March 10 “How God guides His people”

How does God work through the combination of His Word and His Spirit to guide His people?

How God guides

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 17 & 18
Psalm 32.6-11
Proverbs 11.19-21
Mark 11.20-33

Numbers 17 & 18:

Exceedingly abundantly above all

I love 17.8, “Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.” God in His patience and long-suffering with the children of Israel and because of their continued rebellion and questioning of His chosen leadership had said He would cause the rod of the man He had chosen to bud. He not only caused it to bud, but to produce blossoms and ripe almonds! He doesn’t just do the minimum; He is able and willing to do so much more.

Ephesians 3.20-21 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”

Few of us have trouble believing that God is powerful and able to do miraculous things, but I wonder how many of us really believe He will do great things in our lives.

Do you believe—really believe—that He wants to do great things in your life? your marriage? your children and grandchildren? your finances? Continue reading

February 22 “Are you a fanatic?”

Has your family ever thought you were crazy? Have they ever accused you of being a fanatic? You’re in good company!

fanatic

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 14
Psalm 26.1-5
Proverbs 10.6-7
Mark 3.20-35

Leviticus 14:

Types & shadows

Well, more about leprosy! What on earth does this all mean to you and me today?

When we read the Old Testament we need to remember that the events, God’s dealings with His people, and the ceremonial laws were often types and shadows of things to come. Many of which were fulfilled in Christ’s life here on earth, as well as, His death, burial, and resurrection.

Verses 4-9 talk about the ceremonial cleansing of a leper after he had been healed:

4 then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop. 5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. 6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, the cedar wood and the scarlet and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. 7 And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field. 8 He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and shall stay outside his tent seven days. 9 But on the seventh day he shall shave all the hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows—all his hair he shall shave off. He shall wash his clothes and wash his body in water, and he shall be clean.

Matthew Henry in his Commentary on the Whole Bible said the mixture of blood and water had its fulfillment in Christ’s death when blood and water came out of his pierced side. The slain bird represented Christ dying for our sins, and the living bird His resurrection. Dipping the living bird in blood of the slain bird illustrates the fact that without His death He could not have risen for our justification for sins.

The living bird was let loose just as the leper was no longer restricted from contact with people. He was free to go where he pleased. We have not only been forgiven of our sins, but are freed from the power of sin in our lives. We’re free to live a life that’s pleasing to God. Continue reading

January 16 “Biology or disobedience?”

Biology or disobedience

Gentlemen, excuse me for a minute while I talk to the ladies. Ladies, have you been guilty of using female biology as an excuse to disobey the second greatest commandment? Remember, lying is sin! 🙂

Today we’ll also talk about the importance of prevailing in prayer as we continue Jacob’s Bible saga and how our faithful God is willing to reassure us when we have doubts.

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 31 & 32
Psalm 8.6-9
Proverbs 3.19-20
Matthew 11.1-30

Genesis 31 & 32:

Hormones & obedience

Today we’ll talk about Jacob and his divine wrestling match, but first, I want to comment on a couple of other passages. In Gen. 31.16-20 and 31.35 we see these two sisters, Jacob’s wives, express belief in God, “… whatever God has said to you, do it.” The next thing we know Rachel has stolen her father’s household gods—idols! It seems so ridiculous that once she knew the truth she could think there was any power in something made by man’s hands! And yet, don’t we come up with our own manmade solutions instead of waiting on and trusting God? Continue reading