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Daily Devo- Stop Fighting God

Attitudes some are positive- some are negative- but all of them have consequences. People who do not have a close relationship, or any relationship for that matter, with God tend to fight against His will while chasing their own.

God is in control- nothing anyone says or does can change that. This world is His creation and we are His children. God will attempt to correct us- He will petition us to leave the darkness behind- and He will reach into the depths of our despair to rescue us.

However, God will NOT take control of our free will of choice and He will NOT force Himself into anyone’s life. God’s plans and ways are always higher than ours and His plans always prevail. Trying to be steps ahead of God- or trying to ‘outrun’ Him so that you do not have to be obedient to Him- will NEVER work.

In Exodus 9:12 the scripture talks about how God hardened the Pharaohs heart- God did NOT take control of the Pharaoh’s will and force his decisions. The pharaoh was still responsible for his own choices and actions.

As God appealed to Pharaoh to release the Israelites- it seemed as if he was becoming even more determined to keep them in bondage. This led to a conflict between the Pharaoh’s will and God’s will.

Eventually God won- and Pharaoh’s will was broken.

Spoiler Alert!!

God ALWAYS wins!

Fighting against God’s will and instruction is a recipe for failure. Having an ‘I don’t need God’ or ‘I can do it myself’ attitude is a losing proposition. Fighting God’s will only leads to exhaustion, depletion of your energy/finances/etc., and will certainly mess up your life and lead to self-destruction- further complicating your situation.

It is time to have an attitude for God– NOT against Him.

Is there any area in your life that you are refusing to fully trust God in?

Maybe, you are aware that your attitude towards God is not a positive one-perhaps, today God is telling you it is time to adjust your outlook and more importantly your attitude.

Remember, NO ONE is too far for God to reach and change from the inside out. Hand it over to Him and allow God to do the rest!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Lord thank you for always having our best interests at heart. Thank you for being understanding and patient as we learn what Your word says about our attitudes and trusting in you. I pray that You would touch each person that reads this. Help them to analyze their own hearts and see if You are telling them it is time for an attitude adjustment. God forgive us for often trying to do things in our own will and power and not relying on You to guide us. Forgive us for the days we have an attitude like Pharaoh- leading us to further complicate our life. God, I pray that You would draw near to each of us- expose our attitudes to ourselves- and help us to trust in You to change them. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Beginnings- Settlement (?-1440 BC) Part 2

In the first part of beginnings through settlement we discussed how we could get to know God’s character by reading stories through-out the Bible. We read and broke down what we could learn about God from the story of Noah’s Ark in Genesis.

Today we are looking at how we can see ourselves in the first 5 books of the Old Testament and Job. Grab your Bible if you don’t already have it and lets dig in.

Open your Bible and read each scripture to discover how we can see ourselves in the following scripture.

Genesis 4:1-5

Cain was jealous of Abel and the offering he was offered up to the Lord.

In Cain’s jealousy we can see our own sense of competition and desire to be “better” than someone else.

Genesis 6:7-8

God was sorry he created man and beast as the world was full of wickedness. God said He would destroy the Earth with the flood. Noah found grace from God and was instructed by God to build an ark to be saved from the flood.

In Noah’s need for the ark for salvation- we can see our own need to be rescued from God’s judgement. It also demonstrates if we obey God and follow His lead, He will save us from complete destruction.

Genesis 12

Abraham had great faith in God. He was obedient when God told him to do something.

In Abrahams faith in following God- we can see our own potential for belief.

Genesis 25 & 27

In both of these scriptures Jacob is lying and scheming- following his own desires and relying on himself to get what he wants. Manipulating situations to take what was for his brother Esau. (In Genesis 25 his birthright, in Genesis 27 his blessing.)

In these two examples we can see our own inclination to trust in ourselves to provide our needs and wants.

Genesis 42-45

In Josephs kindness and forgiveness for his brothers who sold him into Egypt- we see our own responsibility to forgive and overcome evil with good.

Exodus 14

Israel struggles to keep faith when the Egyptians began to march after them. Israel feels they are trapped in the wilderness to die. God instructs Moses to lift his rod and stretch out his hand and part the sea so that Israel may cross on dry land.

In Israel’s struggle to keep faith- we see our own struggles and weakness of faith.

Job 3

In this scripture it’s expressing Job’s feelings in response to him suffering. In Job’s response we can see our own feelings and disappointment when things work against us.

These are only a few examples of how we can see ourselves throughout the Old Testament of the Bible. I encourage you to read deeper into each of the beginning books in the Old Testament and make notes on how you relate to the scripture you are reading.

This will help you to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus as you discover the powerful truths packed within the books of the Bible.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for providing us with the tools we need to discover who You really are and who we are created to be in You. Lord, I thank you for each person who reads this post. I pray that you would give us all understanding and discernment as we study Your word. I pray each person would desire a deeper, stronger, and more intimate relationship with You. I pray You open the hearts of each person that they would see Your hand at work in their life. I pray that you will guide each of us and cover us with Your peace, love, and protection in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- November 9, 2017

Exodus 14:14- “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

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D.B.V.- March 15, 2017

Exodus 14:14- “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold you peace”

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D.B.V.- February 12, 2017

Exodus 14:14- The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace

Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- February 8, 2017

Exodus 15:2- The Lord is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation; He is my God. and I will praise Him, My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

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Scripture on Lying

*Revelation 21:8- But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

*Proverbs 14:5- A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.

*Proverbs 14:25- A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness delivers lies.

*Proverbs 19:5- A false witness shall not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape.

*Proverbs 19:9- A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will perish.

*Romans 3:4- Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
“That you may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.” 

*John 8:44- You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

*Exodus 20:16- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

*Proverbs 6:16-20- There are six things the Lord hates, Yes seven are an abomination to Him;  A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart the devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.

*Note: Pride is at the root of lying. As most will lie to be perceived in a better light by whomever they are speaking. In fact, Pride could be considered the root of all sin. Wanting to rely on our own mindset and understanding doing what we “feel” is right, instead of what God has shown us and instructed us to do.