Posts Tagged ‘Scripture’

Spending Time with God

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

spending-time-with-GodSo many mothers have told me that spending time with God is something they don’t have time for. They drift throughout the day, doing whatever comes up. They feel frustrated with their lives because they get nothing done. They feel foggy, and they blame their lack of relationship on the fog. The problem is that they haven’t made spending time with God a priority, or they would do it. There’s something about connecting with God that makes the whole rest of your day better. Stop beating yourself up, and just do it. The Word of God never returns void. Just reading the pure Word of God is wonderful. You don’t need any fancy stuff. The book of Psalms is a great place to find comfort during sorrow, and Proverbs is a great place to find wisdom. If you prefer reading a story, there are so many in Genesis. Or the stories of David in 1st Samuel, or of Elijah in 1st and 2nd Kings.

Silence, I mean opening up your spirit to God, is more important than the amount of Scripture you read, if you expect to actually live it. For example, let’s say you read a verse in Proverbs about anger. It convicted you. Now look up. Stop what you’re doing. Chew on the verse. Ask God to make that verse a reality to you. Even in the midst of kid noise, you can silence your own heart and open yourself up to God.

If you want to delve deeper into a particular topic, you can look up every verse on that topic in a Bible concordance. Then read the verses and surprise yourself. Right now I absolutely love reading about prayer and challenging myself to have a deeper prayer life. But in the past I’ve looked up verses on pride, anger, rest, and many other topics.

One day I was spending time with God, reading His Word, and my daughter came into the room. I have to say that it’s usually better to be totally alone with God so that you can give God your undivided attention and hear Him. But on this particular day, I let my daughter watch me as I studied and wrote down what God was teaching me from His Word. She smiled at me, left, and came back with a Bible and a sheet of paper. She opened up her Bible to Ruth and started copying down Ruth. You see, my 6-year-old girl wanted to be like Mommy. What I was doing looked delightful to her because she saw how delighted I was in what I was learning. It was a sweet moment I will never forget.

Another time my son Nathaniel was sick with a snotty nose. So I stayed home from church with him while everyone else left. I opened the Bible study that I was doing, and he did it with me. We had such a deep spiritual conversation, and every Scripture seemed to apply to a specific sin issue in his life. It was as if God had orchestrated for us to be home that day, and for me to land directly on the verses that my son needed. I saw visible spiritual growth in my son’s understanding. I tell you, it’s moments like these that make a grown woman cry for joy. But if you’re not studying your Bible, these moments will not happen.

I was just talking to my sister the other day over the phone, and I was telling her how desperately important it was to know the Word of God. If you don’t spend time in Scripture, God can’t bring the verses to your mind when you need them, to convict you of sin, or to know what to say to someone in need; to comfort you at just the right time, or to give wisdom for a major decision. You must study the Word of God. Choose to read pure Scripture. Proper Bible studies can be great, or they can be an anvil around your neck. Ask God before studying each topic. But please, at least pick up and read the pure Word of God. You will never regret having done so.

Anchor Thoughts to Scripture: Gain Victory

Monday, April 16th, 2012

anchor-thoughts-to-scriptureI’m not allowed to think whatever I want. My thoughts are where sin begins. So control over my lips begins with control over my thoughts.

All of life must be anchoring my thoughts to Scripture, but especially when I know my thoughts are sin:

  • a complaining spirit
  • selfishness
  • wanting others to do my will (manipulation)
  • negative thoughts about someone (always becomes slander)
  • thinking of ways people have wronged me (holding a grudge)
  • not resting (striving)
  • hopelessness and despair (usually demonic or hormonal)
  • feeling like I’ll never gain victory over specific sin
  • stressing out over circumstances beyond my control
  • wanting to take matters into my own hands (not trusting God)

In each circumstance, Scripture alone can expose and disarm sin. Become aware that my mind has a doorway, and not to dwell on anything that will feed my sin. Stop, throw out the thought, and quote a Scripture that directly addresses it.

Verses on Poverty

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

verses-on-povertyThe Bible has a lot to say about poverty. Here are some verses on poverty:

Exodus 22:25-27 If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a money lender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

Leviticus 19:9-10 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 25:35-38 If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Deuteronomy 24:17-22 You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge, but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this. When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

1 Samuel 2:7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them He has set the world.

Nehemiah 5:6-13 I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say. So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies? Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest. Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.” Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say.” And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised. I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised.

Psalm 12:5 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

Psalm 112:5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.

Proverbs 14:21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 22:16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 28:8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 28:27 Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

Isaiah 3:14 The LORD will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: “It is you who have devoured the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses.”

Isaiah 58:5-7 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.

Ezekiel 18:7-9 If a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord GOD.

Amos 5:11 Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

Luke 6:34-35, 38 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil… Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Galatians 2:10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

James 2:1-7 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

Revelation 3:17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

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