Psalm 139–The Omnipresence of God’s Spirit

As we look at the Spirit of God in our lives, it is difficult to grasp that the Holy Spirit is in all places and times at once.  His Spirit is as omnipresent as is God.  That is why as we trudge through life; we often need to seek God’s lead.  He can see ahead and behind from the beginning to the end.  He knew us from when we were knit in our mother’s wombs.  He knew every fear, mistake, triumph, and decision we would make.  Who better to guide us to the truth.

When we understand the Spirit’s deity and His omnipresent nature, then we can ask for his guidance and His leadership on a daily basis.  As we ask, we can do so with confidence and with peace.  It is not that we will always like the answers; but, we will ask knowing that God Himself knows us like none other and will guide us to a place of peace and of faith.  Our Father will prepare us for an eternity in His presence.  The God that created the universe will allow His Spirit to protect and perfect us like no other thing on earth.

God Bless You


Ezekiel 36, Romans 8–God’s Plan to Restore His Own

The idea that God’s Spirit would enter our sinful hearts and lives is not a New Testament concept.  Instead it was a concept born in Genesis three and carried through God’s Journey with men starting with Abraham and carried through to our lives today.

It was always God’s intention to restore man’s relationship with Him.  We must remember that Israel was selected to be God’s chosen nation.  He did not choose them to be a nation of self-absorbed warriors; looking to destroy their enemies and conquer all.  Instead, God chose Israel to become a nation of priests; to partner with Him in restoring the personal relationships between God and men. 

Sadly, God could not partner with people whose hearts were sinful and hardened like stone.  So, God Himself, became flesh, He lived, He loved us, and died for our sin. His sacrifice made it possible for our hardened and sinful hearts to be regenerated into a heart of flesh, so that we could accept Christ’s gift, be one with God’s spirit, and claim our place as God’s adopted children. Romand 8:14-17. 

It is only as God’s chosen, that we can claim and enjoy the title of and benefits of being His children.  Then, and only then will we be indwelt and led by His Spirit. It is a gift of restoration, renewal, and regeneration that prepares us and equips us to be a part of the nation of priests God envisioned from the beginning.

God Bless You


24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!

33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

Romans 8

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Genesis 1–The Timelessness of God’s Spirit

When we discuss the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s effect upon our lives, we often forget that the Spirit IS God.  It is easy to focus upon the Spirit being sent as a guide and comfort and lose sight that in the beginning That same spirit hovered above the waters and saw light being created.  The Spirit saw the universe formed.  That same spirit saw God form and fill the earth, the oceans and the garden which ultimately means us.

Who better than the Spirit of the God that is the creator and master of the universe to guide and comfort God’s greatest treasures, us.  Please do not misunderstand, as a group, God’s chosen are at best a mess.  But God Himself knew the mess we were to be as His Spirit hovered over the face of the deep.  He knew we would make terrible choices and have amazing needs; the chief of which was a Savior.  

When Christ ascended to rejoin the Father, He did not send the 2nd team in as a backup.  He sent the Spirit of God who has guided His chosen throughout time. That spirit led Moses, David, Daniel, and the Apostles.  The Spirit of God created us and knows us like none other! We simply need to trust and follow the Spirit’s lead.  If we will, then that spirit will guide us to the truth, lead us through trials, temptations, and comfort us in the best and worst of times.  

This journey is a faith journey. Knowing that, we need to trust God’s Spirit to lead us and complete the work started when we were saved.

God Bless You


 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

I Corinthians 3, Romans 8–The indwelling of God’s Spirit

As God’s Chosen people, His children we are given the Holy Spirit as a sign of our relationship with God.  It is our reminder that we were bought with a price.  Prior to Christ’s death, God’s Spirit was only given to certain people and for specific purposes.  The spirit of God rested on God’s prophets as they were to be God’s voice to His people.  He also imparted the spirit on the Kings and the judges so that they would have the tools to lead His people. 

Prior to Christ’s sacrifice, however, God did not have a personal relationship with His people.  They interacted with God through the priests at thr tabernacle and later at the temple. the people of God would trek to Jerusalem to make sacrifices and to seek God’s favor.  

When Christ came, he changed everything.  His death, burial and resurrection allowed people to have a personal relationship with God.  When we accept Christ as our savior, we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives.  That indwelling is our guarantee that Christ did save us and is in our lives.  Once God’s spirit indwells us we can understand the things of God.  We can see why selflessness and love are keys to peace.  God’s spirit leads us in our lives, through Good and bad times giving us the hope and comfort we need to carry on. 

God’s Spirit is our testimony that our relationship with God is real, and our prayer is not simply bouncing off a ceiling.  We have to trust God and allow His spirit to lead and guide us.  If we will do that, We will have a full and meaningful life.

God Bless You


1 Corinthi​ans 3:16-Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?                                                                             

Romans 8– Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

Ephesians 5–Be Filled with the Spirit

Walking with the Lord is not a group of boxes to check off and by their completion somehow attain some level of greater standing.  As God’s chosen, it is so easy to want to do that.  We would rather find a way to live a checklist form of religion that proves we are good enough to run with God and His people. Our alternative is to live a life that is devoid of God’s influence and simply do whatever we want. 

Ephesians 5 sets up a lifestyle that is separate from the lifestyle encouraged by the culture of the times when Paul wrote the Letter and certainly not consistent with the times in which the church currently lives.  Ephesians 5:1 says it best. “Be imitators of God and Walk in Love.”  Satan has spent his entire career trying to deceive people into “becoming Like God”. 

In truth, Satan wants to overthrow God and His kingdom.  So he does all He can to cause God’s chosen to turn from being imitators of God and attempt to become their own gods. His two favorite games and to make us ultra religious or to make us ultra worldly.

Paul attempts to clarify the issue by setting out the goal–being an imitator of God. Do not try to become the God of your own journey by acting and doing like the world acts.  The world is filled with folks that are the center of their own universe and they worship themselves and regard themselves over all others–they become their own idols. 

Paul tells us as God’s chosen people to walk a life that is not self-focused, but others and God focused.  We are to love folks, hate sin, and be filled with the Spirit of God; allowing the Spirit to guide and comfort us.  Then, as we are led, we are prepared for living eternally in God’s presence.

Walking with God simply looks different than walking apart from Him.  There is no other or better means for walking with God than allowing the Spirit to be in control.  

God Bless You


Ephesians 5

jTherefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And kwalk in love, las Christ loved us and mgave himself up for us, a nfragrant ooffering and sacrifice to God.

But psexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness qmust not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be rno filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, swhich are out of place, but instead tlet there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that ueveryone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (vthat is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. wLet no one xdeceive you with empty words, for because of these things ythe wrath of God comes upon zthe sons of disobedience. Therefore ado not become partners with them; for bat one time you were cdarkness, but now you are light in the Lord. dWalk as children of light (for ethe fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and ftry to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 gTake no part in the hunfruitful iworks of darkness, but instead jexpose them. 12 For kit is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when lanything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

m“Awake, O sleeper,

and narise from the dead,

and oChrist will shine on you.”

15 pLook carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 pmaking the best use of the time, because qthe days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what rthe will of the Lord is. 18 And sdo not get drunk with wine, for that is tdebauchery, but ube filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in vpsalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 wgiving thanks always and for everything to God the Father xin the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

John 14–The Promise of the Spirit

When the Father sent His Son into the world, it was for the purpose of restoring our ability to have a personal relationship with God.  That ability had been thwarted by man’s sin that had permanently separated men from God.  Prior to Christ’s coming, the Spirit of God was only granted to prophets, priests, and kings.  As Jesus prepared to complete His mission of sacrifice for our salvation, He gave His disciples hope.  He knew they were scared and confused.  How would they change the world without HIs leadership?

Knowing their hearts, Jesus gives the disciples a promise that we still enjoy. The promise was that when Jesus left, the Father would send a Comforter and Advocate to guide His chosen to truth.   When Christ ascended, God the Father sent His Spirit to be a part of the lives of those that have relationship with Him. 

When one comes to the Father through Christ, they receive the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide them to truth.  He is our advocate as we navigate through the treacherous journey of life.  When we, as Christians, seek the Lord, He reveals Himself through His Spirit.  We are comforted and led to become like Him and to live and operate in His power.

As always in our faith journey, we simply must trust God and walk with Him to experience His power and His leading. God wants to reveal the truth we need to live in the world and to enjoy His peace and comfort. All we must do is trust Him and humbly follow His lead.

God Bless You


Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Galatians 5–Living in the Spirit

It is always a difficult but obvious choice; do I walk in the flesh or do I walk in the Spirit.  One would think that after seeking God for 50+ years, the choice would be easy. Life in the flesh is unfulfilling, it puts us in bondage to the world, to the enemy and to our own need for control and instant gratification.  We somehow think that making the choice to run independent of God is a form of freedom. The truth is that life in the flesh is enslaving, destructive and life ending.

  In contrast, Living by the spirit is the ultimate exercise of freedom.  We were each created to have fellowship with our Lord and to submit to His guidance.  When HIs chosen operate in that life, we are truly free.  We are free to trust God to complete His work in our lives; we are free to rest in His protection and provision; and we are free to love and serve others without fear of reprisal or consequence.

God called us to live lives of peace and freedom.  He provides His Spirit to guide us to truth and to comfort us in times of trouble.  We must simply rest in the Spirit’s leadership and trust that God is who He says He is and wants a great life of freedom for His chosen.  This summer we are going to take a close look into what living in the Spirit means and how God blesses those that choose to follow Him and rest in that freedom.

God Bless You


13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Hello Everyone–Psalms, Proverbs and Matthew

I have been consistently seeking God for the last 20 years in doing these devotions.  I still feel as though this is a ministry God has ordained, I apologize that in recent days, I have been less consistent.  I am in no way ready to walk away but would really love to know if this is of benefit to you. 

Starting Monday, I am pausing in my study of psalms.  I am going to take the summer and study the fruit of the spirit and the armor of God as I feel a personal need to reequip for what seems to be one of the most intense spiritual battles God’s chosen have faced in my almost 60 years.

I would appreciate your personal feedback as to if this is of benefit to you and where is God pulling at your heartstrings. I have had times when I have felt dialed in and others when I have felt completely out of focus. This has always been a personal journey to become like Christ, but after 20 years, I would love to hear back from you.  Thank You. 

God Bless You.

Smitty


Psalm 37:4–Take delight in the Lord,

    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Proverbs 3:5-6–Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding.
6in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Psalm 68–God Our Champion

David wrote the psalms for many occasions.  Sometimes they were written to express HIs pain and fears, Sometimes they were written to express his sorrow and repentance.  Most were written to sing of God’s greatness and power and all were written to express David’s love and faith in God.

This psalm was a song of Victory.  In it, the king uses several of the names of God.  God our Protector, our Shield, Almighty God, Our Savior, Our Fortress.  David is expressing How truly great the God of Israel is and what a mighty warrior He has shown himself to be!

From these verses, we can take that God will go before us and destroy those who would try to defeat us or leave us penniless and forgotten.  He is our Champion and will exact His power and prowess upon anyone who would dare to engage His chosen.

We are His chosen and He still exacts that same power and prowess in our lives.  He is our warrior and protector, and we can never walk in fear or hopelessness! 

Like David, we need to rest in and celebrate God our Champion and walk in the victory that He provides!

God Bless You


Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
    who daily bears our burdens.
20 Our God is a God who saves;
    from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;
    I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,
    while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”

24 Your procession, God, has come into view,
    the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.
25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians;
    with them are the young women playing the timbrels.
26 Praise God in the great congregation;
    praise the Lord in the assembly of Israel.
27 There is the little tribe of Benjamin, leading them,
    there the great throng of Judah’s princes,
    and there the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.

28 Summon your power, God[j];
    show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
    kings will bring you gifts.
30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds,
    the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations.
Humbled, may the beast bring bars of silver.
    Scatter the nations who delight in war.
31 Envoys will come from Egypt;
    Cush[k] will submit herself to God.

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth,
    sing praise to the Lord,
33 to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens,
    who thunders with mighty voice.
34 Proclaim the power of God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    whose power is in the heavens.
35 You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
    the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.

Praise be to God!

Psalm 67-As Peoples Hearts Go, So Goes the Nation

Israel has been a study in how faith and devotion can affect the standing of a nation.  As one studies the history of God’s people, they see as the nation served God, they grew and prospered; and as they pulled away, they weakened and were compromised.

In Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites completely claimed their promise in 5 years. In the time of the Judges, they grew insolent and lost all the things that made them great. Saul struggled, David thrived, Solomon enjoyed peace. Then as Solomon became more independent, the attitude changed. His Son divided the nation and the remnants slowly walked away from God and lost their freedom.

In current culture, America is seeing similarities that are both real and frightening. We started out as a nation of freedom and national pride that desired to worship God freely and speak openly. As the nation grew, we sent more missionaries across the globe than had ever been sent before. As we prospered, however, we–like those before, became more self-sufficient and less God dependent. As that has occurred, America has lost God’s blessing and protection.

As people of faith, we need to take our nation back to God and restore him as the one our currency so aptly reminds us, in whom we trust! If we fail to return to the God of our fathers, we are doomed to join those nations that have rise and fallen simultaneous to their faith in God! Please, Father, bring revival to our nation, and bring it now!

God Bless You

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—[b]
2 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
5 May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
7 May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

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