I just began a new study titled, “Survey of the Bible Part 1 (Old Testament)” through the Blue Letter Bible Institute online, covering the books of Genesis through Song of Solomon. When diving into the second chapter, “Exodus: Design for Deliverance”, there were several truths that came to my heart and resonated with me that I felt led to share. May they bless your heart and mind as they have me tonight.
One: God has an amazing sense of humor and he orchestrates all events into His plan, even when I don’t see it!!
Two: God never holds us guilty for feeling inadequate when he asks us to do something. In fact, knowing that we are human, he expects it. However, he does get angry with us when we challenge his strength and ability to use us as instrumental tools to build his kingdom. When Moses told God he was inadequate to deliver the people from Egypt, God recognized that and reassured Moses that he would be his tongue and speak through him. But when Moses told God he needed to get somebody else, even after God had promised to be his tongue and speak through him, God was angry that Moses did not fully trust in what He promised.
Three: “Decision brings the power of God to bear on our lives and sets us free from the guilt of the past and we can rejoice in that…But there is also the experience of passing through the Red Sea, that call to move forward, and cut off your ties with the world, and take steps that will allow the river of God’s judgment to flow between you and the ways of the world. When you take that step, you move out into that place where God dwells within you.”
Four: Our walk with God requires movement, action on our part. We cannot just sit and expect Him to do great things in our lives, we have to actively seek and trust in Him and actively live in obedience and love.
Five: The church was never meant to be a building where God is confined. Rather, the church of the Old Testament was a shadow of the house of God made alive in each of our hearts. 1 Cor. 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? With the new covenant of Christ, we have become the church…mobile, active, shared, connected. Church is beautiful when in a building, but even more spectacular when it comes alive through His people in the day to day routine of life.
May the Word of God come alive through you and may you be His hands and feet in a lost and dying world, a beacon of His hope in the darkness.
All my Love❤
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~ Philippians 4:8
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
May your thoughts be centered on Christ, focused on the Heavenly realms and beautifully grounded in God’s peace. Let not the winds carry your thoughts away with it, but instead, take each thought captive and relinquish them into the hands of God. Surely, He designed us to think freely….oh, what a gift to be treasured. Funny, that as I enter a new journey in my life, it is my thoughts that run away with me! Lo, and behold, today’s devotion for me was about letting God control my mind! Alas, I love when He speaks and I pray that you also hear His still, small voice reminding you that he is with you in the storms, trials, and temptations of life. It is His peace that comes when your thoughts are focused on the things above.
All my love❤
When life seems to be knocking you down and you feel stripped of all you hold dear and near, remember that God remains with you through it all. In time, God will bring justice, peace, and blessings overflowing. Be blessed in his love daily, resting in the knowledge that with God, you have hope for the future, despite the storms of the present.
All my love❤
You intended to harm me,
but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done,
the saving of many lives.
~ Genesis 50:20
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
~ Jeremiah 29:11
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
~ Isaiah 40:29-31
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
~ Galatians 6:9-10
Life can be tiring
Draining and void of energy
May you not give up
Do good while you have the opportunity
Appreciation is not your reward
For that is only temporary
Thanks and good gestures
That last but for a moment
Eternal reward is what you seek
Your heart’s deepest desire
Hold tight the God’s strength
Run the race
But do not tire
Though life takes more than you can give
Enjoy every chance to live
Find rest in the shadow of His wings
Live in love and grace
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.
~ Isaiah 26:3-4
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7
In times where your mind wanders and you feel your thoughts drifting to negativity or areas of darkness and fear, bring them captive to the Lord. Bring them into His presence, surrendering them, and letting God bring you back to His light and peace. Yes, this is a hard process, but the more frequently you do it, the easier it becomes. When you give it all to God, He promises to bring you peace and comfort, to lead you in the path everlasting. That doesn’t mean the pain will go away or the circumstances will change in an instant, but it does mean that God will be with you through them, reminding you that He is bigger than anything you may face, that He is stronger than the challenges, that He knows the direction you must go to achieve His perfection! Let go and let God! All my love, and as you go through your day, may you find your heart and mind focused on the glory and beauty of God!
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