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July 15, 2018

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July 15, 2018

Read Exodus 19

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Scripture- Exodus 19:8, 25- And all the people responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.” So Moses brought the people’s answer back to the Lord...So Moses went down to the people and told them what the Lord had said.

 

Observations- In this chapter we see that preparing for a meeting with God is a very big deal. When in the presence of the Creator of the universe, the One who is holiness, precautions are to be taken seriously. The people boldly declare their intention to faithfully live out every command the Lord has for them.

 

Application- As I read the words that indicated their declaration of being all in with the living God, I cringed because I know the rest of the story continues with their whining and complaining, their disobedience, and choosing to go their own way so often. Of course, it's not merely "their story;" it's our story, it's my story, which reminds me of my ongoing need for a Savior and Lord. 

 

Prayer- Thank You, Jesus, for being the Savior and Lord I need in the face of my disobedience and hard headed hard heartedness. You are the Lord of everything and You have a right to tell me what's right and wrong, to set graceful limits for me to live into, but I so often do my own thing and choose my own way. Forgive me and help me make better choices going forward as I lean more and more into our life giving relationship. Amen.

 

"Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith." (Romans 4:13),

Pastor Jamie

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July 13, 2018

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July 13, 2018

 

Read: Exodus 17

 

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Scripture- Exodus 17:1At the Lord’s command, the whole community of Israel left the wilderness of Sin and moved from place to place. Eventually they camped at Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink...”Exodus 17:8 “While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them…

 

Observations- The wandering of Israel in the desert was a reminder of their ancestral identity as nomads. It clearly proved that Egypt was not the destination of the journey God called Abram to, it did not end up in bondage. Even though many generations had passed, God raised new leaders who took the staff and implemented His master plan of giving His Chosen People the land from which they would be a light to the nations.

 

Application-Both issues, the lack of water and the battle against the Amalekites, were direct threats to their subsistence. They stretched their spirituality and alignment around the task God had called them to. This text shows adaptive leadership at its best and proves that God teams up with humans to find creative solutions to the challenges that emerge along the way.

As we grow as Christian leaders, God moves us from the audience to the arena. Initially He will ask us to simply hit the rock and drink the water, but later on, He expects us to fight (Ephesians 6:10-18). Every sermon we hear, praise song we sing and daily devotion we read, should be a step down into God´s arena. How long have you been just hitting rocks?

 

Prayer- Dear God, help us put on your armor and extend your Kingdom with the Power of your Holy Spirit. Work signs and wonders in our lives, families and church. In the Name above all name, the mighty Name of Jesus we pray, AMEN!

Pastor Roberto

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