|Today||2021年7月26日 - 2021年7月30日|
The Five Conditions Of Blessing & The Jealous God
|9|| "The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. NKJV|
If you look at religion in the world, ‘a system of beliefs’ according to the dictionary, you will see people trying to work their way to heaven. Most are looking for a ticket to paradise. They are missing the complete point.
We are not trying to work our way into heaven. We are developing our personal relationship with the Father of all creation, the only perfect being in existence; pure power, light, and love. As you read in Deuteronomy and throughout the Word of God, it is not just about repenting and turning to Jesus so you can get a ticket to heaven. It’s not just about going to church and singing songs or hearing a great message. Nor is it just about fellowing with other people who know Him. It is all about knowing Him! He wants to know you.
As you read in Deuteronomy you can see some common themes in how to have a successful and deep relationship with God. Here are 5 points that we must all remember all the time.
- Listen faithfully to God’s voice- Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Get filled with the Holy Spirit and make sure you are sensitive to Him guiding your spirit.
- Observe and do all His commandments- Base your life on the Word of God not on how you feel or what you see. If you know His Word, you know His ways.
- Walk In His Ways- Being a believer is not an award, it is a lifestyle. You do it everyday. What you say, how you act, where you go... it all shows if you are in The Way or not.
- Don’t get side-tracked to the left or right- It comes at us from all sides, television, internet, mobile communications... distraction is the way the enemy will try to take you away from God. Keep going straight ahead with God and you will go higher
- Don’t go after any other ‘gods’- There is nothing that compares to God. He is bigger than anything. But sometimes, we allow these distractions to become bigger than God in our own lives. People do it with cars, boats, a sweetheart they’re ‘dating’, money, business... these distractions become so important to them that they lose site of God and fail to hear His voice.
Our Father is a jealous God. He says so Himself. Exodus 20:5
|5|| you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, NKJV|
We can westernize things a bit and say not to let things come before God (as these things can become ‘gods’ to us, and this is true). However, if you have been to Asia you see idols all over the place. You see shrines, temples, god shelves, and all sorts of other things where people pray to some god or dead relative. You see shrines and temples sprinkled throughout Japan, shrines in front of houses in Indonesia, and temples throughout out Thailand. Before God these things are wrong. They are evil. If you have power or ownership over these things I should do what the kings of Israel did. They tore them down and it pleased God.
If you don’t have ownership or authority of the physical property, then you take it to the spiritual side. You should curse it to be unproductive and bind the demonic powers behind it.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." NKJV
God is not looking for your money, ritual, or tradition. He is looking for a free-will relationship with you, His child! Put your relationship with Him first thing today.
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The God of Order
|1|| Cor 14:40|
Let all things be done decently and in order. NKJV
God is the God of order. He ordered the universe. He set the stars in their orbits around the sun. I have walked into my children’s room after they have left for school and I have seen disorder. Unmade beds, clothing lying on the floor, dresser drawers unclosed and things just not where they should be. We have dealt with it, and now my children know that things need to be put back after use. They know that everything has its place. However, left to ourselves most of us tend to get lazy and just leave things that we don’t want to deal with. Yahweh is not like that.
On a Sunday, our church packed up everyone into four vans and went to the mountains. Our purpose was to give those who had not been baptized yet a chance to do what King Jesus has commanded us to do. We were able to find a destination that was a “prayer mountain” type of camp that was designed for believers. We all met at the church early that Sunday morning to get to this location that we had not been to before. Our purpose was baptism first and foremost, but we also wanted to sing praises to God a bit, be encouraged, have a BBQ, and play a bit of volleyball. We did our part and went got in those vans by faith.
When we arrived to the camp site, as a group we talked about what we were there to do. It worked out that we were able to use the small chapel on the grounds. There was a drumset, grand piano and a sound system that we were offered to use. So we used it. Four of our team did an amazing worship with no advance planning, we had a mini-message that the Holy Spirit gave to me while we were worshipping, and we stood prayed over, blessed, and agreed with the people who wanted to be baptized that day. Everything flowed so smoothly it was like it was planned.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that God is the God of order, not disorder. When He is involved in things, it just all comes together. That was a beautiful day. We had prayed away the coming rain the day before, a baby was healed of a bad cold, and we were able to celebrate the baptisms of three more great people. We had a wonderful time. God is SO good!
Do you feel like your life is in a shambles sometimes? Do you wonder why things are all over the place? Proverbs encourages us to roll our cares on to the Lord. What does that mean? Go to Yahweh with whatever you’ve got, and commit everything to Him in Jesus name and what seems like a mess is going to come together even better than before. You have to trust Him by faith and believe Him. Every time you think of that situation, just tell Him, “Thank you Father that you are working in that situation, and everything is coming together because you love me. Thank you!”
It is really amazing how our awesome God can take something that looks like it blew up and put it all back together. You want a perfect solution, commit your concerns to the perfect Being and He will make it come to pass.
The Danger of Debt
|6|| For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you. NKJV|
When you are entering college there are various ways to finance that education. Those in American will have university students come into their school campuses to recruit them as students. Why are there university recruiters? Because they are selling their product, education. Education is a good thing but millions of Americans go into major debt because they take out loans to pay for those four years of schooling. Many graduate university with debts of 20, 30, even a 100,000 dollars. Probably not the best way to start your professional life.
God’s plan for His people is that they be blessed. There is nothing wrong with borrowing money, if you can afford to pay it back. However, the best way of thinking regarding loans is “If you don’t have the money to pay it back, don’t take it.” My wife and I built a house in 2007, we took a loan even though we had the cash to pay for the house. We found we could use our money more for our business and pay the loan back anytime we wanted. After 3 years, we paid it off in full. Praise God we are debt free.
God wants you to be debt free. Debt will limit you. If you do anything on an ‘impulse’ or as a splurge, then it is likely you will get in trouble. In Japan, until the recent past Kimono sales people would visit the homes of people. Many of the housewives are at home and the sales person proceeds to get them excited about buying a kimono dress. They are appealing and well-made, however the problem is that they are very expensive, in fact over-priced. The wife will get sold on the clothing and not have the budget to pay for the product without asking the husband about it. If the husband gets involved there is a chance that the sale will be killed. Therefore, the sales person usually then recommends they take a consumer loan (that has high interest rates) that she can pay back a little bit a time without the husband noticing. The wife is then strapped with a financial debt or burden she could have avoided if she wouldn’t have bought on impulse and discussed it with her husband rather than hiding the cost.
When you read on in the Word you see in Deuteronomy 28:12
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. NKJV
When you borrow, you become servant to whom you have borrowed from. I know a guy who took over his father’s business in Asia. They manufacture parts for doors and windows. Most of this product has gone to China but apparently the company didn’t make quite make the transition from Japan production to China and racked up a $20m debt. That is a huge debt that caused the company to go bankrupt. The banks came to take everything from the company as well as him, since he was the personal cosigner for all of the loans. He stands to lose his house, car and all his savings. He may lose it all and not be able to even support his family. As a believer, you should avoid debt like you do a coughing person on the bus or train. Get away from it and avoid it.
Proverbs 22:7 says,
The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender. NKJV
I don’t want to be a servant to anyone other than my Messiah and God King Jesus. There is no reason for you to be a servant to anyone else either. Carefully consider your situation before you borrow anything from anyone with it is money, a tool, or something else. The most fundamental part of finances for the believer is to make sure you are faithfully tithing a tenth of your income to your church. Most believers I’ve met with financial difficulties tithe either irregularly, or not at all to the House of God. God multiplies what we put in. Remember Jesus with the loaves and the fish? He fed thousands with virtually nothing to start.
Be faithful with what you’ve got and God will multiple the finances, the properties, the business and everything else you set your hand to. You will be the lender and not the borrower.
|35|| But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. NKJV|