Exodus 20:17 Do Not Covet

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.

The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.

People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.

They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.

Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.

There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.

Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.

Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.

How content are you with what God has blessed you with?

I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.

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Exodus 15:2 Strength And Defense

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“The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.

Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.

As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.

Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.

There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.

You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.

Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for  you daily.

Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.

I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.

 

Exodus 14:11 Quickly Forgetting What Happened

 

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They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11

The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.

Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.

The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.

Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.

Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.

Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.

God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you. 

Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

Genesis 21:1 God Fulfills His Promises

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Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Genesis 21:1

Promises are something that people hear about all the time. Promises are made by many different people for many different reasons. Many of the promises are made by close friends, while others are made by others who are known, but not close.

While many promises are made, there are very few that are always kept. Excuses are made as to why a promise could not be kept, or blame is laid upon someone else for not fulfilling the promise. So many promises are broken, that many people do not trust very many people to fulfill a promise. It is often expected that a person will not fulfill the promise.

This feeling of distrust often extends over to God. Sarah and Abraham had always wanted to have a child of their own, but Sarah was unable to have one. At one point, when they were both very old, an angel came to them and told them that God has promised that they would have their own child. Sarah did not really believe God’s word, because of her age. At the time Sarah and Abraham had their child, they were both well beyond their child-bearing years. Yet, God fulfilled His promise to Sarah at the right time.

God has promised every believer many different things. Yet, many believers do not believe that God will fulfill His promise. Since men do not keep their promises, God is not expected to keep His.

If a believer will believe that God will do everything that He says He will do, he will live his life very differently. God has promised provision, life, direction, wisdom, love, peace, strength, salvation and much more. Just as God fulfilled His promise to Sarah and Abraham, He will fulfill His promises today.

Think of all of the promises God has made to you. These can be the ones directly written in the bible, or ones you heard God speak to you in your heart. Are you trusting that God will fulfill those promises? Are you acting upon those promises?

God’s timing for fulfilling His promises may not always seem to be the best time, but they are. God will fulfill His promise at the perfect time. God will never be late or early in doing what He has said He will do for you. Trust His word today.

I pray that you will know the promises God has made; that you will trust God’s promise to you; that you will live upon God’s promises; and that you will trust God’s timing to fulfill His promises. 

1 John 4:18 No Fear In Love

 

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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is a common feeling that people all over the world feel. People fear sickness, death, injury, spiders, crowds, and much more. What people fear is as numerous as the stars in the sky, but each the common factor in all of them is something bad for each person.

People have fear because they feel that something could hurt them in some way or another. Yet, people love to have some fear in their lives, look at the number of horror movies that are out there to put fear into a person’s life.

John states that fear has to do with punishment and no one likes to be punished. Punishment means that the person did something wrong. Punishment often will hurt a person and means pain of some sort. It could be physical, emotional, freedom or some other pain in the person’s life, but it hurts.

The reason that people have fear is that they do not have perfect love or know perfect Love. God is love and He is the perfection of love. God is not out to punish or harm a person for his sins. He wants to clear the person of his sins and make a way for him to be a part of His family.

If a person really knows God and how much He loves him, he will have no fear. He will know that God is for him, not against him. The person will know that God will not allow anything to harm him, that is not for his best interest to make him more like Jesus.

The believer can walk in complete confidence that God will take care of him, no matter what is in the path. There will be no fear, because of His great love and protection is always there.

If you have any fear in your life, turn your eyes towards God. Get to know who He is and how much He loves you. Then trust Him to take care of you and do not fear what is before you.

Every situation, (whether looking good or bad) is for your benefit to make you more like Jesus. Do not fear the situation, other people or this world. God loves you. Know perfect Love.

I pray today that you will know Jesus more and more; that you will know God’s perfect love; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will trust God with your life.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast Out Anxiety

 

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Anxiety is excessive worry or fear over something or group of things that go on in life. In the USA there are currently over 40 million people who suffer with anxiety in their lives. And these are just the ones that are documented. There are millions more who deal with anxiety at some level or more that never go to a doctor or counselor about it.

Although most will not admit it, many people like to worry, or at least they make it a major part of their lives. They stress over making enough money, or having the right stuff, doing a good enough job, looking just right, and much more. They fear getting sick, losing a job, war, theft, death, injuries and more. They worry about other people with all of the same worries and more.

People have extreme anxiety because they cannot control circumstances in their life or around them and they worry about it. The world does not know how to deal with that extreme anxiety, so they go to doctors and counselors and get prescription medications to help calm them down.

While many believers have anxiety, there is something that they can do outside of medication. They can cast those anxieties on the Lord. This casting is throwing as hard and fast as one can upon God. They can give all of those fears to God and let Him deal with them in His way and time.

God is the one who is in control of every situation in the life of a person. Instead of a believer trying to take control of things he cannot control, he must leave it up to God.

As a believer, you will have things that will stress you out and cause you to worry. Instead of having anxiety and worrying about things you cannot control, throw them onto God. Let God take care of you.

Jesus loved you enough to die for you. He highly values you. He will not allow anything to happen to you that is not for your best in the end. Trust Him in everything.

As you trust God and cast all your anxiety on Him and He will care for you. In the end you will have eternal life in a perfect heaven with God. Focus on that, rather on the troubles and anxieties of this life.

I pray today that you will know how much God cares for you; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will cast your fears and worries on God; and that you will allow God to remove all fear and worry in your life.