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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

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Daily Bible Verse: January 13, 2020

Psalm 9:10

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

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Religion vs. Relationship

The world around us is so focused on “religion”, that we have lost sight of what God really wants from us — a relationship. Religion is based on a set of rules, do this, don’t do that, etc. God simply wants us to Love, starting with Him. He wants us to seek Him above all else, lean on Him and His promises, in times of struggle and keep faith in the season of waiting. You see, God wants you to focus on searching within ourselves and finding Him and our purpose.

You can follow the “set of rules” set before you in any religion and still NOT be saved. You can be a “good person” by your standards or even the world and still NOT find favor with God. God wants your time, attention, and pure openess with Him. We need to start recognizing God as our best friend, best resource, and ONLY option in good times and bad. God is not a some “magic man in the sky” who you can call on because you want something and expect God to come running. God is merciful and forgiving and will ALWAYS be near to those who call upon Him, however He knows the intentions of your heart.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you can do whatever you want as long as you think you have good intentions. Nor am I saying, that God doesn’t want you to be mindful of your sin(s) because He absolutely does. I want people to see and understand that God wants to be in a relationship with us, so that we run to Him with everything; good, bad, and otherwise.

Some people get the wrong idea about God, church, and being a believer in general. This can stem from many places; from being hurt by the church or a member of the church they have attended in the past; to being raised in home with other misguided opinions; to feeling like God “could have saved them” from a situation or a life event(s) and did not.

God is our Heavenly Father, not like an earthly father, He will NEVER let us down, NEVER leave our side, and will NEVER break His promises. Sometimes in life we have to go through things we do not understand and certainly do not see why God would allow such things, but God did not promise a life without trouble, He promised He would see us through it all!

God is a Savior, a Healer, a Provider, a Counselor, and so much more! God is Love, and not the kind of worldly love that is based on what you do or do not do but UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

I enourage everyone to seek God for themselves. Open the BIble and read His word and Truth do not take someone else’s word for it. I mean this is your life, eternal life at that. Don’t get to wrapped up in the “rules” and start seeking God for who He is and the life He has in store for you!

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Change Your Focus Change Your Future

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I want to encourage anyone who has visions and dreams that God has given you that seem out of reach, NOTHING is impossible with God!! Seek him above all else, trust in Him with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, and ask God for His direction each step of the way.

Glory be to God!

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Daily Bible Verses

D.B.V.- July 15 2019

Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety

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D.B.V.- July 9 2019

Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you

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D.B.V.- March 31, 2017

Ezra 8:22- “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”

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D.B.V.- February 7, 2017

1 Chronicles 16:11- Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face always

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D.B.V.- February 2, 2017

Job 5:8- “But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause–“

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D.B.V.- September 26, 2016

Proverbs 11:27- He who earnestly seeks  good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.