JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

Count Your Blessings

Today’s Passage – Deuteronomy 29 – 31 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Philippians 1 – 4; Proverbs 10; Psalm 46 – 50)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0310 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” (Deuteronomy 29:3-4)

We see Israel before they crossed over the Jordan into Canaan, the Promised Land. Moses was reminding them of all the things that had happened to them on their journey from Egypt. They watched as the Red Sea destroyed their enemies. They saw water coming out of a rock and manna falling from the sky. They never had to buy shoes, and they saw the Lord do many other amazing miracles. They were to be lead away from sin, so that they could worship God freely. But, they kept failing – something would happen and the children of Israel would mummer and complain. They desired to return to their former life in Egypt.  Then, they would repent and God would bless; and the cycle would start all over again. That’s why Moses was reminding them of their blessings.

But let’s not be so hard on the children of Israel. Are we not just as guilty? Let’s take a look.

We come to a very low point in our lives where we turn to the Lord (Israel’s 400 years in bondage). We accept what Jesus did on the cross and He becomes our Saviour (Israel flees from Egypt). You start going to church, read and learn God’s word, and make other changes in your life (Israel sacrificed in the wilderness). We follow the first teaching and get baptized, (the crossing of the red sea). Then, the honeymoon is over and the trials of everyday life happen (they had no water and they also got tired of the manna God supplied). We think, ‘I had it better before’, and we want to go back to the old ways. Our heart is set to return to the land of sin and the corruption, then we fail which brings destruction instead of life (Israel wanting to go back to Egypt). We are so quick to forget what God has done for us. With living the life that God has for us, we should bring others into the Promised Land forsaking our former life.

God really wants us to have the good life, but we have to want it too.

If we are not thankful for what we have, then God may withhold other things from us. But, if we are truly thankful for all that we have then God seems to pour out His blessings abundantly upon us. Instead of grumbling over what we don’t have, we should be a living testimony of Christ by doing what He told us to do.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Remember that in God’s kingdom there is no pain or mourning or death. A pure heart does not just seek after material things, but seeks ways to serve and please God.

So when Satan is tempting you to turn aside from the ways of God and you are thinking of going back to Egypt, walk away from those people and situations that pull you down.

Thank You

1 John 5:13


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JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Have you ever had to go someplace and didn’t know how to get there? You would never just get in a car or enter a plane or other form of transportation without first getting the directions. You may ask someone for directions or look at a map or a GPS to help you start your journey. But the bottom line is you need directions.

Heaven is a place where one needs direction to get to. It’s not found on a map or in any GPS. Other places you’ve been before, have several ways to get there. Most faraway places are very costly.

Heaven’s way is only One Way.  In the Bible, there are many verses that can lead you to the Only Way.  Let’s look at the Romans Road Way.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  (Romans 10:9)

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

And just one more from 1 John:

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  (1John 5:13)

God promises His children Heaven. He didn’t leave it to His children to figure out the way. He gave a ‘road map’ for the journey, the Bible. Need directions?

Thank You

John 3:16


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DROP

 

                                                                

Today’s Passage – Exodus 22 – 24 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Luke 9 – 10;  Proverbs 27Psalms 131 – 135)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Ephesians 4:32

Read the “0127 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Are You A Drip?

“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.”  (Proverbs 27:15)

Contentious means brawling, (i.e. fighting).

Think with me for a moment.  It’s was a beautiful summer day.  It was a great day with fun and excitement.  You’re looking forward to another day of friends and family.  It’s going to rain this night but all is well because the weather prediction is sunshine by morning.    Your PJ’s are on, and as you rest your head on the pillow, you hear the start of the rain.  Life can’t get any better.  You start to doze off and you hear, “drip, drip, drip.”  At first you’re ok with it but after several hours of the dripping noise, you’re about to lose your mind.

Again, think with me ladies.  You’re husband just came home from a hard day of work.  His boss and co-workers have been giving him a hard time.  Other pressures of life have been on his mind throughout the day.  He’s tired and stressed out.  He’s looking forward to coming home to a haven of rest from the trials of this world.  Husband opens the door and you’re waiting there. For the rest of the night all you do is complain, nag, put him down or whatever and it all ends in a fight.  Not only that, you do the same with your children.  On the other hand men, you may be the one who hands out the harshness in your home.

I am sensitive to the thought that we all have hard days.  We all have pressures in life and are looking for a way out.  But taking out on others is not the answer.  We have a God who loves us and is always available to lay our burdens on.  He is the only one who can satisfy.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”  (Titus3:2)

Our task is not going to be easy but the end results has great rewards.

Are you a drip?

Thank You

1 John 5:13


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Pharaoh's Daughter Finds Moses Exodus 2:3-6

 

Today’s Passage – Exodus 1 – 3 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Mark 11 – 12Proverbs 20Psalms 96 – 100)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 121

Read the “0120 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

  Pharaoh’s Daughter

 “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.   And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”   (Exodus 2:1-6)

Today, in the world’s eyes, being important and well known is everything. But, is it really?  Pharaoh’s daughter was educated, powerful, and well known in her time.  She had all that anyone could ever have: wealth, servants, beautiful clothing….  Her father was the ruler of Egypt.  He just commanded, that all Hebrew boys 2 years old and younger be drowned in the Nile River.  When she saw the baby, the Bible says she had compassion on him.  She was brave enough to disobey her father and kept the baby.  She would later raise Moses in the house of Pharaoh.  The education, and training, helped Moses in many areas of his life; and God used him in a mighty way.

Even with the important role she played, and what she did, no one knows her name.  The Bible doesn’t say if she came to know the God of the Hebrews, but God placed the right woman in the right place at the right time.

How many people do you know that may be unsaved that performs good deeds?  A coworker, a family member, your friends.  God can use the unsaved to fulfill his will in our lives.  God can use different people to fulfill His goals.  However, He never forces them to have faith in Him.

There are many daughters of Pharaoh living among us.  They are guided by God and doing His will but lost.    We see them and think all is well.  They have it all, as Pharaoh’s daughter, and yet they have nothing.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”     (Matthew 16:26)

Will you reach out to one today?  Will you give them a tract or invite them to church?  We can all rejoice when they come to know Jesus too!

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:37-38)

Thank You

1 John 5:13


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JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

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Today’s Passage –Genesis 33 – 35 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read –Matthew 25 – 26Proverbs 13Psalms 61 – 65)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 55:17

Read the “0113 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from today’s reading – “Lead On Softly

STAY HOME

“And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.” (Genesis 34:1)

This sad story begins with a young girl Dinah, who comes to a new country and unwisely goes out to seek friends.  Just a side note, some say she was between the ages of 12 and 16.   This is an age where most young people try to leave the ‘nest’ to make their own life.  The friends she sought were not of her own people.  They were daughters of a pagan nation.  While away from home in the world, she was raped by Shechem, son of Hamor the Canaanite, a ruler.  Shechem then wanted to marry Dinah, but we learn that her brothers went on a killing spree.

It’s not much different today.  Our young children are bombarded with all kinds of temptations.  It’s everywhere.  They are encouraged to rebel against the wishes of their parents.  Parents get so frustrated that they give in as their children draw away from them and their family values.  These young children, barely teens, enter a world they know nothing about.

Our Bible is the source we can go to, to study out what it says about family, so we can have a successful plan.  It’s important to teach our children at a young age who to associate with.  Also that even a simple decision can impact a life forever.

Thank You

Proverbs 22:6


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JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

Sarah with Isaac

 

Today’s Passage – Genesis 17 – 19 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Matthew 11 – 12; Proverbs 6; Psalm 26 – 30

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 25

Read the “0106 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage –”Don’t Look Back“, “Abraham Did a Little Walking With God, Too” and “The Prayer of a Friend

THE STUDY OF SARAH

 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. (Genesis 18:9-14)

Abraham and Sarah lived a secure life in Ur, with friends and family. One day God appeared to Abraham and told him to leave his land and go to a place which He would point out to him. Most women would find it hard to leave their home to face an unknown future, but Sarah got on board and stood behind her husband, obeyed God and went willingly. After moving over 600 miles away, God told Abraham to move again. All the while Sarah was waiting for the promise of God to bear a child.

Abraham and Sarah continued moving around, and because of a famine, they decided to move to Egypt. For the first time Sarah saw Abraham not take council from God. She must have really questioned her husband when he asked her to tell the people she was his sister. Here was a man who walked beside God now running ahead. Sarah honored her husband, and God honored Sarah by protecting her in Egypt. Sarah knew from experience that to live a life of faith she would need to be patient. Faith and patience go together. You can’t buy them, you have to experience them. But Sarah was growing older and now past her days of child bearing. She suggested to Abraham that he take a Hagar as his concubine. Although these things happened frequently back then, it was still wrong because of her lack of faith.

A year after God appeared to them again, Sarah conceived and gave birth to a child. Finally the promise from God.

Today, we have two nations from the loins of Abraham: the Arabs, the descendants of Ishmael; and the Jews, the descendants of Isaac. They are still at war with each other, all because Sarah ran ahead of God.

We too must follow by God’s side. Never running ahead or dragging behind. Move when God moves us, wait when He is working. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  If you ever walked in the woods at night with a flashlight, you know you must walk next to the one holding the light. Too far behind or ahead, you are in darkness. You might go down the wrong path, stumble or fall. So let’s take the Saviour’s hand and walk together by His side.

In conclusion, I do not want to leave Sarah on a sour note. Sarah’s had experienced many sacrifices. Her faith grew after the birth of her son Isaac.  She experienced hardships and disappointments all without complaints. She was flexible with the changes that were made in her life. By her obedience to Abraham, she allowed him to obey God. In Hebrews 11, she was honored for the faith she did have, not because of her failures.

Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy Blood was shed for me, And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God I come…

Thank You

1 John 5:13


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JUST FOR LADIES – BY Camille Stahl

 

Today’s Passage – 1 Peter 1 – 5 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read – Psalms 111 – 115; Proverbs 23)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Matthew 6:33

Read the “1223 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read a previous post from this morning’s reading passage – “Suffering

Cleansed Through the Precious Blood!

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  (1Peter 1:15-19)

Well just two more days until Christmas morning. Everyone is racing around getting their last minute shopping done. Most of the gifts are wrapped and under the tree. The Christmas meat is thawing in the fridge. Lots of cleaning still to do before the family arrives. Up early, to bed late. There’s a snap of cold air and a slight hint of white flakes falling from the sky. Lights bring a beautiful display of the spirit of Christmas.  Memories flood our minds as we sing the carols we heard since we were very young. Aww, Christmas. The Babe in the manger. The One who came to save the lost. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Holy One! The One who we will share eternity with.  The One who is getting our home in Heaven ready. There is no amount of silver or gold that could buy even a little piece of the riches that Jesus will share with His children. What He offers is free. He paid for it.  We are like that dirty spotted little lamb. We’re useless and not worth a dime. But the Lord Jesus Christ sees great value in His creation. We are so valuable, to Him, that no amount of silver or gold could pay for our value. Only the Blood of the Spotless Lamb could pay that price. You see, the Babe in the manger didn’t stay a babe. He came to die and shed His blood to pay the price. That Blood washes us, white as snow. No blemishes, no spots, so we could live a holy life. That’s when our Heavenly Father looks at us and sees us as that white lamb. Praise God for His gift of Love to us, Jesus, the Lamb in the manger.

I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your families.

Thank You

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:11-12)


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JUST FOR LADIES – By Camille Stahl

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Today’s Passage – 1 Timothy 4 – 2 Timothy 2 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 76 – 80; Proverbs 16)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 121

Read the “1216 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous post from this morning’s reading passage – “Where Would Our Church Be Without the Young People“ and “Christian Growth

Respect?

“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”  (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Did you ever wonder why God had to include such simple, almost a ‘no brainer’ type instruction to live by? Having respect for other people should be taught at a young age and followed throughout our life.

In more recent days, I’ve notice that being disrespectful to others is starting with children younger and younger. I’ve seen and heard many disturbing things coming from children while shopping or just being out and about. Many times you see on the news of boys under the age of 13 robbing, killing and sexually molesting others. What happen to game playing, participating in sports, build a fort? Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It’s the same thing with preteen girls. They seem to be only interested in looking older and or sexy so they can ‘attract’ the boys. They not only are disrespecting themselves but their parents by rebelling. They listen to the ‘pop world’ and not their parents. But many times the parents are to blame.

Several years ago, I heard a great sermon on “Looking Forward to the Past”.  It was about how the older generation looks to the younger generation to set up the standard instead of the elder.

“And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;) That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee. And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed. And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him: And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;” (1Kings 12:2-13)

The younger generation should always look to the past generation to set up the standards for the next generation.

Now in fairness, it almost seems cruel to blame the young people without pointing the finger to the older crowd.  As parents we’ve dropped the ball.

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.”  (Judges 2:10-12)

I’m sure most of you who are reading this blog, try hard, and with much prayer, to train up your own children to do right in the Lord.  But we should also
consider inviting others to church so they can learn also.

Together let’s labor to expand the Kingdom of God and by example train up the young while respecting the old.

Thank You

Proverbs 22:6


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Today’s Passages – Galatians 4 – 6; (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 41 – 45; Proverbs 9)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 48:1 & 2

Read the “1209 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “The Schoolmaster“ and “Don’t Shoot the Messenger

So, What’s Got You Ticked Off?

(Galatians 4:16)  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Paul was preaching to the Galatians that it’s not through their works, the way of salvation, but through faith.  He tried to tell them that they are free from the bondage of works and that salvation is free through Christ, (doing righteous works are a result of salvation not a way to obtain it).

The Galatians had been taught a lie.  The doctrines they learned, and the character of those who had led them astray, and by their own error, proved that Paul ceased to be their friend.  People don’t want man to tell us of our faults.  The reason is, it pains us and we makes us take a good hard look at ourselves.  We do not like to have another person tell us how to act or what to do and so on.  It’s just human nature for someone to dislike the one who tell us of our faults, or the faults of our families, as our friend.  We love to be flattered and it’s painful to think we must repent. Then we stay away from whom is reproving us for our faults and become offended at the truth.  Yet they is our best friend.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful,” (Proverbs 27:6)

We’ll resist the ministry of the Holy Spirit, who brings the truth to our heart, and to convict men of their sins.

How often have you gone to a church service and got mad at the Preacher because it seemed his sermon was about you?  I have.  Believe it or not, it’s what we needed, a message from God.  When you get your electric or credit card bill, do you get mad at the mailman?  Of course not!  Sound silly?  But that’s what we do when we gossip about the Preacher because of his sermon God gave him.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.  (Hebrews 13:17)

Whose fault is it that the electric and credit card bill is high?  We shut off lights and stop spending too much to rectify the bills.  Shouldn’t we do the same with the preaching?  Just saying.

If you’ve made the mistake of staying out of church because of a sermon, pray to God, ask for forgiveness and get back to church.  Trust me, it will make your Pastor’s day.

Thank You

John 3:16


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JESUS 1

 

Today’s Passages – 1 Corinthians 10 – 12 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)

(Second Milers also read –Psalms 6 – 10; Proverbs 2)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture Song – Psalm 18:3 & 46

Read the “1202 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Read previous posts from this passage – “Learn From The Past“, “Are You Unworthy?” and “Be Careful

Who’s Your Daddy?

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”  (1 Corinthians 10:1-6)

Our text starts off with the writer talking about the remembrance of the time when Israel first left Egypt.   For four hundred years they prayed to be freed from the bondage of Egypt.  They wanted to have the freedom to worship Jehovah God, and God answered their prayers. He send Moses who led them out to the mountain of God.  On the way they passed on dry ground as the enemy drowned before their eyes.  They witness the very presents of God in a pillar of fire by night and a cloud during the day.  He fed them manner from Heaven and they drank the water from the rocks.  But how quickly they forgot the very One who was with them each moment of the day.

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.” (Judges 2:10-14)

Now I would like to look at verse 6.

“Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

God has written His, road map / instructional book, the Bible.  It is to guide us and protect us as the pillar of fire and cloud did for the children of Israel.   He didn’t free His children from Egypt’s clutches without walking with them and showing them the way.  Neither will He leave us to flounder to find our own way.  We try to point our finger at Israel and wonder how they could form a calf of gold to worship it under the mountain of God.  Are we not just like them?  We have our gods we worship.  Money, boats, jewelry, a sports team, other people and many more.  These ‘gods’ keep us from serving the One True God.  You ask how?  Sports may keep you out of church because of playing or watching them.  Riches may have you working a second or third job during church time to pay for them.  Other people may entice you to stay out late on a Saturday night.   Now you’re unable to get up for church the next day and even miss your devotion time.

All that said to say, we must be in our Bible daily to learn from the examples revealed to us.  The Bible is our instruction to learn Evil’s crafty ways and avoid them.  It’s our sword.  Most would never dream of going anywhere without our cell phones.  How then can we leave our home in the morning without spending time with God?

Together let’s fight the Devil until he goes where he belongs.

Thank You

Revelations 20:10


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