devotion!

Genesis 22:1-18 (HCSB)
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he answered.

“Take your son,” He said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

So Abraham got up early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.

Then Isaac spoke to his father Abraham and said, “My father.”

And he replied, “Here I am, my son.”

Isaac said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Then the two of them walked on together.

When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.

But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

He replied, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.” Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.”

Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By Myself I have sworn,” this is the Lord’s declaration: “Because you have done this thing and have not withheld your only son, I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their enemies. And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command.”

When I awake, Your presence will satisfy me. Psalm 17:15
At the break of dawn, when the sun rises everything brightens up. The darkness is dispelled. A fresh new day begins.
For us believers, it’s like waking up to a new day, with new mercies and grace. The Lord never forgets to wake us up. His breath is in us. His presence is there to greet us. All our fears and worries that tormented us during the night are washed away in the presence of our Saviour. He is there. We don’t have to face the day alone. Every darkness and gloom is dispelled by His light. Oh what comfort we can take in the fact that we don’t need to face a single day without Jesus!

Devotional (1 Corinthians 6:20)

(1 Corinthians 6:20)  You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

We were bought at a price. Having received our bodies as a gift from God, we are to use them to honor God. If we want to honor God with our bodies, we have to honor Him with our decision too. Are decision determine what we actually do with our bodies. Not thinking things through is how “just one drink” leads to several drinks and eventually a night of regret. It’s how the photo you meant for one person can leave you exposed before lots of people. It’s how the innocent private message on Facebook can lead to a huge fight. Small decisions have eternal impacts. So what can we do to make the right decisions to honor God? Well we can read God’s Word, Pray, get together with other followers of Christ. The Bible gives us the Commandments, those rules might make decisions easier, but they don’t develop a longing for Christ. The more we seek God in all that we do, the more we begin to think as He does and the easier it becomes to make decisions. And therefore it will be easier to Honor God.

  • Do you seek God in the small decisions?
  • Have you ever made a small decision that impacted the rest of your life?
  • What is one way you can train yourself to think more like Christ?

I’m not the person I was before,

I’m not the person I’m going to be.

There’s thorns in my voice,

And I pluck them out as they grow.

I line my soul with golden dust,

And aim to be better than I was on yesterday.

There’s venom on my hands, dripping from my nails,

And I plunge them into khernips, striving to make them clean.

I cultivate roses in my heart,

And let them draw in hummingbirds and butterflies.

I work to make my being beautiful,

To honor the Theoi and bring myself joy,

In utter arete.

The Way To Purity

I wanted to share this from one of my favorite daily devotional books, called My Utmost For His Highest. It sums up everything I wish I could have put into my own words. God inspires great authors and He allows Oswald Chambers to encourage me to have a closer relationship with Him. I pray the same for all my followers.

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The Way To Purity

“Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart….For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile the man…” (Matthew 15:18 - 20).

Initially we trust in our ignorance, calling it innocence, and next we trust innocence, calling it purity. Then when we hear these strong statements from our Lord, we shrink back, saying “But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart.” We resent what He reveals. Either Jesus Christ is the supreme authority on the human heart, or He is not worth paying any attention to. Am I prepared to trust the penetration of His Word into my heart, or would I prefer to trust my own “innocent ignorance”? If I will take an honest look at myself, becoming fully aware of my so-called innocence, and putting it to the test, I am very likely to have a rude awakening that what Jesus said is true, and I will be appalled at the possibilities of the evil and the wrong within me. But as long as I remain under the false security of my own “innocence,” I am living in a fool’s paradise. If I have never been an openly rude and abusive person, the only reason is my own cowardice coupled with the sense of protection I receive from living a civilized life. But when I am open and completely exposed before God, I find that Jesus Christ is right in His diagnosis of me.

        The only thing that truly provides protection is the redemption of Jesus Christ. If I will simply hand myself over to Him, I will never have to experience the terrible possibilities that lie within my heart. Purity is something far too deep for me to arrive at naturally. But when the Holy Spirit comes into me, He brings into the center of my personal life the very Spirit that was exhibited in the life of Jesus Christ, namely, the Holy Spirit, which is absolute unblemished purity.

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Sometimes I make a mistake of calling myself blameless only because my feelings tell me “Others do or have done worse.” Never compare yourself to another even if you believe it does you justice. In my own eyes I don’t have pride…"They do but not me"… But I thank the Lord for our special relationship because sooner or later, or at the end of the day when I’m talking to Him, He gives me eyes to see and gently reveals to me the instances when I have otherwise taken our relationship for granted. This only happens after I’ve ‘handed myself over to Him’. Fully Surrendered. When I agree that I had some level of pride and the more that I actually acknowledge and confess its existence, the more He rewards me with pure peace. By humbling/surrendering, I’ve essentially asked for forgiveness. That’s the time I realize this peace He gives becomes purity in me. If I am feeling extra stubborn that day and I truly believe that I am not prideful, then I ask God to humble me. Acknowledging my pride or humbling myself allows for the acknowledgement of the presence of the Holy Spirit. But if I keep denying my pride’s existence and refuse the wisdom to be humbled, it’s the main reason why I might later feel distant from God. Surrender every second you are more aware of yourself than you are aware of the Holy Spirit. This is the surest way I stay clear of anxiety and depression….aside from trying to eat healthy.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a hard time focusing on the Word like myself or anyone who just wants to grow stronger and deeper in their faith. And YES, I do struggle with focus too, but I’m better today than I was yesterday. Praise the Lord! It’s 1 page for every day of the year and the lessons never get old. It’s available on Amazon, which I should have bought from before purchasing in person. :/ Anyway, if you’re interested, here’s the link to save you 6 bucks… My Utmost For His Highest.

By His Grace, Sheela 

midnight-devotion  asked:

Ugh honestly I love clalec as a botp because he's obviously like an annoying brother and she's the annoying sister but secretly they love each other (IN AND SISTERLY AND BROTHERLY WAY) but thinking of them because 'romantic' with each other is weird and kinda gross

exactly!! it’s so gross like i hope they become good friends and support eachother and it makes me so fucking sad that we cant have a male/female platonic relationship even when one both of them is gay

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30 Days of Deity Devotion
This is a blog challenge that was created by Arrin Deuognatos. Please do not copy without crediting him.

30 Days of Deity Devotion

This is a blog challenge that was created by Arrin Deuognatos. Please do not copy without crediting him. He is no longer on tumblr, but you can find a preserved tumblr version here. (Note from honorthegods: the blog in the link has apparently been deleted) 

  1. A basic introduction of the deity
  2. How did you become first aware of this deity?
  3. Symbols and icons of this deity
  4. A favorite myth or myths of this deity
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
  9. Common mistakes about this deity
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

This looks really interesting! Please send me a link if you decide to do this, and I’ll make a directory listing memes for all the different deities. 

Visible Vulnerability

July 27, 2016


Read: Ephesians 4:2–6


Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

As I ventured out several weeks after shoulder surgery, I was fearful. I had become comfortable using my arm sling, but both my surgeon and physical therapist now told me to stop wearing it. That’s when I saw this statement: “At this stage, sling wear is discouraged except as a visible sign of vulnerability in an uncontrolled environment.”

Ah, that was it! I feared the enthusiastic person who might give me a bear hug or the unaware friend who might bump me accidentally. I was hiding behind my flimsy baby-blue sling because I feared being hurt.

Being honest about our struggles allows us to help each other.
Allowing ourselves to be vulnerable can be scary. We want to be loved and accepted for who we are, but we fear that if people truly knew us, they would reject us and we could get hurt. What if they found out we are not smart enough … kind enough … good enough?

But as members of God’s family, we have a responsibility to help each other grow in faith. We’re told to “encourage one another,” to “build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11), and to “be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).

When we are honest and vulnerable with other believers, we may discover we have mutual struggles battling temptation or learning how to live obediently. But most of all, we will share the wonder of God’s gift of grace in our lives.

Dear Lord, many times my fear of being hurt keeps me from being honest about my struggles. Help me to remember how much You love me, and help me to be patient and loving with others.

Being honest about our struggles allows us to help each other.

INSIGHT:
Ephesus was a major and influential seaport city in the Roman Empire located near the Aegean coast in modern-day Turkey. It flourished under the reign of Caesar Augustus and is closely associated with the ministries of three prominent figures in the early church: the apostle Paul, who founded the church at Ephesus; his protégé Timothy, who served as pastor there; and the apostle John, who, according to tradition, returned to Ephesus to continue his ministry after his release from the Isle of Patmos. The church in Ephesus also played a significant role in the development of Christian Scripture: Paul wrote three letters to Ephesus that would later be recognized as inspired Scripture—one to the church (Ephesians) and two to its young pastor (1 and 2 Timothy). And John specifically mentions the church of Ephesus as one of the recipients of the book of Revelation (Rev. 2:1).

By Cindy Hess Kasper

Cleanse-Day Wednesday / 27 July 2016

Apologies for the missed days! We are back.

Welcome, Devotees!

Does your devotional routine need polish?  Try one of these:

  1. Deity Devotion: If you aren’t allergic to scents, find some incense or melting-wax or a candle in a scent sacred to one of your Deities.  Burn that incense or melt that wax or light that candle, and let the fragrance cleanse the air around your shrine.
  2. Shrine Improvement: Time to detail-dust the items on your shrine.  This isn’t as simple as waving a feather-duster around–take a damp cloth or paper towel, some water (or even lustral water or a sacred cleanser like Florida Water) and gently wipe the dust and grime off of the items on your shrine.  (As a note–if something on your altar shouldn’t be cleaned with water-based cleansers, look up what you should use and do that instead!)  Shrine already clean?  Tackle a different dusty area in your home!
  3. Go Outside! Find a place outdoors that has a lot of litter in it.  Spend fifteen minutes cleaning as much litter as you can, as an offering to the spirits of that place. 

Today in the Hellenic Calendar:

  • Today is the 22nd of the lunar month.
  • Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Lesser Panathenaia, Athens’ festival to its patron Athene.
  • If you like incorporating daily hymns into your prayers, Drew Campbell recommends the following prayers for today: To the Kouretes (male retinue/protectors of Zeus); and To Korybas (one member of a group of Mystery Gods called the Korybantes, who had ties to other groups like the Kouretes).

Daily Reminder: If you know of any resources you’d like us to incorporate on our site, or any sites/projects you’d like us to signal boost, send us an ask or fanmail!

O Earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching, Earth;
Lie close around her; leave no room for mirth
With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs.
She hath no questions, she hath no replies,
Hushed in and curtained with a blessed dearth
Of all that irked her from the hour of birth;
With stillness that is almost Paradise.
Darkness more clear than noonday holdeth her,
Silence more musical than any song;
Even her very heart has ceased to stir:
Until the morning of Eternity
Her rest shall not begin nor end, but be;
And when she wakes she will not think it long.
—  Rest by Christina Rossetti

Intruding Fools (#cmdevo #LivingEpistles)

Read: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

When Paul wrote this letter to the church in Corinth, he was incredibly concerned about the state of their souls. He was getting desperate, in fact. He was willing to do and say things he normally would not want to for their sake. In these verses, Paul boasts about what he’s gone through since he devoted his life to Jesus Christ. He boasts about his punishments, his imprisonments, and all of his other sufferings. He is boasting not out of pride, but out of desperation for the Corinthians. He knows that these people are being led astray by prideful, domineering, and misguided missionaries who are not truly preaching the gospel. The Corinthians are welcoming in these fools and listening to their boasting, so Paul demands they listen to his boasting for a change.

He boasts and deems himself a fool for it. A “fool” in this context is not merely a stupid person. It’s someone who is unwise in the sense that his self-perception is blown our of proportion. Ironically, in boasting here, Paul is not a fool - everything he is saying is absolutely accurate. He makes it clear though that these boasts are not being said with the words of God - these are purely Paul’s thoughts about himself (v. 17). He claims he is speaking “in the way the world does” when he boasts like this. That translates directly to “according to the flesh.” Only someone driven by purely world standards boasts out of human pride. Here, however, Paul is not truly boasting out of human pride. Rather, his words come out of love and concern for the Corinthians who are being tricked by other missionaries.

These missionaries are attacking the church in Corinth in 5 distinct ways (v20). First, Paul claims they are “enslaving” the Corinthians. He does not mean this literally, but rather that the pastoral style of these missionaries is domineering and dictatorial. This is something we find in many evangelical churches today and we’ve seen many leaders fall because of this exact problem. Paul responds to this by cataloging his own style when he says “I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again” (v.23b). Paul does not command others to do his work for him. Rather, he takes on the most dangerous jobs and is in the trenches, so to speak, in the work of God.

Second, they are “exploiting” the church. The term here has connotations of “eating up” and “devouring.” These missionaries are devouring the finances of the Corinthian church. Paul on the other hand has been hungry and thirsty and naked (v. 27). He spoke earlier of not allowing himself to become a burden on the church’s resources.

Third, they “take advantage” of the church. The term here is used for fishing and hunting. It implies catching something through the use of an alluring bait or trickery. These missionaries are catching them through deceit and boasting. They’re dressing up their message with attractive things to lure the Corinthians away from the truth of the Gospel.

Fourth, they “put on airs,” which means they are prideful and act with a stuck up opinion of themselves. This offense is much of Paul’s motivation in this chapter. He is boasting of his true sufferings in the name of God to contrast with their likely false or exaggerated boasting.

Finally, they “slap [the Corinthians] in the face.” The terms here can imply a literal flogging or acting in an insulting way. These missionaries are not only cheating them and subjugating them, they are insulting the members of the Corinthian church while they do it.

Paul writes this chapter because he wants to call out these false missionaries, not because he wants to prove that he is so much better. He wants the Corinthians to see with their own eyes that they are being deceived and led astray from God’s truth. He hopes that by calling their behavior out and laying out his self-sacrifice on their behalf, they will see for themselves that Paul has their best interest at heart. He hopes they can see that he is willing to set his life aside for the sake of their salvation - and has come close to doing so before.

Paul’s love for the Corinthians compelled him to boast and reveal the weaknesses of the rival missionaries. What are your motivations for point out other people’s sins? What are your motivations for boasting in yourself? Do you point out other’s flaws to make yourself feel better? Do you compliment yourself so others will approve of you by worldly standards?

It’s not likely you will find yourself in the situation that Paul was in - boasting of great suffering for the sake of the salvation of a church. Still, you will find yourself in many situations in life where you feel compelled to boast out of pride. Remember this: Paul calls this speaking according to your flesh. When we boast of our successes as if we are responsible for them, we fail to recognize God’s hand in our life. We fail to acknowledge that our talents are a gift from God, our good fortune is orchestrated by God, and every single thing we know in life could be gone in the blink of an eye if it was God’s will. Remember this next time you feel compelled to boast in yourself and instead praise your God in thankfulness. For you are nothing without God.

Devotional Series: Living Epistles by the Color Movement  (#cmdevo #LivingEpistles)

Posted by: Katlyn // Personal //  Color Movement

Forged

I was forged not by the hands of smith
Keen on perfection, on skill
I was forged in fire, yes
But also in lies, blood and confusion
And tears upon the windowsill
I was bent by storm after storm
Yet rooted in myself, I swayed
Dancing, swinging, ever becoming
Shaped by my own inner strength
I was forged in the fires of love
And cooled in the waters when it left
I was molded by my own questions
And in the answers I found on my own
What made me what I am
Is belief, stubbornness, and perseverance
When love left me colder
I found warmth again, in myself
When lies left me bitter
I found sweetness again, in the world
When blood spilled from my wounds
I found the strength to carry on, in my heart
And when confusion rattled my brain
I learned things I never knew
I was forged in fire, yes
Not by a smith, not by you
I was forged in fire
Broken down to my base-self
So that I could arise renewed
And I am forged every day
Refined, remade, sharpened
Into who I am
Into who I will be
By this world, by nature
By the truth


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M.G.
TheBasilDruid

Running Toward Holiness (#wtsdevo Pursuit)

Pursuit is defined as “an effort to secure or attain” or “the act of pursuing”.  Pursuing is defined as “striving to gain; seeking to attain or accomplish.”  When I read Proverbs 15:9,  “The  Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness,” I have to ask myself, which person am I more like?  Do I truly live a life in which I am seeking to attain righteousness or am I someone who finds it easier to “walk in the way of the wicked?”

At first glance, it seems easy to answer this question.  Wickedness, at its core, has a connotation of all sorts of evil.  In a world filled with so much hate and so many unexplainable crimes against innocent people, it is easy to feel comfortable in a Christian life in which I am not tempted to do so many of the things being broadcast on the nightly news.   However, if I am truly honest with myself and take a close look at what “righteousness” actually means (“acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin”), it doesn’t take a very long self-examination to realize that pursuing or seeking to attain a life free of guilt or sin is not always my top priority.

Whether it is gossip, envy, jealousy, unforgiveness, or some other sin I have learned to justify, I have to be honest and say I am often found guilty.  When I am found guilty of any of these types of behaviors, I have stopped pursuing righteousness and have placed a wedge between me and God’s love.  It is easy to justify these behaviors and say things like “Jesus took all of my sin to the cross,” or “baptism washed away all of my imperfections,” but I believe I am still called to a life of relentless pursuit of the perfection Jesus modeled.  Yes, I will fall short.  Yes, I will have days when I miss the mark and need to fall at the foot of the cross and be thankful that God’s mercy is new every morning; but God longs for me to wake up every day determined to live a life worthy of His calling.

Jesus set the example for us by living a sinless life.  He stood up to the temptations of the devil time and time again by knowing and using the power of the Word of God.  We must do nothing less in these days of extreme spiritual warfare.  We must be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies deep within us, and we must be armed with the sword of the Spirit which is His Holy Word in order to stand up against the fiery darts of the evil one.

Matthew 7:13 says, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”  I believe this verse is warning us that the pursuit of righteousness takes extreme effort.  Many will find themselves “walking in the way of the wicked” on the day Jesus comes.  Not necessarily because they are evil people, but because they did not choose to actively strive to gain or seek to attain a life free of guilt and sin.

Are you walking in the way of the wicked today simply by not choosing to pursue a life that resembles Jesus’ life as much as possible?  What can you let go of or stop doing today that could show God you are intentionally CHOOSING to enter the narrow gate?

God loves those who pursue righteousness.  I’m praying today is the day you start running in the direction of holiness.

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Devotional Series: Pursuit (#wtsdevo  Pursuit)

Posted by: Tammy Nischan \  Personal // Walk the Same

you’ll do it for him

a steven universe au for noah’s arc! jaune is a yellow topaz, and neptune is a blue pearl. they’re completely and utterly head over heels in love with each other it’s the soppiest thing ever. not only is their secret relationship taboo because neptune is a pearl, but because neptune doesn’t even belong to jaune. 

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Troubled? Try Praise.

Psalms 34

A lot of negative emotions accompany hardship: frustration, despair, fear, and doubt. People ruled by these feelings will often make poor choices. This is why I recommend that you decide now to respond to troubled times the way the psalmist did: with a heart of praise. Even in the darkest hours, worshipping God fills the heart with joy and the mind with peace. A believer who is filled in this way can wisely keep a commitment to obey the Lord no matter what.

Worshipping the Lord enlarges our vision. By doing so, we begin to see how He is at work in the world, perhaps in ways and places we’ve never noticed before. More particularly, we see what God is doing in our situation and detect areas where He requires obedience from us.

Our human tendency is to plot a course through a situation toward the easiest solution. But believers who strike out on their own do not mature in their faith. Moreover, they miss out on the blessings of following the Lord’s plan. Stopping to praise can keep us from taking the easy way out and direct us to the right path—namely, the way of God’s will. Taking a step forward in faith can be frightening. However, we can confidently take a risk, knowing our omniscient, omnipotent God has His children’s best interest in mind (Isa. 64:4; Jer. 29:11).

It’s hard to despair while honoring the Lord for His love and strength. We can dispel doubt by recalling His past faithfulness to us—and ease frustration by committing our future plans to Him. Praise is not the obvious reaction to hardship, but it is the wisest response.