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The words boredom/bored as well as depression/feeling depressed were completely new to me when I first came to the states. I had to add them to my vocabulary list. I could not quite understand why Americans kept saying "I feel bored" or I am feeling depressed." I come from culture where people though materially lacking are joyful because of their strong social and familial connections and their strong abiding faith in God. Simple but a happy people!

God relenting to Moses shows us an understanding and compassionate God, that He was willing to listen.
"Turn from your fierce anger, relent and do not bring disaster on your people." God did relent, He is not always the fierce and angry God that we've seen in the earlier readings.

Indeed, "the plans of the Lord stands firm forever..." Aligning our life with God's plans makes for joyful living, filled with beautiful surprises for God's intentions are always good.

"For whoever finds me, finds life..." Life that is not centered in God is a meaningless life, a life oof desperation and hopelessness.

I wondered as I read this morning whether Moses had become for then a visual symbol of God--an idol of sorts--upon which their faith had become dependent. I wonder if I have such crutches...

Exodus 32:28
"The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died." NIV

I find it interesting that the Law came down (from the mountain) and about three thousand died. The Law cannot save you, it can only point out our inadequency to God's perfect standard.

BUT....
When the Spirit came down (from the heavens) about three thousand received "eternal life".

Acts2:41
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

There is man's way, and there is God's way. Which will you follow????

Matt 26-27

Peter and Judas

Both betrayed the Lord, both knew they had done wrong, both felt remorse and guilt - one was restored and transformed into an early church leader. The other hanged himself.

What was the difference????

Matt 26:75
"Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly." NIV

Wept bitterly - The only time these Greek words "klaio pikros" are used is here to describe Peter's weeping. (Also in Luke).

It is the strongest form of crying - the moaning wailing kind of sobbing that accompanies a funeral. Peter was sobbing his heart out. Peter was repenting - and I imagine in the same way that David used to do when he screwed up.

Judas never took that extra step. Judas never repented. So despite what the gnostics and the so called Gospel of Judas say - I believe the Lord.

Matt 26:24b
"...But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."NIV

Peter was restored, and Judas was damned. God could work with Peter because Peter repented - Peter would be restored and transformed. God would not work with Judas because Judas never repented.

It is much the same today - you can know you sin, feel guilt about your sin, feel remorseful about your sin - but unless you turn to the Lord and repent - you will not have the right heart to invoke Rom 10:9. The words mean nothing without the right heart.

If one turns to the Lord, repents, and then accepts and receives Christ - God will work with that individual. That person will be restored to God's family (like Adam was originally) and be transformed through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

If one doesn't repent. God will not work with you (save you), no matter what the words out of your mouth are to Him.

All of Israel didn't get to hear the Law before they were sentenced to death.But they did see God show Himself superior to the gods of Israel that were man made.They had occasions to see a God that was to be revered as well as feared...they chose a god they could make and control.Also,they chose to follow their ways instead of God's.They died because they chose their ways instead of waiting to know God's ways and His Laws.
Moses changed from not wanting to be the one who brought Israel out of Egypt(trying to pass on the responsibility to Aaron) to being ready to lay down his life for them.What happened?Moses got closer to God,became more like Him.There's a mention of "your book" which is the first time God's book is mentioned yet Moses knew about it....God offered to make a nation of Moses and blot out Israel...guess many would have jumped at the chance but Moses didn't.My take on this is that God is a covenant keeping God,this was a discussion between friends,God was rightfully angry,Moses was interceeding for Israel because he knew it was what God expected of him.
It is wonderful here to see how getting closer to God makes us take on more of His character.
Peter was a brave,impulsive man.He loved Jesus enough to think that he could take up a sword in His defence while Jesus was arrested.He wanted to know what happened to Jesus so he followed to see what was going on.Many times we speak of Peter's denial without seeing that it was his love for Jesus that put him in the spot light.Jesus was now condemned as a criminal,His disciples were used to a Rabbi who fed thousands,healed the sick,raised the dead,taught with authority even walked on water...now they saw Him humiliated,condemned as a criminal.There are so many christians today who follow Christ because they believe life with Christ means all round victory on earth:no more disease,no more poverty,no more suffering,etc...so trials come they let go of Jesus.Peter even began to curse and swear when told he spoke like a follower...how many of us try to avoid being too churchy...But Peter repented,yes he was human,had fear and faults,failed the test....Yet,he repented and was retored............
mark16:6And he said to them, "(G)Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the (H)Nazarene, who has been crucified (I)He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

7"But go, tell His disciples and Peter, '(J)He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.'"
This is such a beautiful picture of forgiveness,Peter is mentioned separately so he would know he still is a disciple.
We maybe struggling with our sinful nature,trying to let go of our gods,but Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith....If we follow Him,He will never let us go.
God bless you all

For me, I found Exodus 32:24 comically but very sad. Aaron said -- "I threw them (the gold earrings) into the fire -- and out came this calf." Doesn't that sound like when we sin and try to say -- but it wasn't my fault? We make excuses instead of confessing them. We have to be in touch with our own shortcomings and realize that it is us and us alone who makes the mistake and sins. We cannot blame other people or things.

Anka, I like your perspective on Moses and his growing and changing relationship with God. I think it's a bit more accurate than the message I got from my reading in "The Message" this morning.

Chapter 32 reads: 9-10 God said to Moses, "I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I'll make a great nation out of you."

11-13 Moses tried to calm his God down. He said, "Why, God, would you lose your temper with your people?"

What troubles me about this paraphrase is the phrase "Moses tried to calm his God down." This makes it sound like God was out of control and Moses was in control of "his God". Moses was speaking to the Awesome, Most High, Majestic and Mighty, Gracious and Merciful, Just and Loving, Creator of the Universe. I hardly think his attitude was one of "calming God down". I think Moses was becoming more like God as he spent more time with Him. I think even in the midst of his anger and annoyance with the people, Moses had mercy and was willing to sacrifice his own life for his people. Does that sound a little like Jesus?

I like Anka's comments, too. I had not thought about Moses drawing closer to God, but of course he would have to be after spending so much time with him. Lent is coming up. Can we draw closer to God in those 40 days?

The Message sort of wanders across that line frequently, going from translation to interpretation.

I thought about the whole spiritually bored thing and I have examined the last few years of my life as of late. My spiritual life has exploded all over the place, even to the point of coming on staff with a missionary organization, focusing on youth.

And what keeps me there is a mission mindedness. What holds me close to listen for God's will in my life is that I am constantly going out for Him and listening for His counsel. And in those times that I am not about to go do something, I find myself completely at ease with playing. I learned how to play from watching small children. The joy is in the fun and the credit goes to God when you have it.

My last thought on today's readings is on the part where the Levites arm up and obliterate three thousand people. On the one hand, there are roughly a million people out there in the desert, so 3k is not really that much. On the other hand, three thousand people all dying at the hand of one event is pretty rough. What it makes me think of is the times when I have something holding me back from doing the right thing or living in the right way. I have to take a sword and run it through my life and let whatever falls out, fall.

This was apparently the price for the atonement of the people. The whole event where Moses tells them to kill their brothers, their neighbors and friends is echoed millenia later when Christ tells those close to him, "I have not come to bring peace, but the sword," and He goes on to say that family will no longer be the strongest tie that we can know. There will be a new standard for loyalty within the body of the people of Christ.

Chapt 32;1 - Unfortunately like many people we know if they do not have something tangible to hold onto the reality of the thing drifts and then the honeymoon period is OVER.

Verse 1 reminds me of some of my friends and myself sometime. When God is silent we panic, we forget everything that we knew before the silence and then we do something absolutely insane. I have learned this past year when God is silent it is b/c He has already given me what I need and now it is up to me to search inside for the answers...Or wait for His wonderful angels who will fill me in on the rest. I also learned to make good desicions during those quiet times because God does NOT waste experiences. You asked what will cure the boredom in our relationship with God I believe was the question; well just like any relationship there are highs and lows. It's unrealistic to believe that won't happen with your relationship with God. But remembering....is key....Keeping faith FRESH is faith in and of itself.

In this world, we are bumbarded with distracted things, and that is exactly how the enemy gets a hold on our attention. as children of Christ we must sustain those temptation, for Jesus did so...we are created in God's image. Thus, if we stay firm in faith, we can overcome them. We need to find a way to remain in his presence and not be bored...we need to enlight our fire as if we were new born Christian...

Verses that stood out for me today:

Exodus 32:34 " ... My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins".
Exodus 33:19 " ... For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose".
Matthew 26:75 " Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed".
Psalm 33:9 "For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command".
Proverbs 8:34 "Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home!".
Proverbs 8:36 "But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death".

I'm really enjoying reading Exodus and Matthew! Those books are so powerful and such eye-openers. I feel so blessed that I get lessons out of those books. When I'm reading I can visualize the situation and I truly feel what God's message is. And I feel that as such a huge blessing!

I want to share something special with all of you: we went to Amsterdam yesterday, as you all know. Me and my Sister in Christ, Hanneke, went on the streets together. And while we were walking I felt the Holy Spirit working. I felt God's presence constantly. I felt that He was going to do something so special. I knew someone would get saved that day. We talked to this Jewish girl, Laura, she came so close praying with us yesterday. So close ... she wanted to have Jesus as her Saviour, she wants to accept Him. But she didn't want to pray on the streets, I respected that. I'll pray for her, I pray for her to find our church and find Jesus. I really thought she would make a decesion. Like I said; I felt God telling me that someone would be saved today. But too bad ... it didn't happen with me and Hanneke. Rene and Jeroen had someone saved, how about that? Just like last time Rene had someone saved! So yesterday evening we went to church and watched "Last flight Out", after the movie we had our reviews and the Pastor prayed, praised the Lord and called out for people who wanted to have Jesus as his/her personal Saviour. When I heard the Pastor say "I see your hand and I want to ask you to come foreward". My heart skipped a beat, because Rene was the only one there who hadn't been saved yet! So Rene stepped to the altar, get down on his knees and prayed and asked for forgiveness. WHAT a moment! It felt like my own rebirth!!! All day long I knew someone would be saved ... and it was my own husband!!!!!!!!!! My husband is saved you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah!!!!

I know some of you have been praying for my husband and I want to thank you for that! Our prayers have been heard!

Praise God Mae!! This is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing this news on the blog here! I look forward to seeing Rene's comments on our One Year Bible readings soon. :)

God bless you for your passion for the Lord! It is incredible to see your journey unfold. Please keep sharing with us your journey this year. It is an inspiration to many.

I was in a Passion Play for 4 years when I was in high school. It was a Passion Play that first brought me to Christ. They are so powerful!
If you're in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend the Zion Passion Play: www.zionpassionplay.org

Ok - maybe someone can help me out...in Ex 32:11 it says that the Lord spoke with Moses face to face like a man speaks with his friend.......then in verse 20 God says "you cannot see my face" and in verse 23 God says "...but my face must not be seen" - So did Moses see God's face or not????

About spiritual boredom, I do get bored in my faith sometimes. But it's usually because I have stepped in the way. When I start to rely on myself instead of God, I get mentally worn out. I have found that when I feel this way, if I pray honestly to God, admitting to Him how I feel (since He knows anyway), I slowly start to work my way back to Him.

I believe my "golden calf" is shopping. I am a shopaholic! That may seem funny to some of you, but it has caused lots of grief in my life...but I believe God has brought me to a place of freedom from that addiction, especially lately and I know complete victory is not far away! :0)

Passion plays...we have this really awesome thing that a small church in my area puts on each year. They have a big wooded area behind the church and they do a live walk-thru of the life of Jesus. It's like a play but it's outside in the woods and you walk from one scene to the next. Then when "Jesus" is carrying the cross, you walk with him. The ressurection scene is then inside the church. My explanation of it does it no justice! It's really powerful!

I love Proverbs 8:35 - For whoever find me finds life and receives favor from the Lord!

Hi Gina. The Scripture does not say that Moses "saw" God's face but only that God "spake" to Moses face to face ( Exodus 33:11 ). In answer to your question, I don't believe that Moses saw God's face but He did hear God's voice audibly and so clearly that it was as if God had been standing right in front of Him. The Scripture says that the Lord talked with Moses through the cloudy pillar at the door of the Tabernacle ( Exodus 33:9 ). Apparently only Moses was privileged to be allowed to approach that close to God because the rest of the people observed the cloudy pillar and worshipped from a distance in front of their tents ( Exodus 33:10 ). Though the Bible doesn't say so it may be that Moses did see a form of a man, perhaps even Jesus Christ in pre-incarnate form, in the the cloudy pillar but if so God's face was obscured by the cloud. Twice in the New Testament we are told " No man hath seen God at any time " ( John 1:18; 1 John 4:12 ) except in the person of Jesus Christ ( Hebrews 1:1-3 ). I hope this helps. Blessings to you.

" No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
- John 1:18 ( KJV )

Re: Peter & Judas comments by John - Very good observation on Who was repentant vs just remorseful. I believe this is very crucial for everyone to take note of. Are you a professor, or a possessor of Jesus? Do you know Him, or just acquainted with Him? This is why many people walk away with nothing from the Lord. They want to see the miracles, but like the rich man when asked to repent and give it all up, he walked away. You get nothing with out a cost! The difference is that for me and you Christ paid the ultimate cost...death, so that we could live.

So, the BIG Question is Whom do you say I am? John 14:6 says "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No man comes to the Father except through Me (Jesus)."

Peter came to KNOW Jesus in his heart (possess), while Judas was only an onlooker. So, he went away empty handed because he only professed(knew of) Jesus. He saw Him, walked with Him, but never made the decision to follow Him by making a decision to ask Jesus in his heart.

We must go and do likewise, not to go out and hang yourself, but to posess Jesus to have it all (eternity in heaven). Then do Matthew 28:19 Go tell everyone about what you have!

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

“ The Golden Calf readings... Are we so different from the Israelites? Do we make our own versions of "golden calves" today? Do we have idols that we worship? Money? Career? Popularity? Relationships? Addictions? Our Intelligence? Technology? Do these idols stand in the way of our worship of God? Do they stand in the way of our relationship with God? Do these idols defile us?…”

No, we are no different. The answer to the rest of the questions is yes. An idol can be anything that we might put before God in our lives. Out of all the idols named here, for me it would likely be “relationships,” in other words, being so in love with a woman that it borders on worship and where she captivates me to the point where I think of nothing but her. I know because I have experienced that and there is no other feeling that can be compared to it except being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. I want to be that passionate about God and that is how God wants us to be in our love for Him. Anything less than that is lukewarm. Idols compete with God for our affections and it could become a snare to us.


EXODUS 32:1-33:23

I can’t say that I have ever been “bored “ with being a Christian. There is nothing I would rather be doing than living for the Lord. Before I became a Christian I experienced much of what this world has to offer for excitement and nothing compares to what I have with Jesus Christ. I will admit that there have been periods when I was carnal, worldly and lukewarm but eventually I grew bored and disillusioned with those things and returned to the Lord. What I see as Israel’s problem in this passage was not “boredom” but impatience. They did not yet have the faith to wait on the Lord for direction and guidence but decided to try and do things their own way. There was also still a lot of Egypt yet in their hearts.

Moses is a type of Jesus Christ in this passage in that it says that he “…DELAYETH to come down out of the mount “ ( 32:1 ) and so the people became tired of waiting for him and “…the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play “ ( 32:6 ). Jesus in a parable also said there would be some of His servants who would say in their hearts “…My lord DELAYETH his coming; …” and that they would “…eat and drink, and be drunken “ ( Luke 12:45 ) as well and that His coming would catch them by surprise and unprepared.

In making the golden calf ( 32:4 ) they had already broken the first and the second commandments ( Exodus 20:3-5 ) of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses and perhaps several of the others too before he even had descended from the mount. There was also sinful music and dancing in the camp ( 32:18-19 ). They were not making a joyful noise to the Lord as Israel was later exhorted to do in the Psalms of David; it was as Joshua said as the noise of war which pagans make. The dancing was quite different from the previous manner of Miriam and the women of Israel before the Lord ( Exodus 15:20-21 ).

Moses is an example of how the intercessory prayer of one righteous man can make a difference and sometimes even move God to spare a nation from judgment ( 32:11-14 ). Again, as the Scripture says, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much “ - James 5:16 ( KJV )

The passage of Moses in the cleft of the rock as the the Lord passed by him ( 33:21-23 ) inspired the old hymn ‘ He Hideth My Soul ‘ which was written by Fanny Crosby that I have sung in church on many Sundays:

HE HIDETH MY SOUL

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.
Refrain:
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.
With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.
When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

MATTHEW 26:69-27:14

The betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot for thirty pieces of silver and the buying of the potter’s field ( 26:14-16; 27:3-10 ) was foretold by the prophet Zechariah:

“ And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.”

- Zechariah 11:12-13 ( KJV ).

In the King James Version it says that it was spoken by the prophet Jeremy, or Jeremiah ( 27: 9 ). Many skeptics and critics will point to this as a Bible contradiction. I must admit that I am also perplexed about it but I am not ready to concede that the Bible has errors. I am pointing it out so we won’t be caught off guard if unbelievers confront us with it. Whenever unbelievers have brought up alleged discrepancies to me in the past I have always found that there is a reasonable explanation for it. The best explanation that I have read of so far is that the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Zechariah were recorded on the same scroll but that the Jews viewed it as one book. The alleged discrepancy doesn’t change the fact that the betrayal of Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament.

When Jesus stood silent before Pontius Pilate and his accusers ( 27:11-14 ). He fulfilled another Old Testament messianic prophecy:

“ He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

- Isaiah 53:7 ( KJV )

PSALM 33:1-11

In this passage we see that music is a form of worship ( vv.2-3 ). Praise and worship music is what God likes to hear and that was why God created music to begin with. As we saw in Exodus 32:18 there is sinful, pagan music too which angered not only God but Moses as well… However, “loud “ music ( v.3 ) is okay :)


PROVERBS 8:33-36

Here the importance of daily watching and waiting for God to reveal His Word to us is stressed ( v.33-34 ). This what the children of Israel had failed to do when they grew impatient because Moses did not come down from the mount after a number of days and so hastily made the golden calf that they might look to it as their god.

I totally agree with what Mike said and spiritual "boredom"...couldnt have said it better. I think we all have these seasons...hopefully they are just seasons. I have seen Christian friends go out and do something completely shocking to me, but I guess they were drifting in their heart, they kind of left the faith...of course I dont know where a couple of them stand today, I pray they are back with the Lord. We all have to watch ourselves because YES we can start thinking that something else 'rescued us from Egypt" and almost 'forget' what the Lord has done in our lives. These are dry spells (reminds me of a great song called Dry by Kutless). But its true...its cause we arent moving forward in our walk. God doesnt move away, WE do. We need to constantly be exercising our spiritual life! My pastor used to say: "Christianity is like a grease pole, if you're not climbing up, your sliding down!' We allow things to distract us, we put things in front of our love for the Lord perhaps.
I can relate this to exercise since I'm an exerciser, not too fanatic, but if i go a couple days without it, i feel guilty..but there can be a time where I reach the point of complacency, where i go too long and i get content to not exercise and what happens...I start getting weaker. I start seeing bad fruit (blubber, lol). I'll confess one thing, its easier to look in the mirror and see my physical flaws then to see the flaws in my heart! But if i pursue exercise everyday, i stay strong, i stay healthy. I dont desire bad food, i desire good things, I do things throughout the day to maintain this, parking far way to make myself walk more, taking the stairs instead. This keeps me strong and I dont have to worry about gaining weight really because my lifestyle keeps me at a healthy metabolism level. I dont really get bored with exercise because i enjoy it and I see good fruit, and its a habit!! Its part of my life now, i hardly think about it, its just natural now. I could say, 'its not cause of exercise, I'm naturally thin...or i eat good. blah! an excuse, I know exercise is key. Ok, maybe a bad example, haha.
But how much more important our spiritual life!
Spiritual exercise everyday...reading the Word is crucial, prayer is crucial!! maintaining this fights off attacks from the enemy more. We dont desire bad things, but good things, we see fruit and we keep going! We desire other things throughout the day like listening to radio ministries, talking with other believers, listening to praise/worship music. We want it! we desire it! If I start forgetting it is God alone who saves my life, I'm in danger! May God reveal the mirror of my heart, the blubber, so i dont stop or become complacent. does that make sense?

the other day I was listening to To Every Man An Answer on kwave and a young guy called up and ask why God didnt punish Aaron for making the golden calf...i listened closely cause i knew this was coming up in our readings. I guess it doesnt come out and directly say God disciplined Aaron, but his two sons were killed, so we see God did deal with this.

Moses threw the tablets down and broke them...anyone recall the movie the 10 Commandments
where he does this, he raises them up and yells, "those who do not live by the law, shall die by the law!" then he throws them to the ground, smashing them.

I love these verses: "15 Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" 17 And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.""
awesome!

and this verse: Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory".....hmm, sounds like an awesome song by Third Day! :p

Wow...no one can see His face and live! How awesome He is..too great for us to even behold in our human condition!

Matthew is powerful! from Peter's denial to Judas betrayal. Both men were remorseful, but in different ways and their responses were drastically different. These are the only responses we have. we can be remorseful because we are truly sorry for our sin, repent and get up and decide to live for Christ. Or we can be remorseful for ourselves, wallow in our pity and not seek restoration, but give in to self and die in our sins. Peter went on and became a very bold man of God...and Judas, sad ending to him. Jesus called Judas friend...He even washed his feet the night before...what a betrayal Jesus endured.

I love that verse in Psalm too, and I so agree! We need to align our wills to His! not vice vs. haha, i'm sure i'm not alone in trying to ask God to abide by MY will. I never win in that! I have to be aligned with His will...i cant even see blessing and real fruit til I trust Him and conform to His will. Thank God for His perfect ways! sometimes, ok, many times, ok..most of the time I think I know whats best for me, haha. I'm always wrong! I dont even come close! He has something MUCH bigger and better for us anyway!

Love Proverbs too: v.35 "For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD". what an awesome promise to cling to!!

may God bless you

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