God Sent an Evil Spirit …

Judges 9

God Sent an Evil Spirit ...Abimelech hired reckless adventurers to become his followers. Then he murdered his seventy brothers. Judges 9:4-5

God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the people. Judges 9:22

Abimelech destroyed the city and scattered salt over it. Judges 9:45

But a woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head and cracked his skull. Judges 9:53

Lord, help me today to behave in a careful and courteous manner. Keep me from associating with reckless individuals who do not know or do not care about obeying your words and will.

 

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. It is a life of faith, not of understanding and reason. Oswald Chambers.

The final steps of the life of faith is the attainment of character. Oswald Chambers

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Did God Really Say He Is Jesus?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say He and Jesus Christ Are the Same?Did God really say he is Jesus?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

What Jesus said was: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9 and “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

Then the Romans killed Jesus.

Who was God.

So is God dead?

Great question. Check back later to find out how and why the dead do not stay dead.

 

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The Lord Will Rule Over You …

Judges 8

The Lord Will Rule Over You ...“The Lord will rule over you,” Gideon said. Judges 8:23

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They did not remember the Lord their God who had rescued them. Judges 8:33-34

Lord, have I forgotten ? Have I not heard? You are the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. You do not faint or grow weary; your understanding is unsearchable. You give power to the faint, and to those who has no strength you increase our power. You alone are worthy of praise. Isaiah 40:28-29

Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Oswald Chambers

Did God Really Say I Could Not Eat Shrimp?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say I Could Not Eat Shrimp?Did God really say I could not eat shrimp?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

What God said was: “Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales you are to regard as unclean. And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat. Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.” Leviticus 11:9-12

Shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters, clams, scallop  etc … these creatures are “bottom-dwellers” and the sea’s garbage collectors. God established dietary laws for the Israelites in part to separate his people and make them holy. Separate yourself to him. Invite his Holy Spirit to dwell within you. Become a fisher of men.

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Did God Really Say I Should Put My Porta Potty Off-Site ?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say I Should Put My Porta Potty Off-Site ?Did God really say I should put my porta potty off-site?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

What God said was: “Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself.” Deuteronomy 23:12

So boys, take it to the woods. Don’t simply step around the corner and go. Let’s keep our streets, sidewalks, and school grounds safe and clean. God thanks you and the rest of us thank you.

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The Spirit of the Lord Came Upon …

Judges 6

The Spirit of the Lord Came Upon ...“If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his alter.” Judges 6:31

Lord, I ask that today you break down any altars which I may have erected in my heart to other gods. You know who and what I worship when I turn from you.

The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon. Judges 6:34 Gideon built an alter to the Lord and called it, “The LORD is Peace.” Judges 6:24

Gideon was afraid of the men. Judges 6:27

Lord, I too am afraid of men – of what others may think of me and do to me if I stand for you. Please give me your Spirit of courage, conviction, and peace. 

 

Salvation which comes from God means being placed in perfect union with Him. Oswald Chambers

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Did God Really Say I Cannot Get a Tattoo ?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say I Cannot Get a Tattoo ?Did God really say I cannot get a tattoo?

Yes … yes he did.

Sort of.

What God said was: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28

Some argue that the word used in this verse cannot possibly mean the same as our current understanding of tattoo since that word did not enter into the English language until the late 1700s. Regardless of the subtleties of the translated word found in Leviticus, the principle remains the same: God created men and women in his image. And in his eyes you look fine, regardless of your shape, size, skin color, freckles, pimples, or scars. If you wish to make a mark, change what’s inside your heart. Do that and you will attract others – regardless of your outward appearance.