WHY DID WE DO IT?

4 05 2019

Adam and Eve

ADAM

Can I tell you now why I took that fruit? No. I knew it was wrong. I knew that God said not to eat it. But yet, the deed was already done. Eve had done it. I could not believe she had gone against what God has said not to do. Why? Then she tells me that the serpent told her to do it. Really? You are going to believe an animal over God? Really? At first I was really upset with her. Then she tells me how good and juicy it was. That fruit really did look good. Well, maybe just a taste. Oh, how I wish I had not done that. Yes, the taste was good, but….. I felt so ashamed. I had never felt that before. I did not sense God anymore. The peace that was in the Garden was gone. Why did I do it?

Now we are banished from the Garden to never return. The ground is not as vibrant as it once was. The beauty that I used to behold is gone. I tried to go back to the Garden, but God had placed His guards there. No way to return. Oh, how I miss the Garden. I also miss walking with God every day.

Every time I look at Eve I get upset. Why did she do that? But I also didn’t have to take that fruit from her, so part of the blame comes to me. I am trying to forgive her. That is easier that forgiving myself.

Do we struggle with some sort of sin that separates us from God? Forgiveness is the key. May we all be known as forgivers.

Genesis 3:6
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

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WHY AM I HERE?

29 04 2019

Joseph in prison

Genesis 39:20-21 (NKJV)

20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

I have been reading and thinking – just how did Joseph feel about all of this? What was going through his mind? Let us go back and time and listen to him tell us about it.

In Joseph’s words: I am not sure why I ended up here in prison. Wondering what have I done wrong? How did I end up here? Life was so much easier and nicer at home. Why did my brothers hate me so much? Why did they want to get rid of me so bad? I still don’t have answers to those questions. But has been teaching me to lean on Him. No matter what, He has the ultimate authority. He knows what is going on. He has been my comfort here in this prison. I have been fortunate, the warden likes me. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Potiphar, my master, trusted me. I was good while in his household. I took care of most things. I was his Number 1. But his wife. Oh, his wife. She wanted me. I could see that right from the beginning. I did whatever I could so I was not around her – especially alone. But on that one day, she tricked me. She got rid of all the other servants in the house so it was just her and me. I couldn’t do what she wanted. So I ran off. I then find out she accused me of rape. Really? Wasn’t she the one who seduced me?
So now, here I am. I feel like everything I have done in my life has been wrong. But like I said, the warden likes me. He has put me in charge of some other prisoners. How will I ever get out? How?

Don’t we feel this way sometimes? I know I do. As if my whole life has been in shambles. But I also know that my God has been with me throughout. He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). He will never leave you or forsake you, either. Be blessed today.





WHERE IS THE LAMB?

27 04 2019

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Taken from Genesis 22

This is where Abraham is following God’s instructions to sacrifice Isaac upon the altar.

I would like us to focus on Isaac today. Can you imagine what he was thinking?

In Isaac’s words:

Father and I are going to do a sacrifice on a mountain. We have travelled so far, and finally we are here! I look around. I am carrying the wood, but where is the lamb? Where is the sacrifice? All Father said is that God would provide. Where? We are almost there. Something inside me is saying this is not good. Not good at all!
Here we are on top. That was a tiring journey up here. We have set the rocks for the altar. Then Father and I put the wood on top. I look around. Still no lamb. Father ties me up. No! Father! Don’t do this! And then he picks me up and puts me on the wood. Father!!!! He just says to trust in God. But Father! Yet, I see tears in his eyes. This is God. I didn’t do anything wrong. Then he covers my eyes. Trust. Isaac, trust God. Then we heard the angels say not to kill me. Oh, the relief! I can’t keep the smile off of my face. And there, just a little bit away, is a ram caught. The sacrifice that God provided.
Father said it was a test to see if he believed God totally. But I think it was a test for me, too. I had to trust God, too. I am so glad we were faithful.

May we be as Abraham and Isaac and be faithful.





HEADING TO CANAAN

25 04 2019

tereh

Genesis 11:31 (NKJV)
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.

Everyone seems to talk about Abram(ham) leaving his country to go to the land of Canaan. But I have never heard anyone speak of Tereh, his father. Was he called, also, to go to the land of Canaan? I believe so. But that’s just me. But he was headed to Canaan, too, but settled in Haran. What could have caused that? I really don’t know, but what gets to me is that he settled. He didn’t continue on to the plan.

What are we settling for? Has God called us to do something, but we are settling for something lesser? Are we settling to just be comfortable because the journey was too hard? These are some hard questions that even I am forced to answer. Let us not settle and go on with God.





GET OUT OF THE BOAT

23 04 2019

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The Teacher told us to go across the sea. He said , “Go to the other side and I will meet you there.” How will He get there? And now there’s a storm brewing. The waves…oh, the waves! They are so big! We’re going to drown. “Get the pails, guys! We need to get the water out of the boat!”

Wait… What is that on the water? It’s…it’s a GHOST!!!!! Oh, no!

“Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!”

It’s the Master!

“Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.”

And He said, “Come”. That’s it. Just come. Can I do it? Is it really possible – to walk on the water? If it’s really Jesus, I know I can.

So Peter steps out of the boat. The rest of the disciples are looking on with awe and fear. They just know that they just lost their mate. They try to stop him to no avail.

Peter keeps looking at Jesus and thinks…I’m walking on the water! Then a big wave slaps up against him. Oh no! Look at those waves? And then he begins to sink. “Raboni! Help!!!!” And then Jesus is right there grabbing Peter by the hand and helping him up.

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Then when they get back in the boat, the winds died down immediately. They all bow and worship Jesus. “Truly You are the Son of God!”

Are we keeping our eyes on Jesus or are we looking at the distractions around us? Let us be willing to ‘get out of the boat’ and keep our eyes on Jesus.

(Matthew 14)





PSALMS 37

16 02 2019

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Trust.  Delight.  Commit.  Three powerful words right here together.  And that represent what we must do.

We must trust our Lord explicitly.  He is our all in all. He will never fail us. He will never leave us.  He will always be there, no matter what we do.  I don’t know anyone else like that.

Delight in Him.  Be excited to be in His presence.  Want to do things for Him.

Commit to do whatever He wants us to do.  The benefits are all so much better if we do.

Life will be so much better if we lived by this Word.





ALWAYS IN GOD’S HANDS

26 11 2018

EDWARDS LG COVER

Jonathan Edwards is one of the most respected early American theologians. In Always in God’s Hands, Owen Strachan recovers the real Jonathan Edwards—the thinker, the compassionate father, the courageous reformer—as opposed to the caricature of him that is often presented. Edwards believed God was ever-present in each of our lives, caring and encouraging us in every moment. In a moving letter to his daughter, he reminds her of that comforting truth by describing her as “always in God’s hands.”

Through daily quotes from Edwards’s letters and sermons, this inspirational devotional reveals the soaring theology and comforting spirituality of one of history’s most faithful and gifted pastors. With each meditation, compiler Owen Strachan offers refreshing and relevant insights, encouraging you in your walk with God.

I was very impressed with this devotional, which I would label as “deep”.  Being a Christian for 40 years, there were times I needed to digest this.  There are many good nuggets in here.  What was also nice, was getting to know Jonathan Edwards.  I had heard about him, but never really took the time to get to know the man – his thoughts, his words of wisdom.  What he wrote has made me grow deeper in my relationship with Christ.  

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In addition to being a contributing writer for the Gospel Coalition, he has written for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, OnFaith, First Things, Christianity Today, The Federalist, and the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. Owen also regularly speaks to media outlets, including FOX News, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and the Eric Metaxas Show, and works as a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is married and is the father of three children.

Always in God’s Hands came out for sale November 20, 2018

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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