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Exodus 21; Luke 24; Job 39; 2 Cor 9

“But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  You must each decide in your heart how much to give.  And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.  “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”  And God will generously provide all you need.  Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.  As Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.  Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”  For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat.  In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.  Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NLT

My level of generosity is a barometer for how much I am trusting God.  If my faith is weak, I find myself holding onto things more tightly and worry creeps in.  Reflecting on God’s goodness gives me a new perspective.  It helps me to remember that everything I have is a gift from him.  Which gives me the freedom to let go of it.

“Can you hitch a wild ox to a plow? Will it plow a field for you? Given its strength, can you trust it? Can you leave and trust the ox to do your work? Can you rely on it to bring home your grain and deliver it to your threshing floor? “Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar and spread its wings toward the south? Is it at your command that the eagle rises to the heights to make its nest?”   Job 39:10-27 NLT

I find myself having to learn the same lesson as Job, over and over again.  That God is ultimately in control.  That he is the one who supplies everything I need.

“Then some women from our group of followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report.  They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to seem and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women said.” Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.  Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Luke 24:22-26 NLT

I can forget all that God has done, as quickly this group of Jesus’s followers.  And ungratefulness starts to creep in.

Dear Father, Forgive me for my unbelief.  Thank you for your provision.  That it’s really all about you and giving you the glory. Help me not to lose sight of that. I want to live with an eternal perspective.  You are faithful. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

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Exodus 15; Luke 18; Job 33; 2 Corinthians 3

One way — not the only way — that we can know our efforts in sharing the good news of Jesus and the impact we have on others is to look at their lives. The Apostle Paul gives us a unique glimpse and a beautiful metaphor this morning to gauge our righteous influence on others. Read below:

1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some, letters of recommendation to you or from you? 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. 3 You show that you are Christ’s  letter, delivered by  us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God — not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:1-3 [CSB]).

Paul, in a way, was sharing with his readers that they were his letter of introduction wherever he went. He could point to their faith and life and say see what God has done through us!

What are you up to these days? Do you have any living letters? If you have children you can start with them. How are they your letters of introduction. How bout others you serve with or teach? Are they your letters of introduction. Can you point to them and will others see your ministry in their lives? Of course this all happens through the counsel and empowerment of our Holy Spirit living inside all who follow Him. Ask Him today to point out your living letters of introduction.

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Exodus 9; Luke 12; Job 27; I Corinthians 13

Why do people ask me to pray for them? Pharoah begs the prayers of Moses.

The king sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “This time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and my people and I are in the wrong. Pray to the Lord! We have had enough of this thunder and hail! I promise to let you go; you don’t have to stay here any longer.”

Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city, I will lift up my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the Lord. – Exodus 9:27-29 GNT

I am starting to get a bit bolder and tell people to pray themselves. However, I will go home and pray for even those I have little hope for, and I continue to pray and speak into their lives with tough love. One thing is for certain. If you find someone who knows how to pray, I mean the prayer of Moses opened and shut heaven, I get why it is so tempting to ask them to pray. But let’s not forget, Moses prayer could not subdue the hard hearts of men.

If I am plugged into God, I think I will react differently because my life will be a prayer that will overflow in my situations. No matter what those situation will be or where I find myself – school, work, or home – the Holy Spirit can give me the words at that time.

For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. – Luke 12:12 GNT

I do not need to be anxious then. When I live on mission I will get the message I need.

Father, I want those You have called me to serve to find the joy they are missing in You. Just talking with You can change a person’s life forever. While they are on that journey, help remind me to pray for them. Even if I get discouraged, I know You never give up because You have never given up on me. While I may be amazed at how You answer my prayers, there are times I know that all I can do is lift myself and others to You. I trust You. Holy Spirit, if You have to yell at me, yell at me. I want to walk where You want me to walk. While it is so much easier to not care about people, that would not reflect Your character or Your love. If I am going to be like You, I need to pray. Help me and remind me. Thank You.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

 

 

 

 

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Exodus 8; Luke 11; Job 25,26; 1 Cor 12

“One day Jesus cast out a demon from a man who couldn’t speak, and when the demon was gone, the man began to speak.  The crowds were amazed, but some of them said, “No wonder he can cast out demons.  He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.” Others, trying to test Jesus, demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.  He knew their thoughts, so he said, “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed.  A family splintered by feuding will fall apart.  You say I am empowered by Satan.  But if Satan is divided and fighting against himself, how can his kingdom survive?  And if I am empowered by Satan, what about your own exorcists?  They cast out demons, too, so they will condemn you for what you have said.  But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.” Luke 11:14-20 NLT

I can get so caught up in what I can see that I forget there is an unseen world around me.  It is a mystery to me that can be hard to wrap my mind around.  But, it’s a subject that keeps coming up.   And when I feel like God is wanting to teach me something, I’m paying attention.  Especially when my husband came home from bible study and said they talked about spiritual warfare. He wanted to go through each room in our house and pray out demons in Jesus’s name. So, we did.  We felt silly, but obedience sometimes does.  I wish I could say that I sensed the oppressive spirit lifted out of our house right away. And while we didn’t see any demons leave, I know they did.  Because there is power in Jesus’s name.  I’ve come to realize that I have to keep calling on His name. And ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

“So, if  you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”  Luke 11:13 NLT

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us.  I don’t want you to misunderstand this.  You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along by worthless idols.  So I don ‘t want you to misunderstand this.  You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols.  So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 NLT

Thank you Father, that you already have the victory over the enemy of my soul.  Thank you for your promise to give me the Holy Spirit if I ask.  That I am more than I conqueror through you. Help me to live in that truth every day. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

 

 

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Exodus 2; Luke 5; Job 19; I Corinthians 6

 

This morning we read about the calling of Matthew. He was a tax collector. Not a very honorable vocation in the sight of the Jewish people. Tax Collectors were historically crooked individuals who would gouge the people they collected from and usually took some for themselves. So Jesus calls Matthew (read below):

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 So, leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow him.
29 Then Levi hosted a grand banquet for him at his house. Now there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining at the table with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick.  have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:27-31 [CSB])

Sometimes the newer you are in Christ the more creative you are in sharing your new found faith. Here Matthew gathers his friends for a banquet to introduce to them his new found Savior, Jesus. Funny thing, Matthew knows a lot of tax collectors and sinners. And of course the Pharisees take issue with Jesus eating with them. And what is Jesus’ bottom line through all of this? We see it in the last verse he likens them to the sick and says it’s the sinners and calling them to repentance.

Perhaps you should throw a party for all your unsaved friends and invite someone who can explain the gospel in a non threatening relational way. Or perhaps you throw a watch party and show a Christian film that gets the point across. There are so many ways we can share our faith that doesn’t include grabbing someone by the collar or hitting them over the head with a Bible. What can you do? What can I do? this is our assignment this week. What can you do to share the gospel with your friends in a fresh and creative way. Share your ideas in the comments section… We may just start an evangelism movement!

Father God help us all to unleash the creative minds You have given us to plan ways to reach our friends for You. Thank You for saving us and give us that divine passion to introduce others to Jesus. I pray all this in the saving name of Jesus, Amen!

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Exodus 1; Luke 4; Job 18; I Corinthians 5

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

The mountain top experience. Jesus had just had one as he was baptized in the Jordan River. The voice of his Father proclaimed, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22b).  I’ve had several over the course of my walk with Jesus. I remember the first time I “heard” the Holy Spirit speak to me. It really shook me up. The thoughts I had could not have come from me. But almost immediately there was another “voice” casting doubt that I could possibly have heard from God! I was a very baby Christian at the time. It has taken years to understand that I have an enemy that wants to keep me as far from following Jesus as possible. Jesus knew how to battle the devil. It is something I continue to learn.

Our small group is currently in the throes of learning how to let God fight those battles for us, the ones where our enemy wants to take us down. We have our part to do, and when we do what we can do, God will do the rest. I have to admit, I have lost most of the battles and have had to pick myself back up again after being knocked down. I feel like I had a small victory recently. Something happened at work which caused me to NOT believe I am who God says I am. That is a frequent target as it is my soft spot, that place that has a scab over it but gets picked at on occasion. A place of weakness. As I drove home, I felt myself beginning that familiar spiral when something inside reminded me of what I’d been learning—worship is a weapon. I heard that at a women’s conference recently and it stuck. All I could think to do at the time was turn on the radio and start singing praise songs. With tears streaming down my face, and a huge lump in my throat, I drove down the road singing at the top of my lungs with all that I had. Then, I got very angry and started yelling— “You aren’t taking me down! I refuse to go back to that place.” You see, I had already experienced the words Jesus spoke that day in the synagogue.

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus has set me free! I have the Holy Spirit inside me. Jesus could not be tempted because he knew who he was. When I remain in that place of knowing who I am, and whose I am, His strength is available to me. By the time I got home, I felt at peace. This battle was over.

A few days ago, I was looking out back early in the morning, just as the sun rose. Perched high in the trees was a hawk. I knew he was there waiting for the birds to start gathering at my feeders. He planned to swoop down and devour the bird that was unsuspecting and not on guard. It reminded me how important it is to always have my guard up. My enemy is waiting for me to be unsuspecting as well. In a moment of weakness, like I experienced at work, I could easily have gone back to believing the lies.

It’s like working out. Unless I actually use my muscles and exercise them, they won’t get stronger. I think God was giving me a chance to put into practice what he was teaching me. I don’t have to believe those lies; I don’t have to go back to that place of darkness. He has given me everything I need to fight that battle and what I don’t have, he will provide.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your presence, for your example in Jesus, and for teaching me how to trust that you are who you say you are and can do what you say you can do. Sometimes I forget that you are for me when it seems the world is against me. Thank you for reminding me. Thank you for being my strength when I was weak. In Jesus name, Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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Exodus 19-21; Luke 22

Lately, Jesus has been calling me to look at Him more than a Saviour, more than my Lord, more like He is my King and I am a servant in His kingdom.

I really enjoyed the Bible reading today – they seem to be calling me to keep on going along these lines of thinking.

‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine;  and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.” Also let the priests who come near to the Lord consecrate themselves, lest the Lord break out against them. Exodus 19:4-6,9,22  ESV

The words from Exodus, God’s word to His people, are telling me that I need to listen to the words of Jesus. Jesus speaks for God just like God spoke to the Israelites.  This is my invitation from Him to come and have a new relationship.

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. – Luke 22:19  ESV

As I enter into the kingdom of God, I need to be aware that Satan is actively working against God’s purposes. Satan entered Judas. Satan is still not done – he wants to sift Peter as if he were wheat.  It would seem at the end of the chapter that the “power of darkness” is winning the day. But it is only the end of a chapter.

As I walk with Jesus this year, I can expect such days.  It is my acceptance of being with Him, walking with Him, spending time with Him, that will make the difference in what my day will be.

Father, I am Yours and You are mine. As I walk into Your kingdom, I can expect opposition.  You stand firm and ask me to stand with You. You invite me into relationship and You never leave me. With Your promises I enter this year knowing that there is nothing that separates me from Your love. I thank You for giving me such an amazing relationship with You. Amen.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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