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Open the Door

Week 45, Wednesday Anya Roberts Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (nasb) In the verse above, the Lord made a statement that has become one of the best known texts in the Bible. The meaning of the verse is that the Lord is right outside the church at Laodicea, asking for individuals to give Him His rightful place. What a beautiful view it gives us of the Lord Jesus, patient and pleading with men. Artist Holman Hunt has captured Jesus’ appeal here in his work. He painted a famous picture of Christ, The Light of the World, which depicts the Lord, wearing a crown of thorns, standing outside the human heart, patiently knocking and calling to let Him in. The story goes that someone said to the artist, “Mr. Hunt,...

Turn On the Light

Week 45, Monday Anya Roberts Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. . . . You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:105,114 (esv) Imagine what it would be like to live in a world without any electricity or even simpler lighting like kerosene or storm lamps. When night falls and the sun has set, the darkness would be complete. On occasion when I’ve been hiking in the mountains of Poland, far from a city, town, or road, I have been in almost complete darkness. When I was a young lady I loved to hike in the wilderness areas of my home country to get alone with God in the midst of the fabulous nature He created. It was so refreshing. But it was also essential that I have light with me. Without it I would be totally lost at night. All...

Sacrifice

Week 44, Weekend Dorothy Patterson For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 The woman who is conscious of spiritual poverty is aware of her limitations. She does not have the character of the Pharisee, who felt no spiritual need. Rather she identifies with the publican, who in spiritual poverty confessed himself to be a sinner (see Luke 18:9-14). She not only recognizes her own spiritual shortcomings, but she also desires to be better though she has nothing with which to meet that need. This condition alone is necessary to enter the kingdom (see Matthew 5:3), and it is within the reach of everyone who is willing to accept God’s grace as a free gift. Remember the Syro-Phoenician woman, who did not receive the answer to her desperate petition until she became poor in spirit. This pagan woman made her request irresistible to God when she acknowledged Jesus as...

Be God-Sufficient

Week 44, Friday Dorothy Patterson But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 The world says that you must believe in yourself, express yourself, and realize your own potential. Such self-reliance will supposedly guarantee you a place in the world. On the other hand, God’s way is for you to come face-to-face with Him. You are reduced, by His very presence, to being “poor in spirit.” Your life ends in the death of your own desires and willfulness; your joy bows to sorrow for your own sinfulness. The power of your being in control is swallowed up in His victory. Death, sorrow, pain, weakness—all these the Savior experienced in His journey to the cross. To merge your life with His, you must drink...

Pursue Holiness

Week 44, Thursday Dorothy Patterson For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:16-17 (nkjv) In the Old Testament, humility often indicates lowliness or even affliction (see Psalm 9:12). In the New Testament, the word may also suggest a demeanor that assumes dependence upon God and respect for others. This character quality resulting in a holy and set-apart lifestyle does not naturally evolve from human instinct but is a spiritual discipline achieved with determined obedience to follow the Lord’s principles. Some religious monasteries have been luxurious and those who inhabited them indulgent. The French painter Victor Marais-Milton (1872–1948) enjoyed painting scenes from the lives of Catholic cardinals. His colorful compositions showed their luxurious living. In the oil painting A Tasty Bite, the cardinal, surrounded by...

Finding our Identity

I was busy. Too busy. Working while in school, three kids going ten different directions, a recent move to a new state and my pastor/ husband meeting and greeting as we tried to find our footing. Makes me tired just thinking about it! This pace of life wasn't anything new; this was our life. A continuation of the life we had at our last church and I understood this was for a season. I was sure things would change when the kids grew up, and we completed grad school. It was in this setting that my husband was planning a mission trip to Mexico. No problem, I got the kids. Plans were set but in God's infinite sense of humor Rob got sick the day before the trip. Since it had already paid in full, the church asked if I would be willing to take his place. "No worries," they said, "we will take...

Reveling in Christ’s Sufficiency

Week 44, Tuesday Dorothy Patterson Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (nkjv) The wise of the world have always despised the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3, nkjv) or anyone considered to be a weakling or wimp. Someone with self-confidence and a take-charge attitude is sought, admired, and followed in every realm of life. On the other hand, the Christian woman is blessed because she realizes her own spiritual helplessness. Poverty of spirit is essential for Christian growth and was never meant to be an end in itself. There is no entry into the kingdom without this fundamental quality, which first and foremost means the emptying of yourself. A woman cannot be filled with the Spirit until she has been emptied of herself. Laying hold of Christ presupposes letting go of yourself and recognizing your own inherent worthlessness until your heart is emptied of self and filled with...

Wholly His

Week 44, Monday Dorothy Patterson Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (nkjv) Poverty of possessions does not necessarily produce a woman who is humble or “poor in spirit.” Mrs. H. L. Hunt, whose husband was a rich and powerful man, depended upon the Lord as have few other women. She certainly had an abundance of worldly possessions—priceless art, valuable antiques, and a picturesque estate. She generously undergirded ministries through her inspiring stewardship and generous philanthropic giving. She was a gracious hostess to friends and neighbors as well as acquaintances and strangers. All that Ruth gave and did for others is not what most endeared her to me; rather, I saw a life marked by humility as she presented her spiritual needs to the Lord. We wept together and prayed together. When I visited her on the bed of affliction, she never failed to pray for me. She loved...

It’s Not About You!

Week 43, Wednesday Marilyn Kirkpatrick If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (nasb) In the world we live in, we are told that it is “all about you”! From billboards, magazines, TV, and other media, the message over and over is to love yourself, pamper yourself, look out for yourself, forgive yourself, be good to yourself, and so on. The world’s view is totally contrary to what God tells us. When following Christ, we are to follow His example of dying to self and living for the glory of the Father only. It is not about you! Jesus’ example of self-denial was demonstrated throughout His entire earthly life. He never sought His own glory (see John 8:50,54). He did only what the Father commanded (see John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38). His teaching was not His own (see John 7:16). His very life was laid down as a...

Come Alongside One Another

Week 43, Tuesday

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered. Titus 2:3-5 (hcsb)

Over the thirty-three years I have been a Christian, God has always placed people in my life who have encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. Many have spoken truth into my life, even when I didn’t necessarily want to hear the truth. I am thankful for those who God has called alongside me and for those He continues to bring into my life.

When I first got involved at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, I was a stay-at-home mom and spent countless hours with...