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:

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… 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.

What is Wisdom?

Exodus 31-35 – January 7 at 9:45pm

Tonight was Exodus 31-35.   I came across this verse, again about stuff for the Tabernacle, the priest’s robes, and so on.   The following verse really speaks to me.   Ex 31:6b  “In the hearts of all who are wise hearted I (God) have put wisdom that they may make all I have commanded them.”    So  I asked myself, who does God think  is wise?  It’s simple…those who seek Him!!!   For quite awhile now I’ve been repeatedly asking God, in prayer time and as life happens, for Him to give me wisdom, knowledge, and discernment.   So I guess that makes me wise because I’m seeking Him FIRST!!   Of course, if you ask most people in my life, I don’t think wise is a word they would use to describe me.   Funny, goofy, absent-minded, kind, and hopefully not too bad looking….lol…but wise?  I wonder if  I think people wouldn’t use that word to describe me is because I don’t think I’m wise?   Well….God just made it abundantly clear.   I’m wise…..I’M WISE!!!!   I also think sometimes God and Jesus laugh with me….let’s face it…I’m pretty funny! =) SO!   How you see yourself isn’t the key….it’s how GOD sees you!  If you are seeking Him then you ARE wise!   If you aren’t seeking Him….come join the wise club.   Sleep well my friends!

A Continual Reminder

Exodus 26-30 – January 7 at 2:21am

So tonight was a tough one.   Exodus 26-30.   This grouping of Scripture is very detailed and I didn’t see what wisdom the Holy Spirit would give me for this passage.   It is a very detailed list of instructions for the building of the Ark of the Covenant, the robes for the high priest and so on.   I then came to a
small part about the robe that was to be made for the first high priest, Aaron. There, in the ephod and chestpiece, were precious stones carved with the names of the 12 tribes of Israel.   When Aaron would wear the robe, which he had to do every time he went into the Holy of Holies, in the presence of God,
those stones with the names of God’s chosen people, rested directly over Aaron’s heart.   My Bible version says  “This would be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord.”    So Aaron had written on his heart the names of people he prayed for.   Many of you, my loved ones, are “written” on my heart when I go before God in prayer.   I consider it an honor and privilege to pray for others.   I consider it a privilege because I know it isn’t always easy to let our guards down and invite someone to share in our needs.   It can be a very vulnerable thing to do because we are trusting them to hold a piece of us in their hands and not crush us.   I pray you all know I’m here.   You can share with me and know you won’t be crushed.   You don’t even need to tell me details.   You can just say you need prayer…that simple!   God knows what you need! So….do you have people written on your heart that you take with you into prayer?   Not sure how to pray?   Just talk to Him…just like you would with a spouse or a friend.   He is always there and He’ll always listen.   I promise.   Sleep well my friends.

They’re Doing It!

Exodus 21-25 – January 6 at 2:00am

Tonight was Exodus 21-25.   I dedicate this to every parent who has been told by their children, “BUT THEY’RE DOING IT!”   Ex. 23:1-2.  “Do not pass along false reports.   Do not cooperate with evil people by telling lies on the witness stand.   Do not join a crowd that intends to do evil.   When you are on the witness stand, do not be swayed in your testimony by the opinion of the majority.”

This says….to me….God doesn’t want us to ‘go along with the crowd’.   He wants us to have our own opinions!   To NOT be swayed to do something or act a certain way because our friends are.   He wants us to think for ourselves!   His Word is what should have sway over us.   Not the popular girl at school or the athletic prom king.   HIS WORD!!!   The best advice I can ever give is to pour…no…FLOOD our spirits with God’s Word and His desires for us.   That way, when we’re tempted to do something because someone else is, His Word will come to our minds and remind us  the good, honorable, just action He wants us to have.   Flood His word into yourself, your spouse, your children, your friends and so on and watch the beauty that will spring forth!   Good night my friends, sleep well.