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April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

December 24, 2016

Rahab

Matthew 1:5 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, (NIV)

Rahab was a harlot.  But she took mercy on the Israelite spies and hid them for their protection.  She apparently had heard how the Hebrews were defeating all who stood in their way and wanted to find a way to protect herself and her family.  She promised the spies safety if they would protect her when they defeated the city.  You can read her story in Joshua 2 and 6.  Though Rahab wasn’t a believer in the one, true God, she had heard of His power.  Protecting the spies turned her life around and she, though a harlot in her past, was honored and included in the lineage of Jesus.  Our past is under the cross of Jesus and our lives, when we come to the cross, are redeemed and we are honored as children of the most high God.  Rahab put her past behind and we can too.

December 23, 2016

Ruth

Ruth 1:16 Ruth 1:16 (NIV)16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

 Ruth was a foreigner and raised to believe in idols.  She married a Hebrew seeking protection from famine in her country.  She had opportunity to see how believers in God lived and it impacted her life.  She was willing to leave her home and all she knew to go to the strange land of her deceased husband’s family rather than staying with the familiar of her family and give her allegiance to the God of her husband’s family.  She took good care of her mother-in-law and followed her advice.  God blessed Ruth for her commitment.  Not only is she included in the lineage of Jesus but she has an entire book in the Bible named after her.  It is very good reading.  What is it God wants you to leave behind and what new thing does He want you to seek?

Bathsheba

2 Samuel 12:24 (NIV) 24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;

 Once again we find a woman who was a sinner in the linage of Jesus.  By now we should all be assured that even though we are sinners that doesn’t stop God from working His will and purpose through us.  During these last few days of Advent, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us any sin that is holding us back from being free to allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through us.  Confess what He reveals to us and receive His forgiveness then be sure to forgive ourselves.  Stand on the fact that this sin no longer separates us from God and is considered gone forever.  If it’s a sin of repetition, make up our minds to no longer be chained to that sinful habit and turn our backs and our minds away from it.  If it is an action let’s be sure to replace it with an action pleasing to God.

December 22, 2016

Tamar

Genesis 38:26 26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.

 Tamar was a fighter.  She was mistreated by her father-in-law, Judah.  She was also very smart and was able to make plans to cause Judah to honor her according to Jewish law.  Her story is very worth the time to read in Genesis 38 and I encourage you to do so.  Reading it straight from scripture is much better than my rewriting it in my own words.  By including Tamar in the genealogy of Jesus, God was showing that He welcomes sinners into His family.  Tamar was mistreated but used deception to gain what was being denied to her.  Whatever sins or how ever many sins we’ve done in the past we can lay at the cross of Jesus and know they are all forgiven forever. We can also learn from Tamar to persevere, when mistreated,  not through deception but according to the precepts set down for us in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.

December 21, 2016

Genealogies

Matthew 1:1-2 (NIV) 1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

 I’m not big on genealogies.  I’ve tried to get interested in my family’s genealogy but just can’t seem to pay much attention even though I’ve read it and been told it many times.  In the Bible, many times I tend to speed read through the genealogies.  Genealogies are part of the prophecy of the coming of Jesus.  They help tie the Old Testament and New Testament together.  In Judaism, females were basically in sequential though genealogy isn’t possible without them.  But there are 4 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  I will be looking at each one the next 4 days.  One prophecy said the Messiah would come through the linage of David.  The significance of the number 14 is only for the superstitious.  Some think it is because of the multiple of the number 7 which represents completeness.  If you’re interested in numerology there are several numbers in the scripture which would make interesting study.

December 11, 2016

Anna

Luke 2:36 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, (NIV)

 Anna also was expecting to see the Messiah in her life time.  She was so sure she refused to leave the temple.  I’m not sure if she might have thought she could possibly miss Him if she continued on with her normal life.  God doesn’t expect us to quit living where He put us by staying in a church and never leaving.  He expects us to be out amongst the people with our prayers and sharing how to worship Him while we wait His second coming.  There are times to devote exclusively to prayer and worship but we are also to incorporate prayers and worship in our public lives in order to introduce others of the love and forgiveness of God through His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.  Anna and Simeon recognized Jesus because they were looking for Him and expecting to see Him.  Are we looking with expectation to see Him at work within our lives and the lives of others? I pray we are all looking with expectation and don’t miss the marvelous ways God is at work within our lives and those around us.

December 4, 2016

Elizabeth

Luke 1:41 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Mary went to see her cousin Elizabeth.  I imagine Mary was still feeling a little confused, insecure and fearful.  When Elizabeth heard Mary she was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Before the resurrection and then the Pentecost ( the releasing of God’s Holy Spirit), the Holy Spirit only came on certain people at certain times for a specific purpose.  This time it was to confirm to Mary all the angel had said to her.  Not only did God use Elizabeth to prepare Mary for the birth of Jesus, He used her son, John, as the voice in the wilderness preparing the way for Mary’s child, Jesus.  God uses many people, coordinating them, for His purpose.  We are all like a choir or orchestra.  No one part is more or less important than another.  All parts must blend and flow together for a singular purpose.  No ministry is more important than another.  All ministries, all gifts and each and every one of God’s children must blend and flow together for the sole purpose of glorifying God while on this earth.  Let’s encourage one another to do our parts in the “orchestra or choir” of God’s family and shine forth His praises and love to the world around us.

December 1, 2016

Mary

Luke 1:38 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (NIV)

As we proceed through the Advent season let’s take time to think on each one in what we call the Christmas Story.  We’ll start with Mary.  In our day and time, she would be a teen-ager in high school.  Imagine what she felt hearing that, not married (only engaged), and being a virgin, she was to become pregnant.  Most girls her age would be full of fear.  What would everyone think.  In her day she would be stoned to death for being pregnant without already being married.  How would anyone believe she was still a virgin.  Then we look at her response.  What faith she had.  What willingness to submit to the will of God regardless of how it may affect her.  Then we must consider things God tells us to do.  What is our response?  Let’s take time to ask God to reveal to us the times we have turned away from what He asks of us through His written Word and sometimes by the quiet nudging of His Holy Spirit.  Let us repent and become as willing as Mary.

October 15, 2013

Kingdom

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Matthew 6:10. may your kingdom come,

When we ask for God’s kingdom to come we need to know what His kingdom is. In Romans 14:17 we read, “For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” We are asking for God’s righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit
to come. These attributes can only come if we allow them to come within us. We cannot look to the world or things of this world for these attributes. They only exist through God. Without God there is no righteousness, no peace, and no joy. God gives these to us through His Holy Spirit. The world searches for these attributes in vain when looking at worldly things. Our question is where do we look for righteousness, peace, and joy? Satan tries to imitate these attributes but his imitations only last for a fleeting moment. Let us seek God’s kingdom to be within us that we can share these attributes of His kingdom with others.

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