Archive for July, 2015

31
Jul
15

GOD IN THE ARK: SOVEREIGNTY

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. Hebrews 9:3-4
In the Holy of Holies, there was the Ark of the Covenant. One day each year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter to make the sacrifice and sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel. The tabernacle was a symbol of the presence of God among His people, and the Holy of Holies is where His true glory shone above the ark. Inside the ark were articles that are a testimony to His attributes and personality.
As was discussed in the devotion, “God In The Ark: Salvation,” Aaron’s rod can symbolize God’s authority, and that He is sovereign over all. “Sovereignty” can be defined as “the authority, power or dominion of a king.” This definition certainly gives a clearer picture of God as Lord, when we examine the tables of the covenant.
The tables of the covenant are simply the tablets which recorded the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God, Himself. In fact, these tablets are the source of the saying “written in stone.” 1 Timothy 6:15b-16 says, “He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion!”
The Lord God is holy, just, righteous and sovereign to rule over all the universe and all the earth, but the fact that He is the creator, and thus, the possessor of it all. But we must also understand that we, as His creation, are under His authority, as well. “Has the potter no right over the clay…” instructs Romans 9:21.
There is a story of a messenger who, upon delivering an urgent message to President Lincoln, mentioned to the president that they should “pray that God is on our side.” The wise leader replied by saying, “No, let us pray that we are on God’s side.” Lincoln reminded that messenger that faith is not a tool by which we get God to do what we want but an invitation to open ourselves to being and doing what God wants.

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31
Jul
15

GOD IN THE ARK: SALVATION

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. Hebrews 9:3-4
In the Holy of Holies, there was the Ark of the Covenant. One day each year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter to make the sacrifice and sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel. The tabernacle was a symbol of the presence of God among His people, and the Holy of Holies is where His true glory shone above the ark. Inside the ark were articles that are a testimony to His attributes and personality.
The second item that is listed in the Ark of the Covenant is Aaron’s rod. Numbers 17 details the account where Aaron’s rod, which was a dead piece of wood, sprouted blossoms and even ripe almonds as a sign from God. This was an absolute sign from God that Aaron was His appointed leader as the high priest, in order to stop the murmuring of the people of Israel. The rod was a common tool for shepherds, used for protection, guidance and authority. It was also Moses’ rod that had been turned into a serpent at Pharaoh’s feet, caused the water of the Nile to turn to blood, and caused the Red Sea to part and some back together.
The rod is a symbol of God’s attribute of being a protector for His people. It is also a symbol of His guidance that He provides through the power of the Holy Spirit speaking to us through His Word. Let us not forget that God also reveals His authority, and that He is sovereign over all. But most importantly, that the rod was a dead piece of wood that miraculously sprouted blossoms and ripe almonds, it is a picture of salvation.
Jesus, Himself, had to be offered up as a sacrifice for sin, and He died as a result. He was truly dead as evidenced by the fact that He was laid in a tomb under the permission of the Roman government. He did not stay dead, but gloriously rose from the dead on the third day with new life so that He could offer us new life.
When I was a young man, I owned an old truck. The engine eventually went bad on it, basically rendering it as dead. I was forced to buy a new vehicle or replace the engine. Since the cost of the engine and putting it in was less costly than a new vehicle, I had a new engine installed. In an essence, this old, dead truck had been brought back to life with a new engine, or a new heart.
When God offers us salvation, He is offering a new heart; a new attitude and a new worldview. We are born again and given new life. Just like Aaron’s rod. 

31
Jul
15

GOD IN THE ARK: PROVIDER

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. Hebrews 9:3-4

In the Holy of Holies, there was the Ark of the Covenant. One day each year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter to make the sacrifice and sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel. The tabernacle was a symbol of the presence of God among His people, and the Holy of Holies is where His true glory shone above the ark. Inside the ark were articles that are a testimony to His attributes and personality.

How wonderful it is to have a God who provides like a honeycomb, just naturally overflowing with sweetness!

Dr. Tony Evans has said that there are three types of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it, but you get only chips and sparks. To get anything out of a sponge you must squeeze it. The more pressure you use, the more you get. But the honeycomb just naturally overflows with sweetness.
Genesis 22 details the account of how God led Abraham and Isaac to go to the area of Mt. Moriah to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. When Isaac asked about the ram for the offering, Abraham replied that God would provide the offering, which He eventually did. They called that place “The Lord Will Provide” which in the Hebrew is Jehovah Jireh.
In the Ark of the Covenant, there were three different articles. One of them was a “golden jar holding the manna.” The manna was provided by God in Exodus 16 when the Israelites were grumbling about having little to eat. Even when they grumbled against God, He heard their grumblings and responded lovingly.
Jesus even challenged us to “consider the lilies of the field.” They don’t work and sweat for their beauty, but God tends to them to make certain that they still bloom. If God takes such good care of flowers, how much more will He take care of us, His greatest creation, and those whom He sent His Son to redeem?
The Lord is good to provide the great things and the small things. He gives us food, shelter, clothing and salvation. Not only that, but He tends to the little details in our everyday lives, providing for the little blessings that enrich us.
How wonderful it is to have a God who provides like a honeycomb, just naturally overflowing with sweetness!

31
Jul
15

WHY I AM SHYING AWAY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN…

WHY I AM SHYING AWAY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN….

30
Jul
15

WHY I AM SHYING AWAY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN…

It doesn’t matter how much this hurts me.  I think it will be worth it in the end.

I am getting pretty disgusted with what I am seeing, lately, so I am shying away from being a “Christian.”

According to a May 2015 poll by the Pew Research Center, seven out of 10 Americans claim to be “Christian.” Examining and thinking about this statistic caused me to ponder about the state and condition of our nation. It would seem that if 70% of our nation were truly “Christian” in the Biblical sense then there would not be as much turmoil in our nation as there seems to be exhibited!

Let me explain my position. For example, people act like a mad mob with torches and pitchforks when a court decision does not meet their approval by destroying property, seriously injuring or killing others, and stealing without any conviction or remorse. Folks retaliate with death threats when someone makes a social media comment with which they do not agree, spreading hate and not love like Jesus said to do. Individuals are even impatient and intolerant in everyday one-on-one encounters as evidenced by road rage, fist fights at the drop of a hat, and refusals to accept personal responsibility. Instead of stopping to think about the gravity of their actions, Americans feel the need to lash out with the first knee-jerk reaction, whether it be a curse, a finger,a mean look, or a physical threat or altercation. Does this sound like an America that is a majority “Christian” nation?

The bottom line is that being a “Christian” used to mean something very different. It was not just some term, label, or hat someone used to describe themselves. Rather, it meant that they were committed to something and Someone higher. Sadly, the term “Christian” no longer seems to mean that someone is striving to live a life that is closer to the doctrines and standards of the Holy Bible. The term “Christian” seems to be nothing more than a label stuck on an American who is not a Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic.

When I examine the Bible, I see God instructing people who are committed to Him to “be ye holy for I am holy.” Holy means to be pure, righteous and blameless. It means that a person holds themselves to a much higher standard of acting, and he or she is saddened, disappointed and ashamed when they do not publicly and privately exhibit that. The Bible also demands that such a person is to “be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” This means that there is to be an absolute, total change in a person when they commit themselves to Christ as their Lord. Their attitudes, speech, dress, manner, demeanor, among many other things, are not to be like what they used to be. There should be a definite change that forces people to sit up and take notice. The Scripture commands that disciples of Jesus “bring forth fruit meet for repentance.” Jesus taught that being His disciple involved deep sacrifices, and that repentance (definite change) is required to receive eternal life. If we do not show outward works that show evidence of repentance, then we have likely been sold a bill of goods.

I fear that too many people think that they are a Christian because they went to a church function once, someone made them say a prayer, and that was that. That is not what a committed life is all about: that is merely fire insurance, and that fire insurance isn’t worth the paper on which it isn’t written. Jesus said, “Truly, Truly, I say unto you, unless one is born again, he shall not see the kingdom of God.” Being truly born again means counting the cost of what it is to be a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean we get to cherry-pick verses to prove a point we want to make true. It means we study the whole of the Word of God to know what the entire Scripture teaches and that we conform our beliefs, attitudes and actions as a result.

I am personally shying away from being a “Christian” in America. If 70% of Americans are supposed to be a “Christian” then I want no part of it, not the way 70% of Americans are acting. I will prefer to look deep within myself, put myself to the test versus His teachings, examine my desires and motivations against the whole of the Word of God, and make sure that I am doing what is required to be worthy of being called a disciple of Christ or born-again.

It doesn’t matter how much this hurts me. I think it will be worth it in the end.  Who will join me?

30
Jul
15

God’s Word About Life

This devotion is a personal testimony from a guest contributor, Danielle Dobbins. This is Miss Dobbins’ first written testimony. The beauty of her insights in this written piece are an ideal addition to this website.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. – John 1:1-10



All the things that you see around you such as the trees, the rivers, the lakes, the flowers, the oceans, the beautiful blue skies, the weather, people, animals, and forests were all made by God. Your church that you go to was made by Jesus. It took time for God to write words in The Bible. Every scripture that you read was written by The King. The sun that shines is because of Him, and when it gets dark it is also because of Him.

I can look around me and see that God is with me everywhere I go. It is amazing that God is with you through every storm that comes in your life. It is important to never take anything that God gives you for granted.




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