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Genesis 13-16; Luke 4

We are told to trust God.  Let Him handle situations even when His timing takes longer than we would like.  But we tend to be impatient.  I know I am.  Many times I’ve prayed about things and supposedly left it up to God, but then when He’s not moving fast enough I get tired of waiting and take matters into my own hands.  That is what Sarai does in this Genesis passage.  She was too old to have children so she gave her husband to her slave so that they could have a child.  She knew this wasn’t God’s way and that He had promised Abram offspring but she took matters into her own hands.

“And Sarai said to Abram, ‘Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children.  Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.  And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.  So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.  And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived.  And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.” (Genesis 16:2-4 ESV)

Did you notice the phrase that stated, “And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai?”  Not only did Sarai get impatient, but Abram went along with it.  Neither of them were strong against temptation.  To the contrary, Jesus comes up against Satan himself, but does not give in to temptation.

“The devil said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.’  And the devil took Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in the a moment of time, and said to Him, ‘to You I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then will worship me, it will all be Yours.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”  And he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You, to guard You and on their hands they will bear You up, lest you strike Your foot against a stone.”  And Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, You shall not put the Lord Your God to the test.‘  And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” (Luke 4:3-13 ESV)

Sarai and Abram believed God but didn’t really trust He would do what He said.  They felt that God needed their help to keep the promise.  On the other hand, Jesus was confronted by Satan with his temptations and his lies but responded by stating the word of God and not giving in.

Lord,

Help us to follow Jesus’s example of standing strong and speaking Your word to fight off the temptations that come our way.  You don’t need our help to make things in our lives come to pass.  We just need to be still and know.

Kellie

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Psalms 102; Revelation 19

I love the imagery revealed in Revelation 19.  When I get stressed out about how crazy this world has become, I take comfort in thinking about what will happen when Jesus is in charge for good.

“After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in Heaven, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.  Once more they cried out, ‘Hallelujah!  The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” (Revelation 19: 1-4 ESV)

As believers we are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

‘And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’  And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.’ Then I fell down at His feet to worship Him, but He said to me, ‘You must not do that!  I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus.  Worship God.’  For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19: 9-10 ESV)

Notice how many descriptions in the passage below clearly describe Jesus.

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  The one sitting on it called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like a flame fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself.  He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which His is called is The Word of God.  And the armies of Heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses.  From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.  He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of the Almighty.  On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16 ESV)

Lord, we look forward to the day when all evil will be wiped away and we will live with you forever in Paradise!

Kellie

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Malachi 1-4; Psalms 2; Revelation 9

I grew up in the church, giving money to God.  But I was never taught that my money for God needed to be first and that it needed to be a tithe.  I didn’t fully understand how all that I had came from God and therefore I needed to place Him first, even in my finances.But when I was thirty and my husband and I started attending a new church, we heard a sermon about finances loud and clear.  It reflected what Malachi states in chapter 3:

“Will man rob God?  Yet you are robbing Me.  But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In your tithes and contributions.  You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you.” (Malachi 3:8-9 ESV)

Robbing God?  Yes, I was robbing Him by not putting Him first in ALL things and holding on too tightly to my money.  I thought that if I gave him too much that I would lose out on things for me.  But that accusation was followed by a promise.

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10 ESV)

Boy does He make good on that promise!  Once we started putting God first in our finances, things started happening that confirmed we had made the right move.  From time to time we’re hesitant to give a full tithe because things are tight, but we do it anyway, God always makes it balance out.  Someone messes up an insurance claim, for example, then suddenly a check will come in the mail from somewhere else for the exact same amount.  That’s not coincidence, that’s God.

Lord, thank you for teaching me to trust You in all things, including our finances.  May we use all examples of Your grace as our testimony to our children and the world.

Kellie

 

 

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Zechariah 12-14; Psalms 94; 2 John

We see it in the Psalms.

Blessed is the man whom You discipline, O Lord, and whom You teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.  For the Lord will not forsake His people; He will not abandon His heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.” (Psalms 94:12-15 ESV)

We see it through the prophecies.

And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.  They will call upon my name, and I will answer them.   I will say, ‘They are my people; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.” (Zechariah 13:9 ESV)

And the Lord will be king over all the earth.  On that day the Lord will be one and His name one.” (Zechariah 14:9 ESV)

We see it through letters by the apostles.

Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.” (2 John 3 ESV)

The message is the same.  God is in control.  He loves His followers.  He is king and Lord.

Kellie

 

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Daniel 4-6; John 18

Daniel was devoted to God.  No matter what the new rules were from King Darius, he knew that it was God that needed to be obeyed.

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem.  He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Daniel 6:10 ESV)

Jesus, likewise, was obedient to the Father unto the end.  Peter tried to defend Him but Jesus told him it had to be done.

“Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.  So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?'” (John 18:10-11 ESV)

Jesus was born to bear witness to the truth.  He spoke it without having to defend Himself.

“Then Pilate said to him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘For you say that I am a king.  For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-to bear witness to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37 ESV)

In this current age where truth is relative and like Pilate many ask “what is truth?’  let us all stay obedient to God’s word and His truth.

Amen, Kellie

 

 

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Ezekiel 22-24; Psalms 134; John 8

Today’s readings are full of phrases that let us know the Lord is God.  To Ezekiel:

“On that day your mouth will be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer mute.  So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 24:27 ESV)

To the Pharisees:

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)

To the Jews:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)

Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” (John 8:51 ESV)

Aren’t we blessed that we know the truth and it has set us free?

“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!  May the Lord bless you from Zion, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalms 134 ESV)

Amen, Kellie

 

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Jeremiah 43, 44, 46 & 2 Peter 1

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet about Pharoah’s army and about King Nebuchadnezzar, both out to get Egypt.  And in the end, through Jeremiah’s prophecy, told of Egypt’s restoration.

“But fear not, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel, for behold, I will save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity.  Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and none shall make him afraid.  Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord, for I am with you.  I will make a full end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but of you I will not make a full end.  I will discipline you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.” (Jeremiah 46;27-28 ESV)

Peter confirms that the prophetic word is real and was used as a way for God to speak to us.

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV)

As we search the scriptures, may be easily find that the prophecies have been fulfilled by the Son.  He is who the prophecies said He is.

Kellie

 

 

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