Hello Sisters! Taking this opportunity to share a great message from Priscilla today! For the printable PDF file of above click HERE May this be a blessing to you! Xo, Sue
I haven’t officially posted for quite a few days…here’s why:)
My husband and I have a vacation home near my Daughter’s family in Winter Park CO. We had a trip planned with them…our first time to stay in the summer! Many of you know that my Dad has been ill, and I almost stayed in Ohio to be with him. BUT, his good sons came to stay and see to his care, along with his constant caregiver Karen, and so off we went to CO. So thankful for my brothers and for Karen!
I thought you might like to see this friendly Moose we ran into boating yesterday! He was actually with some buddies, and it was a thrill for us to meet them all! He was so unimpressed with us:)
Before I go on, I do have great news…Dad is improving daily and I am sooooooo very grateful! Again, many thanks to those of you who have been praying!!!!
So, I have to rise very early in the morning to “beat” my granddaughter up, in order to have some quiet time:) I’ve been reading such a AMAZING book by Beth Guckenberger called Start With Amen. I must admit, I have a hard time reading too many pages at once, because my mind and my heart are flooded with images due to the fact that BETH is an AMAZING story teller and writer.
I HIGHLY recommend her book!!!! You can find it here.
Today as I read in Chapter 4, it’s happened again! Beth brings a new perspective to this chapter in Exodus…personal in application and loaded with great imagery.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
“The book of Exodus records a scene in which Moses, the one God called to rescue his people from slavery, and Pharaoh, the evil ruler holding them captive, squared off with the plagues in the let-my-people-go story:
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’” (Ex. 8: 1–4)
I want to imagine myself always on God’s side, fighting for him. But sometimes I choose to align myself with the enemy. It’s usually because I have a habit I don’t want to break, a sin I refuse to confess, or a grudge I would rather hold. Whatever it is, that sin gets in my bed and into my palace. I find it in my oven and in my kneading trough and on my people . . . Eventually, if I go long enough without confessing, I can’t see anything else, and like the frog, it’s everywhere. Then, like Pharaoh, choking on my own poor choices, I must go to the One who has the power to take it all away.
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” (Exodus 8: 8–9)
I love how Beth highlights the fact that it was UP TO PHARAOH to ask for Moses to pray to the LOrd to remove those frogs…and instead of asking immediately, he chose to wait! As we read this story, we scratch our heads and wonder why he wouldn’t want to get rid of them as quickly as possible…and then, realize…that’s our constant state, our sin nature, our pride….it causes us to either hold onto what we think we need or think is best, or we find it hard to admit we can’t handle things on our own.
Sometime the frogs are quiet, and they lurk in the basement. We might not realize they are there until there is an infestation…they are everywhere.
It is our responsibility to “go to the ONE who has the power to take them all away.”
What a great “picture” of what our sin becomes…and infestation.
If we don’t remain proactive (abiding daily) we will find ourselves knee deep in frogs.
Let’s all decide to look (calling on the Holy Spirit, our Helper) for those frogs, and then ASK the Lord to take them away!
Thank you Beth, for such a great lesson, straight from God’s Word and through His Spirit!
Day 26 / John Study / She Reads Truth THE ASCENDED LORD “In this last chapter of John’s Gospel, we see the risen Christ doing more of what He’d done all along: love and serve, invite and forgive. In fact, John ends his account of…
I believe that our first responsibility is ALWAYS TO LOVE.
I am often emotionally “stirred” when I see so many focused on judgement for judgement’s sake.
I know that I have a big plank in my own eye, and I’m in a constant process of allowing the Lord to whittle it down.
I recently read this below from a writer named John Hagenbuch…
“But what does it mean to judge with righteous judgment? Jesus revealed this earlier in John 5:30: Jesus spoke, saying, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
If we seek and follow the true will of God, which can only be found in His word, then when it comes time for us to help people discern between right and wrong, then we will not judge with our opinions or what we think is right, but just like the mind that Christ had, (1 Cor 2) we will only seek to do the will of the Father. Following the limitations for judgment that are taught throughout the scriptures, all we are to do in order to judge righteous judgment is to hear God’s word, and judge using His standard.
Jesus didn’t shy away from calling sin sin…but His message was love & redemption, not condemnation.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
Speaking truth in love is not about judgement…it’s about redemption.
It should always come wrapped up in a pure motivation that can only come through Christ.
Jesus was all about LOVE, but He IS TRUTH….and the world says we can make our own truth.
We all know what that means…all truth is then lost. There is either one truth, or no truth.
Just praying through Oswalds post for the day.
…I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. —Jeremiah 1:8
“If we look for justice (for ourselves), we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” ( Oswald is speaking of that nasty word, PRIDE) If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.”
Praying that God would keep our eyes fixed on Him…that we would seek to do only His will…loving others however He calls us to do it.
God will make ALL THINGS RIGHT.
What do you think?
I am continuing to add support files that I feel would be helpful to others through the course of this study. I have to admit, I have a bit of trouble with my keys…I misplace then quite often:) Sooooo, I invest in very large key…