Tag: Seek God

An appointment for judgement!

Scripture reading for May 6th:  1 Samuel 25, 1st Chronicles 7, Acts 17

Key Scriptures:  Acts 17:26-31 “”And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods  and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him.  Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed His offspring.’  Being then God’s offspring, we out not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed; and this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.””

Paul spoke plainly about the one true God, creator of man.  God is in control of all men’s life spans.  He determines the exact places they live and time they dwell there.  He wants all men to find Him and is near to them. He sent His Son, Jesus as the way to know Him, raising Him from the dead as proof of His divinity.   In fact, we are all God’s offspring.  It’s time for all to repent of our ignorance of Jesus before the Day of judgment comes and Jesus, raised from the dead, is the appointed judge!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I trust in You and am thankful for Your boundaries in my life.  In You I live and move and have my being!  Help me to declare Your mercy before our appointment with Jesus!

1st Samuel 25:33 “Blessed be your discretion, and blessed by you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation by my own hand.”  

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Boldness to Declare!

Scripture reading for May 28th:  2nd Chronicles 6-8, Acts 17

Key Scriptures:  Acts 17:24-27  “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself Gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their was toward Him and find Him.”

Paul found himself in Athens among the philosophers of the city.  They loved debating the latest new ideas.  Paul preached Jesus Christ to them and pointed them to the Creator of heaven and earth.  He stated that this God did not live in temples and was the giver of all life.  He even determined each person’s residence and length of time there.  This God was worth getting to know!

2nd Chronicles 7:13-14  “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great knowledge and understanding of all men.  Give me boldness like Paul of old to share a testimony of the Creator and redeemer.  Amen.

 

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Thankful that God sets boundaries!

Scripture reading for July 21st:  Proverbs 30-31, Ecclesiastes 1-3

Key Scriptures:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-4  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  . . . “

The writer of Ecclesiastes had lived a while and observed God’s boundaries in the various times and seasons of life.  As the seasons rolled around in the calendar year, so God ordained the times set for the various activities of man.  God uses these seasons to draw men and women to seek Him and to find Him.  This wisdom came from observation and revelation and was confirm other times in the New Testament.

Thankful God sets boundaries:  “From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set of them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.  ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ “  (Acts 17:26-28)

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Faith and prayer!

Scripture reading for April 15th: 2nd Kings 18-21

In 1980,  my wife and I were caught in a financial crisis beyond our ability to fix.  We had borrowed money to buy land and equipment and build our farming business and now the interest rates had more than doubled.  Many neighbors had lost farms to the banks and creditors because they were unable to pay and our situation looked bad.  We had rededicated our lives to the Lord just a few years earlier and as we studied the Word of God, we knew we needed to humble ourselves and ask God for His mercy.  Mary and I knelt by our bed in an act of faith and desperation.

Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, was a man of faith.  Scripture says that he “held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.”  (2nd Kings 18:5-6)  Because he trusted the Lord, the Lord was with him and he was successful in all he did.  One of his first moves was to destroy the bronze snake that Moses had built to stop the plague of serpents in the desert.  God’s people had made an idol of it and were burning incense to it!  (2nd Kings 18:4)

Hezekiah was tested by the Assyrians.  He rebelled against the king of Assyria, the military power of that day, and would not serve him.  Assyria captured Samaria and Israel (the ten tribes) in Hezekiah’s sixth year.  In Hezekiah’s fourteenth year, Sennacherib, king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. (2nd Kings 18:13)  Hezekiah tried to buy off the king of Assyria with gold from the temple, but a large army showed up surrounding Jerusalem.  Hezekiah was told of this situation and he immediately went to the temple to seek the help of God.  As he prayed for help, God sent word by the prophet Isaiah that God would deliver them!  (2nd Kings 19:6-7)

What are you facing today that seems like a mountain?  Go to God in prayer!  Go humbly expecting God to hear and answer you!  The answer is already on the way!  By the way, eight years after we prayed, my wife and I were debt-free!

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