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Choose

“So now, revere the Lord. Serve him honestly and faithfully. Put aside the gods that your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates and in Egypt and serve the Lord.  But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the Lord.”
-Joshua 24:14-15

Choices

In our lives, we make choices.  These choices are special times, special moments, special events.  Sometimes we  make our choices known publicly, like when we get married in front of friends and family.  But choice is also a lifestyle or a discipline.

We choose, but live a chosen life.  I choose and I keep choosing.  It is an event and a life.  We choose marriage, but then we must choose to be married.  Marriage is choice, after choice, after choice.

It is the same with God.  We choose God, we choose Christ, and we get saved,  Is your salvation an even…

Suffering, pt 3

The wise person uses wise words when is crisis or conflict.

The bottom has dropped out for Job.  The closest person to him in his life has turned against God.  She, his wife, has declared that the way of faithfulness does not work, and that he must give up.  She seems to see God as neglectful or evil, in what has come upon her and her husband.  

Job does not reject his wife.

Job does not condemn his wife.  Job speaks the truth in love, with wisdom.  Wise words lift someone up.  Wise words call someone higher.  Wise words say, "you are better than that behavior, so come up higher and let that go."  

Job tells his wife, "you are talking like a foolish woman".  Notice that he does not call her a fool.  Satan would love for you to call your spouse or your neighbor a fool or an idiot.  The way of wisdom and the way of love is to rather say that they are behaving foolishly or idiotically.  We also get deceived into talking to our selves with condemning self-talk…

Suffering: You, God, and Your Spouse

The Adversary departed from the Lord’s presence and struck Job with severe sores from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.  Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself and sat down on a mound of ashes.  Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God, and die.”
Job said to her, “You’re talking like a foolish woman. Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?” In all this, Job didn’t sin with his lips.
-Job 2:8-10



The accuser and tempter

Satan is the accuser (Rev. 12:10).  Satan found someone to speak his words, and that person was Job's wife.  She gave up her faith in God and urges Job to do so.  "Give it up!  This faith thing with God doesn't work."  She sarcastically adds, "look at the 'blessing' God has bestowed upon you." 

Like Eve, Job's wife tempts Job to sin and fall.  Satan will use the closest person he can find, including your spouse, if he can; to tempt to to doubt …

When You Suffer

The Adversary departed from the Lord’s presence and struck Job with severe sores from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.  Job took a piece of broken pottery to scratch himself and sat down on a mound of ashes.  Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still clinging to your integrity? Curse God, and die.”

Job said to her, “You’re talking like a foolish woman. Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?” In all this, Job didn’t sin with his lips.
-Job 2:7-10

The Book of Job: How To Relate To God In Your Suffering

The book of Job was the first book of the Bible to be written.  It is the story of one man's suffering.  It is the story of how that man related to God in his suffering.  Job lived during the time of Abraham, Issac, or Jacob.  The first story written down for our edification and revelation about God, is this story of Job.

It is interesting that Job is one of the few books in the Old Testament that mentions Satan and his work.  The most ancient divinely inspir…

Duo: Twos

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work.
-Ecclesiastes 4:9

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.
-Matthew 18:20

He sent them out two by two.
-Mark 6:7, Luke 10:1



Two Preachers

I watched a sermon on video of two guys doing "tag team preaching" and I really liked it.  I have been involved in a large handful of Christian traditions and I had never seen that before.  Two is the number of witness.  The second witness confirms the first.  Two people saw it, two people see it, and two people testify about it.  The testimony of each witness strengthens the other one, as they corroborate each other. (Matt. 18:16)

Revival comes in two's and three's

Do you want to see revival?  Do you want to see the lost saved, the sick healed, and the demon bound set free?  God's method is to do these things through two or three people.  All through the book of Acts, we see mostly duos and trios who are walking in the Spirit…

I Always Put The Lord In Front of Me

I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear.-Psalm 16:8 (CEB, ESV, CEV)

Do you practice the presence of God in your daily life?

God is omnipresent and God abides in you, if you are a believer.  God is here and God is there with you, but you have to do something to enjoy God.  That something is what Brother Lawrence called practicing the presence of God.  Lawrence who was a monk, wrote a book, in the 17th century which is a compilation of letters, called The Practice of the Presence of God.  Follow the link and get a free copy of it, or listen to it with mp3 files.

When you practice the presence of God, you focus on the Lord, no matter what else you are doing.

This is an open secret of the Christian life.  You need to get a revelation that this is available.  Emmanuel, God-with…

Houses, Family, and Farms

Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news  will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life.  But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.”

Jesus said to them, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, husband, wife, brothers, sisters, parents, or children because of God’s kingdom  will receive many times more in this age and eternal life in the coming age.”
-Mark 10:29-31, Luke 18:29-30

Jesus talks about people who have left many things and relationships, because of him.  

I imagine there are and have been many people who have become followers of Jesus and it was not welcomed by their families.  People might get disinherited, divorced, or cut off perhaps, from their family relationships, family inheritances, or position i…

In That Day

In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.

In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
-John 14:20 & 16:23-26 (ESV)


"In that day", that Jesus spoke of, is today.  It is the time after Jesus went to the cross and died there, was buried and rose from the dead.  It is after the Holy Spirit came.  We are in that time now.

These words were personal words from Jesus, to his disciples.  They are also personal words for us, if we receive them, if we walk in them,  The Bible is full …