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This week I started to do some reading about what God requires from us on a daily basis. Salvation isn’t just a Sunday thing, but an every day service to God. I was challenged when I read in Exodus 16 about God’s provision to the Children of Israel after they left Egypt.

 Exodus 16:1-5  And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:  And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather.

 The Children of Israel were complaining (again) about the lack of food in the wilderness. Moses went to God and God provided the people with Manna daily. It was expected of them to gather the bread every day and twice as much on the sixth day.

When I read this, I thought of God’s daily provision for us, our strength, food, mental health, a job, ability to speak and to enjoy life, his grace through each trial, and faith in him to meet each need. The list of daily benefits from God could go on for quite awhile, we just have to gather them to us. We have to accept each gift, each provision, each blessing. If we stay inside our tent, inside our self, we will never know the blessings that God has for us that day. Part of our allegiance to God is shown through us gathering the bread of this life that God is raining down on us.

At this time in my life, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what the future will hold. Instead of focusing on those things that I am concerned about, I was challenged to open my eyes to see the provision that God has given me each day. The blossoming trees, the birds in the air, enough food to fill my belly, lots of rest at night, friends that I can talk to, a family that loves me, a job that provides for the current financial needs…and the list can continue.

I can’t say that I am aware of each gift during the day, but I am trying to keep my eyes open to the blessings of God that he abundantly gives his people.

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Isn’t it amazing that we can read the Bible over and over and still get something new out of it? I have been reading in Hebrews over the past week and got a great blessing. We all know that the eleventh chapter of Hebrews is known as the chapter of faith. It lists several instances of when someone through faith did the impossible and received a good report. Ten people are specifically listed before it goes on the say “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith…” in verses 32 and 33. Then there is a long list of obstacles that the people of God overcame through faith, through believing in the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. They hadn’t received the promise of Christ, they all came and went before his time, yet they were able to hold on to faith in God and overcome. Verses 39 and 40 explain them all “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

But wait, let’s continue reading into chapter 12 where those of faith can give us strength. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of [faithful] witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Because we have all of those that have received a good report through faith, we too can hold on to the substance and evidence of faith and complete the race.

If those that came before receiving the promise of Christ can have such strong faith in God, can’t we who are in position of the promise have that kind of faith? This is my challenge.

Genesis 4-7

My thoughts:

Genesis 4

  • God requires our First and Best fruit, not just any fruit of our labors
  • If we don’t give our best, we shouldn’t expect to receive the best. We can only get as much return as we are willing to give.
  • We cannot deceive God, he sees and hears everything
  • Once sin started in the world it grew exponentially.
  • Adam and Eve’s grandchildren began to seek a relationship with God; they called upon the name of the Lord in prayer. (4:26)

Genesis 5

  • Adam and Eve were created in God’s image; their children were created in Adam’s image. Adam and Eve were created Holy until they chose to sin at which time they became carnal. This carnal image is what was passed down to their children.
  • In reading through the lineage of Adam, the one that stands out is Enoch. Besides those scriptures pertaining to him, each generation is recorded in a similar manner. Enoch walked with God. In our busy lives, with the world around us, in our lineage, do people testify that we walked with God? (5:24)
  • Noah was a promise that offered hope to his family. (5:29)
  • Trivia – there were 1056 years between creation of Adam and the birth of Noah. (if you add all the years of the father before the son was born)

Genesis 6

  • God shorten the life span to 120 years.
  • Sin was very vile and of every kind even in Noah’s day. We often think that it can’t get any worse, and that may be true, sin has been here almost since the beginning. Sin is sin, no matter how atrocious the deed, it was vile in Noah’s time and still vile now.
  • Because of the expanse of sin in the heart and minds, God was sorry for creating man.
  • Noah is the second man that was mentioned to walk with God.
  • God again had an organized plan to cleanse the world: an ark and a flood.
  • God was very specific in his directions in building the boat as he was in the Garden of Eden with his commandment to not eat of the tree.
  • God made a promise to Noah.
  • The earth is still around because of Noah’s faithfulness.
  • When someone writes our story can they say: “Thus did [YOUR NAME]; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”? (6:22) Even when we don’t comprehend the rain that is coming, can we still obey and build the boat.

Genesis 7

  • The account of the flood is so fantastic. First Noah receives the instruction to build an ark. What is that? For rain? There was no comprehension for either thing. Then with specific guidelines the ark is built. With out question from Noah. He just followed God’s directions. Then the gathering of the animals. These are wild animals, not from a zoo. They came from all over in pairs to the boat. Imagine the traveling that Noah and his family did to gather the animals and bring them to the ark. They couldn’t take the ark to the animals and load them up. Then the food. It wasn’t just the 40 days and nights, but also the 150 days that they remained in the boat until they could exit on dry land. The many mouths that needed food. The space and means to hold it fresh for that length of time. And where does the food go after it is eaten? Imagine the sanitation issues for all those people and animals for 200 days. Only God could have directed the whole thing, calling the animals, and providing for the food, sanitation and housing of all the beings. It is heard to wrap my brain around. Our God is an AWESOME God.

It is a new year with a new look, but the message is still the same.

God is a big God and he has a plan for each and every one of us. His desire is that we live Holy or with out sin. We in ourselves cannot do this, but he made the way possible when he gave his son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. When we accept Christ as our Savior and turn from our sins, God is faithful to forgive us and provide us with strength and grace to live sin free. It definitely is the best life.

I haven’t been as faithful to this blog in the past few months as I would like. I am sorry for that, but I have a plan for the future.

First – On Thursday night at church we were challenged to make a list of those things in our life that need to change this year for us to draw closer to God.

My list:
–          increase time in studying God’s word
–          increase prayer time
–          don’t be as quick to judge people
–          be more willing to help those in need
–          search for and take opportunities to share the Gospel
–          be careful to not get comfortable in Salvation but keep the challenge and excitement fresh
–          increase of patience
–          don’t procrastinate with God’s work

This list may grow as the year continues, but I plan to use this blog in a why that it holds me accountable for gaining the victory in these areas. As I have victory or challenges I will share my studies on and in these areas.

I challenge you to make a list. How can God better use you this day? What things might you need to change for God to use you? Seek God and ask him to search you. He has the power to help you draw closer to him.
Second – I don’t think I have read the Bible cover to cover. I know I have tried and often would get bogged down in the “begats”. This year I am challenging myself to read the Bible completely. It will be apart of my daily study, but it won’t take its place. A friend of mine had a list of the scriptures to read so that the Bible can be read chronologically. This appealed to me. I found that list and will post each day what those scriptures are so that you can follow along. We can discuss the different points that we read. I invite you to read along and join in on the discussion.
Third – At the end of last year, we moved some of our Bible study teachers around at Church. There was a need for a teacher in one of the elementary classes. I was asked to take this position. As we go through this year I will share the lessons that are brought to the kids as well as the lessons they bring to me. I believe we can learn from all ages. Christ told us that we needed to be as the little children. In the Children’s Bible class, we are making a chain of things we are thankful for and we learn verses. I will share those also. I believe thankfulness and God’s word are good things to learn at a young age. Feel free to add your “thankfuls” and learn the memory verses with us.
Join us this year as we draw closer to God and share how he helps us in our daily walk with him.

Recently I have been given the opportunity to work with the children at my church. This came with much surprise, but with the leading of the Lord.

Before I was approached on the subject, in the Young Adult group that I am apart of we were discussing visions and mission statements, both for us individually and as a class. As I was preparing my individual vision and mission statement, my mind kept returning to the thought of being willing. During this time I was asked to consider assisting in the teaching of the 6 year old class.

In my prayer and meditation on whether or not God would have me move in this direction, I looked up “being willing” in the Bible. God spoke to me through these scriptures, 1 Chronicles 28:9-10. It takes place when God is telling David that his son, Solomon, will build the temple. God chose Solomon to complete this instead of David because of the sin that David had committed. The scriptures read,

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

Here God calls Solomon to remember the God of his father, and to seek him for wisdom and instruction for his life. He instructs service to God with a perfect heart and willing mind. If we have these 2 things, God can use us effectively to win souls. God reminds Solomon the benefits of seeking God and the penalties of refusing him. He then encourages and admonishes Solomon. God chose him for this special task, a big responsibility, but with God’s blessing Solomon with have the strength to complete it.

In further study on “willing” I found the definition of this to be:

  1. favorably disposed or consenting (to do something specified or implied): not objecting
  2. acting, giving, etc. readily and cheerfully: as, a willing assistant
  3. done, given, offered, etc. readily or gladly; voluntary
  4. of the power of choice; volitional

So to be willing one must perform the task with a good attitude. One isn’t “willing” to do something if the task is done begrudgingly, with reluctance, or negativity.

I also looked up these scriptures in the Amplified Bible, they read:

And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father – have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with and understand Him: appreciate, heed and cherish Him – and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds, and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him – enquiring for and of Him, and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity – you will find Him: but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off for ever! Take heed now; for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it!

When I read this, I was challenged also. God had chosen me; I don’t feel qualified or worthy to be a teacher. I don’t have any experience as one. But he chose me to build the sanctuary of these little souls, I have to be strong, trusting in God and do it.

Be willing to follow God when he calls you, trust in Him; Be strong and do it!

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