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When God blesses us, we are to bless others. God's blessings are not limited to monetary acts -- they may be in the form of words of wisdom; providing temporary lodging or a safe haven; providing a listening ear; a shoulder to cry on and/or help someone get on their feet after coming out of a storm for we are to be our brother's keeper.
Unfortunately, there are times we are "not" ...to get involved because what looks like an attempt to help someone is really a ploy of the adversary to disrupt our lives and to rob, kill and destroy.
Even when our attempt to help someone is abused; we are to fret not because God is not sleep nor will He be mocked. We should not allow it to stop us from being who and what God has called us to be and do. Take it as a lesson learned -- asking God for discernment that we will not be deceived falling into the fowler's snare.
Father, give us discernment when dealing with others that "appear" to be in distress. Help us to pray for those that have taken our kindness as a weakness, twisted our words and/or slandered our name. Touch us that we not hold grudges and continue to pray
for our enemies. Give us strength that we continue to be Your hands and feet never growing weary in well doing giving You glory and honor. Help us to count it all joy. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Matt. 10:16 See More
Wednesday November 9th at 6:30pm the God & Church will meet. The class will be meeting in the committee room. The class is every other week through the first of the year. This class is geared for Scouts in the 6th-8th grade.
October 24-30, 2016
"God Answers Prayers"
This week's scriptures include Psalm 119:137-144, Habakkuk 2:1-4 and Luke 19:1-10. In each scripture the theme that threads through them all is that God sees past our flaws and into our hearts. We are given numerous chances to become one with the Creator, to change that which separates us from the love of God and opportunities for each of us to return to the flock of the Gentle Shepherd. We listen for the call of our Savior and when we answer we are forgiven of all past wrongs and allowed another opportunity to make amends through our love and compassion towards others.
In Psalms this week we are reminded that God our Creator is a just and fair God. While our enemies may taunt us all we must do is to remain steadfast and true to the promises of the Lord. We are tempted and yet the Lord our God is with us, standing beside us, willing and able to resolve that which would trip us up, dissuade us from our path or create fear in us that we might turn away from YHWH, but our Creator stands firm and shall rule fairly on all our lives.
Habakkuk is one of the minor prophets in the old testament. While little is known of him, he speaks of many things that we complain of even today. There was sin, wickedness, destruction and violence, no justice in the courts, and the wicked outnumbered the righteous. As he stand on the watchtower God comes to him in a dream. In the dream God has him write the details of the dream on a tablet so that heralds could easily read the inscription to the people. It is a reminder that there will come a time, a time of judgement for all people and that they will be sorted by their faithfulness in keeping covenant with the Lord God. Justice shall come and those who have upheld justice shall live.
In Luke this week we find Jesus traveling through the town of Jericho. While Jesus was making his way through the town the crowds following him grew larger. In the town was the chief tax collector, a man by the name of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus wanted to see this man named Jesus but because of his short stature he could not see through the crowd. So, in order to be able to see Jesus, he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree along the route. As Jesus was passing, he looked up into the tree and told Zacchaeus to come down out of that tree, for Jesus was going to stay at his house that day. The people began grumbling around them, say why would Jesus stay with a sinner. Immediately Zacchaeus said here and now I give half of my belongings to the poor and if I've defrauded anyone I will pay them back four times what they are owed.