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Monday, March 27, 2017

Have you ever compared Martha and Mary in Luke 10 to John 12?

Take into consideration that oil sometimes represent the Holy Spirit and that He dwells in believers of Jesus Christ.

Luke 10:38-42
Mary and Martha Worship and Serve

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

John 12:1-8
The Anointing at Bethany

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.  There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.  Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,  “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

Mary poured out this valuable oil on the Master’s feet and the fragrance of the oil filled the house. I believe that it was not only poured out to anoint Jesus for his burial, but as an act of worship. This makes me think that when we are worshiping God with all of our heart, we are in essence pouring ourselves out to Him and there is an “aroma” that fills our home (or our temple/body where God dwells).

I believe that these passages took place at two separate times. However, note what happened, Judas attacked what Mary had done.  Also, in Luke we see Martha attacking her what she was doing there as well.

I love how Jesus defends her! We can rest assured that Satan will attack us when we are living a life of worship. He wants to get our attention off of God. But don’t let that happen. Praise Him through it all. Mary didn’t defend herself; nor did she jump up to help Martha. She simply rested at the feet of Jesus. (love that!!)

Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer and He is the “one thing that is needed.” There really is no comparison. Yes, I agree that there is work to be done and we can help the poor and needy (in spirit as well as physically poor and needy). But if we don’t spend time at His feet, identifying ourselves with Him and worshiping our Savior, how can we share His love with others?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

None Fell to the Ground

"So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground." (1 Sam 3:19)

None of his words fell to the ground. Nada, zilch, zero.....This reminds me of Jesus and everything that we have recorded; He lived to do the work of Father God. Everything He said and did either came to pass or is in the process of coming to pass (end of time).

What are we living for? Do our words fall to the ground?

Are we close to God? Do we seek Him and do what He whispers to our hearts?

What if we are judged by our words?

Out of the abundance of the heart your mouth speaks.

What is in our hearts?

What consumes us and our very being?

What do we dwell upon?

Are we dwelling with Him (John 15)?


Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Heart Like God's

(1 Samuel chapter one.)
Hannah heard the priest’s words to her, she believed it and left believing God would answer her prayer. She prayed earnestly, left it at His feet for Him to decide what to do with it and He did in time. 

This more than likely the wasn’t the first time Hannah had been provoked by the other wife. Also,  I do not think polygamy was not approved or condoned by God, otherwise he would have made Adam two wives, right?  It was a cultural thing.  We know that when we spend time with God our hearts are changed.

This probably happened to Hannah as well. Instead of crying, “God, please bless me with a son to give my husband.” Her heart became tuned into God’s heart and she cried out His desire, “Give your servant a son and I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life…” She not only prayed this, but kept her promise to God. Oh, the plans that God had for Samuel! He knew him before he was born and He knew each of us before we were born. In fact He let us be born at such a time as this! Oh, the plans He has for us –if we listen and obey!

I am seeing that the more time I spend with God, the less I really want of the things of this world and the more I want to please Him.

Today I was reminded that God desires our obedience and He desires us to draw nearer to Him through prayer. By doing this we can know Him, His plans  and thoughts that He shares with us as well as share His love with others.

During worship God asked me to pray for “the church” and I did without hesitation. Later as I bowed in prayer at the altar, He told me to do something. It was simple, but I didn’t want to do it because I felt that it is a hard thing for me to do, perhaps it was pride and worrying about what others would think. Regardless, I told Him, “I don’t want to.” I wonder if He laughed at me. Did I look like a stubborn two year old or a fifteen year old with my arms crossed and pouting at what He said? I do know that He lovingly and patiently told me again what to do. Looking back I asked myself, “How could I say no, to my God and my Savior? Who am I to say no after all He has done for me ? How could I ever NOT do what He tells me to do?”!? The fact of the matter is, I simply cannot disobey without feeling like I’ve betrayed His love for me. I know that His ways are not my ways. I also know that I love Him and I will follow and obey Him –even if it isn’t comfortable and not what I initially want to do. The reward of obedience far out way my disobedience. After I did what He told me, I found myself overwhelmed with His love for me; it was more than worth it and will always be more than worth it.
I will leave you with this song that they played during alter time today:

Simple pursuit.....


[Verse 1]
God take us back, the place we began
The simple pursuit of nothing but You
The innocence of a heart in Your hands
God take us back, oh God, take us back

[Pre-Chorus]
To an unswerving faith in the power of Your name
A heart beating for Your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for Your presence again
God take us back

[Chorus]
Nothing and no one comes close to You
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one; it's You, and You only live
Nothing could ever come close

[Verse 2]
Keep our hearts real, keep Your grace close
You're bringing us back
You're bringing us home

[Pre-Chorus]
To an unswerving faith in the power of Your name
A heart beating for Your kingdom to reign

A church that is known for Your presence again
God take us back

[Chorus]
Nothing and no one comes close to You
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one; it's You, and You only live
Nothing could ever come close

[Instrumental]

[Pre-Chorus]
To an unswerving faith in the power of Your name
A heart beating for Your kingdom to reign
A church that is known for Your presence again
God take us back

[Chorus]
Nothing and no one comes close to You
Nothing could ever come close
Nothing and no one; it's You, and You only live
Nothing could ever come close

Follow hard after God – you won’t be disappointed!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Choosing My Path Wisely




I am reading through Judges. Today I am in chapter 11.

It is worth noting that they cast out a son of a harlot, Jephthan. He was someone that they did not deem worthy. Wouldn't you know it, Jephthan is the one that God used to deliver Israel at that point and time!  

This reminds me to not let what others think of me effect who I am. Because, I am a child of God and He has great plans for me! All that is required of me is to trust and follow Him; wherever, He leads. I can rest in the fact that everything works out according to His purpose and plans and brings glory to Father.

I should never complain about this life. Every breath I take is because He has had mercy on me. It's His breath in my lungs - I should be singing His praise and speaking words for Him.  This reminds me to be cheerful (Psalm 37:22), praise God for the good and the bad (Ps. 34, Job’s life, Jesus’ life), be meek (Psalm 37:11 & Matthew 5:5)  be patient (Psalm 37:7, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Corinthians 13:4,). I am to wait expectantly on God and rest in Him (Psalm 37:7-9). I need to work on being encouraging and not tear anyone down.  (Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:23-25).

Also, never let idolatry of any "thing" or any "person" come between me and God. He is my first love and to Him I have given my soul, my life, my heart, all that I am. I need to focus on my relationship with God by spending time with Him every day.  Just like I do with family or friends. You invest time in what is important to you. I don't want the only time that I call on on God is in emergency type situations:  "9-1-1-God, I need you" or "Help me now that I am in trouble, God!"

While reading this chapter I was reminded to be careful about what I speak (v.30). I know that I will be held accountable for every word that I say.  I must simply rest in God and let Him defend me and work everything out according to His plan and purpose.

Finally I think it is  important to remember our history and what God has done for me.  It is easy for me to forget things if I don’t write it down. So, I keep a journal  of what God is doing in my life,  speaking into my life or telling me to do and what He is burdening my heart with. By keeping a journal I can go back and meditate on it,  pray about what He wants, and  wait on Him.  Then, I am better able to  do what He desires.   Above all else, I must simply "Trust God".  

I hate the vow Jephthah made (notice the “if” in Judges 11:30.) I thought it was so sad that his daughter was killed because of his vow. Especially when in the previous verse, we see that the spirit of God was upon Jephthah. So that being the case, he was operating in the Spirit. Jephthah did not need to make a vow, but he did. Couldn't God have stopped her from coming out? Perhaps. 

We all have a free-will. It is our choice how we live, what we do, what we say, and how we spend our time. 

On that Day we will stand before God and give an account for our choices. Will we be embarrassed or thankful for how we spend our life? 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Feasting Eyes....

While reading Second Peter, this really jumped out at me:

 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.

Did you notice that their eyes are full of adultery -not their hearts? 

They cannot cease from sin . . . it is like they are rooted and bound up in sin. If they are rooted like a plant, then they are drinking evil and death. I surely would not want to walk in their council or stand with them or sit with them (Psalm 1). But there are the young, ignorant and impressionable people that do just that.

There is an old saying that says, "Our eyes are the window of the soul".

Let me ask you two questions:

What do you fill your eyes with? 

What consumes you and your free time?

Jesus spoke about our eyes when He taught how they reflect either spiritual light or great spiritual darkness within our souls. “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.” Matthew 6:22 & 23

So once again stop and think about what consumes you? 

What do you do with your spare time? 

Would God be pleased with how you are spending your time?


In 2 Peter 1:3-9 he reminds the followers of Jesus Christ: 

"(Jesus') divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence,  by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  

"For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  

"For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.  

"Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.  For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I've Gotta Secret...


Joshua 7


In Joshua 7, I noticed that the Lord did not speak to Joshua about going up to Ai. I wondered, did Joshua get ahead of God? He sent spies out –just like last time – and it appears that he listened to them rather than waiting for God. This made me stop and consider, do I do that?

When God is silent it might be best to be still and wait for Him to speak, reassess, and evaluate.  Is there something coming between me and God; am I walking in obedience?  The sin of one man caused “the anger of the LORD to burn against the children of Israel.” (v.1b).

Don’t wait until things go wrong to seek the LORD (v.6-9). I don’t think God yearns for  “9-1-1-prayers”. But rather He wants our heart –and to be involved in every part of our day. He is already there, we simply acknowledge His presence and talk with Him. . . Every DAY, every MORNING, and ALL DAY long spend time with Him in fellowship and prayer(Ephesians 6:18) and follow the LORD.  Let’s not forget to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) and put your hope and trust in Him! 

If we go back Joshua 1:8 we see that God gives Joshua some important instructions and it reminds us as well to chew on the Word of God. 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate (to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak) think in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”.

Meditating on God’s word is more than simply reading a chapter or studying it. It is muttering, thinking, talking to God about it, asking Him to show you what it is saying.  I’ve been working on memorizing Psalm 34. As I reviewed it yesterday, I was amazed that I am still finding new insight and deeper understanding of what God is saying there. If you have time today, meditate (chew, mutter and think) on God’s Word. Psalms 34 is a great place to start.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Trusting in God -Not the Wall

God is all powerful and He could have simply destroyed Jericho with a word. But in Joshua 6 He commanded the Israelites with specific directions to follow. 


Put yourself in their shoes. They wandered in the desert where their daily needs were met by God (manna and water). As we begin chapter six remember that in the past few weeks they saw God heap the water up in the Jordan river so that they could cross over; then, they were instructed to circumcise every male and wait for them to heal. As well as to observe the Passover; I believe this is the first time they had observed it since Egypt. Now, God was telling them exactly  how to take the city -not talking, blow the trumpets, march with the ark. Can you imagine seeing these huge walls that reach to the heavens? What were the Israelites thinking? Did they question internally or externally, "Why...?" or did they simply respect and obey God?

I am full of questions when I don't understand. It behooves me to simply obey and trust God -who sees all. It is not about what I can see, but what He sees and knows. Compared to God I am but an infant, dependent on God. Or perhaps often times I am more like the toddler, I know God supplies my needs and knows best; however, I am want to explore and do things MY way. A child of God understands and knows that their heavenly Father works everything out according to HIS purpose and plans for those who love (and obey) Him.(Romans 8:28)  If we truly love God we would obey Him (John 14:15).  Maybe that is why we need faith like child.

What is God telling to you to do today? Are you listening? Are you going to trust and obey?