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Of Importance

  
Sihon and Og. Ever heard of them?

I hadn’t. Until this morning. I was reading in Psalms about the creation of the earth, the Israelite’s deliverance from Egypt and then surprisingly the defeat of Og and Sihon was squeezed into the middle of the account.
Immediately I was intrigued. What had happened here to get mentioned with the ranks of creation and the parting of the Red Sea? I searched the scriptures looking for more information. 
But about the only thing I could find was that God had defeated them. Plain and simple.
To us (at least to me) it isn’t as clear why those victories were important enough to be mentioned throughout the Old Testament. But to the Israelites it was obviously a point of strength.
Isn’t that like our history with Jesus?
Surely you’ve been through things that to others would seem insignificant but to you they are an aid to your faith. 
I have.
Paul’s imprisonment changed my life. It was knowing that Paul penned down the Word from prison, affecting millions, that encouraged me to look for ways to reach people from within my home.
Before The Lord had shown me Paul’s bondage from this perspective I was discouraged with thoughts of “I’m not able to do anything for The Lord because I’m not in the public.” But knowing that Paul reached others while in bondage gave me courage to seek a way to have an affect on others lives on a daily basis even though I wouldn’t actually be with them.
From reading of Paul’s imprisonment this blog (my tool to encourage other Christians) was born.
Og and Sihon meant something to the Israelite’s. Paul’s imprisonment means something to me. 
Jesus knows exactly how to speak to His children. He knows how to encourage us. Cling to what He has given you, no matter of what importance it is to someone else.

Scripture taken from:
Psalm 136:1-26
Originally posted June 11, 2014

Divine Direction

Psalm 37:23

Maybe you’ve been facing a huge decision. You’ve been searching the scriptures for guidance from The Lord. You’ve been talking to Jesus, asking Him to show you the way.

But you just aren’t sure what to do.

Relax! You’re not going to mess it up.

If you’re living your life for Jesus, staying blameless and letting your light shine then the decision you make can’t be wrong. God knows your heart. He won’t allow you to “mess up” and shut the doors He has opened for you.

In the book of Revelation, chapter 3 verse 8 Jesus says: “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

So go on. Walk boldly down the paths Christ is leading you in.

RSVP

Revelation 22:17

The man studied the invitation as he walked toward his house…..dinner party at 6. He would love to go but that same evening he had a business venture already planned. He’d have to send his apologies.

She clicked open the email. An invitation to a dinner party! She would love to go but she knew her husband would have none of it. She’d have to decline.

The host of the dinner received their rejections. He had given up so much to provide for these people. Their reasons were nothing but excuses. If they really wanted to be there, they could have come.

You’ve been invited!! To Heaven. Jesus has prepared a place just for you. Please, don’t decline this invitation. Rearrange your priorities. You won’t want to miss it.

Judgment Day

Acts 2:21

Paul laid out the plan of salvation before King Agrippa.

Paul asked “Do you believe?”

King Agrippa replied, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”

King Agrippa was given the opportunity to begin building his life on The Rock. To stand confident in The Lord, unwavering and founded. He could’ve come boldly before the throne of grace, without fear of rejection.

Instead he chose to continue without any certainty of eternal life. He trusted in his own fleeting ways. He refused a relationship with Jesus. He would have to approach judgment scared and alone.

Instead of crying to The Rock to protect him he would beg the rocks to fall on him.

The decisions we make now determine our reaction when we stand before The Lord.

The Rock or the rocks? Who will you be calling out to?

Creativity

Psalm 19:1

Throughout the Bible we are given beautiful descriptions of a river with fruitful trees growing along the banks of it. This picture of God’s creation is also a beautiful description of our relationship with Jesus.

Jesus is that river. He is our source of life. The fruitful trees are us, followers of Christ. We gain life and strength because our roots are connected to Him. To know that Jesus, the River of Life, is supplying our need for survival is humbling. Rooted in Him we can be found not only living but growing and producing fruit. He is the Giver of Life and we are the recipients, flourishing under His care.

If we have a desire to see God in His creations then we can learn so much about ourselves and The Creator. We will find ourselves drawing closer to Him, in awe of the beauty and symbolisms of His creativity.

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