Leaven is a substance used to make bread rise. Once it is mixed in the flour it literally grows, transforming the dough.
Jesus said that the kingdom of God is likened to leaven.
So what does that mean?
It means that even though news reports are discouraging and that there are terrible things going on in this world, we can know and rest assured that souls are still yet being won over to Christ. The kingdom of God is not being snuffed out. It, like the leaven, is growing.
Keep working for Jesus. He’s using you to make a difference.
People in Jerusalem were in the midst of a famine.
Did God send them manna from above? No.
Did Jesus bless five loaves and two fishes to feed that multitude? No.
Instead the people were fed through the generosity of the church, God’s people.
The method wasn’t as miraculous but it was definitely sufficient.
Have you ever been in the place where you’ve rejected God’s blessing because you were wanting something “better”?
Whatever or however God sees fit to provide for you is best. Gratefully accept his loving-kindness, his provision, no matter how it may come.
The Edomites had built a wall of pride within their hearts. They were self-proclaimed self-efficient people who had no need for anyone else. They could and would do it on their own.
But what about when the trouble would arise? What would they do if they were ambushed by an enemy larger than them? Who would fight with them on their behalf?
No one. That’s the problem with pride. It gives you false security.
Would you consider yourself like an Edomite? Do you refuse the wisdom, help, encouragement of others because you think you’re wise enough, strong enough or confident enough to go at it alone?
Could you call upon another Christian if Satan were to attack? Or have you turned your Christian family away so often that you have severed all ties?
Christians, be a blessing to those around you and allow others to be a blessing to you. God places us in each other’s lives for a reason. We are to encourage one another, pray for each other and help out if there is need.
Humbly give yourself over to following his plan.
The Philistines took Samson’s sight from him. Samson begged The Lord to allow him to avenge the Philistines for the torture he had endured.
Within minutes Samson would realize that The Lord had given him opportunity to do that very thing. But for his desire to be fulfilled he would have to sacrifice his own life.
Samson brought the building down. In his death he slew more Philistines than he had in his life. Samson’s prayer had been answered.
Sometimes sacrifice is necessary to see our prayers answered.
Be willing to do your part in seeing your dreams realized.
Peter lived as a Gentile, under grace, in faith…unless the Jews were looking.
Then he would revert back to Judaism so that he wouldn’t catch any backlash from the Jews.
He was appeasing the flesh instead of crucifying it.
He was playing to the people instead of honoring God.
God is to be honored above everyone else in your life. Including yourself. Live daily for Jesus.
What’s the formula for following God’s will for your life?
Communication with Jesus: Tell Him what’s going on in your life. Praise Him. Get in His Word.
Trust in God: Know that if you’re seeking His will, He’s the one keeping your heart and mind. Recognize that He’s the one placing ideas in your head, putting desires in your heart.
Dwelling on Jesus: Focus on what you know to be true. Not the what-ifs or could-bes.
In doing these three things you are giving God free reign to direct your paths, to put you where He would have you to be.
The children of Israel rose up from worshipping the molten calf. In the background they could see the pillar of the cloud.
Even after their sin.
Even though the Israelites had made a wrong decision God didn’t pack up and leave them to perish in the wilderness. Instead he kept offering guidance to them. He kept providing for them.
Isn’t that comforting? God still cares.
At times you may feel that He has given up on you. That your decisions have caused him to forever put up a wall between you and him. That he couldn’t care less how you lived the rest of your life.
But that isn’t true.
God loves you. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to go at this life alone because of a previously made wrong decision.
Repent and get back on the right track. He is ready to move on. Are you?
Are you allowing yourself hopelessness in place of hopefulness?
Hagar had every reason to be hopeful when she left Abraham’s camp. Not because she had been provided with essentials for survival but because of a conversation she had with the angel of The Lord prophesying a multitude of descendants from her son.
But instead of focusing on God’s promises she focused on her current situation: she had little to live on, no plan and no help. She disregarded the angels message and immediately began to prepare herself and her son to perish.
When she should have been praising she was pouting.
God saw fit, as he always does, to keep his promises. He miraculously provided for Hagar and her son. Her eyes were opened to a well in the wilderness. Hagar and Ishmael would survive. God continued to keep his promises. A nation descended from Ishmael.
Christian, don’t allow your hope in The Lord to decline when situations don’t look promising. He is always working things for your good. Praise him no matter how dire the situation seems.
Genesis 16:7-11 & Genesis 21:14-21