Snuggling with the Father-Psalm 131

I took a break today from the Genesis story—As I sought the Lord in the Psalms, this message screamed out–yet again.  God wants his kids to be content.  Not haughty, not proud—simply in step with him.  We must surrender to the idea that HE will provide and HE will protect.  The idea of a child snuggled in its Momma’s arms—no worries or cares.  It is almost too much to understand or believe, but, God does have us safe in his arms and has  plans for our journey.  When we lose sight of his consistent faithfulness, we tend to want to run from him and take care of ourselves. The harder we work, the more obvious becomes the folly of our “Helping God out.”  We need to seek, follow and rest in him.  He then will provide, protect and propel us into the relationship we have always longed for.  Help me, Lord to snuggle into your safe and sustaining arms.

God Bless You

My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.

She’s still my Sister–Genesis 20

Abraham still was afraid his wife’s beauty would be his end.  She is my sister—He told the King.  The King took her as a wife AT AGE 90+.  Once again, God as a protector of his own, saved Abraham and Sarah.  The King initially was mad.  But, then if you think of it—He did take Sarah.  So God allowed him to make things right.  Abraham prayed for him and his kingdom and they were saved. 

When we follow God, it does not mean we will always be perfect.  We still sin.  But God looks at our faith and our hearts and when we submit and follow him, he will bless us and protect us.  He provides in so many ways we never understand.  I am sure Abraham was astonished when the King came with a repentant heart.  He would have never guessed that.  Often we face insurmountable odds in our lives and see God help bring us through without any help from us.  The Lord wants us to pull up stakes and follow.  He wants us to trust him to meet our needs and protect us.  When we do, we are blessed and we bless others around us.  Abraham should not have feared the King, but, Abraham certainly trusted the Lord and his faith was counted as righteousness.  Help me Lord, to have Abraham’s faith

God Bless You

20 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister. ” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. 3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” 4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister, ’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands. ” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”

Covenants–Genesis 17 Part 2

God will always be clear on his covenant.  God wants to bless us.  He does demand, however that we engage in the covenant as well.  God does not make temporary covenants—his are forever.  That is a blessing because as we attack life, we tend to slip away from our commitments to him and forget our promises.  Praise God that he always keeps his word.  But, he expects us as his chosen to keep our word as well.  With Israel the sign of the covenant was circumcision.  It was a clear way to remember that Israel was to be set apart.  In our day, we surrender our hearts and follow him. 

There is a blessing unmatched as a chosen child of God.  Our commitment carries us now and through eternity.  We must follow God and believe he is Lord—not merely Savior. God will keep his word—Please Lord, help me keep mine.

God Bless You

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”

Slight Change in Plans Genesis 16 part 2

When we attempt to assist God in the execution of his plan, we often make a mess out of what was clear, concise and beautiful.  Abram fathered Ishmael, the beginning of the lineage of the Arab nation.  Even at conception, God told Hagaar that her son and his lineage would always be in contention with those around him.  Had Abram waited on God, the face of the Middle East would look amazingly different.  The greatest news is that despite Abram’s help, God continued to work his plan in the life of Abram and his family.  He still works that way today.

When life seems insurmountable and we attempt to assist God in completing his plan, we too can make a mess of things.  The enemy then laughs and attempts to deceive us and tell us we are done, over and finished.  Then God steps in, and as any father, he scoops us up and reminds us he is with us.  While we have changed the dynamic, he reminds us through his word and prayer that his plan will be completed in our lives.  If we trust him, it will be an amazing journey, otherwise it could be extremely difficult. As in all things, our willingness to submit to his leadership will allow him to free us from the sin and entanglements that try to overcome us.  Help me Lord, to submit to your leadership and accept the plan you have for me.

God Bless You

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers. ”

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me, ” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

God’s Call- Genesis 12 part 1

God’s call is usually clear and simple.  When we follow his lead, he lays out a path and a mission that are not confusing or buried in a pile of reasons and excuses.  We simply are told to Go and do.  His calling rarely includes a why… but it always includes a promise.  Abram was told to go and God would bless him, his family, those that blessed him and ultimately the world.  God kept his word.

In our lives, he calls us to seek him and follow him.  He promises that if we do, he will give us a full and meaningful life here and eternal life with him in heaven.  He does not provide many why’s in our circumstances, but he does provide the promise that he will be with us, provide for us and build into us the things we need to be complete in him.

Help me, Lord to be willing to follow wherever you lead.

God BlessYou

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. ”

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

 

Paul, the Mentor

Paul was an amazing author and mentor.  He contributed so much to the early church.  Our understanding of fellowship with our Lord are due largely to his discipleship of the early church.  Paul wanted his disciples to understand that they were provided with everything necessary to humbly walk in fellowship with God and to be free from the world and sin’s hold on their lives.  

Nearly 2000 years later, God still provides the necessary gifts to allow us to walk in freedom and victory.  His spirit will give us the direction, comfort and strength to meet every challenge set before us.  We simply need to trust he is God and we are not.  Thanks Lord for your provision and grace.  Please allow me to walk humbly in it.

 God Bless You

1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Sosthenes.

2 I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

4 I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. 5 Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. 6 This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. 7 Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 9 God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.