Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Devotions and Lessons
Scripture of the Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
Miracles happen every day. Some people believe that miracles only happen when a person performs a miraculous thing that changes something or makes a difference in a life or lives. This is true to a point but miracles do not just happen with people, every part of creation is miraculous and these miracles are a daily occurrence.
Early Morning Miracles
Every day starts with the miracle of life. During the night the land and all creation is at rest, well except for the nocturnal creatures. Thing is, many people take this for granted. There are those who concentrate on scientific reasoning or just say that it happens because it does. God reminds Job that these scientific things do not happen by chance but are His doing to bring life and nourishment to the world.
Morning dew gives the first nourishment for plant life. This is not always guaranteed depending on the season. The dew gives the water needed for the plants and trees to release oxygen so we can breathe. Leaves, flowers and blades of grass need the water to grow. Plants that bear fruit store the water to develop food for all creatures.
When birds wake they sing praises to God. God hears all His creatures. Waking up is something that is not guaranteed. Once again it is considered a natural event but we do not always wake up the same. It is possible that God uses the night in our slumber to give us our mood and plan for the day.
Miracles in the World
When the wind moves plant life, the song they sing brings joy and is a call for the insects to do their job. The sun is a gift that gives the light, warmth, and certain nutrients that give us life. Life itself is a miracle. Science can try to explain the functions but only God creates life.
There are many things that happen in the world that we just pass by without thinking about them. Have you ever just sat outside and just listened and smelled the world around you? God created so many things and caused so many other things to come into existence, all we have to do is look.
We Allow Distraction
Every Word in the Pentateuch is God’s. The stories and words of the Prophets exist because of God's interactions with them. The wisdom of God is written so we can live a good life in the world. Our issue in this day and age is that we get distracted with technology, politics, work, and even our own lives. When we are distracted with things of the world we lose sight of the little miracles that happen all around us. Sometimes we completely put our relationship with God on the backburner and the Bible gathers dust.
What Should We Do?
The hardest thing to do is to remove yourself from distractions that have become habits. That game that you have to be on because you don’t want to lose a daily reward can wait until you have a conversation with God and read from the Bible. Find a verse on Sunday that you meditate on for the week and write about what you learned by Saturday. Meditate on what your pastor talked about on Sunday and if there is a challenge make that a priority for your week. Spend time with your loved ones even if it is over a video call of sorts. Yes, you can still play the game but remember that God and family comes first.
Miracles are gifts from God to remind us who He is. Without God we would not be here and nothing would be the something that exists. We live for God because of God. We smell the roses, feel the wind, hear the birds, and see the beauty of creation because God made it so. We are not here by chance.
This Week’s Challenge
This week I challenge you to put God first before everything. After you wake and have a conversation with God then you can have that morning pick up so you can read His Word. Once you spend time with God then go about your day and by the end of the week you will notice a difference in your desire for distractions because your desire to learn from God will hopefully increase.
Remember, even though God knows all and sees all we should still let Him know that we recognize His work in our lives and our dependence on His presence.
Once we get to Saturday this week I would like you to send me a message if you noticed a difference in your walk with God. In fact, I would really like to hear from you. Maybe share your testimony or questions that you would like answered. We are family and I want to get to know you.
In God’s Embrace,
Rob, Servant of God.
Often in the Old Testament we read about Israel becoming too comfortable with the way things were. They lived their lives by what they believed was right and took God for granted. They did their sacrifices and the feasts but was it just lip service to keep in good graces with God? They were growing complacent. Their hearts were not always in the right place.
I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
I will not look upon them.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:21-24
This is happening today. Does your place of worship seem like a safe place to be where things are way too comfortable? You know almost all the Hymns by heart. You know the order of service because it never changes except during a baptism and communion Sundays. The church building is the only place you talk about God instead of sharing with people outside the church? If you do share then you never follow up. If these sound familiar then you may be part of a lukewarm or complacent body of believers.
I don't mean to scare you or push you away because you feel like I am condemning. I am not here to do that but I do ask that you read this through and examine your faith life and the life of your place of worship before it is too late.
Being At Ease is Not Always a Good Thing
We are a people in constant suffering because we are still sinful creatures. When we enter a place of worship we leave the world outside even though our nature walks in with us. Once we are in and the service begins we feel weights are lifted. The problem is that in the back of our mind we really do not want to leave because we feel the most comfortable there. The challenge is made but not accepted in our hearts.
Idle hands bring poverty; diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4
Being at ease also makes a person idle. The lack of charitable deeds not only can make life hard but the spirit suffers as well. This can also be explained as an active faith life. He who lives by the Word and does good things in God’s name will be rewarded, he who sits and lets others tiol in the harvest will not eat at the table.
Amos the prophet spoke about the impending exile of the northern kingdom. He said many things that showed the people how they had either forgotten God or relied on Him too much. The first verse of the sixth chapter says,
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.
Amos goes on to tell how being lazy in worship and not having an active faith are not conducive to a healthy relationship with God. We can be fully reliant on God but it takes an active faith for the reliance to come to fruition. God takes care of us but only if we do our part.
We Have Become Complacent to Assimilation in Society
There is a problem that must be solved now. The question that must be answered is why have we let secular society infiltrate and change God. In general terms, we have let sinful natures be boasted in the church which calls for an acceptance which makes us just as guilty as the sinner. God tells us to accept all people but to disassociate ourselves with the boastful, open sinners. We have allowed Contemporary Christian songs that do not comply with God’s Holy Word become the focus of worship instead of prayer and sharing the Word itself. We are taught to sing songs of praise and worship but only to and for God, no one else. We have let the government tell us what we can and cannot do through laws that regulate how we conduct the business of the church.
The government has removed God from the law of the land and replaced it with man’s law alone. Many churches are forced into becoming registered non profits just to survive. We cannot even have a charitable arm unless it is registered with the state.
Instead of fighting and standing on God’s Law, assimilation has caused a multitude of issues that must be addressed and solved before it is too late. One of the worst things for a Body of Believers is the fear of being ridiculed for the outside misunderstanding of Christian beliefs. Just because we are told certain things are sins does not mean the person with the sin cannot enter the church but it does deter full membership. Traditions, Mission Statements, Belief Statements, and ByLaws have been under attack for lack of society's standards of inclusiveness.
Christianity is a religious idea based on the belief in Jesus the Messiah (Christ is not His last name). The basic tenants of the faith revolve around the Universal Laws of God and the Ten Commandments. We cannot, should not, and will not move from the beliefs set up from old. If that happens then the church body can no longer be called Christian.
Brothers and sisters I am speaking out on this because we are in a time like the Israelites of old where God sent His punishment on the land and hardly anyone listened. What happened to them is happening to us and too many are blind to the truth of the matter. Stay faithful to God and He will take care of you. Remember the teachings of Jesus. Do not let your beliefs be moved and Stand Firm on the Promises of God.
Through God’s Grace and Mercy we can be showered in His Love.
Rob, Servant of God
The messages on the blogs written on this page are within biblical adherence. Though the Scriptures listed in the blogs are directly from the Bible and other related religious writings the explanations and interpretations are in line with Biblical thinking as it relates to today’s world. The use of historical facts are to assist in the validity of the writings. The main writer of this blog site is an Ordained minister in one denomination though the views are related to all denominations so if something is said that does not fall in line with your denominational background, pray for personal discernment and understanding.