Partiality … being favored

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 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. – Deuteronomy 10:17-19

When it comes to coffee, I’m partial. There is a certain dark roast flavor that I love. My taste buds are spoiled … industrial coffee just doesn’t do it for me. I forgo free coffee from a hotel and visit the local coffee shop for a “real brew.”

It’s good to know that God is not partial when it comes to us. There are so many different people in various situations that he loves. It doesn’t matter who, what or where …. he still loves. That is the kind of love that we are to show others. It’s easy to judge, and how quickly we forget our own struggles that we were loved through. Whenever you are unsure how to respond, go with the love response … the love of Christ won’t steer you wrong.

Pray: Thank you, Lord, for the way you have cared for me through my life no matter where I was or what was going on in my life … you still showed love to me. I pray that I will show that same type of love today. Amen

Faith Tip: Perhaps someone comes to mind or across your path today that needs love shown to them that is not judgmental. Respond with Christ’s love.

Complaining again?

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The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” – Exodus 16:1-3

“There’s nothing to eat.” How many times have we heard or thought that as we look for something to prepare for dinner? It’s not that the cupboards and refrigerator are bare, but just what we want to eat isn’t there, or perhaps the preparation feels like too much after a busy day. We complain about what we don’t have instead of seeing and appreciating what we do have.

I remember feeling like this a day before going grocery shopping. I felt like there was nothing to make for dinner, but when I really looked at what I had, I found rice, beans, frozen meat to be thawed and carrots and celery. It was plenty of items for a great meal using wonderful spices. It was a feast. I just needed to focus on what I had rather than didn’t have.

Our spiritual life can be like that, too. We journey through life thinking we don’t have enough and we need more to be happy and successful. That is not the message of God. He knows exactly what we need and provides it. If we concentrate on what we have in our life, we may be surprised of all the ways we are blessed.

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, when I don’t acknowledge the blessings you have given me. I pray that I recognize them and keep focused on them so that I don’t fall into the complaining pit. Amen

Faith Tip: Make a list of the ways you are blessed and thank God for them.

What’s that burning over there?

Moses before the Burning Bush

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 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush,“Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” – Exodus 3:4

For me, one of the good things that came out of having cancer was an awareness of the need of others who suffer. Being a part of the cancer community became a call to work in supporting others who are or have dealt with it. The cancer was my burning bush.

God sends many burning bushes to us throughout our life when he wants to get our attention to invite us to join him in his work. So many times, we are distracted by what’s going on around us that we sadly miss the large flaming shrub that should be so obvious to us.

Consider the burning bushes in your life that called you to action. How were you blessed? What did you learn about God and yourself? The important part of seeing a burning bush is our response. Like Moses, will we say “Here I am”?

Prayer: Lord, you are doing so many things at the same time that I can’t fully understand how you do that. I am so thankful for the burning bushes you place in my life knowing that you want me to join you in some work. I pray I may say, “Here I am, Lord.”

Faith Tip: Today, keep an eye open for a burning bush. God may be calling you for something special.

 

Where are you sitting?

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“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:14-15

Watching the old Star Trek shows and movies, the ones with Captain Kirk, had one continual prop that stayed through all the Star Trek transitions—the captain’s chair. The person in command of the ship sat in that chair. Everyone had the understanding that obedience was given to the person in charge.

Most of us believe that we serve God only, but do we? We may be surprised by the amount of time we find ourselves sitting on the throne of our lives rather than God. If we think about our day yesterday, we can consider how much of it was in obedience and service to God. What about today?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I pray that I allow you to reign in my life always. Amen

Faith Tip: Think about what and why you do things today.

Where’s your focus?

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The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”

Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled. (Numbers 11:4-6, 10)

When I was dealing with the treatment of my cancer, life was different for me in that there were things I couldn’t do at that time, I was tired all the time, my taste buds were shot, not to mention surgeries, chemo treatments, and more. At the same time, there was a loving husband that cared for me dearly, friends and family expressing love in many ways, the presence of the Lord was felt by me during this time which is always inspirational, I was still able to do my work for I was given very understanding clients, and many other blessings. Focus is everything. I could have chosen to focus on the negatives (which I did sometimes) or the positives. Focusing on the positives doesn’t mean to not deal with the negatives, but more of having a thankful heart. God’s blesses us in so many ways and we lose sight of that because we take things for granted and our human nature wants more. The “more” can become our focus and our heart can harden.

Notice God’s reaction to the Israelites wanting more. They forgot how he saved them, provided for them, and was with them. They focused on the more. God became “exceedingly angry.” It must have been like a slap in the face to him. Let’s be aware of where are focus is daily.

Prayer: Lord, you have given me so much and I thank you. I pray that contentment and thankfulness will keep me focused on you and your will for me each day. I praise you for your greatest provision in Jesus. Amen

Faith Tip: Be aware of your focus today.

No more excuses

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“And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:9-12).

When God calls us to do something that seems out of our range of possibilities to us, we drag out what I call the “Moses excuses” and start listing to God the reasons we can’t do what he has asked us. We think, “Who am I?” We are actually asking, “Who are you?”

God makes it clear to Moses and to us that he is Lord over all. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is our creator and knows us inside and out. God knows our limits, but that doesn’t stop him from calling us. You know why? He knows what he is capable of doing through us. So if we truly believe God to be who he claims to be, it is only a question of obedience. God promises that he will go with us. He will supply everything we need to complete the call. In exchange, we will see his glory at work. What a joyous time that will be.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the times that you call me to do for you the things I cannot possibly do on my own. I love to see you at work. I pray that others will be drawn to you through your glorifying work and miraculous ways. Amen

Faith Tip: Rip up the list of excuses of why you can’t be used of God today. Fall freely into his waiting arms and let him lift you up to the call he has for you.

Rejection Plan

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“I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you” (Genesis 45:4-5).

Rejection is a pain that stays for awhile in our soul. I remember experiencing rejection in a job, a boyfriend, someone I thought was my friend, people who disagree with me on topics, and so on. The world gives us plenty of rejection to share. No one is immune.

Jesus never rejects us unless we reject him. He will keep on trying to our last breath to be in relationship with us—that’s how much he loves us. His plan for us is so good that he will use the rejection of the world that we experience to bring us where we need to be in him. I can see today why I had to go through the rejections of my past to be where I am today. I am now thankful for those rejections. They have made me who I am today with the molding of the Great Potter.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your promise that you will never reject me. That gives me great confidence. I pray that I continue to see your hand molding my life to glorify you. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you distressed about a rejection? Mourning that is perfectly natural and you need to do that. However, look to the possibilities of what God may be doing. He hasn’t left you. His plan for you is still perfect.