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Mike, you conveyed my thoughts perfectly this early morning hour. I too shall pray for more belief and turn to God for hope. The sun will rise soon this morning but even in the light of day, those doubts, worries, etc. that beset me will still be there. Only God can wipe them away, and with me it is a continual battle. Praise God that he never tires of me!

In Christ:

Michael

Leviticus 20:22-22:16
An incentive for living a holy life are given to the Hebrews at the very beginning of this passage, 22"You must carefully obey all my laws and regulations; otherwise the land to which I am bringing you will vomit you out.

This imagry of a land actually vomiting out its inhabitants has taken hold of my imagination. So even if you don’t understand why God is desirous that His people be holy, because He is holy, even if you don’t understand what are the rituals have to do with holiness, then the desire to have a place of one’s on should be an incentive to submit to God’s plan of action.

This is not the first time in Leviticus that the concept of a the land, the earth, being so grievous of the actions of its inhabitants that it spits out the occupants in a most violent action, can be seen in the 18th chapter of Leviticus also. Chapter 18 deals with sexual practices that defile the land and child sacrifice to the Molech, the god of the Ammonites,

"Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the people I am expelling from the Promised Land have defiled themselves. 25 As a result, the entire land has become defiled. That is why I am punishing the people who live there, and the land will soon vomit them out. 26 You must strictly obey all of my laws and regulations, and you must not do any of these detestable things. This applies both to you who are Israelites by birth and to the foreigners living among you. 27 "All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and the land has become defiled. 28 Do not give the land a reason to vomit you out for defiling it, as it will vomit out the people who live there now.

This action of the land throwing-up it’s inhabitants may seem, well silly or superstitious except for a little something Paul wrote to the 8th chapter of Romans,

18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God's curse. 21 All creation anticipates the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

I will dare to ask this question, “Are Natural Disasters an ‘An Act of God?’ or are they effect of another cause, man’s sin?” I know this question won’t make me very popular, but I’m fascinated by the three verses in the book of Leviticus dealing with the land vomiting out its inhabitants and Paul’s statement in the Book of Romans, “…all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth …”

Mark 9:1-29

5 "Teacher, this is wonderful!" Peter exclaimed. "We will make three shrines--one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6 He didn't really know what to say, for they were all terribly afraid.

When God has invited me to share in something so spectacular that it defies words, do I become like Peter, feel I have to just say something for the sake of saying something? Do I develop diarrhea of the mouth and spew out anything, instead of just keeping my mouth shut and observe and learn?

Once down from the mountain, they are met with a great cacophony of sights and sounds, unlike the Divine Order presented to them on the mountain, although the disciples didn’t know it was order. Someone wanted their son healed, the disciples couldn’t do it because they lacked the necessary faith and lifestyle to accomplice the task.

Paul reminded his protégée, Timothy,
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV))
In order to be ready, I believe a lifestyle of holiness (hmmm, what we are covering in Leviticus) must be adhered to in order to be effective. That doesn’t not mean we wait for our church to call a special prayer meeting and time of consecration, it means to be effective in ministering to the needs of people we come into contact with daily, we have to live a fasted prayerful lifestyle.

Am I like that little pink bunny ever ready to do the work of the ministry because I’ve maintained a correct lifestyle? I don’t think so and that is something I need to work on by living a life that allows the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in such a way that He is not grieved. (Ephesians 4:25-30)

Psalm 43:1-5
Both Psalm 42 and 43 end with the same refrain, 5 Why are you sad, O my soul? Why have you become troubled within me? Hope in God, for I will praise Him again, my help and my God.

The Psalmst is in trouble and he is wrestling with how things appear and the character of God he has been taught and knows. He is dogged by trouble and in distress, yet He knows the character of God, so he has ended each statement with self-talk to his soul. He is trying to get his soul filled with the information his spirit and mind knows about his great God.

These two Psalms give a picture of someone rehearsing within his own hearing and in the hearing of God, “The facts Ma’am, just the facts.” It is like he is standing in a mirror presenting evidence before his own self while God listens. I have been in the Psalmist place a multitude of times trying to override the panic within my own soul with the evidence, albeit unseen, of the knowledge of God and what He will do for those who call on Him.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)) Amen

Proverbs 10:18
To hide hatred is to be a liar; to slander is to be a fool.

All I can say about this passage is that it is a call to “Get Real” with God and yourself. Call out whatever is there within in you and God will take care of the rest!!

Philippians 1
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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