Thursday, July 15, 2021

Doubt your Doubts by Nina Keegan

No more doubting! 

Mark 8:12-21

New Living Translation

12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.” 13 So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake.

14 But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat. 15 As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.”

16 At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18 ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’[a] Don’t you remember anything at all? 19 When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”

“Twelve,” they said.

20 “And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”

“Seven,” they said.

21 “Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.

How many times have we all seen God do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think? How many times has he been so faithful and shown up in our times of distress and trouble? But yet, when a trial arises… Do we go back and re-count the goodness and the faithfulness of God? Do we pray and then trust him, or do we instead panic, worry, fear,

and go straight into anxiety mode?

I'm always astonished at different parts of the Bible where whether it's the disciples, or the Israelites, that were literally seeing miracles on the daily… And yet they would worry and fret over the very things they saw Jesus do and provide!

In the scripture above we see the disciples arguing over not having brought enough bread to eat… Yet they were in the very presence of Jesus who multiplied loaves and fed the masses in front of their eyes! 

I often thought about the Israelites… Because of their grumbling and complaining and doubting , they spent 40 years in the wilderness on  what should've been a less than two week trek.

The Israelites literally had bread fall from the sky each and every day 'and yet'.....

How many "and Yet" moments are we going to allow to wreak havoc in our lives before we figure out that nothing goes unnoticed by God… That he is still the same sovereign God that wants to bless us, heal us, redeem us, restore us, vindicate us, and protect us… and provide all we need for life and godliness. When we pray all of heaven springs into action… The Bible says that God inclines his ear to hear us and if we know he hears us then we shall have what we ask… When we pray according to God's will, there is nothing that can stop what God wants to do in our lives!

We are doubting and we are living subpar in our faith… Faith is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen and God longs to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think!

Is anything too hard for God? God owns it all ,has it all, created it all and He will always provide… 

It's time to change our mindset and come from a place that it's already ours… every thing we will ever need has already been bought and paid for by the powerful blood of Jesus and nailed to the cross in anticipation of every need we would ever have... God did not hold back his one and only son from us… Why then would he hold back anything else?… That would make those things more important to God than his only Son!

God wants us blessed… It's time for us to receive all that he has for us, it's time for us to know, that we know, that we know, that he has us in the palms of his hands and he will never let us fall!

In the scripture above the final verse 21 says 

"Don't you understand yet?"he asked them..

It's time for us to believe it's time for us to never have to have God ask us this question… 

Do you understand yet..?

God bless you all!

Psalm 37:4 

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Malachi 3:10 

Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Psalm 1:1-6 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; ...

Matthew 6:33 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Philippians 4:19 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus

Ephesians 1:3 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

What will you choose? by Nina Keegan

This is such an important story and I love how the Bible is so relevant today...

The vision of the prophet Nahum 
The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh

Nahum 1:1-5
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
    the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
    and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
    the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind  and the storm,
    and clouds  are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up;
    he makes all the rivers run dry.
Bashan and Carmel wither
    and the blossoms of Lebanon fade.

The mountains quake before him
    and the hills melt away. 
The earth trembles at his presence,
    the world and all who live in it.

This passage is concerning the state of the world at the time ..The world had lost boundaries and rules for living an established by God life… But men and women regularly flaunt these regulations, hiding their interactions or overpowering others and declaring that "might makes right"!
God calls this sin, he calls it willful disobedience and rebellion against his control or empathy. At times it certainly does seem as though the violators succeed.. it's like no fouls are being called and individual dictators, and an evil agenda rule. The truth is, however, that ultimately justice will be served in our world… God ultimately will settle all accounts!

Nineveh was a city in Assyria which was the most powerful nation on earth at the time. They were very proud in their self-sufficiency and haughty in their military might. They plundered, they oppressed and slaughtered their victims. But it was only 100 years earlier that Jonah had preached in the great city of Nineveh and  the people received God's messages and turned from their evil ways… But then, generations later, evil was again reigning and the prophet Nahum pronounced judgment on this wicked nation…

In the Word, Nineveh is called a city of murder, a city of cruelty, and the Assyrians are judged for their pride, Idolatry, murders, lies, treachery and social injustices .He predicted that this proud and powerful nation would be utterly destroyed because of its sins and because of their turning away from God and the end   most assuredly came within 50 years.

In this declaration ..God is judging a sinful world. The message is clear, disobedience, rebellion and injustice will not prevail but will be punished severely by a righteous and holy God who rules over all the earth. I Love that as you read the book of Nahum you sense God's wrath as he avenges sin and brings about justice.
There is ultimately a turn around and they decide to live under God's guidance and within his rules, commands and secure guidelines for life.

God would ultimately judge the city of Nineveh for it's Idolatry, arrogance, and oppression although Assyria was the leading military power in the world, God completely destroys  this" invincible" nation
.. it's important to understand that God allows no person or power to scoff at or mock his authority!

Anyone who remains arrogant and resists God's authority will ultimately face his anger. No ruler or nation will ever get away with rejecting God. No individual will ever be able to hide from God's judgment…those who keep trusting God and seek his will first in all things will be kept safe forever.

Remember it is God alone that can truly rescue us from any fears and oppressions ..We must place our confidence and trust in him because he alone rules all of history, all of the earth,and all of the world .
 Ultimately it will be His will that will be done.

God will not allow sin to go unchecked forever. When people wonder why God doesn't punish evil immediately, we must all remember that if he did, none of us would be here. We can all be thankful that God gives people time to turn to him that he is merciful and a just God!

Nahum 1:1-7 , 13, and 15

7)The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He's close to those who trust him. But he will sweep away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He will pursue his foes into the darkness of night.

13)Now I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains of Assyrian oppression.

15)Look, a messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again .

No person on earth can safely defy God the Almighty Creator of the entire universe.. to the people who refuse to believe, God's punishment is like an angry fire. To those who love him, his mercy is a refuge, supplying all their needs without diminishing his supply… The relationship we have with God is up to us. What path will you choose?

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