Be buried with the rich

Site members,
I got a chart the other day that says “100 Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus”, with the Old Testament prophecy, the New Testament fulfillment, and the scripture references. It will take me a while to get into it, but I think it will be worth it.
Until next time, may God hold you close and keep you safe.
Pastor John

the day of the Lord
Confrontation

What we find in this chapter is Isaac finding and getting settled in the land he will raise his family. The part of the story I would like to spend some time talking about today is the opposition Isaac found as he dug wells so he could establish his family.

Isaac found himself in an area where his father Abraham dug some wells. The thing is the people living there had stopped them up. Isaac went about opening them up again. Then as Isaac moved on and tried to dig new wells there were a couple times the surrounding people argued that the water was theirs. So Isaac named both those wells with names to remind others there was resistance to his claiming them. But it seems when he came to the third one his people dug there was no contention. He then felt free to settle there.

What is our reaction when we are confronted

When I am confronted with opposition from any source my reaction in the past has been quiet severe. I would feel like others are judging me and so I would put my guard up and protect my already damaged self image. Often times this would come out as anger and lead me to make some rash decisions. Those decisions hurt me and the kids.

What stood out to me about Isaac and the wells was how he just kept moving. He dug one well the people argued with him so he moved on to a different area. He did not dig in his heels and fight for that one well. Even with all the hard work he and his people did. Think of it, they did not have all the big heavy equipment to dig deep in the ground. Did they even have the shovels as we know them today?

Look at our lives, how much modern technology in America has made our lives so much easier. I realize we still have our challenges and struggles to establish ourselves and families. How do we react when someone becomes our opponent after we worked hard? We dig in our heals, this is mine! I did all this work! You are not going to take it from me!

God wants us to do what? in reaction to resistance?

From what I see in Isaac’s story with the wells God wants us to move on. When Isaac did not stay and fight for the first two wells God blessed him with the third well. We know God was faithful with His promise to Abraham through Isaac. Isaac’s family became successful.

Think about it, is the opposition you are facing today the battle God wants you in? Maybe God put that in your path to say not here child I have something better for you? Is it time to sit back, think, pray, spend some quiet time with the Lord. Let Him show you what is worth fighting for, where your energies are best spent. Maybe it is time for you to dig another well in a new area. God’s blessings for you just could be in an area you never even dreamed of.

Outside sources

10 Ways Christians Should Respond to Opposition

Obstacles and Opposition

6 Ways Jesus Faced Opposition

Three smiley faces

I had an answered prayer this morning – praise the Lord! Actually, it was several answered prayers, but one big one and that was answered at check out after the doctor’s appointment.

Everything went so smooth this morning. We got there 30 minutes early and were able to get right in. I did what I needed to do and they were instantly ready. I saw the doctor within 10 minutes. That is unheard of.

Then the big surprise. I had the debit card out, ready to pay. The lady behind the counter said, “no charge today.” I said “no charge?” She said, “that’s what I show on my screen.” I said, “okay”, she gave me the receipt and I walked out of there, saving about $200 – $250. What? Only God could have pulled that one out!

Thank you, Jesus!

I'll carry your books

Senior Moment! – “I’ll Carry Your Books!” (or “Book it, Pastor!”)

Yesterday I took my wife to the library, where she tutors in math. Being the efficient lady she is, and wanting to keep her Mama with plenty of good books to read, checked out some books for that purpose. She asked if I would take them on out to the car. That way she could go ahead and get ready for tutoring.

I had already planned to do that, so I took the books and went out to the car. So far so good. I opened the back door, then saw something I needed to take care of.  With one hand, I moved things where they belonged and went back into the library. No problem. Mission accomplished! (Do you see where this is going?)

I got about halfway back to where Karen was set up and I looked in my hand. I just shook my head and thought, “why did I bring those in here?” I still had the bag of books in my hand, and I didn’t even know it! (And they were heavy too.) Good people, I do this all the time! I know I’m not alone in this, and that gives this senior a good deal of comfort.

Blessings,
Pastor John

Trust and Obey words and music

There is always a struggle and always a praise. God is always at work!

God wants us to be totally dependent on Him, not so He can manipulate us, but so He can show Himself faithful. God is good and always up to something. He is always at work.

While God is good, this world is not, and we are not home yet. We need to be dependent on God, because, in the end, He is all we’ve got. What I am trying to learn to do is to realize what all God is doing all around us, and then to cry out to Him for all the issues that are still unresolved.Continue reading