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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?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Continue in the Faith...

While studying Joshua 5, after the Israelites were circumcised at the LORD's command, He said to them, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." (v.9) As they camped and waited to heal they celebrated the Passover.  

I noted that they were about to go into the Promise Land right after celebrating the Passover.  I don't really believe that God does "coincidences", but rather He had purposefully lined this up.

When I looked up reproach in Hebrew it basically means shame.

As I read this in Joshua, I was reminded of the fact that Jesus died right before the Passover and rose three days later. See what Paul wrote in Colosians 1:19-23:

" For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfastand not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven,"

Reproach here means: cannot be called into to account, unreproveable, unaccused, blameless.

How exciting to be reminded that we are without reproach IF we continue in the faith (conviction of the truth; fidelity, faithfulness) firmly established and steadfast (firm, immoveable).