James Wallace

Glory To The Lord

For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him?  even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.  (I Corinthians 2:11–16)

The Word of God is so precious and wonderful, but if one tries to understand it without the presence and power of God’s Holy Spirit, it can be unfruitful to the reader.  Devotionals should never be substituted in place of our daily bread, which is God pure unadulterated word, but when presented with the opportunity share with others what God’s word means to you, so that others are blessed through you.  My prayer is that we will always be hungry for God’s Word, attentive to His Voice, and sensitive to the leading of His Spirit.  May we be drawn closer to Him, as we seek to live for him day by day.

Manna From Heaven

…and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.  And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.  And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.  (Exodus 16:13–15)

Jesus instructed us to pray that God supply us with daily bread. He provided bread daily for the children of Israel in the wilderness, but they were responsible for going out and gathering the manna for themselves. God has provided his word to us, but it is our responsibility to feed on it daily. It is my prayer that these short devotions might be a blessing to you, and that they might actually bring you closer to God.

In Spite of Us

In Spite Of Us

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.  And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. (Genesis 16:10–16)

God’s master plan didn’t include Abram and Hagar bringing forth a son. In fact, God later referred to Isaac, as Abraham’s ‘only son’. How often have we done things that have not been a part of God’s master plan? We have made poor choices in ignorance, through impatience, through zeal, through stubbornness, through disobedience, and a host of other reasons. God truly is gracious. God blessed Ishmael even though he had not ordained the union of Abram and Hagar. There may be something in your life that you have regretted doing, or not doing. We focus on the past, and for many of us, we can’t move on in our lives because of this regret and keep focusing on the past. Not only is there forgiveness, but God can bless you in your circumstance. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) It’s not about you, it’s about God.

My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.  (Genesis 17:6 8)

Abraham is given a promise to be the father of a mighty nation. This is a strange promise to one, who years earlier had no children. But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) How often have you heard verses like this, that encourage us to believe that God can do the impossible. The more that you hear them, the stronger will be your faith. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) It is very important that you feed your spirit with the word of God on a daily basis.  This is the only way that your faith will increase. God wants you to believe in him to do impossible things, because it is not you that does them, but Him. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) My brother and sister in Christ, get ready to witness God’s mighty hand. Even your best thoughts will not be able to adequately prepare you for what God wants to do in your life. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Ephesians 3:20)

Sorrow Into Joy

He Will Turn Your Sorrow Into Joy

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.  (Genesis 17:15 – 22)

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Sarai had endured much heartache while she waited on her blessing. And the thing is when God had pronounced her blessing, she wasn’t even there. How many blessings have God pronounced on you that you are not aware of? How often have you been discouraged while you’ve waited on your blessing? Daniel waited twenty one days before he saw any evidence of the answer to his prayers. When Abraham received the news of Sarah’s blessing, he laughed with joy. Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16:20) This promise is somewhat peculiar, because Jesus didn’t promise to take away your sorrow and replace it with joy. He promised to take the very thing that made you cry and turn it into joy. This concept is hard to understand, but we accept it as from the Lord. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)

Witnesses

You Will Be Witnesses of Me In Jerusalem

And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him. (Genesis 17:23–27)

God’s covenant was with Abraham, yet everyone in his house was affected by the covenant. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) When we allow the Spirit of God to operate freely within our lives, then are the people of our household blessed. Our household represents Jerusalem in this verse. The spiritual condition of our family members may actually depend on our obedience and submission to God’s Holy Spirit. One of the hardest places to maintain a witness for Christ is at home. Many of us have good reputations and good images in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of the public, but what do our family members see in us when you are at home. At home we let our hair down, and throw our feet up and we show who we really are. When we get tired, irritated and frustrated, home is the most likely place that we vent or let it out. Oftentimes those we live with receive the negative impact of these actions. My prayer today is that we may all be witnesses at home, so that those closest to us may be blessed in our blessings.

I Will Sup With Him

I Will Sup With Him

And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Genesis 18:1–8)

There is no greater meal, than one that is prepared in love. Many a meal has been prepared in love. It always brings joy to our heart to share a meal with someone for whom we care. It may not necessarily be one that you have prepared yourself, perhaps you may have taken that special someone to a special restaurant. We do these things to show this loved one how much we appreciate them. Jesus said, Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56) This should be the desire of our heart, to share special times with our Lord Jesus Christ. It truly indeed was a privilege for Abraham to spend those precious moments with his Lord.  Jesus desires to spend precious moments with us too. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)