Whether we are facing a decision that has many possibilities or we are just going through normal everyday life, we need to be looking for God. God is where we need to be, he will show us the right way. Ask him to help you with that big decision. If his answer isn’t instant, then wait longer, wait as long as you need to know that is what God wants. You can make mistakes along the way yes, but most of those are decisions not centered around God and we just instinct. Just remember if you find yourself making that rush decision, think for a moment if it feels Godly.
Refocus, refresh, relearn, reforgive, relove….sometimes we have to repeat things in our life to learn them. In spelling class I always had to write the word 5 times, write the sentence 3 times and spell it out loud. Our minds are very much able to relearn. That can be to pray, to love, to forgive…all things we must do more than once. Don’t get down on yourself for having to go over something more than once to truly get it that is ok and at some point we all have to do it to understand something that God is teaching us, embrace it with a curious mind just like the first time. God may even teach you more the 2nd or 3rd time than the 1st.
Numbers 9:15-23 (NIV) On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.
That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.
Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.
When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out.
Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.
Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out.
Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out.
At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
This is an amazing example of the isrealites’ obedience. God gave them direction by moving the clouds for them to follow. What should we do this day and time? It’s not so easy for us to follow God’s lead. We are not as in sync with God as Moses was. But if we stay focused, God fearing, and obiedent ourselves we will grow our relationship with God and have an easier time asking God for his plan for our lives. He will make our paths straight. Get to know his love and share it. He used the isrealites obeying him to take them to the promise Land, where is he taking you?
Our lives are so busy this day and time with social media, jobs, family, friends, and so much more. Jesus made it a point to go where it was quiet to talk to and listen to God. How many of us truly can say we can hear when God is talking to us? I know for me personally I can’t say I always can, because I am constantly staying busy trying to accomplish more and make more time in the day that I don’t have. The thought here is if we give God time then maybe he will give us time to do everything that we want/need. God is all powerful and who is to say that he wouldn’t stop time and give you and your heart the time it needs to come clean and rest. God loves us. This is a reminder to not only you, but to myself: take time and listen.
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!
We have all had our hearts broken at one point or another in our life, if you haven’t experienced this yet then I hope you never have to. The thing to remember is that we are not perfect how we are, but Jesus does want us as we are. He wants to transform us into the person that we are meant to be. Sometimes the way for him to get to our heart is for a situation to shatter our hearts. This could be losing a job, a friend, a loved one. Just to list a few. We are very caught up in looking for the next good feeling, what can I do to get that feeling? Maybe the reason that we look for those things has the same denominator…our missing piece of our heart. God fills our heart and completes us. Makes us whole if you will. Maybe what we have been chasing our whole lives hasn’t been the promotion, the spouse, the money, the high, but maybe just maybe he has been waiting right next to us our entire life…
I will share with you the story of Job, this man was very wealthy and had a big family. He lost it all, his kids died, he lost his wealth, but he didn’t lose his faith and trust in God. For that faith, God rewarded Job with double the wealth and family. The moral of Job’s story is regardless of what we face we shall live by faith not by sight. Do not let today’s troubles keep your mind from the eternal blessings that God had in store as your reward for your faith. May God bless you and your family for generations to come!
John 9:4-5 (NIV) As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Jesus was only doing as Good instructed him to do while on earth, to give God the glory and perform miracles. In John 9, we learn about the man who was born blind, but Jesus helped him see after he put mud over his eyes and had him wash it off. Jesus gave everyone plenty of chances to see that he was the son of God, but sinners did not want to accept this. Do we have the same problem today? Are we too proud to admit, we are sinners and fall short of pleasing God everyday. Do we not understand that God loves us despite our failures and wants nothing, but the best for us. We should be praising his name every chance we get! Praise you God for all the wonderful things you have done for us, all the lessons that we have learned and for sending you son to make us believers!