Friday, June 29, 2012
Heavenly Father, what are we that You make to much of us when we give You so little attention. It is hard for us to comprehend the depth of Your love and why You care about the details of our lives. However, we are grateful Father, that in difficult times You are with us, walking right beside us all the way through to the other side of pain and trouble. Sometimes bad things happen and we blame YouÖ.Forgive us for our smallness and lack of faith, understanding and trust. Thank You Lord for working things out for our good. This we pray in Jesusí blessed name. Amen!
Friday, June 29, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/29/2012
Exodus 8:1; 25-32
LETíS MAKE A DEAL, Lesson 8c
V. 10:24-26 Deal #4 - WHY DONíT YOU JUST SURRENDER YOUR POSSESSIONS?
Pharaoh says, ďLetís make a deal Moses. If you must serve God, then go ahead, but leave your possessions behind. Take yourself out of Egypt, but leave your money here.Ē
This is the same trap that many fall into. Satan says, ďIf you want to be a Christian, then go ahead and be one, but leave your resources in the world. If you want to give God your heart, go ahead, but give your living to the world.Ē
Israelís flocks and herds represented their earthly possessions. Pharaoh wanted Moses and Israel to leave their resources behind. When Moses heard this offer, he rejected it as well. He said, ďWe are taking everything. We are not leaving as much as a hoof behind. We are taking all we have because we will not know until we get there what the Lord would have us to offer to Him. And, what we have was given to us by the Lord and it is not for your use!Ē
It is sad, but many fall for this compromise of the Devil in our day. If we are saved, there is nothing he can do about it, but if he can, he will try to keep all that we have invested in the world. And sadly, many have nothing left after the world gets finished taking from them. We ought to be like Moses and refuse to leave anything we have in the world. Friends, God must have it all! He wants everything we have. He wants our time, our tithes, and talents. He doesnít just want the tenth, He wants it all! He wants the ten percent and He wants to tell us what to do with the ninety percent! In the final analysis, God wants you; lock stock and barrel. When He has you, and all you have and are, He is satisfied. When He has you, you will have what you need to make it through this life, (Matt. 6:33).
We must beware that we do not leave anything at all behind for Satan to use. Do not leave your money; use it for the glory of the Lord. Avoid the trap of debt that so many have fallen into. Their lives are so burdened and strapped down that they have nothing left for the Lord. Honor the Lord with your money and He will bless your life, (Mal. 3:8-10).
Many condemn the church and say, ďAll they really want is my money.Ē Fact is friend; we donít want your money, but it does take money to operate the church, and a lot of it. But, that money is to come from the free will offerings of people who love the Lord. It isnít to come from garbage sales, bake sales and car washes. It is to come from people who realize that every thing they possess is a gift from the Lord and they want to honor Him by investing in His Kingdom work.
But, if you see what money you have as your money, why donít you just keep it all? After all, the ďLord loveth a cheerful giver,Ē (2 Cor. 9:7). He wants people who give to His work because they love Him more than they love their stuff. If you give grudgingly, or if you can withhold your giving, or redirect it just because you donít like how it is used, then you are better off not giving at all. The Lord will take care of His church, and He will do it through people who love Him.
But, it isnít just money. Donít let the world have your money, your attention, your time, your children, nothing! When we make our break with Satan and his kingdom, we need to come out totally and completely. If we leave any treasure at all in the world, there will always be a tug in our hearts for the world, (Mt. 6:19-21). Where is your heart today? Where have you invested all things that really matter?
Conc: The Bible tells a story of two brothers named Jacob and Esau. Esau was the oldest and as such, he was entitled to a double portion of his Fatherís estate and he was entitled to take over as the head of the family when his father passed away. One day Esau had been out in the field and when he returned home, he was hungry. His brother Jacob was cooking soup. When Esau asked for a bowl of soup, Jacob said, ďLetís make a deal. You give me your birthright and I will give you a bowl of soup.Ē Only a fool would have made that deal, but Esau did just that and traded away that which was priceless for a bowl of soup. He despised his birthright and paid a terrible price.
Iím afraid that many are guilty of doing the very same thing! They have heard the Devil say, ďLetís make a deal.Ē And, they have traded something precious for something worthless. They have left a big part of themselves in the world. They have traded their testimony for empty promises and wasted years.
Well, that can be changed today. If you have made a deal with the Devil and if things are not what t hey ought to be in your heart and life, you need to get that straightened out today. If you will come to Jesus, He will forgive you and cleanse you. He will restore your life. If you have listened to the lies of Satan and have never been to Jesus for salvation, you can do that today.
Friend, please donít fall for Satanís tricks and traps. Come to the Father today and He will let you trade in that which the Devil has given you for something more precious than gold.
ďMore Precious Than SilverĒ By Lynn DeShazo (19820
Lord, You Are More Precious Than Silver
Lord, You Are More Costly Than Gold
Lord, You Are More Beautiful Than Diamonds
And Nothing I Desire Compares With You
Who Can Weigh The Value Of Knowing You?
Who Can Judge The Worth Of Who You Are?
Who Can Count The Blessings Of Loving You?
Who Can Say Just How Great You Are
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Heavenly Father, Merciful and loving God, we lift up to You our deepest fears and ask that You would deliver us from them. Set us free by Your love and power from all dread and anxiety about the things that frighten us. Thank You that in your presence all fear is gone. Thank You that in the midst of Your perfect love, all fears in us are dissolved. Grant us Your peace, Your quietness, Your rest from all turmoil. You, O God, are greater than anything we have to face. This we ask and pray in the beloved name of Jesus. Amen!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/28/2012
Exodus 8:1; 25-32
LETíS MAKE A DEAL, Lesson 8b
V. 8:28 Deal #2 - WHY DONíT YOU JUST STAY CLOSE BY?
Pharaoh is saying, ďLetís make a deal Moses, if you people must separate, then do not go too far away.Ē Again, this is a deal offered to many believers by the enemy. He says, ďLetís make a deal! You go ahead and be a Christian, but donít take it too far. Donít be a fanatic.Ē
Here is the truth of the matter; Satan will give you as much rope as you want, as long as you are on it! Neither he nor the world cares if you claim to be saved or not. But neither one of them wants you to live it! A sold out Christian is an abomination to the world -( 2 Tim. 3:12). A sold out Christian is not a threat to the Devil
Satan wants us to live our lives like the world around us. He will say things like. ďBe saved, but try not to stand out too much. Try not be too different from the world around you. Go to church on Sunday morning, but no more than that. Be saved if you want to, but donít talk about Jesus at work or at school. Donít dress differently. Listen to the same music the world does. Do the same things. Have Jesus if you want Him, but donít take this thing to extremes.Ē
Of course, this is worlds away from what the Lord wants from our lives, ( Luke 14:26-27; Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 6:19-20). He wants us to be radically different from the world around us. So different that there will be no confusion as to where we stand. He wants our lives to be a witness for Him and for His glory, (Matt. 5:13-16; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thes. 2:11-12; Titus 2:10). What am I saying? If you are saved, you need to get as far away from the world as you can! The Word of God said in Isa 52:11, ďDepart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORDĒ.
By the way, Satan will try the same thing around the church house. He will tell us that we need to be more seeker friendly. He will say that we need to soften our message; change our music; lose our power and be sure the world feels at home when they come in. But, we need not try to make Jesus, the church or the Gospel more attractive, we just need to be real! We just need to get as far removed from the world, its ways and its attitudes as we possibly can.
V. 10:7-11 Deal #3 - WHY DONíT YOU JUST SPLIT YOUR FAMILIES?
Pharaoh says, ďLetís make deal Moses. You can take the men and go serve God, but leave the rest of family out of it.Ē Satan tries the same trick with you and me. He will say, ďLetís make a deal. If you want to live for God, then go ahead, but donít try to change those around you. Why donít you just leave the rest of the family out of it.Ē
I donít know if you have realized it or not, but Satan wants your family! He wants to devastate it, destroy it and doom it to Hell. He does not want you to have a godly, Christian home. He does not want you to control your children. He wants you to let them run wild. He wants you to leave all of lifeís decisions up to them. He wants you to let them find their own way. But, you have better understand this truth: If you give your sweet children to the world, the world will give you back pagans.
By the same token, Satan does not want you husbands and wives to get along. Men, he wants you to cast a wandering eye at another woman. Ladies, he wants you to desire another man. He wants to drive a wedge between the two of you, causing you to fight one another and see one another as enemies, instead of friends and partners. He wants to divide you, and in some cases, he has! Today would be a great day for you to take one another by the hand, get down before the Lord together and heal whatís broken in your home!
Parents and not T.V., the school system or peers are to train the children - (Pro. 6:22). They might not go the way we point them, but at least their blood will not be on our hands. We are to tell them that certain things are just plain wrong and that wrong things are off limits. We are to decide what will and what will not be done in our homes. Parents and not children are to set the standards and make the rules. Children ought to be taught - The Word, Salvation, Obedience, etc. If we raise a child for Satan, we have:
1. Stolen a soul;
2. Added a body to Hell;
3. Dishonored the Lord;
4. Given Satan a part of ourselves to use!
While I am on the subject, Iíll say this: men ought to take the lead in the home. Men need to lead their families far from the world and into the path of righteousness. Men, God has placed you as the head of your home, (Eph. 5:23). You have a responsibility to set the example. It is not your wifeís responsibility to see that the family gets off to church, itís yours! It is your responsibility to lead that family and that home in the right way! It is an awesome responsibility and one that we need to take very seriously.
Now, I realize that some ladies may have spouses that will not lead the family. Dear lady, you live your life for Jesus, do the best you can to train your children and live out Jesus in front of them. I believe God will honor your effort, in His Own time and in His Own way. The Bible calls on you to do your best to live for Him, (1 Pet. 3:1-4).
ďGodís FamilyĒ By Lanny Wolfe (1974)
We're part of the fam'ly that's been born again;
Part of the fam'ly whose love knows no end;
For Jesus has saved us, and made us His own,
Now we're part of the fam'ly that's on its way home.
And sometimes we laugh together, sometimes we cry,
Sometimes we share together, heartache and sighs;
Sometimes we dreams together of how it will be
When we all get to heaven, God's family.
When a brother meets sorrow we all feel his grief;
When he's passed through the valley we all feel relief;
Together in sunshine, together in rain,
Together in vict'ry thru His precious name.
And tho some go before us, we'll all meet again;
Just inside the city as we enter in;
There'll be no more parting, with Jesus we'll be
Together forever, God's family.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Merciful Father, Illuminating God, help us to become a focal point in the darkness of this world. May the reflection of Your Light within us be magnify when it is seen against the dark backdrop of adversity and hardship in our lives. May others observe in us a sense of strength and peace in the midst of anxiety and uncertain times, and may they notice our ability to face life with the Hope that comes from YOU. Enable us to radiate the Light of Christ in good times and in bad times. Grant us the ability to demonstrate Your Power and Love in our life to Your Honor and Glory. May Your name be praised always. This we ask in Jesusí precious name. Amen!
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