Daily Devotional | A Magnifying Glass


nHave you ever met someone and thought to yourself, “Man, how can they not see how they act?” Their bad behavior seems to blatantly glare for all to see; except they seem blind to it. I have. In fact, sometimes I don’t even want to be around that person. Usually I think to myself, “I sure wish someone who is close to them would share how they come across.”

When we are small, our parents hopefully began sharing with us early on that our bad behavior was unacceptable. God, in His infinite wisdom, put family and people in our lives to help us to expose our flesh. I know that for me, this is true. When we spend a lot of time with people we are able to see those faults much more easily; it is a lot like a magnifying glass.

We have a choice. We can balk at the “help” or we can accept it. I find it interesting when I hear my own children state that they have found working through certain character issues of their siblings (both dealing with their sibling/s and themselves on the things their siblings pointed out to them) has helped them with their spouses. It was an area that we really pointed out; that God didn’t by accident place all of us together in a family and that we are supposed to learn and grow to be more like Him every day. Much time was spent on discussing these issues and behaviors; as well as how we should speak to each other.

This should not stop when we get married. I often feel like a magnifying glass for my husband.  When we were dating, I remember him sharing things with me as well. It was mutual and I really felt like I could learn. However, when we got married I noticed a shift. He became very defensive when I shared things with him, he was harsh with me when he shared things with me, and he was hypocritical when he demanded more from me in areas. When we had children, things didn’t change for the better. It got worse.

I know often we women are told to “build up our husband’s ego,” “don’t nag,” “make our husband’s feel like a man,” etc., right? But, I would like to challenge this way of thinking. Let’s go back to my original statement. People are not naturally inclined to see their own bad behavior. We are defensive and sinful. God shares in His word for us to hold each other accountable. It also states in Genesis 2:18, “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

Who loves the husband more than the wife?! She is going to be the perfect one to help him see how he does not look like Christ. I found that I was becoming frustrated and hurt when I observed and shared with my husband his sin nature and he was not receiving that as help. Eventually I became angry and that made me upset at myself for behaving in an unChrist-like way. Not all women show their frustration and hurt in the same way; some will withdraw and shut down.

But, the good news is that my husband became involved in Christ Quest Ministries and developed a quest to become like Christ. He began to value my words as help and saw me as part of “his team”, not as his enemy. The more he became like Christ, the more my anger left. The more he became like Christ; the more I wanted his help to lead me more and more to Christ.  Ephesians 5:21-33 is a famous passage that many refer to for helping with marriage. The verse that usually gets overlooked is verse 21, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” I was able to really see this verse in action. The more Tim submitted to God, the more I wanted to submit to him; ultimately taking us both closer to God! How wonderful it is for me to look at my husband and know that to anyone he comes into contact with, that he will be representing God better. I know that he cannot see his areas that don’t look like Jesus easily and I love that he welcomes me to get out that “magnifying glass” to help him. What a difference it makes even in my heart and approach when I know that he will welcome my help; I don’t have that anger or frustration. We are just two people trying to learn how to be more like Christ together! We are a team!

Daily Devotional | Intentional Living


HangoutwithekenLately I have really been meditating on intentional living. So many of us have ideas and thoughts concerning our walk with God, the relationships in our lives and the activities that we would like to do. Yet, we don’t live with intention.

My encouragement in this article, will be to get you thinking about your purpose, your goals, and then how are you planning on getting there. I have two phrases that my family can tell you I do not like, and they are “I will try” and “sorry”. We will leave the “sorry” comment for another article! However, we will address the “I will try”. It is so often an overused and meaningless phrase. Living with intention is not trying, but doing.

The Bible says, “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish it, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ ” Luke 15:28-30. A wise person sits down and makes a plan; they lay a foundation. May I suggest that you sit down individually to work on a personal purpose statement and then as a couple or family to create a purpose statement for the family. Decide what you want to look back at, in 2017 that you envisioned for 2016 and see what you have accomplished. Men, decide what areas specifically you want to grow in.  This will allow you to be a better leader for the entire family. What a wonderful thing to do every year.

Once you make the plan, decide what you are going to do monthly and weekly. At the end of the day, go to your Heavenly Father and ask Him if He is pleased with your progress. Ask yourself, where did I succeed? Where do I need to work harder tomorrow? Do I need to reconcile anything from today? This is intentional living. Make a list of what you will do for the next day. Keep the list with you and look at it; do the items on the list! So many have grand plans, and yet do not accomplish anything. Change starts with a decision. Plans start with a decision. Decide daily what you can and will do.

God even has plans. He says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Do you know what His plans are for your life? Do you spend time daily in His Word? His Word is the foundation on which our plans rest. Husbands, do you discuss with your wife and get her thinking about the areas that need a plan in your life and in the home? Do you pray about these plans together?

Eph. 5:15 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” And James 5:12 says, “Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.” Living intentionally is being careful and wise on how we live; then doing what we set out to do. When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we should do is to pray over the list we made together as a couple the night before. Just think about how much closer our walk with God will be and how we can look back at what we have intentionally completed if we make the decision to live life with purpose!

Once the decision is made, do it! Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to you; but his heart is not with you.” Will you be a person who thinks in his heart and does it; or a person who thinks it and your “heart is not with you”…aka “I will try”. Let’s choose to live intentionally, daily.

Daily Devotional | Jesus as a Young Boy


asaReading the Old Testament many times over the years is something I have loved to do. It is where I find myself going when I want to really feel close to God and see what He is wanting of me. Sometime back, I shared that we were in Munds Park and Ken was writing in his book and I was sitting outside on the closed in porch. The rain was coming down and thunder and lightning all around me. I was reading the Old Testament and underlining all of the words that God said. Wow, what an experience and now I am doing it again. This time in my own home; not that I wouldn’t want to be in the same place with all the thunder and lighting.

My time with God has taken me to a different time and place. I read something that made me start thinking about Jesus as a young boy growing up. Most of my life I have thought about Him as a baby and when He gave His life for me on the cross, but there is not much about Him as a boy and a young man. This created a desire in me to search to see if there is something about His life as a young man. I began to think about when Mary was holding Him in her arms and when He started to crawl and take His first steps. It helps me to put myself in their life emotionally and think of how close His dad and mom were to Him. My mind then drifts to thinking about what He was going to be doing for us and to think that Mary knew that God had set Him apart; so she knew God wanted to use Him in a special way. What an honor.

When I think about little boys or girls learning to crawl, I visualize Mary and Joseph watching Jesus; smiling and talking with each other about how much they loved Him. When I think about little boys and girls learning to walk, I can just imagine Mary and Joseph sitting down on the floor helping Him make it over to their arms. I remember when my girls learned to walk I was so excited for their first steps. I’m sure they were excited also.

When I think about Jesus lying in His mother or father’s arms and how Jesus must have felt in their arms, it brings back memories of me holding my girls and looking into their eyes and feeling overwhelmed with joy that they were mine. All of this helps His life become real to me.

I’m sure that Jesus played with all the children in His family and how He must have sometimes gotten His feelings hurt or if He fell and hurt Himself, and how Mary would have been there to comfort Him. It helps His life jump out of the pages in the Bible and become authentic to me.

I reflected about the time they went to Jerusalem for celebrating the feast and on their way home they realized He was left behind.  When they went back to find Him, there He was, as a teenager, preaching in the synagogue. Can’t you just picture all the priest’s thoughts and their wondering, who is this young man that He would be able to preach to them? That must have been the beginning of Mary and Joseph knowing that God had started His work in Jesus. Wouldn’t it be something if you had a boy and you found Him preaching to the church about God’s ways? Luke 2:42 says He was 12 years old!

Sadly then, we don’t hear about Jesus from that point on until He was older.  In my new desire to search for more information about His youth, I found all kinds of things about Jesus being in Britain. I typed in “was Jesus in England?” and among various links, I found an article that I have included in my Nancy’s Notes. I really enjoyed it, and thought you would as well.

Please note that we do not know where Jesus was in the “missing years” for sure, yet it is fun to read this account. What we do know for sure is Jesus did grow up into a man and was willing to go through all that He went through, for us. What love He has shown us and because of His example we need to thank Him every day. Personally, I always want to thank our Creator for His love for us; that He would give us such a gift of Love.

CHRIST in BRITAIN

The study of Jesus in Britain touches on the Royal family, the establishment of the Church, Paul’s visit to Britain, and even the founding of the Roman church.

Various and many historical documents indicate that, after Jerusalem, the first Christian church was established in England. It’s founder, and founder as well of many seminaries, was Joseph of Arimathea, the uncle of the Virgin Mary. He was Jesus’ great uncle. Joseph was a rich merchant with a large fleet of ships that ran the tin trade for the Roman Empire, between England and the Mediterranean.

As Jesus’ great uncle, Joseph became Jesus’ Guardian (by Law, as next of kin) when Mary’s husband Joseph died early in Jesus’ life. He took Jesus with him on his journeys to Glastonbury, England. The place we know as Avalon; the King Arthur Avalon. This is the location of the first Christian church built above ground.

To paraphrase an old saying, “All Christian roads lead to England.”

The following information was taken from two of the many volumes on the subject of Jesus’ spending time in Britain. They are, the Traditions of Glastonbury, by E. Raymond Capt, and Did Our Lord Visit Britain, by C.C. Dobson.

ABSENT EVIDENCE

If Jesus was indeed absent from Judea from age twelve to age thirty, as some believe, we should be able to find evidence that this was the case. In Matt 17 Jesus was being asked for the Stranger’s tax. They seemed aware that Jesus lived in Capernaum. They didn’t know if he was exempt from the tax, having been gone for a long time.

John the Baptist, who was Jesus’ cousin, and spent time with Jesus as they grew up, was very uncertain as to Jesus’ identity at his baptism. If Jesus had spent the “lost years” in Judea, he and John would certainly have seen each other at the three yearly Feasts.

Then we find two accounts of Jesus’ identity being questioned. “Is this not Joseph’s son?” “Brought up here?” (Luke 4) “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matt 14) And in John 1 we find that Nathaniel, who only lived five miles from Nazareth, doesn’t know Jesus. Capt says that Nathaniel was from Cana.

JESUS’ VISITS

Of Jesus’ visits to England, scattered evidence abounds. Here’s a short scenario from C.C. Dobson:

“As a boy He was brought merely for a visit by Joseph of Arimathea on one of his voyages. Later as a young man He returned and settled at Glastonbury for the purpose of quiet study, prayer, and meditation. Here He erected for Himself a small house of mud and wattles.” Dobson goes on to present historical evidence.

In a letter to Pope Gregory, St. Augustine states that there was a church “constructed by no human art, but divinely constructed (or by the hands of Christ Himself), for the salvation of His people.”

The historian, Gildas, says Jesus’ “Light and precepts” were “afforded…to this island during the …last year of the reign of Tiberius. Tiberius retired to Caprae in A.D. 27.

William of Malmesbury includes in his writings the contents of a letter given by King Ina to Glastonbury, 700 AD.”To the ancient church, situate in the place called Glastonbury (which Church the Great High Priest and Chiefest Minister formerly through His own ministry and that of angels…..” This confirms Gildas’ statement that Jesus had a ministry at Glastonbury.

The historical records called the Domesday Surveys, also bear witness to Jesus’ presence in Glastonbury. These surveys state that Glastonbury contained 12 hides (160 acre parcels) of land that “have never paid tax.” This was because the King Arviragus gave these parcels to Joseph of Arimathea when he arrived in England in 37 AD.

TRADITIONS

Four of the many traditions of Jesus coming to England are discussed in Capt’s book.

Ancient carvings on the stone arch of Place Manor Church has an insignia of an anchor, a lamb and cross. The accompanying pictographs tell the story of Jesus and His uncle coming to Place for tin.

Another traditional story is that of Jesus teaching the miners of Cornwall how to smelt tin from ore.

Old Cornwall mining Ordinance maps show two interesting names. “Corpus Christi” (Body of Christ), and “Wheel of Jesus” (wheel is a Cornish name for mine). Also found in abundance in Cornwall’s mining area are “Tunic Crosses.” These crosses picture a Christian cross on one side and the image of a young lad dressed in a short tunic; obviously not a picture of a crucified or risen Christ.

This quote from Capt relates the Mendips mining area to Joseph and Jesus. “Traditions among the hill folk of Somerset relate that Joseph, after first seeking tin from the Scillies (islands) and Cornwall, came to the Mendips and was accompanied on several occassions by the boy Jesus. At the parish Church of Priddy, high on top of the Mendips, they have an old saying: ‘As sure as our Lord was at Priddy.’ And a carol sung be the children of Priddy begins: “Joseph was a tin merchant, a tin merchant, a tin merchant, and goes on to describe him arriving from the sea in a boat.”

Much has been written about the Lost Years of Jesus. Many accounts place him in India. One South American tradition sounds very much like Jesus visiting that continent. In fact, many say that the complete and speedy success of the Spanish invaders was due to this tradition; that the Visitor prophesied that He would return.

Consider. If Joseph had a fleet of ships, that gave Jesus access to worldwide travel. Do not doubt for even a second that world travel to ALL lands was possible. There is abundant evidence to prove the fact.

The traditions of Glastonbury and Cornwall form the following scenario:

Joseph of Arimathea was an uncle of the Virgin Mary, being a younger brother of her father. He gained his wealth as an importer in the tin trade, which existed between Cornwall and Phoenicia. On one of his voyages he took Our Lord with him when a boy. Our Lord either remained in Britain or returned later as a young man, and stayed in quiet retirement at Glastonbury. Here he erected for himself a small house of mud and wattle. Later Joseph of Arimathea, fleeing from Palestine, settled in the same place and erected a mud and wattle church there.

The contents of these several pages on the Cradle of Christianity will be found to overlap. That can’t be helped, as the whole topic takes in many areas of study which all relate importantly to each other. So the study of Jesus in Britain touches on the Royal family, the establishment of the Church, Paul’s visit to Britain, and even the founding of the Roman church.

Most of all if want to thank Jesus for being willing to go through all that he went through for us and finally is hung on a cross. What love He has shown us and because of His example we need to thank Him every day. I also want to thank our Creator for His love for us that He would give us such a gift of Love.

Daily Devotional | Personalizing The Fruit Of The Spirit


whiteIn Galatians 5:22-23, there are nine words used to describe the fruit of the Spirit. The following verses are provided to illustrate the Scripture’s use of those nine words. After you have located each verse in your Bible, please write it out in the space provided. Then please notice the amplification supplied for each of the words. We examined the word “Love” in the previous lesson; here our first word for consideration is the following.

JOY = Chara; to rejoice. Contrast with two other New Testament words: Agalliaomai = fluctuating joy that comes and goes with life’s circumstances, such as joy in the midst of a worship service; more of a surface emotion; Euphraino = the robust revelry of a feast with good friends. Notice that JOY is used in this sense…that it is the result of…

Luke 15:7-10  (Note that the source of joy is repentance.)

John 15:11 (What are “these things”? “Abide in Me, keep My commandments.” This source of joy is obedience.)

John 17:13 (Here we see encouragement and assurance bring joy.)

Philippians 1:25 (This is the joy that comes from progress. Note that the amount of progress does not determine the amount of joy. Joy is a product of the Spirit. God is Spirit. Therefore, joy is produced in our human spirit as a result of God successfully accomplishing His ways in our lives.)

PEACE = Eirene. Peace can be characterized as a lack of turmoil or conflict. But perhaps more accurately it is characterized as the proven assurance that, in fact, God is in control and that His ways are true and dependable.

John 14:27 (Here we want to contrast peace with a troubled and fearful heart.)

Romans 8:6 (A frame of mind…of the spirit; or a spiritual frame of mind which seeks out what God wants.)

Romans 14:17

Romans 14:19

Philippians 4:6-7

Philippians 4:9 (Practice = [Greek] prasso, [present imperative], do these continuously, over and over.)

Colossians 3:15 (Rule = [Greek] brabeueo, to preside as a judge or umpire…in your hearts.)

PATIENCE = Makrothumia. (makro = large, great; thumia = rage, passion, anger) There cannot even be negative passions brewing underneath.

James 5:7-8 (In verse 7, the farmer is patient because he understands the process and that, no matter what he does, it is going to take time.)

I Peter 2:20  (Even the world clearly understands that the consequences of wrongs being committed result in our accepting punishment.)

KINDNESS = Chrestotes. Being of service to others to lead them into God’s grace.

Ephesians 2:7 (God demonstrated His grace by an act of service to all mankind, that act of service being our salvation, and as His workmanship He intends for us to demonstrate His kindness to others.)

Luke 6:35  (As God is kind to evil men, so are we to demonstrate kindness through serviceable acts, without ulterior motives, other than to help others toward the truth and benefits of God’s ways.)

GOODNESS = Agathosune. This is moral goodness; comparison with God. In fact the English words, “God” and “good” are etymologically related…God-like-ness.

Ephesians 2:10 (We are created for works that bear the image of God and His goodness.)

Luke 18:19  (Jesus points out that no one is good except God alone.)

FAITHFULNESS = Pistis. This is literally the noun, faith. It means trustingness; the level at which we trust God and His ways increases as we let Him work in our lives.

James 1:3-4 (Our ways are not God’s ways. As such, to do things His way doesn’t naturally seem right to us, so we have to trust that God’s ways do work. Acting upon this trust enables us to see and thereby validate that God is trustworthy. This results in us growing more godly, and as we do so, then God continues to lead us toward the next step.)

I Peter 1:7 (The proof of our faith as seen by others, which equals trustingness, is that same godliness which was built into our lives by God as a result of the trust we have already placed in Him.  Others see that God’s ways work!  That is how we bring honor and glory to God.)

MEEKNESS = Praus. This word speaks of excellence of character, a demeanor of gentleness, humbleness, mildness.

Matthew 5:5 (This word demonstrates the gentleness which comes from one whose spirit is under the control of Christ; it pictures a horse which has been tamed.)

II Corinthians 10:1 (Paul recognizes that the Corinthians he is addressing have a lowly perspective of him and think of him as unimportant, and he is willing to accept their appraisal.)

SELF-CONTROL = Engkrateia. Literally, “in” and “strength,” to mean inner strength.

I Corinthians 9:25 (The words, “temperate,” “strict training” and “self-control” are all translations of engkrateia.  Self-control will require maturity in the human spirit.)

For more on the subject of Fruit of the Spirit look at purchasing the DVD by Ken Nair called Measuring Spiritual Maturity.

Daily Devotional | Life Choices: Saul or David


UntitledAre you a Saul or a David? Let us take a look at two men that God selected to be King for His chosen people. Both started out as men who loved God; but both did not finish out their life that way.

Saul was a handsome, tall man who came from a very upscale and wealthy family. He came into his reign when there was much turmoil in the nation of Israel. The people were worshiping other gods and nations around them constantly were threatening to make war. Surely this man of “greatness” could successfully lead the people to safety and prosperity. Sadly, Saul quickly began to step away from being obedient to God and decided to do things the way he wanted to. In 1 Samuel 15:3, we see God ask Saul to “go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” Saul does not obey God and spares their King plus some livestock. Then on top of his disobedience, he lies about it and acts as though he did what he was told it so he could make a sacrifice to God. Samuel is so heartbroken. He states to Saul something like this. Good grief man! God doesn’t want your sacrifice! He wants your heart to love and obey Him! You are rebellious and arrogant to do what you wanted to do rather than to do what God commanded you to do! And so, due to your complete disrespect, disobedience and rejecting God; God has rejected you as King. “Then Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.’” (1 Sam. 15:24-25) Let’s stop here and fast forward to another story.

David was selected to be King when he was very young. He was a shepherd boy and actually gets passed up when Samuel came to his family to “interview” which young man God would select. In fact, God even warns Samuel before they get there of what to look for. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him (Eliab). The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7. Speed through David’s life after he becomes King and we see a man who is anything but perfect; he has many wives and concubines, he was guilty of murder, and he even committed adultery. And yet, God continued to forgive him over and over again. David did love God’s law though. We read in so many verses of where he clearly declares this. Repeatedly we see David cry out to God in repentance and realigning himself back into the ways of the Lord. The thankfulness is clearly spoken of by David’s words. We see a man who even though he struggles through life, he has a strong faith and love for the ways of God; never giving up.

In closing, let us now go back to compare Saul’s confession and the confessions of David. Is God unfair? Life is full of tests. We will sin. But, do we defiantly state that we did commit our sin then, twist it to excuse it? Then after we are caught, share that we are so “sorry”. Clearly, God can see the heart behind this! David had a heart after God as it says in 1 Samuel. What is that? It is when we consider our spirit; the situations that we are experiencing daily, and assess what represents Christ and what doesn’t. Then, a heart that is after God grieves over sinfulness and asks to be forgiven but most of all repents. True repentance is where we turn away from the act/sin/bad attitude/etc. and walk TO being Christ-like! This is what portrays a heart after God. After we have accepted Christ as Savior We are supposed to follow Him. It is up to us if we are going to follow Him and have a heart after Him or a heart after our own flesh.

Daily Devotional | Analyze Your Quest


fdI recently went to a convention where I heard something that I find applies to the pursuit of Christ-likeness. They taught us that there are 3 types of people: Posers, Amateurs, and Professionals.
Poser: a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not; a person who acts in an affected manner in order to impress others
Amateur: a person who does something without professional skill; a person who is somewhat unskillful
Professional: a person engaged or qualified in a profession

If you were to do a self-examination, or have your family express to you how they view your success at portraying Christ in your quest, where would you be placed? Here are some questions I would like to pose in order to encourage you to see where you are.

Do you show up just to go through the motions? Are you a “poser”? Sadly, we see many men just “show up” for the online or live classes. They do not come with questions to discover contrasts between their current ways and God’s ways, their Event Cards are not done, and there is no evidence of them earnestly seeking how they can be more like Christ. They are pretending. This causes such frustration in both their wives, family, and even within themselves. It is easy to just show up. But if you want to see growth, you must show up with a determination that shows in your actions. An athlete cannot just show up to practice and not participate. They will never reach their goals if they do not engage. We desperately want you to be greatly blessed by God in your efforts to know Him. It takes practice and effort; engaging deeply to identify and understand your spirit so that you can know His Spirit.

Once a man decides to “go for it”, he has to leave the poser status and become engaged. Understanding one’s spirit is something that needs to be learned. Oh what joy to watch a man as he begins to exercise himself in his journey to Christ-likeness. However, we do not want them to stay in this state. The actions of engaging by allowing himself to be disciple by following the skills he’s being taught, he will grow you from being an amateur at first to becoming a professional. Most athletes begin as an amateur but those that want to be successful will work extra hard. What a feeling to see and hear the success stories of growing relationships. These relationships begin to grow because of an understanding of their human spirit and it is developed by the hard training as they practice applying the skills. During what athletes call “hell week”, the athlete is put through a rigorous week of hard practice. At first, it will seem like nothing more than “hell week” but those who persevere will enter into the professional status.

Finding the blessings of understanding your spirit, developing an understanding of God’s Spirit and your wife’s spirit is indescribable. Even the Bible will come alive like never before. I want to encourage all men to hang in there as he experiences what to him seem like “hell week” so they can enter into the professional rank of Christ-likeness. This does not mean that perfection has been accomplished. It does mean that these men are ready to do whatever it takes to be the leader in their homes. They are engaged and qualified. In their homes, they make sure they spend time with their wife every day; they listen to her heart and watch her face. When their flesh is exposed, which it will be for all of us as long as they are alive, they will be enhancing their ability to die to themselves. Professionals get paid more than the amateur. Men that work at being in the professional status get “paid” with relationship blessings that come from doing things God’s way.

I want to encourage you to really take the time to analyze where you are at. Are you ready to step up and challenge yourself to become a professional, or are you going to be a poser? At Christ Quest Ministries, we love helping men to learn the skills of being a professional. Are you ready for the challenge?

Daily Devotional | King David’s Quest of an Enlarged Heart


ewewPsalm 119; what an amazing chapter! There is so much meat in it with opportunity for many different messages. I am going to only cover a few verses in this devotional.

Psalm 119: 30-32 The way of faithfulness I have chosen, Thy judgments I have compared, I have adhered to Thy testimonies, O Jehovah, put me not to shame. The way of Thy commands I run, for Thou dost enlarge my heart!

First, let’s look at a few words:
• Faithfulness (truth KJV): (emunah) firmness, security, fidelity (Firm adherence to a person or party with which one is united, or to which one is bound; loyalty)
• Chosen: (bachar)to try; select –acceptable, choose, excellent, join, require
• Judgements: (mishpat) a verdict, pronounced judicially especially a sentence or formal decree; divine law, individual or collect including the act, the place, the suit, the crime and the penalty
• Compared (laid before me KJV): (shavah) to level, equalize, resemble, adjust
• Adhere: (dabaq) to impinge, cling, to catch by pursuit, to be joined together
• Testimonies: (eduwth) testimony, witness, a recorder (witness)
• Enlarge: (rachab) to broaden, (make) large, make room, make (open) wide

I see a man crying out to God to open his heart with Him. He is showing his quest to God. His words are knitted together revealing that he has a firm loyalty; enabling him to select and even require of himself excellence in that loyalty. He has envisioned the law’s requirements and the sentence or penalty for the way he lives his life. Looking, even weighing them; using a level to see the penalties attached to each. Then, observing and adjusting the results of each decision. David’s actions include clinging and wanting to be joined to The Witness, Jehovah. And what is his desire? He runs toward the goal of a wide open, broadened, large heart; making enough room to hold all that God has for him.

Wow! This is a great definition of a quest. There is so much self-action in these verses. Do you ever read in any of David’s writings of how he longs or wishes for his wife (wives) to “get her act together” before he works on his quest? Oh that all men who love God would desire to see all that God has for him. David isn’t making excuses or waiting for someone else to show him what to do. He himself is doing the weighing and adjusting. The benefit is clear to him of living a life that is measured and compared to Jesus. How much then could the man who has chosen to live firmly bonded to Jesus give to his wife, family and all that know him.

I urge you to take your Bible and dig into the richness that can be found in its verses that normally you would just skip over. There is so much depth and instruction in the words. Step into the emotion of the writer; feel the author’s heart/spirit, and your heart/spirit will grow!