God Brings Laughter–Genesis 21 part 1

No one would have ever believed it. 90 year old Sarah having a baby boy. But, she did! He was the heir to the nation of Israel. Clearly God did it his way and in his timing. And this miraculous birth would later change the world.

We rarely are patient enough to allow God to do what he needs to in order to complete his plan. We try to rush things along and often slow down or prevent God’s best work in our lives.

The Bible reminds us again and again that his plan is worth the wait. So on this day, help me Lord to wait patiently upon you and your plan.

God Bless You

Genesis 21:3-7

Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.

When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”

And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Almost, But Not Quite–Genesis 11 Final

What do we know about Terah?  Oh, he was Abram’s Dad…The sad news is that he was the first man called to Canaan! He scooped up his little family and left Ur–on his way to Canaan.  But somewhere along the journey, he decided to stop in Harran.  Don’t get me wrong–Harran was a nice place, it just wasn’t where God was leading him and his family.  It was a convenient sidetrack that stopped his journey.

So many of God’s chosen take off on the journey the father calls them to and in the midst of it get sidetracked and rendered ineffective. Work, kids, illness, and a host of little foxes enter our lives and nip at us.  We then wake up at AARP + years and wonder where the time went and why did we lose our vision.  God says–its OK! Start a new vision today.  Read the word, pray continually and seek ways to serve.  You may have missed Canaan, but you do not have to miss God!!!

God Bless You

This is the account of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran

We All Need Someone–Genesis 2 Final

God quickly saw the need for fellowship in our lives.  As God created the animals and had the man name them, He saw that man needed a helper like everyone else.  He had hoped that fellowship with God would be sufficient, but saw quickly that man needed a person to love and to do life with.  WOW-MAN, (the loose translation) was everything that the man could have ever hoped or dreamed for!!! God knew what he was doing.  He made man a partner that would fill in all the gaps.

We, as husbands, often forget how amazing our wives really are.  God created them to come along side and complete us.  They sharpen us when we are blindly dull.  They make us presentable in public–when we would attack the world mismatched and stained.  They raise our kids, feed our faces, keep our family together and put the woman’s touch on our lives to make life bearable.  In exchange, we leave our clothes on the floor, our food on the table and our manners at the door.  What a fair exchange :(.  As husbands, we need to treat our wives with the love and devotion they deserve, but , never receive!

I love my wife–I am the most fortunate person on the planet; and, when I see that WOW-MAN he gave me–I really know how loving and great God is to give me such a treasure!!!

God Bless You

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man[c] to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[d] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”

24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

Execution and Preparation–Genesis 1 Continued

The beautiful artistry of God was not done randomly nor was it done as an end to itself.  Day four and five of creation revealed God’s purpose and preparation. He created the sun, moon and stars to be lights, to be placeholders and to mark important events like the seasons.  He then filled the earth with animals like fish in the sea and birds in the air, each population to be a part of the workings of his plan.  The joy of day six

It is amazing How God not only works his plan but delights in putting it together.  He does that in our lives as well.  He knows what is planned for us and has since the beginning.  He wants us to be prepared for the life he has set out for us.  He intends to spend an eternity with us and wants us to be ready to receive all that is in store.  He cares for our lives as much as he cared for the creation.  That is pretty amazing!

God Bless You 

Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

Who Can Win the Battle–1 John 5 Part 1

It is great to distinguish yourself.  One need only open You tube to find countless examples of people working to set themselves apart and establish their place in this world.  We are also called to be set apart. And God, being the father that he is simply wants us to be set apart from a world gone bad.  So How do we set ourselves apart?

In this passage we see three factors that make us unique. 1) Believing Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). 2) Loving God and Loving his kids.  3) Keeping his Commands–By faith.  It is mostly a matter of trust–trusting God to be God, trusting Christ to be the risen Savior and trusting God’s plan to be designed to make us like him and to prepare us for Eternity.  If we do that, we will be SET APART.

God Bless You

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Confession is Great for the Soul–1 John 1 final

I heard in a sermon a few weeks ago that no one simply drifts into a great life.  We were designed by God to be intentional and God Like.  That is why sin has had such a terrible impact upon us and upon the world as a whole.  The natural man defaults away from God and drifts toward a selfish and empty life.  Even with eternity in the balance, men choose to be separated from God naturally.

But God chose differently.  Through his spirit, we are drawn back to him.  In that, if we confess our sin–our natural desire to be Lord of our own life, and follow his lead and begin the personal relationship with him as Lord of our lives–our affirmative decision to surrender allows him to forgive us and restore our eternal life and journey with him.

While simple, it is by no means easy.  we have to choose each day to follow him and not run our own show.  But, when we choose that life–we have a Great Life Indeed!

God Bless You

This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Let It Go!!!–! Peter 2 Revisited

Frozen–a great Disney flick! The Part that grips us all is the scene where Elsa sings Let it Go.  She has lived a life in fear and finds that her worst fears are realized.  She runs away to the hills and in a moment of clarity drops all the baggage Continue reading “Let It Go!!!–! Peter 2 Revisited”

2 Samuel 16 part 2–Sticks and Stones

Sometimes God allows us to be treated poorly and to be wrongfully accused.  There is no apparent reason, and retaliation really does not help.  In those times, those we love are often feeling more emotion and desire to strike back than we are.  David’s men wanted to erase this angry critic of David.  But, David, the wise king knew the murder would serve no purpose other than to make a martyr of his enemy and a worse villain of David.

 

In his word, God says—“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay!”  We need not spend our time and energy trying to right our being wronged.  We need to humbly follow the path he has set and allow God to protect, provide and proceed as our redeemer and Fan.  He will show us approved.  We will be known as his chosen and we will be honored as his bride.  There is simply nothing the world can say or do that will usurp his authority or devotion in our lives.  Let them talk.  Let them rant and rave!  In the end we will be at his side honored as his own and loved as his children.

 God Bless You

Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”

10 But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.

2 Samuel 2–Seeking God’s Plan

Even leading Israel proved to be Difficult.  David’s relationship with Saul had divided the Kingdom. His own tribe, Judah were the 1st to recognize him as King.  The rest of the nation had not yet listened to God’s plan.  David, however was patient and sought the Lord.  He went where the Lord let him and was gracious in the memory of the former King that tried to kill him.  He drew no lines nor did he condemn the former king’s loyal men.  Instead, he mourned with the nation and praised the loyalty of his army.

When things do not g as planned in our lives, it is very easy to throw a fit or turn bitter. But we have to be patient, we have to listen to God’s direction and we need to be gracious and kind as it relates to those we encounter.  As we do that, in his time, God will honor us and bring to pass even greater things for us.  In addition, we will build friends and support that will last a lifetime.

It is never wrong to be patient, it is never wrong to be gracious and finally it is never wrong to seek God’s direction for our lives.  Help me Lord to follow David’s example in my life

God Bless You

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

When David heard that the men of Jabesh-gilead had buried Saul, he sent them this message: “May the Lord bless you for being so loyal to your master Saul and giving him a decent burial. May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with his unfailing love! And I, too, will reward you for what you have done. Now that Saul is dead, I ask you to be my strong and loyal subjects like the people of Judah, who have anointed me as their new king.”

David’s Reigns Begins–2 Samuel 1 part 1

We have no way of predicting God’s timing.  When we are called to complete his plan in our lives it may not come as the good news we might have hoped.  David was told by the Amalekite soldier he was free from Saul.  It would have been a relief except that it meant that many of his countrymen were killed.  David also knew that what lied ahead was no easy journey.  He had to reunite a nation and revive God’s people in their walk with God.  David did realize the import of the death of Saul and Jonathan, but also knew God was in control.

In our lives, when change hits we are tempted to react to it negatively or simply ignore it.  God offers his direction, peace and power to meet change and grow in it.  We must be ready to submit to his leadership and stay grounded in his word.  If we do, we will see his hand in our lives and feel his sprit directing us through the challenges associated with the change.  Help me, Lord to be sensitive to the change you dictate in your plan.

God Bless You

“What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”

The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

“How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him. When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

“He responded, ‘Who are you?’

“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

“Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”