Friday, October 7, 2011

What Does God Want You to Do?

Judges 7:2

2The Lord said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her,

Simply put, God doesn't want to share His glory with anyone. Our God is a jealous God. When He does something, He wants everyone to know that it was by His hand and no other that a work was accomplished. Gideon was a man who preferred to be alone in his work. Gideon was not a trained fighter but God called him when the Israelites cried out after being oppressed by the Midianites. God chose Gideon because he wasn't a warrior. He was considered least likely to succeed. And though he was given a large army to fight with, the Lord said it couldn't be done that way. If there was a large army, then the credit would be given to the army and not God. God had Gideon reduce his army to only 300 men. God had given Gideon the privilege of hearing the interpretation of someone else's dream. It was meant for Gideon to hear so he could prepare for what the Lord had in store for him. In Gideon's case, it was victory. Have you seen a Gideon in your time? Are you the Gideon? Are you the one considered least likely to succeed? Or maybe you don't have great stature in the eyes of those around you but has God called you to do something great with His strength? If it is you, know that you are where you are because God wants to show everyone that He alone can do the impossible. No matter what it is and where you are, if God wants you to be there, he will make provision. God wanted the oppressed Israelites to overcome the Midianites because He heard their cry. What does God want you to do?

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Inevitable Pain

John 13:21
21After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me."

Even Jesus knew what it meant to be betrayed. For Jesus to be "troubled in his spirit" he was disturbed by the idea that one he shared with would seek to set him up. Jesus prayed, ate, taught and nurtured the disciples. Yes, he cared for them. One would have to care in order to have the patience Jesus had with them. Knowing the truth didn't mean it hurt any less. It meant that Jesus had to deal with the reality of what was coming. It was an inevitable pain. Jesus was innocent but was being condemned by those around him. And his enemy used someone close to him who was full of greed to get the job accomplished. Greed was the motivator for Judas, for the high priests, it was a matter of any means necessary. But every situation has a different motivator. But what does it mean to betray? Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines betray as:

1: to lead astray; especially : seduce
2: to deliver to an enemy by treachery
3: to fail or desert especially in time of need <betrayed his family>
4a : to reveal unintentionally <betray one's true feelings> b : show, indicate c : to disclose in violation of confidence <betray a secret>
intransitive verb
: to prove false

Judas delivered Jesus to an enemy and proved to be a false friend. Jesus spoke directly to his betrayer but those around him were not aware. They never figured Judas or any of them to be the one Jesus referred to. It was dismissed as something else. Jesus was hurt for just as he is divine, for a time He walked among us. For this is why Jesus knows exactly every pain we feel. He feels with us and grieves with us when we hurt.

Romans 8:28
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

And just like Jesus knew He would be betrayed, He knows what will happen with us as well. He understands and seeks to cover us. Just like God used it for good with his own begotten son, so He shall use it for those that love him. Let us turn our grief over to Him for indeed no one can love like Jesus loves because He knows what it means to feel unloved.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Isaiah 19:5
5The waters of the river will dry up and the riverbed will be parched and dry.

God gave to the prophet Isaiah a prophecy against Egypt. Egypt continued to worship idols. Just as during the plagues the Lord brought upon Egypt through Moses, so God was using another great prophet. The Nile River was and is the longest and main source of water for Egypt. Water is used for cleaning, quenching thirst, etc. Can you imagine such a natural resource drying up? God can do anything and so he can cause things to flow or stop. For the Egyptians that continued in their idol worship, God decided to dry up the source of water that affects every bit of life. We that live in countries where the natural resources are numerous often take water for granted because we have easy access to it. But if God dried up the water, what would we do? We can live without food longer than we can live without water. What represents the idols and what represents the water in our lives? If God wants them removed and we don't remove them, what will He dry up to  get our attention like the Egyptians? How many other areas of your life would that parched land affect? And all for disobedience. Is it worth it?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Swept or Power washed

Luke 11:25-26
25When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26Then it goes and takes several other spirits more wicked than itself and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.

Jesus had been accused of driving out evil spirits by the power of Satan. Jesus noted that Satan couldn't be divided against himself. But more importantly, Satan couldn't operate the way in which Jesus does. Any attempts to do so is also known as counterfeiting. Jesus noted to the crowd what happens when an attempt to imitate the power of God is made. Things are worse off than before. Such is anything in life. Finding a place swept clean is only on the surface. Reformation without transfer of power is only temporary. How so? Have you ever attempted to kick a serious habit and failed? What do you need to kick the habit? Ultimately one needs strength. You have to get that strength from somewhere. That place is from God. Once you agree that where you are is not good and you can't do it alone, God gives you the strength and the power you need to climb out of the pit. It's by His power that you can kick that nasty habit. It's only by His power that you can overcome such a stronghold.  But you have to know that you're even in one. Has your spiritual house been swept or has it been power washed?

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Discerning Heart

1Kings 3:9
9So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

How awesome is it to have a leader that seeks God? Isn't it wonderful to know that a leader such as the great King Solomon was humble enough to know he couldn't do it alone? King Solomon asked for a discerning heart. What does it mean to discern? Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary defines it as:

1a : to detect with the eyes <discerned a figure approaching through the fog> b : to detect with senses other than vision <discerned a strange odor>
2: to recognize or identify as separate and distinct : discriminate <discern right from wrong>
3: to come to know or recognize mentally discern his motives>
intransitive verb
: to see or understand the difference

To discern is to be able to separate right from wrong. God has given every man and woman the knowledge of right and wrong. However, there are to some, God has given a greater ability to see past what is said and what is done and to see the motive behind such. To see the spirit that is operating in a situation allows one to respond with wisdom. For it is this that King Solomon asked for. He wanted to be able to not only know right from wrong as common man but as a leader be able to see beyond what is said and done. God gave him such because he asked for it. Although discernment is a spiritual gifting, which God provides to whom He deems, we can also inquire of God and ask for it. Whatever we ask in His name and believe that He will give us, indeed He will. Like King Solomon, we can go to God. He will give us what we need. So if you are facing a situation that requires more than what you are currently equipped to handle like Solomon, ask God for a discerning heart. Let Him be your guide.

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