Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Threshing

I am teaching Gideon with our ladies on Wednesday nights right now and we are finishing up week 2. I cannot wait to see what unfolds with this Bible Study for me. If you haven't done this study then I urge you too.

Last week our conversation revolved around the word "threshing". Threshing actually means to separate. Gideon was threshing (separating) the grain of the wheat from the stalk. Separating the good from the bad in essence. 

Not only was this Gideon's livelihood so his family could eat but in order to keep the Midianites from steeling the harvest he had to sneak around to do it. All the while God had a plan for Gideon to do way more than threshing wheat. God's plan was for Gideon to (thresh-separate) one nation from another, one kingdom from another, God's people from God's enemies but some threshing-separating had to begin with him! 

Gideon's father had built alters to false gods though he also had an alter built to the one true God. Reminds me of the scripture that says we cannot serve God and man!
Gideon is told that his first threshing-separating would be this:
Judges 6:25-26
25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”

God is basically saying, "Gideon, you must clean up around your house first before you can clean up the rest of the things that I have in store for you"!

See Gideon's father, which led right on into generational sin was worshipping other God's and even had shrines in his yard of things he worshipped.  

Basically the Lord was leading Gideon to do some hard work FIRST that would begin with his own family.  

You see I believe that God cannot use us effectively in public if we do not submit to Him in private! 

Threshing? What do we need to separate from?

To show you how the Lord works I was browsing around on Facebook and my eyes went straight to a friend's caption on her post that day! I could not believe what I simply said......
There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!

Her post accompanied pictures. Her husband was actually having to do some clearing on their land in order to make room for a house to be built for her mom. However, the words rang loud and clear................ There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!

 Sometimes we must simply DESTRUCT....
For some it may be friendships that are not good for you to have. It may be habits. It could be lifestyle changes totally! It could be your very way of thinking! It is like I shared with the ladies last week in class. It would be real hard for us to tell someone else how to discipline their children if we can't control our own. A friend told me once about a man that God had called to preach. She said the problem is that God will never use him in an effective way as long as his wife has the mindset, attitude, bitterness, lack of forgiveness and etc. that she has. And no...the man shouldn't get rid of his wife by no means but some cleaning up at their house does need to take place. (Cleaning of the heart.)  Our list could go on and on with the things in our life that needs destruction. Only you know what needs destruction in your life. 

What is it in your life that needs to be torn down so God can raise up?

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-What are you doing with your blessings from God?

A long time ago I was challenged in a Bible Study class to list daily how I bless others and to see if there was changes I needed to make in my life. Of course my first thoughts reflected on my caring for my husband, my children and etc. I was pretty sure I was being a blessing so couldn't really see where any changes needed to be made........(so that is what I told myself anyway)

However, the challenge was based on Genesis 12:2 where God told Abraham “I will bless you....and you will be a blessing. This was actually the first law of blessing. 

So what did that mean? Well, the Lord showed me that His reason for blessing me simply meant for me to bless others. We're not to hold our blessings all to ourselves but to use our blessings to be a blessing

I love how Rick Warren says it best. How do you bless others? By serving a need, whether it is physical, emotional, financial or practical. 

That covers a lot of territory doesn't it?  You know what I have come to know? The more I bless others the more I am truly blessed by our Lord. The more I give of myself sacrificially the more I receive from Christ. We cannot out give God! No matter what our giving may be. 

Can I ask you a question today? You don't need to answer me back but be honest with yourself. What changes do you need to make in your life to be a blessing to someone else?

For some it can simply mean...getting off those purse strings. Or maybe you need to cut back on your personal agenda and make time for others. One might need to downsize their way of living in order to help another up-size their way of living. For some this may mean to be more of a lending hand instead of a receiving hand. 

One thing I know for sure my friends...The Lord ALWAYS blesses me when I bless others for HIS KINGDOM. NOT for myself....but for HIM! Anything in my life that I have ever or will ever give up for the kingdom of God is already overflowing right now in Heaven and waiting on me! And I think the "kicker" here is simply...............WHAT WILL WE GIVE UP? 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Dependence

I know that some of you have read this before but thought it worth reading again today.

Dear Lord, I haven't done anything wrong today. I have not made any mistakes, spoken any wrong words, or had any bad thoughts. I have done everything right so far. But Lord, I haven't gotten out of bed yet so I am really depending on You.

Haven't we all felt that same way at times? Can I tell you something? That is exactly where Christ wants us to be....DEPENDENT on HIM! Not just for a medical need or a financial need but for everything in our life. 

It seems that we have a tendency to NOT see our need for Christ when things are going well for us. But the minute we find ourselves in a crisis of some kind then we reach out to Him and we reach out in desperation.

"At times my failure to see my need for Christ every day upon every hour has caused me hardship and heartache". 

If you feel that you are in a place in your life right now that you KNOW that you cannot take another step without the Lord's help then also know that He has you right where He wants you right now. WHY? So you can depend on HIM! 

 During the times of my life that I've had a desperate need for Christ I have spent my sweetest most intimate moments with Him. SOUNDS crazy I know. But it is during those times that I have truly DRAWN NEAR TO HIM!

Why does it seem to be that way for us? 

The sweetest thing is that He is always there for us! He wants to accomplish great things through us and through our situation and He only does that through a life of faith on our part. He wants our individual attention because we cannot do things on our own! No matter what it is!

Don't think for a minute that God has forsaken you during your greatest time of need. Matter of fact He is leading you every step of the way! 

Isaiah 30:21 says: Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it". 

May we learn daily to depend on God...we need Him every hour, every minute and every second of the day.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy