19: 50 Days of 3:16

The bible is full of prophecy, things that will come to happen insights into the future that no one could even imagine happening. The restoration of Israel that happening in 1948 was foretold in the Bible. Make no mistake, there is more to happen the Bible prophecy is not yet complete.

 

In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.

Jeremiah 3:16

 

We have come to the point in society where God is an afterthought. Many would claim that their country was built on Christian foundations but when we look at them now we often wonder what happened. God in Jerimiah made a promise that when all hope was thought to be lost he would bring his people back together. There is a promise that Jerusalem will be known as ‘The Throne of the Lord’ that the people will return to worship God.

Jeremiah 3, is a verse that reminds me of a loving Father calling his children to forgiveness. He is not oblivious to the sins they have committed, but he loves them nonetheless and is calling them to humble themselves and repent so He can bless them. That is the issue that many in this world today cannot accept is the acknowledgement that they have sinned. They believe they are good people and that they have done nothing wrong. Until their sin is revealed to them they don’t even know there is anything going on.

What can we do as believers to show those around us that God loves them and is eagerly waiting for them to come to him? If we read one verse earlier we see that God is preparing and using shepherds who have the heart of God. They will be used to guide others in the truth with wisdom and understanding. You have been given the mission of reaching the lost by Jesus himself, you have been given the Holy Spirit to provide wisdom and understanding. God has prepared or is preparing you to be a shepherd to guide his people into freedom. Are you allowing God to mentor you in being the shepherd to the people around you? They have forgotten who God is, and many don’t even care to know. How will they know they need a savior if no one tells them?

 

Father, prepare us to be shepherds to those around us. This means having wisdom to know when they are hurting, when to speak words of encouragement and eyes to see when they are hurting. Let us not ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit in these experiences. We want to be effective in sharing your love in this world. Show us what we need to do next, we turn from all our evil desires and follow you. Amen

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17: 50 Days of 3:16

We expect our governments and courts to be able to judge on right and wrong. We bring the issues that we cannot deal with ourselves to them for just judgement. And for a time it may have been that way, but what is happening in today’s society the laws are being changed to suit the desires of sinful man.

 

 And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

Ecclesiastes 3:16

 

Every country is dealing with these issues. It can be a hot topic issue like gender identity or something that is being pushed with little media attention like bestiality. I just read that two years ago that in my own country people could have sex with animals, ruled okay by the supreme court. We have laws in place in the last 50 years or so that have allowed millions of children the potential to survive for the sake of convenience. Sin corrupts not just man, but it has spread to all aspects of this world.

God set up the laws well ahead of any other society. They were set for a reason, to convey right from wrong and to help identify what things, if participated in, should be punished. Many countries had used these laws as a basis to build their justice systems from, yet today they look much different then when they were created. As in the days of Noah, men did whatever they thought best in their own eyes, look what happened to them.

What can we do? As believers, we can pray for courage to stand up to these areas that are sinful. We must be willing to stand by God’s teachings of what is right and wrong. For us to blindly accept things that go against the bible is not right, and we need to love those who are trying to enforce these falsehoods upon us. It will do us no good to protest and be belligerent about it, that will only fuel the fire and prove what they already think about Christians. Wise strategic moves, revealing the truth in what we say, showing them that God loves them but that we don’t absolutely agree on actions and laws that go against God. This doesn’t mean we isolate ourselves from the world, Jesus wouldn’t have done that, he would have engaged and shown them love and compassion revealing the truth of the situation. Let us work to be like Jesus and shine the light of truth in this world.

 

Father, sin has infected our justice and judgement systems. We pray for the healing of these areas and that people who are confused by the law will turn to you for answers. The things that are being passed these days for laws are so contradictory to our faith, yet people are accepting them as truth. Give us boldness to confidently stand up for our faith even if it means persecution. Help us to be effective in the mission of reaching the lost as they are looking for you. Amen

16: 50 Days of 3:16

We are about halfway through the Old Testament and we find this Proverb about loving the Lord. As I had stated in Day 12, King Solomon had requested wisdom over and earthly riches or power. He with this wisdom wrote many of the proverbs to share his insights that God had given him.

 

Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honour.

Proverbs 3:16

 

Whenever I read the Proverbs and it is speaking of wisdom I try to change the word to the Holy Spirit. Ultimately the Holy Spirit is the one who provides the wisdom we need and guides us in our walk with Christ. When you do this, we see a description of the Holy Spirit like never before. Like a friend who will never leave you, knows what to say at the right times and pushes you to succeed.  Trusting in the Holy Spirit makes us much wiser believers as she is God.

Verse 13 tells us that blessed is a man who finds the Holy Spirit(wisdom). The amazing thing we as believer know is that we don’t have to look for the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to us when we accept his salvation. We have the Holy Spirit with us as soon as we turn our lives over to him. That means we have access to wisdom, many do not realize this and walk around lost in their faith. We must empower new believers and old that to experience faith and to share the love they have found with others they need to make a deeper connection with the Holy Spirit. She is part of the Holy Trinity and is God, praying and conversing with her is the same as talking to God. She will give you guidance when you need it, even when you think you don’t.

Listening and following her promptings will give you long life. It will not always be how you plan it, but it will be fresh and exciting. Living in tune with the Holy Spirit will change how we walk daily. It may take you off the beaten path to places you never expected to go, but life was supposed to be an adventure, challenges and new opportunities. How can one expect a reward if no risks are ever taken? A man reaps what he sows is not always about bad things happening for doing bad things. What about good being reaped for good things you do in God’s name?

Are you walking with wisdom? Have you taken the time to ask the Holy Spirit to walk with you, guide you and show you the next step in your life? I pray today that your eyes are open to the third part of God that is the closest part to us. She is the one living inside of us, giving us the wisdom to become who we were meant to be.

 

Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us and watch over us. We don’t always listen to her guidance, but we ask today that we would start. Open our ears to listen more clearly, let us walk with her in everything we do. Today we want to show your love to others, we want to fulfil the mission we are called to do. Amen

 

 

14: 50 Days of 3:16

The walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed. Israel had been dealt a humiliating defeat with many of the people taken away into slavery. Their sins against God were not left unchecked and the sins of the Fathers weighed heavy on the future generations. In their slavery, the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes heard from God and obeyed. Nehemiah requested leave to help rebuild the wall of his nation’s capital.

 

Beyond him, Nehemiah son of Azbuk, ruler of a half-district of Beth Zur, made repairs up to a point opposite the tombs[an of David, as far as the artificial pool and the House of the Heroes.

Nehemiah 3:16

 

Not unlike what Israel had to deal with, we have to deal with the outcomes of our sins. When we come to Christ and accept his grace and forgiveness the effects of our sin are not always wiped away. We hear of prisoners receiving Jesus in jail, yet they still have to pay the time for the crimes they have committed. For others, it could be lasting health effects from years of abuse on your body. Broken relationships that may never be fully restored but forgiveness can be asked.  You may never be able to restore the broken marriage that leads to divorce. But there is hope that God can find peace in the situation you are in.

 

Nehemiah had a pretty easy job, he was the Kings cupbearer. He obviously had the Kings favour as he was able to make a request before the Kings. This for Nehemiah would have been a very risky move. If the King had been in a not so favourable mood he could have easily dismissed him, fired him or even had him killed for such a request. Allowing Nehemiah to go and organize the building of the wall was not really in the Kings best interest but Kings favour was on Nehemiah and he even helped sponsor the build. Why did this happen this way? God was showing the people his power and that he can make things happen. He was showing them that he will restore brokenness.

 

He is showing us in this story that God works to help us restore the brokenness in our lives and that he will provide the resources to help in the process. We need the boldness to step out of our safe place and ask him for the help we need. He wants our surrender in all areas, surrender is not always hands up, sometimes it is being ready to do what is needed to be done and asking for help. Today you may have already asked Jesus for his forgiveness and life has been going good, but there are areas of you that are broken and need restoration. Come to Go and ask him for time to heal and restore the broken area, he will give you the resources and the people who can help you rebuild. It may be trust, thoughts, friendships, family issues, health problems, whatever it may be God is ready willing and able to help.

 

Maybe you haven’t accepted God’s grace and forgiveness and are satisfied to sit in your brokenness.  There is so much more than this world has to offer that you will never experience outside of the love of God. He sent his son to die on the cross so that you might be free from the sin that binds each and every person on this earth. He came to free us of this, so we can become who we were created to be. Children of God, with a hope that there is more to life than living and dying. There is a hope for you. It is as simple as asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins. Of course, there is much more, but the first step of faith is surrendering your life and start living in a relationship with the creator God.

 

Father, if anyone is reading this and needs to receive Jesus into their life I pray they find you. Let them cry out “Jesus I am a sinner who is lost without you. I realize this now and cannot do this on my own anymore, forgive me of my sin and come into my life. I surrender to you and want to have a relationship with you” Thank you, Father, for anyone who prayed this today, you told us that the angels rejoice when anyone accepts the forgiveness promised. We ask for help in healing any broken walls in our life that are causing us pain. We cannot always escape the consequences of our sin, so help us deal with them as they arrive in a way that shows those around us that we are loved by you. All glory to you. Amen

12: 50 Days of 3:16

This verse today is the start of one of my favourite Old Testament accounts. King Solomon had been asked by God to request anything he wanted. Most would have expected him to ask for power, riches or a multitude of other things. But we learn that Solomon asked for wisdom.  God was pleased with this request and gave him the wisdom he was seeking and in turn many of the other things we would have requested. This account tells of Solomon using his wisdom given to him by God. As King, he would use his wisdom to deal with matters that the people had that could not be resolved on their own.

Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

1 Kings 3:16

 

If you take the time to read the tale of these two women, it is the classic case of he said she said. It is also known as there are three versions of the story, her story, his story and the truth. Firstly, these two women were harlots, not the higher-class citizen, they lived a life in the sex trade. What type of King would deal with such woman? A wise one who wanted the people to know that his wisdom was from God and available to all.

 

To summarize their story the two women each had a child, we would assume these were children born of their job. Very shortly after they gave birth one accidentally killed her child in her sleep, but in her grief switched the child with the other mother. She was hoping the mother wouldn’t recognize that it wasn’t her own child. Any mother can tell you that this was a foolish act as what mother wouldn’t recognize their own child? As you can imagine this became an argument that must have been brought into the streets and eventually made its way to the king’s court as no other official was able to resolve whose child was whose. Remember this is back before DNA testing, they had no ID or hospital bracelets to help decide whose child was whose.  Let’s throw another possibility in the mix, as these were sex workers it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that the father was the same man. So, the children could have looked very similar.

 

Here they are in front of the King, giving the same story they have probably told countless others in their quest to receive closure and judgement. One woman desperately wanted her child back, the other secretly hoping she could keep the child she had taken in her grief. How could any man make a judgement call that was wise? Solomon had the wisdom given to him by God, after hearing their cases he called for a sword. He would have the child divided in tow so that both women could be satisfied. In his wisdom, he knew the real mother could never let this happen and would submit to the other. Then and only then would he truly know who the real mother was.

 

Have you asked God for wisdom? He has promised that if we would ask for wisdom he would provide it. We all to often ask for riches power and many other things but forget that those who asked for wisdom and used it for His glory were often blessed in other ways because of it.  Take some time today and pray for wisdom and opportunities to use it and watch God use you to reach other people.

 

Father, we pray for wisdom today. Use us to reach others with your love. Give us insights and words to let them know that they are loved by you and that they there is hope. Many are ready to give up and end the pain that is hurting inside, you can provide the relief they need. Let your love flow through us and let the mission of reaching others be our heart. Amen

10: 50 Days of 3:16

What do we do when God gives a message? Paul was adamant that all believers should be praying for prophecy or divine revelations from God. He set them as the most valuable resource that we can access in our faith journey. Many believers are not seeking wisdom to be able to share with others, they work in their own strength. If I was a paperboy delivering 50 papers but I refused or was oblivious to use the bag they provided to help me carry them my job would not be as effective as it could be if I would only use the bag to carry my papers. When we use what God provides sharing our faith with others becomes a lot more easier

 

But Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”

Samuel answered, “Here I am.”

1 Samuel 3:16

 

Here in today’s 3:16 we see the morning after Samuel had his first conversation with God. If you read the whole story we come to find that God called Samuel in his sleep and three times Samuel went to his boss thinking it was his voice calling out.  I interpret that as God was using the voice of Eli to speak to Samuel. After the third time being awoke,n, Eli realizes that this must be God calling Samuel telling him to respond and listen. Samuel being an obedient person responds to God receiving a message. The message Samuel received was not one he would have expected and was a promise that God would punish Eli and his family for what his boys had been doing. This would be an example to the people of what would happen if they played games with God. The boys who were priest were doing wicked things which were contradictory to everything the priests were called to do.

 

Eli, being a follower of God and trusting him, wanted to know what Samuel had heard from God the next morning. Samuel was scared that if he told Eli that he would be looked at unfavourably and maybe even called a liar. Eli made it quite clear to Samuel that if he was not to share what God had told him it would be worse off for him to keep it to himself then to share it. Samuel revealed his conversation with God to Eli who understood all that was going on and responded, ‘let Him do what is good in His eye’s’. Eli showed a divine respect for God and understood that God is good, and evil was not permitted to go unpunished.

 

God will reveal many things to us to share with others. They will not always be words of judgement, but more words of compassion, love and revelation of things that you should ought not to have known. He reveals the secrets of their hearts to you so that you can connect with them and show them God’s love for them. We are called to give that word and message to them, keeping it to ourselves does not do us any good other than giving into our fears of rejection. There is freedom in obeying God and sharing his words of love to others. If we want to grow in our faith we need to start telling God ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”.

Father. Speak for your servant is listening. Give us wisdom today to share your message of hope with others. Give us words to share that can only be revealed by you. Help us to push past our fears and open our lips giving the messages you have for us to share. Use us as a might force to change this world and showcase your love. Let me be the light in the darkness the salt in this decaying world. Amen

9: 50 Days of 3:16

 

Ruth was a foreigner in a foreign land. She had married Boaz son in he homeland but he had died. She returned to Israel with her mother-in-law even after she tried to get Ruth to stay behind. Two widows alone returning to a place they were not well known, who would take care of these ladies?

 

And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her

 

God had placed the practice of gleaning for the people who could not support themselves. This practice allowed widows and the poor to follow behind farmers and pick up any crops left behind during the harvest at no cost. This was the farmer’s way of helping the poor as God had called them to do. Naomi sent Ruth out to this practice so that they would have something to eat. But Naomi had an alternative thought that maybe a suitable husband would be found for her daughter-in-law.

 

Ruth ended up in the field of Moab, this was no accident as Moab had no wife and all indications point to that he had no one lined up either. As Ruth gleaned the fields of Moab we read that he took notice of her and started to ask questions. Then he instructed his harvesters to drop extra grain for her to pick up. This created a buzz in Boaz house, she recognized right away that something was happening. Here in today’s verse, we get to hear her asking a simple question of ‘how was your day?’.  I think she already had an indication of what had happened, she would have been praying for this.

 

If you continue to read on in Ruth it tells that Moab and Ruth do end up marrying and we learn that they are tied to the heritage of Jesus. They are part of the bloodline of the redeemer. All because they were obedient and trusted the provisions that God had set up. Ruth used the provision of being a gleaner, Moab allowing the poor and widows to glean. Ruth not abandoning her mother-in-law when all had been lost. Moab marrying her was an act of redemption. Are you being obedient to what God is calling you to? Are you trusting that His plan for you may not be obvious to you right now but that He knows what He is doing?

 

Father, thank you for redeeming us through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. We trust that the plans you have for us are good and we want to follow them. Guide us in our steps so that you are glorified in everything we do. Use us to reach those who need to know about you, give us the wisdom to speak life into their lives. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

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Ruth was a foreigner in a foreign land. She had married Boaz son in he homeland but he had died. She returned to Israel with her mother-in-law even after she tried to get Ruth to stay behind. Two widows alone returning to a place they were not well known, who would take care of these ladies?

 

And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her

 

God had placed the practice of gleaning for the people who could not support themselves. This practice allowed widows and the poor to follow behind farmers and pick up any crops left behind during the harvest at no cost. This was the farmer’s way of helping the poor as God had called them to do. Naomi sent Ruth out to this practice so that they would have something to eat. But Naomi had an alternative thought that maybe a suitable husband would be found for her daughter-in-law.

 

Ruth ended up in the field of Moab, this was no accident as Moab had no wife and all indications point to that he had no one lined up either. As Ruth gleaned the fields of Moab we read that he took notice of her and started to ask questions. Then he instructed his harvesters to drop extra grain for her to pick up. This created a buzz in Boaz house, she recognized right away that something was happening. Here in today’s verse, we get to hear her asking a simple question of ‘how was your day?’.  I think she already had an indication of what had happened, she would have been praying for this.

 

If you continue to read on in Ruth it tells that Moab and Ruth do end up marrying and we learn that they are tied to the heritage of Jesus. They are part of the bloodline of the redeemer. All because they were obedient and trusted the provisions that God had set up. Ruth used the provision of being a gleaner, Moab allowing the poor and widows to glean. Ruth not abandoning her mother-in-law when all had been lost. Moab marrying her was an act of redemption. Are you being obedient to what God is calling you to? Are you trusting that His plan for you may not be obvious to you right now but that He knows what He is doing?

 

Father, thank you for redeeming us through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. We trust that the plans you have for us are good and we want to follow them. Guide us in our steps so that you are glorified in everything we do. Use us to reach those who need to know about you, give us the wisdom to speak life into their lives. Amen

 

Ruth was a foreigner in a foreign land. She had married Boaz son in he homeland but he had died. She returned to Israel with her mother-in-law even after she tried to get Ruth to stay behind. Two widows alone returning to a place they were not well known, who would take care of these ladies?

 

And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did you fare, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her

 

God had placed the practice of gleaning for the people who could not support themselves. This practice allowed widows and the poor to follow behind farmers and pick up any crops left behind during the harvest at no cost. This was the farmer’s way of helping the poor as God had called them to do. Naomi sent Ruth out to this practice so that they would have something to eat. But Naomi had an alternative thought that maybe a suitable husband would be found for her daughter-in-law.

 

Ruth ended up in the field of Moab, this was no accident as Moab had no wife and all indications point to that he had no one lined up either. As Ruth gleaned the fields of Moab we read that he took notice of her and started to ask questions. Then he instructed his harvesters to drop extra grain for her to pick up. This created a buzz in Boaz house, she recognized right away that something was happening. Here in today’s verse, we get to hear her asking a simple question of ‘how was your day?’.  I think she already had an indication of what had happened, she would have been praying for this.

 

If you continue to read on in Ruth it tells that Moab and Ruth do end up marrying and we learn that they are tied to the heritage of Jesus. They are part of the bloodline of the redeemer. All because they were obedient and trusted the provisions that God had set up. Ruth used the provision of being a gleaner, Moab allowing the poor and widows to glean. Ruth not abandoning her mother-in-law when all had been lost. Moab marrying her was an act of redemption. Are you being obedient to what God is calling you to? Are you trusting that His plan for you may not be obvious to you right now but that He knows what He is doing?

 

Father, thank you for redeeming us through the sacrifice of your Son Jesus. We trust that the plans you have for us are good and we want to follow them. Guide us in our steps so that you are glorified in everything we do. Use us to reach those who need to know about you, give us the wisdom to speak life into their lives. Amen

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