Bad Decisions — Tim Dilena

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Waiting in Expectation

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Waiting in Expectation

Psalm 5:3 speaks of laying your requests before the Lord and waiting in expectation. I have done this concerning my daily bible reading.  I do not want to just read the Word to have something to cross off my to-do list.  I want the Lord to speak to me through it.  After all, His Words are life. In fact, much of what I have written in recent months is a result of that expectation, and allowing Him to speak to me through His Word.

For those of you who are parents, think back to those ‘firsts.’ Do you remember the joy you had when your baby smiled for the first time, took that first step, said “mama” or “dada” for the first time? Do you remember how you just beamed with joy?

I remember when we were home schooling in those early years. I was trying to teach my daughter how to read. It was a glorious feeling when she was able to start reading on her own. And I was the one who taught her! It was a proud moment for both of us!

As parents, whenever our children have their ‘firsts,’ or understand new concepts, there is such delight for us!  Those are big moments for us!

Now picture God, our Perfect Father. Surely He enjoys and delights in those moments when we see new things in His Word!  So go ahead, get into your bible, wait for the Lord to speak to you, and delight His heart!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

True Prosperity

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True Prosperity

There has been a lot of false teaching over the years about how God wants us to be rich and prosper. I do believe God wants us to prosper, but prospering doesn’t always mean financially. After all, if a concept is in the bible, it should fit all people of the world.

I recently heard about a man who preached a prosperity message to men in prison. Seriously? The love of money is what likely landed those men in prison! What about those in a third world country? Do you really think that kind of message is applicable to those people? This proves to me that this prosperity gospel is a false gospel. It is what Paul would call a ‘different’ gospel, and those who preach it should be cursed. (Galatians 1:8)

Over the last several months, I have made a concentrated effort to be in the Word. I have done so with no other motive than this: I want God! He is my one desire in this! I want to know Him, I want to learn from Him, I want to be guided by Him, and Him alone! It has been an exciting journey, as well as very precious. There is nothing that compares to digging deep into His Word, allowing Him to teach you.

However, something has happened during this time of intensive study in His Word. In February, I was given a promotion at work, which came with a significant raise. In May, I got my annual raise. One day in June, I came into work to find that I had been nominated for a Hero Award, which is a huge honor, just to be nominated. (At this time, I am still waiting to see if I actually win that award.) That same day, I discovered those in my department were all receiving a market adjustment to our hourly pay. This was completely unexpected.

Now this means I got three raises in less than four months! That is unheard of!!! And to get the nomination for that award during this time is incredible.

That doesn’t even count the joy and peace I have gained through my time in the Word because of how the Lord is increasing my faith. It doesn’t count the unbelievably sweet fellowship I have gained with our Father, nor the excitement I have every day as I search His Word for what treasures He wants to show me. All of these things are priceless!

Needless to say, after the announcement of the third raise, my heart was overflowing with God’s goodness toward me. While I was pondering on all the Lord has done in my life recently, 3 John 2 came to mind. It speaks of prospering in all things, even as our soul prospers. It occurred to me – this was exactly what was happening in my life! I made the choice to choose God’s Word and to be faithful, and I didn’t do it because I was looking to gain awards or more money. I did it only for Him, because He is already my exceedingly great reward. (Genesis 15:1) But look what the Lord did! He gave me so much more!
I share this to encourage you to get into His Word. Do it to gain Him, and nothing else. I have a feeling if you do so, you will find the blessing of the Lord abounding in your life!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

The Gospel According to Noah

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A Genie God

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A Genie God

Many people, even professing Christians, have a habit of not talking to the Lord until they are in a bind. They neglect His Word, not taking time to pray or worship Him. But when there is trouble, watch out! They will begin to fervently pray.

Have you ever known someone who only called you when they wanted something? How did it make you feel? How do you think it makes God feel when we do the same thing to Him? After all, He sent His Son to die for us!

We often treat Almighty God as if He were nothing more than a genie – there to grant our every wish, then put back on the shelf until the next time we need something.

Scripture has much to say about people who treat the Lord like this. Proverbs 28:9 says that for the one who turns his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. The law is God’s Word. This means that when we refuse to take the time to read, study, and meditate upon the Word, our prayers become an abomination to God.

When we take time to read, study, meditate, and pray, we honor the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:30 tells us that God will honor those who honor Him, but those who lightly esteem Him shall be vile. Those are strong words for when we take His Word lightly, refusing to see the necessity of spending time in it.

Psalm 119:21 tells us that God rebukes the proud, the cursed who stray from His commands. I used to always think of the ungodly when I read this verse. However, I saw a new insight into it recently. When I refuse to read, study, and meditate upon the Word, I am proud. Why? It’s because I think can do just fine on my own. However, the Word calls me cursed.  Ouch! What a strong warning!

Psalm 31:23 tells us that God abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Proverbs 13:13 tells us whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself. This is all the more reason we need to stop neglecting His Word! He knows how much we need Him. That is why He gives us these warnings in scripture.

We find some more strong words in Psalm 50. Speaking of those who flippantly toss the Words of the Lord behind them, He asks, “What right do you have to recite my Words, or speak my covenant?” When I read this, I thought of those who profess to be Christians, but neglect His Word….until they are in trouble. He goes on to describe them as people who hate His discipline, speaking ungodly words, and speaking against others, committing sin, and keeping bad company. Because God sometimes remains silent, people who act like this begin to think that God approves and is just like us. However, He gives strong warning that this just isn’t the case! He rebukes those who forget Him, lest He tears them apart and there be no one to deliver them. In the final verse, He reminds us that those who offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies Him, and as a result, He will show His salvation to those who walk uprightly.

If you think I’m taking it too far, let’s take a look at Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (NKJV)

Luke 12:34 tells us that where our treasure is, our heart will be also. What are you treasuring? Could it be said of you that you are a man or woman of the Word? Or do you treat God like a genie god?

We’ve looked at some very strong words for those who treat the Lord like a genie god. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits we reap when we are faithful to read His Word.

Psalm 31:23 tells us the Lord preserves the faithful. Proverbs 13:13 tells us when we revere the Word, we will be rewarded. Jesus tells us in Luke 11:28 we are blessed when we hear the Word and obey it.

Psalm 34 has several benefits listed:
The Lord delivers us.
He saves us out of our troubles.
We are blessed when we take refuge in Him.
We will lack no good thing.
His eyes are toward us, and His ears are open to us.
He is near to us when we are broken hearted.
Our faces will be radiant. – Have you ever met someone who glowed with the glory of the Lord? That is a beauty of which nothing can compare!

If you have been guilty of treating the Lord like a genie god, I urge you to repent. God is waiting on you. He desires to be gracious, compassionate, and forgiving toward you. Don’t let guilt hold you back from receiving the wonderful benefits which can be yours when you start diligently reading, studying, meditating, and praying!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

When the Lord Passes By

Revelation 1:9-11

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I saw something interesting in Revelation 1:9-11.

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book….

In a manner of speaking, John was in the tribulation because he saw it and wrote about it.  He says, “your brother,” which I think  is another reference which implies that Christians will go through the tribulation.  Otherwise, why would he be saying, “your brother and partner in the tribulation” if Christians weren’t going to be there?

Disclaimer:  I do not believe Christians will be here for the full 7 years.  Rather, I believe we will be raptured at the end of Revelation 6, when the tribulation ends, and the wrath of God begins.  (This means I believe in a pre-wrath rapture.) Please click the ‘End Times’ category on my sidebar for more information on this topic.

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