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The faith and obedience of Abraham

calmur | June 23, 2015 10:37

Gensis 12: 1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Abraham lived comfortably with his family and his prosperity. He could have stayed and lived a good happy life. abrahm had an encounter with the Living God. He knew that he knew that he heard God instruct him. The instruction was strange and rather vague. Get out of your country and away from your family and I will bless you. That is very strange and also very vague. I would have wanted to know why. I might have wated exact directions to the place I was going. Abraham's divine encounter transformed his life. It changed not only his life but of all of those who were with him and those he later encountered.

It is not a light thing to be mentioned in Hebrews 11 the heroes of faith chapter. Abraham obeyed God without question. He knew that he encountered God. If you truly know that you have met God, you will not be content to stay where you are at. You will want to obey God. Obedience had within it a double blessing. For instance most certainly it requires you to use your faith to obey but there is a blessing in it for you.

Leaving all his family and heritage was hard. leaving his parents and relatives was hard on all of them. God called him apart from them to give him a land so vast it is known as the promised land. He gave him the lineage of Israel known as God's chosen people. If he had not obeyed, he would not have receievd the blessings of the LORD. 

Receiving a blessing of God usually requires faith on your part and also obedience. It usually is far beyond what you would think of because God's idea of blessing is way beyond what we may conceive of as blessing. God wants to bless and prosper us because He delights in us. 

You were created for God's glory. He gets glory from your life as you freely serve and worship Him. By freely worshipping and serving Him, blessing after blessing comes upon your life because God rejoices in prospering us and causing us to flourish. His plan for our lives is a good plan. There is always reward for tryusting in God and obeying Him. Ask yourself if there is something God has asked of you and see if you have been faithful to obey. If not, that is the first place to start. Obey God and continue to commune with Him. He will alwaqys lead you to a land of promise - a land of blessing beyond what you could have hoped for for yourself.

 

The Rainbow Covenant

calmur | June 17, 2015 11:57

Genesis 9:12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

Because of the wickedness of man and the holiness of God, God sent 40 days of rain upon the earth. Noah, a righteous man and his family spent 120 years building the ARK in obedience to God. He preached warning people that God was going to send a flood. At the end of those 120 years, only Noah's family was ready to go. People laughed at him, cursed him and treated him as though he were a fool. It must have been tough to constantly encourage himself to keep preaching to these people and continue to care about them though they showed no sign of repentence. They were wicked, murderous, incestuous, disrectful, worshippers of themselves and money and wine. They had no care for Noah or his warning.

Jesus gave us an indication that at His return, it would be like in the times of Noah. People would be wicked. People would laugh at those who spoke of Jesus' second coming. 

Noah heard from God as a man speaks to a friend, so God spoke to Noah. He gave him specific instruction of how to build the ark and to take the people who would come and the animals, mostly 2 of a kind but also more of some of the others. I encourage you to read the Bible for yourself. The animals came to the ark. Noah and his family got into the ark. God sealed the door. It began to rain. There had never been rain before. People must have realized what Noah has said was true.

It rained and rained. The water rose higher and higher until the ark began to float. People were most likely banging on the door and screaming for their lives. Noah could not help them anymore. God sealed the door. They missed their opportunity to be saved. It came for 120 years. God was merciful. He gave those people 120 years to repent and to help Noah. Once the ark was sealed, it was too late. 

It must have been hard for Noah and his family to hear the cries of the people and to be in a spot they had never been in before. They were totally at the mercy of God. They could do nothing for themselves. After the rain stopped, water covered the earth - not just some of it - all of it. As the ground began to dry, continents no longer were the same. Natural land was not as it had been. all the boundaries were new. After the dove returned with the branch of the tree, Noah must have been encouraged. Finally, the waters had subsided. God instructed him to exit the ark. Noah's first priority after getting his feet on dry ground was to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to God. You know all of his family and all the animals must have been rejoicing to be on land again - free.

God made covenant with Noah. Covenant is more than a promise. It is a promise from God that God will never not keep. God can not lie. God promised Noah, never again would he send a flood that covered all the earth. He made that covenent with Noah and all people and animals. His sign of this promise, His covenant is the rainbow. The rainbow is so beautiful; all the colours in the spectrum are caught in a moment of air and light and rain. It is a sign of the covenent God made for all of the remaining years of the earth. There will always be this promise as long as the earth remains. I thank God for His rainbow covenant. He always remains faithful.

 

The Last Plague

calmur | June 09, 2015 08:56

Exodus 11:And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

 The miraculous deliverance of Israel from Egypt was not without consequence. If Pharoah's heart had not been so horribly hard and stubborn, perhaps Israel could have been freed without much harm to Egypt.Of course I am only speculating but if Pharoah had simply recognized the miracle that Moses was spared death in the desert of Sinai, and realized it must be God causing the Rod of Moses to become a serpent to devour the rods of the Egyptian magicians - isn't it possible all the other plagues would not have occured? 

after the first plague, if Pharoah would have acknoweledged that the God of Israel had turned the water into blood, it is possible none of the remaining plagues would have occured. The story of Moses and his obedience to God is an excellent study on it's own. The stubborness and hard heartedness of Pharoah is quite a study as well. Somehow it was possible for him to remain stubborn and proud against Moses and the people of Israel, in spite of plagues that came as a result of his hard heartedness.

The last plague that finally softened Pharoah's heart was a horrible one. It was the death of the first born of all of Egypt and any who did not apply the lamb's blood over their door posts and window frames. The final plague was a direct consequence of the fruit of the Pharoah who sentenced all new born male Israelites to die years earlier. It was a consequence of trying to stop the deliverer from coming. In spite of the disbelief of the line of Pharoahs, they were fearful of the Jewish prophecies. Moses, saved from the death sentence of the Pharoah - found by the Princess of Egypt, raised as her own son, the deliverer of Israel.

If you have any hardness in your heart towards what God has spoken to you, please repent. Ask God to forgive you. ask God to reveal to you any hardness or disobedience. The consequences of a hard heart are deadly. Any area of disobedience to God can result in your reaping the fruit of that thing. All seeds bear fruit. If we do not obey God with a tender heart, we will be reaping the consequences of a sinful heart - pain, sorrow and even death.

The Word of The LORD - Old Testament and New Testament

calmur | June 03, 2015 09:36

Psalm 19: The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The laws of our nations Canada and the United States were founded on the Bible. Their origin is in the Old Testament. Some countries still use these 613 laws (commandements) found in the Old Testament as a foundation for their society. Some remnants of these remain in our system but we have as a peoplestrayed away from these truths and made laws of convienience and humanistic beliefs rather than obeying God's Word.

We born again Christians know the commandments are our foundation but do not necessarily belive they apply to us today. Often we will focus on the New Testamant of Jesus Blood - the New Covenant - the new law of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Oh so true and so liberating) BUT some Christians don't believe there is importance in the Old Testament Commandments for us as a Church. But this is not a right attitude as there is one Bible - one Holy Bible - the Old Testament does contain history but it does so much more. God's laws were given for a reason. If we would use them to guide our decision making, if we would use them as a foundation, not only our lives, but those around us would be enriched and made more fruitful. 

For instance Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets not to throw them out.  His fulfillmet of both the law and the prophets is our only hope for righteousness and everlasting life. The truth is there are no laws that were given to us that were not to protect and give us a good life. God's laws are to bless us not to make us legalistic. We do not obey the commandments because we have to - Jesus paid it all - but we delight in God's Word knowing The Holy Spirit can give us understanding and wisdom because of it. The Holy Spirit, inspired the human writers of the Bible, inspires us as we read it, and inspires us to live it and apply it to our daily lives.

What is the point? If we would approach the commandments with prayer, God could reveal to us the meaning and purpose for them in our lives.  He can give understanding to us of the application of the Word of God for us personally.

He that sitteth in the Heavens shall Laugh

calmur | May 26, 2015 08:27

Psalm 2:Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Most Christians are going about their lives with some knowledge that God protects us and cares for us. For instance we know that the blood of Jesus protects us. We pray for the clothing of the whole armour of God. We thank God for a hedge of protection around us. If these things are new to you, I would highly recommend attending a new church.

God cares for us. He delights to provide for us and keep us and bless us beyond what we could actually imagine. He thoughts towards us are how to get a blessing to us - how to give us the desires of our hearts.

We are not always aware that we are spiritual beings living in an earthly body. We must remind ourselves that we are spirit; we have a soul and a body. Because we are primarily spirtual creatures, and their are creatures who oppose God and all within His kingdom including us - we must be prayerful to put on the armour of God prayerfully and to be alert spiritually with discernment for any sign of spiritual disruption. O we must be wiser than serpants. O we must have our spiritual discernment sharp and exact.

We may see the writer of this psalm doesn't seem to get the point - why do those people not like us oppose us and do things against us? We would only wonder about this if our spirit was not sharp. 

This portion of the Psalm rejoices my heart so much because although people, and the evil spirits possessing them may fight against God and His people - God who is the LORD of all is not worried. He is seated - resting and in fact laughing. There is nothing that can come against God or His people that He can not destroy or squash. The Almighty God - the only true God - Jehovah is the LORD of all. No weapon or scheme against us can propsper. In fact, the schemers will fall into the very traps they set - ensnaring themselves.

Be vigliant. Be wise. Be discerning. Stay spiritually sharp by prayer, praise communion with God and fellowship with other believers. God's got you covered. He can and will care for you.

He that sitteth in the Heavens shall Laugh

calmur | May 26, 2015 08:27

Psalm 2:Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Most Christians are going about their lives with some knowledge that God protects us and cares for us. For instance we know that the blood of Jesus protects us. We pray for the clothing of the whole armour of God. We thank God for a hedge of protection around us. If these things are new to you, I would highly recommend attending a new church.

God cares for us. He delights to provide for us and keep us and bless us beyond what we could actually imagine. He thoughts towards us are how to get a blessing to us - how to give us the desires of our hearts.

We are not always aware that we are spiritual beings living in an earthly body. We must remind ourselves that we are spirit; we have a soul and a body. Because we are primarily spirtual creatures, and their are creatures who oppose God and all within His kingdom including us - we must be prayerful to put on the armour of God prayerfully and to be alert spiritually with discernment for any sign of spiritual disruption. O we must be wiser than serpants. O we must have our spiritual discernment sharp and exact.

We may see the writer of this psalm doesn't seem to get the point - why do those people not like us oppose us and do things against us? We would only wonder about this if our spirit was not sharp. 

This portion of the Psalm rejoices my heart so much because although people, and the evil spirits possessing them may fight against God and His people - God who is the LORD of all is not worried. He is seated - resting and in fact laughing. There is nothing that can come against God or His people that He can not destroy or squash. The Almighty God - the only true God - Jehovah is the LORD of all. No weapon or scheme against us can propsper. In fact, the schemers will fall into the very traps they set - ensnaring themselves.

Be vigliant. Be wise. Be discerning. Stay spiritually sharp by prayer, praise communion with God and fellowship with other believers. God's got you covered. He can and will care for you.

God's desire is to bless You with favour Monday May 18, 2015

calmur | May 18, 2015 11:20

Psalm 103: Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 It is God's desire to bless us. What does this word mean? the blessing includes health, strength, fanmily, friends, prosperity, houses, lands, possessions, all things that concern life on the planet earth. God wants to give us all these things. But the blessing I am speaking of is not confined to things or possessions or even people.

The blessing of the LORD is a spiritual favour He has towards those who love Him and serve Him. If you have believed that Jesus Christ is your Savious and you have received Him as Saviour and LORD, you can expect good things to come your way. It is actually God's desire toweards you. He sets a spirit of favour - blessing, supernatural grace - you become an atractor of the blessings of God. As mpths swarm around a light - so the blessings of heaven and earth are attracted to you as you live your life for God. Literally He saves us from the desrtruction of hell that is to be prounced over those who do not know Him, but also He delivers us from destruction on the earth. There are angels assigned to guard over His children. There is a surrounding glory and blessing upon us because we are God's people. 

His desire towards us is full of mercy. He wants the best for us as a parent gives the best to his or her child wanting to give the best possible because of the love bond, God's love towards us far surpasses the love of the earth. His force of love towards us includes mercy, kindness, compassion, care betyond what words can express. 

There is literally a protection around the believer separating that person for God's blessing. Thank Him for what He has given you. Thank Him that He cares for you with eternal love. Ask Him to teach you love Him and others with this passionate love He has towards us. The only way we could possibly love others as we love our ourselves is through the agape love of God in us.

Nothing is Impossible for God

calmur | May 13, 2015 11:52

Psalm 78: 13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.

 

If there is a situation in your life that you can not resolve or solve; if there is a problem or a situation that you can not comprehend - Believe God's Word. The same God who saved you, is the same God who can help you in this present situation and all the days of your life.

He is the LORD of LORDS. He poured plagues upon Egypt, until Pharoah's heart was softened and he let captive Israel go. Over 2 million Jews who had been in slavery were suddenly set free. If that was all to the story, that would be something to rejoice about, but it isn't. Moses lead Israel through the desert and when Pharoah's heart grew hard again, he chased after the Israelites to kill them. At the Red Sea - there was no answer for the Israelites as they pressed against the shore of the Sea with the chariots of Pharoh approaching. Our God is a God of power and might. A giant pillar of fire as a shield stood dividing the army of Pharoah and the children of Israel. That would have been enough of a miracle - but as Moses prayed, God told him to stretch his rod over the Red Sea and the waters parted. The impossible happened. The supernatural miraculous realm of God literally divided the Red Sea and Israel walked through the middle of it to the other side. That would have been enough of a miracle - but there is more. As Pharoah's army chased after Israel through the bed of the Sea - suddenly God caused the waters to fall down drowning the army of Egypt - while Israel was safe upon the new ground - free; cut off from any plan B - there was no turning back for them. 

He is the God of miracles. He is the God who supersedes all natural laws of nature. Jehovah God is the way-making God who can make a way where there is no way.

Be encouraged. Pray and ask God for the miraculous. He that safely led Israel to freedom can also lead you.

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