Archive for July, 2015
When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 23:22)
God is concerned about the poor and the disenfranchised. He expects us to care for them.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” (Isaiah 40:28)
God’s people were in captivity, far from their homeland. Many of them thought that God had forgotten them or that they were now out of his reach.
But God is God of the whole world. He doesn’t get too tired, nor too weak. He can and will act on behalf of his people
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. (I Chronicles 28:9)
This is what you want for your family. Be sure they hear you say it.
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
Too many times we want to have it both ways, to be right with God and to be popular in this world. But if we try to fit in and be a perfect part of this world, we’ll end up doing things that God doesn’t want us to do. We have to put God first and let the world worry about it itself.
Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11)
It is good to remember that we do not fight with the weapons of the world. We have a higher calling. Do not be afraid, but follow the example of Jesus.
Satan, the devil, has one main goal in life: to separate you from God and keep you separated. Very early after creation, Satan attacked Adam and Eve. He used three basic approaches and they are the same ones he uses today.
- Sow confusion about what God said. “Did God really say…?” Satan does not want you to read God’s Word for yourself. He wants you to think you cannot understand it, or believe that it could not possible mean what it says. So you do not have to worry about doing – or not doing – what it says.
- Lie about God. In this approach, Satan contradicts God. “You will not die if you eat of this tree.” The argument goes like this: God wants you to be happy, and so whatever you want to do to be happy is fine with God. Anytime you hear terms like “God would never…” or “God will do…”, it would be best to check your Bible and see what God actually says about things.
- You can be your own god. Satan told Eve the only reason God would not them eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was that then they would be like God. Of course, the problem is not just to know good from evil, but to know what to do about it. Or how to handle it when you choose evil.
You can read this story yourself. It is in the very first pages of the Bible in the book of Genesis, chapter 3. Satan will use the same approach to separate you from God. He keeps using it because it works so well. He uses the same approach because it works so well. The only flaw in his plan is that he cannot keep us away from God. God sent his Son Jesus to provide a way for us to come back to God. Not only can I show you where to read about that, but I can show you how to live with God instead of living away from him.
“The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”” (Galatians 5:14)
We have a habit of making things more complicated than they have to be. Love your neighbor as yourself. Easy to understand; hard to live out.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)
God is calling you to great things. Follow his call. But remember that following God means leaving behind the things of this world.
Job learned an important lesson. God can do anything. Nothing is impossible for him. We have to trust that what he has done is the best thing for us.
(There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. (I Kings 21:25)
You have to wonder if Ahab would have better had he married a woman who believed in God. The people in your life should be those that encourage you to do good and not evil. In the same way, be sure you are an influence for good.