Whose Are You?

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Reigning Rainbows Devotional  (Matt. 13:16) – 19 of 52

Song picks of the week: https://youtu.be/lALLVmpHKL4  “For the Love of My King” by Laura Story

https://youtu.be/Y1ymenyfDjs “Chosen” by Sidewalk Prophets 

https://youtu.be/GgBB863p2vw “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong

A “rainbow” painted just for you: Whose Are You? As Saul watched David go out to fight the Philistine, he asked Abner, the commander of his army, “Abner, whose son is this young man?” 1 Samuel 17:55 (NLT)

You know you come from a big family when you continue to have to flip the circuit breaker because you have too many electric toothbrushes plugged in to one power strip! Let me take that back… you know you come from a big family when you need a power strip for your toothbrushes!! What is it that reminds you of where you come from, where do you get your definition?

Sometimes certain things make us wonder about where they came from, such it was for Saul when he watched the small young boy, David, march fearlessly out to fight the giant no grown man was willing to face! Notice in 1 Sam. 17:55 Saul’s question isn’t, “Who are you?” but, “Whose son is this young man?” 

Do I live in such a manner that people see a strength of character, a kind of integrity that goes beyond human ability that leaves them asking, “Whose daughter are you?!” 

  1 Sam. 17:57 states that as soon as David returned from killing Goliath he was brought to Saul. Saul in verse 58 states, “Tell me about your father young man” and David’s response is right to the point, “His name is Jesse, and we live in Bethlehem.” 

If someone said to me, “Tell me about your Father young lady.” How boldly would I answer, “His name is Jesus, and He lives within me. I’m a daughter of The King”

Psalm 107:2 (NLT) states, Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. – Might we pray for one another in Christ, to truly know in the depths of all our parts Whose child we are, Whose family we belong to. Then when others notice a different glow about us that we would be able to speak out with boldness and declare His praises for the love of our King! 

 

Build A Rainbow Bridge: (Deut. 6:6-9)

MEMORIZE: 1 Samuel 17:55 with someone

PRAY/READ: Psalm 107 with someone this week

DISCUSS: How do you KNOW you are a child of The King? How have you seen Him show His love for you? How have you been a vessel bringing His love to another? How have you made your Father known?

ACT: Challenge: Ask God to show you someone this week that needs to be reminded they are a child of The King and then take the means He provides to carry out such encouragement in the way He shows you.

 

“Rainbows” Remembered Never Fade: (Deut. 4:9) How you’ve observed God’s faithfulness this week. 

*Read 1 John 4:16 & record MONDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 4:18 & record TUESDAY’s “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read Jeremiah 31:3 & record WEDNESDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read John 3:16 & record THURSDAY’S “rainbow”:_______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 3:1 & record FRIDAY’s “rainbow”:______________________________________________________________________________

*Read 1 John 3:16 & record SATURDAY’S “rainbow”: __________________________________________________________________________________________

*SUNDAY… what “rainbow” have you painted for God this week? How have you lived Lk. 10:27?

 

Record a prayer. Date: ___/___/___ 

Bring me to normal!

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Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” Romans 11:33-34

If there is one phrase that seems to be echoing through our hearts these days it seems to be, “Bring me back to normal!!!” But if we really thought about this a moment… isn’t it fear that makes us crave the familiar… even if the familiar was killing us?! I think that’s just part of the human condition actually, I mean way back in Exodus we see the same thing occurring!

Exodus 14 depicts a time the Israelites were freed by God Almighty to go to the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey yet between verses 10-12 they are struck with fear, fear of the enemy, the unfamiliar and they crave to go back! Back to Egypt where there were plenty of what…GRAVES (vs. 11) and they could be… SLAVES (vs. 12) because you know that would be just WONDERFUL and make everything better right?!?!???

Normal is only normal because it’s what’s known, for 400 years the Isralelites thought slavery was “normal”!  Faith looks FORWARD (Hebrews 11)! Maybe God through this time of unfamiliar territory is moving us forward to a new and better normal?!! Ex. 14:13-14 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today…(14) The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

Who can know the mind of the Lord? Who can counsel The Wonderful Counselor (Is.9:6)?! Our God is a GOOD God. Praying He be my ability to stop clinging and craving in fear the old familiar “normal” but rather in faith move fearlessly forward trusting that all I hold dear is in a Hand that IS NOT SHAKING and is able to bring into a BETTER BALANCE what may now seem to be bouncing.

Jesus died on a Friday, it seemed the ball hit the ground, but then there was the bounce all Saturday and the crowd held their breath… then came Sunday! It was all net! He just went and rose again victorious once and for all time!! We are no longer slaves to the grave! We can ride this wild ride forward in victory dear one, we can in Jesus!!

You can’t make a basket… you can’t score the point… if you don’t first toss the basketball in the air! Dear Jesus give us the strength to trust You enough to follow You forward in faith to a new and better “normal”. You are good all the time, all the time You are good

Independent Read: Hebrews 11, Romans 12:1-2, Isaiah 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:11-14. 1 Cor. 15:55-57

 

Frozen What?!!

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In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17

It’s just not about whether your glass is half full or half empty its that in Jesus your glass is refillable! His precious promises are faithfully available to refill our glass and re-frame our perspective at all times… like for me this morning.

Over my warm cup of coffee from my kitchen table I happened to be gazing out onto my snow covered backyard which is actually more like a frozen solid tundra. Embedded into this frozen white landscape in stark contrast is black rabbit and dog excrement! Yes and as you know rabbits never travel alone and my dog could very well be mistaken for Ferdinand the bull… I’ll let your imagination paint the picture now of just what exactly my backyard looks like and it is no Thomas Kinkade.

This could be seen as an eye sore (glass half or totally empty situation) but the more I pondered it the stronger His promise poured into my heart! My God is a God who has a time for everything under the sun (Ecc. 3). He changes the seasons and that always reminds me He is always moving (John 5:17).

My backyard will eventually thaw and when it does it will be the most fertilized yard in the neighborhood AND it won’t even cost me a dime!!

What excrement (so to speak) seems to be frozen in your backyard? What seems impossible, unmovable and unchangeable in your life?

Jesus is a God that makes possible the impossible (Matt. 19:26). He is always on the move and those that wait on the Lord and His perfect timing will be blessed (Isaiah 30:18). Like my backyard, what seems awful now, in time will be the biggest blessing!

Dear one, Jesus loves you, He sees, He’s moving, trust His process and His faithful promise will refill your cup.

God bless you muchly~

Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:7

 

Be The Star

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The wise men could have been too distracted, side tracked… I mean after all, Matthew 2:9 (NLT) states, After this interview the wise men went their way… These guys had just had an interview with the big wig King Herod!

Now, can any of us relate to being a bit distracted or side tracked during the Christmas season!? Whether it’s some big interview or just trying to make sure everything on your list has a tidy little check mark next to it, I think it’s safe to say the enemy doesn’t have to take us out of the “game” to make us ineffective for the Kingdom… he just needs to distract us!

I love that the wise men were NOT distracted by the interview with the big guy Herod. No, they were able to keep their heads in the game! But how?!?!

Matt. 2:9 And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. So they must have had their eyes focused UP and not looking around for the next best thing!

Can you just imagine now-a-days if the wise men had gotten too caught up in the comparison rat race only to find that all that time taking selfies with ol’ King Herod just cost them their greatest “post” of all time… there would be no wise men listed in God’s Word!!

How sad that would have been when these Magi were most likely a legacy of the Jews transported to Babylon years before. They knew Daniel 9:25… Who and when to look for Jesus. They did not know exactly where to look, as that is what they were asking of Herod. (Matt. 2:2)

God is faithful and always provides for His purpose so the star He placed in the sky was available to lead them in what He knew they did not know! God is just so good! Let’s not waste His purpose for our life building our own picture of how we think our life should go.

2:9-11 This star then, It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

The Lord was faithful and they trusted Him one step at a time. They could not see the destination but they saw Him on their path and that was enough. Is it enough for you?

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

The star is what God used to get those wise men’s attention during that busy season.  Maybe He wants to use YOU as a “star” in the life of someone else. Maybe God wants to use YOU like He did the star so that someone else can be led to Him.

Exodus 35:26 states, All the women who were willing used their skills… Now this is in reference to building the Tabernacle but it hits home in my heart because it doesn’t say, all the exceptionally talented women… no, it says all who were WILLING used their skills!

You and I have been given skills to use for His glory. What stirs your heart? What ability do you have that you could use to show someone Jesus… do you have a smile to share, a voice to say “hello”? How can you use what God has stirred in your heart to notice someone else for Him? Like the star, who’s attention can you grab for Him? Are you willing?

What happened when the wise men saw the star? (Hint: verse 10) They were filled with JOY! Don’t miss your greatest “post” of all time, USE your God given skill so others will notice and see that El Roi, the God who sees, notices THEM, loves THEM so much He gave His life for theirs and rose again! (John 3:!6). Now that’s true joy. Are you willing to bring it?

He made you to shine.

Be the star.

Independent Read: Matthew 5:16

Chance The Gap

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I was sent a picture of a saying on a t-shirt that went like this…

“I want to be a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for a while. Wake up beautiful.”

Did that make you smile like it did me? Well what made me smile even more is that in Jesus we already ARE like the caterpillar!!

We CAN, “eat a lot”!

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; Ezekiel sure did! Ez. 3:3 states, Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. And what did he get to do next once he ingested the Word of God (which is available to us today)!!? 3:4 tells us!! He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. Good to know that when we have eaten a lot of His Word we then have something worth sharing! Something that will not return empty (Is. 55:11)!!

We CAN, “sleep a lot”!

We CAN because He doesn’t! Psalm 121:3 He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. 

We CAN, “wake up beautiful”!

Ecc. 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

A caterpillar is not worried, it enjoys the journey. I know because if operated in fear no cocoons would ever be attempted. They have to trust and rely only on God Himself to equip and lead them in that endeavor. And they can’t give up in the waiting period, they must sleep and get rest… or the something beautiful won’t emerge! Can you imagine a world without butterflies?!?!?!? OR can you imagine a world where butterflies just walked around and never risked using the wings God gave them?!?!?! How silly, how sad!

Their beauty (EVERY SINGLE ONE) carries a message of hope. YOU too dear one in Jesus have a message of hope to bring for Him into the world. Don’t be afraid, don’t give up, let Him, trust Him, to lead you. (Psalm 16:7-8)

Do you see in that picture above the cross shape that is created as the caterpillar braves crossing the gap in the sidewalk?! I do, and it reminded me that right there in the word caTerpillar is also a cross shape in the letter “T”!! Because of the cross we can trust Him to faithfully finish what He has started (Philippians 1:6) even when it’s hard. We can chance the gap safely because He’s already crossed it for us through His death and resurrection!

So… feast on His Word daily, abide in His mighty hand and trust that the King of kings, the ultimate prince charming, the victorious One, WILL wake you up beautiful in His eternal unshakable kingdom – do not give up – within you is His message of hope!

Chance the gap – you can – because He did.

Independent Read: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

Never Fade

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Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

Suggested reading before reading: Exodus 4-5 (NLT)

Exodus 4 starts out with Moses posing a couple “what if..” questions. Been there for sure! Knee deep (who am I kidding) neck deep in “what if…” worry; anyone else been there too?! Come on, even for a short visit of hyperventilating panic?!

I think it’s safe to say Moses was visiting this place, right here in Ex. 4. God however is never in that state of mind but He will visit that place just to pull us out of it. Amen! That’s just what we see Him do with Moses as He combats his list of worried “What if’s…” with “What IS…”

Good golly sometimes the quickest way out of the worried quicksand of “what if…” is to stand on what IS! And you may say, “but that is just it, I’m worried about what is!!” So look at what Moses does with what is…

God asked Moses what IS in your hand (vs. 2)?  And Moses responds, a shepherd’s staff. But you know what it’s called by verse 20?! In his hand he carried the staff of God. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, if I place what IS, in God’s hand, He can transform my perspective of the whole thing and see it not just as a “shepherds staff” but the “staff of God”!

Verse 17 God instructs Moses to “use it” as “I have shown you.” verse 21 “as “I have empowered you to do.”

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 2 Cor. 5:5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has give us his Holy Spirit. 

Romans 8:11 says that Spirit is the one that raised Jesus Christ from the dead!! Talk about power! And in case we have any doubt He clarifies it in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

John 15:5 states, apart from Him we can do nothing! Zech. 4:6 …Not by might not by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty.

So who needs to go back to what IS and wrap it in His Truth and trust Him to be I AM over it? Who needs a perspective change to see what IS in your hand is something of great value and worth and was given to you to steward for His mighty purpose? Will we choose to use it? Will we take time with Him to let Him show us how?

Maybe these are not easy questions but as you know Christmas trees are everywhere this time of year and maybe they can help us with this…

Evergreens do not fade they are EVER green and keep their leaves even when other trees will loose theirs in winter or dry seasons. Tempting isn’t it, to fade in the “winter and dry” seasons of life.

It is due to the shape of the evergreen needle that allows it to store up more water than other trees and thus is able to thrive when others will die. (Just think of all that wasted time if an evergreen sat around wondering “what IF” it could just be a beautiful maple until they saw a maples leaves shrivel up and die?! Maybe we should just start enjoying “what IS”!)

How does the evergreen reinforce their survival you ask?! Well… the evergreen needle litter has a higher carbon-nitrogen ratio which increases the soil’s acidity and lowers the nitrogen content. Sooo this enables conditions that favor the growth of MORE evergreens and the shelter of the existing evergreens then make it easier for the younger ones to survive in the winter and dry seasons as they establish their roots and grow up!

My take away…

While everyone is giving gifts around the evergreen Christmas tree I’ll remember John 4:10 “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked  him and he would have give you living water.”  

The gift of LIVING WATER found in His Word is what I need to be drinking from constantly so that I have a storage in my “needles”, my heart, for the wintry dry seasons of life of which the Holy Spirit can bring back to my mind. Bring back what IS His Truth at the time I need it (John 14:26) in order to remain ever green and thrive in any season!

I’ll remember an evergreen is not ever green only for itself… it is a shelter for those under it. Filled with His living water and firmly rooted in what IS I can let go of what IF and encourage those around and under me to grow into His purpose for them too! I can take courage to seize opportunity to share with others the everlasting joy found in His living water that no “what IF…” of this world can shake!

I’ll remember to pray that when my life is gone and my “needles drop”, the soil, the legacy of faith left behind will be fertile ground for “saplings” still to come to sink their roots into and not let His glory fade but to grow and glow brightly in faith!

Live evergreen without fear or fade dear one! What IS His glory is just too bright!

Allow Him to shine His glory, the hope you have in Jesus, into the world through what IS right now, YOU!

And never fade.

Independent Read: Hebrews 12:2, John 3:16

kNOw God, kNOw love

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…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15

Love. Isn’t that what we all long for? To be accepted, valued, included, secure… What if I said, we all have it… but the real question is if we’ll choose it.

Joseph could have lashed out at the lack of love he felt from his family but in Genesis 50:19 he responds, Am I God, that I can punish you? and he even goes a step further in saying, I will continue to take care of you… AND he reassures his family by, speaking kindly to them... (vs. 21).

WHAT?! I tell ya what, that is not the worlds way is it! The world is quick to validate a wrong for a wrong. But Joseph, Joseph displayed a higher source of strength within. A source others took notice of. Genesis 41:37 states, Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?

In Exodus 1 when the Hebrew midwives are ordered by Pharaoh to kill all the baby boys, verse 17 states, But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the kings orders.

“Feared God…” hmmm and what does Proverbs 9:10 say that stirs up? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If I want to choose well, good golly I could use a fresh stirring up of a reverent Holy Fear of our God, daily!

Joseph in holy fear of his God was given good judgement in his situation.

Romans 12:19 (NIV) Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Proverbs 21:23 (MSG) Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

The midwives in Exodus, like Joseph, were blessed by God through their choice to be obedient to Him in the scary, in the unexplainable, in the hurt… they chose to let God rule their hearts and minds, to rest in trust and faith over striving for control in turbulent frustration (Ex. 1:21, Gen. 41:41).

Deuteronomy 28 is a refreshing read as it clearly lists the incredible benefits for trusting and obeying God alongside the curses for disobedience. Just like driving, the lines on the road give us clear expectations for right driving. They are for us to follow in order to keep ourselves and everyone around us on the road safe. If we choose to ignore them… well, it is not going to be pretty is it, talk about some turbulent frustration to say the least!!!

Deut. 28:47 clearly states the choice is ours to make, If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies…

Deut. 28:38 tells me disobedience leads to me working hard but gaining little…for locusts will eat your crops.

But amazing, amazing grace is what set’s belief in Jesus as our personal God and Savior apart from anything else!! Because even though we make mistakes, and sometimes even make ridiculous choices like ignoring “road lines” and end up with locusts eating up all our crops, so to speak… We have Joel 2:25-27!!!! Verse 25 states, The LORD says, I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts… Talk about AMAZING GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE!!!

Romans 6 also holds incredible hope for all who would turn from living for self and live for Jesus! But again God leaves that choice to us, He will not force any of us to choose Him.

Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (vs. 23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Yes, that said FREE GIFT!! Does that not hit home especially around the time everyone is trying to give gifts that so often put us in debt?! Jesus offers eternal life… for FREE, we must only choose to believe in His death on the cross in our place, for our sin, for all our ridiculous choices, in order to be made new and receive eternal life with Him! For Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death for us!

There is no greater love than His. Will you choose to accept it today? Maybe you have… then will we choose to give it away like Joseph did… like Jesus does? Freely.

…Freely you have received; freely give. Matt. 10:8

Independent Read: 1 John 4:7-8 (kNOw God, kNOw love)

kNOw God, kNOw love

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…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15

Love. Isn’t that what we all long for? To be accepted, valued, included, secure… What if I said, we all have it… but the real question is if we’ll choose it. 

Joseph could have lashed out at the lack of love he felt from his family but in Genesis 50:19 he responds, Am I God, that I can punish you? and he even goes a step further in saying, I will continue to take care of you… AND he reassures his family by, speaking kindly to them... (vs. 21).

WHAT?! I tell ya what, that is not the worlds way is it! The world is quick to validate a wrong for a wrong. But Joseph, Joseph displayed a higher source of strength within. A source others took notice of. Genesis 41:37 states, Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?

In Exodus 1 when the Hebrew midwives are ordered by Pharaoh to kill all the baby boys, verse 17 states, But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the kings orders.

“Feared God…” hmmm and what does Proverbs 9:10 say that stirs up? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If I want to choose well, good golly I could use a fresh stirring up of a reverent Holy Fear of our God, daily! 

Joseph in holy fear of his God was given good judgement in his situation. 

Romans 12:19 (NIV) Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Proverbs 21:23 (MSG) Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

The midwives in Exodus, like Joseph, were blessed by God through their choice to be obedient to Him in the scary, in the unexplainable, in the hurt… they chose to let God rule their hearts and minds, to rest in trust and faith over striving for control in turbulent frustration (Ex. 1:21, Gen. 41:41). 

Deuteronomy 28 is a refreshing read as it clearly lists the incredible benefits for trusting and obeying God alongside the curses for disobedience. Just like driving, the lines on the road give us clear expectations for right driving. They are for us to follow in order to keep ourselves and everyone around us on the road safe. If we choose to ignore them… well, it is not going to be pretty is it, talk about some turbulent frustration to say the least!!! 

Deut. 28:47 clearly states the choice is ours to make, If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies…

Deut. 28:38 tells me disobedience leads to me working hard but gaining little…for locusts will eat your crops.

But amazing, amazing grace is what set’s belief in Jesus as our personal God and Savior apart from anything else!! Because even though we make mistakes, and sometimes even make ridiculous choices like ignoring “road lines” and end up with locusts eating up all our crops, so to speak… We have Joel 2:25-27!!!! Verse 25 states, The LORD says, I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts… Talk about AMAZING GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE!!!

Romans 6 also holds incredible hope for all who would turn from living for self and live for Jesus! But again God leaves that choice to us, He will not force any of us to choose Him.

Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (vs. 23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Yes, that said FREE GIFT!! Does that not hit home especially around the time everyone is trying to give gifts that so often put us in debt?! Jesus offers eternal life… for FREE, we must only choose to believe in His death on the cross in our place, for our sin, for all our ridiculous choices, in order to be made new and receive eternal life with Him! For Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death for us! 

There is no greater love than His. Will you choose to accept it today? Maybe you have… then will we choose to give it away like Joseph did… like Jesus does? Freely.

…Freely you have received; freely give. Matt. 10:8

Independent Read: 1 John 4:7-8 (kNOw God, kNOw love)

 

 

kNOw God, kNOw love

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…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15

Love. Isn’t that what we all long for? To be accepted, valued, included, secure… What if I said, we all have it… but the real question is if we’ll choose it. 

Joseph could have lashed out at the lack of love he felt from his family but in Genesis 50:19 he responds, Am I God, that I can punish you? and he even goes a step further in saying, I will continue to take care of you… AND he reassures his family by, speaking kindly to them... (vs. 21).

WHAT?! I tell ya what, that is not the worlds way is it! The world is quick to validate a wrong for a wrong. But Joseph, Joseph displayed a higher source of strength within. A source others took notice of. Genesis 41:37 states, Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?

In Exodus 1 when the Hebrew midwives are ordered by Pharaoh to kill all the baby boys, verse 17 states, But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the kings orders.

“Feared God…” hmmm and what does Proverbs 9:10 say that stirs up? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If I want to choose well, good golly I could use a fresh stirring up of a reverent Holy Fear of our God, daily! 

Joseph in holy fear of his God was given good judgement in his situation. 

Romans 12:19 (NIV) Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Proverbs 21:23 (MSG) Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

The midwives in Exodus, like Joseph, were blessed by God through their choice to be obedient to Him in the scary, in the unexplainable, in the hurt… they chose to let God rule their hearts and minds, to rest in trust and faith over striving for control in turbulent frustration (Ex. 1:21, Gen. 41:41). 

Deuteronomy 28 is a refreshing read as it clearly lists the incredible benefits for trusting and obeying God alongside the curses for disobedience. Just like driving, the lines on the road give us clear expectations for right driving. They are for us to follow in order to keep ourselves and everyone around us on the road safe. If we choose to ignore them… well, it is not going to be pretty is it, talk about some turbulent frustration to say the least!!! 

Deut. 28:47 clearly states the choice is ours to make, If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies…

Deut. 28:38 tells me disobedience leads to me working hard but gaining little…for locusts will eat your crops.

But amazing, amazing grace is what set’s belief in Jesus as our personal God and Savior apart from anything else!! Because even though we make mistakes, and sometimes even make ridiculous choices like ignoring “road lines” and end up with locusts eating up all our crops, so to speak… We have Joel 2:25-27!!!! Verse 25 states, The LORD says, I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts… Talk about AMAZING GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE!!!

Romans 6 also holds incredible hope for all who would turn from living for self and live for Jesus! But again God leaves that choice to us, He will not force any of us to choose Him.

Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (vs. 23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Yes, that said FREE GIFT!! Does that not hit home especially around the time everyone is trying to give gifts that so often put us in debt?! Jesus offers eternal life… for FREE, we must only choose to believe in His death on the cross in our place, for our sin, for all our ridiculous choices, in order to be made new and receive eternal life with Him! For Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death for us! 

There is no greater love than His. Will you choose to accept it today? Maybe you have… then will we choose to give it away like Joseph did… like Jesus does? Freely.

…Freely you have received; freely give. Matt. 10:8

Independent Read: 1 John 4:7-8 (kNOw God, kNOw love)

 

 

kNOw God, kNOw Love

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…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15

Love. Isn’t that what we all long for? To be accepted, valued, included, secure… What if I said, we all have it… but the real question is if we’ll choose it.

Joseph could have lashed out at the lack of love he felt from his family but in Genesis 50:19 he responds, Am I God, that I can punish you? and he even goes a step further in saying, I will continue to take care of you… AND he reassures his family by, speaking kindly to them... (vs. 21).

WHAT?! I tell ya what, that is not the worlds way is it! The world is quick to validate a wrong for a wrong. But Joseph, Joseph displayed a higher source of strength within. A source others took notice of. Genesis 41:37 states, Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?

In Exodus 1 when the Hebrew midwives are ordered by Pharaoh to kill all the baby boys, verse 17 states, But because the midwives feared God, they refused to obey the kings orders.

“Feared God…” hmmm and what does Proverbs 9:10 say that stirs up? The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If I want to choose well, good golly I could use a fresh stirring up of a reverent Holy Fear of our God, daily!

Joseph in holy fear of his God was given good judgement in his situation.

Romans 12:19 (NIV) Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Proverbs 21:23 (MSG) Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

The midwives in Exodus, like Joseph, were blessed by God through their choice to be obedient to Him in the scary, in the unexplainable, in the hurt… they chose to let God rule their hearts and minds, to rest in trust and faith over striving for control in turbulent frustration (Ex. 1:21, Gen. 41:41).

Deuteronomy 28 is a refreshing read as it clearly lists the incredible benefits for trusting and obeying God alongside the curses for disobedience. Just like driving, the lines on the road give us clear expectations for right driving. They are for us to follow in order to keep ourselves and everyone around us on the road safe. If we choose to ignore them… well, it is not going to be pretty is it, talk about some turbulent frustration to say the least!!!

Deut. 28:47 clearly states the choice is ours to make, If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies…

Deut. 28:38 tells me disobedience leads to me working hard but gaining little…for locusts will eat your crops.

But amazing, amazing grace is what set’s belief in Jesus as our personal God and Savior apart from anything else!! Because even though we make mistakes, and sometimes even make ridiculous choices like ignoring “road lines” and end up with locusts eating up all our crops, so to speak… We have Joel 2:25-27!!!! Verse 25 states, The LORD says, I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts… Talk about AMAZING GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE!!!

Romans 6 also holds incredible hope for all who would turn from living for self and live for Jesus! But again God leaves that choice to us, He will not force any of us to choose Him.

Romans 6:16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (vs. 23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Yes, that said FREE GIFT!! Does that not hit home especially around the time everyone is trying to give gifts that so often put us in debt?! Jesus offers eternal life… for FREE, we must only choose to believe in His death on the cross in our place, for our sin, for all our ridiculous choices, in order to be made new and receive eternal life with Him! For Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death for us!

There is no greater love than His. Will you choose to accept it today? Maybe you have… then will we choose to give it away like Joseph did… like Jesus does? Freely.

…Freely you have received; freely give. Matt. 10:8

Independent Read: 1 John 4:7-8 (kNOw God, kNOw love)