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Kingdom Growth

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.

Luke 13:20-21

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Obedience leads to gladness

Written in the Word was the detail of how the people were to “set under booths” during the feast.

The generation of people that were listening to Ezra expound on this scripture were unaware of this…until now.

So the people were faced with a decision: were they going to put forth effort and build booths or were they going to push it to the side, saying that it didn’t apply to them.

They chose to build the booths.

In their obedience they found “great gladness”.

That same gladness is available to us when we choose obedience to God’s plan.

Nehemiah 8:13-17

Self-Destruction

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.

Obadiah 1:1-5

God Reigns

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Do It Now

Jeremiah said that he called upon The Lord out of the low dungeon. He said The Lord heard him, that he came to him that day.

Not when he had climbed out. But when he called out.

Call upon The Lord now. In the middle of your mess. He’ll hear your cry and lead you out.

Lamentations 3:55-57

Same Same

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.

Galatians 2:11-21

Knowing God’s Will

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.

Still There

The children of Israel rose up from worshipping the molten calf. In the background they could see the pillar of the cloud.

Still there.

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?

Nehemiah 9:18-19

Awaiting or Avoiding

The people awaited Jesus’ return. Therefore they received him gladly when he came near.

But how about the people that weren’t waiting for him…the people that we’re trying to avoid him? I’m sure their reaction wasn’t filled with gladness. Instead they probably harbored feelings of anxiousness, nervousness or anger.

How we receive Christ’s presence in our life is a sure indicator of our relationship with him.

Are you awaiting Christ or avoiding him?

Jesus is working all things for your good. Gladly receive Jesus’ presence in your life.

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