June 11, 2018

June 11

“Stop your fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 CSB

Judges 9

It is all good when God directs my plans.  Things do not turn out the way I think they will under my own plans because unlike the Lord, I don’t know the beginning from the end.  Trusting obedience always leads me to good.

Isaiah 35

Being the redeemed of the Lord brings me to good on His pathway of righteousness. 

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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.

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June 9, 2018

June 9

Shabbat Shalom!

Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.  Matthew 7:13-14 CSB

Judges 6

Disobedience to the Lord brings poverty.  Again, God’s mercy is so great, it overtakes people when they cry out to Him.  I know there is a line that can’t be crossed as with the Israelites when they died in the wilderness and yet, even with that, He saved those who could go into the Promised Land.  There are always those who still know the Lord and His ways even in the midst of a corrupt society and God seeks them out.  Gideon checked things out to make sure He was hearing from the Lord.  Lord, there are a few things that I need to hear from You about so thank You for showing me Your will.  When the Lord sends me out, His Spirit “envelopes” me so I go in His strength and power.  After Gideon making sure He heard from the Lord, there would be no excuse for him not to respond in obedience.  It is one thing to make sure it is God but the point is to be obedient to the Lord’s command.  Otherwise it is like being a hearer of the Word and not a doer of the Word (James 1:22).

Isaiah 33

Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for you.  Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble.

Only You Lord are truly Just and Righteous yet You have made us righteousness by and through the Lord Yeshua (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:22).  I will again see Jerusalem!  

22 For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King.  He will save us.

24 and none there will say, “I am sick.”  The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

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June 8, 2018

June 8

The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! For the choir director: on stringed instruments.  Habakkuk 3:19 CSB

Judges 4-5

4 Barak abdicated his authority to a woman and the women got the praise for killing Sisera.  God is no respecter of persons and will use anyone willing to do His will.  In that day and age it was infrequent to find women in charge but the Lord knew Deborah who He had anointed to prophecy would follow His will.  Obedience is all it takes for the Lord to give us the victory though He fights the battle!  Obedience, not anything else.  As written many times in this blog:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  (1 John 5:3-4)

5 My heart is with the leaders of Israel, with the volunteers of the people.  Blessed be the Lord!

Give praise to God, telling of His righteous acts and the great deeds of His people!    

31 Lord, may all your enemies perish as Sisera did.  But may those who love him be like the rising of the sun in its strength.

Isaiah 32

Any place without the Lord is deserted and barren!  The Spirit brings life to all who desire it.  Living righteously brings peace and confidence in the Lord.  It also brings natural abundance with growth in what is planted.  

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June 7, 2018

June 7

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, you are God. For in your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.  Psalm 90:2, 4 CSB

Judges 2-3

Because of the disobedience to drive out then enemy, the enemy became a significant problem to the people and the enemy still is that problem!  Obey and give NO PLACE WHATSOEVER TO THE ENEMY AND his WAYS!  Sin is the enemy's ways.  Disobedience to God is the enemy's ways.  All of the ways of the Lord must be passed on to our children and their children continuously.  This is why God chose Abraham because Abraham passed on the ways of the Lord to the generations that followed him as long as he lived. 

For I have chosen[ him so that he will command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. This is how the Lord will fulfill to Abraham what he promised him.”  Genesis 18:19 

There is never victory in rebellion against the Lord.  All that a person doesn't want to come upon themselves does when they choose the devil and ways of this world over their Creator and lover of their souls!  Yet, the Lord is moved with pity when His children suffer!  His mercy is beyond description but I am so incredibly thankful for His wonderful new, every morning, mercies upon my life!  What a loving Abba You are, my God!  God used the appointing of Judges to lead the people but the heart of the people was not with their God.

 

We are tested to know where our hearts are really at, with God or not.  I pray my God I will never again fail Your testing.  We need to learn to fight against the enemy and be taught spiritual warfare for ourselves and those around us.  

 

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