Friday, February 23, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 6

Timely Tidbits of Truth 6
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
Why seek the heavenly house of prayer?
Because it is your Father’s house.
 
Why knock at the door?
Because your Father is at home.
 
Why ask when He welcomes you in?
Because He is a good Father and will never give you a stone. 
 
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Luke 11:9 NKJV).



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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

For Such a Time As This

For Such a Time As This
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others [in the house] their food supplies at the proper time?  Blessed is that [faithful] servant when his master returns and finds him doing so (Matthew 24:45-46 AMP).
 
As the kingdoms of this world are being shaken, we can be assured that the kingdom of God will never be shaken or removed. He sits upon an eternal throne of glory, righteousness, and power. He is not pacing the floor, wringing his hands, or wiping the sweat off an anxious brow as He ponders what to do. The Lord reigns!
 
How blessed you are to have the King of kings in charge of your life! You are His servant and He is your Master. As your Master, He has given you an assignment. You have a God-given place to serve Him, for such a time as this.
 
Your assignment and your place are God’s choosing. His choice was not based upon your talent, or your accomplishments. It was based upon where He wanted you to serve Him. That choice was made from God’s wisdom. It is the perfect place for you. If you feel inadequate, consider it a blessing. It is because of your inadequacy that you will remain completely dependent upon Him.
 
When God looked at me, a weak little man, He said, “I can use him because of his insignificance.” -Francis of Assisi
 
Your place and your assignment are not being measured by your results. That is the Master’s business. There are two things a servant can do that will please the one you serve. The first is to serve Him willingly. The second is to serve Him faithfully. 
 
In the kingdom of God it is not busyness that receives the reward of “well done”, but faithful obedience which comes from the heart.




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Monday, February 19, 2024

Jesus’ Yoke

Jesus’ Yoke
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV).
 
The Gospel is our declaration of dependence. We don’t do well when we live a life independent from Jesus’ lordship over us. Living life according to our own way is a disaster.
 
Thank God if you got up this morning with the realization of how much you need Jesus. That realization is the voice of the Holy Spirit. He not only wants you to know how much you need Jesus, but He also wants you to know how much Jesus has to give you and all He wants to be to you.
 
Stay dependent on Jesus. Take His yoke. Learn of Him. Rest awaits you!




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Friday, February 16, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 5, It is Written

Timely Tidbits of Truth 5, It is Written
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
It is Written 
When this generation of Bible critics has come and gone, the Bible will still be present, still be true, and still be the living, active, relevant, sword of the Spirit. It will still be full of power—cutting through every lie, exposing every deception, casting down every evil imagination, and judging the thoughts and intents of the heart. Its voice will still be heard at cemetery gravesites declaring over every silenced voice, “Jesus is the resurrection and the life!”
 
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [standing firm and unchangeable] (Psalm 119:89 AMP).



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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Angeline’s Birthday Present: A Parable

Angeline’s Birthday Present: A Parable
Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
There was once a king who lived in a beautiful land with a magnificent castle. The king was celebrated by the people, and he ruled them with wisdom and kindness. The king had a daughter whom he loved dearly. The king decided that on his daughter’s fifth birthday he would let her choose any birthday present she desired.
 
Thinking he knew his daughter’s mind, the king ordered several things to be purchased in advance. His list included a new pony, a beautiful new dress, and a grand doll house with all the furnishings.
 
On the day of her birthday, the king dressed in his finest robe of royalty and summoned his guards to bring his daughter to him in his royal chamber. Upon entering the chamber the little girl ran into the king’s outstretched arms and sat upon his lap.
 
After a big hug and a kiss, the king said to his daughter, “Angeline, today is a very special day…it is your fifth birthday! I love you very much, and I want to give you a special birthday present. Today, I will give to you anything you ask of me. I want you to choose something that you would like to have more than anything else in the whole world.” Angeline’s eyes grew big as she listened.
 
To help point his daughter in the right direction the king asked her the following questions: “Do you think you would like to have a pony to ride? Or perhaps a beautiful new dress to wear? Or a new doll house to play with?” The king saw a big smile come to Angeline’s face as she thought about her birthday present.
 
After waiting a few more moments, the king asked, “Well, my dear child, can you tell me what birthday present you would like me to give you today?”
“Is it a pony?” asked the king?”
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a pony.”
“Is it a dress?” asked the king.
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a new dress.”
“Is it a doll house?” asked the king.
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a doll house.”
The king’s curiosity began to grow. “Well then, can you tell me what it is?”
 
“Yes.” said Angeline. “The birthday gift I would like to have more than anything else in the whole world is to stay here on your lap, and not get up until I become tired and fall asleep in your arms.”
 
The king was amazed at his daughter’s request! As the king’s eyes began to fill with tears he asked, “Why would you want to stay here with me when you could be outside with a pony, or playing with a new doll house in your room?”
 
Before Angeline answered, she snuggled close to the king, put her head upon his shoulder, and in her softest, most loving voice she whispered, “Because, daddy, you are the best gift of all!”
 


 
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11 AMP).

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Monday, February 12, 2024

My Monday Prayer: Prayer

My Monday Prayer: Prayer
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
Jesus lived prayer and taught prayer. He prayed at different times and for various amounts of time. He prayed in secret and He prayed in public. He prayed about personal matters and matters concerning others. He prayed for His friends and for His enemies. Through prayer He sought the Father’s will and His glory, stood against Satan, forgave His enemies, and released the Holy Spirit’s ministry. Through prayer He gave thanks, blessed, interceded, praised, petitioned, made supplication, and travailed. He prayed as a man dependent upon His Father, seeking to please Him and glorify Him in all things. Through prayer He drew near to His Father so that He could draw us nearer to His heart…He knelt in humility so that He could raise us up to new heights…He poured out His soul so that He could comfort us in every situation. As our High Priest He prayed for our unity, our sanctification, our joy, our love, our keeping, our ministry, and our destiny.
 
He taught us to pray in simplicity and in sincerity…in confidence and in clarity…in expectation and in faith. He taught us to pray in all things and at all times. He taught us to pray with a clean heart, with a single mindedness, with a forgiving spirit, and with a grateful heart. When His disciples came to Him asking for instruction in prayer, Jesus gave them a pattern. He told them that prayer starts from a relationship with the Father, and that the beginning and end of prayer is for His glory. It is the Father’s will we seek in prayer, it is His heart we touch in prayer, it is His hand we move through prayer, it is His goodness we receive through prayer, and it is His ways we learn through prayer.  Through prayer we can see His Kingdom move in the earth, and experience His Kingdom moving in our lives—in righteousness, peace, joy, and everything good. Through prayer we can bring to God every big thing and every small thing we face in life. We can receive from Him the covering we need to shelter us, and the food we need to sustain us. Through prayer we receive the cleansing we need to have a pure heart, the renewing we need to have a right spirit, and the grace we need to walk in a way that pleases Him. Prayer is our doorway into victory, our gateway into praise, and our walkway into holiness.
 
Today, Jesus lives for you, and as your great High Priest He is interceding for you everyday. Think of it as you get up in the morning, as you go through your day, as you face your enemies, as you walk through your problems, as you return to your home, and as you rest in your bed—Jesus, the One who knows you best and loves you most, is praying for you. 
 
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV).
 
My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you (John 17:9 NLT).


My Monday Prayer
-Marina Bromley

Jesus, as we come to You, help us to remember all that You demonstrated and explained to us about prayer. Help us to pray like You pray. Help us to pray hard prayers—prayers for people we have conflict with, people who don't follow You, and circumstances we don't understand. We only have a vision for tomorrow...but You know all of our tomorrows. Please answer our prayers according to Your will for our life. We love You and ask these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 4

Timely Tidbits of Truth 4
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
God wants your obedience, but He doesn’t need your help!
 
To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).





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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

God Provides

God Provides
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
Wherever Jesus traveled, the Kingdom of God was being demonstrated before men. The more He did, the more people wanted to see. From day to day, people’s curiosity grew, and His popularity increased. Many times great crowds followed Him, or gathered to hear Him. On one occasion, toward evening, the people were in an isolated place. They grew hungry, but there was no place to shop and no food on hand. Jesus’ disciples looked at the situation and saw a great need, but a small provision—a few loaves of bread and two fishes. They reasoned that a natural need could only be met by a natural solution. Jesus saw something else. He knew that a natural need can be met in a supernatural way. Jesus took the small amount of food that could only feed one, blessed it and multiplied it to feed a multitude.
 
From the beginning it has been in the heart of God to meet the needs of people. One of God’s names is “The Lord Provides.” He provides because He cares, because He loves, and because He is faithful. Redemption was God’s plan to meet our greatest need, the need to be saved and forgiven. God is also concerned about meeting our personal, physical, and practical needs, as well as our spiritual needs. When Jesus lived among us He clearly taught and expressed what was in the heart of His Father. Jesus told us that when we see Him—His actions, His attitudes, His acts—we have seen the Father. He told us that He and the Father are one, and that He did only those things which He saw His Father doing.
 
When Jesus met peoples' needs He was teaching us important lessons about His kingdom, and showing us important things about His ways. He wants us to know that when we face a need we don’t need to reason it out, but let God work it out. He was helping us to understand that there are no limits with God, and no limitation to His power. Jesus worked in ways that would build our faith, increase our trust, and strengthen our confidence in Him. He wants us to live a life free of worry and anxiety, fear and doubt, confusion and uncertainty. He wants us to be contented, totally resting within the arms of His loving care.
 
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread (Psalm 37:25 NLT).
 
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NLT).

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV).




#godprovides #devotion #meetinginthemeadow #roylessin 

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Home

Home
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
“Home” is an extra-special word. There are many ways of describing it and defining it. Simply said, home is the place where we belong. 
 
Thirteen years ago, we bought a house with a floor plan we liked. The sellers had lived in the house for ten years. When we walked through the house for the first time there were many things about the way the house was furnished and decorated that we didn’t like. It wasn’t us! 
 
On moving day we immediately began the process of making the house our home instead of someone else’s. Today, the house has been fully transformed into our home. It’s the place where we belong.
 
In John 14:23 Jesus makes an amazing statement about those who love Him. He tells us that He, His Father, and the Holy Spirit will come and make their home with us. How is that possible? Why would God feel at home in your heart or mine? Actually, it’s as simple as this…God is at home in you because that is where He belongs!  
 
The next time the enemy tells you that you don’t matter, that you are worthless and without value or purpose, turn your faith to this one affirming truth—God made you for Himself, and when you received His Son, God moved in and made Himself at home in your heart because that’s where He belongs.
 
 All things were created by Him and for Him.
 Colossians 1:16 KJV

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them..." (John 14:23 NLT).




#home #homewiththefather #homewithjesus #makingithome #homeimprovement #roylessin #meetinginthemeadow

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Friday, February 2, 2024

7 Prayers to Your Father, Part 7

7 Prayers to Your Father, Part 7
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow


#7  The prayer of praise and thankfulness

"For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."

Father, You are my almighty, unfailing heavenly Father! I am secure in Your authority, in Your watch-care, and in Your covering. In Your power I find courage and strength; in Your kingdom I find my appointed place and purpose; in Your glory I find my true worship and discover the wonders of who You are.

In Jesus' name, amen.



In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV).
 
#prayerstoyourfather #roylessin #meetinginthemeadow #matthew6 #thelordsprayer #prayer #prayerseries
 
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