Monthly Archives: May 2010

Numbers 35, Psalm 79, Isaiah 27, 1 John 5

Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Psalm 79:9

By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles nor incense altars will be left standing. Isaiah 27:9

Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.’ ” Numbers 35:33-34

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1John 5:11

God had Israel set up cities of refuge to avoid needless bloodshed. Yet it was the sacrifice of an innocent, Jesus, that atoned for the sins of the world. We needed a Savior. In 70 AD the temple was destroyed and the altars crushed. There was no further need for sacrifice. Christ died once for all.

Lord,  sometimes I feel like my behavior doesn’t always reflect the truth of your sacrifice for me, especially when I’m interacting with the world. The natural tendencies of my flesh start showing themselves. I regret things that I’ve said. Put a guard over my lips.  Help me to only speak words that give glory to your Name. By your grace and power may I blossom fully bear spotless fruit as you intended. In Jesus Name I pray.

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Numbers 34, Psalm 78:38-72, Isaiah 26, 1 John 4

The life and love of God made flesh…

who dwelt among us*

which we have heard,

which we have seen with our eyes,

which we looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life –

the life was made manifest*…

placed tiny in a mother’s womb,

born a helpless babe,

a firstborn growing boy with a heart that pumped and lungs that filled;
doing the things that boys must do.

He looked with eyes that really saw, spoke words that went straight to the heart and walked on feet that got dirty. He sat when he was tired, was thirsty and drank, hungered and needed to eat. He slept and got up early and knelt down to pray. His lap held children, his hands touched lepers, the blind, the deaf , and lifted a dead child to life.  He got angry, he spoke, he marveled, he suffered, he cried, he loved…

He died.

He rose.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us…

God sent His Son into the world.*

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.*

God You ARE love.
You love abides in me as I abide in You.
Because of this I have confidence for the day of judgment, and will not fear.
I have come to know and believe the love You have for me.*
I love because You first loved me.*
Perfect Your love in me as I love the people You love.

Oh Lord, we wait for You;
Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.
My soul yearns for You in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks You.*

amy in peru

*Jn.1:14; 1Jn.1:1-2; 1Jn4:9; vs11; vs16; vs19; Is.26:8-9

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Numbers 33; Psalms 78:1-37; Isaiah 25; 1 John 3

Scripture

“Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done”
~Psalms 78:4

I have so many journals.  There is just something about writing that is important to me.  I seem to get all my feelings out during this process and I always seem to learn/discover something new about myself or about God.

I have always been so nervous that my journals would fall into the “wrong” hands.  I guess I was more afraid that my friends would discover some deep secret about me and be ashamed of me.  In the last several years, I have been going back over my journals and have noticed that instead of being about my short comings and struggles, they were more about the miraculous way that God has intervened in my life with wisdom, love, and comfort.  It is good to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and goodness.  It is good to write these things down and it will be good if others read them and are reminded of God’s faithfulness and goodness in just one person’s life.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be ever mindful of Your great works and miraculous deeds in my life and the life of others.  Help me to be more vocal to others concerning the everyday miracles and interventions by You.  You are so wonderful and it’s all for Your glory!  Amen

kathleenathome

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Numbers 32; Psalm 77; Isaiah 24; 1 John 2

“I will remember the works of the Lord;  Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of all Your deeds.  Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;  Who is so great a God as our God?”  (Psalm 77:11-13 – NKJV)

I will remember.  I will meditate.

Asaph was troubled and drowning in his fears and sorrows.  He was in need of God to show him something.  He was so in need that he held out his hand to the Lord all night long.  (Psalm 77:2)  Everything he knew about God was conflicting with the weight of his life experiences and it seemed that the more he focused on himself and the worldly problems around him, the more troubled he became.

But then, something amazing happened!  The Spirit of God overwhelmed him and he remembered.  He remembered how awesome and amazing and glorious God is!  His thought pattern shifted off of himself and his problems and they turned to the One who loved him with an unfailing love.  His focus was now on the person, works, and awesome wonders of God and even though the problems did not disappear, He now experienced an abounding joy in the midst of his circumstances.  He remembered!

Lord, there are no words to adequately describe how much I adore you!  You have kept your covenant of love from the very beginning.  You are Lord of all your people.  You are the Shepherd who leads his flock, just as you had done from the time of Moses and Aaron.

Lord, forgive me for thinking that my circumstances and problems are bigger than you.  They most certainly are not!  When I drown in the difficulties of my own little world, I put limitations on what you could do in me and through me and I actually believe that my circumstances are bigger than the command that you give me to rejoice in you and your promises.  How awful this sin is and I repent of it!

Lord, I pray that you move my heart to a place where I could get lost in you and never find the way away from you.  I want to be so lost in you that I am thoroughly and completely distracted from my worries and pain.  That is my prayer.

You are the One who is exceedingly great!   You are the joy of the whole earth.  You are the One who makes my hopes and dreams pleasant.  You are the joy of my whole life and I cannot live apart from you.  Take everything, my thoughts, my anxieties, my fears, my troubles.  Take this entire existence and use it to make much of you!

How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.

All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name.”

I love you with all that I am.

John (johnd7264)

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Numbers 31, Psalm 75 & 76, Isaiah 23, 1 John 1

“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”

1 John 1:5 – 7 NIV

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Normally, when I read this verse, I start singing DC Talk’s song “In the Light” in my head.  But the past couple weeks as I’ve been reading & meditating on my assigned chapters, I’ve felt more conviction than normal as I read.

You see, I feel like I have my “outside my home” self that I want everyone else to see. You know, the “perfect” mother-of-five side, where I am loving and caring at all times. Always encouraging, never demeaning. Then there’s the “at home with my hair down” self, where the stress of everyday life seems to get to me more, causing a lash out at whichever child is currently in my radar. Words that do not encourage, words that focus on negativity.

During those times that I lose my patience, I feel guilt about what I’ve said, and how it has impacted my child, but sadly, I have to say, I usually do not think about how it has impacted my relationship with God. I do not acknowledge it as a sin.

As I was reading another book last week, be last, by Jeremy Kingsley, I came across a statement that caused me to do some deep thinking. “When you sin, are you torn up or unsettled until you get things ironed out with God? Are you sad that you have hurt the One you love? If so, that reaction is a sign of  healthy relationship with Christ.” pg. 146

That statement combined with 1 John 1 really got me thinking. In my “outside my home” self it seems to others that I am “walking in the light”, but would they think the same if they saw me in the midst of a crazy homeschooling week. Also, when I strike out in anger with my words, not only am I impacting my child, but also my Lord. My sinful words were part of the lashes on His back that He endured at Calvary.

Thankfully the chapter goes on and I come to a verse I’ve known since childhood. 1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

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Thank you Father for being my Light. Thank you for your endless forgiveness to me, the sinner. Help me to walk in the light with You, to rely on You to help me through those tough parenting moments and to make things right with You ASAP when I do fall prey to this sinful nature inside me.

– Beckie (look2thehills)

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