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Joshua 22; Jeremiah 11; Matthew 25; Acts 2

As a Sunday School teacher and a kindergarten teacher at a Christian school, I’m often telling the kids that Jesus said “If you love Me, you’ll keep My commands” (John 14:15).  It’s that simple.

In Joshua’s farewell message to the tribes he states,

    “…love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His

    Commandments and hold fast to Him with all your heart and

    With all your soul.” (Joshua 22:5 NASB)

Later Jeremiah warns the people to be faithful to their covenant with God. “…listen to My voice and do according to all which I commanded

    you; so you shall be My people and I will be your God.”

    (Jeremiah 11:4)

Then in Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, Peter mentions the signs that we’ll see in the last days as prophesized by Joel.

“And it shall be in the last days, God says, that I will pour forth

    Of my Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and your daughters

    Shall prophesy; And your young men shall see visions, and your

    Old men shall dream dreams; Even on my bondslaves, both men

    And women, I will in those days pour forth of my Spirit, and they

    Shall prophesy; And I will grant wonders in the sky above and

    Signs on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor and smoke.

    The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood,

    Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.  And it

    Shall be that everyone that calls on the name of the Lord shall

    Be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).

So until Jesus either calls us Home or comes back for us, we need to be vigilant like the ten virgins because we don’t know when that day is coming.

    “But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold the bridegroom!’

    Come out to meet Him.  Then all the virgins rose and trimmed

    their lamps.  The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of

    your oil for our lamps are going out.’  But the prudent answered

    ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to

    the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’  And while they were

    going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and

    those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding feast

    and the door was shut.” (Matthew 25:6-10).

May we always show we love You by obeying your commands.

May we live in expectation and preparedness for Your return.

Kellie (gueston66books)

 

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Judges 4-6; Luke 21

Deborah was a prophet judging Israel. She called out Barak and told him he would lead an army. (He said he would if she’d go with him.)

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” So Barak led his 10,000 warriors down the slopes of Mount Tabor into battle. 15 When Barak attacked, the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot. 16 Then Barak chased the chariots and the enemy army all the way to Harosheth-haggoyim, killing all of Sisera’s warriors. Not a single one was left alive. Judges 4:14-16, NLT.

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The sun rose the same as any other day. Gideon was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. He was doing what he needed to do to survive. Around him–oppression.

11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”

13 “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Judges 6:11-13, NLT.

The Lord is with us. He is in the daily, in the midst of conflict, hardship, oppression.

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Jesus speaks of the future–wars, insurrections, earthquakes, famines, plague and persecution.

16 Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. 17 And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish! 19 By standing firm, you will win your souls. Luke 21:16-19, NLT.

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Where are the miracles? In the New Testament widow’s faith of giving all she has–alone, invisible, and poor. In the Old Testament fleece set out in anticipation and for assurance.

Gideon, who had yet to see the bigger picture of it all, didn’t even know he was part of the miracle.

When we ask for a sign, will we see it?

29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. 30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. 31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:29-36, NLT.

Every day.

37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives. 38 The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him. Luke 21:37-38, NLT.

The Lord is with us.

Courtney (66books365)

 

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Genesis 23-24; Matthew 8

Abraham wasn’t giving up on the dream God had given him.

The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”

 

“No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there. For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son. If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine. But under no circumstances are you to take my son there.” Genesis 24:5-8 NLT.

His servant offers up a prayer in detail, which was being answered before he even finished it.

12 “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. 13 See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. 14 This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. Genesis 24:12-15 NLT.

An untouchable approaches Jesus for healing–and the Lord is willing.

A Roman officer says say the word and knows it will be done.

The disciples traveled with Jesus. They board the boat knowing where they were going. They just didn’t expect the sudden storm.

23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. Matthew 8:23-26 NLT.

All of this is a reminding refrain: faith.

Because of Abraham’s grasp on God’s promise, I could hold on tight to his promises too.  When a servant offers up a prayer with specific detail, I can be just as bold to ask (and sometimes just as second-guessing when the prayer is answered!). An outcast approaches the Lord, and in times of painful solitude, I could also approach him. So many examples, one after another, telling of God’s power and faithfulness.

27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:27 NLT.

Lord, I am amazed by you, in the testimonies of people (past and present), down to the details you prepared in advance. You are with me in the storms. I hope I always remember your faithfulness.

Courtney (66books365)

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Exodus 1,2,3; Mathew 24:1-28

Mathew 24

3 …. “Tell us,” They said, “when will this happen,and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Exodus 3

12 And God said, “I will be with you.  And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”

I’m sure that the Israelites had a difficult time seeing the favor of God’s hand in the misery of their daily lives of  being slaves.  Yet God was watching and He was concerned with their suffering.  God wanted to give Moses a sign that proved He had been involved in the rescue of His people.   Jesus shared various signs of things to come, in response to the needs of his disciples, to have visual indications that God was working an active plan in their lives.  Two thousand years later we are still comparing the things we are witnessing, to the list that Jesus gave, to see if we are at the end of the age that he spoke of.  I think God loves to leave His stamp on the stories of our lives.

I’m always looking around the landscape of my life for signs that God is active in it.  At times the signs can be difficult to spot.  I’m too close to the trees to see the forest.  On really bad days, I may even wonder if he cares about my particular story at all.  When this happens, I find myself praying for a sign.  Something small, anything will do, just something that lets me know that God is listening and that he cares about my personal story.  He always finds a way to show me a sign.  God is wanting us to see the evidence of his glorious presence working in our lives.  The signs are always there we just have to be open to seeing them.

Prayer:

Father may you help me to always find you, in the story of my life.  Help me to turn to you in all things and guide me away from my doubts and fears that keep me from seeing the signs of your magnificent presence in my life. Continue to show me your love, grace, and mercy, in Jesus name, Amen.

Ed (edsorrell)

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