Tag Archives: Bible Reading

Mere Mortals

22 Mar

In MoodyTalks #2 – James Moody shares his golden nugget inspired by the story of the prophet Elijah and the false prophets found in 1 Kings 18-19.

God has given you the capacity to do great things for him but he also hasn’t forgotten who you are. God understands what you need and what you’re capable of doing; after all he created you!

Don’t be afraid to enter in God’s presence and entrust every aspect of your life over to Him and witness the amazing things he can do in and through your life.

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Asa’s Principles

25 Jan

And Asa

I loved coming across Asa who is the great-grandson of King David, in 2 Chronicles 14. Asa had taken up the role of King after the death of his father Abijah, and before that, Rehoboam and Solomon. All these Kings struggled to live out their kingly duties in the ways of God. Solomon became comfortable and distracted by life’s luxuries. Rehoboam got greedy and tried to gain more power and more influence than what he had and brought division in Israel. Abijah was quite wicked and not fully devoted to God (1 King 15:3).

The first thing we hear about Asa in this passage is “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”. What a way to be introduced and remembered in the Bible! Especially after a history of Kings failing to live up to standard in their privileged responsibility.

I began to investigate further as to what Asa did that was good and right. Thus creating ‘Asa’s Principles’

  1. Asa removed, smashed and cut. (2 Chronicles 14:3)

Asa set out to destroy the things that were not of God. He removed foreign alters, smashed ‘sacred’ stones, and cut down Asherah poles (A goddess). This was an act to remove distractions or any obstacles in knowing the true God.

What do we need to remove, smash or cut in our lives? Is it a devotion to something else? An addiction that we indulge in? A limitation we have placed on ourselves? A stronghold in our life? Remove, smash and cut what is not of God.

2. Asa set the standard (2 Chronicles 14:4)

Asa commanded his community to seek God. After removing everything not of God, his next action was to make everything of God the foundation of the community. He also commanded them to obey the commandments and live in the ways of God. This was the standard Asa placed on himself and his community.

What are you laying down as the standard, the priority or the commandment in your life? Is it to seek God? Is it to follow His ways? or is it simply to attend Church on a Sunday Morning? When you set the standard of seeking God daily and living in His ways, your lives will be transformed greatly and richly blessed with His presence and love

3. Asa built up (2 Chronicles 14:6-7)

After Asa had rid of everything not of God, set the foundation of knowing God and seeking Him, Asa built the city up. He fortified the city, armed the men because he knew that the city and people were standing on the solid rock of God’s promises.

When we establish God as the foundation of our lives, we are able to build upwards and allow God to truly work in us and as a result, outwork through us. God begins to reveal promises, develop fruits in our lives and lead the way for us to follow.

These are Asa’s principles. I pray that you will be richly blessed in reading this and reflect upon your own life as to where you could apply any of these aspects. If you feel you are disqualified because of the things you have done, remember that these principles came into place because of the mistakes the previous Kings made; this didn’t disqualify Israel but rather enabled someone to come in and make the necessary changes after responding to God’s love and mercy. I pray that you will be a person that can be introduced as someone who “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”

 

Saul Lessons

24 Jun
King Saul pondering next action in distress while future king, David plays the harp for soothing.

King Saul pondering next action in distress while future king, David plays the harp for soothing.

*I really hope you got my amazingly bad pun in ‘Saul Lessons’, with Saul replacing Soul*

I finished reading 1 Samuel in depth and King Saul’s life is a very fascinating and ultimately an upsetting one, in regards to the ending.

King Saul was the first appointed King for a united Israel as it had previously been divided in tribes. A King was demanded by the people of Israel, even though the prophet Samuel warned them to wait for a King first. Due to the immense demand by the people, God anointed Saul to be King. He had all the attributes that everyone could aspire to, he was the people’s King. Saul was tall, handsome, strong, rich and powerful. As King Saul’s life was chronicled, we witness key defining aspects that attributed to the fall of King Saul.

FOUNDATION

King Saul was anointed by God to become a King. All one needs is an anointing to know that they are in the right place. That anointing was appointed by God. King Saul knew that. However, he failed to continue building his foundation in God.

“Saul tried to please God by spurts of religiosity but real spirituality takes a lifetime of consistent obedience. Heroic spiritual lives are built on top of the other. Like a brick, each obedient act is small in itself, but in time the acts will pile up, and a huge wall of strong character will be built – a great defense against temptation. We should strive for consistent obedience each day” (Life Application Study Bible).

Saul seemed to treat God as a go-to-genie when things are not going his way or he is in trouble. This caused Saul to neglect building a relationship with God and genuinely allow God to lead the way. Samuel is a perfect example of someone who had a foundation in God and allowed God to lead the way. When God called Samuel, he said “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9), whereas Saul replied to God (who was speaking through Samuel) “Why do you say such a thing to me” (9:21). There was a lack of foundational trust in God. Saul was more dedicated to himself.

1. What is our foundation?

INTERIOR vs EXTERIOR

Speaking of being dedicated to himself, It was mentioned that Saul was tall, strong, handsome, rich and powerful, but all this wasn’t enough. On the exterior, he looked the goods; but the interior showed otherwise. Saul was big physically, but small in God’s eyes. He was handsome, but his sin showed his ugliness. He was strong, but lack of faith made him weak. He was rich, but spiritually poor. He looked good on the outside, but inside he was decaying.

2. How is our interior being?

REACTING vs RESPONDING 

King Saul became jealous of David because David was winning the respect and admiration of his people, This spurred King Saul to react, attempting to pursue and kill David. Saul was ravaged by bitterness, jealousy and rage because he was charged by emotion, anxiety and distress. In all these moments, King Saul failed to truly reflect, repent and respond. Everything he did was a reaction to circumstances that sent King Saul further tumbling down. The most heartbreaking moment for me in the story of King Saul, was King Saul, in his last moments of despair, killed himself by dropping onto his own sword. In the same day, he lost all his sons, his armor-bearer and ultimately, his own life. That should never be the ending of a man who was anointed by God. “Saul faced death the same way he faced life. He took matters into his own hands without thinking of God or asking for His guidance. If our lives aren’t the way we would like them to be now, we can’t assume that change will come more easily later. When nearing death, we will respond to God the same way we have been responding all along” (Life Application Study Bible). When facing situations, we need to reflect and think about what is happening? how am I feeling? and we need to repent if we have wronged God. Repent means to make a 180 degree turn; in other words, turn to God and surrender it all to him. After all this, we can respond with the wisdom and peace of God, no matter what distress we are facing.

3. Are we reacting or responding?

As you read through the chronicles of King Saul’s life in depth, it brings many practical insights and lessons that we can learn, especially lessons for the soul. These three questions are ones that I want to highlight from this story and you to reflect on.

1. What is our foundation?

2. How is our interior being?

3. Are we reacting or responding?

Let’s allow God to spearhead our lives, especially when we receive the anointing to do what God has appointed us to do. With God, we can do all things, it is up to us how we respond and how we build the foundation and ourselves. Doing the right thing effectively positions us for God to do great things within us and through us!

Exodus – Yawnfest into revelation

30 Sep

I was doing my daily reading last night and I have been digging into Exodus. I got to the Tabernacle aspects of Exodus which I got bored of two years ago and halted my Bible reading because of that. Knowing this, I began to read with intent; yet, I still got bored once again. Why did I need to read slabs of instructions about something that I will never build or see. Heck, I don’t even read many instructions when it comes to buying video games and such.

I was in this mindset, and just complained to God (smart move!) – “Why must I read this, it’s just so boring!”

I wanted to find some sort of application from these Scriptures. All of a sudden, as I shifted my focus back onto Exodus, God brought illumination instantly! It was incredible really, because I knew it was a ‘live communication’ with God.

He basically answered the following question in spades

What can we learn from the events of the creation of Tabernacle and its contents?

1. God provides for all

It was incredible how in the passages of Exodus where God first, asked Moses to build a specific sort of the Tabernacle. He told Moses to ask the people of Israel to bring their offerings to God, When all the offerings were brought to God, it was everything Moses and his people needed to build the Tabernacle, clothes, alter etc. that God wants to build. They were not one item over or one item short! If God asks something of you. He’ll provide with what you need

2.  God will call people up

It was awesome to see how God called people up, with the skills he provided to them through the Spirit, to take part in the development of the Tabernacle. He called up carpenters, scribes, craftsmen, Priests and so on. God knows the people you need to help you build the Vision that God has given you and others.

3. God demands a Spirit of Excellence

Reading the instructions, there were many details, specifics and mostly, the intent for the end result to be perfect, to be excellent. We read the words – sacred, pure, unblemished etc. God demands the best for He is Holy. Let us do whatever God calls us to do, with a spirit of excellence. Doing so, we will glorify God in the most effective way

4. Thank God for His Grace

Lastly, this thought came at the end. As I read through slabs of instructions, all the contingencies, and the need for it to be perfect and pure. I just stood back and said, ‘THANK GOD FOR YOUR GRACE’. If it wasn’t for God’s grace, then we would be having to follow all these laws, instructions and such with a small margin of error, to be pure and righteous in front of God. Thankfully, we have a grace that purifies us, that allows us to have a beautiful and intimate relationship with God!

Now I am glad that God opened my eyes and was able to give me something that was relevant to apply into my life when I read Exodus – The Bible is truly a living and breathing Word of God.