Want a Challenge?

It has come to my attention (I love how God does this) that I need to get back into memorizing scripture.

For many years, I was very committed to memorizing God’s word and etching it onto my heart.  I loved it because I suddenly started to hear God talking to me much more often and a lot more clearly.

He stills does this today. When I need to hear his voice and I don’t have a Bible close at hand, he reminds me of a scripture that I have memorized. He talks to me like this all of the time.

And it’s obviously time for me to get more of His word written on my heart.

Would you like to join me?

Several years ago I decided I wanted to memorize James 1 but I didn’t get very far.  I love this portion of scripture because it starts with “Consider it pure joy” .  God talks to us in this passage about how to be more wise and how to deal with trials.  He also tells us that every good and perfect gift is from him, the Father of the Heavenly Lights.

My life could use some more of his heavenly light – how about yours?  Would you like to hear God speak to you more often?  More clearly?  Writing his words on your heart is a tried and true method of improving your communications with God.

Let’s start small.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.

One verse a week.

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There’s no time like the present – here we go!

James is actually a letter so it begins with greetings and salutations.  We’ll start with the good stuff – verse  2.

James 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters), whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.James 1-2

Note: As I memorize these, I add words such as “and sisters” above.  God told me it’s ok :). He is also speaking to women and adding these words helps make it more personal for me.  Your choice.

Say this verse 3 or 4 times a day and you’ll have it written on your heart by next week.

Then we’ll add the next one.

God’s direction on how to become more wise is coming up!

Robbing God

“Test me in this.”  There is only one place in the Bible where God says this.Oct 5 Robbing God 2014

He’s talking about his directions to us to give him back a small piece of everything he has given us.

When we are faithful in tithing, God throws open the floodgates of heaven and pours out his blessings upon us.

God challenges us to test him because he always responds.

He challenges us to give back a portion because our trust in him needs to grow to the point where being faithful is more important to us than the money.  God needs to be a higher priority in our hearts than what this money could buy.

This is important for our happiness.  We won’t have the peace, contentment and joy that God wants for us until we can gladly give back a portion.

I have to admit – it took God and my husband awhile to convince me of this.  I always felt that we didn’t have enough money to tithe.  Other people who had a lot more money could tithe – but not us.  When the topic came up, I always hoped that someday we would make enough money so we could tithe.

Foolish thinking!

I have realized a very crucial truth in this area – if it’s all about having enough money, there will never be enough.

God tells us in Luke – if we’re not faithful with a little, there is no way we’ll be faithful with a lot.

God wants us to find peace and contentment with what he has already given us.  When we are faithful, he pours out the blessings that money can’t buy.

When we follow God’s directions for our lives, we are putting ourselves under the umbrella of his blessing.  If we don’t follow his directions to us in the area of money, we are holding our wallets out from under the umbrella of his blessing.  The result is that God will not bless our finances.  We will have constant money issues until we bring our wallet back under the umbrella by getting in line with God’s direction for this area of our lives.  His direction is to sacrificially tithe and to give offerings above our tithe.

Because we love God.  He’s more important than the money.

And we trust him.  God’s got this.  We can even test him.

Thank you, dear Father.

Think About It…..

Consider it…..

Give it careful thought.

This is the direction given by God to the Israelites about their priorities.  They had been very busy building nice houses for themselves and they had put off rebuilding God’s temple.Sept 26 2014 Think about it

The temple continued to lay in ruins while the Israelites went about their normal lives.

They were planting a lot but only harvesting a little.

They were eating, but they were never full.

They drank, but it was never enough.

They put on clothes, but they were never warm.

They were earning money, but it immediately disappeared into a purse full of holes.

God was telling them that he was withholding his blessings from them because their priorities weren’t right.

What about us?

Is it time to re-evaluate our priorities to make sure they are matching up to God’s?

Are we experiencing all of the blessings God has for us?

* Contentment because what God has already given us is enough?

* Fulfillment because we know we are busy completing God’s purpose for our lives?

* Peace because we have given God control over our lives and we’re trusting him?

* Joy because we are experiencing the love God has for us every day?

* Strength for each day and every situation because our lives are built on our Solid Rock?

God has these blessings along with a storehouse more, just waiting for us.

We thank you for your abundant blessings, dear Father!