Jesus also revealed Himself through Hagar, one of Sarah’s maids. Abram and Sarai (who god later named Abraham and Sarah) were waiting for God to fulfill His promise of a child. They decided to try to do it their way in their timing instead of God’s so Abraham had a child through one of his servants.Why do we always think we have a better way than God? God’s ways are ALWAYS better than our ways. It never works out when we try to do things on our own. . This case was no different. And Hagar was caught in the middle of it. But Jesus came to Hagar and gave her comfort. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and the Bondwoman”
In our discussions about Jesus, the instances referred to Him as “The Angel of the Lord.” There are also instance that He appears and is described differently. In some cases, we are not sure it is actually Jesus, or God the Father, or The Holy Spirit, but there are some clues and there is a good indication that it is Jesus. Regardless, we know it is God and it does point to our Savior, The Messiah, Jesus Christ. In each case, there is a lesson for us. One lesson that is common throughout scripture, is to trust in the Lord. Continue reading “Wrestling with God”
As I look outside my window this morning, I see the wonders of God. Snow covered hills, trees, flowers, a river, mountains and clouds and a big blue sky. The river is teaming with life. We often see swans and geese and ducks, and the occasional otter. Quite often a bald eagle will swoop past us or perch in the trees. Deer frequent the paths in our yard. Squirrels play in the trees.
God created it all. In harmony. And then there are the heavenly bodies. A full moon on a clear night reflecting off the water of the river.
A rainbow after a rain. The sun and the stars. And then there is the fascinating and unusual phenomena that occurs. Eclipses, blood moons. Aurora. Thunder and Lightning. Sunrises and sunsets. And the still, soft wind. God is in it all. He created it . The universe and everything in it. He created you and me. And he loves His creation.
In our last discussion we talked about how Paul encouraged others in his prayer for them. He also never ceased to give God praise for all that He has done. This is something we all should remember in our prayers. As we talk to God, we should acknowledge how great a God He is, how good He is to us and all the things He has done for us. There are so many scriptures to choose from that have prayers of praise, particularly from the Psalms, but also many in both the Old and New Testaments. Many scriptures acknowledge God’s greatness and may not actually be part of a prayer, but I think by reading these and perhaps using some of them in our prayer will honor God. As the authors do, let us not only acknowledge Him in our prayers but share it with all those around us. Continue reading “Praise Prayers”
There are so many blessings of being a child of God. God promises us many things and He is always faithful to keep His promises. But along with these blessings, we also have responsibility and we also will go through struggles and even persecution just because the world hates God and hates His followers. See my blog post, Cost and Blessing of Following Jesus Continue reading “God’s Children Will Face Persecution”