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God Is Always With You

God Is Always With You

Isaiah 41:10, 13
Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

For I, the LORD your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I am the one who helps you.”

Thought for the Day
I am sure you have heard the story of Joseph, how he was sold into slavery, then thrown into prison. There are a couple of thoughts that I have, these are very important for you to understand if you are to receive all of the Lord’s blessings He has for you.

In life you can do everything right, follow God, live a Godly life, and still end up in “Life’s prison”. Joseph may have been a little cocky in his young age, but surely did not deserve to have his brothers turn on him and be sold to be a slave. He also could have easily slept with Potiphar’s wife, but he chose to do the Godly thing and run, he ended up in prison.

Life is what you make of it. Joseph, if anyone, had every right to be angry and bitter towards God. After all, he did the right thing, and this is what “Doing the right thing” landed him; in prison. Joseph instead accepted where God had him. I can imagine it is not where Joseph thought he would have been, but he knew God was in control. Wherever you are in your life, whatever your situation, GOD IS WITH YOU. When Joseph was a slave, GOD WAS WITH HIM (v39:2) When Joseph was in prison GOD WAS WITH HIM (v39:21,23) Let me say this again, wherever you are, GOD IS WITH YOU, and if God is with you, you are blessed, all you need to do is accept His blessings

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Are You Excited To Be A Christian?

Focus Scripture
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-
I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts
my soul hates.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even if you offer many prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are full of blood;

16 wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,

17 learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

Thought for the Day
When you read this, you might think to yourself that this was written long ago for the people of Israel. But was it? Can’t you see GOD saying this to our culture? I cannot bear your corrupt churches. When you spread your hand out in prayer, I will not listen. Your hands are full of gossip, lies, jealously, and hatred. Sounds like verses that could apply to 8 out of our 10 dying churches in America.

It is so easy to get in a routine. It is easy to loose sight of Jesus’ vision for us. We live in a world where we are stretched out everyday. We have to constantly fight what society is tell us. Watch out for #1 or maybe, It is a dog eat dog world. It is easy to let satan in the middle of our church and let him start to pick it apart bit by bit. Soon, after fighting all this, you may find yourself going through the actions, church and worship become empty and meaningless.

I believe that we all need to do a heart check every month or so. Make sure that we are still excited, if not, what will make you excited? Are you just going through the motions at church? If so, what will make you become more involved?

Are you letting personal feeling; jealousy, anger, and bitterness interfere with your relationships at church? If so, what will it take for YOU to mend them? I am sure that you could come up with a few of you own. I know that I can.

So, when was your last heart check, how did you score?

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Sex Gods Way

Sex Gods Way

Song of Solomon 7:6-9
6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing,
O love, with your delights!
7 Your stature is like that of the palm,
and your breasts like clusters of fruit.
8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree;
I will take hold of its fruit.”
May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine,
the fragrance of your breath like apples,
9 and your mouth like the best wine.

 

Thought for the Day
Wait a minute! Was that the Bible or was that a raunchy romance novel??? No, that was your Bible.
To read Song of Solomon you have to have the mind set of Genesis 2:23-25
Adam Said:
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man.”
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

This is THE WAY GOD intended the relationship between a married man and woman to be. SEX is a gift from GOD, it is a wonderful gift. But, man giving into the temptation of sin, has done plenty to almost destroy this gift. satan is also doing everything in his power to take this wonderful gift, destroy it’s value, and turn it into his glory.

Today, instead of celebrating this gift, we spend a lot of time being ashamed, protected, and almost afraid of this gift. We abuse it and use it against each other. satan is doing a happy dance, but you can stop him from doing his happy dance by using GOD’s gift as it was meant to be used. By and through GOD.

I have been on both sides of this spectrum. I have abused GOD’s gift, and I have used GOD’s gift. I understand the temptation that the evil one gives you, and I now understand the amazing blessing that comes from GOD when HE is in it. Now to me, it sounded weird to include GOD in sexual issues, but again, it is HIS gift to us. Once I included GOD, I was blown away. I have never experienced anything like it.

I am not going to go into all the aspects of how GOD intended HIS gift to be used for MARRIED couples. But, imagine a triangle. This triangle would represent GOD’s gift. GOD has to be at the pinnacle of this triangle; the point, the lead. The man and the wife make the other two points. Once you have this triangle, go have fun and explore each other and the amazing gift that GOD gave you!

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Knowing The Purpose Of Your Pain

For the past couple of days we have researched “Why bad things happen?” I was just thinking how this question lines up with the Psalms. Most of the Psalms are humanity crying out to GOD, for situations that are happening beyond their control, such as King David being chased by men wanting to kill him, hiding out in caves. In today’s devotional I wanted to look at the hope we Believers have in Christ when these situations happen.

I have heard a statement this last weekend that made an impact on me. A guy that I was talking to, said that he could endure life’s “Whys” if he knew the purpose of them.

He had a good point, we humans live out life in either the past, present, or future. In the present when we are going through one of life’s “Whys”, it hurts and we can’t see the future or know how this is going to effect the future, so we want GOD to be our puppet and have HIM fix it now. We usually do not remember the past to see how we have gone through situations like this, survived, see how GOD was always with us, grown in faith, and one step closer to being more like Christ.

GOD lives in all three; past, present, and future. A good example of this is, if you ever taped a football game on the TV while you were at work; But, when you were driving home you heard the score and all the big plays made during the game. When you get home you can watch the tape, but, you know the final outcome. GOD is a some cosmic way is doing the same thing, He knows He plays in your life, and HE is watching your life being played out. He knows the outcome and where He has allowed and protected you from situations that will produce HIS final outcome for your life; to be like Jesus.

In closing I wanted to leave you with two thoughts: If your a believer you ALWAYS have eternal hope. These few years that GOD has given us here on earth will hardly compare to the joy that we are going to have spending an eternity with Christ. I know that when you are going through a rough time, it seems like forever. Try and always keep focused on the end of the race, try to imagine how amazing it will be to be at the feet of Jesus, meeting Moses, King David, and all your other favorites. People that do not have Jesus, yes these situations could crush you, that is why it is so important for us to give as many as you can Jesus’ hope.

The other thought is off a verse that I am sure you have heard before, and maybe it has been told to you when you were struggling. I know that while I was very sick, a lot of people quoted this verse. I hope to maybe bring some new light to this verse: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

There are two key phrases that I am not sure if you caught in the above verse. The first one is We Know. There are not many things in life that we KNOW, but Paul is stating here that he KNOWS this to be true. That is a very bold and confident statment.

The second is All Things. “All Things” are everything that is good from GOD that HE gives you, plus all the bad things you may or may not cause to happen. So, to give us some hope for the tough times of life, Paul states that EVERYTHING that will happen to you in your life, GOD will use for good at sometime, maybe not in the present, but in the future. Have a great day.

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Is Your Free Will A Good Thing or A Bad Thing?

Is Your Free Will Good or Bad?

As we spoke yesterday, in Genesis, GOD created the Heavens and Earth Genesis 2:2-3. GOD FINISHED HIS work and it was good. GOD gave us everything that we needed to live with HIM. Notice that GOD on the 8th day did not create airplanes, cars, spaceships, guns, bombs, knifes, swords, chemicals….. the list could just go on and on.

I believe that if GOD had wanted us to have these things, HE would have given them to us in the beginning. GOD gave us everything we needed to have a fruitful life in HIM. GOD intended life to be like this from the beginning. In fact if you remember that GOD was extremely disappointed with us that HE was set to destroy all mankind…… until Noah and GOD’s grace and mercy came into play, and GOD “Started Over” with Noah and family.

Humanity has a problem. We are never satisfied with what we have, we always want more, plus humanity desires to be GOD, then throw in our free will that GOD gave us and you have bad situations that we ask, “Why GOD?”. Here is an example, if GOD gave us everything we needed in the beginning, then GOD did not intend for us to fly. But, we, wanting to be more like GOD and wanting more, build this huge metal shell, put engines on it, and hurl it though space.

One time this metal shell with engines crashes into the earth killing everyone on board. So, we become angry at GOD and say, “How could you let this happen?” GOD looks down on us and says, “I never intended you to fly in the first place, it was your free will that chose to create such a machine. Your machines are not perfect and are going to fail, I am the only thing that is perfect.”

Free will is a double edged sword. We want to have our free will, but when something bad happens we do not want to take the responsibility for the choices of that free will. It will make your brain hurt if you think about it for too long. 🙂 I know what it is like driving across country, our planes are a wonderful invention. But, I find myself as I am getting older, desiring a more pure life with Christ. I find myself taking my free will out of it, and replacing it with HIS. Would I want to go back to the way it was with Adam and Eve…….. honestly yes.

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Numbers 21-22

There are only two instances of animals talking; here in verses 22:28-30. And in Genesis when the serpent spoke to Eve. Donkeys were good all purpose means for transportation, and were highly dependable. This might have been why Balaam became angry with his donkey.

Don’t you admire Moses’ patience? It almost seems like every other chapter the Israelites are grumbling about God and Moses, God punishes them, they come running back to Moses, and Moses intercedes on their behalf.

Scripture Reading Numbers 22:26-34

26 Then the angel of the LORD went ahead and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. 28 Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” 29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” 30 And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”

31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.” 34 Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will turn back.”

Think n’ Grow

When I was reading this story, and I came to the part where Balaam’s donkey spoke to Balaam, the text made no mention that Balaam was surprised. The text just goes on with Balaam answering the donkey back, like this was a normal thing for donkeys to talk? I know that if my dog spoke to me I would have to pinch myself to see if I was in a dream, or call America’s Funniest Animals on the Disney channel.

Besides my talking dog……. Have you ever really, really wanted something in your life? Whether it was buying something, or maybe it was in a relationship that you really wanted to work out. Or maybe it was a new job that you thought would suite you just right? I am sure that you know of a few more. When you have been in those situations, did it seem to just work out, maybe it took a little time, but everything went smoothly. Or did it seem like everything was a struggle, maybe it worked out, but you had to fight for every little thing?

I know that Christ wants the best for us, but, we are a stiff neck people like the Israelites. Yes, if we push hard enough Christ may let us have our ways, but, that is not Christ’s will for us. Just like Balaam was receiving resistance from his donkey, he was so focused on the donkey and his mission he could not see the angel standing there, in fact the donkey (his resistance) saved Balaam’s life.

When you are riding the wave of Christ’s will, everything just seems to fall into place. Things that should have not worked out, do. You are blessed beyond what you wanted in the first place. The next time you are in one of those situations, look for donkeys (resistance), if you find you are coming across a lot of them, maybe you are outside of Christ’s will. Step back, pray, and wait for signs of Christ. His will is the best place on the earth to be!

Closing Prayer

My Heavenly Father,Praise to You Father for all the great things You teach us, this great Word You give us so we can learn more about You and how much You love us. Father I pray today that I will sit and listen to You, that I will listen for Your directions. Help me Father to know that it is You and not me, help me to be patient and not push. I love You Father and know that You are great and know the best for me. Thank You!!

In Your Name I pray, Amen

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Knowing Gods WIll

Numbers 7

The function of anointing sacred objects is an act of dedication. Usually oil or blood was used.
Thought for the Day
Kim and I are looking at buying a house, and there have been some ups and downs. We want to do God’s will for us, but, sometimes it is so hard to know the will of God. I have a good/bad habit, I do find that I push God, patience is not one of my strong points, so in certain situations I do not know if I am pushing God to make what I want to happen, happen. This leaves me confused sometimes.
On the flip side, I do not believe that you lay down and tell God, “OK God, let me have it.” I believe that you need to knock and see if God does open a door. Kim and I have seen God’s will at work and it was amazing. To make a long story short, we need to get out of a current living situation, I asked my boss for a transfer, he gave it to me in a week to a city that we LOVED; Seattle. We also sold our house in a week with a lady that paid cash. There were many more blessings that happened, but it was amazing to see God work and be within His will.
If you are in a situation right now, or the next time one would come up and you are wondering if it is God’s will. I would look at God’s character, are the events happening like God? Do you find yourself pushing the situation to make it work to the way you want it? Is the situation flowing smoothly? I hope that you will find yourself in the tail wind of God’s blessing where it makes your head spin.
Closing Prayer
My Heavenly Father,
Thank you Father for the rain you give us, it makes everything smell fresh and gives all the animals something to drink. Lord I pray that You will help me hear You, follow You and listen to Your will. I know that Your plan is much better than mine could ever be. Please give me the patience and the silence to hear Your moves.
I love You and need You desperately.
In Your Name I pray,
Amen
How To Know Gods Will

How To Know Gods Will