Archive | September 2012

Faithful and …….. OBEDIENT????

Hmmmmm….faithful and OBEDIENT????  I can get behind faithful but obedient?  Yes, I can get behind that word too!  It can be hard though right?  I know women who have removed the word OBEY from their wedding vows because they say they won’t OBEY their husbands!  Why?  Why is it so difficult for people, women in particular, to be comfortable with this word?

Thinking along those lines….let’s look at why it may be difficult to have the word obey, to be known as that  word,  in our vocabulary.

Because this ministry is about God first, let’s delve into Scripture and see what His Word tells us about that word.

I have this handy-dandy program on my computer to help us.  It’s called

E-Sword and you can get a free….yes FREE copy of it here:

http://www.e-sword.net

Let’s start on the yellow brick road to learning about that word.  

Using the E-Sword tool, I typed in that word  and came up with some surprising stuff.  That word, or a variation of it, is used 1,149 times in the KJV of the Bible.  The first time it is used is in Genesis.

Gen. 22:18  And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

The last time it is used is in I Peter.

1Peter 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  

The Hebrew word is shama.  What I found cool was the definition….. to hear intelligently.  That isn’t so bad is it?   To hear intelligently…..I can get on board being called intelligent, what about you?

I think we can go back to calling that word by its proper name now.  Obey doesn’t seem such a frightening word now does it?  Now that we’re beginning to put it in its proper context.

When we as women, obey our husbands, it simply means to listen intelligently. If our husband asks something of us that is wrong, that goes against God’s Will, it is okay to refuse.  That’s called hearing intelligently.

Ladies, don’t be afraid of the word obey.  Know that in learning to obey, to listen intelligently, there is a great freedom and peace.  Just as there is peace and freedom in obeying our Heavenly Father.

What is Oppression?

Leviticus 21-27 – January 14 at 2:33am

Tonight was Leviticus 21-27…a few chapters more than usual but this way I’ll start Numbers tomorrow.  What caught my eye tonight was Lev. 25:17  “Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God;  for I am the Lord your God!”   This type of thought has been on my mind lately.   What
does it mean when it says we shall not oppress one another?   Here’s my take.   If we’re being mean to, gossiping about, lying about, excluding, making fun of, or not being a good friend to someone….then to me….that’s oppressing someone.   How is that being Christian?   It isn’t!   As brothers and sisters in
Christ, these types of behaviors should NEVER be a part of our lives!   By behaving this way there is a tremendous amount of damage done to the church body.   There is also a lot of damage done to non believers.   They will think, ‘What’s the point of being a Christian when the Christians I’ve met behave like that?’   This type of behavior hurts everyone.   When we find ourselves doing this, we need to repent, change our behavior, and move forward.   Sleep well my friends.

Which Fire Are We Burning?

Leviticus 16-20 – January 13 at 1:01am

Tonight was Leviticus 16-20.   Verse 1 of chapter 16  “The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, who died when they burned a different kind of fire than the Lord had commanded.”    So….thinking about the post I made a few days ago about keeping the fire burning on the altar and never letting it burn out. This shows me that Aaron’s sons were burning their own fire….their own will and not as God’s will.   They wanted to do things their own way…this is my opinion….they wanted to be the pilot instead of letting God be the pilot.   Our goal, as followers of Jesus, should always be to desire His will for us and nothing else. Sleep well my friends.

Moving Water

Leviticus 11-15 – January 12 at 12:50am

Tonight was Leviticus 11-15.   This group of Scripture is teaching about what needs to happen in the case of skin rashes, diseases, contamination of homes and so on.   I find it interesting that the guidelines for basic medicine are in the Bible and yet many, many people who died in later eras due to something so simple as having the doctor or nurse wash their hands in running water prior to touching the patient.   In these chapters we’re told to wash our hands and clothing and anything else contaminated in fresh springwater….MOVING water.   We’re also told to break a clay pot if it’s been touched by someone with a contagious disease….I don’t know if they knew then…but I know we know now….that clay pots…unsealed will absorb whatever is held in it or is held by…ie…the hands of a contaminated man.   They are told to break the pot!   Isn’t it amazing how God put this all in one place!?!?!!   Think of how many people could have been saved….in more ways than one…..if they just read God’s Word!!!!   His
words are truly…TRULY…..life GIVING!!!   Sleep well my friends.

Burning Desire

Leviticus 6-10 – January 11 at 1:42am

Tonight was Leviticus 6-10.   Lev. 6:13 “Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times.  It must never go out.”   What does this mean to you? To me it’s a simple but powerful metaphor…..our altar, which I think is our heart, must always be on fire for God.   We must desire Him with a burning intensity.   How do we achieve that burning desire?   Read His Word.   It really is that simple. Make it a daily part of your life and watch Him change you from the inside out. Like any relationship, there will be ebbs and flows…just make sure you’re not lukewarm.   Just read.   You will be changed.   I know I am.   Sleep well my friends.

Honesty is Vital

Leviticus 1-5 – January 10 at 11:11pm

Leviticus chapters 1-5.   Leviticus 5:2  “If any of the people are called to testify about something they have witnessed, but they refuse to testify, they will be held responsible and be subject to punishment.”   To me, this speaks about keeping silent when you know someone has done something wrong.   We, as a
society, are groomed to not be the ‘snitch’ or are made fun of for being a ‘goody-goody’.   WHY???   What should be encouraged, should be exemplified, is standing up for the RIGHT and HONEST thing.   By going along with the crowd when they’re doing something wrong, make us just as guilty as them!!   Even if we don’t actively participate, we are guilty by keeping silent!   To all my younger friends…I know how it feels to be the one made fun of  for being the goody-goody two shoes.   You know what though?   I’d rather have that be my reputation than have a reputation that says I’m mean, or a liar, or manipulative, basically…one that says I’m like the world.   Our only concern should be this;  WHAT DOES MY GOD IN HEAVEN WANT?   He wants us to be truthful.   Sleep well my friends!

A Temple Worthy of the Lord

Exodus 36-40 – January 9 at 12:57am

Tonight I finished Exodus 36-40.   These last 5 chapters are again dealing with the Tabernacle, the Priest’s robes and so on.   As I was reading it, I thought how detailed the building instructions were….even to the smallest detail.   The materials used were the best God’s land had to offer.   Then I thought how precious it all was.   It had to be a home capable of housing the Almighty God! That’s a pretty overwhelming concept.   Then I thought, the temple He resides in now, thru the Holy Spirit, is our body.   Is our temple capable of housing the Almighty God?   How do we know?   For me, having a temple worthy of housing
my Creator, means reading in His Word, praying, serving others, serving Him. To me it means I must be willing to put good things in my temple in order for God to have a dwelling worthy of His Spirit.   That means watching what I put in…do I watch tv shows that show pretty much everything contradictory to
His teachings?   Am I listening to music with lyrics that are offensive to God?   It boils down to what do I desire more….Him in my temple or the world?   I pray my actions, words, and deeds show my desire is ALWAYS for Him to dwell in my temple.   Sleep well my friends.