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Unless You go with us

May 24th, 2015

All week I have been reading and reflecting on Exodus 33. For me it is one of the important chapters in the Old Testament.

One section that really has stayed with me in verses 12-16. This is where Moses asks God to go with them on their journey. Earlier on God said He would not go because of the rebellious people (v3), but God agrees to go with Moses.

I like that Moses did not want to go if God did not go with them. It was a huge task that could only work if God was with them. Moses knew his inability to get the job done without God.

Moses knew it was the glory of God is what made them stand out from the surrounding nations. It was His power and presence that made the impossible possible.

As I have dwelt upon this chapter this week I have been reminded that we need to have the Moses attitude as Christians. We need to ask for God’s glory to go with us too. We need Him to make the impossible possible too.

Sometimes I wonder if we try and go it alone too much? I wonder if we would be better off waiting on God and asking for Him to go with us?

Just a thought.

God Bless,
Dave

Somewhere in the middle?

May 18th, 2015

I was just listening to a song by Casting Crowns called “Somewhere in the Middle”. The chorus always makes me think about where I am at in my faith….

Fearless warriors in a picket fence,
reckless abandon wrapped in common sense
Deep water faith in the shallow end
and we are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences,
the God we want and the God who is
But will we trade our dreams for His
or are we caught in the middle
Are we caught in the middle

I don’t want to be caught in the middle. I don’t want to be luke warm like Jesus talks about in Revelation 3:15-16. I want to be on fire for Christ.

I want deep water faith. I want to worship God for who He truly is. I want God’s dreams for me. I don’t want Christianity light. I want the real thing.

How about you?

God Bless,
Dave

Ask God for a mountain

May 15th, 2015

Over the last few days I have read three devotions from Word for Today titled, “Ask God for a Mountain”. I found them really encouraging so I thought I would share them. You can find them below.

God Bless,
Dave

Paul and the one anothers

May 11th, 2015

I was doing a word study on the words “one another”. I decided to start with the books written by the Apostle Paul. In Paul’s writings the words appear 32 times in 31 verses in the NIV.

Below are a few of the examples…

  • Romans 12:10  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
  • Romans 12:16  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not think you are superior.
  • Romans 13:8  Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
  • Romans 14:13  Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
  • Romans 15:7  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
  • Romans 15:14  I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
  • Romans 16:16  Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10  I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:20  All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
  • 2 Corinthians 13:12  Greet one another with a holy kiss.
  • Galatians 5:13  You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
  • Ephesians 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
  • Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • Ephesians 5:19  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
  • Ephesians 5:21  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
  • Colossians 3:13  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
  • Colossians 3:16  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:9  Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:18  Therefore encourage one another with these words.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3  We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
  • Hebrews 3:13  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
  • Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
  • Hebrews 10:25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • Hebrews 13:1  Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

If we read over these verses and pay special attention to the bolded sections we can see that we are supposed to love, encourage, forgive, admonish, submit to, instruct, spur, be compassionate, serve and accept one another.

Food for thought.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Let it go

May 10th, 2015

Sometimes in life we hold on to grudges or hold on to hurts. People have done or said things to us that have upset us and we are aggrieved. Sometimes they were just not there for us when we needed them.

There comes a time though when we just have to let things go. People may apologise or they may not. People may realise they have done something or not. But we have to let it go, get over it and move on.

Over the years I have had times when people have hurt me or said things that I didn’t agree with. Some people have really let me down or annoyed me many times or not really listened when I needed a listening ear.

But rather than choose to stew these things over and hold things in my heart and mind against others I have chosen to let them go.

I have found that if I hold on to some things that people may have said, especially friends, then I might miss out on all the blessings of knowing them has brought.

I have one example of a Pastor who said something to me  for my growth. I was upset and I held a bitter spot for a long time. I couldn’t see past all hurt and I forgot all the great sermons he had preached, all the prayers he had prayed for me, all the prophetic words and all mentoring he had given me.

My hurt from one thing blinded me to all the rest of the many blessings. When I let it go I was able to see all the blessed times we had shared together afresh and I was thankful for him again.

So if you are holding on to something today, I would encourage you to just let it go. Give it to God in prayer and ask Him to lift it off you. Don’t carry it around on your back and let it weigh you down. Just let it go.

God Bless,
Dave