If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
What I love about this text is that it says the you have a choice. We have a choice on what we want to do with our lives. We have a choice on who we will serve. Make no mistake you are serving someone everytime you make a choice. The choice is not as easy as we think it is. On one hand you get to do as you please, call your own shots (but not really). And on the other hand you are living a life of total submission but when where your life can be a blessing to those around you. One path is easy but the destination sucks while the other path is hard but the destination is beyond what you can possibly speak or imagine. But at the end of the day you do make a choice. Everyday you are making the choice. So the questions must be asked…….
Will you choose to serve the false gods of the people who persecute you, the false gods of the people who’s land you are living in or will you serve The Lord who has given you victory over both?
1 Timothy 2:1,2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity
I think we forget this text in Timothy about praying for kings AND all who are in authority. This week has reminded me that we live in a country that is divided along the lines of political ideology, with everyone thinking that their way is the right way. The truth is that the only way that really matters is the way of the Lord. That is why Paul encourages us here in this letter to pray for those that are in authority so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
So have you prayed for those who are in authority today or only the ones in authority who agree with your views? Remember Christ ate, prayed and healed ALL who came to Him and likewise we should eat, pray and ask for healing for all we come in contact with.
The first 3 miracles that God had Moses and Aaron perform before Pharaoh were amazing in their own rites., Aaron’s staff becoming a serpent, the Nile turned to blood and frogs coming up on the land are no doubt impressive feats of power. What we tend to forget is that in Exodus 7:11, 7:22 and Exodus 8:7 we read that the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. You see sometimes we forget, as Pastor Lola Moore so eloquently put it, “The Enemy can be impressive too..”
So the NEXT plague that comes is a plague of gnats. Gnats have to be one of the smallest creatures on Earth and they can be annoying. They are completely harmless but ANNOYING. And this is where it gets funny….the magicians of Egypt couldn’t duplicate the plague. They couldn’t duplicate GNATS of all things. And the magicians let Pharaoh know in Exodus 8:19 that this is but the finger of God. The magicians were like, this is but a sample Pharaoh, let these people go before their God uses His whole hand to smite us.
This is what I love about God that when He gets serious He starts using the small things of this world to prove how mighty He truly is. Just like He calls you and I, the small things of this world, to serve Him and to be ambassadors and speak on His goodness.
Exodus 3:20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I shall do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.
Sometimes when you look at scripture it is very interesting to see the first time a word is used in scripture; in today’s case that word being miracles. Funny that the first time this word miracles is mentioned it is God who says it AND it is in the context of deliverence from bondage. HMM…….. So of course I had to look up the definition given for this Hebrew word that is translated as miracles and the definition goes like this….
“to be marvellous, be wonderful, be surpassing, be extraordinary, separate by distinguishing action”
So of course right now i’m like that is hot fire right there, but then I looked at the text again and noticed that God didn’t just say miracles, He said ALL My miracles. So i’m looking at this thing again this time at the word translated all….which means the WHOLE of something.
So when we look at this text God is saying I am going to strike Egypt with the WHOLE marvellous, wonderful, surpassing, extraordinary, distinguishing actions. And after I do that Pharaoh will let you go.
Don’t tell me that God doesn’t take freedom seriously. And He wants you to be free. All you have to do is ask Him for freedom and He has the power to make you free indeed. So why not just go ahead and ask Him for it today?
Romans 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Its voting day, which means that here in America people will get out today and elect officials. Now regardless of which side you fall on, at the end of the day whosoever is elected will be the governing authority. And as long as the laws and rules they make do not conflict with the Word of God, we are called as Christians to be subject to the governing authorities because God has allowed it to be established.
So before any of you begin thinking about causing an uproar because your “guy” or “gal” didn’t win, think about this text for a second and remember that as Christians we are called to serve God first, THEN the government when the two are not in conflict.
I am amazed at times by people who say they know God, yet turn around and do the most ungodly things. Things like spreading rumors and gossiping. But then they are the first to run around and talk about how much they are saved.
I gave brief pause to that idea as I was looking for something to share this morning and I fell to Titus 2:1 “But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” and it got me to wondering what came prior to this verse. And it was this text here which is a mic drop if there ever was a mic drop in the Bible
Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
Now I don’t write this to say that our works save us, far be it from me to contradict the scriptures, but our works do say something about who and who’s we are. We need to remember that the only way our deeds will match up with our faith is to have Christ in the heart and in the mind.
Never keep a secret
Psalms 25:14 The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.
This text was the the daily text in my Bible today and it got me thinking. God always is looking to reveal more of Himself to us but sometimes He doesn’t and the question I am left asking myself is why. Why do I not understand God the way that God wants me to understand Him? Why do I not understand His plans for my life? Why do I have so many questions about what to do?
The answer lies in this text. That maybe there are different levels that God wants us to go to in loving and trusting Him. After all the text says that the SECRET of the Lord is for those who fear Him AND when you fear Him HE will make you know His covenant. This is what one commentary had to say about this passage:
“That God will admit them into the secret of communion with himself (Psalm 25:14): The secret of the Lord is with those that fear him. They understand his word for, if any man do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, John 7:17. Those that receive the truth in the love of it, and experience the power of it, best understand the mystery of it. They know the meaning of his providence, and what God is doing with them, better than others. Shall I hide from Abraham the things that I do? Genesis 18:17. He call them not servants, but friends, as he called Abraham. They know by experience the blessings of the covenant and the pleasure of that fellowship which gracious souls have with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. This honour have all his saints.” – Matthew Henry Complete Commentary
We need to trust God more, we need to love God more. We need to commit ourselves to inviting Christ into our hearts DAILY and in doing so, He weill make us know His covenant.