March 5, 2019

March 5
This morning starts the Pastor’s Leadership Conference in Kolhapur.  We drove for 4 or 5 hours yesterday to get here with a stop for lunch.  The hotel is nice but the people are not as friendly like they were in Pune.  It’s a much less populated place.  Pastor Shanthkumar wants me to give an exhortation for about 15 minutes, so I will before PJ preaches.  Apparently we have 2 sessions, a break and then an evening session when Pastor Shanthkumar will minister.    

I thought the verse of the day from Bible Gateway was quite appropriate!
Verse of the Day: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV 
Leviticus 11
When I look at the list of unclean food to eat, it is a reminder of how much the Lord cares for us in that I know that some but probably all, (but I only know about some) are foods that could be harmful if not appropriately cared for or have toxins or…?  I just know for sure that the Lord our God always cares about His people and His intent is for us to be in health and stay there.  He also intends for us to live in holiness.
Psalms 110-112

110 A time is coming when there will be great devastation on this earth and then the evil rulers and their followers will be no more.        
111 My God is gracious and merciful towards me and shows me great and mighty deeds of His.  His covenant is eternal.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Fearing the Lord and delighting in His commandments go hand in hand.  Assisting the poor with generosity brings favor from the Lord.  We do not have to be afraid of the bad news that is so abundant in these days for the Lord is with us and His promises to us are always Yes and Amen!
John 4
I am filled with living water because the Lord is in my life and indwells me.  Lord Yeshua broke the stigma against women and those who were not favored.  Since the Father seeks being worshipped in Spirit and Truth, this is the only way, He should be worshipped!  It is a wonderful example of how this Samaritan woman ran into town to tell others about her encounter with the Lord, immediately!  Each person needs to meet Lord Yeshua for themselves and not base their faith on another’sord about Him.  The Official with the ill son did not get distracted from his request for the Lord to hear his son.  He was focused, didn’t give up and didn’t give in.  He pursued the Lord until he got what he needed.  
“…The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way.” 
When the official believed his son was healed.  The Word of the Lord was all he needed.  
Meditate & Apply:  God didn’t just make dietary ruling because He had nothing better to do.  I think there were several reasons including protection, to teach the people how to be separate and to live holy before the Lord.  When I read the news this morning it appalled me yet I never have to worry or fear for the Lord my God takes care of everything in my life!  I need to know what is going on in the world mostly for the purposes of prayer yet I cannot be moved from what the Lord is having me do because of the negative news.  Generosity to the poor blesses my Lord.  The promises of God are always yes and amen so I cannot be moved by distracting circumstances.  My God has filled me with His Living Water!  Pursue the Lord until I get what I need.  Don’t give up!  The power of the Word of the Lord is incredible and it activates the things that are needed.  Speak the Word and Word only over situations that need to be changed.  

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