Tag: teachable

Slow to connect the dots!

Scripture reading for April 9th: 1st Kings 20-22

Learning lessons in the school of life can be fun and rewarding.  Learning from others with wisdom is one of the best ways to gain understanding.  God also sends people to us who will speak the Word of God into our lives.  The Old Testament called them ‘prophets.’  Heeding their word resulted in a victorious life; rejecting their word brought trouble.

God had sent Elijah to Ahab and Jezebel to confront their idolatry to Baal, the idol god of rain!  He told them it would not rain in Israel except at God’s Word.  (1st Kings 17:1)   The reason for this judgment was Jezebel killing the Lord’s prophets and feeding 850 prophets of Baal at the king’s table.  Elijah confronted them in the contest on Mt. Carmel. (1st Kings 18:18-19)  He then killed the false prophets and prayed for rain again on the land and God sent a storm!   God demonstrated His power through the prophetic ministry of Elijah that should have got their attention!

A while later, God sent another prophet to Ahab with instructions about how to defeat his enemy, Ben-Hadad, king of Aram.  (1st Kings 20:13)  God worked a miracle and the enemy was defeated soundly but Ben-Hadad appealed to Ahab, and Ahab made a treaty with him without consulting the Lord!   His disobedience brought correction instead of connection!

God sent another prophet to bring Ahab a word of judgment.  (1st Kings 20:41-43)  Ahab responded with anger and sulking!   Ahab coveted a neighbor’s vineyard to build a garden for himself.  The neighbor, Naboth, refused to sell the family property.   Jezebel promptly set in motion a plan to get the vineyard and  Naboth was killed and the vineyard was secured for Ahab. God mercifully sent Elijah with another word of judgment.

God gives each person time to repent.  But there is a point where patience runs out.  We can harden our hearts and miss the grace of God.  Jezebel was worldly, manipulative, and refused correction when God made it plain!  Ahab knew what to do, but allowed his wife to manipulate to get his way.  When corrected, he was not teachable but responded with anger.  Pray today for a teachable heart and the ability to learn from God’s designated teachers!

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God’s concern for people and connections!

Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

The book of Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  God is looking for people who are faithful, available, and teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings. (Numbers 3:21-26)  God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  (Numbers 3:38)

God is still looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and willing to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  He blesses  “F.A.T. ” people! (Faithful, Available, Teachable)

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

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God loves F.A.T. people!

Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers in the book.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Often, today, many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows even the hairs on their heads.  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as you are (F)faithful, (A)available, and (T)teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings.   God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans  to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  The Levites were to serve Aaron and his sons and they belonged to God because God took them in place of the firstborn from every Israelite woman. (Numbers 3:11-13)  He had redeemed them by the blood of the Passover Lamb!  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  If they got out of line and tried to look into the holy things when they were not assigned, they would die!  (Numbers 3:38)

God is looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and humble enough to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  It is not how much you do, or what kind of talent and position that makes you special to the Lord.  He blesses  F.A.T. people!

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

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“God looks at the heart!”

Scripture reading for March 21st: 1st Samuel 16-19

Our culture prizes youth, beauty, intelligence, power, and money!  We tend to judge people by what we see or know about their life.  Where do they live?  What kind of car do they drive?  Are they handsome or beautiful?  What position do they hold?  Who are their friends?  I don’t believe it has been much different since the fall of man.  We are very driven by our senses and peer pressure.  But God sees things differently!

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance, or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1st Samuel 16:7)

What does God see in our heart?  What is he looking for?  He is looking at the things we truly value. He is looking for a heart after God, a heart that will trust God and live by faith in His Word! (2nd Chronicles 16:9)  When we put God first, and not our “self”, He is pleased!   He is looking for a “humble and contrite” heart. (Isaiah 66:2)  He needs a heart that can be taught, corrected, and shaped for His habitation.  If a mere man is going to walk with God, he certainly must be humble and willing to learn.  I believe God is looking for a pure heart too.  Only those who are pure in heart can see God.  (Matthew 5:8)

How does a mere man measure up?  God Himself provided the way through a descendant of David, the man after God’s heart!  Jesus Christ had the perfect heart!  He was fully sold out to God, his Father.  He did only what he saw His Father do and said only what He heard His father say!(John 5:19-20)  Jesus was humble of heart–and wants to teach us the same!  (Matthew 11:28-32)  Jesus was pure of heart–completely without sin!  He offered His own life on our behalf!  If we confess our sins to Him, He will cleanse us of our sins and all unrighteousness!  (1st John 1:9)  We can have a pure heart too!  We can learn from Him by receiving the Holy Spirit of Truth.  We can live by faith in His Word!  The just shall live by faith!

Praise the Lord, God still looks at the heart!  Does He see Jesus Christ as Lord in your heart today?  If He is not your King, why not humble yourself and invite Him to live in your heart today!  You will be eternally grateful!

“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”  (John 3:35-36)

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God loves F.A.T. People!

Scripture reading for February 11: Numbers 1-4

Today we begin a new book of Moses, Numbers.  Numbers is so named because of all the counting and lists of numbers in the book.  God was apparently very interested in numbers and specifically assigned jobs to each family group.  According to the reading today, there were 603,550 men 20 years old or more that could serve in the army and fight from 11 of the tribes.  (Numbers 1:46) The only tribe excluded from the duty to fight was Levi.  The Levites belonged to God and were set apart to serve in the Tabernacle.  (Numbers 3:5-7)

Often, today, many people think that God doesn’t really care about numbers or individual people.  The reading today shows just the opposite.  God cared about each person and family group.  He wanted the leaders to know how many they had to help with the work and protection of the nation.  God uses people and knows each one by name!  He knows even the hairs on their heads.  He knows the purpose and jobs that He has designed and gifted them to do.  It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as you are (F)faithful, (A)available, and (T)teachable!

To the Gershonites clans was given the care of the tent curtains and coverings.   God assigned the Kohathites to be in charge of the sanctuary.  (Numbers 3:27-32) He assigned the Merarite clans  to carry the poles of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:33-37)  The Levites were to serve Aaron and his sons and they belonged to God because God took them in place of the firstborn from every Israelite woman. (Numbers 3:11-13)  He had redeemed them by the blood of the Passover Lamb!  All these men were called by God to do a specific job and to do it as unto the Lord.  If they got out of line and tried to look into the holy things when they were not assigned, they would die!  (Numbers 3:38)

God is looking for faithful and available workers.  They must be teachable and humble enough to obey orders.  When He finds these workers, He shows Himself strong on their behalf.  They are blessed and God’s love and protection covers their homes and families.  It is not how much you do, or what kind of talent and position that makes you special to the Lord.  He blesses  F.A.T. people!

1st Corinthians 12:18– “But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, exactly as he wanted them to be.”

Isaiah 6:8–“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  and I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

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