Archive for July, 2016
“For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.” (Ezekiel 34:11)
The Bible often presents an image of God as a shepherd caring for his flock. Sheep are helpless prey without a protector; a good shepherd is there to protect and watch over his sheep. That’s what God wants to do for us, if we’ll let him. Come to the shepherd! Let him be your protector.
When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel,… (Ezra 4:1)
Anytime you do great things for God, understand that the enemies of God will be against you. God’s people have always had enemies that would oppose the work of God.
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8)
If someone tells you of a new message, of a new revelation that seeks to change what you read in your Bible, don’t listen to them. There’s no room for a new gospel. The faith revealed in the New Testament is the saving faith, the only way to be right with God. All other messengers are deceivers, destined to suffer eternal punishment.
People forget. Fame does not last — not even among good men like Joseph. But God remembers. We know the story of Joseph because God told it to us. Live in such a way that you will be remembered by God.
“Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.” (Jeremiah 8:7)
Throughout creation, God’s creatures do what they are supposed to do. They live the way they were meant to live. All creatures, that is, except human beings. Not only do we not do what God wants, many of us never bother to find out what God wants from us.
We need to get back to the Bible. We need to read God’s Word and learn what he expects of us. We need to learn how we are supposed to live. We need to know what God’s will is for you and me.
It is a constant struggle to remain committed to follow what God says. It is so tempting to do what men say is God’s command. Be faithful to God’s commands.
“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5)
It’s funny how often people try to say what God can and can’t do, what God should or should not do, what can or can’t happen if God really exists. Let God be God! If we can’t explain all the things that He created, how can we ever explain Him?
Josiah provided for all the lay peole who were there a total of thirty thousand sheep and goats for the Passover offerings, and also three thousand cattle — all from the king’s own possessions. (II Chronicles 35:7)
Be generous with what the Lord has blessed you with, whether it seems great or small. If you have been greatly blessed, then use your wealth for God.
“Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:2)
The Bible speaks of a day when people from around the world will seek God, seek to learn of Him and His will. Don’t you want to be a part of that? Come, learn of God. Study His Word. Put your faith in Him.
Our commitment to holiness is rooted in the character of God. He is holy and we are not. But because we are the people of God, we will strive to live like him. Holy.