Poetry Friday 09-23-2022

A poem posted at my other blog Step Ahead is inspired by the post “Loving God and Neighbor” which shares the most important commandment. Love is life and you never fail as long as love is in your heart so desire to learn the principles of Christ, invite Him into your heart to guide your every step, and build a path from a place of doom to a place where you flourish and bloom.

Read the word, have a quiet time along with prayer, plan out ways to love your neighbor, and gain inspiration to step ahead on these plans with the song First Love by Kari Jobe.

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Powerful Designer

All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised Him to life. – Philippians 3:10

A takeaway from “Desire to Follow the Plan” is that the complexities of our planet indicate a deliberate and powerful Designer who not only created our planet, but also sustains it today. We have the opportunity to plug into that same power from the Designer of it all but to plug in, we need mercy and the desire to follow the plan.

The world doesn’t offer a best way. Some say that this is the best way and others say no … that is the way and there is a constant competition for getting people to join a certain way. We worry and never enjoy the moment, but one way is the best. Our mood is always lifted by the positive affirmation God gives us through His Son.

Take that step ahead along the Way today with the song The Same Power by Jeremy Camp and receive the power to overcome any challenge along the path.

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Desire to Follow the Plan

From the beginning of the book of Job, we know that Job lost his children, his livestock, and his property. Then he was subject to more trials with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head (Job 2:7).  Job’s friends said that he was being judged for some sin he committed so Job wanted a chance to defend himself because he believed he was a righteous man and didn’t deserve to be judged.

The first speech of God to Job has the effect of humbling Job. Then more questions are asked and the more questions that are asked, the more Job realizes that God is in total control and that Job feels challenged by his abilities. In Job 40, even more questions are asked by God to Job about nature. This time, about the ability to control storms and the ability to command thunder and lightning (v. 9). Then questions about trapping the Behemoth which is the most powerful and fearless beast of the creation (v. 19).

The take away for me is that the complexities of our planet indicate a deliberate and powerful Designer who not only created our planet, but sustains it today. We have the opportunity to plug into that same power from the Designer of it all but in order to plug in, we need mercy and the desire to follow the plan.

This day with You Lord, we need mercy. We need help and the desire to follow Your plan. Help us to be bold, to step ahead, and seek the best Way going forward. We have pressing challenges, but You can respond to the tough issues because You are the miracle worker, the promise keeper, the Light in darkness, and the Way Maker. Amen.

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Questions for Reflection for Study of Job 40-42

We are nearing the end of our journey through the book of Job with three more chapters to go. We will continue to be focused on the purpose of this blog as we continue to use it in helping us to apply His Word in our life.  I’ve found it to be a great tool in my journey through the Bible and you, my readers are keeping me accountable to daily Bible reading and study.

We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

Here is a link to all the devotionals done so far

Index of devotionals

Anyone can join in as we journey together.

Also, the concepts presented in God’s Perfect Timing offer ideas for using our time wisely and the lessons of God’s Plan for Us gives a method towards making an impact in the world in which we live. 

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the book of Leviticus over the next few weeks, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day amazing!

Questions for Reflection

Job 40 – What is the effect of God’s first speech on Job? In what areas does God challenge Job’s ability? How have you been convinced of the sovereignty of God? Do we need God’s justice or His mercy?

Job 41 – How does God describe Leviathan whom He has made? Does God explain why He does what He does? Recall those times when you have asked God why? What has God told you about His ways?

Job 42 – Precisely what is Job convinced of regarding God? What confession follows (See 40:3-5)? After this study of Job, what are some ways you can put your new and reinforced knowledge into practice? What are some goals for your future?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts

Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print.

“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.

“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.

Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.

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“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.


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Spiritual Journey Through Job 35 – 39

God has a purpose for us in all stages of life be it a teenager deciding what type of career they would like to pursue, a college student, a young professional, a leader within a business or organization, or someone nearing or already in retirement. At all stages of life, the Bible is helpful in providing what is needed to be successful. If you have not done so yet, click the follow button to be notified of future post.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at ways to apply the word found in the book of Job and sharing some thoughts that not only can benefit you now but also help the next generation too! The greatest of all possessions one can hand off to future generations are the guiding principles taught by Christ Jesus.

On the journey through the book of Job 35, Elihu tries to answer more questions which were touched upon in the post “Step Ahead to Victory”. Job has been crying for help since his life was turned upside down. One point that came from the study is that maybe prayers are not always answered because God has bigger plans.

From “We Trust Because He First Loved Us”, noted was that God teaches by the Bible to spark a light of faith in each heart leading safely through the mists of doubt. The Son teaches with clear principles that are straight from our Creator and radiates His Spirit which lives in each believer.

Elihu gives a talk in Job 36:24 through 37:24. The post “Greatness of God Expressed in Nature”, that challenges Job to consider how deep and inconceivable God’s counsel is compared to that of fellow man.

Pointed out in “Reflection” is that the creation of the earth is humbling. Think about how much is done every 24 hours and how God is involved in all the affairs of the world. The earth rotates to produce each day and night, the moon somehow remains suspended in the sky, and the rain makes the plants grow to produce food.

Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? – Job 39:27

The above scripture is a question to Job from God that resonated with me in reading Job 39. In the post “Precious Part of His Creation”, one thought shared was that we should not depend on information alone but also use our common sense or instincts in making decisions. Some people have called it a gut feeling!

Keep up with my spiritual journey over the next few weeks either through following this blog by clicking the follow button on the top right side of this page or by liking the Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God – A Spiritual Journey. Let’s share thoughts or ideas about applying our faith so we step ahead along the path to victory.

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