Tag: God’s ways

Holy Distinction!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3

Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:13-16 “”Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight.  Consider too that this nation is Your people.”  And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  And he said to Him, “If Your Presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.  For how shall it be known?  Is it not in Your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and Your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?””

As Moses met with God, he pleaded with God to show him His ways in order to have God’s favor and presence.  God promised to go with him and give him rest.  Moses knew that God’s presence was the best and only thing that would set him and God’s people apart from all others on earth.  In His presence was fullness of joy and divine rest!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for making me distinct by filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower me today in my upward journey by showing me Your ways and giving me favor with You and those You want to reach.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  

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Our battle with the ‘accuser’!

Scripture reading for May 19th: Job 1-3

The Bible teaches us that the unseen world is eternal and the world that is visible is temporary. (2nd Corinthians 4:18)  God dwells in the realm of the eternal and made the visible creation, including us.  Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death into the world and corrupted both creation and man.  Each of us are now born the first time into the visible realm and face life in a fallen creation with mortal bodies that have been corrupted by sin.  Satan, the accuser, has been given permission to tempt, test, and try us.  He seeks to steal our faith, kill our bodies, and destroy our souls in Hell.  (John 10:10, Revelation 20:10)

God in His love seeks to redeem us from the world of sin and death.  He reveals Himself to us through the creation (Psalm 19:1-3) and by revelation in our inner man.  He gives each person a conscience with a basic knowledge of right and wrong.  We have a free will and can choose to follow our fallen nature or live by God’s revelation in faith.     Job is a story of God at work in the invisible world and Satan, through accusation, doing his best to steal Job’s faith in God’s revelation.

Satan first accused God of blessing Job and buying his loyalty.  He accused Job of serving God because of what he had and would get. (Job 1:9-11)  He implied that if God removed His hedge of protection and the blessings, Job would curse God to His face!  God gave boundaries to Satan and allowed him take Job’s children and blessings.    (Job 1:19)  Job’s response was to humble himself and to worship God. (Job 1:20-21)

In his second accusation, Satan suggested that if God would allow him to take Job’s health, Job would curse God.  (Job 2:4-6)  God set a limit and released Satan to inflict Job physically and emotionally.   Job’s own wife suggested that he curse God and die!  He finally cursed the day of his birth but never God!  (Job 3:1-4)

In these chapters of Job, we learn about the battle going on for our faith.  Satan accuses us before God.  God is on our side and supports us by revelation!    It is faith in the invisible God of heaven that brings victory in every trial!

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