Monthly Archives: February 2011

Happy ❤ Day

Job was perfect and upright and eschewed evil according to God (Job 1:1, 8, 2:2:3). A lot of challenges hit him all at once but through it all Job maintained his righteousness. (Job 27:5-6) His friends who thought they knew the why’s and wherefores became ‘miserable comforters’ as they tried to dig out sin in Job’s life. Job stayed steadfast. He was a good man(God says it 3 times in the first couple of chapters of Job) who didn’t deserve all he got, but he didn’t condemn himself. He just didn’t understand some things. There is an adversary in this world and it was him who tried to take Job out. The adversary is not named directly very many times in the Old Testament but  most of them are here in Job.

What God says about Job in 42:7-11 is very telling.

And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

When adversity hits too often we condemn ourselves and that is unproductive and an impediment. Condemnation keeps us out of the throne room. God is all good and he knows our frame and that is precisely why we have a savior who came to expose destroy the works of the devil( I John 3:8). We have access to the throne room of God.

1 John 3:20-22 For if our ❤ condemn us, God is greater than our ❤, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our ❤ condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Believing is the key to pleasing God. The Message has an interesting version of Hebrews 11:6:

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith(believing). And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

Often there are  things that we don’t understand.  It is where we go first for the answers that determines the results we get. God is ready willing and able to answer us ‘liberally’, we just need to ask. How could anything be simpler! God  will direct us to the appropriate path to take. Going to God first in anything, be it finances(lessons in Genesis regarding  Joseph are the cutting edge of financial advisement), health, relationships, goals etc, insures success!

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Just a thought

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

There’s nothing wrong with wisdom, might, and riches especially when they come from God.

Our real excitement is in knowing Him who is the source and author of goodness. Thank God for the Word! That’s how we get to know Him and build peaceful confidence in our own lives.

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Synergy – Working With One ❤

One of my favorite sections of the Bible is John 4, especially 4:21-24.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

A Samaritan woman met Jesus Christ and despite cultural separations and distinctions, he talked to her and blessed her beyond measure. Judeans looked down on the Samaritans. They were considered by the Judean culture to be mutt Judeans, if Judeans at all. Jesus Christ was not bound by culture. He was interested in her life and saw her heart. She got so excited and ran back to town and brought back others.

John 4:39- 40 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.

Is it any wonder that Philip the evangelist headed back up to Samaria when persecution hit the disciples in Jerusalem in Acts 8?  Philip preached the Word in Samaria and  people were receptive so much so that when Peter and John (who had been with Jesus in John 4) heard they decided to go. How exciting that was for Peter and John. They must have been so blessed to hear the news of Philip. Can you imagine their conversation as they headed down to help to Samaria. God worked in the heart of Philip, Peter and John in a new dynamic way. What great unity based on what God was working in them! Unity is certainly not based on uniformity, but on how God works the big spiritual picture utilizing a group of individuals who believe. The culture of the disciples was changing as  they were growing and maturing in their walk with God. (See Digging Deeper link to ‘sunergeo’ from where we get the word ‘synergy’)

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