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B90X2016D20 1Sam 3 “Speak God”

 

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The boy Samuel is now living at the temple with the High Priest Eli. The Bible says that the revelation of the Lord was hardly seen or heard.

However, the Lord choses to speak to Samuel.  Thrice, the Lord calls Samuel.  Samuel hears him, but thinks he is hearing Eli. The first two times Eli kind of blows him off.  The third time Eli picks up that it is the Lord speaking and tells Samuel to respond, “Speak, God. I’m your servant ready to listen.”

A fourth time, the Lord speaks and makes himself present with Samuel, standing before Samuel.  Imagine that, the message is so important that the Lord manifests himself and his presence is tangible in Samuel’s bedroom.

This statement caused me to ask myself a few questions.

Who in my life do I run to thinking it is them speaking when it is God?  Do I mistakingly have someone else’s voice masquerading as Father? Whose voice do I find myself more attuned to- another persons or Gods?

When Father speaks, do I know it is him? And, am I able to listen for his voice and recognize it as such? Could I handle Father standing at the end of my bed telling me something akin to what he says to Samuel?

And am I his servant? Would I call myself that? Is servant a title I often use of myself when talking to God? Is servant a title I use of myself when talking to anyone else?

Finally, am I ready to listen? Do I take time to listen to the Lord? Am I able to hear his voice clear enough that I can say, I can hear the voice of God when he speaks?

I am going to take some time reflecting on this statement and see if there is something the Lord wants me to learn from it.  I want to hear the Lords’ voice. That is a particularly specific presence of the Lord in my life.  I don’t ever want to miss his voice.  I don’t want to miss a significant turn in my life and end up a different direction than I am supposed to be.  I want Father’s presence in my life. How about you? Blessings.

B90X2016D9 Rough sledding- Leviticus

Difficult reading today for sure.  I can see why it is hard to get through this book. This in no way keeps me from giving up, oh on the contrary, I dive in deeper.  It is not time to quit. It is time to be disciples and forge ahead.  To challenge ourselves to daily living in the presence of the Lord.

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So what does reading about skin diseases, bodily emissions, sex with relatives, mildew, various punishments, priestly rules, feasts and festivals, tell me about the presence of the Lord?  Both the presence of the Lord for them then and the presence of the Lord for me now?

Initially, it speaks of the Lord’s desire for our best.  We are the creation, he is the creator.  Typically the creator knows best.  The creator has the plan, the schematic, the ingredients, and the wisdom to know how the creation ought to work best.  All we have is what is written for us in the scriptures about Father’s love for us and His desire for us to live the best lives possible.  There was an old TV show called, “Father Knows Best.”  Anyone remember it? When in doubt, fall back on that saying.  One place says, “His ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts above ours.” Now this doesn’t exempt us from further study.  For me it is an invitation to understand Him deeper and more intimately.

Secondly, we have a lifetime on this planet of seventy or so years, give or take a few here and there.  It is the Lord’s desire that we live it healthily, well, fully blessed, and prosperous.  I would say that if some or many of the things listed as ‘don’ts’ are done, ones life would be pretty jacked up.  Regardless of what you think of the law, it was designed and spoken for the best of folks’ lives, not their suffering or torture.  The Lord gave the Law so folks could live well.

And lastly, even though we are on this side of the cross, there are some things listed and present in Leviticus that when ongoingly adhered to bring a blessing and grace on one’s life.  That is an continual presence of the Lord in our life.  A daily recognition of His wisdom and design for the best life today even though we don’t have Levitical priests helping us with sacrifices and skin inspections.

Father does know best.

B90X2016D6 Quail and Complaining

Humans can’t really understand how God can do it.  When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.

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There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions.  Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him.  Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.

The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail.  Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening.  So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!

The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them.  This is not a formula I typically prescribe.  Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining.  Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives.  I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve.  I want to be more like Him.

“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel,  ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God.  Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)

‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84

2016B90X Day 5 Exodus Passover

I have heard of people who faint at the sight of blood.  Fifteen percent of us have our blood pressure drop when the red liquid is in sight.  Admittedly, when I see someone’s life source pouring out of their body, I want to make it stop so no other issues occur, like death.

The nauseous sensation when one sees blood is universal and timeless.  It made me think about the incident in Exodus 12 where the Lord is at the end of his rope in dealing with Pharaoh and the Egyptians.  The last plague involved death to every firstborn male in a household.  Whether it was Pharoah’s firstborn or the firstborn of a slave-girl, even the firstborn of animals born to ones home, there was going to be wailing and a lament unlike anything anyone had heard before.

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The solution to not having this happen was to slaughter a young lamb and to take its blood and apply it to your house.  Fortunately the blood from one lamb could be shared just a bit.  But the idea was that every household used their own possession because there is something about a sacrifice when it costs something.

But I digress, this idea of using fresh blood to protect a household from the angel of death is quite a precaution.  So for the hearers of the news on what to do, it must have been a head-scratcher.  The prophetic implications of this action was not known then, but is significantly clear to us today. Never-the-less, if one applied blood from a lamb to the main doorway into their house it saved their lives.

There is so much that can be said about this action.  Bottom line- it is the presence of Jesus, the spotless, young lamb of God, that saves you and me, even if it just the presence of His blood.  It is only when we apply the blood of Jesus to our lives, to the proverbial doorpost of our heart and mind, that we can be saved from a death that brings a wailing and lament like no other we can imagine.

Living in the presence of Jesus is both a now and a later blessing.  Salvation is not just for the future, it makes life so much better now.  It makes living on planet earth that much better.  I would rather live in the presence of the Lord than any other option.  How about you?

B90X Day One

Genesis 1:2 tells us the Spirit of God (ruah) hovered over the waters.  What did that look like?  Have you ever tried to recreate that in your mind?

The theme for B90X 2016 at CRBC is “The Presence of the Lord.”  As we read through the Bible this time around, ask Father to show you his presence in the story.  Where does he show up?  How does He interact with the folks the story is written about?

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How is His presence tangible, real, manifested, or obvious? How does the Lord present himself in a story?  How does that presence minister to folks? Is it a blessing? Sometimes it is not.

Right out of the gate, the Holy Spirit is present with us.  He hovered.  He was right there.  His presence is so thick, it covers and hovers.  The word for hover there has all sorts of meanings.  It can also mean brooding, gently moving, or even, fertilizing.  Fertilizing?  That is cool.  Fertilizer has to come in contact with something for it to have an effect.   And what an effect it can have.  Whatever the fertilizer touches is affected.  It can’t be the same.  The same with the Holy Spirit.   Whatever it touches is never the same.  I don’t want to be the same- touch me Holy Spirit.  Help me grow, help me be more like Jesus, help me to know you more intimately.

For a complete schedule of the readings go here.  We’d love for you to join us on the journey.