June 10, 2018

June 10

…bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.  Colossians 3:13 CSB

Judges 7-8

7 I love that Gideon didn’t argue with the small size of the army the Lord was sending with him.  He obviously was utterly convinced that God had already won this battle on his behalf!  God confirmed that Gideon would have the victory on top of the faith that was already operating in Gideon’s life by the word of the Midianite.  A sword, an empty pitcher with a torch?  Yes, because God is the one who wins the battle on our behalf!  Gideon had great faith to know the victory was his by the hand of God going into battle with these implements and no artillery!  

8 Someone always wants to tell you how you did things wrong even though the outcome was victorious.  Reminds me of all the fake news!  Don’t ever pay attention to those who speak out of what they don’t know!  Did God go to them?  No, of course not!  Oh Gideon, you should have been satisfied with the victory.  Asking for plunder that God did not tell you to ask for caused others to turn away becoming a snare to you.  Obedience isn’t obedience unless it covers the whole gamut of God’s Word to me, from beginning to end.

Isaiah 34

Nothing can live without the breath of God’s Spirit and His blessing.  Lord, I don’t want to be without You for even a second.  With You is all life and abundant at that.  I always love the care the Lord has for His created animals.  One thought that always brings joy to my heart is knowing that I will be able to hang out with all of God’s created creatures in total peace, without ever a threat.  I look forward to hanging out with the variety of birds but especially the large cats such as lions, tigers, panthers, jaguars, cheetahs and leopards.  My God is so amazing!  Nothing manmade compares to all things God made!  

Luke 12

God hates hypocrisy!  God hates greed.  There is nothing hidden so it is best to keep my mouth completely shut on things I don’t want known!  My God holds our worth in high esteem.  I never have to concern myself with my defense as a Believer.  The Holy Spirit will direct me and His ways and words are perfect.  Being rich towards God brings true fulfillment whereas collecting the things of this world do not.  This week in the news, two actors killed themselves.  Wealth never brings happiness though that is what is portrayed.  Peace only comes from the Lord for He is the Prince of Peace!  

31 “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.  34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Meditation & Application: Always walk by faith and never by sight of circumstances.  I must obey God from the beginning of a thing to the end of that thing which means humility and not pride!  The older I get, the less stuff I want.  Life kept simple gives me time for the things of God.  Keep my heart with God because I would rather have eternal treasure than stuff on earth that breaks, rusts and is no longer useful.  I have the greatest of gifts, the very Holy Spirit in my life!