terms, Paul is basically saying, grow up and get along!

The ESV version is what we are reading in our journal and I appreciate the inclusion of "aim for". This recognizes that unity should be our goal - should be MY goal. But in reality, I can only control my heart, words and actions; I can't force anyone else into agreement [of the Gospel] or restoration or peaceful relationship.

God keeps bringing a particular relationship to my heart as I am studying today's scripture. Maybe He is bringing someone's name to your heart also. Let's be attentive today. How can we apply this verse to that relationship?
I'm going to begin by praying this scripture over this person and I'm going to ask God to give me the desire for unity and restoration and peace with them. A willing heart is the first step. [MY willing heart]

Will you take that first step with me today?

~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

26. Psalm 51:10

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

In context, Psalm 51 is a "Penitential Psalm" written by David as a result of the prophet Nathan convicting him of his sins in committing adultery with Bathsheba and his arranging the murder of her husband. David was so stricken with remorse and repentance over his sinful actions that he begs God to him a new heart and a spirit which will resist temptation. He is requesting the renovation of his entire mental and moral nature.

This is big, it's well beyond "I'm sorry". It's ...seeing his sin as God sees it and wanting to be someone else. He's going to the one who created his heart and asking Him to create a new one.
Have you ever been there? So desperate and caught in your sin that you didn't want to be the same person anymore? You wanted to be someone totally different, to be someone that would make totally different choices.

I know I have. And the only one who can make us new, is the One who made us to begin with, God.

Maybe you're living with the pain of regret of sin right now and you don't know how to get rid of that pain and guilt. Give it to God. Read the full chapter of Psalm 51. Pray it out loud to God. Ask Him to create in you a new heart and renew your soul so that you can stand against that temptation. God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. I know because He answered mine, and He will answer yours.

~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

25. Lamentations 3:22-23

"The LORD'S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23
    

24. Zephaniah 3:17

"The LORD your God among you is powerful— he will save and he will take joyful delight in you. In his love he will renew you with his love; he will celebrate with singing because of you."  Zephaniah 3:17
Several years back, a worship song showed up on the music/concert scene. It seemed as if every Christian recording artist performing at the time was covering the new song on their latest album. The song was played on the radio, sung in churches during Sunday morning services and also played as worship during women’s Bible study events.

Hearing the song on a more frequent basis caused many people to take an interest in it and begin to wonder what the lyrics were based on. I personally remember playing the song over and over again, which then lead me to open my Bible and search for the words from the song.

That song was none other than Mighty to Save.
After careful searching, I discovered that Mighty to Save was written based on a single Scripture, Zephaniah 3:17.

Many people do not spend too much time reading or studying the book of Zephaniah. There are so many other, more popular sections of Old Testament Scripture. The entire book can be summed up in the pronouncement of judgement, an appeal for repentance and perseverance, and a promise to the faithful.

After uncovering where the song Mighty to Save came from, I decided to further read the words of the prophet. Zephaniah ends his prophecy with a note of joy and celebration assuring all who read the Scriptures that God is faithful and He will save His people. We have solid reassurance that in the future day of the Lord, there will be singing, exultation and rejoicing.

It is noteworthy to repeat, God will deliver His people from their enemies and God’s people will be exulted. His love will be seen and deeply felt. He will quiet us with His love. Although the book of Zephaniah begins with a “chant of doom and gloom,” it ends with God’s desire to bless and save those who belong to Him.

Let’s all pause and be thankful today that our God acts in order to keep the destructive force of our sin from completely destroying us. He has already delivered us from the doom and gloom that we deserve by sending us His Son Jesus as a ransom. He indeed is our Mighty One Who Saves.

Praising God while reading Zephaniah 3:17 and worshiping to Mighty to Save.

~ Misty Keith

23. Romans 7:6

"But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code."  Romans 7:6

22. 2 Corinthians 13:9

For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.”
2 Corinthians 13:9 ESV
My college years were filled with questionable choices and less than stellar moments. That was a few years ago.
OK, more than just a few.

Rushing into decisions on a whim sent me into confusion overload. Giving half-hearted effort to my classes left me feeling weak and unfulfilled. During those unfocused years, I often remembered simple songs and sayings I had learned as a child. One in particular stood out in my mind…
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong."

Weak? But I didn’t want to be weak. I didn’t want to always be striving but never reaching, always trying but never getting anywhere. Was I destined to be a weakling all my life? Would I constantly feel as though I was clawing my way out of a deep hole I had dug for myself? I longed to be strong, yet I couldn’t figure out how.

I just hadn’t learned yet how to be a fighter.  [ continue reading ]

~ Kristine Brown

21. Psalm 119:37

"Turn my eyes away from gazing at worthless things, and revive me by your ways."  Psalm 119:37
I don't know about you, but I get distracted by shiny objects. The enemy knows it and uses it to his advantage. I think the psalmist gets distracted too, so he's asking God to help him stay focused.

Doing my study, I was able to list a lot of the shiny objects the enemy uses to distract me. I know what they are, that's not the issue. This issue is "how", how do I not let myself become distracted, how do I turn my eyes (and heart) away from worthless things?

The answer God gave me was "be rooted" in Him. To have the love of God rooted in my heart, the love of the world must be rooted out. And how do we do this? One way is by being rooted in God's Word.​
Listen to some of these other words for "rooted": firmly implanted, entrenched, established, grounded, abiding, continual, habitual, life long, long-standing, persisting, routine, sustained, immersed, anchored, riveted, secured, unshakable, never-failing, uncompromising, unwavering, in the blood.

Truth is, if our hearts are rooted in God's Word, there won't be room for the weeds of the world to take root.

Dear Lord, thank you for the precious gift of Your Word. I long to be so rooted in it that I do not notice the things of this world that the enemy used to temp. Guard my heard against these attacks and temptations. Create in me a desire which can only be fulfilled by Your Word. Revive me and direct my steps to follow only the path which you have laid out for me. In Jesus' most holy name, AMEN
 
​~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

20. Ezekiel 36:26

"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26
The oracles (prophetic messages) from Ezekiel to God's people span approximately 20 years and begin a few years into the Jewish exile to Babylon (2 Kings 24:10-25:21). Ezekiel is speaking to the nation of which he was a part that harboring a shattered faith as they were forced from their own land. He s...peaks from a heart of understanding as he is with them and sees their struggles and pain.

Ezekiel speaks a great deal on Israel's sin and God's judgement on Judah and Jerusalem in the first half of the book. The section in which we find our key verse nestled is a message of restoration and hope wholly dependent upon God's gifts to them.
"I love this description in the ESV Study Bible: With false hopes shattered, Ezekiel's oracles now point to the true source and proper shape of life renewed."

Friends, in the midst of our sin and exile, we can find hope! Hope from the One who speaks from a place of understanding since He lived among us.

My heart was once like that of the exiled Jews...hardened by my sin. It was like the rocky ground. I was unable to soak up the fullness of God's grace and mercy. I had a stubborn heart resistant to His Hand and devoid of true love. It was only once I saw the true extent and consequence of my sin nature that I was able to let God enter and replace my heart of stone with one receptive to soaking up and retaining His glorious truth and salvation (Matthew 13:18-23).

Why...? For the sake of His holy Name (36:22)! We are renewed and restored with a new heart and spirit so that we can declare the greatness of God and bring Him the glory due His Name.

What are you doing with your new heart and spirit? Are you glorifying the Lord and bringing praise to His Name for the restoration work He has done within you?
 
​~Sarah Travis

19. Psalm 40:3

"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD." Psalm 40:3
Psalm 40 is one of my favorite Psalms because I too have been in the pit. I have called out to God and He heard me. He pulled me up out of the pit and set my feet on THE solid rock.

These verses are my story. Maybe they are your story too.

God's mercy shown in verses 1 and 2 have led the psalmist to sing a new song. No longer crying out for mercy, God has delivered him so now he sings songs of praise for everyone to hear and know what God has done for him.  And this is why we tell our stories. For others to hear testimony of what God has worked in our lives so that they too will put their trust in God!
I found a comment in my ESV study Bible interesting, "One's reception of God's help is not complete until he gives public thanks."
It begs to question, is there something God has worked in my life for which I have not given Him the glory? Did I take the credit? Did I falsely give credit elsewhere?
Soul Friends, lets take time today to give the glory to God for all He has done in our lives. Let's tell someone so they can also know the life-changing mercy of our God.

​~ Jana Kennedy-Spicer
[ read more on the blog today from our guest Angie Webb ]

18.  Deuteronomy 32:2

May my instructions descend like rain and may my words flow like dew, as light rain upon the grass, and as showers upon new plants. Deuteronomy 32:2
Two things really stood out to me today.
 
​First, how we need to receive God's teachings like a gentle and constant rain or dew, which comes every morning.
 
I can't claim to be a gardener, but I have let enough plants dies to realize that an occasional single large watering is not what promotes the best growth, if any growth. A little nourishment on a constant basis brings the best results. And so it is with our spiritual growth.
 
A random deluge of God's Word may flood our lives in the moment, but a flood usually produces run off and not very much rain really soaks in.
Dry seasons can develop between these types of waterings. Just like summers in Texas produce huge cracks in our yards, dry seasons without seeking nourishment from God can produce spiritual cracks in our lives. For me, this was just another reaffirmation of God reminding me to seek Him daily.
 
The second thing which stood out to me today was Moses' delivery method of this particular teaching, it was in the form of a song. To me, a song and rain go hand-in-hand. I just love the melody of a soft rain on a tin roof.
 
~Jana Kennedy Spicer
 

17.  Titus 3:5

"he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,"  Titus 3:5
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16.  Psalm 71:20

"You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again." Psalm 71:20
      
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Psalm

15.  Matthew 26:28

"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins..." Matthew 26:28
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Matthew #forgiveness
In context, we find Jesus partaking of the Passover meal with His disciples, on the same evening He will be betrayed. In verse 27, Jesus has taken up the cup of wine, and begins to speak to His disciples... " for this is my blood..."

The cup foreshadows the shedding of Jesus' blood and the absorbing of God's wrath, which opens the way to redemption to all people through the new covenant
relationship with God that was promised to the people of Israel. (ESV Study Bible)

If we visit back to Exodus 24:8 we see Moses confirming God's covenant with Israel with oxen blood, this was sealing the "old" covenant. But the blood of Christ (which would soon be shed) ratifies the "new" Christian covenant of grace and supercedes the first covenant.

So what does all of this mean for you and me?
‪#‎grace Jesus blood shed for us absorbed God's wrath toward us.
 
Lord Jesus, it is beyond my comprehension that you gave your very life - perfect and holy - to pay my debt for being blemished and sinful. My prayer is that everyone would know of and receive this most precious gift. Forgive me for taking your sacrifice for granted. Forgive me for living in a manner not worthy of your offering. Thank you for loving me... anyway. In your name we pray, AMEN
 
~ Jana Kennedy-Spicer

14.  John 13:34

" A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." John 13:34
This scripture just tugged at my heart today and it was exactly the conversation I needed to have with God.

When Jesus was giving what would be some of His final instructions to His disciples, He gave them a "new" commandment. Now, loving one another wasn't really a new commandment, in fact, it went back to the OT (Lev 19:18). But what was new..., was HOW we were to love one another :
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #love #John
"... just as I have loved you, so you must love one another...  "When the disciples heard these words, I'm sure they didn't quite understand the full meaning as they were still unaware that Jesus was about to give His life to save theirs (and ours).

So do we have to physically die to show our love for someone? Well, some do just that or put themselves in situations that risk their lives for others. But that's not everyone's reality. I think we can show love for others more than ourselves by putting their needs and well being above our own. Sacrificing something we want in order to give someone something they need.

What are some ways we can do this?

Dear Lord, thank you that you love me - broken, sinful, prideful, unworthy and ungrateful me - so much that you gave your life to ransom mine. And what do you ask in return, for me to love others as you loved me. I know that only through your mighty love in me, can I do this. So infuse me, fill me to the brim with your love spilling over onto others. Convict me, when I fail to do so. Oh I pray others will see you through me. That my life will be a reflection of your love. In your Son's most precious name, AMEN.

​~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

13.  Romans 6:4

"We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."  Romans 6:4

12.  Psalm 98:1

{A Psalm.} O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Psalm 98:1
      
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Psalm

11.  2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #printable #2Corinthians
    

10.  Isaiah 40:31

"Those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength, they will mount up with wings like eagles They will run & not get tired They will walk and not become weary" Isaiah 40:31
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Isaiah
I spent the holidays with my family in the beautiful little town of Breckenridge nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Breckenridge sits at 9,000 feet above sea level.

One thing you immediately notice being at a high altitude is even the simplest everyday tasks take a lot of effort. Lifting suitcases from the car to the condo, walking up the stairs, or even unpacking makes one’s heart pound, you feel light-headed, and gasp for air.

My family and I needed new strength.... We longed to run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint, and soar on wings like an eagle across the ski slopes with little effort and energy.

In Isaiah 40:31 God promises fresh strength for those who hope in Him.  (​continue reading)
 
Blessings, Rachel Britton

09.  Romans 12:2

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2
This familiar verse in Romans takes on a richer, fuller meaning when we take time to define ‘conform’ and ‘transform’ so we can more thoroughly understand Pauls warnings to the early Christians, and us.

He not only expects us not to be a part of the world but we should not be in agreement with or comply with the standard of prevalent sin within society. Another definition for conform is harmony, meaning we should not allow ourselves to become swayed by the pressures of society to be in unity with the demands of anti-Christian agendas and social issues of the day.
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Romans
As Christians, we don’t often take a bold stand against the social norms of our time because we do not want to be perceived as someone who does not show the love of Christ.  But the blood of Christ, sacrificed for our sins to transform us into a new creation, requires a bold stand against the ungodly mentality of a sinful people.

The only way we will ever be able to know where the line in the sand begins and ends is by knowing His Word and allowing it to transform, or change, the way we think and the character we display to the world.  If we don’t spend time in the Bible reading what God says to us, we won’t know what side of the line we should stand on, because let’s face it, if we are ignorant in the Word, the world’s rationale can sound very convincing.

Often the enemy will come to us with a “bleeding-heart” mentality.  He will use God’s Word against us, twisting it like he did with Eve in the very beginning.  There will be just enough truth to the lie to cause us to cross over the line, thinking we are showing Godly love to our neighbor, when in fact we have compromised the very Word we say we cherish.
 
 
~Stephanie K Adams

08.  1 Peter 5:10

"Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little." 1 Peter 5:10
1 Peter, #souldeep, #newlife
During the time Peter wrote this letter, Roman Emperor Nero was violently persecuting Christians – even feeding them to lions.

Because of the suffering Christians were facing, Peter encouraged the followers of Christ their suffering is but for “a little while” (v10) compared to the “eternal glory” (v10) they receive through Christ.

Even today we find ourselves, both as individuals and as the
whole body of Christ, facing threats to our Christian beliefs.  As each day passes, modern day Christians in America find themselves as a minority voice against the loud roar of the anti-Christian crowd.  It seems inevitable we will one day find ourselves stripped of all our Biblical principles and possibly even denied access to our Bibles.  Although our struggles in America, as real and as important as they are, can in no way compare to the suffering of Christians around the world, all of us can find comfort in the Word of God given through Peter in this letter.

As Peter reminded those early Christians, so we can be reminded, no matter the struggle or suffering we face, it is Christ Himself who:
  • Restores all the enemy has stolen from our lives
  • Confirms the purpose of His calling for us
  • Establishes His testimony in our lives through our suffering
  • Strengthens us through the trials we face

Ultimately, we should remember our suffering is but for a moment and our completed hope is the eternal glory we have been given through the sufferings of Jesus Christ on the Cross.​

~Stephane K Adams
Real Women Ministries

07.  Joel 2:25

"I will #restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer and the cutter, my great army , which I sent among you." Joel 2:25
Today's scripture has been very special to me for many years. God led me to it at a time when my life and family was in the midst of being devoured by locust. I memorized the scripture back then, but never broke it down and studied it in context. I actually started today's journal pages thinking "oh, I know this ...one" and not expecting anything new, but WOW - did God reveal himself to me today!

I don't have a teaching today because it is all just so deep and personal, but I do have a challenge for you.

As you personalize the verse, don't just change "you" to your name - call out what has been eaten (corroded, attacked, devoured, swallowed, decomposed, wasted away) from your life. Identify your locust, what's been doing this?
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Joel
Shine a light on your loss. Was this in your past? Has God restored your "years"? If so, let the realization of God's restoration flow through praise and thanksgiving. If not, pray for this restoration. Lay your request at His feet. Let the Lord hear your prayers. Make your petition known to God, just as the people did in Joel 2:17.
 
~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

06.  2 Chronicles 7:14

"when my people humble themselves the ones who are called by my name and pray, seek me, and turn away from their evil practices, I myself will listen from heaven, I will pardon their sins, and I will restore their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #2Chronicles
We often quote this scripture as an anthem or call to arms for the people of our country to repent, to turn from their evil practices so that God will heal our land. ​But today, a different message stood out.
 
In context, Solomon has just finished the temple and this verse of scripture is a promise delivered directly to him from God.  The promise of 'heal their land' includes deliverance from drought and pestilence as well as the return of the exiles to their rightful home. A physical promise that we see being fulfilled by God in chapter 12 (v7).
But if we read the scripture closely we see that the physical deliverance by God here is an early modeling of God's gift of spiritual deliverance - eternal salvation - which would be fulfilled by Christ.  And in both scenarios, the key to unlocking God's beautiful gift is the same: humility, prayer, seeking (God) and repentance.
 
Salvation from God is a gift, it is not something that we can earn through acts of service. But as a gift, we do have to receive it. God very clearly tells Solomon that if the people want the restoration that God is offering, it requires them to do something. The specific vocabulary used (humble themselves, pray, seek, turn) describes the different aspects of a heartfelt repentance. And in the NT this message is reinforced in Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.”, that repentance is the key to receiving God's gracious gift of salvation.
 
Father, thank you for our gift of restoration and healing. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Forgive my prideful heart, my stubborn, unrepentant heart. Remind me of your words, of this scripture -- remind me that your healing is waiting on the other side of my pride and all I need to do is lay my pride and sin at your feet and pick up your gift of restoration, of spiritual healing and renewal. In your Son's precious name, AMEN.
 
~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

05.  Ezra 9:9

"For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem." Ezra 9:9  
Reflect/Verse Mapping
We were slaves to sin, yet God did not abandon us to the sin and give up on reconciling with us.  He showed His unchanging love for us and restored our relationship with Him and returned to us eternal life. Let us build up His church – the body of Christ – by telling others of His grace, mercy, and unfailing love.

Relate
God’s love for us is so deep He gave up His only Son, Jesus, to restore eternal life to us – even though we were far from Him enjoying life and giving no thought to His sacrifice.

Such amazing love!  How can we not tell others?
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #Ezra
He could have given up on us, turned His back and walked away.  But instead He gave; gave all He had to give.  He risked it all on the Cross in the hope that one day we would say “Yes” to Him.​

Pray
Jesus, thank You for not giving up on me.  Thank You for pursuing me, loving me, and dying on the Cross to bring me back to You.  Thank you for Your amazing love. Help me find someone to share Your love with today. In Jesus’ name – Amen.

Cross References
​Genesis 24:27
Joshua 1:5
Psalm 9:9-10

~ Stephanie K Adams
Real Women Ministries

04.  1 Peter 1:3

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" I Peter 1:3
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #1Peter
What touched me today was Paul's opening comments of praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of new life. Because I think sometimes we take that gift for granted.

That day, that moment of grace and mercy brings pure joy. But what about 3 months later, 3 years or 30 years later...?

When the "newness" of new life wears off. Do we become settled and complacent? Does "being saved" or being a "Christian" become just a label? Does going to church become just another part of our weekly routine?
Each day as I see Christian's in other countries being killed, tortured or enduring extreme circumstances just because of their faith, my heart just breaks. But is convicted at the same time that I should not become comfortable with my Christianity. The gift of new life is much too valuable. Had Christ not died on the cross and risen from the dead, then none of us would have access to the living hope of an new eternal life in Christ.

This is my heartcheck for today, and my reminder for tomorrow and every day after, to always be thankful to God for this indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Thank you Lord for this life giving gift of your mercy. Thank you for loving us that much. The hope this brings is the only thing we have to hold on to some days. Though trials and suffering will happen, loss and tragedy will come also. But because of the promise of an eternity which comes with the new life you give, we have a strong hope of deliverance. No matter what happens here, we can live here in the reassurances of our eternity with you. In your Son's precious name, AMEN

~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

03.  2 Corinthians 4:16

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16  
We are all born dying.

We can grow and thrive and mature, but as each day ends, our bodies have died just a little more. And for me, turning 50 this year, some days I feel it a lot! 

But even with this truth, God gives us reassurances: ...
1) 2 Cornithians 5:1 NLT - For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is we die and leave the earthly body) we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself."
and 2) Even though our earthly bodies, or lives in general, may face great suffering, our soul can continue
#souldeep #newlife #scripture #2Corinthians
to grow and flourish as we are transformed day by day into God's image (2 Cor 3:18) Looking less like me and more like Him.
 
Heavenly Father, thank you for your daily renewal of my soul. Thank you for your reassurance that you mercies and strength and grace will never run dry. Lord, when my circumstances are heavy and I want to become discouraged or give up under the weight, remind me of this scripture, remind me that my external suffering is building my internal character. Draw my attention back to you when I want to focus on my circumstance instead of your holiness. In your Son's precious name, AMEN.

~Jana Kennedy-Spicer

02.  Ecclesiastes 1:9

"The thing that hath been, it is the that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun."  Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV
Gils Exposition explains to us that "everything is the same over and over again and that is the reason why the eye and ear are never satisfied (v.8). The same objects, visible heaven and earth and all therein, which have been since the beginning, is what shall be, there is nothing else to be seen and heard and ...enjoyed. The works of creation which were finished from the beginning of the World continue as they were every since. The various seasons of day/night, summer/winter, autumn/spring, heat/cold, come in course as they always did. The sun rises and sets at it appointed time just as it did 6,000 years ago."

This may sound woesome initially, especially as The Preacher speaks on this subject to say that striving or being disappointed in the lack of something new is in vain.
 
** What is here is what there is **
So be ‪#‎content‬. Wanting something other than what God has given us is vanity. Why do I know better than God what I need?
It is also vanity in that it is a waste of time (v.8 the eye is not satisfied) spent complaining, being disappointed or even angry with God!

We must determine to be content. "... for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." Philippians 4:11

"content" - at ease, fulfilled, gratified, satisfied, peace of mind, delight, suffice, be enough, calm quench, soother, sweeten, joyful, harmony, serene, thankful

"in vain" - bringing no advantage, barren, empty, ineffective, profitless, unfruitful, unproductive, hopeless, pointless, exhausted.

So what do you want to be? Me, I want to be content. Now I have to determine to be content.

Thank you Lord, for your promise of the seasons, of the standing of your creation. Help me to be more content with all of these gifts you have provided. Remind me of this scripture when I begin to seek things out of your will spurred by my disappointment or dissatisfaction. Forgive my pride and vanity for assuming I know better than you what is needed in my life. In your Son's name, AMEN.

​~ Jana Kennedy-Spicer

01.  Jeremiah 31:25

​​“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." Jeremiah 31:25 ESV
"Languish" is not an everyday word for me, but looking at that definition and those synonyms, it has become an everyday feeling for me.

languish: * to become weak; fade...
* to lose vitality
* to undergo neglect
* to suffer hardship and distress
* decline
* deteriorate
* faint
* grieve
* wilt
* die on the vine
But what hope this promise from God brings me! That He WILL replenish my weary and languishing - weakening, neglected, distressed, grieving, suffering, wilted - soul!!

But just as the people of Israel - in bondage and exiled away from home - it will come in God's perfect timing in order for His perfect plan to be fulfilled.

Oh Lord, replenish my weary and languishing soul!! In your great wisdom you knew that I needed to read this - to hear your words, these specific words - TODAY. Perfectly times and divinely delivered. Thank you Father for your promise of replenishment, thank you for seeing my wilting soul and for loving me so much. My faith will stand on this hope and promise that I will again see fountains of joy. In your Son's precious name, AMEN.

~ Jana Kennedy-Spicer