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Following God

What Are You Making God?

SubmitI lifted my most pressing heart’s desire to God, as I make a habit of doing on the Sabbath.  Later that day, He began answering me, as He often does on the Sabbath.

A new opportunity arose from someone in my congregation, and I was asked to participate.  Wow, I’d never thought of that idea, I didn’t even know we had those resources.  It was an obvious God-incidence in answer to my prayer.  I was excited about the prospect and what it could lead to.

Then the obstacles began to mount against my participation — to the point of impossibility.  Under my current circumstances there was no way I could participate in the project.  (more…)


Purim – Partnering with God to Bring His Will

“As a Christian, serious about living out Christ’s intention for me, I view life as a series of opportunities to respond to and maximize… to recognize opportunities – either immediate or in the future – and prepare for, or respond well to them.”  Dr. Jerry Cook

This summarizes our partnership with God in bringing his will.  This is exactly what Esther and Mordecai did when the Jews were threatened with extermination by the Persians, as recorded in the Book of Esther – the story commemorated on the festival of Purim. (more…)


Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 2

Image271In Numbers 1-2 God appoints leaders from each tribe of the Israelites, counts the men for military battle and organizes them as to how they are to camp and move.  By Numbers 10 they are moving toward the Promised Land.  These are our bookends in this study.  Everything within this 20-day period can be considered the last minute instructions before the Israelites can move forward.

In Part 1, we referenced Hebrews 3-4, in which Paul points out,

“it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today.’ ”  … “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;”

The last minute preparations in how to enter our Sabbath rest in these last days are the same for us as they were for the Israelites in Numbers 1-10.  These are our instructions for what is required in order for God to fulfill His promises to us. (more…)


Preparing to Enter Our Promised Land – Part 1

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Numbers 1 begins the culmination of God’s main purpose for the Exodus:  entering the Promised Land.  Hebrews 4 tells us we are still headed for the Promised Land, calling it our Sabbath rest.  Numbers 1-14 are the last few weeks before His grand plan is finally realized.  The first 10 chapters provide an outline of how to prepare to enter the Land – for the Israelites, and for us today.  These are the last few instructions for following God’s presence into our land of blessing and abundance. (more…)


The Blessing of the 10 Commandments: A Case in Point

Image271In an earlier post, we reviewed the lifestyle of following the 10 Commandments and the blessings it produces based on Deuteronomy 26:16-19.  But God’s blessings go beyond human logic.  It’s not only that if you do this, then that will happen. While that is certainly true in the natural realm, when we pursue God’s commands, the spiritual results are compounded beyond what we can imagine. (more…)


What If…? It’s All About the Gardener

DAN_9089As I walked a familiar path, I pondered my goals and pursuits — the progress or lack thereof, the advances and obstacles.  Were my efforts having the desired effects?  Were my primary purposes being met?  These were pursuits I know God had led me to, called on me to participate in.  Yet, while I could point to advances I had made, I couldn’t see tangible results I believed were God’s greater purposes.  I could hear in my mind, “If only…” “If only this project were to reach that point, then it would be successful.”  “If only I could get beyond this or that, I could really make a difference.”  “If only…”

I recently wrote an article on how the phrase “If only” is a red flag for the temptation to reach beyond what God is already doing, to jump out ahead or create my own plan when things aren’t as I think they ought to be.  On my walk, my own “If onlys” echoed through the trees.  I knew I needed to repent.  When I did, God responded in His typical fashion with patience, understanding, gentleness and fatherly love. (more…)


Working for His Purposes

Image1At one point in my career, I had not been demoted, but it certainly felt that way.  Our administrative help was let go, and I was asked to take on her work in addition to my own.  The new arrangement was working, so there was no hope of it changing any time soon.  But I grew restless and sometimes frustrated.  It also began to change other peoples’ perceptions of my capabilities and my status in the organization.  I considered looking for another job, but in the current economy, this was not the time.

I asked a question I often use to glean answers and direction from God:  “Who in the Bible has felt this way, and what did he or she do about it?”  Two Bible giants came to mind — Joseph and Moses.

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