Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
So far I am to Genesis 38. I should have been finished with Genesis before this morning. So, my goal is to get caught up by the end of today. That means I should be done with Exodus 15. If anything this is an exercise in making this a priority. I have been too busy doing other things and not reading as I should. I actually haven't been doing anything that I "should" the last couple of days. I have been shopping and assembling. I am so excited to have a desk now, a place that is just *mine*. Our bedroom is HUGE and I have it over against the wall and out into the room, since it is L shaped. The kids and Chris both said they would have put it in the corner, but I don't want my back to the room. Also, I like how it sections off a little piece of the room and makes it a home office. When Chris came home last night he said he loves it, and it looks like something from a "model home". Made me feel good. Looking at the picture I know it looks plain, but since then I have added decor to it and placed cork boards on the back. I will post an updated picture later today I hope. :D
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
God's Word Is A Seed
Most people expect God's Word to work like a stick of dynamite -- but God's Word is like a seed. We know because of what Jesus said.
LUKE 8:11 NKJ
11 "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
The Holy Spirit, through Peter, also said God's Word is a seed.
1 PETER 1:23 NKJ
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
God's Word is alive. Just like a seed -- the Bible is full of unseen life.
JOHN 6:63 NKJ
63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Jesus said His words are alive. They contain life. The words in your Bible may look lifeless and powerless. Seeds do, too. But they are not without life or power.
In Mark 4:30-31, Jesus explained that the kingdom of God works like a seed. So, if we are to understand God's kingdom and how He operates, we need to understand seeds.
* A seed is alive: it contains life.
Your physical senses are incapable of judging whether a seed is alive or not. You cannot see, feel, hear, smell, or taste the life in a seed. There is only one way to prove a seed is alive -- plant it.
* A seed does nothing until planted.
Seeds do not grow sitting in a sack on your shelf. They must be planted in the proper place.
If you desire the Word of God to produce in your life, you must decide to plant the Word in your heart and mind.
The best way to plant the seed of God's Word in your life is by speaking the Word. Hearing others speak the Word is good -- but will not produce as bountiful a harvest as speaking the Word yourself.
Speaking God's Word with your mouth is essential. As we speak God's Word we are planting the seed in our heart for the harvest of results we desire.
ROMANS 10:10 NKJ
10 For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.
Whatever you need to be saved or delivered from, confession (what you say) is essential.
* A seed is much smaller than the plant it produces.
The problem you face may seem huge. In comparison, a scripture may seem very small. But when planted, that Word will grow in you and overcome the problem.
* A seed always produces after its kind.
GALATIANS 6:7 NKJ
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Whatever you need, or desire, find scriptures relating to that. Then plant those scriptures inside you in abundance. Those seeds will grow up and produce a harvest of what you need or desire.
* A seed is powerful.
As a seed begins to grow, it will push up dirt, rocks, etc. Whatever the obstacles are, God's Word planted in your heart will push them out of the way.
* A seed begins its growth in secret (underground).
The only way to tell if a seed is growing is to dig it up, or wait for a plant to appear. If you dig up a seed, you may kill it.
* A seed takes time to produce.
No one expects a seed to produce a harvest the same day that seed is planted.
Sometimes the Word of God seems to spring up and bear fruit immediately. Yet, if we knew the details, we would understand that the fruit of the Word grew in that person's life over time.
* A seed is persistent.
A seed never gives up, but works day and night. Even when you are sleeping, the seed you have planted is working to grow and express itself in a fruitful harvest.
* A seed is not affected by other seeds.
Whatever happens to other seeds does not make any difference to a specific seed. Each seed sticks to its own task. One wheat seed planted in a corn field will still produce wheat. Seed does not become discouraged, or quit, even if other seeds die.
* A seed will stop growing without nourishment.
Planting a seed is not enough to assure a harvest. Seed must be protected and taken care of until harvest time. A seed which is dug up, or not watered, will not produce.
* More seeds planted produce a larger harvest.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6 NKJ
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Once again, I have to get back on a schedule. I am starting to read the Bible in 90 days, but I must also get some other priorities in line. Those being: housework, exercise, and staying on task. I can do this. So, I am coming here to share my goals for this week. I figure maybe if I share, my accountability would be greater. So, that is my confession. I have a problem doing what needs to be done. It is all so overwhelming. We leave Saturday to go to my Mom's, but with staying there two weeks I will need to stay on top of things to keep everyone's sanity.