January 27, 2016

It has been a very busy year so far. I apologize for not being more involved in the blog. I have been keeping up with my studies though, have no fear about that. I hope that you have too, but your relationship with the Lord is your relationship with the Lord, and I in no way judge your spirituality.

English: Moses striking the rock

English: Moses striking the rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a] for each person you have in your tent.’”

17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”

20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angrywith them.

21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as they needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers[b] for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a sabbath to the Lord. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”

27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c]refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that theLord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 The people of Israel called the bread manna.[d] It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

-Exodus 16:11-31

What is the Scripture Saying?

God provides. Even if we don’t understand what He is telling us, He always knows best. We need to trust this, and follow His rules. We also need to learn to keep the Sabbath holy. From the New Testament we learned that we can still do good on the Sabbath, but we need to remember and reverence God in all that we do on that day. In all honesty, we need to learn to do that everyday. Be Blessed!

December 16, 2015

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

-Exodus 20:1-7

What does the scripture mean?

Well it has been a while since we have had a small fellowship with each other, but when better than to talk about the awesomeness of the Lord. God is good and worthy to be praised. This scripture talks about only praising Him. Everybody praises something. People praise their money, children, cars, food, etc. We as the children of the Lord should be better than this. We should put no other before Him.

Next, we must also not take the Lord’s name in vain. There are several ways that people do this. Everybody thinks it is by using curse words with the name of God attached and that is the only way, but I propose that when we misuse the scriptures, or when we say that God told us something when we know He did not, we are using His name in vain. We must be careful to honor God in all of our doings and sayings, otherwise we are misusing His name, and therefore sinning against Him.

Be mindful, my friends. Be blessed.

November 3, 2015

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,

because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

-Ephesians 6: 5-9

What is the Scripture Saying?

It’s funny that this should show up again in my life. I have been asked numerous times why slavery is in the Bible and why we serve a God who was in favor of slavery. My answer has always been the same. God never said He was in favor of slavery. Slavery was a part of life during that time, and because it was, it had to be addressed. Basically to me what the scripture means is that if there is going to be slavery, this is how people should be treated. Slavery was a way of life. It was a part of our history. We can’t now pretend that it didn’t happen because we are embarrassed by it.

In truth, God only wants us to serve Him. This is the case for slaves and masters. He wants us to do what is right by a person no matter what their station. He wants us to do everything in service to Him. We should give God our best, and in such we should do everything to the best of our ability. We have to let that little light shine because then we know that our rewards will be great in Heaven. We have to let our light shine because then it can be a testament to our God. Furthermore, if we are doing our best for God, we will not feel some kind of way about doing it for man because then we are not, they may reap the benefits of what we do for God, but it truly was not for them. Thoughts? Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!

English: The Old Plantation, ca. 1790-1800. Wa...

English: The Old Plantation, ca. 1790-1800. Watercolor by unidentified artist. Original painting in Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

October 26, 2015

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

-Psalms 119:9-16

What is the Scripture saying?

When you love the Lord, and you study his word, you will begin to hide his word in your heart. What this means is that you will have it within you. You know what his word says and you will act accordingly because it is now a part of who you are. It is the most important part of who you are because it is in your heart, and we cannot live without our heart. When you truly love the Lord, you will not neglect His teachings, but you will love and respect what He has taught. This is the only way to live pure.  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I don’t know about you, but I want to see Him face to face. I want to be in His presence. I want Him to say well done my good and faithful servant. I want to be deserving of Him. Be encouraged today. Know that He knows all and He sees all. He knows what you are going through, and He wants you to know that it’s only a test. If you keep the faith, he will be ever faithful and just like he always is. If He did it for me, He will do it for you.

October 25, 2015

St. John the Baptist baptizes Jesus in the Jor...

St. John the Baptist baptizes Jesus in the Jordan; painting by Giorgetti; Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

-John 3:22-31

What is this scripture saying?

John the Baptist was such an important part of the story of Jesus. He could have easily felt like he should be bigger than he was, but he knew that in humility he was truly serving God. This is how we have to be. We have to become humble and know that in Him we are great because He is great, but that is the only reason that we are great because without him, we would be nothing. Think about it. Who would John the Baptist be if Jesus never came? He’d be some crazy man shouting in the wilderness. So we have to humble ourselves and let Jesus shine through. Be Blessed!

October 22, 2015

 1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

-Psalms 96:1-6

What is the Scripture saying?

It is really funny that I have been asked about this all day yesterday, and here it is again. I think God is trying to tell me something. I have written about the fear of the Lord on a number of forums, and here we go again. I guess there is someone out here that needs to hear this message. I am not a preacher, but I have been around them my whole life, so I think I know about this one.

To fear the Lord does not mean to be afraid of Him. He is our friend. He is the best and He works in our best interest. To fear the Lord means to respect Him. It means to know Him for ourselves, and to know what he is capable of doing for us, and praising Him for it all.

We should reverence the Lord before anything else in our lives. He has done so much for us, and He has the ability to do so much more. His glory and majesty endures forever. Everything on Earth will pass away, but God is everlasting.

Take a little time out for a praise break today. Let us rejoice and thank Him for all that He has done for us. Be encouraged today for God almighty is with you.

October 21, 2015

 1 After these things had been done, the leaders came to me and said, “The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites,Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites. They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness.”

When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.

Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the Lord my God and prayed:

“I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

“But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place[a] in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.

-Ezra 9:1-9

What is the scripture saying?

If we repent our sins and work to be better people in God’s eyes then, we may not be where we want to be, but we are in the place that we need to be for God to use us. That’s all I see throughout this entire scripture. What do you see? Be Blessed.

October 20, 2015

1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to theLord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

-1 Samuel 16:1-7

What is this scripture saying?

I love that it flat out says that the Lord does not look at what people look at, but he looks at the heart. When we judge people as we are not supposed to do, but some people do it anyway, we should remember to find the good in people. God sees the best in us, even when everybody else can only see the worst in us, and he just keeps on loving us anyway. We are his chosen few, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks of us. Be encouraged in this today. Did anybody get anything else from this today?

October 19, 2015

  1. I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
  2. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
  3. My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.
  4. For you have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
  5. You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
  6. Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
  7. The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
  8. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity.
  9. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,  stronghold in times of trouble.
  10. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you

-Psalm 9:1-10

What I Got From The Scripture

I feel like David is trying to teach us how to pray in this scripture. It’s almost the same as the Model Prayer if you really think about it. We have to be patient and wait for God’s response when we pray. he may not answer when we want him too, but he’s always right on time. We have to trust in Him because he has never forsaken us, and He never will. It talks about how he has judged those who are unrighteous, and the people who are considered his enemy will perish because he is a child of God. There are a lot of scriptures that seem to mention this.

What did you get from the scripture? Have you ever had trouble with your patience and trust in God? I know I have because we always want it right now. It’s hard to comprehend why He takes us through these tests, but we need to realize that he is only doing it for our good. Everything works together for the good of those who love the Lord.

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