Just a Thought…

Just a thought…
 
3/11/18
 

What is it that we need more than anything????  Hope!  Without it we are doomed!  The enemy of our souls wants to take hope away!  Don’t allow it!  Choose Joy!  Choose to Believe God no matter what!!  I found this article written by Dr. Tony Evans that I thought would be an encouragement for each reader!

 

Hope in Times of Trials

A little bird was flying south for the winter, but the air became so cold that it began to freeze and could not get to a warmer climate. After some time, the little bird finally collapsed in a large field where a herd of cows were grazing. Eventually, a cow came by and dropped manure of the freezing bird. At first, the bird was very upset until it felt how warm the manure was. Before too long, it began to thaw out and became so excited that it started singing with joy.

A cat happened to be passing by and heard the bird’s  joyful song. He followed it to the pile of manure and started digging until he discovered the little bird and promptly ate it.

There are a number of lessons we can learn from this story. First, not everybody who drops manure on you is your enemy. Second, not everybody who digs you out is your friend. Finally, when you’re in manure, keep your mouth shut.

If we live long enough, each one of us will find ourselves in a situation that seems much worse that we can bear. To follow the story line above, we’ll feel as though we are under a pile of manure. However, if our expectations are set on Jesus Christ and His providential care, we will  not stumble at the thought of going through a time of trial. In fact, we’ll have His hope to comfort us even in what appears to be a hopeless situation.

I love the illustration that we read in the book of Daniel, chapter three, where it says, “Nebuchadnezzar commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire.”[1]

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were in a bad situation. It doesn’t get much worse than being thrown into a fiery furnace – except for being thrown in bound. However, these three young men put their faith in God and gained a tremendous victory.

We read, “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, ‘Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?’ They replied to the king, ‘Certainly, O king.’ He said, ‘Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”[2]

God honored these three young men’s faith by delivering them from the furnace, even while they were still in the furnace. He will do the same for you when you live as a faith-walker, rather than as a faith-talker.

[1] Daniel 3:20

[2] Daniel 3:24,25

Tony Evans



Just a thought…

Just a thought…
 

While studying Detours in the life of believers via Tony Evans dvd series I ran across this story and then a little extra:

 

A Great Story:

There was a nine year old boy named Sam.  He was visiting his grandparents.  His grandparents lived on a big farm.  Sam had a sling shot that he loved and all during the day he would go out into the woods and shoot at different targets.  He practiced and practiced but he was not that accurate.

   One evening he heard the dinner bell and as he was walking toward the house, he saw his grandma’s pet duck. Now not too many people have a pet duck, but his grandma did.  She loved her pet duck.  The duck was sitting by the pond.  Sam never dreamed in a million years he could hit it, but he pulled out his sling shot back and the rock flew out and hit the duck square in the head and killed the duck instantly.

   Sam felt terrible and then he panicked.  He ran over and got the duck and SECRETLY buried the duck over by the wood pile.  As he was walking to the house, he looked up and realized his 12 year old sister Julie saw the whole thing take place.

   That night after dinner, the grandma asked Julie to help with the dishes.  Julie said, “I’d love to but Sam says he would love to do the dishes tonight.”  Julie whispered in his ear (“remember the duck”).  Sam went over and did the dishes.

   The next morning the grandfather was going fishing and he invited both of the grandkids to go with him.  The grandma said, “I really need Julie to stay here and help me with the chores.”  Julie said, “Grandma, Sam said he would really like to stay here and help you with the chores today.”  Julie again whispered in his ear: (“remember the duck”).  Sam stayed and did the chores and Julie went fishing.

   After a couple of days of doing both his chores and Julie’s chores, Sam finally had enough!  He went to his grandma and said, “Grandma I’m so sorry, but I got to tell you something.  I didn’t mean to but I accidentally killed your pet duck.”  The grandma gave him a big hug and said, “Sam, I know you did, I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing take place.  I’ve already forgiven you.  I’ve just been waiting to see how long you would let Julie make a slave out of you.”

Similarly, God is standing at the window of our lives and HE has seen every mistake, every failure and every weakness.  The good news is He has already forgiven you and does not hold anything against you when you confess your sins!  He is waiting to see how long you are going to let the accuser (satan) make a slave of you.  How long are you going to live to keep asking for forgiveness for the exact same thing?

   Today is a new day!  NO MORE!!!!! Do NOT let the accuser manipulate you into living your life depressed, thinking that you have blown your future, paid a debt that you don’t have to pay.  Go to your Father in heaven and say, “I’ve blown it, I’ve made mistakes, and I know you are a God of mercy, Who restores and forgives.  I’m going to get my joy back; my vision back; and I’m not going to let one mistake or a series of mistakes keep me from pursuing my God given destiny.”  

DO NOT LET THE ACCUSER MANIPULATE YOU ANYMORE!!!

Unload the baggage and leave the guilt behind.  Romans 8:1 says: “So there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”  In the flesh we beat ourselves up, feel unworthy and live depressed and defeated trying to show God we are sorry.  In the Spirit, we can say “yes, I’ve made mistakes and God not only forgives me but erases it.”  Do not fall into the trap of guilt but move forward!  Don’t listen to the accuser’s lies….it’s a major DETOUR!!!!!!
 


Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

2/13/2018

 

Nehemiah 11

 

The Volunteers are Blessed 

Key Verse = 2  “And the people commended everyone who volunteered to resettle in Jerusalem.”

 

Outline:

1-2        The leaders lived in Jerusalem

3-9        Many descendants of Judah & Benjamin lived in Jerusalem

10-24    Many Priests, Levites, & Gatekeepers lived in Jerusalem

25-36    Farming settlements

 

Meaning:

There was something special about those who volunteered to live within the city of Jerusalem.  It reminds me of how we feel about our military.  We respect and honor those who have chosen to serve and protect our nation.  In a similar way, these Jerusalem servants made the personal sacrifice to serve and protect God’s House and His people.  Of course, the other citizens were important as well.  The surrounding cities provided needed crops and livestock.  But the servants within Jerusalem deserved great honor.

 

Application:

The Apostle Paul made this request to the Thessalonian church: 

“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” [1Thes 5:12-13]

Let us pray for and support those who have given their lives to serve the church.



Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

10/23/2017

Nehemiah 10

Commitment to the House of God

 

Outline:

 

1-27      The leaders sign the contract

28-30    The people’s commitment to obey the Law of Moses

31-39    Commitment to support the work within the House of God

 

Meaning:

 

This chapter ends with these words… “Thus we will not neglect (forsake) the house of our God.”  Up to this point in time, the House of God was completely neglected.  So the leaders signed a contract and all the people took an oath to change their ways.

 

The contract included personal holiness (be separate from the world).  But a large part of it was for the service of God; offerings, worship, praise.   Note: it wasn’t simply the priests’ responsibility; it was the responsibility of all the people.  We need to be an active part of the service of the house of God.

 

Application:

  1. Be committed to serve where God puts me
  2. Be a joyful example while serving
  3. Teach others to do the same.


Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 
8/26/2017
 
Nehemiah 9
 
Walking in Truth
 
 
Outline:
 
1-4      The people confess sins & begin to worship
5-15    Acknowledgement of God’s working
16-31  Acknowledgement of the peoples’ sins & the compassion of God
32-38  Acknowledgement that God is just; allowing hardship to turn to committment
 
Meaning:
 
Truth is so important.  This chapter is so very healthy in that they embraced the truth & confessed sins to God.  Confession simply means to agree with God.  It is easy for us to focus on our hardships and feel like victims.  It is also easy to blame God for our own shortcomings.  But the people in this chapter faced the truth straight on & then went on to full repentance.  Isn’t that really what God wants from us?  He is merciful & ready to pardon, in order to work in us the good character of His Son, Jesus Christ.  
 
Application:
 
Whenever I begin to feel like a victim, I will acknowledge God’s faithfulness and turn my attitude to praise and worship.
 
Verse 3 –>  
“While they stood in their place, they read from the book of the law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.”
 
 
 
 
 


Just a Thought…

               GET UP

8/19/2017
 
In the Louis Giglio video Bible study series ” Comeback” he entitled one of his messages, ” GET UP!”  Are you stagnant?  Are you frozen?  Are you feeling unable?  Would God want you there?  There are scriptures after scriptures where God tells people to GET UP!  Interestingly, they are all different circumstances, and said for various reasons, which gives us no excuse!  The enemy of your soul wants you “frozen” in your faith so you are not transformed in who God wants you to be.  God wants you transformed!  What is preventing it in your life?  Sometimes the solution is just to get up!  Don’t be stuck!  How can we?  Well the Bible says that I (we) can do All things through Christ who strengthens us! ( Phil 4:13).  So it’s through Him.  It’s believing that He can even when you can’t! Let God work through you!  If you are preventing Him to do so, then you really need to repent and make that right with Him.  Let Him in!  Believe that He CAN do the impossible, because HE CAN!  Never give up!  Here are the verses that I found where God says to get up!:

 

 

GET UP:

Genesis 19:11

Then they blinded all the men, young and old, who were at the door of the house, so they gave

up trying to get inside.

 

Genesis 31:35

She said to her father, “Please, sir, forgive me if I don’t get up for you. I’m having my monthly period.”
So Laban continued his search, but he could not find the household idols.

 

Exodus 8:20

[A Plague of Flies ] Then the Lord told Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand in Pharaoh’s way as
he goes down to the river. Say to him, ‘this is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.

 

Exodus 9:13

[A Plague of Hail ] Then the Lord said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh. Tell him,
‘this is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so they can worship me.

 

Exodus 33:8

Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of
their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside.

 

Numbers 22:20

That night God came to Balaam and told him, “Since these men have come for you,
get up and go with them. But do only what I tell you to do.”

 

Deuteronomy 9:12

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up! Go down immediately, for the people you brought out of Egypt
have corrupted themselves. How quickly they have turned away from the way I commanded them to live!
They have melted gold and made an idol for themselves!’

 

Deuteronomy 10:11

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land
I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’

 

Joshua 7:10

But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?

 

Joshua 7:13

Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord,
the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat
your enemies until you remove these things from among you.

 

Judges 7:9

That night the Lord said, “Get up! Go down into the Midianite camp, for I have given you victory over them!

 

Judges 7:15

When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship before the Lord.
Then he returned to the Israelite camp and shouted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory
over the Midianite hordes!”

 

Judges 19:9

Later, as the man and his concubine and servant were preparing to leave, his father-in-law said,
“Look, it’s almost evening. Stay the night and enjoy yourself. Tomorrow you can
get up early and be on your way.”

 

Judges 19:28

He said, “Get up! Let’s go!” But there was no answer. So he put her body on his donkey and took her home.

 

1 Samuel 9:26

At daybreak the next morning, Samuel called to Saul, “Get up! It’s time you were on your way.”
So Saul got ready, and he and Samuel left the house together.

 

2 Samuel 12:17

The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

 

2 Samuel 22:39

I consumed them; I struck them down so they did not get up; they fell beneath my feet.

 

1 Kings 19:5

Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him,
Get up and eat!”

 

1 Kings 19:7

Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said,
Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

 

1 Kings 21:7

“Are you the king of Israel or not?” Jezebel demanded. “Get up and eat something, and don’t worry about it.
I’ll get you Naboth’s vineyard!”

 

Ezra 10:4

Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight.
We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”

 

Job 1:5

When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would
get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself,
“Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

 

Psalm 18:38

I struck them down so they could not get up; they fell beneath my feet.

 

Psalm 44:23

Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever.

 

Proverbs 24:16

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

 

Proverbs 31:15

She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

 

Song of Solomon 3:2

So I said to myself, “I will get up and roam the city, searching in all its streets and squares.
I will search for the one I love.” So I searched everywhere but did not find him.

 

Song of Solomon 7:12

Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded,
if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love.

 

Isaiah 5:11

What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long
evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.

 

Jeremiah 1:17

Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them,
or I will make you look foolish in front of them.

 

Jeremiah 8:4

[Deception by False Prophets] “Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘this is what the Lord says:
“‘when people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road,
don’t they turn back?

 

Jeremiah 46:19

Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile, you citizens of Egypt! The city of Memphis will be destroyed,
without a single inhabitant.

 

Ezekiel 3:22

Then the Lord took hold of me and said, “Get up and go out into the valley, and I will speak to you there.”

 

Daniel 7:5

Then I saw a second beast, and it looked like a bear. It was rearing up on one side,
and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And I heard a voice saying to it, “Get up!
Devour the flesh of many people!”

 

Jonah 1:2

Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because
I have seen how wicked its people are.”

 

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.
He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish.
He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

 

Jonah 1:6

So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up
and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

 

Jonah 3:2

Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

 

Zephaniah 3:7

I thought, ‘Surely they will have reverence for me now! Surely they will listen to my warnings.
Then I won’t need to strike again, destroying their homes.’ But no, they
get up early to continue their evil deeds.

 

Matthew 2:13

[The Escape to Egypt ] After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.
Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return,
because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

 

Matthew 2:20

Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel,
because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

 

Matthew 17:7

Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”

 

Mark 5:41

Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!”

 

Luke 7:14

Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said,
“I tell you, get up

 

Luke 8:54

Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, “My child, get up!”

 

Luke 11:8

But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough,
he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

 

Luke 22:46

“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

 

Acts 3:6

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of
Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

 

Acts 9:6

Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

 

Acts 9:34

Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you!  Get up, and roll up
your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly.

 

Acts 9:40

But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “

Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!

 

Acts 10:13

Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

 

Acts 10:20

Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.”

 

Acts 11:7

And I heard a voice say, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.’

 

Acts 12:7

Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick!  Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.

 

Acts 22:10

“I asked, ‘what should I do, Lord?’ “And the Lord told me, ‘
Get upand go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’

 

Acts 22:16

What are you waiting for?  
Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’

 



Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 

8-8-2017

 

Nehemiah 8

 

Joyful Obedience

 

Outline:

        1-8  The people are united to hear the Word of God 

      9-12  The people stop weeping & begin to celebrate before the Lord (because of the Lord)

    13-18  Joy comes when we discover & do God’s will

     

Meaning:

It is amazing that Israel had not followed Leviticus 23 (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) since the time of Joshua.  Apparently, they entered the land & thought it was unnecessary after they had rest from war.  It seems this complacency may have been part of the reason why they were carried away to Babylon and Jerusalem was destroyed.

 

But now, after repentance, they begin to experience the good from obedience……. Unity, joy, revival!  The right steps to this change were:

  1. They asked to hear the Word of God
  2. They discovered God’s will (Feast!)
  3. They did God’s will

 

Application:

 

Decide for yourself, ahead of time, that no matter what, you will obey God’s will.



Just a thought…

 

7-25-2017

 

Just a thought…

 

It is so important to follow through!  What if God NEVER followed through?  We would not be here!   We worship a God who as it says in Hebrews is a perfect leader!  I love that!  How does He lead?  Does He forget us?  Does He forget what He said or what He promised to us? NEVER!  So how do others feel when we forget about them?  Its hard to be unselfish in this SELF driven world!  But God wants us to esteem another more than ourselves!   So follow through!  Do what you said you were going to do.  If you told someone you would call them, then call them!  If you told someone that you would pray for them, pray.  Mainly, if you say you love Jesus, then spend time with Him!  GET IN THE WORD OF GOD!  Don’t blow Him off!  Don’t say you want to learn about Him and then you never read His story, His promises, His encouragement, His guidance, His no, His yes, His wait, His love, etc…. He is waiting for you!  Spend time with Him.  There is NO excuse!



Just a thought…

 
7-9-2017
 
Just a thought…
 
God’s Word is truth!  God’s Word is sure.  God’s Word answers questions.  God’s Word is THE answer to ALL your needs!  I Corinthians 5 is a great chapter as are all the chapters in God’s Word!  It is a pointed chapter!  Paul does not skirt around in this chapter.  The part that really stood out to me is the part about pride.  In verses 6-8 is where Paul speaks so of pride…!  He uses the example of “leaven”.  Leaven is never a symbol of the gospel; it is always a principle of evil and it represents evil in this instance.  What does leaven (yeast) do to bread?  When you put it into the dough and set it in a warm place, it spreads through the bread and the bread begins to puff up or rise.  When it gets to a certain height, the bread is put into a hot oven.  Why?  To stop the leavening process.  If it didn’t go into the oven, the leavening process would go on and rise higher until the whole loaf would be corrupt.  This is what happens to evil in the church if it is not dealt with.  The whole thing will blow up and destroy the effectiveness of the church.  A little leaven (yeast) will leaven the whole lump…so it MUST be purged out.  Paul also talks about how the believer needs to be sincere (vs 8).  The world today needs to see sincerity and truth among believers.  The Word of God teaches that a little infection in the church must be dealt with or else it is going to corrupt and wreck the church.  The church will lose its power.  An impure church is not a powerful church.  This is true for an individual also.  Today, we need a great deal of courage – no compromise in the church to point out these things and say, this is sin!  I think that when this is done, the believer who is in sin, will confess like the man in Corinth.


Builder’s Blog – Lessons from Nehemiah

 
7-7-2017
 
Nehemiah 7
 
Secure Gates
 
Outline:
 
vs.    1-4    Nehemiah appoints leaders & secures the city
       5-69   God leads Nehemiah to take a census
     70-73   Record of gifts and the givers
 
Meaning:
 
I am thinking about Nehemiah’s heart.  In particular, that this book began with
weeping, mourning and fasting.  I believe that Nehemiah is now beginning to
feel a little better.  
 
The report that he heard in chapter 1 was “the remnant are in great distress and
reproach, and the wall is broken down & the gates are burned.”  But now, the 
wall is built, the gates are functioning and there is good security.  In addition,
there are gifts being given for God’s work (a very healthy sign).  
 
For myself, I am thinking of the city as a picture of my soul.  I need to be in
charge of my gates.  What or who comes in or out must be according to
God’s will.  If we personally know this measure of security in our lives,
we will prosper spiritually and be able to share our gifts.
 
Application:
 
To pray and labor to keep our gates under the control of Christ.