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.
Faith is simply doing what we can and waiting for God to do what we cannot. That was said this morning by a pastor talking about what we are supposed to do, not just with our faith but because of our faith. When we put our trust in God that means we have faith that whatever God tells us to accomplish and get to a point where we cannot do anything else, God takes it from there and finishes the task. When many Believers are together we can do great things because of our faith.
This is the first Sunday in Advent. Different denominations give the first Sunday different names and different orders but in this year we need to place our faith in God First above all else. Without Faith there is no Hope. Without Hope there is no Joy. Without Joy we do not truly know Peace. Without all the above, we do not know what Love is.
How do we move forward in this time of stagnant belief? Many churches are just trying to give people hope that this will end soon but where is the thought, where is the teaching on what God desires of us?
So many have lost their trust in God and are more reliant on the scientist and doctors but their healing is only temporary. The only true cure is following what God requires of us. What does He require? He wants our trust to be fully in Him. He wants to reconnect with us but we have to choose to do so and stay with it at any cost. Having a relationship with God means that our relationships here on earth are healed. We all have that someone who we just cannot get along with in our families. How can we have a relationship with God if we cannot love our own?
The Smallest Faith
Do you know why Jesus talked about faith of a mustard seed? A mustard seed is small but packs a punch. It requires to be sown by us but when it hits the ground, amazing things can happen. The root system is so strong it moves whatever is in its path to the point of breaking through clay and stone. How is that like faith? We trust that God will finish what we cannot. We cannot control where the root system goes but we can give it a start by placing it where it needs to be. We start a task given to us by God and do what we are able then God takes care of what we are unable to do.
We are sinful in nature and have evil inclinations but we can choose to defeat them and do good things. When we choose the good over the bad we show God that we need His help to stay away from the evil and that shows our trust in Him which builds our faith. The more of our lives we let God control, the stronger our faith becomes. This builds our relationship with Him so we find our Hope, we see our Joy, we know Peace in His Presence, and we finally feel His Love.
This season there are many opportunities to share the Word of God through Faith in Action. Be the person God wants you to be and show your faith even in the face of adversity. Take the steps and do as God wants you to do and people will see that that is what they need you to do.
God is Always Faithful, are you?
In the Embrace of the Father,
Rob, Servant of God
The world is filled with many distractions that keep us away from our Creator God. In some cases the distraction presents itself so often that it becomes an obsession. When the distraction becomes an obsession it becomes an idol of worship. Can we see the distraction become an idol? If we recognize it can we control it and minimize it? Can we remove it all together? These are the questions we will hopefully get answers for today.
What are Considered Distractions From God?
The answer may make some people very upset but simply put, distractions are all things that keep us away from thinking about and or worshipping God. The problem with distractions is that they can take over the daily routine where the study of the Words and time with God becomes less and less important. Some distractions as of late are in the forms of electronic media.
Distractions are the first thing that some people go directly to after waking up to see what was missed overnight instead of praying to start the day and then reading/studying a portion of Scripture. What was the morning coffee and newspaper is now the social media or game event of the day that must be completed. Some of the distractions can enforce a mood that sets people off for the rest of the day which is dangerous for families and work relationships. The right thing to do is pray first thing for discernment and not letting things bother you.
People may say that they use these distractions to forget about the day. This is the television show you DVR'd, the game you have to catch up on, or the social media that you heard people talking about throughout the day. If someone else is home then that person is ignored until you are done with the distractor. The best way to forget about the day at work or school is to thank God in prayer then talk about it with those around you.
Loss of Communication
Distractions are things that keep us away from being relational with those who are immediately present in our lives. They lead to topics of communication that only revolve around it. This causes friction and less desire to communicate with family and friends. The separation causes some to desire the distraction so much that they lose themselves only to become something they are not. This is called obsession.
Distractions Become Obsessions
Distractions lead to finding people, games, shows, and other things that progress from enjoyments to fandom to obsessions. This causes friction in family and friend relationships and allows for the obsessed person to find others with like ideals which can lead to dangerous situations. An obsessed person lets the distraction become their life.
Obsession is a form of addiction that is in some cases more dangerous than narcotics and alcohol. Once a person is obsessed with something, it becomes the idol of his/her worship. It becomes what people rely on to make them feel good, useful, to give purpose to life. The main problem with certain obsessions is that they lose who they were and become a danger to others who follow in their ways.
Some who were believers in God change their belief system to incorporate their obsession as being okay. The danger here is that God is slowly pushed out and not even mentioned. Bibles that they once held precious gather dust or are given away. This allows the sinful nature and all evil inclinations to take complete hold and they are apart from God.
When Obsession Becomes Lifestyle
Some believers find Scripture that makes the lifestyle that is chosen as deemed good. This is not the case at all. God abhors certain lifestyles and Jesus did not condone them either. The problem is that some abhorred lifestyles are now an accepted norm and are boasted which causes believers to sin through association. The sinfulness is something that is between you and God and does not need other people dragged down with it.
What We Have Forgotten
God made things very clear to the world since Adam. He gave Adam a set of Laws that the world ignored. After the flood of water He gave Noah an additional Law that relaxed only food allowances with certain restrictions. That led to another failure which led to the disbursement of man through language. Just when things were looking good, a couple towns were given into their sins of greed and sexual immorality, they were destroyed by fire.
Decades later a group of people were given Ten Commandments and 613 statutes. These folks chose to live under God’s rule. Were they successful, well not all the time but they are still God’s Chosen even though the popular belief is that they were replaced by Christians. All God’s Commandments, moral and ethical Laws still apply and we have been very disobedient.
What Happens Now
God’s wrath is upon us in the form of pestilence and disease. It infects and kills indiscriminately and will continue until we change our ways, truly repent, stay away from the things we repented of, and return to God. We need to control our distractions so they do not become obsessions so that they do not become temptations that lead to sin and separation from God. Do not boast or revel in sinful lifestyles nor become accepting of their ways. It is time to stand up for what is God’s way not the world’s way.
To heal the world we must bring God forward. We must follow the Laws of God given to Adam, Noah, and the Ten Commandments, moral and ethical laws given to Moses. We must change the definition of love in the world and return the understanding to God’s Love and compassion for His creation. If we do not begin this revival soon many more will die. Be the person God wants you to be, not who the world says you have to be. I say these things out of love and compassion for all God’s Children.
With God’s Loving Arms wrapped around us,
Rob, Servant of the Most High God
Brothers and Sister, you have heard many people talking about lighting up the world in many different ways but only one true light will make the earth right again. There are those who think we need to destroy the world with the fire of nuclear holocaust while others believe that the world should be destroyed through thermal exhaust causing the volcanoes to erupt and reset the world with new land. Some pray for an external galactic body (asteroid) to shake up the earth and wake it up. Well the last group is not far off with wormwood but with all these ways there is only one true way to light up the world with God’s presence, us.
“You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
The Everlasting Light
God created wisdom and knowledge out of chaos and destruction. This knowledge is the first thing called light. It is the understanding of things, how they are designed and what uses they will have once created. With this light came the spoken and written Word so that the wisdom could be shared with all creation. We are part of that because the Word is written in our hearts. In fact God’s name is in our DNA so we have the capacity to shine the wisdom of the Word with those of the world that dwell in darkness. Because we placed our faith, our trust in God we are a conduit of His light.
What Can We Do With It
The first thing is not abuse it, do not change it in any way shape or form for that would turn us against God. Remember, Jesus changed nothing when He spoke about Scripture but others did. So we must be vigilant in understanding the divine writings while taking heed in how other writers in the New Testament understood it.
We must learn God’s Word, know it, understand it, memorize it, and share it. Do not let it get snuffed out by the world when someone persecutes us. When one is persecuted, all are and we must be ready to strengthen our fallen. When God’s Word is written in the heart it becomes part of our very being. Not one word from our tongues should speak evil of someone else. The Light of God’s Word is the goodness of it, not the evil inclinations that cause temptations which can lead ourselves or others to sin.
How Do We Shine?
We shine with every good deed. We shine when we conduct ourselves in accordance with the Commandments of God and not just the summing up of them that we were given by Jesus. Remember when Joshua was learning about God through being mentored by Moses. There was so much more that Moses could not say so Joshua learned it from God directly. We have the opportunity for clarity through prayer, we just need to remember how not to ask of things for us but care for others first. God speaks to us in the quiet, listen. Then you will know how to shine in whatever situation you find yourself in.
We are God’s Children and He will guide us when we follow. God places us where we need to be and when we need to be there and gives us the right words to say. Stay in His Holy Word and shine your light brighter than the morning star.
May God Bless each and every one of you and may His light shine on you and through you. May your words reflect god’s presence in your life and bring the Kingdom closer while defeating all evil.
In God’s Love and Goodness,
Rob, Servant of God
Brothers and Sisters,
As we continue this battle for the world I am reminded of the Prophet Jeremiah, and all he went through when Judah was in a battle for their livelihood right before the exile. When I turned to the book I was led to the eighth chapter. Although the portion has prophetic overtones of a future time for Israel this fourth through ninth verses seem very familiar as to what is happening to us. Read and Listen to the Word of God given to Jeremiah:
“You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord:
When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming but my people know not the rules of the Lord. “How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie. The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken; behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, so what wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:4-9
Many Have Forgotten God
God desires our worship and obedience to Him and in the above reading, God shows that those who turn away can turn back but many who become accustomed to the world stay away without sorrow for their forgetting God. Some who were faithful hide behind their past while reaching for a future without God. When His Word is rejected by man, God allows their faithlessness until they realize their mistake. The problem is that for many it may be too late.
The recent elections in the United States and other places show a world that rejects God and sets humankind above themselves. What they do not see is that these people who know God but refuse to follow His Laws and Statutes calling them “archaic” do not see the truth of them. God set these rules for a right way of living and subduing the earth while being caretakers of creation.
God created us, He knows us better than we know ourselves. His Name is in our DNA but when we let the world in and remove God, our structure changes and the spirit fights for survival inside a body that has made a mind of its own. Our flesh is nothing without the spirit so in putting it aside makes us no better than zombies seeking the newest high to stay alive. This is no way to live.
Sickness of the Mind is a Sickness In the Heart
Some people see the release from the hold of the world and the norm and call it progress. They do not understand that they are causing those closest to them to challenge their own beliefs and falling in the process. When governments believe themselves a higher authority than God, the whole country suffers. The easily deceived fall first taking with them family members who do not want to lose them. At first they secretly try to bring them back but the pull is too strong and they lose them.
Those who get lost in the fantasy of the world never get out because they live for the attention and receive it in the worst way. This fantasy comes in many forms but they are all of the flesh. There were movements to try and change things but they failed once people realized that the attention was no longer on them. Some are so hungry for fame that they will do anything, even die.
How do we get the lost home? Sometimes the deceived do not want to return because like the prodigal son they enjoy life too much. It takes a complete falling and failure for them to return. When others in their life reject them, they either find a way out or die. What we must do is find them before rock bottom takes hold so we can guide them back to God.
Jesus taught that we must return to the Word to find God and come home. We hold God’s Word but do not always know how to use it. It is called fear of rejection. We need to embrace rejection because sometimes we are just there to plant the seed, sometimes we are there to water it, sometimes we are there to fertilize it, sometimes we nurture it, and sometimes we harvest the plant that grew. It is not our place to bring someone directly to God it is up to the individual to choose life in the Spirit over life in the world.
We do not have to wait for life in exile because as Christians we are already there. It is time to plant, to sow, to reap, to live. Live for Christ but even more, Live for God.
In His Everlasting Love through His Grace and Mercy,
May the Lord keep you, have Mercy upon you, and bring you Peace,
Rob, Servant of God
Brothers and Sisters it is time to rise up for your beliefs. The USA has decided to head away from God and continue to live in depravity. There are so many people who have been deceived and have been blinded by lies and they will revel in their sins until they realize that all the promises will lead to total separation from God. They say they want peace and to live together but there is a cost and all will pay for it in one form or another.
Where is Your Trust?
God made one thing perfectly clear, we are to place our faith and trust in God alone. When we look towards other things and people to trust with our very lives we are literally committing idolatry. There are different levels of trust. We trust our spouses, our children place their trust in us to take care of them, we are to trust that those who work with us are not working against us, we are to trust that people driving on the road will do the right thing and be safe. We are to place our whole being in a trust relationship with God. Just as our children trust that we will let no harm come to them through endearing love, teaching, guidance, and sometimes discipline, We should have the same relationship of trust with God.
Mankind has a deceptive heart that cannot always be trusted so why put our lives into the hands of people who could eventually mean us intentional harm even though they may say it is for the greater good? God wants a relationship with us and does not want to intentionally harm us, but we have seen that lessons are sometimes painful when the world is in disobedience.
It is God who supplies us with our needs. It is God who granted us free will to choose certain aspects of our lives and delivers the consequences to our actions. Man can only do as God designs.
It is About Choice
Sometimes we make choices that are detrimental to ourselves and others. Satan, the Adversary places obstacles in our lives that make us choose poorly and the consequence is felt by the masses. When we choose to be disobedient to God’s Law there are consequences. In the time of the Kings of Israel and Judah, the king’s choices affected the whole country. They would allow certain practices to take place which caused God to punish them. We are no different.
When we elect a leader it is the leaders actions that rule the reactions of people. When the leader is undermined by those who are there to support him or her, the consequences can prove to be damaging to both the physical and spiritual well being of those who are under their authority. When leaders choose to allow actions and words that are against God , the masses suffer. Some may relish the decision and live the way they want to which brings this verse to mind, "In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes." (Judges 21:25).
Remember what happened at the Tower of Babel? They wanted to reach God because they were one large mixed group of societies of many people and thought they could be like Him. They were a one world society with one language. There are many this day and age that want to have a New World Order created by and ruled by man, not God. Sounds familiar. If this happens then we are in for a surprise. God has already warned us with nature acting up and a new pandemic. It is just a matter of time before He puts His foot down and that might hurt.
We have been in a Godless society for a while now where the sanctity of marriage in the way God designed it is now done away with.
What is Marriage
The covenant of marriage involves the joining of two (man and woman) to become one. The only way to truly become one is to have a child. (Yes, sometimes God does not allow for couples to have physical children but that is because there are so many unwanted children. God knows where His Love is strongest and will give children to those who have the right heart.) Two becoming one does not mean physically becoming one through a sexual act.
The Pope recently recognized civil unions. He will not recognize it as marriage because that will dissolve a command of God . If a Pope dissolves God’s commands then He is no longer fit to rule as Pope.
Marriage was also designed to stop temptations of the immorality of humankind. One of the seven Universal Laws specifically prohibits sexual immorality and Jewish Law goes into great detail and explains what exactly is forbidden. Every major civilization had laws against immoral behaviors (except pre-Christian Rome and Greece....they fell), how did we forget.
There is only one way to hold back punishment. The Non-Jewish world must change and return to obedience to the Universal Laws of Man or Noahide Laws. Two of the most important laws we must obey are those commanding against idolatry and sexual immorality. We must reset the covenant of marriage and stop people from desiring adoration. There is only one who deserves our worship and that is God. Only returning to God will bring true peace.
Brothers and Sisters, we have a challenge that reaches the world. We have to start at home, then our neighbors, then the world. Give up our worldly (not of God) ways and live for God. It will be a challenge are you up to it?
In God’s Loving Grace and Mercy,
Rob, Servant of God
Brothers and Sisters we have a huge problem. There are two sides to every story and we are living at the crossroads where choices need to be made. Some say we have to choose the lesser of two evils which is true because both have problems and sins. One is speaking mostly by himself with advice from others while the other is being completely manipulated by others with an agenda that is not of God. We read Revelation and see that there are two parts to the being that is not of God and this is what we are currently fighting.
Beware the Vile Tongue
God’s Word tells us to watch out for those with vile tongues. We have a group who promise the world and produce nothing but for themselves and their greedy desires while making the other seem like the bad guy. They have been deceptive and use people to make themselves look good.
The Book of Jeremiah takes place at a crossroads event for Judah and the People of Jerusalem. God did not want to punish the people but He left them no choice because they chose the direction that led away from God. Right now we are in a place where Good is evil and evil is good. This has been brewing for decades but came to fruition 12 years ago when God’s Word was challenged in the highest court in the USA which allowed so many biblical and universal laws to be set aside appeasing a nation of people who cared not for God but for their own human desires. Let’s look at a portion of Jeremiah 7:
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’
5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.
8 “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord. 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things, declares the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, and in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I cast out all your kinsmen, all the offspring of Ephraim.
For those that do not know, worship of Baal included child sacrifice which we call abortion today.
Place Your Trust in God Alone
So many people put their trust in someone who speaks with a slit tongue and has his minions obedient to his every word. He has people who really have no clue endorsing him because they made a deal and are getting rich from lies and falsehoods while being able to continue their unwholesome lives. These people convinced the masses that destruction, murder, and immoralities are okay even of their own selves.
16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. 19 Is it I whom they provoke? declares the Lord. Is it not themselves, to their own shame? 20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.”
God destroyed the earth and gave new birth to it once before with a flood of water. God used fire to get the attention of the Jews. Now He is cleansing the whole earth through pestilence and letting nature cleanse itself. What we have seen so far is only the beginning to catch our attention and change our ways. Our reliance has to be on He who created us. Our worship only to Him. We cannot depend on grace or faith alone but have an active faith of service. We must have a truthful and non backsliding repentance on and in our hearts, otherwise we are doomed.
21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.
God’s Word is Law
God Gave Adam certain rules to live by after the Fall. He added the allowance to eat meat after Noah. God did not command eating the sacrificed animal until He gave the Statutes which coincided with the Moral and Ethical Laws as well as the Feasts. God first required Obedience to His direction to remove them safely from Egypt and they did not get that right. The generation that followed had inclined their ear and obeyed so they were allowed into the Promised Land.
25 From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day. 26 Yet they did not listen to me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers.
How many times do we who share His Word have to speak clearly for people to understand. There are moments where many are given into a bad time in order to be awakened to their duty to God. Some never wake up, some wake up but it would be too late. Society today talks about woke people but who are they? These woke up to an earthly, worldly truth and have forgotten what God desires. They have been put back to sleep under the spell of the world and will wake up in a nightmare because they cannot follow 7 simple rules.
1. Do not deny God (no idolatry).
2. Do not murder (self explanitory).
3. Do not steal (including lying and cheating).
4. Do not engage in sexual immorality (Every immoral behavior from inscest to extra marital affairs, homosexual relationships and pedophelia).
5. Do not blaspheme (do not use God’s name in vain nor put words in God’s mouth).
6. Do not eat of a live animal (no eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive).
7. Establish courts and legal systems to ensure obedience of these laws.
Follow these and we will live. Return to God through repentance and God will bring peace. Be prepared as the only way to true peace is through battle which many will not survive.
Brothers and Sisters I care deeply for each of you and do not want to see anyone fall further and be in the absence of God. Love one another Just as God Loves you. Share His Word and give of yourselves (more than just money).
In God’s Arms through His Grace and Mercy,
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.