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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Number 13

Psalm 31:8 NIV

“You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” Whether already ‘stressed out’ or trying to ‘avoid stress’, stress is a conversation center piece and the common life theme of most people these days. There is nothing like having to confront what we would rather avoid. What a welcome relief to be granted some breathing room, opportunity to prepare, a “spacious place” in the face of whatever is ‘stressing us out.’ What a gracious God we have. He cares for His kids so intimately that He even provides breathing room in the midst of stress. Thank You, Father!
 
Number 12

Psalm 26:12 NIV

“My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.” Level ground is something we appreciate more when we have experienced shaky ground. Ask someone who has survived a tsunami or a hurricane about their new perspective on level ground. If the ground under your feet seems to be shifting for whatever reason, God longs for you to know that He is able to support the full weight of your hope. The second portion of today’s Scripture gives us our second focus: any growth we gain following life’s tsunamis and hurricanes is something others need to hear about. Speak up and share it. Others will benefit from your increased confidence in God’s active participation.
 
 

Number 11

 

Isaiah 52:7 NIV

 

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace,

who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Think of how low morale would be if coaches and team captains stopped giving pep talks! Now

think of all the encouragement and motivation folks around you need. More than likely, your feet

help carry more than the groceries. Do your feet also carry positive words and good news? Be the

person who speaks blessing and affirmation, and you will see a noticeable difference in the

 

countenance of others who are touched by your involvement in their lives.

 

 Number 10

 

Prov. 6:28 NIV

 

“Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?”

The obvious answer to the question asked in this verse is, no. To protect her child, a mother gives

instruction about the dangers of fire and the pain its misuse can cause. There are some children

though who crave first-hand experience, and they often learn the hard way that mom was right. As

adults, there are steps / behaviors we must avoid in order to avoid unnecessary pain. “If any of you

lacks wisdom……ask……” The God who calls us to live wisely provides wisdom.

 

Number 9

 

Matthew 18:8-9 NIV

  

“If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut if off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire...”


If everyone heeded these words, would there be anyone left with more than one hand and one foot? The sober truth of this is “there is no one good, no not one.” We all need God’s grace –– even the nicest people we know are lost without it. Jesus’ message in this passage is clear: sin is lethal, and there is only One who is able to deliver us from its power.

 

Number 8

 

Habakkuk 3:19 NIV

 

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights...”

Like an athlete who builds endurance, we will only build spiritual endurance as we stay in training. This verse reveals a God who not only provides strength for our steps, but He trains our feet to scale and master spiritual opposition. God graciously grants us victory as we in faith continue planting our feet in new territory as He directs our journey.

 
 Number 7
 
Matthew 10:14 NIV
 
“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave
that home or town.”
Countless sources along the path of our faith journey will offer numerous reasons why Christianity
is ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘intolerant,’ and ‘unnecessary’. Each time we face the ‘nay-sayers’ with a
conscious choice to “shake the dust off (our) feet” and seek instead those who will mentor our
spiritual growth, not only do we benefit, but so does the one watching our progress as they enter
the beginning stages of their own faith journey.
 
Number 6
 
Deuteronomy 22:4 NIV
“If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet.”
Think of those you know. What burdens are they struggling with? Four little words in today’s verse:
“…do not ignore it.” This is especially true for those you know who are struggling with a lesson God
has already walked you through. Offer what you have – your shoulder, a listening ear, your time,
encouragement, prayer, compassion. One of the best ways to find our own significance and add
meaning to life is to come along side another who is struggling with the weight of a burden too heavy to bear alone.
 
 
 Number 5
 
Mark 5:22 (22-24, 35-43) NIV
“Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet.”
Jairus, a man of position and authority impelled by the desperate need of his dying child, did not
hesitate when he abandoned his status to assume a very humble posture at Jesus’’ feet. Have you
fallen at his feet lately? Regardless of whether it is an ailing family member or a marriage ––
dropping all pretense as we drop to the feet of Jesus is our best chance of help and hope as well
 
 
Number  4   
 
Deuteronomy 8:4 NIV
“Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.”
Do you lack resilience in your faith journey? Do you long for staying power when life’s tension
mounts, or when people disappoint you? There is a simple, powerful message to glean
from today’s verse: God’s anointing rests on His children who choose to move forward in the power
He provides. Even when you are in one of life’s deserts with a dry canteen, God will establish your
steps and keep your spiritual feet strong and mobile as He leads you to refreshment. The key to
success is to make obedience a habit before you face the deserts.
 
Number 3   
 
Exodus 24:10 NIV
“… the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.”  (Additional reading: Isaiah 54:11-12; Rev. 21:15-21)
 
Today’s Scripture passages put an interesting slant on things regarded as highly valuable treasures here on earth. In heaven, priceless jewels and precious metals are used for building materials and street pavement! Think of it. People spend a lifetime contemplating, coveting, and accumulating things. One day, those things are what we long to own, and the next – they own us because they require a greater investment of our time and resources to guard them from being taken away. Ask yourself: “Is my focus on things or people, and is my appraisal of another person’s significance based on what he or she owns?”  Someone once said, “The most important things in life are not things; they are people.” [Word count: 117
 
Number 2
 
Joshua 10:24-25 NIV
“When they had brought these kings to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, “Come here and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came forward and placed their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Because kings are accustomed to having others lower to the ground than themselves, this was the ultimate humiliation, and the encouragement of Joshua’s declaration is for us as well: “…this is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” What enemies do you face right now? Name them. Financial ruin? Wayward child? Loneliness? Today’s passage powerfully communicates God’s dealings with the enemies that come against His children. No matter what you face, be encouraged to press on. The strength and success you gain today will arm you for the battles in the future.
 
Number 1
 
Joshua 3:15-17 NIV
…as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing…”
 
Some days the pressures of deadlines, strained relationships, and late payments reach flood stage. And, instead of helping us escape, God beckons us to stand in the racing current with Him! Instead of "Come away my beloved", we hear Him calling, “Come on in! The water’s fine!” Once we take that first timid step into the Jordan, the results delight us. Our wet feet testify that instead of being swept away, His peace is sweeping over us. We learn that He can transform any torrent in life into a firm, dry place on which to place the full weight of our hope because He stepped in first! [Word count: 107]
 
 
 
 
 
 
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