The Story of Job. – Day 12


Ever been accused of wrong you didn’t commit? Ever been accused by someone who doesn’t know the full story? Ever been accused by someone who is judging without understanding? Ever been judged for something that wasn’t even true?

Ever thought you were trying to help by giving advice that was wrong? Ever thought you were trying to help by calling out someone for what is going on? Ever thought you were trying to point someone in the right direction without realizing that they weren’t going in the wrong direction?

How do you know what you should say? How do you know what you should do? How do you know how you should respond? How do you know what you should receive? Will you turn to God? Will you ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance? Will you trust in God or what man has to say? You need to realize you don’t know everything. You need to realize whether you are giving advice or getting advice that neither side may know the reality or the truth of the situation.

Do you realize that even if when you are wrong or you are speaking with the wrong heart, some of the words you speak may be true?


Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Job 8 where we get to hear from Bildad…

‘Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, “How long will you say these things? And will the words of your mouth be a mighty wind? Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness? If your children have sinned against Him, Then He has handed them over to the power of their transgression and punished them. If you would [diligently] seek God And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty, Then, if you are pure and upright, Surely now He will awaken for you And restore your righteous place. Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will greatly increase. “Inquire, please, of past generations, And consider and apply yourself to the things searched out by their fathers. For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are [like] a shadow [just a breath or a vapor]. Will they (the fathers) not teach you and tell you, And utter words from their hearts [the deepest part of their nature]? “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes or reed grass grow without water? While it is still green (in flower) and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant [when without water]. So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish, For his confidence is fragile and breaks, And his trust is [like] a spider’s web. He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds tightly to it, but it does not endure. He thrives and prospers [like a green plant] before the sun, And his branches spread out over his garden. His [godless] roots are wrapped around a pile of rocks, And he gazes at a house of stones. If he is snatched from his place [in the garden], Then his place will forget him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’ Behold, this is the joy of His way; And from out of the dust others will spring up and grow [to take his place]. Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless]. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”’

Job 8

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We find that Bildad was getting his turn and was certain in his mind that Job was in need of repenting because he believed that Job had sinned. In addition to today’s brutal attack, we will later read two more in chapters 18 and 25.

Bildad starts by telling Job that he was full of hot air, he was speaking out like a mighty wind.

Bildad is so sure of himself that he says that if Job could be exonerated then it means God is unjust, perverting justice and righteousness and therefore Job’s children must have sinned to have received such a judgment from God.

We see in today’s reading how Bildad’s first speech focuses on God’s justice.

Bildad believed that the principle of punishment · penalty · nemesis · fate · doom · one’s just deserts · due reward · just reward · wages · justice · retributive justice · poetic justice · judgment · reckoning · revenge · reprisal · requital · retaliation · payback · vengeance · an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) · tit for tat · measure for measure · redress · reparation · restitution · recompense · repayment · damages · satisfaction · remedy · comeback · atonement · amends · one’s comeuppance · measure was at work in this very situation.

We see how part of what he was saying came to be when in Job 42:12, Job was reconciled in restored when here we see how Bildad spoke of how just God would be by restoring Job but the issue or where he missed the mark was that he thought Job had done something wrong and so needed to

“[diligently] seek God And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty, Then, if you are pure and upright, Surely now He will awaken for you And restore your righteous place. Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will greatly increase.”

Job 8:5-7

We learn how he even tries to point the past where it was believed that where there was suffering there had to be sin, which we learn through Jesus and the rest of this story isn’t always the case. We learn that sometimes things happen in order to show God’s glory. We learn how just because it is tradition doesn’t mean it is right. We learn how just because that is how it has always been understood or always been done that it doesn’t mean it is right. Today’s devotional puts the advice from the past as follows:

The past is supposed to be a rudder to guide a person, not an anchor to hold him or her down.

Job 8 Study

Bildad was trying to use cause and effect to prove his case and even uses nature as evidence. He used these facts to accuse Job of sin and of having forgotten God.

As friends, we need to try to avoid judging or condemning and instead focus on trying to understand.

It looks like after such a savage attack that Bildad tries to put out an olive branch when he tells Job that there is still hope of restoration.

‘Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless]. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”’

Job 8:20-22

So where do you find yourself today? How will you choose to respond? I know Job used to make me cringe as the idea of what was coming my way. It wasn’t till 2013 when I caught the real meaning of Job 42:12 as it happened on my last day before my new job after having worked for 19 years and 1 day at the previous company. I hold onto God when in the midst of trials and troubles. I trust in God through the storms and waves. I know that in and through it all I can consider it pure joy for it builds my faith, helps me persevere, and in the end will help me to be complete and lacking nothing. Through God’s Word, we learn how pain can have purpose like:

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/galleries/6-ways-your-pain-has-a-purpose.aspx

So where are you at today? My hope and prayer is that You will ask Jesus into your heart so that I will get to spend eternity in God’s presence with you. Are you ready for forgiveness and peace? Are you ready for a hope and a future? Are you ready for a transformation where the old is gone and the new has come? Are you ready to being the journey of knowing right from wrong? Then let’s pray together to invite Jesus into your heart and your life so that His peace which surpasses all understanding can guide you and comfort you, protect your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. If this is the first time you have prayed to invite Jesus into your heart, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If this is a re commitment to Jesus, leave me a comment so that I can rejoice with the angels in Heaven. If you are still questioning or seeking, don’t go it alone, feel free to leave me a comment so we can discuss it.

Let’s pray:

^^^^^^^^^^^Will you be willing to put your name there today?

Don’t be judgmental! Don’t taunt or find joy in the pain of others! Let’s do good to all!


We are to weep with those who are weeping! We are to celebrate with those who celebrate. Not the reverse…Don’t be kicking people when they are down. Don’t be mocking people when they are going thru troubles. Even if they are your enemies, we are not to hate them and only love our neighbors. We are to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us! Don’t allow judgment and malice to take root in your heart! Allow your heart to be filled with overflowing of the love of God! Just because someone else is being corrected or given discipline doesn’t mean you should celebrate in it! Seek God in all your way! Acknowledge God in all your ways! Lean not on your own understanding of what is going on because you don’t know it all … the why. Don’t be acting in a way that makes you the next target! Do you really want that attention? God cannot be mocked!

Put your trust in God who is love! His love endures forever! Give thanks to God! Do not fear for the Lord is with you! Do not be afraid for God is your helper! Take refuge in God rather than putting your hope and trust in people. He is trustworthy and His love endures forever! Need help? Call out to God who is your help and your salvation! Ask Jesus into your heart and choose life! Yes, Jesus did get rejected even though He is the foundation and the cornerstone. So align to the cornerstone and stand on the rock of Jesus! Cry out to God and ask for His salvation and help you find success! Let’s praise God! Let’s exalt God! He is good and His love endures forever!

So let’s reflect on the words from Galatians from today’s reading…Let’s start with the plan that we are to do good to all…

Doing Good to All

1Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each otherʼs burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5for each one should carry their own load. 6Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
17From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

–Galatians 6

It’s a matter of the heart! We need to make the choice and choose to follow after Jesus! We need to ask Him for forgiveness and into our hearts so that we can be new creations with the old being gone and the new having come!

Let’s celebrate with others who have come into the faith! Let’s turn to God with thanksgiving and praise because of the grace and mercy He has brought into their lives! Let’s celebrate how God has allowed love to motivate the works! Let’s celebrate how God has allowed hope to produce endurance! Let’s allow the power of the Holy Spirit to break thru the lies and open up the truth even greater into the lives of the people around us!

Today’s reading concludes with 1 Thessalonians…

1Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.

Thanksgiving for the Thessaloniansʼ Faith

2We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lordʼs message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

–1 Thessalonians 1

 


Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 25, 26, Psalms 118, Galatians 6, 1 Thessalonians 1

Do you know your history?


Do you know much about your genealogy? Do you know much about where you came from? Do you know much about your ancestors? Do you know much about their stories? Do you know where it started and how it got to the point where you are where you are today?

One thing that is interesting in the Bible is when it goes through the names to map out who is who and where they were and where they got to. Imagine if we could do that for our own lives? Then we could learn from the past, pass on the learnings, and hopefully not be doomed the repeat the mistakes of the past over and over and over again.

We need to put and keep our trust and hope and focus on God! We need to avoid the pitfall of trying to go and do it all on our own and think that we can do it without God! We need to stay away from the pride and selfishness and trying to be autonomous before we find ourselves getting what we want and God lifting His hand of protection and allowing us to discover why He had set up the boundaries and the rules – not to keep us from having fun but for our own safety. We need to be living our lives loving God and loving people which is a Biblical worldview. We need to be living in a way that doesn’t trip up either of these 2 items. Be it the old or the new testament it all comes down to these 2 truths be it from what the prophets spoke to Israel or what Jesus taught – our first priority is to love God and our second equality important is to love one another! Stop the process of the lowest common denominator and let’s start calling people to higher standards so that things turn around and start getting better! Let’s follow after God to complete the work He has for us to do today! Let’s live lives that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!

Israel and Judah’s Descendants

1These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 3The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah—the three were born to him by Bath-shua the Canaanite woman. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Adonai, so He put him to death. 4Then Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all. 5The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. 6The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Dara, five in all. 7The sons of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of Israel who violated the ban of devoted things. 8The sons of Ethan: Azariah. 9The sons of Hezron who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram and Chelubai. 10Ram fathered Amminadab; Amminadab fathered Nahshon, the leader of the children of Judah. 11Nahshon fathered Salma; Salma fathered Boaz. 12Boaz fathered Obed; Obed fathered Jesse. 13Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab was second, Shimea third, 14Nethanel fourth, Raddai fifth, 15Ozem sixth, and David seventh. 16Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The three sons of Zeruiah were Abishai, Joab and Asahel. 17Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite. 18Caleb son of Hezron fathered children by Azubah his wife and by Jerioth. These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab and Ardon. 19When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur. 20Hur fathered Uri and Uri fathered Bezalel. 21Afterward Hezron had relations with the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead—he had married her when he was 60 years old—and she bore him Segub. 22Segub fathered Jair, who had 23 cities in the land of Gilead. 23But Geshur and Aram took the towns of Jair from them, along with Kenath and its surrounding villages, 60 towns. All these were the sons of Machir the father of Gilead. 24After the death of Hezron in Caleb-ephrath, Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa. 25Now the sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron: Ram the firstborn, then Bunah, Oren, Ozem and Ahijah. 26Jerahmeel had another wife whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. 27The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel: Maaz, Jamin and Eker. 28The sons of Onam: Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab and Abishur. 29The name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid. 30The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without children. 31The sons of Appaim: Ishi, who was the father of Sheshan. Sheshan was the father of Ahlai. 32The sons of Jada the brother of Shammai: Jeter and Jonathan—Jeter died without sons. 33The sons of Jonathan: Pelet and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel. 34Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. But Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha. 35So Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as a wife, and she bore him Attai. 36Then Attai fathered Nathan, and Nathan fathered Zabad. 37Zabad fathered Ephlal and Ephlal fathered Obed. 38Obed fathered Jehu, and Jehu fathered Azariah. 39Azariah fathered Helez, and Helez fathered Eleasah. 40Eleasah fathered Sisamai, and Sisamai fathered Shallum. 41 Shallum fathered Jekamiah, and Jekamiah fathered Elishama. 42Now the sons of Caleb, the brother of Jerahmeel: Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and his son Mareshah the father of Hebron. 43The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema. 44Shema fathered Raham, the father of Jorkeam. Rekem fathered Shammai. 45The son of Shammai was Maon and Maon was the father of Beth-Zur. 46Ephah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza and Gazez; and Haran fathered Gazez. 47The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah and Shaaph. 48Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmanna h, Sheba the father of Machbenah and the father of Gibea. The daughter of Caleb was Achsah. 50These were the descendants of Caleb. The sons of Hur the firstborn of Ephrath: Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim, 51Salma the father of Beth-lehem and Hareph the father of Beth-gader. 52Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhites. 53The clans of Kiriath-jearim: the Itrites, the Puhtites, the Shumathites, the Mishraites; from them came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites. 54The sons of Salma: Beth-lehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, half the Manahathites, the Zorites, 55and the clans of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. These were the Kenites who descended from Hammath, the father of the Rechabites.

–from 1 Chronicles 2

Let’s celebrate God! Let’s celebrate what He is and has done in and through our lives! Let’s testify of His great love! Let’s share His great love with everyone He brings into our lives as an overflow of what He is and has poured into us!

This One Was Born in Zion

1A psalm of the sons of Korah, a song. His foundation is in the holy mountains. 2Adonai loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 3Glorious things are spoken of you, city of God. Selah 4“I will mention Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge Me— behold Philistia and Tyre, with Cush: ‘This one was born there.’” 5But of Zion it will be said: “This one and that one were born in her.” And Elyon Himself will establish her. 6Adonai will count in the register of the peoples: “This one was born there.” Selah 7Then singing and dancing— all my fountains of joy are in you!

–from Psalms 87

We aren’t here to put on a show, we are here to live lives that will testify to God’s great love for us! We aren’t here to trick or deceive, we are here to love and encourage and point people to the hope that is within us! Let’s live our lives prepared to speak to the source of the hope within us, JESUS! Let’s turn back to God! Let’s remember how this all began and turn back to Him before it is too late! Let’s stop the pendulum from going too far and allow it to swing back to God and let’s stick there with Him forever! Jesus was more than just a good man, a moral teacher, He came and gave it all, His life on the cross to make up for all that we have done, then He conquered the grave to break the chains of death, and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding. So turn to Him! Ask Him into your heart today! And start the most incredible journey of your life! It may not be easy, but you will never go it alone for He will be with you every step of the way!

Religious Leaders Demand Signs

1Now the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Yeshua, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2But He replied to them, “When evening comes, you say, ‘Fair weather coming, for the sky is red,’ 3and in the morning, ‘Stormy weather today, for the sky is red and gloomy.’ You know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times! 4An evil and adulterous generation clamors for a sign, yet no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” And leaving them behind, He went away. 5Now when the disciples came to the other side of the sea, they had forgotten to take bread. 6“Watch out,” Yeshua said to them, “and beware of the hametz of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7And they began to discuss among themselves, saying, “We didn’t bring any bread.” 8But knowing this, Yeshua said, “O you of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? 9You still don’t get it? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets of leftovers you gathered? 10Or how about the seven loaves for the four thousand and all the baskets of leftovers you gathered? 11How is it that you don’t understand that I wasn’t talking to you about bread? Now beware of the hametz of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” 12Then they understood that He wasn’t talking about the hametz in the bread, but about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The Father Reveals His Son

13When Yeshua came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14They answered, “Some say John the Immerser, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15He said, “But who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven! 18And I also tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My community; and the gates of Sheol will not overpower it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will have been forbidden in heaven and what you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.” 20Then He ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah.

First Prediction: Death & Resurrection

21From that time on, Yeshua began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and ruling kohanim and Torah scholars, and be killed, and be raised on the third day. 22Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Never, Master! This must never happen to You!” 23But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, satan! You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but the things of men.” 24Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then ‘He will repay everyone according to his deeds.’ 28Amen, I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

–from Matthew 16

 

Reflections…


Have you taken time to reflect on how you got to where you are? Do you ever consider how you got from where you were to where you are? Do you ever consider what it took to get to where you are right now?

Do you track life? Do you write it down? What do you do to help you remember the adventures? The highs? The lows? The journeys in between?

Today’s reading starts out with such a recollection by Moses…

Israel’s Journeys Reviewed

1These are the journeys of Bnei-Yisrael when they came out of Egypt by their divisions under the hand of Moses and Aaron.
2Moses recorded the stages of their journeys at Adonai’s command. These then are their journeys by stages.
3Bnei-Yisrael set out from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the first day after Passover. They went out with a high hand in the sight of all Egypt.
4Now the Egyptians were burying those whom Adonai had struck down among them. Adonai had brought judgments on all their first-born and their gods.
5Bnei-Yisrael left Rameses and encamped at Succoth.
6They departed from Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness.
7They left from Etham and turned back toward Pi-Hahiroth, east of Baal-Zephon, and camped before Migdol.
8They left from before Pi-Hahiroth and passed through the sea into the wilderness. They traveled three days journey into the wilderness of Etham and camped at Marah.
9They departed from Marah and went to Elim. There were twelve water springs and 70 palm trees in Elim, so they camped there.
10They left Elim and camped by the Sea of Reeds.
11They set out from the Sea of Reeds and camped in the wilderness of Sin.
12They left from the wilderness of Sin and camped in Dophkah.
13They then left Dophkah and camped at Alush.
14They left from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
15They set out from Rephidim and encamped in the Sinai wilderness.
16They departed from the Sinai wilderness and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.
17They left from Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
18Departing Hazeroth, they camped at Rithmah.
19Leaving Rithmah, they camped at Rimmon-perez.
20They left from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.
21They departed Libnah and camped at Rissah.
22They left Rissah and camped at Kehelah.
23They left Kehelah and camped at Mount Shepher.
24They departed Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
25They departed from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
26They left Makheloth and camped in Tahath.
27They left from Tahath and camped in Terah.
28They left Terah and camped in Mithkah.
29They departed Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.
30They left Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.
31They left Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.
32Departing Bene-jaakan, they camped at Hor-haggidgad.
33Leaving Hor-haggidgad, they camped at Jotbah.
34They left Jotbah and camped at Abronah.
35They departed from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.
36They left Ezion-geber and encamped at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.
37Leaving Kadesh, they camped at Mount Hor on the border of the land of Edom.
38Aaron the kohen went up Mount Hor at Adonai’s command and died there, in the fortieth year since the departure of Bnei-Yisrael from the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month.
39Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor.
40The Canaanite king of Arad, who was living in the Negev in the territory of Canaan, heard of the coming of Bnei-Yisrael.
41They departed from Mount Hor and camped at Zalmonah.
42They left Zalmonah and encamped at Punon.
43Departing Punon, they camped at Oboth.
44Leaving Oboth, they camped at Ije-abarim on the border of Moab.
45They moved on from Ijim and camped at Dibon-gad.
46They moved on from Dibon-gad and camped at Almon-diblathaim.
47They departed from Almon-diblathaim and camped at the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.
48They moved on from the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
49They camped along the Jordan, from Beth-jeshimoth to Abel-shittim.
50Adonai spoke to Moses along the Jordan in the plains of Moab across from Jericho saying,
51“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
52You must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. You must destroy all their idols and cast images, and demolish their high places.
53You will take possession of the land, so you will settle in it, because I have given it to you to possess.
54“You are to divide the land by lot according to your families. To the large, make their inheritance larger, and to the small, make their inheritance smaller. Whatever comes out of the lot will be theirs. You are to distribute the inheritance according to your ancestral tribes.
55“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, whoever you allow to remain will become to you barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land in which you will be living.
56Then what I had intended to do to them, I will do to you.”

–from Numbers 33

Do you give God the praise, the honor, and the glory? Do you thank Him for all He has done to get you where you are at today? God took my work and has multiplied it! God took my work and allowed me to make connections and build relationships with so many people around the company! Good took my weaknesses and used my willingness to glorify His power and might! God rewarded me in my lack thanks to His abundance! The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! He granted me favor with leadership to the point where when one opportunity wouldn’t work, they didn’t stop but found another way! God is so good! He is awesome! He is so faithful! I find myself at a place that I would hope to be at but had given it up to Him for His perfect will and His perfect timing! And He has made it happen!

Today’s reading continues speaking to the importance of inviting God into your praise and giving Him the praise, the honor, and the glory!

Praise is Awaiting You in Zion

1For the music director, a psalm, a song of David. 2Praise is awaiting You in Zion, O God, and to You the vow will be fulfilled. 3O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come. 4Records of sins overwhelm me— You will atone for our transgressions. 5Blessed is the one You choose and bring near to dwell in Your courts! We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your House—Your holy Temple. 6You respond to us in righteousness with awe-inspiring works —O God of our salvation— hope of all ends of the earth and farthest seas, 7who establishes mountains by His power, being girded with might, 8who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. 9Those dwelling in the uttermost parts stand in awe of Your signs. You make morning and evening shout for joy. 10You visit the land and make it abundant, greatly enriching it— the stream of God is full of water. You prepare their grain, for so You have prepared the earth. 11You drench her furrows, leveling the ridges. You soften her with showers, blessing her growth. 12You crown the year with Your goodness. Your wagon tracks drip with abundance. 13Pastures of the wilderness overflow and hills are robed with joy. 14Meadows are clothed with flocks and valleys are covered with grain— they shout for joy, yes, they sing!

–from Psalms 65

Don’t hold a grudge! Forgive! Let it go and give it up to God! Don’t allow the past hold you back from the future God has planned for you! Forgive those who hurt you! Forgive those who have mistreated you! Forgive those who did things to trip you up! Don’t hold onto it for it is a weight you were never asked or expected to carry around for the rest of your life! Let’s live out love rather than hate! Let’s live out love rather than anger! Let’s live out love rather than frustration! Let’s give it all up to God and allow His joy that goes beyond all understanding to guard our hearts and minds! Let’s be encouragers to those around us! Let’s be build who help our character to be built up but also call others to a higher standard! Let’s be sharing the love of God with everyone around us! Let’s be allow others to come to the realization of how great God’s love is for them!

Today’s reading continues into this theme…

Forgive the Repentant Sinner

1So I made up my mind that I would not come to you again causing sorrow. 2For if I cause you sorrow, then who is there cheering me on but the one I have made sorrowful? 3And I wrote this very thing to you, so that when I came I wouldn’t have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice—having confidence in you all that my joy is yours. 4For out of much distress and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears—not to make you sorrowful, but to let you know the love that I have especially for you. 5But if anyone has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but to some extent—not to exaggerate—to all of you. 6For such a person, this punishment by the majority is enough. 7So instead you should forgive him and encourage him. Otherwise such a person might be swallowed up by excessive sorrow. 8Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 9For to this end I also wrote, that I might know your character, whether you are obedient in all things. 10Now anyone you forgive, I also forgive. For indeed, what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything), I did it for you in the presence of Messiah, 11so that we might not be outwitted by satan—for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Revealing Messiah’s Fragrance

12Now when I arrived in Troas for the Good News of Messiah, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, 13I had no rest in my spirit, because I didn’t find Titus my brother. So I said farewell to them, and I set out for Macedonia. 14But thanks be to God, who in Messiah always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us reveals everywhere the aroma of the knowledge of Himself. 15For we are the aroma of Messiah to God, among those who are being saved and those who are perishing—16to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. Who is competent for these things? 17For we are not like many, peddling the word of God. Rather, in Messiah we speak in the sight of God with sincerity, as persons sent from God.

–from 2 Corinthians 2

Realize not everyone is ready to hear the good news! Some have hardened hearts and won’t respond well to it. They will look for ways to trip you up! They will look for ways to distract! They will look for way to raise questions! Some are more interested with tradition than the truth! Some are more interested in tradition that the right things! They are more focused on the way it’s been than the way it should be! So don’t lose hope! Don’t give up plowing the hard soil, planting seeds, watering the seeds and waiting on God to make it grow!

Today’s reading concludes in Mark with…

Hearts Harden

1Now the Pharisees and some of the Torah scholars who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Yeshua. 2And they saw that some of His disciples were eating bread with unclean hands, that is, not washed. 3(For the Pharisees and all Jewish people do not eat unless they wash their hands up to the elbow, keeping the tradition of the elders. 4And when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they perform a ritual washing. There are many other traditions they have received and hold, such as the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels.) 5The Pharisees and Torah scholars questioned Yeshua, “Why don’t Your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders? Why do they eat bread with unwashed hands?” 6And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me. 7And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8Having left behind the commandment of God, you hold on to the tradition of men.” 9He was also telling them, “You set aside the commands of God, in order that you may validate your own tradition. 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11But you say if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever you might have gained from me is korban (that is, an offering to God),’ 12then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13making void the word of God with your tradition that you’ve handed down. And you do many such things.” 14Then Yeshua called the crowd again and began saying to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand. 15There is nothing outside the man that can make him unholy by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of the man that makes the man unholy.” 16[footnote: Some mss. Add: If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.] 17When He had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. 18And He said to them, “Are you then also lacking understanding? Don’t you grasp that whatever goes into the man cannot make him unholy? 19For it does not enter into the heart but into the stomach, and then goes out into the sewer, cleansing all foods.” 20And He continued, “It is what comes out of the man that makes the man unholy. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, come evil intentions, sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustfulness, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23All these evil things come from within and make the man unholy.”

Miracles Touch Gentile Lives

24Yeshua got up and left from there to the region of Tyre. When He had entered a house, He didn’t want anyone to know; but He couldn’t escape notice. 25A woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him. She came immediately and fell at His feet. 26The woman was a Greek, from Syrophoenicia. And she kept begging Yeshua to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27He was telling her, “First let the children get their fill, for it’s not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28“Yes, Master,” she said to Him, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then He said to her, “Because of this word, go your way! The demon has left your daughter.” 30She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. 31Again He left the region of Tyre and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of the Decapolis. 32They bring Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment, and they beg Him to lay His hand on him. 33Yeshua took him aside from the crowd to a private place, and He put His fingers in the man’s ears. After spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. 34Looking up to heaven, He says to the man, “Ephphatha,” which means “Be opened!” 35Immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak plainly. 36Yeshua ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more they continued proclaiming it. 37People were completely astounded, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

–from Mark 7

 

 

 

 

Ever caught yourself thinking about the good old days?


Ever been in a funk and started to flashback to “the good old days”? Ever found yourself in such a place of despair that you start to think about the days gone by with memories that were so great? Ever found yourself facing troubles or trials and looking back and wishing that things could be like they used to be?

Do you realize the “good old days” may have been good, but had you stayed there you wouldn’t have learned or developed or grown to be who you need to become?

Do you realize that the place you are now isn’t a destination but part of the path?

Don’t get stuck there, rather consider what you are to learn so that you will be able to move forward and onward towards who you will become.

Realize that whatever you are going through will be something you will learn from and be able to use it going forward in a powerful and motivational way.

I remember after having an incredible time with many mountain tops watching it all disappear. I remember God speaking to me to start looking for the next thing, but I was “too comfortable” and did see any reason to need to, until it was too late. I remember learning the importance of forgiveness through the trials and troubles which has helped me to be able to relate to people who are going through troubling times. Forgiveness isn’t all about them, it’s about freeing yourself, to be able to move forward and become who God created you to be. I remember a test where I could have gotten bitter and upset again, but from my first experience, my first response was to forgive and not only did that keep me from sliding down a slippery slope, but it also provided an incredible testimony to the team around me.

Today’s reading begins in Job 29 and we see him remembering better days. Remembering how he served others. Remembering how God blessed those efforts. Remembering how he enjoyed it. Remembering how others appreciated him. Looking back at what had been…

So where are you at today? Do need help? Are you wondering where your help comes from? As for me and my how we will serve the Lord! And we know that our help and our hope comes from God!

Today’s continues into Psalms 121 and it goes like this…

He Watches Over You

1A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains— from where does my help come?
2My help comes from Adonai, Maker of heaven and earth.
3He will not let your foot slip. Your Keeper will not slumber.
4Behold, the Keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
5Adonai is your Keeper. Adonai is your shadow at your right hand.
6The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7Adonai will protect you from all evil. He will guard your life.
8Adonai will watch over your coming and your going from this time forth and forevermore.
–from Psalms 121

Put your trust in Him! Going up the mount or at the mountain top, put your trust in God and praise Him! Going down the mountain or into the valley, put your trust in God and praise Him! Consider it pure joy! Remember it rains on everyone!

God is looking to help the sick and the lost. Is that your plan and purpose too? Are you looking to help others that God has brought into your life? Are you walking with eyes wide open to be able to see the need? Are you listening to the stories and the voices to be able to notice the need? Will you be salt and light? Do you realize without contact salt and light don’t have much affect? So will you make an impact on the lives of those around you? Will you allow your salt to spice up the situation, to clean things up, to clear things up. Will you allow your light to clarify, to make visible the reality of what’s going on, to show you the path to walk? We are to be good stewards of what God gives us, so let’s not waste what we have been given, but rather let’s take it and multiply it. Let’s make it about glorifying and trusting in Him rather than allowing fear to keep us from becoming all that He has created us to be.

Today’s continues into Luke 19 where we see Jesus’ interaction with Zacchaeus where we receive the message that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. It continues into the parable of the talents and stewardship and how if we are good stewards more will be given unto us, but if we aren’t even what we have will be taken away. It was getting close to the time to go to Jerusalem for the final stand. So here is how it played out…

28After saying these things, Yeshua was going on ahead, up to Jerusalem.
29When He got near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples,
30saying, “Go into the village ahead. As you enter, you will find a colt tied up, that no one has ever sat upon. Untie it and bring it.
31And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Master needs it.’”
32Those who were headed out found things just as He told them.
33Then as they were untying the colt, his owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34They said, “The Master needs it.”
35Then they brought it to Yeshua, threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Yeshua on it.
36And as He went along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road.
37When Yeshua came near the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to rejoice. They praised God with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen,
38saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of Adonai! Shalom in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39Some of the Pharisees from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples!”
40But answering, Yeshua said, “I tell you that if these keep silent, the stones will shout out!”
41As He drew near and saw Jerusalem, He wept over her,
42saying, “If only you had recognized this day the things that lead to shalom! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
43For the days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and hem you in on all sides.
44And they will smash you to the ground—you and your children within you. And they won’t leave within you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
–from Luke 19

When Jesus got to the temple, he saw that people were cheating others and doing business in a way that was bad.

45Then Yeshua entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants,
46saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
47And He was teaching every day in the Temple. The ruling kohanim and the Torah scholars, even the leaders of the people, were trying to destroy Him;
48but they could not find any way to do it, because all the people were hanging on His words.
–from Luke 19

Today’s reading concludes in Revelation 14. Will you choose to praise God? Will you choose to follow God? What if it happens to be the end of days? Even if you happened to wait till the last moment, will make the decision before it is too late? Which side will you pick? What outcome do you want to have? Even in the end you get a choice! Today’s reading from Revelation goes like this…

A Song for the 144,000

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him were 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
2And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and the booming of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like harpists playing on their harps.
3And they are singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one is able to learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
4These are the ones who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been redeemed from among mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb.
5And in their mouth was found no lie—they are blameless.

Three Angels with Messages

6And then I saw another angel flying high in the sky, having a timeless message of good news to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.
7He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the One who made heaven and earth and sea and springs of water.”
8Another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great— she who made all nations drink of the wine of the fury of her immorality.”
9And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10he shall also drink the wine of God’s fury, poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb.
11The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. Those who worship the beast and its image and those who receive the mark of his name have no rest day or night.”
12Here is the perseverance of the kedoshim—those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Yeshua.
13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: How fortunate are the dead—those who die in the Lord from now on!” “Yes,” says the Ruach, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”

Time to Harvest the Earth

14Then I looked, and behold, there was a white cloud—and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man. He had a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15Then another angel came out of the Temple, crying out with a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”
16So the One seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
17Then another angel came out of the Temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.
18Then another angel—the one who has authority over fire—came out from the altar; and he called out with a loud voice to the one holding the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sickle and gather the grape clusters from the vineyard of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.”
19So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the clusters from the vineyard of the earth and threw them into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20And the winepress was stomped on outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress as high as a horse’s bridle for 1,600 stadia.
–from Revelation 14

 

Are you honoring? Are you showing respect?


Today’s reading from Malachi raises very interesting questions. If you look at how you speak, what is it really saying? If you look at how you are acting, what is it really saying? What is it saying to those around you? What is it saying to those looking up to you? What is it saying to God?

Is it good? Is it honoring? Is it respectful? If yes, how so? If no, why not?

Are you living in a way to get the spot light to shine on you? Are you shining from the inside out? There is a difference and it matters.

God has loved you faithfully. Why do you despise God? Why aren’t you really worshipping Him? What are you celebrating other things more than you are Him? Why aren’t you putting God in that important spot of your life? Are you willing to give Him your best? Are you willing to give Him the first of the best? Why are you just going through the motions? What’s the point? What good is it for you or for anyone? Why not stop giving from the leftovers and start giving from the first fruits? Why not stop holding back the best rather than trying to keep it all for yourself?

Will you take time to stop and listen to what God is saying? Will you take time to stop and hear what He desires of you and for you? Would you stop walking so proud, nose in the air, for pride comes before the fall and with your nose in the air, you won’t even see that thing in front of you that you are about to trip and fall over. You realize people are watching you. You realize that because they are looking up to you, your actions will impact them and their behavior and generations to come. Will you humble yourself and reconsider before it is too late? Will you turn back to God and call out to Him? Will you ask Him for wisdom? Will you ask Him for forgiveness? Will you be bold and courageous and do what He is asking and calling you to do?

Or are you going to wait for a wake-up call? Do you need to fall? Do you need to start to drop before you will give Him your attention? How far? How fast? How long? will you need to fall before you will stop and call out to God? Do you need to hit rock bottom? Do you need to have a vision of Heaven or a vision of Hell? What’s it going to take?

Truth! It exists. It is real.

How are you teach the truth? You are a leader and as such people are learning from you daily. Are they hearing and seeing the truth? Are you providing guidance? Or are you messing things up? Are you sending people down the wrong path? Or off the right path? Why aren’t you willing to speak the truth? speak for what is right? speak up for those being wronged?

God’s Word raises an interesting thought to ponder…

10Don’t we all come from one Father? Aren’t we all created by the same God? So why can’t we get along? Why do we desecrate the covenant of our ancestors that binds us together? — Malachi 2:10

Another thing to consider…

13-15And here’s a second offense: You fill the place of worship with your whining and sniveling because you don’t get what you want from God. Do you know why? Simple. Because God was there as a witness when you spoke your marriage vows to your young bride, and now you’ve broken those vows, broken the faith-bond with your vowed companion, your covenant wife. God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does he want from marriage? Children of God, that’s what. So guard the spirit of marriage within you. Don’t cheat on your spouse.
16“I hate divorce,” says the God of Israel. God-of-the-Angel-Armies says, “I hate the violent dismembering of the ‘one flesh’ of marriage.” So watch yourselves. Don’t let your guard down. Don’t cheat.
17You make God tired with all your talk.
“How do we tire him out?” you ask.
By saying, “God loves sinners and sin alike. God loves all.” And also by saying, “Judgment? God’s too nice to judge.”

So let’s take time today to reflect and get our minds, our hearts, and our souls right so that our steps and our journey forward are for good, not just our good, but also the good of those around us who are counting on us and looking to us.

 

Don’t be arrogant. Don’t be prideful. Don’t do things at the expense of others.


Where are you at? Are you at the top of your game and using it to take advantage of others? Did you take it too far and risk the wrath that would come because of your behavior? Do you think you are all that and not really realizing where true hope and help comes from? Considering your actions, what would be just in return? Considering your attitude, what would be appropriate as a response? Do you realize who is in charge? Have you considered turning to Him for wisdom and direction?

Are you someone who is leading? Are you someone who is helping? Are you someone who is encouraging? Are you someone who is showing others that they are worth it? Are you someone who is generous? Are you someoe who is a giver?

What is your focus? What is your direction? What is your reason? What is your purpose?

Do you stand up for what is right? Do you sit quietly not saying a word? Do you step in to set things right? Do you stand back not wanting to get involved?

If you are on the receiving end then seek wisdom? If you are on the delivering end then seek wisdom? Before it is too late, and you put yourself into a place that will reek pain and suffering. Be it caused by bitterness and unforgiveness! Be it because of your brutality and selfishness. Seek truth! Seek wisdom! Seek love! Seek God!

It may not be easy, but God will be with you and help you. I remember a season where things were so rough. I remember every night on the way home, the songs on the radio were there to speak hope and love of God over me. I also remember not fully receiving it. It too me time of spiraling down before I got to the point of looking up and asking God to help me. He never left me. He never forgot me. He spoke truth and wisdom every day through His Word and the songs that played on my radio. I even used my phone to capture the songs and created a playlist. I remember that day driving down the road thinking God Help me. I remember the song coming on the radio 7×70. I remember the start of the process being that I needed to forgive others. I remember a weight lifting from my shoulders. I then remember the second part of the message, as you forgive others, God will forgive you. I remember asking God to forgive me for allowing the bitter root to take hold, for the unforgiveness to take hold. I remember all the weight to be removed and for a new joy to flow out of me. The darkness was gone. The light had replace it. And God’s will and plan for me to be able to speak life into the lives of others had been accomplished. I had an experience that allowed me to relate with others who were angry, bitter, depressed, and more. I had an experience that allowed me to speak life into the lives of others through the power of forgiveness to break the chains free.

It wasn’t to hurt me but to make me stronger. It wasn’t to punish me, but to help me learn and be able to relate. God’s plans are for my good. God can take what the enemy had planned for evil and to tear me down and turn it around and use it for good, and not only my good but the good of those who were in or were going to encounter my life.

I am not sure where you are at in your life, however, just as I experience and just as God’s Word speaks hope into lives in my reading for today (Day 180), hold onto this promise:

Remember God in your long and distant exile.
Keep Jerusalem alive in your memory.”
51How we’ve been humiliated, taunted and abused,
kicked around for so long that we hardly know who we are!
And we hardly know what to think—
our old Sanctuary, God’s house, desecrated by strangers.
52-53“I know, but trust me: The time is coming
Jeremiah 50

The time is coming. The time when you will be ready to receive the truth. The time when you will be ready to let go of the pain. The time when you will call out to God. The time when you will turn back to God.

So who will you give the credit? I know in my case, God has been my source and He has been the reason for the incredible things that have taken place in my life. Even today as I start my day I am where I am in a great company (2nd one out of school) with great people He put in authority over me from my immediate manager, to his manager, to his manager. God is so incredible. Things I have accomplished have been because of His miraculous work in and through me. I have said to many people that I don’t need luck, I need miracles. I say that because I know that nothing is too big for my God. He can do infinitely more than I could ever ask or imagine. All things are possible for those who believe. So my hope and trust are in Him. And I ask that today as I start this day that His wisdom, His strength, His will be done in my life. I ask that my every thought, word, and action be guided by Him. And that with every thought, word, and action that He would receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thank You God!

As a new year dawns…


As I start this new day and consider the last year, all I can say is “Wow!”. There were so many different experiences and feelings. There were so many different responses and changes. There were big changes, happy changes, experiences to share and be open rather than to fear and clam up. There were times to learn and times to prepare. There were times to listen and times to take action. So many changes and God was in them all. He calmed any doubts or fears. He spoke into every question or doubt. He answered when I had questions. He encouraged as I waited.

It started with bad news, but God told me He had my back. He rewarded my behavior and actions better than the company that seemed to turn its back on me. From a previous experience, I knew I had to start it with forgiveness. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine.

Because of God’s love and provision, I was openly sharing how I knew that God was working on something and either things would be fixed and improved or He had something else planned for me. I used it as a testimony of how we don’t have to worry or fear what man can do to us, but rather that we can trust in God and allow the joy that surpasses all understanding to help us get through it all.

I had times of doubt, not in God, but if there was really anyone who cared  or could be trusted. God made it clear that there was by setting divine appointments where people would come in and speak truth, speak care, speak love into the situations.

Then the message about Peter shows up in one of my morning devotionals when get walks on water. As I drive to work I ask God if the company I was working for was the boat and if it was and if I was to get out, that He would grant me wisdom to know which side. I was just about to turn onto the highway after driving over the hill and my phone made it’s texting message that ended up being “get out of the boat“. I knew what that meant. I knew that no matter how things changed at work, my time there was limited and that God was preparing me for the next phase of my career. Since I included the clarity of “which side”, I knew that wasn’t the day, but that night I had to start to prepare. I updated my resume, I updated my LinkedIn profile, and I started to reach out to people who worked at companies where I found jobs of interest and the process began. I went to work each day with the joy of knowing God was with me and that He would never leave me nor forsake me. I knew He was working out a plan for my future and so I did my job the best I could for His Word tells me “work as unto the Lord“, He is the real boss of it all.

Interviews were happening. Preparation was taking place. And then right when I thought I knew which side of the boat, God opened the door with the clear message that He had a different idea. He provided me with every sign, every notice, every encouragement I needed so that I knew which side to get out on. Be it rainbows. Be it songs on the radio. Be it my morning Bible reading. Be it the offer. He knew what He has planned and started so many months earlier and this has been an incredible year and one I wouldn’t want to give up. The valley may be deep and it may not be easy, but when you come out the other side and look back, the things you learn are things you wouldn’t want to give up or give back. What an incredible time it has been in my new role. What an incredible group of people I have been blessed to meet. What an incredible opportunity and challenge faces us. And with God directing my path, I know that even greater things are yet to come.

So today as a new year begins, what do I think? what do I want? what do I think? what do I need? what do I plan? Theses are incredible and powerful questions.

What do I think?

I am blessed by God!

What do I want?

To help share the love of God with my family and friends and those who God will bring across my path.

What do I think?

God, what is it you have for me to do today. No need to worry about tomorrow, today has enough things to keep me busy.

What do I need?

God’s wisdom for every action, every activity, every decision, every moment of every day.

What do I plan?

To have another great year spent with my wife, my kids, and my friends and family trying to love them better and share God’s love with them to a new level. To help those I work with to accomplish even greater things that we could have ever asked for or imagined by the grace of God!

This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Thank You Jesus!

Love,

Phil


365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

1 Peter 2:17 (KJV)

Be of good character and live your life with integrity, treating everyone the same, with dignity. Love your brothers and sisters in Christ and be respectful of authority. Honor and revere the Lord God!

Spurgeon’s Morning Devotional – Day 59 – My Expectation is from God!

5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

Psalm 62:5

Don’t be so focused on the outcome that you miss the blessings.


What is more important? Doing what God asks or the outcome?

Are you someone who is doing what you do because you are expecting a specific outcome?

Are you someone who is doing what God is calling you to do and trusting His plan and outcome?

Are you in all the way for God? Are you someone who is going with the flow?

Are you striving to make ends meet? Are you abiding in God’s presence?

“A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 28:20

Don’t stress about it, trust God!

11For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

When we focus on what God says and are obedient to His promptings, the outcome may or may not what we would expect, however, we have the promise that God is going to use it all for good in order for us to have a hope and a future. When I consider what happened to me just over a year ago, I felt I was doing what God desired and yet the work situation didn’t work out the way I would have hoped. I ended up with 3 bosses that year and a crazy rollercoaster year. But God was in control and He was using that the show me that He is my provider no matter where I am. He blessed me outside of work through a refinance of my house saving me $$$ per month. He blessed me by allowing me to pay off my roof which saved me $$$ per month. He has also blessed me with wisdom and direction to get out of the boat which lead me to getting the current job I have because I was obedient to his prompting and direction. There is more to life than striving, we can abide in His will and His purpose and His plan and see His power work in and through it all.

Os in today’s devotional, puts it this way:

“There is a distinct difference between the workplace believer who operates based on living in the Promised Land versus the one who operates in Egypt. In Egypt, the workplace believer sweats and toils to generate an outcome. The final objective is foremost in their mind. Outcome is everything.

In the Promised Land, we learn that obedience is the only thing that matters. We are called to execute, and leave outcome to God. Sometimes that outcome is very positive, yielding a return. In other cases, we may not yield a corresponding return. We may even get a negative outcome. The difference is that we know that we have been faithful to what God has called us to and we yield results to God. God often blesses obedience beyond what we deserve. If God brings wealth to your life, it should come as a by-product of obedience, not an end in itself. ” — A Faithful Man by Os Hillman

Everyday  we will face decisions and situation. Everyday we will need to decide if we will do it out of obedience to God or in anticipation of the outcome. Allow your faith to be “obedience-based versus outcome-based“. Remember, “there was a higher purpose in that obedience“.

 

Are you ready for today? Are you ready to do what it takes rather than what you think will get you the best outcome? God knows the full story and asks because He knows the good that will be done. Let’s pray that today we will be faithful and trustworthy.

 


References:

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for the plans and the message You have for me and look to You for wisdom and discernment throughout my walk. I am focusing on being the man You want me to become knowing that You will take care of the rest. As I start this day Lord, I lift up my family to You praying for Your hand to be upon my life and my family as well as leading and guiding us every step of the way. Grant us wisdom Lord for every decision and situation. Help us Lord to be everything that You have planned and desire. Help us I pray to have obedient hearts so that we may walk out and learn and be transformed into the people of God You desire. Lord, I lift up this day to You and ask that You help me to make every thought, every word, and every action being pleasing to You so that You may receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What have you learned through the tough times?


In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for Jesus has overcome this world.

Have you felt the pain and the suffering and learned to appreciate the small things? appreciate those in your life? appreciate  what you already have?

I remember how I learned the power of forgiveness. I remember how I learned the value of family as they comforted and loved me through the deepest valley. I remember how forgiveness and trusting in God can encourage others around you even while walking through any trial. I remember how once I realized that the key to my freedom and my peace was to forgive those who had lied and deceived me and that I was at a new beginning then, the weight, the anger, the bitterness all disappeared. I remember how the next time I was faced with such a trial what I needed to do and how much quicker I was able to move forward for God and to be able shine God’s light into the lives of those around me. I remember how God brought people into my life who were bitter and frustrated so that I could share with them the hope that was in me. I was able to relate to them in a way that I wouldn’t have been had I not had to walk through the valley and learned the power of forgiveness that got me out of the pit. I remember how before the trial that I could encourage to talk to people, but didn’t really get it. I remember how after the trial I was able to better connect because those same people were seeing me go through the problems and my life be turned around through the grace of God and the power of freedom through forgiveness. The experience was so powerful as my hope and my trust in God have grown so much deeper and greater.

I still remember driving to get my taxes done and the song 7×70 coming on the radio. I remember the realization that I needed to forgive others and then I realized I needed forgiveness too. God took me at that point and resurrected my life. I became someone different. I became someone who could related with the down and sad, depressed and bitter, hurt and abandoned. I became one who was free from bitterness and even when the next trial came, I knew how to avoid falling into the bitterness hole and having that root take root. I am a new creation thanks to Jesus, the old is gone and the new has come. God knew I needed to die to that old self so that this new self could have true hope and freedom.

 

So today, let’s “Press into Him, learn of Him, and rely on Him” for God’s mercy carries us through difficulties so put your hope in His promises and don’t be afraid.

 

Reference:

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I praise You Lord for the incredible blessing of my family and friends. I lift up this day and ask Your hand be over it so that in and through it You will receive the praise, honor, and glory. Help me have the right attitude and responses I pray. May every thought, word, and action I take bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How would you live life differently if you lived it as though it was your last year to live?


Would any of your priorities change? Would any of your attitudes change? Would any of your relationships change? Would any of your activities change?

Why? Why aren’t you already living that way since we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow?

Think about it. Think about what is really important. Are there things you should be sharing? Are there things you should be doing? Are there things you should stop?

Last night was interesting to me as I bar-b-q’d Mother’s Day steak for my wife and the family I started talking with one daughter and then eventually all my kids were there to hear some of my testimonies about what God has done in orchestrating my second half. I shared how God spoke to me in Feb to get out of the boat. I shared how God spoke to me what job was the right job. I was asked how come when they pray they don’t get and as I shared how I hear from God and how sometimes what we ask gets the answer of wait for it. I shared that my morning Bible reading is one way I hear from God as it tends to align with my life. I shared that my listening to Spirit105.3 on the radio tends to speak to me through song. I shared that my prayers is another way where the Spirit is able to speak to me with the still quiet voice. My daughter commented about asking and seeking and I said that we find Him when we seek with all our … and she said heart, and I said and all our … and she said strength, and I said all our … and my other daughter helped with mind. The conversation was interesting because we went to talk about heaven and how important it is that we have a relationship with God as people have two choices in life because when we die on earth we transform to eternity… either eternity with God or eternity apart from God … some may call it heaven or hell. It was a great time where they were so into it. I told them the story of how I started to blog and how it started in the book of Revelation which is where the name comes from 2005 to eternity. God is so good. He is so faithful. So let’s live this life to the full and make sure we have our priorities right because our time on earth is short and making sure we all get to spend eternity together when the time comes is what is most important.

I look forward to all we get to live on earth and the eternity we get to spend together in Heaven. So let’s live life as God would have us.

References:

The Plans of Tomorrow by Os Hillman

Fearful to Fearless… 365FearNots Verse of the Day

Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always. Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:17-18 (NASB)

Biblical Truth: Do not envy or adopt the practices of those who sin even though they may prosper in this life, but worship the Lord and do His will and your reward will outshine anything imaginable.

Morning Bible Reading:

  • Jeremiah 47
  • Jeremiah 48
  • Jeremiah 49
  • Isaiah 26

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for the incredible time with my kids yesterday. I praise You Lord for the hope that is within me and the love that overflows because You first loved me. Grant me wisdom for this day and help me Lord to accomplish Your will today. Help me I pray to live this day in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Looking for something to stand on or believe in or trust in?


How about something that never changes? How about something that is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow? How about something that is reliable and dependable?

There is someone and there is something.

God & God’s Word.


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The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psalm 019:08-10 (NKJV)

Biblical Truth:

Be sincere and honest in your worship of the Lord and hold His laws close to your heart. The word of God is more valuable than any worldly treasure; it is the same yesterday, today and forever.


Make sure to be searching after and chasing after the right things, otherwise you might end up getting what you asked for and realize that it isn’t what you wanted at all. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He will give you the desires of your heart, everything that you will need. Make sure that you aren’t stuck in the trappings of life. Rather turn to God and seek wisdom. The devil is tricky and with the lies he tells, he will try to lead you astray and get you stuck in footholds. I remember when I took the Cleansing Stream class how we learned about strongholds and how through the retreat many were broken off and has provided me with a freedom that I needed from things of my youth, things from earlier generations, and so much more. The interesting thing is that there might be something from your past that is holding you back and the devil is using it to keep you from all that God has for you.

Consider what is said in Exodus…

4“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.Exodus 20:4-5

In Cleansing Stream, we were taught to repent of the different strongholds including generational soul ties to be able to receive the true freedom that comes from God. It broke the curse and set me free.

Ever heard the word stronghold and wondered what it means? The dictionary gives us these definitions:

  1. defensible place: a place that is fortified or that can easily be defended
  2. concentrated area: a place where a particular group, activity, or set of opinions is concentrated

The biblical meaning is:

“a fortress of thoughts that controls and influences our attitudes. They color how we view certain situations, circumstances, or people.” (taken from TGIF: Spiritual Strongholds)

Ever heard people say they have a wall around them to keep others out? The problem and challenge with walls is that it also keeps you in and can isolates you which allows the devil to creep in and speak lies to you that if you weren’t alone you wouldn’t believe. It can cause us to be in a state where we believe the “voice” of that evil spirit and it gets so ingrained that it isn’t even at the conscious level any more but has become a subconscious belief, truth, expectation.

We want to be within the Stronghold of God who keeps us and protects us. We have heard of strong tower, ever present help in times of need. We have heard of God referred to as a fortress for the weak. That is a good stronghold that keeps us and protects us.

The problem is when there are walls that are being built up around us that are keeping us from getting where God would desire for us to be and keep us from doing all that God would have us do. It isn’t the people around us that we are battling but the powers and principalities of the dark world. This is why we need to put on the full armor of God. The devil will try to use strongholds like fear and like insecurity to keep you from getting where you need to be or doing what you have been called to do. Are you trying control everything in your life? Are you trying to avoid confrontation in your life? Are you trying to get stuff or always do stuff? Are you building relationships or are you just wanting recognition for the things you do? Are you building your relationship with God or are you just trying to get kudos?

As I said above, our battle is a spiritual battle.

3We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. 6And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.2 Corinthians 10:3-6

We are human and as non-perfect beings we will miss the mark. When you hear the word “sin” it is an archery term which means to miss the mark or the bull’s-eye. When we allow the strongholds to rule our lives and our behavior reflects this dependent on which type of stronghold it is, we are missing the mark which is why we need to turn to God and ask Him to forgive us and free us from the chains, breakdown the walls, allow us to walk out in freedom and start to walk in the love and truth of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our example.

Allow God to lead you. Allow God to speak to you in every situation. When we pray without ceasing, we are in continuous conversation with God and no matter where we are or what we are doing, He is able to speak into that very situation to help us do what is right not only for right there and then, but for the long term too.

21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:21

34Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. – Luke 12:34

Why do you do what you do? What is the motivation behind it? What is your heart feeling and telling you? Not sure? Turn to the one who knows. Ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear. Ask God for wisdom for He give generously without judging you. When you have been confronted with the reality ask Him to forgive you for these and allow Him to start the repair and walk of joy and freedom that comes from having given it up and released the power of the stronghold in your life.


TGIF: Spiritual Strongholds

by Os Hillman

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete – 2 Corinthians 10:3,5-6


Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

 

Day 190 of 349


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thank You Lord for my family and the time I get to spend with each of them. Help me today Lord in all that I do to glorify You. Grant me patience and courage to do what You call me to do. Help me to be a good husband and a good father and a good son Lord. Help me to be a good friend and a good neighbor. May in and throughout this day Lord You receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Day 18: Live the Adventure of Faith

You’ll want to check out this one… by Josh Crandall 

As Christ followers, we need to be men and women full of faith! Here are some scriptures that speak to us about equipping, training and trust. Remember, if we are doing life right we will be doing it God’s way, which is a life of adventure!
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
2 Peter 1:3-10
Ephesians 4,5
2 Timothy 2:22-24
1 Timothy 6:12
Hebrews 11
1 Corinthians 12