Justice, Mercy, and Humility

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NIV

Micah was considered one of the Old Testament minor prophets. Here he is reminding the nation of Israel what God expects of them. How to walk with God and before people.

“To be a “good Christian” requires more than personal devotions and a warm feeling inside. God wants us to show the outside world what He is doing inside of us—and that takes humble, merciful, just action.” Charles Stanley

Obedience = Blessings

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:1-2 NLT

Abram (who later became Abraham) was asked to leave everything that he was familiar with to go to a place that God didn’t give him all the details about. He would have to leave his country, relatives, and family. The only thing God did tell him was that if he obeyed, he would be blessed.

So many of us want God’s blessings but have a hard time obeying what He asks. We want specifics and details to move forward. The truth is, God will seldom give details but always associate blessings with obedience. When we respond to what He asks of us, He will in turn bless us in the process even if all the specifics are not given up front.

God, help all of us today respond with obedience so that we may be in Your will and blessed because of it.

Becoming Famous

3 They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” 4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” Genesis 11:4-4 NLT
 
In this well-known historical narrative known as “The Tower of Babel” the people rebel against God’s commands. God’s original intention was for mankind to have a relationship with Him, populate the earth and enjoy the world He gave us. Instead of doing this they decide to disobey by not having a relationship with Him, remaining localized, and desiring to become famous by constructing tower. God reacted by giving them all a different language to speak so that they could not communicate and continue in their rebellion. This is where the Bible explains why we have various languages today in our world.
 
What happened then, still happens today. Many people are disconnected from God looking for recognition through social media likes or through their own talents and abilities to become known or famous. This is a never-ending search for what only God can provide. God alone can give us meaning, fulfillment, and truly use our talents and abilities to become known for doing good in this world and not for selfish motives. Thankfully He turned this rebellion into all the beautiful languages that we have today in our world.
 
God, help us to draw closer to you today, find meaning in you, and become known for doing good in this world as you originally intended. Turn our rebellion into a beautiful new language that speaks of your never-ending love.

God doesn’t forget

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede. Genesis 8:1 NLT

Up until now we see have seen God’s judgment through the flood narrative, but from this point on we see a shift to that of redemption. God remembered Noah, his family, and all the animals. To “remember” in the Bible wasn’t God simply not forgetting about his people, but it was an expression of concern for them, it was an act of love. When God remembers his children, he does so “with favor.” We see this demonstrated by the wind he sent to help the waters recede.

God is a just God, so we will see seasons of judgement in order world especially when we are out of his will and doing what we want. The good news is that He has not forgotten about you. He remembers you and will show you favor because you are his child.

Ask God to send the wind of his favor in your life where you most need it and know that you are special and highly favored.

What to eat before a workout

We all know that eating healthy and regular exercise are the primary elements of healthy living, but how about the coordination of the two? In this video I’m going to talk about 1. What to eat before a workout. 2. How much to eat. 3. How soon should before a workout

Being accepted

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Genesis 4:7 NLT

Abel was angry that his offering to God was rejected because he gave it with a poor attitude and perhaps out of obligation. God told him this would not be the case if he did what was right (giving out of gratitude). His refusal to do things the way God asked left him vulnerable to sin’s desire to control him.

Being truly grateful for all that God has given means that we should willingly spend time with Him (reading the Bible and in prayer). We should willingly give (the first 10% of our income to the church). We should willingly be an active participant (in the local church). None of these things should be done out of obligation but instead with a good attitude and a grateful heart for that God has done and given us.  A bad attitude and obligatory serving leads to rebellion and rebellion leaves us vulnerable to sins control.

God, thank you for the reminder today to check my attitude at the door and to come to you with a grateful heart in all that I do.