1 July 2014

Don't ignore the signs!!


A tourist was driving down a desert road and came upon a sign that read, ROAD CLOSED. DO NOT ENTER. He thought the road looked passable, so he ignored the sign and continued driving down the road.
A mile later, he came to a bridge that was out. He turned around and drove back in the direction he came from. As he approached the warning sign, he read on the other side: WELCOME BACK. TOLD YOU SO!

I read this story in a jokebook! But isn't it so like us? We tend to ignore warnings and think we know what's best. Then somewhere along the line we realize that the warning was right after all and we wish we had listened.
God's Word is full of warnings! Do we listen to them or do we ignore them?
Parents give us warnings! Do we just think we know better?
Remember this story next time you are given a warning.
Be wise and listen!

26 June 2014

Bible Reading Challenge

One way to read the Bible is to have a notebook and write down everything you learn about God as you read.
God has given us His Word to reveal Himself to us.
Often we have our own ideas about what God is like. We tend to make God into what we want Him to be.

So I have started to read the Bible this way and it is interesting!

 So far I have found...

 God is...
    ...all-knowing
    ...righteous
    ...a shield that defends
    ...a judge
    ...angry with the wicked every day
    ...longsuffering
    ...merciful
    ...forgiving
    ...Creator
    ...a refuge for the oppressed in times of trouble
    ...doesn't forsake them that seek Him.

22 June 2014

Love?

(Lessons from Potiphar's Wife)
Read Genesis 39:13-18
This woman's 'love' turned to utter hatred and maliciousness in an instance. How can that be? Such a drastic change!
Her 'love' was sinful and completely selfish. She didn't really care about Joseph--she just cared about herself. That's what the whole issue was about--herself.
Real love is not just a feeling.
 Love is a choice.
Love is an action.
 Love is 'what can I give to you' not 'what will you give to me.'
According to 1 Corinthians 13 Potiphar's wife didn't 'love' Joseph. Not at all! What she felt for Joseph was lust not love. Because love "is kind, envieth not, vaunteth not itself...Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,..."
Lust is a strong desire for something.
Pray for God to give you a husband that will truly love you. So many guys 'lust' but don't know a thing about love.  Lust doesn't last very long but love endureth all things and never faileth. You don't want a guy who only loves you because of your looks or your body. You want someone who will still love you when you're in a rest home!
But enough about the guys! What about you? When I read and study this chapter about love, I realize how much I am lacking!
Ask God to teach you how to truly love. The closer you grow to God, the more you will love. Because God is love!

29 May 2014

Run!

(Lessons from Potiphar's Wife)

And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.” Genesis 39:12

Flee fornication.” 1Corinthians 6:18

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2Timothy 2:22


Have you ever thought about why Joseph ran? Men are generally a lot stronger than women, so it's not like she could have forced him. Was he afraid of her?

Joseph was putting a Biblical principle into practice. The Bible teaches us to “Flee fornication.”

The word “flee” means to run away from a place or situation of danger.

God teaches us to flee and not fight! Isn't that a cowardly thing? No! It's a wise thing! You're not a coward if you run from a dangerous animal. You would be a fool to try and fight it with your bare hands.

Proverbs 14:16 says “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

Even though Joseph was a godly man, he was capable of sinning in this way. We are all capable of the worst sin--no one is 'strong enough.' That's why we need to run from sin and temptation. We can't trust ourselves.




25 May 2014

Keep Applying the Drops

(A Lesson on Prayer)

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

This week I was sick with two different things at the same time both connected with breastfeeding my baby. I got a breast infection and thrush. When I got the breast infection, I also got a fever and my whole body felt sore. At first I thought I only had thrush, so I got my midwife to get me a prescription for some drops to treat it. But later on I realized that I had an infection aswell, which is why I had a fever. When my husband came home from work in the afternoon, he went to the supermarket and brought some ibuprofen and paracetamol to help the fever. I felt so sick, cold and sore before taking it, but within an hour of having some tablets I felt 100% better. I could feel my fever had broken and I felt like getting out of bed. I was amazed at what a difference the tablets made and how quickly they worked. I realized I should have brought some first thing then I wouldn't have had such a difficult day.

But the treatment for thrush was another story. I couldn't see the drops working. It is now 4 days later and it still hasn't cleared up, although it is getting better. I sometimes felt like it was a waste of time to put the drops on the thrush because it didn't seem to be working, whereas the ibuprofen and paracetamol worked nearly straight away and had obvious results. I had to have faith that the drops would work over time because that's what my midwife had prescribed for me.

God used this to teach me a lesson on prayer. I have been struggling lately with praying about certain things. I have no problem praying for things that I will see God answer reasonably soon. It's easy to pray for a need that I have because God often answers pretty quick and it's obvious that God has answered my prayer. Just like ibuprofen and paracetamol can make you feel better fast, so God answers some prayers very quickly.

But then there are other things that I find difficult to pray for. For example, people's salvation. We can pray for a long time for a person and see no results. It seems like it's a waste of time to pray. Do you ever feel like this? We might pray for a certain person to be changed, and yet no matter how much we pray it doesn't seem to do any good. We feel like giving up. My husband has been praying so faithfully for some people every night and so far we haven't seen those prayers answered. Sometimes I think, “What's the point?”

But just like all medicines don't take the same time to heal, some prayers take a long time to be answered. Some prayers take years, but we shouldn't give up praying! Just because we see no results right now doesn't mean that God isn't working.

God has promised that He does hear and answer prayer. He has given us so many promises in the Bible. He doesn't always answer our prayers the way we expect, but he does promise to answer.

This lesson was a big encouragement to me to keep applying the 'drops' of prayer! Because it will work in God's time.

8 May 2014

Progressive Desires


(Lessons from Potiphar's wife)
And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
But he refused,..
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.” Genesis 39:7-12

 
The desire Potiphar's wife had was wrong—obviously wrong. Because she didn't deal with that wrong desire, it became more and more intense until eventually it controlled her.

*Wrong desire are like weeds. They're easier to deal with when they're small. If you don't get onto them quickly, they completely take over.

*Wrong desires are like a leak in a dam that grows until the whole thing floods.


*Wrong desires are like fire.The more you stoke it, the bigger and hotter it becomes.
 

*Wrong desires have a snowball effect.
When my husband and I were visiting a palace in Holland, it started snowing while we were looking at the enormous gardens. Johan started making a snowball by rolling snow along the ground. It picked up the snow as it went and it became a giant snowball within a few minutes!
 
There are other examples of people in the Bible with wrong desires that progressed because they weren’t dealt with in the beginning.

Think of Cain. He became angry at Abel, his brother. He started to hate him and as a result he committed murder.

Then there's Haman; his problem was pride. Throughout the story his pride grows until it controls his actions—which resulted in his death.

Sometimes we hear of people who have done something that shocks us. We think, “How could they do such a thing?” But it doesn't just suddenly happen. As one person said, “Sin is first incubated in the mind.” It's a process—progressive desires. Marriages don't just suddenly break up. Young people don't just suddenly go the wrong way.

The Bible teaches us to confess and forsake our sins. It's best to do it straight away before they start to control us.