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Picture Perfect Family

I Samuel 15:22

Matthew 2:19-23

A Picture Perfect Family: Joseph, Mary and Jesus

Why?

Because each of them were obedient to God’s will.

A picture perfect family is a family that understands the importance of God’s calling on their life and acts on it.

We read about God waking Joseph in the middle of the night to take his family and leave the land.

Then we read how he did the very thing God had commanded him to do. Mary followed God’s will in going with Joseph. And together they led their child, Jesus, down the road laid out before Him.

We don’t read about what they wore, their way of transportation, or the house they were going to be living in.

The perfectness came solely from their obedience to God.

You too are fully capable of being the picture perfect family that God has created you to be…recognize that “keeping up with the Jonses” isn’t what makes the perfect family picture. Being obedient to God is.

Courage

Hebrews 13:6

Queen Esther’s people were to be slaughtered.

She had two options:

1)she could keep her identity as a Jew hidden and watch the massacre, hoping the King wouldn’t find out her heritage

2)she could try to persuade the King on her and her people’s behalf

Gathering courage she decided that she would be a voice for her people. She asked them to fast for three days and three nights.

She understood that God had placed her in this position to save her people. She knew that He was on her side. Her response to the task laid out before her: “…and if I perish, I perish.”

Esther was willing to do the will of The Lord regardless of the outcome.

God blessed her courage and obedience. She and her people were saved.

No matter what the cost, no matter who is standing against you, trust in The Lord as your helper, your deliverer.

Sin is Sin

I Corinthians 5:6

Joab came to David, warning him to not take a census of the people.

But what could be so wrong with figuring out how many people are in your kingdom? After all, it’s just a number…just information. It’s not that big of a deal, right?

The problem with the census was:

a)God commanded against it.

b)God knew the numbers could lead to pride and independence from God.

Sadly David refused Joab’s advice. He numbered the people. As a result David was punished. Seventy thousand of his men died of a pestilence.

Sometimes we talk ourselves into doing something impure because “it’s not that bad”. But the word of God tells us that even just a little bit of evil can ruin a good thing.

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that sin isn’t sin.

Willing to Work

Matthew 12:50

Naaman was not only captain over Syrian’s army but he was also a leper. He went to Elisha, a prophet of God, to be healed of the disease.

Elisha told him to be cleansed of the leprosy by washing in Jordan seven times.

Naaman left in a rage. How dare the prophet tell him to do something as simple as washing himself in the Jordan River! He was going home angry…and still diseased with leprosy.

Naaman’s servants stepped in: “Master, if Elisha had asked you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it?”

The servants had learned to be obedient to their master. They didn’t allow their opinion to affect their service. They were willing to obey at all cost. This way of life prepared the servants to offer wisdom to Naaman when he became the one receiving instruction.

We aren’t here to lead The Lord in what direction we think is best. We are here to be led by Him. As followers of Christ we should be willing to do whatever task The Lord has laid out before us, regardless of our opinion.

Immediate Obedience

Romans 10:17

The angel of The Lord led Philip into the desert. Philip waited. As time passed a chariot traveled toward him. The Spirit told Philip to go to the chariot.

Meanwhile, in the chariot was the treasurer of Queen Candace. He had been reading the scriptures and was intrigued by a prophecy of Isaiah’s about Jesus’ crucifixion. He was unable to comprehend it. He needed someone to explain it to him.

And that’s when Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer met. At the exact time when the treasurer needed teaching Philip was there to teach him. When the treasurer decided that he wanted to live his life for Jesus, Philip was there to lead him to The Lord. After he accepted Jesus as his savior they looked out the window and saw water and the treasurer was baptized.

Timing was key. It was no coincidence that Philip arrived as soon as the treasurer began dwelling on the scripture about Jesus’ sacrifice. It also wasn’t a coincidence that after he was saved they passed by water, in the middle of a desert, to be baptized.

The Spirit had told Philip to go to the chariot at just the right time. Philip didn’t argue that the people within the chariot would refuse him. He didn’t worry that he wouldn’t know what to say. He wasn’t concerned with his surroundings. The Spirit said go and he went. He ran to the chariot.

Philip’s immediate obedience to the Spirit allowed him to be a part of the biggest blessing in a person’s life: coming to Christ.

Take Action

II Kings 3:16-17

God blesses His people everyday. Sometimes we don’t even recognize the blessings of The Lord. Other times we are well aware of the blessing because we are looking for it. We are ready to see it happen.

The army of Israel was preparing for battle. There wasn’t any water in the foreign land. They asked Elisha, a prophet, to ask God for water. Elisha told them to dig ditches and that The Lord would fill the ditches with water from the ground up. The Israelites dug the ditches and the water began to flow.

Daily we come before God asking for a blessing. Probably most of the time we just expect it to fall in our laps and that be that. Often times The Lord blesses in that way. But occasionally he requires us to put forth effort to receive a blessing.

The Israelites showed God their obedience to Him by doing as he commanded. They dug the ditches. This was also a representation of their faith in God. God took it from there. He blessed in ways that they would’ve never imagined when they first inquired of The Lord.

Continue to seek The Lord and His blessings. As you do be prepared to show God that you’re willing to take action so that you can become a recipient of the miracle he has in store you.

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