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When following God takes you on an unusual path

When studying Exodus chapter 5 I was reading how God told Moses to speak to pharaoh about letting his people go. His response was not what Moses expected. Not only he said no but he called the Hebrews very lazy and did not provide straw for them to make bricks. They had to get there own straw and still meet the quota. Word got out that the reason for all of this was because of what Moses said to pharaoh. The people was very upset (understatement) with Moses. Moses went to God and asked Him why did you bring harm to these people? Why did you send me? Sometimes when you know you’re in God’s will things can look eerie but have faith in God.

In my experience; I was called to preach a sermon at my church. Before then I would speak 2 to 5 mins here and there and my voice would be quivering and I would keep my hands in my pocket so people won’t see them shake. I asked God a similar question why do you have me speaking in front of these people? What I’d learned about God is that His plan is bigger than my fear of what the situation looks like. When that day came for me to preach it was the most I’d ever felt relaxed. Words came out smoothly, I didn’t stumble and I wasn’t shaking. I was blessed and I knew it was from God. I say that to say this. It might look like whatever you’re doing is in vain or a mistake but you have to believe that God plans are bigger than what you can see.

God bless

Do You Trust God?

7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.

Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear. 8 He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. 9 So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.

11“What have you done?” asked Samuel.

Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash, 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

13“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

Reading this chapter for my devotion this morning got me asking one question……… Do I Trust God? There has been plenty of times when I’m making decisions that are important and I don’t involve God. I see myself making the same mistakes as Saul trusting my eyes rather than trusting God. It’s easier said than done. God does things on his time. There been times when it look like it may not workout and then I pull the trigger because I fear that He will fail me. As I’m typing this post it sounds real stupid but it’s true.

Saul had the fear of the Philistines coming to attack him and his army. As he was waiting for Samuel to come that fear built up inside that cause him to lose sight that God was there. Once Samuel found out what happen he rebuked him and told him another was coming to replace him. God want us to come to Him for shelter, wisdom, and knowledge.

So I’ll ask the same question to you. Do you trust God? Do we give all our cares to Him or do we put it on our shoulders? Do we trust God to make the impossible possible or do we make the possible impossible? My eyes can be deceiving but I know I can trust my father base on the fact that He sent His son to die for my sins. He loved me before I loved Him.

God Bless

A Powerful Gospel

Through out the new testament we keep hearing about this good news. This gospel that saves people from their sins and the wrath of God. It’s the message of how Jesus came down and humbled himself to die for the whole world so that people may have salvation through him (Jesus). Also what comes in that message is justice. Those who believe in this gospel have been made right in God’s eyes. How can this be? Do I not have to fix myself to be in the presence of God?


Most people think being righteous is doing good works for others but that’s the results of one who have been change by this gospel. This gospel have power to change individuals who believe and Paul was well aware of this.(Rom:1:16) That’s why he was very passionate about pushing this gospel to the ends of this earth. (Philippians 1) But to answer this question: you don’t do the fixing, God does. God’s power changes you from the inside out. Before we believed that Christ was our savior the best we could do is clean the outside of the cup. Which means we can stop acting on sin but our hearts still remain far from God. Even that’s not good enough for a holy and righteous God. OK, how do I know I have this power you talking about?

As Christians we should always examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) The first thing to ask yourself is: what is your attitude towards sin. I’m not asking do you sin but do you hate sin? Does it make your body cringe when you do it or do you make an excuse for sin. Once we have been saved our love for God grows tremendously and it hurts to sin against God because we know how much he sacrificed to get us.

To wrap this up, if there is one point I want to get over to you is that God still saves. Their has not been anyone who is too bad, good,dumb,smart, poor, rich, black, white, pretty, ugly to receive this grace that have been made available to you.
God bless

 

What can we learn from King Asa

In my study this morning reading 2 chronicles. I came across the story of king Asa, the son of Abijah. When I began to read the story I was thinking to myself. Wow! His heart was after God and not only that but he made sure everyone else was too.(2chr 15:13) Before then Israel was without the true God (v3) they had idols across all the land of Judah and Benjamin. Spirit of God came upon Azariah to prophesy to Asa and as soon as he heard the words he cleaned house(V8). He even move an idolatrous object from his mother Maacah (v16). God bless Asa and gave the Ethiopians into his hands and there was no more war until the thirty fifth year of the reign of Asa. King Asa obeyed and depended on God, he tremble at God’s word. We can all learn from his example to take the word of God serious and to trust God that he protect his children. Sometimes we attend to procrastinate in keeping God’s word like: making disciples, being diligent in our studies, loving others and etc. let us pray that God revamp our faith in him and bless us with a stronger passion than when we first came to Christ. Also we need to rest on God’s promises for us. “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:13‬. “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?””

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:6‬. We need to humble ourselves not to depend on man or ourselves but God and God alone. And this was the problem in the later days of King Asa. King of Israel went up and against Judah and built Ramah (16:1) and Asa seek help from Ben-hadad King of Syria instead of depending on God. At the end of his years as King Asa had a disease in his feet and did not seek the lord still but a physician(16:12). We can also learn from this example that God desires us to depend on him for help. Whatever we are going through we have to remember that we live by faith not by sight. God’s word is our reality not our fallen perception of life.
God bless!

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