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Using the Word to Encourage Others

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June 2016

  
Have you ever found yourself making decisions based on man’s probable reaction as opposed to God’s will?

Abraham did.

He and his wife, Sarah followed through with a plan to deceive Abimelech, king of Gerar because they felt that living righteously was too big of a risk.

They had determined that if the king found out that they were husband and wife that Abraham would be killed so that Sarah could become the King’s. They decided to make themselves known as siblings instead of spouses.

Their plan was concocted based on how they thought man would react without paying heed to what God had set in place.

Ultimately they chose to believe that God wasn’t in control.

But instead of the intended peace Abraham and Sarah’s plan caused discord. Tempers flared. Their scheme had backfired.

Their trust had been placed in the wrong authority. Now they would have to deal with the consequences.

Man’s opinion shouldn’t be the determining factor of our choices. God alone should be the one you are concerned with answering to.

Go forward knowing that you’re pleasing God, your maker, your king. If you look to honor God first in your life then he’ll take care of the details.

Originally posted June 2014

Rocky Relationships

  
Miriam, Moses’ sister, and Aaron, Moses’ spokesman started badmouthing Moses’ choice for a wife. They went on to question what was so special about Moses that the Lord would want to speak through him. The Lord overheard their conversation and immediately put a stop to it.
Aaron confessed their wrong to Moses. Moses forgave them. 
Satan will try to throw wrenches in the relationships that mean the most to us. He will try anything to put a division between God’s people. Extend the same forgiveness that you would want offered to you. Move on without holding grudges. 
Scripture taken from:

Numbers 12:1-13

Perfect and Upright 

  
Job was a man known as perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil. 

From these words we get a good picture of how Job lived. He wasn’t just a man that feared God. He was also a guy that didn’t do bad things. 

Some think that we can just believe in God and then do whatever pleases us: right or wrong. But according to Romans 6:12 we are told to not allow sin to reign in our lives. I Thessalonians 5:22 says that we should abstain from all appearance of evil. 

It may seem impossible to live like this. But with God all things are possible. And if we do fall short we have an advocate, Christ Jesus.

Scripture taken from:

Job 1:1 

Mercy Not Sacrifice

  
The Israelite people had been doing an okay job of following the laws God has put in place. But their hearts weren’t in it. He said to his people “I desired mercy, and not sacrifice.” Because just going through the religious ropes weren’t enough. 

Later Jesus sat at the table with sinners, ministering to them. The Pharisees rebuked him. They were appalled that he would be seen with those people. Jesus said “Go ye and learn what that meaneth ‘I will have mercy, and not sacrifice:'” They were being taught that living according to the law isn’t superior to living in the grace of God. 

I say “I will wholeheartedly ask for the mercy of Jesus and not depend upon any works that I can offer.” Because if God and Jesus taught it I want to live it. 

Scripture based on:

Hosea 6:6

Matthew 9:10-13

Plenty Enough 

  
Because of obedience to the Lord a man from Baalshalisha took a meal to provide for a multitude of people. The food looked as if it would only provide for about one hundred. But before it was passed out the man gave God the glory and The Lord assured him that what he had to give would be enough. 

The multitude was fed. 

The Lord may be asking you to give something. You may think it is pointless because you don’t see how it is possible that something so small can be of use. But our Lord can take our small offerings and make miracles out of them. 

Scripture taken from:

II Kings 4:42-44

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Study Groups 

  
Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

June 2, 2014 We came together to study the Word of God, to share what God had done for us, eat snacks and pray.

Isn’t it great when you see how God is working in your life?

Yes, I knew that God approved of me attending a weekly bible study with a few of my sisters in Christ. But, when He showed me today how closely it followed the scripture in Acts I was astounded!

Sometimes it’s hard to put ourselves in the times when the Bible was written. But, it’s truths are just as applicable today as they were back then.

The Word is our perfect example and guide. We can and should model every part of our life after it.

Be found in the Word of God.

Originally posted June 4, 2014

Still Good

  
Six of the seven days a week God would send manna to feed the Israelites. The seventh day was the day to rest and eat what they had been given the day before. 

The lack of fresh food on each seventh day was in no way a slight to the Israelites. God had already supplied their nourishment the day before . They needed to eat on what had already been supplied. It would get them through to the first day of the week. 

At times we may struggle with discontentment. We may think that God doesn’t care about us because we don’t see any new evidence of him in our lives…we may feel like we are living on the seventh day. 

But the older blessings from prior days still count. They are a reminder of his love towards us. They are still praiseworthy. And they should be enough to sustain us until we feel the blessings coming fresh again. 

Scripture taken from: 

Exodus 16:15-26

II Peter 3:1-2

At the Feet of Jesus

  
The man that had been possessed by demons was freed of them by Jesus. People that walked by could see that a miracle had been performed. They also knew to give credit to our Lord because of where the man was found: at Jesus’ feet. 

If we want people to be able to look at us and see Jesus’ hand upon our lives we need to be found at the feet of Jesus too. Talk with him, learn of him, stay in his presence. 

Scripture taken from:

Luke 8:26-36

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