The Jesus Code: “Why are we sitting here until we die?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 12 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Why are we sitting here until we die?” (2 Kings 7.3).

 

The city of Samaria was under siege by the Syrians. The people inside the city were dying of starvation, but the options were not good. Outside the city the Syrian army threatened certain death.

Sitting in the gate of the city were four lepers. They were faced with the same two terrible choices as the other people in the city, but they started asking themselves, “Why are we sitting here until we die?” I imagine them saying, if we stay here we are going to die of starvation, we might as well try something. What have we got to lose?

The author uses this story to talk about the two kinds of sense we need in our Christian life. He says we need “uncommon sense,” faith to believe in the supernatural, saving power of God, but we also need the “common sense” that these four lepers exercised.

Hawkins writes:

These four lepers had nothing to lose, so they took a risk. Listen in on their reasoning: “If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live, and if they kill us, we shall only die” (2 Kings 7: 4). Common sense was whispering in their ears, “It’s time to take a risk.” Note the four ifs in this verse. Clearly, the four men had absolutely nothing to lose, so they took a risk, and the reward was greater than they had ever dreamed. The army they’d expected to see had fled, and the city of Samaria was now safe and free!

But the story doesn’t stop there:

These four starving men entered the Syrian army’s abandoned camp and feasted on the food left on the tables of the soldiers who had fled into the darkness. But once again common sense kicked in, and they said one to another, “We are not doing right. This is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until the morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household” (2 Kings 7: 9).

Imagine the joy inside the city when that good news was delivered! Prayers were answered because four men decided to exercise common sense, take a risk, and then do what was right.

Next week’s question is: “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6.11).

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).
Week ten: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).
Week eleven: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).
Week twelve: “Where did it fall?” (2 Kings 6.6).

Blessings,
Donna

 

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10 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Husband & a Challenge

Good Morning Everyone,

With Resurrection Day (Easter) coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I have to be thankful for, beginning with Jesus’ death and His resurrection. Maybe I’ll talk more about that next week.

I’ve also been thinking about all the reasons I have to be thankful. One of them is the husband God gave me! He blessed me beyond measure, certainly far more than I deserve!

It’s so easy to get focused on what annoys us or things that aren’t just the way we think they should be, but the truth is most of us have much to be thankful for in this area.

So here’s my challenge:

Think of 10 things about your spouse for which you are thankful. List them in the comments section at the bottom of this post or on FaceBook if you connect with me there. If you’re a blogger, write a post and link it on the Mondays @ Soul Survival linkup.

 

mikeHere are my 10 things:

  1. He loves Jesus!
  2. He loves God’s Word and studies it.
  3. He loves God more than me.
  4. He loves me in a way that makes me want to be a better wife.
  5. He loves our children and grandchildren (We’re a blended family and he has always loved them all).
  6. He works hard and always has.
  7. He appreciates growing old together.
  8. He enjoys just spending time together. We don’t have to be doing anything.
  9. He never complains about the time I spend blogging & writing.
  10. He does dishes & makes my coffee (maybe I should have put this at the top!).

So let me see your list!

I’ll highlight the best ones next week. Family friendly lists only. 🙂

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: Have you lost your cutting edge? + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 12 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

This week’s question: “Where did it fall?” (2 Kings 6.6).

 

 

The story as the author sets it up:

This question came from the lips of the prophet Elisha at a critical moment. His school of the prophets had outgrown its facility, so in a great team effort, the students began to construct a new building alongside the Jordan River. As they were cutting down trees for lumber, one of the young men swung his ax with such force that the ax head flew off the handle and sank to the bottom of the river. Everyone then focused on recovering the lost ax head. In the midst of the confusion, Elisha appeared and asked a simple question: “Where did it fall?” The student “showed him the place” (2 Kings 6: 6). Elisha then took a small tree and threw it in at the spot where the ax head had sunk. And Scripture says, Elisha “made the iron float” (v. 6). The ax head floated to the surface, the young man picked it up, and the work continued.

Hawkins goes on to explain the the ax head is the cutting edge of the tool and symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. The young man had lost “the cutting edge” in the midst of his busyness for God.

How many of us lose the cutting edge in our lives because we get too busy doing things for God and not enough time with God. We get somewhat proficient at witnessing or teaching a Bible study or whatever we do to serve God. We no longer have to depend on God like we once did. We quit studying as faithfully and start relying on what we know. We quit praying like we once did. And we lose our cutting edge.

Hawkins points out that we can also lose our cutting edge because we become bitter, or prideful, or get caught up in the things of the world.

The answer to the problem, according to the author, is first to admit we have lost it and not try to chop down trees with the ax handle. Notice the young man said “It belongs to another.” We, too, must realize our cutting edge, our strength, belongs to another. It comes from God.

Elisha asked, “Where did it fall?” That was an important question. The place to start looking for something is where you last had it. So we, too, must go back to where we lost it. Go back to the daily devotional habits we ceased doing. Go back to the basics of our faith and our walk with God.

Then Elisha threw a small tree into the water and “made the iron float.” That small tree represented another tree, the one on which Jesus was crucified.

The author goes on:

After Elisha threw the stick into the water, the young man had something to do. Elisha said, “ ‘Pick it up for yourself.’ So [the young man] reached out his hand and took it” (2 Kings 6: 7). Again, it is not enough to simply acknowledge that we have lost the cutting edge, to admit that the power belongs to another, to go back to the place where we last had that power, and to receive the supernatural power of God if we ourselves don’t— in an act of faith— reach out and take it back. The outcome of the whole story hinged on whether this young man would reach out and take the ax head. The outcome of your story hinges on whether you will reach out and take the Source of your strength and power. The young man did. Will you?

 

Next week’s question is: “Where did it fall?” (2 Kings 6.6).

 

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).
Week ten: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).
Week eleven: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).

Blessings,
Donna

 

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The Jesus Code: Depression is Real + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 11 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer.

This week’s question: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).

 

In 1 Kings 19 Elijah has just experienced a great spiritual victory. But now he’s exhausted, full of self-pity, and depressed. God speaks to him and asks, “What are you doing here?”

Depression is real and Christians, as well as non-Christians, experience times of depression.

While I disagreed with Hawkins assessment of the three types of depression, I do agree with much that he has to say in this chapter. Let me talk first about some of the reasons I disagree.

Hawkins lists the three types of depression as physical, psychological, and spiritual.

There certainly can be physical issues involved in depression: hormonal fluctuation, lack of proper rest, and illnesses that can make us more prone to feelings of depression. But when discussing physical depression, the author refers only to chemical imbalances.

I understand this is a widely held belief and while there may be cases where some chemical issues are involved, most people are not diagnosed using any kind of medical test. Diagnosis is made purely on the basis of symptoms. If you want to learn more about this, you can listen to a free audio series by Pastor Jim Newheiser (part 1, part 2, & part 3) of the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship.

Even when physical issues are fueling depression, viewing things from a spiritual perspective makes all the difference and our responses can either intensify or lessen those feelings.

As far as psychological issues go, most of what we label psychological is really spiritual in nature. Perhaps I’ll write more about this in a future post, but again, Pastor Newheiser’s series can be helpful.

Back to the book, when discussing the sources of depression, Hawkins uses the story of Elijah after he had defeated the prophets of Baal. He says:

The same man who faced down 850 false prophets and watched fire fall from heaven quickly forgot God’s responsiveness, faithfulness, and power and fled from a wicked woman. And this kind of forgetfulness is a source of spiritual depression. In fact, one of the most dangerous times in the Christian life is right after a great spiritual victory . Elijah acted as if yesterday’s victories would suffice for today’s commitments . He took his eyes off his God and put them on his enemy, Jezebel. When crisis comes and Jezebel knocks on our door, we— like Elijah— are prone to forget God’s power and blessing.

Besides forgetfulness, he lists fear and fatigue as sources of depression. He goes on to talk about the symptoms and the solutions for depression. The solutions include the need to address physical issues like rest and hunger, the need to face your fears, and then to get God’s perspective.

Hawkins ends with this:

None of us is immune to moments, or even bouts, of spiritual depression. When it’s your turn, don’t treat the symptoms; your depression will only get worse. Instead, treat the sources of the depression and rest in the fact that God has the solution. And His solution still comes to us in that “still small voice” spoken to our hearts.

 

Next week’s question is: “Where did it fall?” (2 Kings 6.6).

 

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).
Week ten: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

 

Blessings,
Donna

 

 

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The Jesus Code: Making Wise Decisions + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 10 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

The occasion for this question was a showdown between Elijah and the One True God and 850 prophets of Baal and their Queen, Jezebel. God’s people had faltered between serving God and worshiping false gods for generations.

I wonder how tired and frustrated Elijah must have been as he asked the people, “How long … how long are you going to live like this? How long are you going to be tossed to and fro? How long will you falter between two opinions?”

Hawkins says:

The pages of Scripture are replete with challenge after challenge to make right choices in life. Moses said, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30: 19, emphasis added). Among Joshua’s last words to his people were these: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the L ORD” (Joshua 24: 15). Luke recorded this statement Jesus made about an important choice: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Luke 16: 13).

 

We are all faced with the choice between making wise decisions and foolish ones every day, in big and little ways. The courses of our lives are not so much determined by what happens to us, but by the choices we make.

Hawkins goes on in this chapter to make four important points about wise decision making:

  • Wise decision making comes from our consciences.
  • Wise decision making is not apart for reason.
  • Wise decision making involves God’s Word.
  • Wise decision making involves the heart.

Some questions we might ask ourselves are:

  • What are we doing to inform our consciences biblically?
  • Are we letting some strongly held desire override our God-given common sense?
  • Have we sought God through His Word and wise godly counselors?
  • Is our heart focused on pleasing Him?

Tf we are regularly spending time in God’s Word, informing our consciences with what He says is right and what He says is wrong … If we are submitting our desires to what pleases God and His will as revealed in His Word … If we have sought godly counsel … And if our hearts are fixed on Him, we can step out in faith and make wise decisions.

Hawkins ends this chapter with these words:

Are you reading these words, realizing you are on the fence and you just can’t bring yourself to make a decision? Choose God! He will not fail you or forsake you— He loves you and has a plan for your life. Decide to follow Him. And remember, not to decide . . . really is to decide!

 

Next week’s question is: “What are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19.9).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Previous questions:

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

Blessings,
Donna

 

 

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The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).
Week nine: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

 

Divine Counterpart

Be sure to check out the first in my series on Genesis, “Divine Counterpart,” on Ren’s website “A Look at the Book.”

 

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The Jesus Code: “Ask! What Shall I Give You?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 9 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer, by O.S. Hawkins. For those of you just tuning in, The Jesus Code has 52 questions, one to contemplate each week. The author believes every Christian should be able to answer these important questions.

This week’s question: “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3.5).

Solomon had just succeeded his father David as king. He was young, less than 20 years old, with little experience and big shoes to fill. Hawkins says:

At this time of his life, Solomon was pure and virtually void of pride. He journeyed to Gibeon to worship and humbly seek God’s help and direction. There God met him and asked the new king, “Ask! What shall I give you?” which is to say, “What do you want from Me?”

What an incredible question! If God asked you that question, what would you say?

The author goes on:

Everyone wants something . What you want may not be what you need, but what you want can be a very good indication of where your heart is.

Solomon replied, “Give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3: 9).

What were the three things Solomon asked for?

He asked God to work with him. That’s where it should always start. Most of us want change. Lord, change my husband, change my wife, change my kids … my boss … or whomever. But we need to first ask God to change us.

Solomon next asked God to work in him not around him. The problems we have are first internal. Instead of asking God to change our circumstances, we need to ask him to change us from the inside.

Then he asked God to work through him so he could judge God’s people. Too many of our prayers are “bless me prayers.” It not wrong to ask God to bless us, but that should not be the sum total of our prayers.

Hawkins:

Solomon chose the best, and God went above and beyond. The Lord said, “I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart. . . . And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3: 12– 13).

What do you want ? The good news is when you choose the best, God will more than bless.

 

Next week’s question is, “How long will you falter between two opinions?” (1 Kings 18.21).

The question for week one was, “Has God Indeed Said …?”
Week two: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
Week three: “How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
Week four: “Who am I?”
Week five: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?” (Numbers 21.5).
Week six: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6.13).
Week seven: “Is there still anyone … That I may show him kindness?” (2 Samuel 9.1).
Week eight: “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12.9).

You can get a copy of The Jesus Code and follow along with these 52 vital questions. The chapters are short and can easily be read in one sitting. If you do, I’d love your feedback. Click here to get the book or here for Kindle.

Be sure to sign up for the “Christian Living” emails so you won’t miss upcoming posts on the book and notifications of each week’s LINKUP.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Divine Counterpart

Be sure to check out the first in my series on Genesis, “Divine Counterpart,” on Ren’s website “A Look at the Book.”

 

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