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Numbers 8-9:23

"Tell Aaron that when he sets up the seven lamps in the lampstand, he is to place them so their light shines forward."

The light of God is to shine forward in our lives it is not for looking back at things in the past. Forgetting those things that lie behind and pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God (Philippians 3:13-14). Jesus said that one is unfit for the kingdom of God who puts their hand to the plow and then looks back (Luke 9:62). This seems to be one of the hardest things not to do, dwell in the past. Regrets, hurts, disappointments seem to resurface at the oddest of times when there is no thought of them being cultivated by my mind. Like an unwanted neighbor dropping by at the most inopportune time, thoughts, anger, resentments flood my mind without asking my permission to enter: unwanted guests with boundary issues.

I love the image of the fiery cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night as a guide. This is the image of the direction of the Holy Spirit but I’m not as obedient as the children of Israel in following His guidance. One of the things you must do to be able to move at the drop of the hat, so to speak, is to travel light. The acquiring of Ethan Allen heavy type furniture is a no-no. Ya gotta be ready to throw the little stuff you have in a cart and shout, “Head um up, move um out!”

Mark 13:14-37

Every time I read any text of the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) where Jesus speaks of the “End Times, I think of the beginning of the Parable of the “other” Ten talents or pound. In this Parable in Luke chapter 19, the servants are given their orders then given ten talents/pounds, and in the King James Version it states, “Occupy till I come.” Yet our tendency is to sit on the curb waiting for the rapture. Sitting around talking about “religious” things gives us the appearance of doing good deeds but what we are really doing is creating a lot of movement without momentum.

We are to notice the times we are living in and when we see them we are not to shut ourselves off and talk about how bad it is ‘cause Jesus already told us it is going to be bad so we should just quit acting surprised. When it is raining “cats and dogs,” get out your umbrella, put you hip boots on and get to work.

Psalm 50:1-23

12 If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.

New Flash: God doesn’t need our help to do anything. God is not going to roll over and have a hissy fit ‘cause we don’t obey Him. The world will not stop rotating when we sin. We are the ones who benefit and are blessed when we obey God. The invitation is from God for us to do “right” not the other way ‘round. God is not our co-pilot, He is our pilot. Just like when our mothers invited us to help them back a cake when we were two or three, God is inviting us to come work with Him. We may think we have really helped our moms’ make that double chocolate devil food cake, but all we really did was spread flour and icing everywhere it really shouldn’t have been.

What God really wants from us is our hearts and truth in the words that flow from our mouths, 14 “What I want instead is your true thanks to God; I want you to fulfill your vows to the Most High.”

Proverbs 10:29-30

30The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.

This concept of being removed from the land is a theme I keep focusing on ever since we read through Leviticus. The land actually expelling out its inhabitants, Hmmm (Leviticus 18:25, 28)

Grace and peace,

Folks - go ahead and acquire your Ethan Allen heavy type furniture and enjoy it. BUT, be prepared to give it up when it's time to move. Bless someone else and give it away. I did and don't regret it. (well, I don't regret it but I DO miss it sometimes) :-)

NT - prophecy? When talking to youth at church - I just say - “Jesus is coming back”. There were 200-350 (depending on your source) verses in OT predicting Jesus’ first visit to Earth. Double that number for the second coming of Jesus. (Plus all the NT references). It was correct the first time, and I trust it will be correct about the second.

Mark 13:30 - IMO what this is saying that WHEN people see all these signs - Jesus’ return will be in THAT generation.

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