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Deuteronomy 8:10-14

Deuteronomy 8:10-14 (NIV) When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
This is pretty straight forward, put God first and remember without him you would not be who you are or as successful as you are. Give him thanks in EVERY situation. He will continue to bless you! He loves you and is always with you.

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Find Peace

In our lives we have tons of things that requires our energy. Sometimes I find myself feeling depleted of all of my energy. I feel like I have a huge boulder of problems and tasks on my back. When I find myself feeling like I cannot take anything more, I realize that I haven’t been spending enough time talking to God. When I am talking to God and telling him about all of the things in my life he gives me peace. He reminds me of Philippians 4:6 (NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. That very gets brought into my mind. If you are feeling overwhelmed by life right now, just take it to God and let him give you peace and promise.

Deuteronomy 1:30-31

Deuteronomy 1:30-31 (NIV) The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,
and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

God has gone before each of us in our lives, he already knows what is in store for us, whether we choose to follow his will or whether we try to make our own path. If we follow his purpose it will be a much straighter path. As we follow him, he will do the fighting for us that we will or never have noticed. He is our loving father and will forever love us and protect us, we just need to take the steps in faith that are presented before us.

The Happiness Is Yours For The Taking

Are you happy right now? Are you sad, stressed, mad, alone, overwhelmed, desperate, missing yourself, lost, any other emotions? Whatever your situation Jesus is your answer. He died on the cross and overcame death so that we would have the choice of happiness! Without him, we would simply be doomed and would never have hope of happiness, no light at the end of the dark tunnel that you may be facing. Let him shine the light in your situation and show you that the end is in sight. He loves you, God loves you! God sent Jesus to earth to fulfill his purpose of allowing us the ability to choose. Will you choose Jesus today? He is waiting with his arms wide open! Ready to love you embrace you and take the chains and break them. All that we have done, felt, and faced he can make better, we just have to choose him and ask him to forgive us. Accept him as your Savior and let him love you. I promise your life will be forever changed, mine had been.

Numbers 16

In this chapter, some Levites have opposed Moses and Aaron. They have come to say that Moses has put himself on a pedestal above the rest of them. Moses has only obeyed God. They continue to talk about leaving Egypt and why he has brought them to the desert. They are not listening to God, they are getting caught on their selfish ways by trying to remove Moses and Aaron. They were selected to help minister to the rest of the Isrealites, but aren’t doing as God wishes. They and 250 others burn their own offering, the Lord listens to Moses as he had given the warning. He told them let the men die of natural causes if Moses did any wrong doing to the Isrealites, but if he was only doing as the Lord instructed for the earth to open up and swallow them whole. So, the men that had not listened to God and burned their own offering had the offering rejected and were cast into the center of the earth. 

The point here is that God has given us rules to live by, he has a purpose and a plan for each of us. As we so his purpose we will be rewarded and feel the Holy Spirit with us, when we sin and go against his plan and break his rules we are separating ourselves from our Father. He may not end our lives as he did the people who did not believe in him and opposed him, but we will not get the rewards that come with walking in line with God. Think of that as you are have a self reflection. Are you consumed by the Holy Spirit or are you feel alone and lost?

Purpose

Numbers 1:53 (NIV) The Levites, however, are to set up their tents around the tabernacle of the Testimony so that wrath will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the Testimony.”

What is the #1 questions most people ask themselves? Could be in highschool or college, or just sitting at a picnic table on a fall day or really anywhere. The question is what is our purpose in life. We dream of a million things we want to be; doctor, lawyer, athlete, writer, and much more. 

What I am getting at is that God has given us a mission and reason for being where we are, when we are. In the biblical example that I am using above. God has Moses gather men over 20 years old that were able to fight for Isreal. Over 600,000 men were chosen. The most klans were selected to march out and battle. The Levites however, we chosen to defend the Tabernacle. Most people like action packed lives. In this scenario, they probably wouldn’t enjoy the task of guarding the Tabernacle, but the key here is they were chosen to serve God. God has a plan for us too. As long as we are fulfilling that purpose then no matter how big or small the task we perceive it as, it puts a smile on God’s face. Keep that in mind as you search your soul. If God is smiling, I guarantee he will make our situation good enough where we are smiling too. Are you smiling?

Leviticus 26:15-16

Leviticus 26:15-16 (NIV) and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,
then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.

Does this remind you of some of the events we see in the world today? I don’t know about you, but to me this is happening today. Terrorists, cancer, and more sicknesses. We as a word are not obeying God in the ways he has commanded. But, there is definitely hope. Jesus did come on the earth and die for our sins. His resurrection gives us a chance to be forgiven of our broken ways and sin. He gives us more chances than we deserve to be saved. For all that have been impacted by any of the formentioned topics, I do pray for God to move in your life and let you never be impacted by anything like that again. We as Christians must show the world that this is what we face if we do not give God the love, respect, and obedience that he deserves. Share God’s love with your neighbor, your friend, your family, even a stranger, because they need Christ just as we need him!

Leviticus 23:22

Leviticus 23:22 (NIV) “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.'”

God gives us blessings in many aspects of our lives. Money from work, food from farming and much more. Today I wanted to talk about this verse from the book of Leviticus. The intial meaning that I first think of is, this is the Lord’s blessings and his harvest. He has allowed it to grow and flourish. So, when he tells us not to be selfish then that let’s me know that there is more than enough in that harvest for my and my family’s needs. He says not to go to the edges in collections. Do not pick anything fallen from the ground, that is for the animals, or the less fortunate. God will supply! He may very well be answering a prayer through you today, a prayer that another person has asked. I’m sure some of the less fortunate people were praying to God for food for survival, and he has commanded the fortunate to leave the edges or the crops uncollected! What an amazing God, to use our blessings for blessing even more people! Now think about your life today, maybe it’s not money that God has blessed you with. But I can assure you that you do have a gift, use that gift to bless someone today, use it everyday! Maybe it helps you make a living remember do collect the edges of your field, don’t be selfish, but share. May God bless you and you bless others!

Brief Bondage

Do you feel the chains holding you down in life? Does it seem like your past just won’t let you go? Remember in Exodus, that the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians. Moses came in to the picture. He wasn’t good with words, but he did have something that noone else did have, that was faith to listen and do EXACTLY what God instructed. He led the Israelites out of Egypt, many questioned him serval times when they looked and saw little food or water. They would say, ” why have you led us out here to die? ” He would pray to the Lord and the Lord would bless them with their needs. Moses didn’t waiver in his faith. He truly led his life by faith and not by sight. Remember, we have chains that hold us back and down on this Earth. God sent us Jesus. He is the key to the chains, the key to the gate to the kingdom of heaven! Pray for the release of the chains, for the true freedom from the sins in your life. He will answer, I promise, he has promised!

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