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Patience

“Be patient, then brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.” (James 5:7 NIV)

Easier said than to do- believe me it’s something I work at every single day. During my time of being homeless, I lost patience every day. I questioned God, cursed, and yelled. I was pissed that I was going through this situation. All I ever wanted was to live a good life and be happy. Again that’s what I wanted but God wants more.

IMG_1340Patience is suffering, we all must go through the flame to get to the other side. The blessed are those who “PERSEVERED”. We all saw Job and all that hew went through, but he persevered also with much and much patience and look what God brought about. Our God is full of compassion and mercy but we must be patient and pray.

Yes it’s hard to see others get all their heart desires but we are only seeing the outside. We don’t know what struggles they have gone through in life or how long the process of patience took them. Whether you are in trouble or happy stay in prayer and while in prayer be truthful and full of love in your heart. For what is for you no man can take, God again knows what he has for us. Slow and steady with patience will succeed every time.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

 

 

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Faith & Restraint

The book of James Chapters 2 & 3 focuses on these two words: Faith & Restraint which are defined.

Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence & strong belief in God or in the doctrine of a religion.  Restraint is defined as a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control or within limits. IMG_1337

Faith without works is Dead, because faith apart from works is useless (James 2:20, ESV). Abraham believed in God no matter what and was called a friend of God (James 2:23, ESV). No matter the circumstance and yes I know that’s hard don’t lose faith and remember you must have works.  Remember, for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead (James 2:26, ESV).

Taming the Tongue, can be the hardest thing for any human to do.  We all get frustrated and we scream in an outburst of frustration and believe what is happening is the worse, when in fact it’s a test of our restraint.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so (James 3:10, ESV).  I am guilty of this yes I speak well when things are going good but when just a moment of frustration steps in and out of the mouth blessing came cursing follows.  I need to do better because God has brought me so far.

Things in our life will not always go the way the want- God knows what is best and test will always be with us, we must learn to trust God no matter the situation without any doubt and know from the frustration will come a blessing.  God never fails.  So remember Keep the Faith, have Works, and Tame the Tongue.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Perseverance – Book of James

Yes it’s that word again which I’ve spoken about previously and now it’s the topic for the first chapter of the Book of James.  It’s a constant reminder to never give up always strive even when the road seem long – DON’T STOP.

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Which brings me to – Chapter one of James. This chapter speaks

of rejoicing when you have trials and tribulations and when your wisdom

is lack ask in faith without doubt. Tribulations make you stronger so keep pushing. Yes its hard cause you want to give up but during this slow pace you continue the race. The chapter interpretation on Perseverance reminds me of a story the tortoise and the hare.

The hare felt he was unbeatable at anything he bragged all the time. He also bragged that the tortoise couldn’t beat him because he was slow and was no threat to him. So the hare challenged the tortoise to a race and the tortoise accepted. Remember when you try to take someone down you could be the one going down.

The hare felt confident in himself so much he stops during the race and falls asleep. While the hare sleeps the tortoise continues onward ve

ry slowly but without stopping and he wins the race.

When someone boasts about winning or being better than others – worry. As the chapter states “..so also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.” (James 1:11b, ESV).

Well that’s what happens, moral to the lesson; you can be successful by doing things slowly than acting careless and cocky. Just stay in you lane and don’t try to rush things, perseverance will get you to the finish line.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Malachi – Minor Prophet

The book was written to correct the lax religious and social behavior of the Israelites. The people of Israel questioned God’s love for them. Malachi questioned the people of respecting God the way God deserves to be respected.

IMG_6038.jpgIsrael has failed each time but on every time God has always called his people back. God speaks again over judgment for the sin of his people and their inability to believe and love him.

We all struggle to follow God; the challenge is to never give up even when things don’t go our way because God has yet to begun.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation from reading the Bible.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Judges: Song of Deborah

Before I introduce Deborah & Jael, a little background on the book of Judges which occurred after the death of Joshua. The book tells the stories of the Judges, the inspired leaders who were sent to rescue Israel from its shortcomings. These leaders did amazing things, and two individuals in Judges stood out for me – Deborah and Jael.

img_4858Deborah was a prophetess sent to judge and rule for the people of Israel, she was the only female to have such an honor. Deborah was instructed to get Barak to summon 10k men and attack Jabin’s army. Barak was fearful to complete the task alone, so he asked Deborah if she would go with him, saying to her if she didn’t go with him he would not go.

So together they gathered the troops and attack Sisera and his army. Barak’s troop won. Following the battle God subdued Jabin, King of Canaan until they destroyed him before the Israelites. So after the victory the song of Deborah and Barak was written to rejoice in God’s victory over the Canaanites. The lyrics speak of the actions of both Deborah and Barak and included Jael.

img_4851Now Jael was the wife of a man named Heber, who was a Kenite. Jael is a heroic for the killing of Sisera, leader of King Jabin’s Canaanite army. Jabin was trying to conquer Israel (whose leadership was under Deborah), when Sisera and his army came against Israel.

During the battle Sisera left his decimated army to fight alone and fled on foot arriving at Heber’s property and sought refuge. That is when Jael welcomed him “Come, my lord come right in. Don’t be afraid.” Jael brought Sisera into her tent, placed a blanket on him, and gave him some milk. Jael was kind to him and after providing a meal to Sisera he wen to sleep and Jael took a tent peg and a mallet and placed on Sisera temple and hit the peg with the mallet, so hard through his temple that it went through the other side of his head, thus Sisera died. The honor of killing a captain of Jabin’s army went to a woman.

The victory song of Deborah and Barak, was written to rejoice in God’s victory over the Canaanites. The lyrics encourage the actions of Deborah and Barak, saying, “Wake up, wake up Deborah-Wake up, wake up, break out in song- Arise Barak-Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.” (Judges 5:12) Jael’s role is also heralded: “Most blessed of women be Jael-the wife of Heber the Kenite, – most blessed of tent-dwelling women.”

The book of Judges main message is God will not allow sin to go unpunished. What Israel needed to know they were God’s people- He was their King and they had forsaken the covenant established at Mount Sinai. God had to disciple his people for disobeying his laws and following other gods, so the judges were brought in.

Have you forgotten the works God has done in your life? I know I did during my time of being homeless. I was more mad of the situation God had me in than being thankful God he had me. But despite my way of acting; God gave me a judge and corrected my path and now I sang a song of praise through Bible Journaling.  I am still a WIP (Work in Progress) but I’m better than I use to be.

Disclaimer:  The blog is my own personal interpretation of the reading of Judges.  I am not a minister only a person who is learning the Bible and absorbing the word. 

Hosea- Minor Prophet

Hosea name mean salvation, basic background Hosea married Gomer a woman described as “a wife of harlotry”. She bored two sons and a daughter. Hosea prophet message to the people was close in the relation to his own personal life. There was a three step phase in his message as well as his marriage: Repentance, Redemption, and Restoration. These phases reflect that like us even individuals in the Bible live out a life abstract to ours in modern day.

Mainly in the book of Hosea individuals were turning away from the Lord and worshipping other Gods. Thou the Israelites were not living the way they should God told them he would restore their relationship with him. God loves his people no matter what things we do wrong he will not turn from us thou we turn from him.

img_4410So in today’s life, we go through the same situation with family and friends. When our own children no longer listen to us and begin listening to others. We pray for redemption and forgiveness for we know they will turn back to home and ask for our love. So remember thou we turn from God he is waiting on us to return and forgive our sins and restore our life.

Micah – Minor Prophets

Micah prophesied the fall of Israel to the Assyrian Empire. Israel was showing the effects of unfaithful leadership, ascending to the heights of its destiny. In the book, Micah prophecy of Jesus’s birth is one of the most insight into the New Testament but the book focuses on two predictions- Judgment on Israel & Judah and the Restoration of God’s people. God reflects to his people how much he cared for them.

“Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us”, Micah 3:11

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It is clear that if we desire eternal life, we are required to put God first in our lives. This life is an opportunity to put our personal relationship with God first. Micah’s plea for God’s people to repent puts us all into reflection of has any of us thought of cutting others down, our mind has a way of wondering but we must seek repentance even for our thoughts and walk in humble with our Lord and Savior..