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God sent me!

Scripture reading for January 27th:  Genesis 45-46, Galatians 2, Psalm 108

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 45:5-8  “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.  For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.  And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors.  So it was not you who sent me here, but God.  He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”  

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

There are no ‘accidents’ or ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ in God’s view of life on earth.  God controls events, weather, individuals and nations to bring about His merciful purposes.  Even the evil intentions of Joseph’s brothers were turned to work out for their salvation years later.  This betrayed brother became third highest ruler in Egypt and in control of grain in a time of famine through the will of God.  Paul, like Joseph of old, also recognized God’s amazing plan for his own sinful life.  In Christ Jesus alone we experience salvation and eternal preservation!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to prepare the way for my preservation and eternal grace!  May I be as Paul the Apostle, identified with Christ Jesus in crucifixion and resurrection!  Lord, send me!

 

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Civil disobedience–Shiphrah and Puah

Scripture reading for January 19th: Exodus 1-2

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is established by God.  Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2

Is it ever right to disobey government authority?  Do they always speak for God  if they want you to do something that actually breaks God’s Law?  In today’s reading, civil disobedience is rewarded!

Shiphrah and Puah were mid-wives and helped deliver babies.  They would go to the homes of pregnant Israelite women and sit with them during labor and delivery, washing off the baby and attending to the mother and child.  Pharaoh gave orders to these god-fearing women to kill all the male babies.  It was a form of late-term abortion being practiced in Egypt of that time.

Satan comes only to kill, steal, and destroy but God is a life-giver and life-saver!  These Hebrew women knew God and feared Him more than they feared Pharaoh.  The chose a path of civil disobedience that is a good model for us today.  They simply ignored Pharaoh’s order and did what was right in God’s eyes.  When confronted, they spoke from their heart and continued to do what was right before God.  They knew that abortion was murder of God’s children.  God was kind to them and protected them (Exodus 1:19-20).  He rewarded them with families of their own.

One  area God has given us influence through is voting in our democracy.  Are you voting for those who will authorize abortion?   Are you giving approval to those who would perform abortions and kill off human beings made in God’s image?  Do you call the politicians that are trying to enact more laws to abort children?  Are you like Shiphrah and Puah, staying strong for God and protecting life whenever and wherever you can?

If you have had an abortion or voted for politicians that are pro-abortion, repent and ask God’s forgiveness.  He is merciful and will forgive your sin!  We for sure don’t want to be found to be an accomplice of “Pharaoh” (Satan).

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7)

The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

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Ashamed of Christ?

Scripture reading for February 26th: Mark 8:10-38, Psalms 42:1-11, Proverbs 10:17

“He (Jesus) then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again.  He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.” (Mark 8:31-32)  Peter was not at all happy with Jesus when He told the disciples of the coming events that would culminate with His death.  Peter began to scold Jesus and tell Him not to talk like that.  Jesus then rebuked Peter with a stern command, “Get behind me Satan!” he said.  “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Mark 8:33)

Jesus used this exchange to appeal to His disciples and the crowd that followed Him.  If anyone wanted to follow Him, they must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow as well!  Anyone wanting to save their life would lose it and anyone losing their life, would save it.  Jesus knew the tendency of our flesh to want to preserve life as we know it.  We all want to be in control and think that by our own efforts can have the best life.  But we can’t have the world and it’s adulterous ways and Christ too!  The way of the cross and death somehow leads to gain and life.

Jesus asked a question of the crowd and His disciples: “What good is is for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37)  Our true life is eternal life and to enjoy that we must have our soul redeemed.  We must lose our “life” here to gain “eternal life”.  Jesus gave His listeners the answer, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels.” In Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection, we have our only hope of redeeming our soul.  We must die to our flesh and boldly stake our claim on Jesus and His words!  He is coming again soon!

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