“Difficult People & Strong Willed Children” February 3

 

Difficult People & Strong Willed ChildrenHow do you handle difficult people? Do you respond with sinful anger and frustration or do you respond as Moses did? What about parenting difficult or strong willed children?

 

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 17 & 18
Psalm 18.28-36
Proverbs 6.16-19
Matthew 22.1-22

 

Difficult People & Strong Willed Children

 

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Difficult People

 

What a group these Israelites were! Once again they turn on Moses. Even though they were being led by a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, instead of turning to God in prayer, they blame Moses for their thirst. His response is to go straight to God and again God meets their need supernaturally.

What do you do when faced with difficult people? Do you go straight to God or start talking to your girlfriend, your buddy, your co-worker, or someone else?

I wonder how many times God has been ready to help us, but we failed to acknowledge our dependence on Him by going to Him in prayer and asking for His wisdom and favor.

 

Strong Willed Children

 

Sometimes you have to wonder why God chose the Israelites as His covenant people. But these were the “children” God had chosen and asked Moses to shepherd. Whom has he asked you to shepherd? A strong willed child? A dawdler? A talker? Several unruly boys? An alien who inhabits your teenage daughter’s body? Or maybe it’s a class of rowdy 6th graders or a group of high school students?  Continue reading

“Could what God hates be part of your life?” September 27

 

Could something God hates be part of your life?God puts contention, jealousy and envy in the same list as adultery, fornication and idolatry! Don’t let what God hates be part of your life!

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 45 & 46
Psalm 111.1-6
Proverbs 26.10
Galatians 5.1-26

 

Could what God hates be part of your life?

 

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What God Hates

 

There is so much in this chapter. Be sure to read MacArthur’s Daily Bible notes, especially the explanation of each of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.

But verses 19-21 contain another list:

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders,drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Notice that contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions and envy are in the middle of that list! And verse 21 says, “… those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  Continue reading

September 27 “Is your life characterized by something God hates?”

Is your life characterized by something God hates? God puts contention, jealousy and envy in the same list as adultery, fornication and idolatry!

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 45 & 46
Psalm 111.1-6
Proverbs 26.10
Galatians 5.1-26

 

Isaiah 45 & 46:

He will bring it to pass

Over and over in these two chapters God says, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” One of the ways He has confirmed that fact to us is through the fulfillment of prophecy.

God through the prophet Isaiah declared that Cyrus would end the 70 years of captivity and allow the people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. About 150 years later that’s exactly what happened.

There are many prophecies which have already been fulfilled and others which are yet to be fulfilled. But, eventually, every single one will come to pass:

“… Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it” (46.11).

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February 20 “Could you be convicted?”

If Christianity were criminalized, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Could you be convicted?

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 11 & 12
Psalm 25.8-15
Proverbs 10.1-3
Mark 2.1-28

Leviticus 11 & 12:

The daily details of life

Chapter 11 contains all the dietary restrictions God set for Israel. They were being taught to obey God in the daily details of life. That’s a tremendous truth for us, as well.

In Luke 16.10 Jesus is talking about how we use our resources, but the principle is the same. He said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” If we’re not faithful in the little details of life, we won’t be faithful in the big things.

Would there be enough evidence?

Another thing these dietary laws served to do was to help them, and us, understand that as believers in the One True God, we are to be different, set apart from the world around us. Those around us should see a difference in us. Someone posed the question, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Continue reading