April 19, 2019 – Who Remembers Lot

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Who Remembers Lot

 April 19
 Daily Reading – Judges 19-20 / Luke 14

GOD SAID:

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Let me see if I have this right. In Judges 19 a man takes a group of travelers into his house. The sinful sodomites of the day begin beating at the door wanting to “know him.” The owner of the house, according to the custom of the day, tries everything he can to divert them from his guest. Even to the point of foolishly offering his daughter. The sinful men refuse and want the male guest instead. The city and authorities have apparently accepted this sinfulness and even defends them in the Judges 20. God then allows the city to be destroyed with only a few people left alive. Haven’t I heard this somewhere before?

    I seem to remember back in Genesis 19, in a city called Sodom something like this happened. In fact in Genesis 19:5 we hear almost the same thing as it says; “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” Lot, trying to protect his guest at all cost, also offers these men the same thing, his daughters. The sinful men refuse and keep beating at the door, even after God smites them with blindness. The government at the time had evidently accepted this practice as “ok” at the time. God then rains brimstone and fire on the city and destroys it with only a few managing to escape alive. I just wonder, how many times does this picture need to be painted by God before someone begins to understand?


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  Sin will always be sin. No matter how society tries to dress it up and paint it as something else. God has painted a pretty clear picture. Under it He wrote this verse. Lev. 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”


Do we get the picture?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 18, 2019 – Who Is Leading And Lost

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Who Is Leading And Lost

 April 18
 Daily Reading – Judges 16-18 / Luke 13:18-35

GOD SAID:

Judges 18:3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     I’m a guy. Sounds simple enough, but it’s just a disclaimer. Guys do not always follow directions very well. I know a few times before GPS systems were installed in cars, I kind of, sort of, got a little bit off track. OK! Don’t tell anyone I said this, but I got lost. Even worse than that, I was not alone in the car. I not only got lost myself, but everyone in the car with me was lost, and didn’t even realize it. (Or at least they were kind enough not to say anything.)

      In today’s reading we find a Levite who was lost. How did he find himself lost? Well He was not where he was supposed to be. In Joshua 21 we’re told that the Levites were given cities to dwell in. Yet this Levite was not satisfied with what he had and decided to find something else. Levites were taken care of by God. However this young man becomes Micah’s personal hired priest. Micah was an idol worshiper. This is contrary to everything this Levite knew to be right. Still, the money was good, the living conditions were comfortable, and so he moved in and makes himself at home among a religion he knows is wrong. In Judges 18:3 he’s asked questions that should have made him think. What led you to this place? Why would you live in this? What do you have here? Truth was, God had not led him there, nor would God bless him there. He had no purpose in this place. He’s leading, and lost. Later we find he follows after fame with a larger group. Lost and confused.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

    Sadly today many young believers are like this young Levite. Comfortable in the wrong place. Following a crowd and missing God’s blessings. Satan is a grand deceiver, leading people away from what is right. God is calling, “COME HOME!”


Is where you are, where you should be?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 17, 2019 – Who Will Learn

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Who Will Learn

 April 17
 Daily Reading – Judges 12-15 / Luke 13:1-17

GOD SAID:

Judges 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Some of you need to stop thinking so loud. I can almost hear your thoughts as you read, Judges 13:1 and it says once again; ”And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD;” You’re asking yourself, will these Israelites ever learn? We’ve have read the same statement, about the same people, doing the same thing, over, and over again. They do evil in the sight of the Lord, and then cry out to God. God sends a judge to help get them get out of the mess they’ve found themselves in again, then the judge dies, and the children of Israel go right back to the same old nonsense that got them in trouble in the first place. Won’t they ever learn?

    Even as I write this and begin to think on this pattern of behavior, it becomes convicting to me in my life, as I’m sure if your honest, it does you as well. The children of Israel are not so much different than we are. We sin, we pray and cry out to God for forgiveness, God restores our fellowship, and in just a short time we find ourselves having to cry out to Him again. Sometimes for the same thing we had to ask for forgiveness for before, other times for something different. However, every time for doing something we know is offensive to God. It is so easy to read about the children of Israel and think, will they ever learn. I wonder if a real to life book was written about us, if someone a few hundred years from today would say, Will they ever learn?


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  How blessed are we that God’s mercy is everlasting. Psalm 103:17 says; “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”


Have you thanked God for His mercy lately?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 16, 2019 – Who Owns The Land

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Who Owns The Land

 April 16
 Daily Reading – Judges 10-11 / Luke 12:35-59

GOD SAID:

Judges 11:21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Let me begin today by asking a few simple questions. For example, if you go to a friend’s home and ask to stay a few days, and your friend says ok, does the bed you’re sleeping on suddenly become yours? What if you ask someone if you can borrow a tool to do a job around your house and they loan it to you. When you get the tool home, does it somehow become your tool? I’ve heard the statement, “possession is nine-tenths the law.” The problem is, the last tenth is the real law. The nine-tenths is a practical reality, as it may be hard to regain what you own if someone else has possession of it. However, in most places it’s really not a law. The owner is the owner.

    God had given to Israel the land of the Amorites when they first came into the land. Israel did not drive out all the inhabitants off the land, and those who were still there felt that it belonged to them. It just seemed logical. Most of them had lived there all their lives. They grew up there. They planted crops there. It has always been considered their land. Therein was their problem. It’s the same problem most people face today. We somehow think because we possess something it’s ours. When in reality, everything we possess belongs to God. Our homes, our cars, our jobs and our very life are all a gift from God. God is always the one who decides what we may keep and what we must release. It’s wise to hold on to God’s stuff loosely.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

  We’re all stewards of this planet, and the things on it. When we leave this earth, all those things will go to someone else to be a steward of. We should be good caretakers of these things remembering always, they all belong to God.


What might you be holding onto too tightly?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 15, 2019 – Who Will Lead

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Who Will Lead

 April 15
 Daily Reading – Judges 8-9 / Luke 12:1-34


GOD SAID:

Judges 8:22-23 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Whenever there was an activity in school where there were team competitions, you always had some kids jumping up and down, hands waiving in the air, yelling to the top of their lungs, “PICK ME, PICK ME!” Some children, who were not as enthusiastic, would stand in the back of the pack of jumping beans and just wait to see if they were going to be the last to be chosen… again. Then there were the captains. The shinning stars who, it seemed, were good at everything. The ones who were always elected to do the choosing. Why were they chosen to be the pickers and grinners? It was normally because they were good at the activity we were preparing to do. Now let me ask you a question. Does the ability to do something well automatically make you a good leader, or just a good player?

      In today’s passages, Gideon was asked to be the ruler of Israel. Possibly their King. Sure, God had chosen him to lead the battle against the Midianites. However, we need to remember, Gideon did not win that battle. Gideon simply followed God’s directions to the letter and God won the battle. Gideon even reminded them of that fact in Judges 8:3 when He said “God hath delivered into your hands…” Nonetheless, the children of Israel could not see God, but they could see Gideon. They wanted a flesh and blood leader that they could see. Gideon wisely said, NO, “the LORD shall rule over you.”


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     Respect for others is one thing. God’s word even says we are to respect those He has placed in authority over us. The trick for us however, is to never lose sight of who is really doing the leading. God must be leading our life.


Who is leading your life?
You, God, or someone else?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 13 & 14, 2019 – Picking a Few

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Picking a Few

 April 13 & 14
 April 13 – Daily Reading – Judges 6-7 / Luke 11:29-54
 April 14 – NO Daily Reading

GOD SAID:

Judges 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       What gets all the attention? The tiny little church in the middle of what may be considered obscurity, or the Mega Church with thousands of members and high-profile preacher? We all know the answer is the Mega church. I’m in no way slamming large churches, their pastors, nor the congregations. I do want to shine a light on the fact that God can, and does use less recognized groups of believers with their faithful God-fearing pastor as well. While larger congregations may have more resources devoted to ministries they take part in, it still comes down to this. Each soul is saved individually. A soul saved in a small town church that gets little or no attention globally, is just as important to God as someone saved at a well-attended crusade.

     In our scripture reading today, God has called Gideon to lead His over through of the Midianites. Gideon was not the bravest man, not a warrior, not a preacher. God found him hiding from the Midianites in Judges 6:11 threshing wheat. Yet God calls Gideon a “mighty man of valour” in vs 12. Not what Gideon was, but what God would use him to be. Gideon repeatedly tests God to be sure it was God. Then in chapter seven when Gideon is ready to follow God and has gathered an army of 32,000 men, God whittles that number down to 300 to defeat the Midianites, with no swords in Israels hands. God does not need a multitude to do His work. All He needs is a faithful few.


GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

      If you feel as if no one’s paying attention to all you do with a pure heart for the Lord, let me reassure you, God is watching. Matt. 6:4 says; “…thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” God is doing great things.


Are you one of God’s Faithful Few?

THE WEEK IN REVIEW:

    In all that we do, God never forgets. He remembers to bless our obedience, and to correct our disobedience. This week we saw this in:

● Putting Others First
● Promised Our Fathers
● Portrait Of Fear
● Playing With Fire
● Pacified By Freedom
● Picking A Few

    When God has to correct us, it’s to point us toward His blessings. It’s always a good thing that God Never Forgets.


SUNDAY’S:

        Today we suggest you read and study whatever the Lord has laid on your Pastors heart. Whatever scripture he uses for today’s messages were given to him by God for your specific needs

April 15, 2019Judges 8-9 Luke 12:1-34
April 16, 2019Judges 10-11 Luke 12:35-59
April 17, 2019Judges 12-15Luke 13:1-17
April 18, 2019Judges 16-18Luke 13:18-35
April 19, 2019Judges 19-20Luke 14
April 20, 2019Judges 21-Ruth 2Luke 15
April 21, 2019No Passages Assigned 

God never forgets…

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour
is not in vain in the Lord.

 

Living In His Word Ministries
“Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 12, 2019 – Pacified By Freedom

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Pacified By Freedom

 April 12
 Daily Reading – Judges 3-5 / Luke 11:1-28

GOD SAID:

Judges 3:30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.


GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     Binky, Nuggie, Woo-Woo, Silencer, are a few of the many names used for a pacifier. That wonderful invention that causes the baby to stop crying for a while when placed in their mouth. It will not work long if a baby is really hungry or needs their diaper changed. However, there are many times a baby does not know what it wants, it just wants something. The pacifier seems to fit that need. Many times giving the baby a pacifier will even allow them to be lulled into sleep.

    The Children of Israel, who really acted more like the babies of Israel, were pacified with rest. God had handed Israel’s freedom over to several opposing nations. He did this it says in Judges 3:4 to see if Israel would learn to listen and obey the commands He had given their nations years before. In Judges 3:9 it says the children of Israel cried out to the Lord because of this oppression. This happens several times throughout the book of Judges. Each time God raises up a Judge to deliver them from their situation. Whenever they regain their freedom it says something like; “and the land had rest,” and it tells the number of years. During this time of rest, Israel had the freedom to make a choice. Follow and obey God and be blessed, or repeat this ridiculous trial yet another time. Over, and over again we see the years of peace and quiet lull Israel into going back and repeating their evil ways against the Lord. How soon we forget, freedom is never free, and sin is always sin.



GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     As Christians, we’re free to live however we WANT TO. That freedom was purchased by Christ at Calvary. However, if we’re really saved, our “WANT TO” should have changed. The bible says we are New Creatures and old things have passed away.


Has freedom lulled you into old sins?

 

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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