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June 1, 2013

Which Land

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Exodus 3:8. I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the region of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.

Before we meet God through His Son, Jesus, we dwell in Egypt. This is a land of slavery to sin. When we meet God we begin our journey in the wilderness of sanctification. We are headed for Canaan, the promised land. It is a land rich in the blessings of God. The Hebrews struggled in the wilderness. They wanted God’s blessings but did not want to be obedient to His commands. Because of their continual disobedience they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. When they did approach the promised land they doubted it was really for them. (Read the story for yourself in Exodus). We are like those Hebrews. We wander around in our wilderness in and out of obedience to God. Many don’t know of a promised land. Some don’t think it’s for them. This promised land is where we walk daily with our God. When we learn to open ourselves up to the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us we receive His power to walk on through the wilderness and take possession of the promised land. Our question is which land are we in, Egypt, the wildness or the land of promise?

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April 13, 2013

All Like Peter

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John 21:7. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), and plunged into the sea.

Oh how I love Peter.  He is so impulsive.  The downside of being impulsive is we often act or speak before we think or consider the cost.  Peter is the one who said he would die with Jesus before he would dessert Him yet he denied His Lord 3 times in one night.  Many times we get wrapped up in the emotion of an event or relationship and plunge headlong without thinking or counting the cost.  How many times have we promised God or anyone else we would do something but we never follow it up?  Someone asks us to pray for something and we say we will.  We go on our way and quickly forget to pray.  It may be a visit, a phone call or a need at church but we fail.  Our question is do we recognize the Peter in each one of us?  Tomorrow we’ll read how our Lord deals with this issue.

December 4, 2012

Not the only Season

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Luke 1:5-6  During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous in the sight of God,

Now Elizabeth comes into the picture.  She is also from a long line of priests.  Scripture says she was considered to be righteous but she was without a child which was considered a big blemish on a woman. Apparently her righteous life kept her from being judged by that stigma.  When Zechariah comes home mute from his temple service Elizabeth is probably stunned.  He has to write motes to tell her what happened.  Unlike her husband, Elizabeth believes the angel’s message from God.  Apparently she believes strongly enough to follow through with what is necessary for it to come about.  In a few months she is carrying the promise of God.  We can only imagine the changes God would have to make if Elizabeth did not believe and did nothing to carry through for the fulfillment of God’s promise.  Our question is are we believing the promises of God not only through our faith but also through our actions?  God says to tithe 10% of all we have.  He says in addition we should also give.  He says this not because He needs this but because we need to do this.  During this season even those who don’t normally give change and give to the needy.  it makes them feel good.  We have another question to face.  Is this season the only season for giving?  Let us carry the season of  Advent with us every day of the year.  It all belongs to God anyway, not us.  Let us listen to His Holy Spirit and give when we see a need cross our path.  God is faithful to supply our needs.

November 23, 2011

Giving Generously

Deuteronomy 15:10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

What a beautiful promise.   God will bless us in all our work and in everything we put our hand (effort) to.  However, as with most promises, this comes with a stipulation.  We must give to others generously and without a grudging heart.  In these hard times many have trouble doing this.  Many scarcely have enough for food, can’t find jobs, don’t have housing.  How are they to give?  What do they have to give?  Giving is not limited to money or material things though they are definitely included.  We can give of our labor.  We can give of our time.  We can give our prayers of intercession.  Give a visit or phone call to someone who is lonely.  Give an encouraging word to someone who is downhearted.  It is a generous heart that God values and a willingness to give out of whatever we have.  My favorite gift from my children was a coupon with an extra chore on it for me to redeem whenever I wanted to.  Regardless of our finances, our material possessions, our heath or any other circumstances we all have something we can give to another.  Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, let us thank God for what we do have and share it generously and happily with others.

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