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Archive for June, 2014

What’s In A Number

“So Moses numbered them as he was commanded by the word of the Lord.”   Numbers 3:16

How interesting that our 3:16 verse today in Numbers is about numbering.   God instructed Moses to take a census of the people who had left Egypt.  More specifically in this verse Moses was told to number the Levites, who were the priestly tribe.   As believers we are now the priests and priestesses of God (see Revelation 1:6). 

I like the introduction to this book that the Amplified bible gives, it says in summary – “This book accounts for the 38 years of wilderness wanderings and tells of the murmuring and rebellion of God’s people and of their subsequent judgment.  Divine provision for Israel is apparent throughout the book with the food supply of manna, water, and quails for a population of over 600,000 men, plus women and children throughout the nearly four decades of wilderness travel.  Guidance and protection were provided in the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.”

One wonders how the Israelites could murmur and rebel from God when he provided and protected them.  How about us?  Doesn’t He supply our needs?  Have you seen his guidance and protection?  Let’s not be like the Israelites, but learn from them. The wilderness, for us, are the areas in our life that keep us away from God or that we don’t turn over to Him.  Let’s not stay there for forty years, I don’t want to stay there 40 seconds!

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A Sweet And Satisfying Fragrance

“The priest shall burn them on the altar as food; offered by fire, for a sweet and satisfying fragrance.  All the fat is the Lord’s.”  Leviticus 3:16   Amplified

As we continue looking at the verses in each book of the bible that are 3:16, today’s comes from Leviticus.

Now the book of Leviticus is basically the law or instruction book for the jews to follow in how they were to worship God.  In the verse today God has been telling them about offering animals as sacrifices to Him.  In reading the entire chapter it’s basically a butcher lesson, not my favorite.  I found it interesting though that God says, All the fat is the Lords.  What is fat?  Isn’t it excess?  For must of us we would love to give the Lord our fat, but you know what, we’d make more?  I believe He wanted the fat of the animal because it’s not good for us, neither is the blood. Verse 17 says “that you eat neither fat nor blood”.  

We know that the sacrificing of animals was a precurser for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  As believers we are to offer ourselves as a daily sacrifice to the Lord, giving of ourselves and denying our human nature to His direction.  We should offer ourselves as a sweet and satisfying fragrance to the Lord.

In applying today’s verse to our walk in todays world, we lay our lives on God’s altar, faithfully walking through the fires of tribulation and trouble in faith to please Him.

So don’t think of your fat, think of the sweet and satisfying fragrance you are to the Lord.

I Have Surely Visited You

“Go, gather the elders of Israel together, the mature teachers and tribal leaders, and say to them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me saying, I have surely visited you and seen that which is done to you in Egypt.”   Exodus 3:16

In this verse Moses has just been called by God to go to pharoah and get the Israelites out of Egypt.  Always remember that your prior life in sin is your Egypt.  Once you become one of God’s chosen people, a believer, He’s watching out for you and is there to help you.

I never noticed before that God tells Moses to go and gather the elders, the mature teachers and tribal leaders to tell them He was working their situation out.   That speaks to me about the fact that we must be mature, growing in the Lord, to truly realize that God is working in our life.   If you keep going around the same problem and wondering why God hasn’t fixed it yet, you need to look in the mirror, that might be where the problem is.  Babies don’t lead, in fact babies usually demand their own way!

Faith is believing without seeing and we must take that next step in our walk of faith to see God work.

Greatly Multiply

“To the woman He said, I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children.  Yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”   Genesis 3:16

We all know John 3:16 is the verse that is so often quoted most unbelievers would recognize it.   “For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” I thought it might be interesting to look at the verses in each book of the bible that are 3:16. 

Starting in Genesis 3:16, where Eve receives her punishment from God for her disobedience.  Most everyone gets the first part of it, which details how women will have pain in childbirth.  What about the second part though, “your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”  Does that mean we should lust after our husbands and he will tell us what to do?

I believe the whole problem with what happened in the Garden of Eden was that Eve doubted Adam.   If you look back in chapter two, verses 15 through 17, it says God took the man and put him in the garden, Eve’s not there yet.  God commanded the man to freely eat of every tree of the garden BUT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.   God told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge and then after Eve was created Adam told her.   Now I’m not trying to blame Adam for what Eve did, I still think she was wrong for believing the devil, but she got her information second hand, the old serpent knew that and used it against her.  He told her “Did God really say you couldn’t eat of that tree?”  Well, she didn’t hear it from God so did he?

I think women suffer from Eve’s Syndrome today with regard to not believing and trusting their husbands.   Also, her desire for him was not a physical want, but a mental, emotional desire to be in control.   The Lord has put the man as the head of the family though to rule over it. 

As women we must do what is pleasing to the Lord and submit to His rule over us by trusting our husbands.  Help me Lord to do that.

Let’s see what Exodus 3:16 has for us tomorrow.

Stand Still

“You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord Who is with you.  O Judah and Jerusalem.  Fear not nor be dismayed.  Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.”   2 Chronicles 20:17

In this verse the writer names Judah and Jerusalem, but I want you to put your name where theirs is. 

This verse tells me not to struggle, but to wait on the Lord. We fret and worry over things going on in our life when the Lord  tells us repeatedly that He is taking care of it.  

This verse says, 1. Don’t fight, don’t struggle.  2. Take your position, do you believe God, then take that position.  3. Stand still, no more fretting, but calmly waiting.   4. Watch what the Lord does. 

Isn’t it great when someone tells you they’re going to take care of something for you so that you don’t have to think about it anymore?  Well that’s what the Lord is telling you about your problems.  He’s is with you and He is handling all your problems.

Praise God!!!

Rejoice And Exult In Hope

“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”  Romans 12:12  Amplified

Today it has beem one year that I have been writing this blog.  To celebrate I looked for a verse that was about celebration.  When I found this one it seemed to fit the last year. 

I actually felt the Lord call me to start this blog several months before I did, but I procrastinated.  A friend started a blog and that made me feel like I had missed the opportunity.  I talked to her and just like we are different I discovered our blogs were different, so I hesitated no longer and started it.

This is something I feel the Lord has called me to and I committed that no matter if no one read it I was doing this for Him.  It’s been a healing balm for me and has strengthened my faith, studying and searching the scriptures.

So today I rejoice and exult in hope, for the future. I will be steadfast, committed, and patient, no matter what comes my way.  I will lift up all things, incuding this blog, in prayer.

I thank God for all those He has led to read my blog.

I Have Given It Into Your Hand

“That same night the Lord said to Gideon, Arise go down against their camp, for I have given it into your hands.”  Judges 7:9

The night before the battle God spoke the verse above to Gideon.  Interestingly, the Lord told Gideon in verse 10 that if he had fear, to take his servant and go down to the enemies camp.  God told him he would hear what they said and afterward his hands would be strengthened.   This is a good reminder to speak less and listen more.

So Gideon went down to the camp of the enemy, the Midianites, who were spread out in the valley like a multitude of locusts and their camels were without number.  When he got close enough to a tent he heard a man telling his comrades of a dream he had.  A cake of barley bread had tumbled into their camp and knocked a tent down.  His friend told him that represented the sword of Gideon, a man of Israel, and into his hand God has given Midian.   When Gideon heard all of this he worshiped (take note of this) and then returned to his camp.  He divided his 300 men into three divisions and they descended on the Midianites crying “The sword for the Lord and Gideon!”  Upon hearing that the Midianites ran away.

We often wallow in doubt, instead of standing in faith.  If we’ll wait on God and seek Him, He will give us opportunities to see what’s going to happen.