Oct 31-(Matthew 9:35-10:4; Mark 6:7; Matthew 10:5-42, 11:1; Luke 9:6; Mark 6:14-16; Luke9:7-9; Matthew 14:3-12; Mark 6:17-33; Luke 9:10-11; John 6:1-2) "The Twelve" The twelve disciples were a motley crew! This special group of men included young and old; bold and shy; impulsive, as well as cautious. One of them was loyal, while another was a little shady. You could say they weren't the sharpest tools in the shed; but these guys would work together and turn the world upside down. They loved and supported each other through the good and the bad. They stuck together too. What made this group so effective was their devotion to Jesus. Do you have a group like this in your life? Could you use a group of Christian friends in your life? Every believer needs a small group of disciples that they can talk to. Every believer needs a network of redemptive friendships that will help them grow. Today, ask God to lead you to a group of devoted followers. Take the steps to be a part of an active group of believers.
Oct 30-(Mark 5:1-20) "The Demon Possessed Man" He's insane! Demons are constantly tormenting him. His friends and family have given up trying to help him. They send him away. So he lives among the tombstones on the edge of town. He cuts himself and cries out in pain. The people in the nearby town shut their windows and ignore him. They, too, feel powerless to help their friend. But when Jesus meets this hopeless man, He changes everything. Jesus helps him get his sanity back! The townspeople find this man clothed and in his right mind. Jesus had healed him. Can Jesus heal physical illness? Yes! Can He heal mental illness? Of course He can! Are you experiencing some mental anguish? What lie are you choosing to believe that is driving you crazy? What mental 'demon' is tormenting you? How are your evil thoughts effecting you? Today, turn your thoughts to Jesus, and find healing. Let God change the way you think! Bring your worries to Jesus. Let His words shape your thoughts and ideas. Ask Him to give you peace of mind. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 29-(Matthew 13:1-30, 36-43; Mark 4:21-29; Matthew 13:31-35, 44-52; Mark 4:33-34) "The Hearer" Over and over, Jesus challenges people to really listen to what He says. Anyone can hear Jesus. You can hear what He says, and still miss the point. But it takes something else to listen. It takes an open mind. It takes humility. It takes a deep desire to learn. Are you listening to what Jesus is trying to tell you? Today, make a commitment to be a lifelong learner of Jesus Christ. Don't settle with just knowing a little more information. Deeply desire to understand the deep truths of God… and be transformed. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 28-(Luke 13:10-17) "The Crippled Woman" For 18 years she has suffered. Imagine 18 years of being unable to stand straight up. Hunched over, she lived among her community. Not only is she physically crippled, she is spiritually and socially crippled. At the mere sight of her, people turn away. When children see her, they point and laugh. Others assume she must have done something evil to deserve her ailment. They find her hideous! Imagine the limitations she faced every day. She believes she would be this way for the rest of her life. It had to be discouraging. But this would all change when she meets the Son of God. Jesus would touch her and set her free from her years of suffering. How has Satan damaged you? What are you suffering from today? Is it a hurt? Is it a hang up? Is it a stronghold? It doesn't have to be physical. You've had it for years... It has beaten you down. You are beginning to think you will have to live with it the rest of your life. Well, it doesn't have to be this way. Just bring your trouble to Jesus and he will set you free! Trust the power of The Son of God to heal and restore you.
Oct 27-(Matthew 8:5-13, 11:2-19, 12:22-50; Luke 7:1-8:3) "The Sinful Woman" An awkward moment ensues as an uninvited guest crashes the dinner party. A woman stands weeping behind Jesus. She has a bad reputation in town. Her tears fall from her eyes onto the Master's feet. She tries to wipe them off. Then she starts to kiss the Lord’s feet and pour expensive perfume on them. The fragrance fills the dining room. The host shakes his head in disgust and mutters to himself: "If he only knew what kind of woman she is, he wouldn't let her do that to him." But Jesus does know what kind of woman she is, and He forgives her sins! You can never be too bad for God to forgive you. No matter how sinful you are, God can wipe the slate clean… He wants to! Praise God!! How will you respond to the amazing grace of God? Today, let God's forgiveness humble you in gratitude. Be determined to honor your God for His great love for you.
Oct 26-(Matthew 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49) "The Pure In Heart" What do you think of when you hear the word pure? Do you associate the word purity with things like water and food? Jesus makes a promise. He says the pure in heart will see God. What do you think having a pure heart is all about? Having a pure heart is about having pure motives. It's about being a person of integrity. Pure in heart is not about being gullible; it's about pursuing innocence. Pure in heart is about having godly character. It's wanting to live upright when no one is looking. It's having a deep desire to honor God and do what is right because it's right. A pure heart is honest and keeps clear of corruption. It's refusing to live a lie. A pure heart is open. A pure heart turns all the cards over. A pure heart carries a good reputation of decency. A pure heart doesn't think about itself. Do you have a pure heart? Better yet, will you have a pure heart? Today, purify your heart. Cleanse your motives of selfishness and greed. Let your intentions today be about pleasing God and honoring His name. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 25-(Mark 2:13-3:19; Luke 5:27-6:19; Matthew 9:9-17, 12:1-21; John 5:1-47) "Levi"
He is named after the priestly tribe of Israel, but he is no saint! Tax
collectors were, by and large, crooked. For, many of them would line their
pockets by overcharging the people. Men like Levi were viewed as extensions of
a corrupt governing system; that's why the people despised tax collectors. But
Jesus sees something else in Levi. He sees a disciple. So when He calls Levi to
follow Him, Levi leaves everything behind and follows Jesus. And when Levi has
Jesus in his home, the critics shake their heads in disgust. "What are
you doing?” they ask. "What am I doing?” The Lord
replies. "I'm doing what my Father would do. I'm doing what I was sent
to do. I'm loving people!" Aren't you glad He did? The story of Levi
represents how God feels about all the foul ups in the world. No matter how
messed up you are, God loves you and wants you. You matter! He stretches his
arms out on a cross and says, "I love you this much."
God treasures you, and He invites you to follow Him to experience a
better life. A life of purpose. Today, let go of all the things that clutter
your mind with worry and guilt. Today, think about Jesus and Levi and
appreciate God's great love for you. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 24-(Luke 3:19-20; Matthew 4:12-25; Luke 4:14-30, 5:1-26; Mark 1:21-2:12) "Simon" He makes his living catching fish with his brother. But Simon's life is about to drastically change. For The Master is going to interrupt Simon's routine with a greater purpose than catching a few fish. Instead of being caught up in making a living, Simon will dedicate his life to making a difference. Suddenly, his nets fall to the ground; he leaves them behind and follows his Lord. From this moment on, Simon will fish for men. You are on this earth for more than making and spending some money. God created you for more than satisfying your personal indulgences. Like Simon, you are here for a greater purpose than making a living. God put you here to make a difference. Today, Jesus calls to you, "Come follow me." Will you let go of your nets, and take hold of your mission? Will you start fishing for men? (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 23-(Luke 3:1-23; Matthew 3:4-6, 13-17, 4:1-11; John 1:19-34) "The Devil" When you stop and think about it, there is a long casualty list of people who Satan has destroyed. How is he able to do this? The Devil never fights fair... He will find your weakness and exploit it. He will use anything and anyone he can to take you down. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan. But Jesus used scripture, prayer, and some common sense to successfully resist Satan's schemes. How is the Devil messing with you? What is Satan using to tempt you? When tempted by the Devil, take a page out of the playbook of Jesus Christ. Prepare yourself with lots of prayer... Look to the scriptures for guidance... Think about the outcome yielding to your temptations by using the noggin God gave you. Today, be prepared when Satan will tempt you. Resist the Devil. Meet your moments of temptation with grit and godly determination. For, after the dust settles, you will still be standing! Always remember that when your character has been tested, the fires of temptation will temper and strengthen your faith. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 22-(Luke 3:1-23; Matthew 3:4-6, 13-17, 4:1-11; John 1:19-34) "John The Baptist" He seems to resemble a mountain man more than a messenger. He lives in the wild. He wears primitive clothes and eats bugs. But when John The Baptist appears, it's clear he has a mission; it's to prepare people to know the Christ. With boldness, he breaks the ice and speaks up about Jesus. You don't have to be a polished professional to make an impact for Christ; but you do have to be bold! For, this is how God spreads the Good News. He spreads it through those who dare to come out of their shell and talk about spiritual matters with the people they meet. Not everyone will be open and welcome to what you say, but there is always someone who will. You won't know until you speak up. Today, ask the Lord to give you an extra bit of courage as you meet other people on your campus, at your workplace, or in your community. Don't be afraid to offer an invitation to an event, a word of encouragement, or give a little nudge toward God. Your boldness will help others believe. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 21-(Matthew 2:1-23; Luke 2:39-52) "The Magi" A group of men are looking for Jesus. They have traveled thousands of miles from Persia in search of the Messiah. When they find him, they open their treasures and worship him. What a powerful lesson! What you do with your treasures says a lot about how much you treasure your God. For what you worship will get the most and the best of your time, your talents, your money, and your attention. Think about it... You invest the best you have in what is most important to you. Everything else gets... your leftovers. So what treasures are you offering to God? Is The Lord getting your best, or is He getting your leftovers? How will you worship God? Today, worship your Lord by dedicating and offering what you treasure most to Him. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 20-(Luke 1:5-80; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-38) "Anna" She was in her early 20's when she lost her husband after 7 years of marriage. For the rest of her life, she worships at the temple all day long... every day. It's in worship she finds great comfort and peace. But Anna discovers something special. As she worships, she yearns for someone to deliver her from all her hurts. She prays and fasts as she waits for the Messiah. So when Mary and Joseph arrive at the temple to dedicate their son, she is overjoyed. She runs up to the trio and gives thanks to God. With great excitement, she speaks about Jesus to all who would listen. Why? She sees her healing in the arms of a mother. She sees a bigger picture too. She knows there's something big going on. God is about to do something amazing! The Prince Of Peace is about to bring healing to all! How much does the arrival of Jesus excite you? For, since he came to earth, God has been working on something big. He's been working to bless you... to heal you... to change you. Today, praise God for sending Jesus. Give thanks to God for His great love. Speak to those who will listen… about Jesus! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 19-(Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38) "The Family Tree" Have you ever thought about all the people that have gotten you here? How far can you note them by name? There’s your mother and father, grandparents, great grandparents, and then it gets a little hazy from there on back. All the names in your lineage have stories that include pivotal moments that determined whether or not you'd be reading this text today. Two of the gospels trace the lineage of Jesus. One traces back to Abraham, while the other goes all the way back to Adam. Why? There are two major reasons: 1- Jesus' lineage proves He is the rightful heir to the throne of David. He is a King! 2- This list of names also traces and confirms the bloodline of The Messiah. There is a third to consider. These genealogies show how much God was involved in bringing His son to you! These names confirm God's provenance. There is a story connected to each of these names. They show how God worked through floods, famines, captivities, as well as a host of defining and pivotal moments to finally bring Jesus to earth. These names confirm God's love and power and wisdom that He used to bring salvation to you! It's worth praising God every time you think of it. Think about this: Where would you be without your heritage? Where would you be without His? (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 18-(Mark 1:1; John 1:1-18; Luke 1:1-4) "Jesus" He fulfills a promise that God gave at the beginning of man (Gen 3:15). He created all things. ALL THINGS!! He is the first and the last word from God. Isaiah called Him Emanuel; because He is God and actually dwelled among men. The gospels record His life more than any other source. His teachings have changed lives. His word can change your life too. His parents would name Him Jesus, (The one who saves), and He would save the world. How much do you know about Jesus! How well do you know Him? How well do you know His teachings? In the next few weeks, read carefully your Daily Bible, and absorb all of who Jesus is. Seriously read the gospels and deepen your understanding of your Lord. Notice how He treated people. Catch what He was trying to say. What He says matters more than anything else. For, His words give life. Observe how mankind treated Him. Read for yourself, and realize how much Jesus loves you. You don't want to let Him slip through your fingers. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 17-(Between The Testaments) "The Culture" You'd think as soon as God's people were allowed to return home, they would. But not everyone returned to Zion. Many would stay behind. Some decided to continue to be faithful where they were, while others got caught up in the ideas and values of the Persian empire that were foreign to God's will. Following the God who delivered them out of Egypt, didn't seem that appealing any more. They incorporated different gods, different religious values, and different ideals. That's what a culture can do. As you look at the worldliness of your society, ask yourself how much your culture will influence your spirituality. For, your culture is influencing you right now. Your friends, family, and media are shaping how you look at God and His purpose. Today, take steps to prevent your culture from pulling you away from the core values God wants you to have. Let God shape your ethics, your expectations, and your core ideals. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 16- (Between The Testaments) "The Writers of the Apocrypha" The Apocrypha include 39 separate writings and are not part of the Bible. Though many of them seem to shed light on Jewish life during the time between the testaments, many are either bordering on fiction, or have serious historical problems with accuracy. This is why they were not included in the Bible. These writings do not appear to add or take away from the main teachings of the Bible. That may be why some religious groups include the apocrypha in their Bible. Whatever the case, you may want to research this yourself, online, and draw your own conclusion. By the way, researching scriptures and historical accounts on your own can build and deepen your faith in the word of God.
Oct 15-(Between The Testaments) "The One Who Waits" It's kind of strange... There seems to be a dramatic pause in the history of Israel. The Bible reader is left to secular history to determine what is going on in the world. Nothing is heard from Heaven for nearly 400 years. Why? Did God's people have anything to record? Yes, but not from the lips of God. Israel is left to wait for the Messiah… and no one likes to wait!! Are you having to wait for God to speak or act? It's grueling isn't it? It's hard to wait for His door to open. It's painful to wait for Him to turn things around. It's difficult to wait for an answer to your prayer. But remember... it's worth the wait! So if you are waiting for God to do something, hang in there and persevere. He will act when He feels the time is right. And when he does... it will be worth the wait! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 14-(1 Chronicles 9) "Uthai, Asaiah, Jeuel, and Sallu" Perhaps one of the most neglected chapters in all the Bible, the first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles accurately lists all the members on the family tree that make up the 12 tribes of God's people. At face value, these chapters seem redundant and irrelevant. But these chapters made it possible for Ezra to restore the legitimate theocracy in Jerusalem when the exiles returned from captivity. This ensured that the Levites were in charge of the offerings, and that the right people were in place to offer proper sacrifices. These chapters also give you hope. For, there is a list of names of those who came back home! Uthai, Asaiah, Jeuel, and Sallu are a fraction of the many who would return home. Hmmm... There is a list being compiled right now of those who are going to return to God and be with Him forever. Can you say you are on this list? Today, strive to be faithful to God, and carry on His work. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 13-(1 Chronicles 1:1-4:23) "Ibhar" A long list of names covers this chapter. Who are these people? Why are they listed here? These are the names of men and women who God used for generations. They cover thousands of years. By the way, Ibhar is one of the sons of David. No one knows anything about him. Maybe that's the point. Most of these names share a similar trait with Ibhar. No one knows anything about them except that they played a part in God's story of redemption. In a way, you share the same history in His story. Someday people will look back at a long list of names, and yours will be among them. They may not know exactly who you are or what you did, but they know you are in some way connected to their lives. For, your faithfulness made it possible for them to hear the story and find redemption. Today, make some history by touching the future! Pass on the good news to another generation. Years from now, you may be lost in a long list of forgotten names, but your impact will none the less remain; and God will always remember your part in His story. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 12-(Nehemiah 12:31-13:31) "Nehemiah" He wasn't a priest or a spiritual professional. He wasn't a preacher or prophet. Nehemiah was an employee for the King of Persia, and he used his talents and skills to rebuild and restore Jerusalem. You don't have to be a spiritual professional to do something significant for The Lord. All you need to do is use the talents and skills God has given you to help rebuild and restore, (i.e., change), lives that are torn down by sin. How do you plan to use the gifts God has blessed you with? Today, start thinking of ways you can use the gifts, talents, and treasures God has given you, to change a life. Ask God to help you recognize the opportunities to rebuild and restore the broken lives around you. Rejoice when it occurs!! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 11-(Nehemiah 7:73-10:39) "Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, Maaseiah; Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam." It all comes back to the Word Of God. It doesn't matter what you accomplish in life if God's Word isn't your focus. Notice that the wall is up... the Temple is rebuilt. But there is something more important that must be established in Israel. Ezra stands before a crowd that has gathered together for a special dedication. He begins to read aloud the Word Of God. The people reflect and begin to weep... Why? The Word Of God is life. The Word Of God is everything. Without God's Word, the nation will crumble. Thirteen men stand beside Ezra as a gesture of devotion and solidarity. This encourages the rest of the people to stand on God's Word. It all comes back to the Word Of God!! Where do you stand? Is it clear that you stand on God's Word? How often do you go to God's Word for answers? How often do you use it in your conversations with others? Are you standing with your leaders to encourage a commitment to closely follow God's Word? Are other believers encouraged to look into God's Word by your example? Today, start depending on God's Word; because it all comes back to the Word Of God.
Oct 10-(Nehemiah 7:1-72, Nehemiah 11:1-12:26) "Hanani and Hananiah" The rebuilding of the wall around the city of Jerusalem is now complete. But the city has only a few inhabitants. Only a few houses have been built. So God puts it on Nehemiah’s heart to call on people like Hanani and Hananiah to bring more people to the city. Does this sound familiar? There is plenty of room for more people in God's Kingdom. He's looking for those already in to bring others into His Kingdom. Will you be one of them? Today, pray for God to use you to bring others into His Kingdom.
Tobiah, and Geshem" With the rebuilding of the wall
under way, it isn't long before opposition begins to form. Sanballat, Tobiah,
and Geshem start giving Nehemiah the business through criticism, threats, and
intimidation. But Nehemiah and the people keep their heads down. They pray... prepare...
and persevere! The wall is finished in 52 days! Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem
are poor examples of how to address the work of others in God's Kingdom. They
criticize and condemn Nehemiah's work, but they are powerless and can't stop
the mission. Why? It's the will of God and the last thing you want to be is on
the wrong side of the will of God! You don't want to be fighting God; that will
not end well. So... When you hear of ‘kingdom work’ going on, what will be your
response? Will you pray for its success, or will you trash talk and gossip
while hoping it fails? Remember, you don't want to be on the wrong side of what
God is doing. Today, while you work in God's Kingdom, support other work in
other places with your prayers. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 8-(Nehemiah 1:1-3:32) "Nehemiah" The walls surrounding Jerusalem lie in runs. The temple has become a pile of rubble. The returning exiles are trickling in. When Nehemiah hears about the condition of Zion, he begins to shake his head and weep. He prays through his tears. He cannot eat. This goes on for days. How do you feel when you see your church not doing so well? Does it bother you to see new people just 'trickling in’? What will you do when you see the 'ruins'? Here's what Nehemiah does: 1- With humility, he calls out to God. 2- He fasts! 3- He rallies the people who can change the situation. 4- He goes to work! Today, get convicted about the health of your church! Admit you’re part of the problem; call out to God; grab a few friends; get to work… and watch God bless it! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 7-(Ezra 9:1-10:44) "Shekaniah" Ezra hears some alarming news and begins to weep before God in prayer. He is ashamed! For, the men have intermarried with pagan women! As Ezra mourns over this, Shekaniah walks up and begins to confess his sin. To make it right, Shekaniah offers to divorce his wife. Most of the returning exiles follow suit. This purged and purified the nation of sin. This humble act, started a practice that blessed the rest of the remnant. Shekaniah is an example of how one man can influence the rest. When one man gets serious with his sin, he inspires others to get serious too. When one man gets serious about seeking God's kingdom first, the rest of a small group, the workplace, and the church, are all encouraged to raise the bar. What are you inspiring others to do in your small group, family, and workplace? Today, raise the bar for the folks around you by getting serious with yourself. Encourage others by personally setting the spiritual tone in your relationships… and watch God bless!
Oct 6-(Ezra 7:8) "Ezra" He would be one of the first to return to Jerusalem. He would motivate a nation of people to rebuild the Temple. Why does God use Ezra? How is Ezra able to motivate so many people? The Bible may give a clue... Here's what Ezra 7:8-10 says: ... the gracious hand of his God was on him. This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel. God is gracious to Ezra because of his commitment and discipline to understand and apply the scripture to himself… before he taught others. He knew his teaching would be useless if he failed to live it in his own life. Look...Your capacity to lead is deeply rooted in your commitment to follow. If you want to change your family, workplace, church, or ministry, it's going to take a disciple who starts with himself! Nothing takes away the impact of your influence as much as your failure to apply God's word to your own life. No one takes a hypocrite seriously!! How much do your words match your life? Today, make a decision to be serious about obeying God's will. In this way, what you say to others will have maximum impact.
Oct 5-(Malachi 1:1-4:6) "God's Special Treasure" It isn't long after the return of the exiles that God's people begin to slip back into the sin that got them into trouble in the first place. Malachi comes down hard on God's people. He confronts the source of their blemished sacrifices. It's a lack of love for God. He hits hard their hypocrisy. He challenges them to change. A few listen and turn back to The Lord (3:16-18). The Lord is pleased. He grants mercy and blessing to those who turn to Him. He treats the obedient as His special treasure. That's because they are! Is the Lord getting your best, or is He getting your leftovers? If you are giving God less than your best, you need to change this! For, your leftovers will never honor your God, and He will never bless you. But if you will start honoring your Lord by giving Him your best, He will treat you with favor as his special treasure. By turning to Him and obeying His word, you will experience His grace and generosity. Will you do this today? What would be the best way for you to honor God today? (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 4-(Esther 5:1-10:3) "Haman" Talk about a plan that backfires! Fueled by hate, Haman's plot to kill Mordecai begins to unravel and go down in flames. Hmmm... Think about it... Over the centuries, evil men have tried to destroy God's people. They have beaten, burned, boiled, and beheaded His followers; but God's people have survived. Why? No one can stop what God plans… NO ONE! If God is in it, it will succeed. If it's manmade, it will fall on its face. You can count on it! As a believer, realize you live in God's plans. His plan is to save you and to use you. So don't be intimidated by those who try to frighten you or discourage you! Keep going forward, and trust God's plan for you. He will see to it that His plans will succeed! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 3-(Esther 1:1-4:17) "Esther" She is stunning without wearing any makeup! She becomes a queen. She saves her nation. Esther is an example of God putting the right person in the right place at the right time. Do you think God works this way today? Do you think He still puts the right people in the right place at the right time? Do you think He could do this with you? He does! You work where you are on purpose. You live in your neighborhood for a reason. God has you cross paths with people every day for good reason. He wants to change a life! God believes you are perfect for the job. Today, be aware of God's providence. Be on the lookout for the opportunities God gives you. Let Him use you to reach others. (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 2-(Zechariah 9:1-14:21) "The Coming King" Zechariah speaks of a King returning to Jerusalem. He is entering the city... not with an entourage of soldiers or a parade of dignitaries. No... This King is entering Jerusalem, riding on a donkey—a colt. Does this sound familiar? It should! Jesus would fulfill this prophecy (Matt 21:5) when He entered Jerusalem. What does this mean? It means the King of Kings was humble. He was born in a stable... He was a carpenter's son. One time, He wrapped a towel around his waist and wasted dirty feet. He humbled himself on a cross and never complained about it! This is your King! This is your role model. Today, approach the things you do, and the people you meet, with humility. Go out of your way to serve others. Humble yourself… and imitate your King!! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)
Oct 1-(Psalm 126) "The Dreamers" They are finally coming home! After 70 years of captivity, the people of God are returning to Israel, and the King of Persia is financing it! Wow!! So it's an understatement for the psalmist to compare the euphoric atmosphere, among those returning, to dreaming. But this is what it was like. For, dreaming is an exciting thing to do! It's awesome to look to the future with such positive anticipation. Good days were definitely ahead for Israel. The sights and sounds of worship were returning to Jerusalem! The people were coming back to God; and He was blessing them! They could live their lives with joy. This is true for every believer today. If you are a believer, get excited! For God has brought you out of your captivity, and restores the life He created you to live. He blesses you when you turn to Him. He rewards your obedience with a secure and peaceful future. It's like a wonderful dream! But in your case, it's no dream. It's reality!! So look ahead with great excitement. For, when you trust the Lord, His promises are surely yours!! (CLICK to share your thoughts with me!)