Monday, August 22, 2011

Aug 22-28

Monday: Joshua 5
Tuesday: 2 Chronicles 12
Wednesday: Psalm 6
Thursday: Isaiah 10
Friday: Hosea 10
Saturday: Luke 18
Sunday: 2 Corinthians 9

12 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

there was so much spiritual food for me in this chapter. first, about the circumcision, I remembered Romans 2:29 how true circumcision is circumcision of the heart, and how it comes from God. Later, when the "commander of the Lord's army" stood before Joshua and announced that He was neither friend nor foe, and commanded reverence for His holiness (this would appear to be Jesus, person of the Godhead as an angel never receives worship)it just brought everything full circle for me. How it is all about Lordship. The Israelites surrendered themselves for physical circumcision to show that they were God's special possession, His chosen people. We are the same.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Do I surrender my heart for circumcision to the One who desires to possess it and control it through the working of His HS? Do I recognize the Lordship of Christ in my life and bow on my face in humility before Him for all He is and all I am not? Do I make my choices and live my life in such a way that brings glory to the commander of my heart?

Denise said...

Joshua 5: 11-12: God supplied manna to the hungry Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness. In the bountiful Promised Land they no longer needed this daily food supply because the land was ready for planting and harvesting. God had miraculously provided food for the Israelites while they were in the wilderness; here he provided food from the land itself. Prayer is not an alternative to preparation, and faith is not a substitute for hard work. God can and does provide miraculously for his people as needed, but he also expects them to use their God-given talents and resources to provide for themselves. If your prayers have gone unanswered, perhaps what you need is within your reach. Pray instead for the wisdom to see it and the energy and motivation to do it.

Prairie Chick said...

2 Chronicles 12:1 After Rehoboam's kingdom was set up and he became strong, he and the people of Judah stopped obeying the teachings of the Lord."

Denise, this reminded me of something you wrote last week about "when things are going good we kind of take God for granted" kind of thing. In desperation we turn to God when the going gets tough but that is not a relationship of love and devotion. That is a relationship of self interest. What about God? How do I show my love for HIM. Not by just asking Him to give me strength to get through the hard days, or bailing me out of my relational faux pas. No. Like Lee preached the other week, I show my love for Him by showing up. By investing in our relationship. By loving Him through word AND action.

The other thing that stood out to me from this verse is that the leader sets the tone. He AND THE PEOPLE under his rule stopped obeying the teachings of the Lord. How can we know the teachings of the Lord if we don't read them. How can we obey them if we don't know them? God is more than capable of reaching and speaking to our children on His own, but He has placed us in the position to pass on the knowledge of His teachings to them. They are watching us. May we shine a light on the way and may they be drawn to walk in it through the example that we set.

Berry Girl said...

2 Chr 12:
"...I will grant them some measure of deliverance...But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries." (vv7-8)
Something about this strikes me when I read it. The difference between serving God and man, and how the one is a pleasure while the other is not (always). But how we tend to view our service to God as not a pleasure, until we have something to compare it to.
I don't know, but this just struck me this morning.

Denise said...

2 Chronicles 12: 1-2: Yes, PC, I was thinking the same thing and my Bible notes reiterated the same idea. “During his first three years on the throne, Rehoboam made an attempt to obey God, and as a result, Judah prospered. But then, at his peak of popularity and power, he abandoned God. The result was destruction because God allowed Judah to be conquered by Egypt. How could this happen? Often it is more difficult to be a believer in good times than in bad. Tough times push us toward God; but easy times can make us feel self-sufficient and self-satisfied. When everything is going right, guard your faith closely.”

Prairie Chick said...

"the Lord has heard my crying. The Lord has heard my cry for help; the Lord will answer my prayer." v9

the faith to believe that God hears our plea when our hearts are wounded, that He reaches down to comfort, strengthen and restore. This is hope. This is faith.

Denise said...

Psalm 6: “Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak” (v2). God in his kindness forgives us instead of giving us what we deserve.

Denise said...

Isaiah 10: God will judge unjust judges and those who make unfair laws. Those who oppress others will be oppressed themselves. It is not enough to live in a land founded on justice; each individual must deal justly with the poor and the powerless. Don’t pass your responsibility off onto you nation or even your church. You are accountable to God for what you do for the poor.

Prairie Chick said...

Isaiah 10. The sovereignty of God is so wonderful in this chapter. How He uses the King of Assyria's personality and power to accomplish His own purposes even though the King of Assyria was on His hit list to be laid low. God used him in all His depravity to accomplish His will and then showed him who was really in control.

Prairie Chick said...

Hosea 10.

"As the people became richer they built more altars for idols. As their land became better, they put up better stone pillars to honor gods." v1

Seems to be a recurring theme this week :)

v 8 "Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!" and to the hills "Fall on us!"

Brought to mind this verse from Revelation:

6:15 "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?"

I have had friends killed in rock slides in BC. It is something we lived in constant dread of during the spring rains. To think of begging for the rocks to cover you rather than to face the wrath of God is a very eye opening picture for me.

On a more positive note, I loved this verse; "I said, "plant goodness, harvest the fruit of loyalty, plow the new ground of knowledge. Look for the Lord until He comes and pours goodness on you like water."

This is God's heart. He desires to pour goodness on His people. He does not force us to walk in obedience, but He rewards those who do.

Denise said...

Hosea 10: The Israelites were taken in by the lie that military power could keep them safe. Believers today sometimes fall for lies. Those who lead others astray often follow these rules: Make it big; keep it simple; repeat it often. Believers can avoid falling for lies by asking: (1) Am I believing this because there is personal gain in it for me? (2) Am I discounting important facts? (3) Does this conflict with a direct command of Scripture? (4) Are there any biblical parallels to the situation I’m facing that would help me know what to believe?

Prairie Chick said...

Luke 18

Jesus asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?"

He said, "Lord, I want to see."

42 Jesus said to him, "Then see. You are healed because you believed."

What do I want God to do for me? What do I want to be delivered from in my life. Why don't I cry out to Him for deliverance and believe that He is able to free me from chains I have worn since childhood? I believe, yet how often do I hesitate to approach Him for healing thinking that my state is just a natural result of what I have been through. It's just part of my makeup. Who I am. Yet in Him, I can be free, who I was designed to be.