Verse Meditation–Joel 3.10

 A Warrior Heart “Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am a warrior’” (Joel 3.10 ESV). We find in the Book of Joel that God is fighting for the people whom He loves. God will fight for us too. Whatever arena to which we are called, God has special plans for us in His battle for good on this earth. He can transform the everyday resources at our disposal to win victories in His Kingdom. Many of God’s People in the Old Testament worked the land, cultivating fields of crops and Continue reading

Verse Meditation– Joel 2.25

Never Wasted “The Lord says, ‘I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you’” (Joel 2.25 NLT). The Lord sent devastation to God’s chosen people because they had forsaken Him. They disobeyed His commands and took control of their own destinies–no more relying on an All-knowing God. Therefore, the consequences of their decisions were devastating. God had already warned them to choose blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30.19). However, once God’s people repented, He was quick to redeem and restore Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Joel 2.23

Early and Latter Rains “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before” (Joel 2.23 NLT). The Bible has many themes on the Promise Land. God plants our promises across the wilderness at the foot of Zion, the place where He dwells. When we start our journey to our dreams, we usually start in a flesh-centered atmosphere (our strength, our resources, our abilities, our plans, etc.) but as we wander with God, we eventually Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Joel 2.18

  Two Kisses “Then the LORD became jealous for his land and had pity on his people” (Joel 2.18 ESV). Several emotions get a bad wrap but none more than jealousy. Like almost everything, there is a holy and an unholy expression of it. Christians are so quick to label things as inherently good or bad without realizing that it is the intent filling it that makes it so. Judas gave Jesus a Kiss of Death, yet Paul exhorts Believers to give each other a Holy Kiss (Luke 22.48 & 2 Corn. 13.12). A kiss is not inherently good or Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Joel 2.13

Torn Hearts “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish” (Joel 2.13 NLT). Tearing the clothes was symbolic of deep grief, mourning and repentance; however, like many symbolic traditions, the “rending of garments” had become a hollow action with no implication of true humility. When Caiaphas, the High Priest, tore his clothing, claiming Jesus (God in the flesh) to be blasphemy, he did so in an atmosphere of self-righteousness. Pride caused Caiaphas to Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Hosea 14.2

Take Up Your Words “Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips’” (Hosea 14.2 NIV). Christians will eventually come to a place when we realize that we can’t live victoriously alone. Like the prodigal son, God allows us to waste away our own efforts, abilities, resources and resolve until we come to the conclusion that we have nothing and can do nothing without God. Our self-reliance will never accomplish the fullness of God’s will for our lives, but our Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Hosea 5.15

“I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me” (Hosea 5.15 ESV). Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God will always hold onto us with His hand of salvation. There is a covenant that binds us eternally to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. That is why the blood is so important–it is the ink that signed on the dotted line to rescue us from an eternity without God who dwells in heaven. Because of Sin, we are separated from a Holy Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Hosea 4.4

The Lowest Place “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you” (Hosea 4.4 NLT). It seems that everyone wants to be a leader. People are vying to have a position of power and are compromising Jesus’ standard of “taking the lowest place” (Luke 14.10). The sad part is that Christians have totally bought into the race to be counted first. We are purchasing apps to falsely boost our Twitter numbers, spending hours on social media to gather comments and researching the latest marketing fads in order to get our name known. Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Hosea 2.14

 Tenderness in the Wilderness “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there” (Hosea 2.14 NLT). God offers each of His children personal promises and plants in us a deep desire to see them fulfilled. Yet, the promises never come right away. In fact, God deliberately leads us into the wilderness of our dreams, so He can do an internal work in us, preparing us for the burden and blessing of those promises. Those promises are a part of God’s glory, yet He withholds them for a time, so Continue reading

Verse Meditation–Hosea 1.10

Children of the Living God “Yet the number o the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ it shall be said to them, ‘Children of the living God” (Hosea 1.10 ESV). Hosea is not a very uplifting book in the Bible. In fact, many harsh prophecies are declared against Israel because of their unfaithfulness to God. Just like an adulteress wife, the Children of God have been lusting after other Gods, namely Baal. God who Continue reading