2.4 God Speaks to His People

If you’ve been attending church and in fellowship regularly, mainly an evangelical Christian church, you’ll hear people say things like they felt led by the Lord, or God told me…”

Often times Christians who have not been in God’s Word regularly and don’t take the time to study the Word, or non-believers just plainly don’t know what it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ think, “how does God talk to these people?”  How do you know it’s really God speaking. Or, “Does God just come to you in some spiritual form and sit at your dining room table and say, “We should talk?”

In the scriptures below you’ll find that many ears will hear, but many will not understand.  Today’s devotion touches on how God speaks to His people, in the past and now in the present.  If you desire to learn more about how to hear from the Lord, start writing a daily devotional journal.  (Click here or see the link on the right).  You’ll be glad you did.

S – Scripture:

Hebrews 1:1 “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”

John 14:26 “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

John 8:47 “He who belongs to God hears what God says.  The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

O – Obeservation:

In today Experiencing God workbook – Blackaby reminds us that in the Old Testament God spoke in a variety of ways.  During Jesus’ time, God spoke through Jesus.  Now God speaks through the Holy Spirit. “The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, will call to your memory the things Jesus said, will guide you into the truth, will speak what He hears from the Father, will tell you what is yet to come, and glorify Christ as He reveals Christ to you.”

The key words to look at here and in the Bible is that through the Holy Spirit, God will speak by:

-teaching

-recalling to your memory

-guidance in truth (His Word)

-speak, tell, glorify.

A – Application:

The main thing people say is, “How Do I Know When God Speaks?”

The four ways that God speaks is through:

The Bible, Prayer, Circumstance, Church

Writing a Devotional Journal is key in my hearing from the Lord.  I can pray, read my Bible, attend church, observe circumstances – all of which need to be done and we need to participate in, however it’s when I journal (to learn more about journaling with your devotions, click on the link about Journaling) I hear most clearly from the Lord.  Through the Word of God I learn, and when I write the SOAP method of what I learn, along with prayer – confirmation of God’s teaching is from circumstances and the Word and fellowship through the church.

Personally I notice that if I lack direction, or I feel that I haven’t heard from the Lord – it’s usually because I’ve been robbing my time with the Lord to listen to Him during devotions and I haven’t made the time to stop and wait for guidance.  When we do everything we can in “our power” – based on our education, our finances, our work, our families – sure we are being resourceful – but why do we wait until we can’t fathom anymore and we surrender to the Lord saying, “I give up, Lord help me!”  Why did we not go to Him from the very beginning?

P – Prayer:

Life would be so much easier if we remember to go to our Lord from the beginning and say, “Father, I can’t do this on my own, please help me, guide me and allow me to know your will.”

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God Hears Your Cry

Today’s Date: February 15, 2010

God Hears Your Cry

Reading: Exodus 37:1-38:31 ~ Matthew 28:1-20 ~ Psalm 34:11-22 ~ Proverbs 9:9-10 (www.OneYearBibleBlog.com from Feb 14, 2010)

S – Scripture:

Psalm 34:17-18 “The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”

O – Observation:

Here’s an excerpt from the “God and Man in Proverbs” via OYBB:

~I am sure all of us have moments of needing help.  Moments of trouble.  Moments of being brokenhearted.  Moments of being crushed in spirit.  The big question is what do we do in those moments?  Or, who do we turn to?  Do you call to God in those moments?  Do you know that he will help you?  Do you know that he will rescue you?  Do you know that he is close to you?  Do you know that He is near? ~

It’s interesting to read in Psalm 34 that this is the Psalm of David, when he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech in order to be sent away. Then David wrote this passage – to fear the Lord, to receive comfort and eternal happiness. I know that the Lord hears me as the scriptures say to ask and ye shall receive, based on God’s will. David knew that God would take care of him and rescue him, yet he still pretended to be “insane” in order for Abimelech to let him go. It worked. I’m not sure what this has to do with what David wrote in chapter 34, but maybe it’s something to do with the lesson that David had to go through in order for him to learn that God would take care of him and so that we (the generations after) would be able to learn from David’s ways.

A – Application:

I can apply these verses to my life by trusting in the Lord to take care of me even when I am in the scariest of situations. I am reassured that the Lord hears me when I cry out to him, he is close to me when my heart is broken; which is defined as, “having your spirit depressed or crushed by grief or despair.”

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love. Thank you for hearing our cry for help and rescuing us when we are in trouble. You are our Savior, our Lord, and our redeemer. Thank you for forgiving us for our sins, even when we lack faith and trust – allowing us to learn through our experiences so that we can serve you and others better. In Jesus name, amen.

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Gods Promises

Today’s Date: February 10, 2010

 God’s Promises

 

Reading: Exodus 30:11-31:18 ~ Matthew 26:47-68 ~ Psalm 32:1-11 ~ Proverbs 8:27-32;  Blackaby’s Devotional: 2 Corin 1:20

S – Scripture:

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  ~2 Corin 1:20

O – Observation:

It’s interesting to note that Blackaby makes mention of John 16:23b “If you ask for something in His will He will give you what you ask.” – I’ve heard people take that same verse and say, “ask for whatever they want and they should get it because they prayed in Jesus name.” However so many forget that if it’s not God’s will, then the answer is no or not yet. This is Gods promises – God didn’t promise us everything we want. He said he would provide food and shelter – like the birds of the air. He promised us a mansion in heaven, John 14:2 – nowhere did he say he’d give us a Mercedes and a mansion on the beach of Hawai’i.

Here’s an excerpt from GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How do I know which of God’s promises are for me?”There are literally hundreds of promises in the Bible. How can we know which promises apply to us, which promises we can claim? To frame this question another way, how can one tell the difference between general promises and specific promises? A general promise is one that is given by the Holy Spirit to every believer in every age. When the author penned the promise, he set no limitations on time period or recipient.

Answer:

An example of a general promise is 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This promise is based on the forgiving nature of God and is available to all believers everywhere. Another example of a general promise is Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This promise is made to all believers who, refusing to worry, bring their requests to God (v. 8). Other examples of general promises include Psalm 1:3; 27:10; 31:24; John 4:13-14 (note the word “whoever”); and Revelation 3:20.

1) Promises are often conditional. Look for the word “if” in the context.
2) God gives us promises to help us better submit to His will and trust Him. A promise does not make God bend to our will.
3) Do not assume to know precisely when, where, or how the promise will be fulfilled in your life.

A – Application:

I will look up at least one promise a day for the next seven days, pray and praise God for it. I will share God’s promises with others. I will remember that whatever I pray for in the name of Jesus Christ will be answered if it is in accord with God’s will and timing. I will have peace and comfort knowing that all things work together for his good.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for peace in all areas of my life: marriage, family/friends, pets health, work, ministry, finances, accountability, fellowship, righteousness, comfort, knowledge, guidance – in no particular order, I ask for the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, and show me your will. So that I may do your will with a joyful heart. I ask for forgiveness of my sins. In Jesus name, amen. ###

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The End of the World

Today’s Date: February 06, 2010

The End of the World

Reading: Exodus 23:14-25:40 ~ Matthew 24:29-51 ~ Psalm 30:1-12 ~ Proverbs 7:24-27

S – Scripture:

Matt 24:36  “However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

O – Observation:

Matt 24:29-51 these scripture verses describe the “signs” of Jesus returning, and Matt 24:35 “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.” It’s an interesting time that many people have tried to predict, movies and books were written about it; yet the bible says, “NO ONE knows” when the time will come “ONLY the Father knows” – we aren’t God so why do people predict. Worse yet, why do people believe those who say they know?  I don’t really know, except that maybe we always want to prepare.  So why not do what the bible says? In Mt 24:42 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”

I would assume people would be concerned that if they sin or fall out of God’s grace that they would not go to heaven so they want to know when he’s coming back, so they could be ready. I know it’s a difficult thing to do, that’s why we are told to “keep watch”; share the Good News of Jesus, and always be prepared, asking the Father for forgiveness for any sin, keep in prayer and devotion to Him.

A – Application:

I believe that we all, at some time or another have wondered, “how much longer” will I be on this earth. For some it’s a thought when they are given the news of a deadly, sometimes incurable disease. For others the thought comes when they hit a certain age in life, or when a close family or friend dies, in which they want to die themselves due to the loss. I don’t really hear people talk about the actual time of when the earth would come to a complete END.  It’s a scary thought, so we live our lives day by day and more people probably ask the question, “what happens to me after I die, than what happens when the world ends.”

I’m sure every every professing Christian, who has a personal relationship with Christ knows the answer of where they are going. However most people believe that if they life a “good life”, be nice to others and don’t commit some heinous crime, they will go to heaven or they don’t believe in a heaven or hell; and that’s the extent to their thoughts on the end times, more so, what happens when they die.  However if you have a personal relationship with Christ, you know that if you just live a “good life” you will not go to heaven. Now I won’t get into any debate on the issue. I’ll just show you what the Word of God says, here’s a great reply by the folks at GotQuestions.org:

Question: “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?”


Answer: Do you know for certain that you have eternal life and that you will go to Heaven when you die? God wants you to be sure! The Bible says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” What would you say? You may not know what to reply. What you need to know is that God loves us and has provided a way that we can know for sure where we will spend eternity. The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We have to first understand the problem that is keeping us from Heaven. The problem is this – our sinful nature keeps us from having a relationship with God. We are sinners by nature and by choice. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We cannot save ourselves. “For by grace are you saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves – it is the gift of God. Not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). We deserve death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus died for us on the cross: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus was resurrected from the dead: “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25).

So, back to the original question – “How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I die?” The answer is this – believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31). “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). You can receive eternal life as a FREE gift. “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). You can live a full and meaningful life right now. Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). You can spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven, for He promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am” (John 14:3).

Prayer of Salvation:

-If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive forgiveness from God, here is a prayer you can pray. Saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Jesus Christ that can provide forgiveness of sins. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your forgiveness. “God, I know that I have sinned against You and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness! Amen!” –

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love and mercy. You gave us your Word and the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, as a living guide, a book of direction, a spirit for discernment – so that we can do your will and serve you as well as those you have entrusted to us. Father forgive me for my sins. Reveal to me any actions or words that come from me, if they need to be changed or corrected to reflect you. We know not the time of your return, only that we need to be prepared. I pray that my friends and family will come to know you in a personal way. I ask that anyone is reading this and has not given their life to you, to have a personal relationship with you that they will ask that you become real to them and be your child, forgive them for their sins, cleanse them and make them whole. In Jesus name, amen.

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Light and Darkness

Date: January 31, 2010

Title:  Be the Light

Scripture Readings: Exodus12:14-13:16, Matt 20:29-21:22, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 6:12-15

ODB (Our Daily Bread) Eph 5:8

S – Scripture:

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord Walk as children of light. Eph 5:8

Click here to read the entire ODB devotional

A friend of mine has the opportunity each winter to attend the Super Bowl as a journalist. His job is to garner interviews with Christian athletes and National Football League staff for a faith-based radio program.

When he first started covering the big game a few years ago, he grew disillusioned with the self-serving, pleasure-seeking atmosphere during Super Bowl week. “I found it to be a very dark place,” he says.

One day he told a former NFL player, a Christian, how he was feeling. The athlete looked at my friend and said, “Brother, you are being light in this dark place.” That comment reminded my friend why he was there, and it helped renew his excitement for serving God in a place where the light of the gospel is needed. It spurred him to shine his light.

Perhaps you work in a setting where God is not acknowledged, faith is mocked, and godless living is applauded. Maybe you feel that you are going into “a very dark place.”

Why not be a light (Eph. 5:8)—through your smiles, kind words and deeds, and diligent work. Ask God to bring opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ. You may be the only light a co-worker sees today.  — Dave Branon

Click here to read the entire ODB devotional

O – Observation:

ODB gives a great devotional on how one’s outlook on life is directed to selfishness and looking inward, while Christians are taught to give and look toward Christ. It’s easy to have the feelings that the reporter had in this devotional on how he felt the “darkness” surrounded by his Superbowl interview assignment. While others are cheering and hyped for a football game, he was mourning the souls of the many players who did not know Christ. Yet we are reminded that in many circumstances where we would like to flee from being surrounded by darkness, if that be people, job, family, friends, or environment, we are reminded that in the pitch dark, if someone where to shine a flashlight, the room would light up – wherever we walk, we are to shine our light, even when we are not comfortable in the situation, we need to be children of light.

A – Application:

Whatever circumstance the Lord allows in my life, I am to shine my light, which is the light of Christ that dwells in me. I am to do my best not to flee and allow others to remain in darkness but to share the love of Christ by planting seeds. I may not “close the sale” but if I allow Christ to work in me and share his light, the Lord will do all the rest, as I wrote in my journal entry yesterday, Mt 19:26 But with God everything is possible. I can’t do anything on my own, if I do, I get my reward; if I allow Christ before me, His will be done.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for the fellowship with others. With both Christians and non; that we may be able to uplift others in their walk with Christ and shine our light unto others who don’t yet know you. I ask for your forgiveness of my sins. You are the great provider, healer, teacher, my strength, and my peace. Thank you Lord for going before me and I know that you are the Light of the world.

In Jesus name, amen.

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How Many Times Must I Forgive?

How Many Times Must I Forgive?


S – Scripture:

Matt 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to him (Jesus) and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times? – No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (NLT)

O – Observation:

Matt 18:21-35 first describes the conversation between Peter and Jesus on forgiveness. In vs. 22-34 Jesus tells the parable (story) of a king who wanted to settle debts with his servants, the king forgive his servants debt, yet that same servant found someone who owed him money and demanded the debt be repaid; he did not do the same as the king did for him, which was to have mercy on him and forgive his debt. The master (king) heard what his servant did and said that the servant was wicked and had him put in jail to be tortured, until he could repay his debt to the king.

In v35 Jesus said, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (NIV)

A – Application:

It’s always a challenge to forgive someone who has wronged you. I’ve written on this before in my devotions. I believe that if you are unable to rest, you have no peace about a situation between you and whomever, even if you were not the one that did wrong – you should go to the person and do as it says in Matt 18:15-19 so that nothing comes between you and your relationship with the Lord.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for giving your Son for my sins. I thank you that I am able to follow your instructions and guidance in following your ways. I am never perfect and am always striving to do what I believe to be your will. There are times when I feel that someone has sinned against me, I need to forgive them. I have felt that people have sinned against those I care about – this seems harder for me to let go, yet I need to. I understand I have the responsibility to make right – many times the people who sin against me or those I care about do not follow your Word, are not your followers, so I must still forgive them and move on, not carry bitterness in my heart and mind, so that there is no interference between you and I. Lord thank you for your grace and mercy in my life. Help me to know and do your will. Help provide for me and my families needs. Thank you, in Jesus name, amen.

Reading: Exodus 5:22-7:25, Matt 18:21-19:12, Psalm 23:1-6, Prov 5:22-23

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Today’s Date:  January 28, 2010

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Deny Yourself

Today’s Date:  January 25, 2010

Deny Yourself

Reading: Gen 50 to Exodus 2:10, Matt 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6

S – Scripture:

Matt 16:24  “…Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

O – Observation:

People’s New Testament (commentary):

Mt 16:24 If any man will come after me. Compare Mt 8:34-38 Lu 9:23-27. The conditions of discipleship are presented.

Let him deny himselfLet him be prepared to say no too many of the strongest cravings of his nature, in the direction more particularly of earthly ease, comfort, dignity, and glory.

Take up his cross. Luke adds daily (Lk 9:23); not once, but all the time. The cross is the pain of the self-denial required in the preceding words. The cross is the symbol of doing our duty, even at the cost of the most painful death.

And follow me. To follow Christ is to take him for our master, our teacher, our example; to believe his doctrines, to uphold his cause, to obey his precepts, and to do it though it leads to heaven by way of the cross.

A – Application:

Often we hear of people who say you must bear your own cross, or “take up your cross”.   In applying this scripture in my life I am reminded that taking up my cross daily is (as Wesley’s Notes) “let him in all things deny his own will, however pleasing, and do the will of God, however painful.”

P – Prayer:

I pray that I will have the faith, patience, grace, and understanding to deny my own desires and my will to do God’s will. Father help me to be a good servant, student, and example of your ways. In Jesus name, amen.

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Clean and Unclean

Today’s Date:  January 23, 2010

 Clean and Unclean

 

Reading: Gen 46-47:31, Mt 15:1-28, Psalm 19:1-14, Proverbs 4:14-19

S – Scripture:

Mt 15:18-19 Jesus said, “18But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (NIV)

O – Observation:

Mt 15:1-20: Jesus talks about “Clean and Unclean.”  The Phariseesa  , (Scribes and Pharisees in the time of Christ, who began to honor and hold traditions and the commandments of men, even over the commandments of God. b) asked Jesus why his followers didn’t follow the tradition of washing their hands before they ate.  Jesus replied to the Pharisees & teachers with another question, 15:3 “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?… you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” Then Jesus called them hypocrites!  Jesus basically said just because you don’t wash your hands, does not make you ‘unclean’; it’s what you have in your heart, that which comes out of your mouth, your actions, all those things are what makes you ‘unclean’.

A – Application:

It’s easy to get caught in what the worldview of what other people, the church, the government, and your community would say is the “correct” thing to do. The laws of the land are not always God’s ways.  Examples are: abortion, the bible says we should not kill – yet because the government allows abortion, does that now make it “right”?  Some states in our country allow homosexual marriages. The bible says that marriage is between one man and one woman.  In applying the scriptures of Mt 15, I am reminded that I am to live the life of God’s commandments, not mans. I am to test the words of man based on the scriptures and Words of God.  I am to seek God first in all things, Mt 6:33 so that I am not confused based on my own needs and wants but based on God’s guidance.

P – Prayer:

Father help me to not be like the Pharisees, who chose to seek the glory of man vs. God. Lord forgive me for my sins, my ignorance, and help me to know your will and follow your commandments. Help me to do what is right and to be a shining light for you. Let the words that come from my mouth be of your thoughts and words – that make me clean and that I am stopped in my tracks, put back into the place of correction should my heart bring forth unclean words from my mouth. Wash me, cleanse me, and cover me, so that your Holy Spirit within me would shine forth.

Amen

Oa  Pharisees: 1) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pharisees

2.) Definition Smith’s Bible History: http://www.bible-history.com/smiths/P/Pharisees/

bCommentary by Chuck Smith of Mt 14-15: http://tinyurl.com/ybfrpsj

 

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Prophets, Wisdom, and Application

Today’s Date:  January 21, 2010

   Prophets, Wisdom & Application

 

Reading:Gen 42:18-43:34, Mt 13:47-14:12, Psalm 18:16-36, Proverbs 4:7-10

S – Scripture:

Matt 13:57  “… then Jesus told them, ‘A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.”

O – Observation:

Prophet: I always heard this verse in reference to people who became Christians and then were disregarded or chastised by their family and friends from where they originally came. Many times it’s because these same people “knew” our past sins and don’t like to be “preached” at or feel their own condemnation shouldn’t come from someone who may have sinned against them.  Click here for a definition of what a prophet is and does.

In reading the biblical definition and searching the commentaries it’s interesting to note what the website gotguestions.org states, here’s an excerpt:

Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth from God, why would we need prophets if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today? Can God give someone a message to deliver to someone else? Absolutely! Does God reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way and enable that person to deliver that message to others? Absolutely! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No.

(Click here to read the rest of GotQuestions.org)

A – Application:

I will apply this to my life by living these words, “4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. Jn 4:1; Compare what is said to what the Word of God says. If it contradicts the Bible, throw it out. If it agrees with the Bible, pray for wisdom and discernment as to how to apply the message (2 Tim 3:16-17; James 1:5).

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you that you have given me your Word to know the truth and teachers and prophets for us to understand. I pray that I would always remember to pray for wisdom and discernment in how to apply your message. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Have and The Have-Nots

Date: January 18, 2010

Sharing a Piece a Candy

Scripture Readings:Gen 37-38:30, Matt 12:22-45, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 3:27-32

S – Scripture:

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”  – Proverbs 3:27-28 – NLT

O – Observation & Interpretation:

How many times have you seen someone holding a cardboard sign that said, “homeless” or “need work” or “hungry” – interestingly since moving to this city, I noticed mainly homeless men, will go person to person in parking lots asking for “change”.  In today’s society there’s a large concern for safety. Just watch the news and you wouldn’t want to step outside of your home. I go by instinct, if I feel led I give, if I don’t I move on.  There have been times the Holy Spirit tells you, by the urging of your spirit, go back, don’t turn your back, buy a meal or share whatever you have.

If I’m in my car and someone approaches me I try to give food if I have it, or carry McDonald gift certificates with a few dollars so they can buy a meal. I’ve learned never to give cash, if possible, and I don’t have much anyway, so if they are truly in need they would appreciate the food. All that aside, if I have something or someway to help then the bible says I should help, not send them away.

A – Application:

We have started to gather clothing to donate and I’ve found a local agency that gives donations directly to the homeless so there’s no “sales” of donations and then helping others with the money from the sales. http://www.ourm.org/ – I was listening to the radio and found the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.  When we have extra funds, I try to have a few gift cards on hand in the car to hand out. When we drive long distances we often have snacks and packaged items with us – which we can hand out. In addition, we all know times are challenging for many of us, but we usually have a little more than someone else. I’ve tried to give of my time when I don’t have money to spare and that’s been a blessing.

I wrote about the homeless child in India that had two pieces of candy and offered me one, just because he wanted to say thank you for visiting him. I think about him often and God knows that little boy has made such an impact on my life.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for providing and blessing us with our daily needs. Thank you for the abundance that we have where we can share with others. Thank you for the internet that can teach others how to give and share your love. Amen

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