Friday, November 15, 2019

Going back home

Do you have fond memories of home? It may the nice meals that an parent baked for you. It could be the nice time growing up with an sibling.

Where is your home? I will be honest, this world is no one home. We may be able to rent an place or have an paper saying that we have some land. No one can keep their land or rented place.

Jacob was living life like me and you. We can easily get distracted from knowing truth in life. We can be addicted to having fun. We may think that money is the cornerstone of life. These things are great but if we miss God then we miss everything.

God told Jacob to go back to Bethel. Bethel means "house of God." Jacob was called to move back to Bethel. Genesis 35:1 says, "Then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau."

Jacob had issues in his life. Esau wanted to kill Jacob so Jacob ran. God comforted Jacob at Bethel. Jacob built an altar to God. An altar is an place where a person humbles themselves before God.
I need to kneel before the cross of Jesus. I have issues in life, it is called sin. I must be humble before the Lord.

Many times, people say that faith is an belief. It is true but their must be actions showing our trust.
Jacob believed God and he moved to Bethel. Genesis 35:2, "So Jacob said to his household and all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourself and change your clothes."

Our souls are not right. We have sin in our lives. We must hate our sins and turn to Jesus. Our spiritual clothes are dirty and smells bad. We need an wash from Jesus. When we repent and turn to Jesus then we will have clean clothes.

Genesis 35:3-5, "Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone." So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. Then they set out, and the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that so that no one pursed them."

When a person purse Jesus and faith, they will face spiritual attacks from the devil. That person should not fear the devil because God will guide this person.
I am a person of faith. I have been growing in my relationship with Jesus and had spiritual warfare occurred today. I trusted that God would help me and He did.

Jacob and myself needs to be humble before the Lord. May we get closer to Jesus and we hate our sins.

Genesis 35:6-7, "Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeting from his brother."

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

We need grace

I have been studying to grow my faith. I have been lead to look at many verses. I will share with what  God has been showing me. I take my faith very serious.

1) The first verse is Ephesians 2:8-9. It says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourself, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast."

I see that these verses talk about the cross of Jesus and resurrection with faith will save an person from hell. No amount of God works can save a person or keep an person saved.

2) Here is the second verse. Jesus talked about what works the true believers needs to have. I will now show you this verse.
John 6:28-29, "Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

It is clear in this verse, that our works to to believe. I am doing the work of God because I believe in Jesus.

3) I am right before the Lord not by doing and observing the Old Testament but the blood of Jesus.
Here is Galatians 2:16, "Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified."

4) Here is an verse about grace that lead up the cross and Jesus is the Word of God.
Galatians 2:21, "I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing."

5) I believe that faith is the key and faith in Jesus. Romans 3:28, "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law."

6) These Bible verses talked about the curse that may want to follow. Galatians 3:10-14, "All who rely  on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the law." Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because,"The righteous will live by faith." The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, "The man who does these things will live by them." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit."

Here is some more verses that I have been studying. Study them with me.
They are Matthew 23:1-4, Matthew 23:23-28, Hebrews 11:1-6, Romans 11:6, James 2:10, Hebrews 9-11, Romans 3:1-4:25,  and Colossians 20-23.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Wish life was perfect

Young persons, especially females, are never so safe and well off as under the care of pious parents. Their own ignorance, and the flattery and artifices of designing, wicked people, who are ever laying snares for them, expose them to great danger. They are their own enemies if they desire to go abroad, especially alone, among strangers to true religion. Those parents are very wrong who do not hinder their children from needlessly exposing themselves to danger. Indulged children, like Dinah, often become a grief and shame to their families. Her pretense was, to see the daughters of the land, to see how they dressed, and how they danced, and what was fashionable among them; she went to see, yet that was not all, she went to be seen too. She went to get acquaintance with the Canaanites, and to learn their ways. See what came of Dinah's gadding. The beginning of sin is as the letting forth of water. How great a matter does a little fire kindle! We should carefully avoid all occasions of sin and approaches to it.
The Shechemites submitted to the sacred rite, only to serve a turn, to please their prince, and to enrich themselves, and it was just with God to bring punishment upon them. As nothing secures us better than true religion, so nothing exposes us more than religion only pretended to. But Simeon and Levi were most unrighteous. Those who act wickedly, under the pretext of religion, are the worst enemies of the truth, and harden the hearts of many to destruction. The crimes of others form no excuse for us. Alas! how one sin leads on to another, and, like flames of fire, spread desolation in every direction! Foolish pleasures lead to seduction; seduction produces wrath; wrath thirsts for revenge; the thirst of revenge has recourse to treachery; treachery issues in murder; and murder is followed by other lawless actions. Were we to trace the history of unlawful commerce between the sexes, we should find it, more than any other sin, ending in blood.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Do we need an moment of silence?

We always have lived in an world of craziness. Social Media does not make mankind worst but show what is in every person's desires. Who is to blame?

Let's take an moment of silence. We hear that the president is the reason for the world's issues.
There are Podcasts that are self-righteous and the podcasters act holier than thy.
Does the podcasters have blame why the world is messed up?

We need to look at the beginning. God made everything perfect. There was perfection with the first two people that God created. Genesis 1:31 says, "God saw all that He had made and behold, it was very good."  Psalm 18:30 says, "As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him." We can't blame God for the messed that the world is in.

Can we blame the first two people for the worrisome world that we live in?
Yes, we can blame the issues of today to Adam.

Genesis 3:1-24

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.  Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."

Adam sinned so sin entered this world. We are all to blame. If you were Adam, you would have sinned in the Garden of Eden. Adam's sin caused the imperfect world, you would caused the imperfect world. Christ, who is God, came to this world and redeemed mankind. When Christ was on earth, He was one hundred percent man and one hundred percent God.

Romans 5:12-21

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.  The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

The issues of the world comes down to these words.

John 3:16-20

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Don't worry about the future?

I think that we all worry about the future too much. We are afraid to get out of our beds because of our fears. I will be honest, I think about what will go bad.

Jacob had fears about the future so he used his cleverness instead of trusting in God.
God was teaching Jacob trust. It seems after Jacob's encounter with Esau went well because
God was faithful. The fear of Esau hating Jacob didn't happened so Jacob learned to trust in God.

God teaches me to trust in Him. I had an list of fears that I write down. I gave the list to God and God was steadfast. My fears were in vain. Jacob was settling down with God. Jacob's faith was getting solid. He made an place of residence for himself and his livestock in Sukkoth. Sukkoth means shelters. God can be our shelter if we allow Him to be.

Genesis 33:17,
Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.

We need to take life one day at an time and rely on the Lord. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. This means that we need to pray and read the Bible. If we allow God to lead then we have the greatest life.

Jacob after he went to Sukkoth, he went to Shechem. God will provide for our needs. One of the biggest worries in life are based on money. People will make money their God.

Psalm 39:6,
Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.

God gave Jacob provision and Jacob honored God with God's money. All money doesn't belong to us but to God. I know that we have bills but God provided for us. Many people do not put God over their money and that is sad.

Genesis 33:18-20,
After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. For a hundred pieces of silver , he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. Then he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

El Elohe Israel means El is the God of Israel. God is God over Israel. If you are not Jewish,
God can be your God. Jesus came to this earth so Jewish people can be forgiven if they repent from their sins and accept Jesus as the Messiah. The people that are non-Jews can know and follow Jesus, if they repent from their sins and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

How to deal with difficult people?

We all have to deal with difficult people. There are some people that you can't relate to or talk to without getting in an fight with them. The bad news is that there will always be difficult people but you can overcome them with these steps.

1) Listen. Listening is the number one step in dealing with "unreasonable" people. Everyone wants to feel heard. No progress is can take place until the other person feels acknowledged. While listening focus on what the person is saying and not what your next words will be.

2) Stay calm. It is hard to stay calm when they are attacking you but remember to say calm.
Make to sure to breathe.

3) Don't judge. You do not know what the person is going through so they are must likely feeling
some type of fear.

4) Reflect respect and dignity towards the person. No matter what the person is saying or doing, never show contempt to that person. It is easy to say and hard to do.

5) Look for the hidden. What is this person trying to gain? What is this person trying to avoid?

6) Look for others around you who might be able to help you. If you are at work look for another co-worker or if it is an relationship talk to someone that is close to that person (remember kept what is said between you and that person).

7) Don't demand compliance. The person is angry and will have pride. The person may need to vent.

8) Saying "I understand" can make it worst so say "how can I understand you more."

9) Do not smile while you talk to them, they may think that you are mocking them. And also avoid humor and be serious.

10) Don't act defensively. It is natural to be defensive when someone is calling you out but do not defend yourself. The difficult person is not using logical and must likely feel bad for what they say in that moment.

11) Don't return anger with anger. It is natural to want your pound of flesh but don't.

12) Do not argue with the person. You will not win.

13) Keep extra room between you and that the difficult person. Use common sense when dealing with an angry person.

14) Saying "I am sorry" and "I will fix it will go a long way" to solve the issue.

15) Set limit and boundaries. I have different steps to calm down the difficult person but be also assertive if the person is crossing the line of decency.

16) Trust your instruct. There are times to keep talking and a time to leave the conversation.

17) One response does not fit all. You need to know who you are talking to.

18) Debrief. After you have dealt with the difficult person then talk to an friend that is not an gossip and will help you.

19) Discharge you stress. You need to something that will relax you. Dealing with an difficult situation is hard.

20) We us people lack wisdom and we lack common sense. When dealing with an difficult person, we need the help of the Lord to help us. Our sinful desire will make it worst but we must rely on the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:1-8
My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Trust! Trust!

We can have fears in life. The scariest moments is not scary movies but real life. When I am scared, the first action should be prayer. I like the history of the Bible. I can relate to Jacob.

Jacob tricked the birth-right from his brother. He feared Esau was coming back to pay back Jacob.
Esau was going to meet with Jacob. Jacob had his plan so that he would be safe. I know that he trusted in God but I believe that there were elements of relying on Jacob's wisdom.

Genesis 33:1-3 says, "Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants. He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

I believe that God was working in Esau's heart so Esau would have love towards Jacob.
God has an plan for you and me. We must keep going forward in faith that Jesus has an great plan for you.

Genesis 33:4, "But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him."

God wanted Jacob's faith to grow so Esau had an soft heart towards Jacob. Jacob so that the Lord was and is dependable.
Let's us fully trust in the Lord.

Genesis 33:5-9, "Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. 'Who are these with you?' he asked. Jacob answered, 'They are the children God has graciously given your servant.' Then the maidservant and their children approached and bowed down. Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. Esau asked, 'What do you mean by all these droves I met?'  'To find favor in your eyes, my lord,' he said. But Esau said, 'I already have plenty, my brothers. Keep what you have for yourself.'

God can heal any bad situations. Esau could have been thinking about killing Jacob but God changed
Esau's heart.

Genesis 33:10-16, "No, please!' said Jacob. 'If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.' And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it. Then Esau said, 'Let us be our way; I'll accompany you.' But Jacob said to him, 'My lord knows that the children are tender and that  must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. So let my lord go ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.'
Esau said, 'Then let me leave some of  my men with you.' 'But why do that?' Jacob asked. 'Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.'
So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir."