Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Powerful scripture to think on

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

When I first saw this verse it jumped out at me immediately.  The wording is very visual and seemed to pierce the center of my being.  This often happens when God is trying to speak to me.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Inspirational Vision Boards

Since this is a New Year, I am working on my Vision Board.  Here is an inspirational video.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Lying to God

"The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful".  Proverbs 12:22

I began listening to this week's Bible portion which discussed the 10 plagues of Egypt.  As I read about the ordeal, I noticed a pattern with Pharaoh which would occur right after God released a plague:  

 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the LORD your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the LORD your God to take this deadly plague away from me. Exodus 10: 16-17

However, as soon as God would answer Pharaoh's request and remove the plague, the leader's heart would become hard again and he would not let the people go.  Now you may think, the Word states that "the Lord harden Pharaoh's heart and he would not let the children go".  However, we know that the original Hebraic meaning of that verse was partially lost in translation.  God allowed Pharaoh's heart to be hard because hardness was already in Pharaoh's heart.  Every time Pharaoh would go back on his word, God did not intervene or attempt to "soften" his heart.  God allowed Pharaoh's heart to remain hard.

The Word states that the "heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it" Jeremiah 17:9.   Pharaoh's heart was so deceitful that he continuously lied to God.  Out of fear he would make promises that he knew he would not keep.  As soon as God removed the plague, Pharaoh was back to his old stubborn ways.

How many of us have been like Pharaoh and have lied to God?  We may be in a jam and made promises to God hoping He would answer our prayer.  However, when God answers we forget about the promises we have made. This is very deceitful on our part and just like Pharaoh did not get away with it, we won't either.