Miracles or True Belief??

One night while reading I was in the Gospel of Luke, I came across the following Scripture and used it as the foundation in a post on Facebook:

Luke 23:8 “Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him.”

I chose this verse to post on Facebook for my nightly….mostly nightly….commentary on my Bible reading. Here’s what I posted….

SO those were my thoughts thatnight. The day after, as I was thinking about posting on Hadassah, I thought I should clarify some things.

1. I’m not saying miracles aren’t important or that they can’t happen. I’m saying that the miracles Jesus did were to point to who He was as the Son of God. If we use miracles as the sole reason we come to Jesus then when the times get tough, I believe, those people will fall away from Jesus. The reason….the SOLE reason…..we should come to Jesus is because of His sacrifice for us. Because we realize that we are worthless. Yep…..worthless. That seems like such a harsh word doesn’t it? It’s true though. There is nothing in us that is worthy of the sacricfice Jesus made for us when He died on cross for our sins.

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.