Category: Bible Intrusions

Bondage & Freedom


Good day to you my readers! I’ve been putting together a little study to go through for a women’s Bible study that I will be facilitating on August 10, this year. After devoting some time to prayer, I decided to go ahead and put here on my blog. May the Lord use this to enlighten you by bringing you into a deeper and vibrant relationship with Himself. May the Lord bless you as do this!

What is the definition of Bondage?

What is the definition of Freedom?

What does bondage and freedom look like in your own life as it right now?

Now let’s begin. 

Genesis 15:12-16 ESV

 

As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the LORD said to Abram,” Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring them judgement on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace, you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back in the fourth generation for the iniquity of the amorites is not yet complete.”

 

Joseph who was the great grandson of Abraham, whose mother was Rachel whom Jacob had loved. Joseph was 17 years-old and he shepherded the flock along with his brothers. One day he brought a bad report about the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. Jacob who was now called Israel and he loved Joseph. Israel made him a coat of many colors for which his brothers hated and were jealous of him for it. Joseph had two dreams and when the brothers heard them they hated him all the more. Let’s read what they were:

 

Genesis 37:6-10

He said to them, “ Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field and behold my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold your sheaves in the field gathered it and bowed down to my sheaf.”  His brothers said to him are you to indeed reign over us? Or are you indeed going to rule over us? So they hated him even more for his dreams and his words.

 

Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, :”Behold I have dreamed another dream. Behold the sun, the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he it was told to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him.” What is this dream you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come and bow down to the ground before you? And His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in his mind.

 

Fulfillment of these prophetic dreams happen years later after the Brothers have sold him into slavery in Egypt. Years pass as Joseph gets sent to prison unjustly and there he interprets the dreams of fellow prisoners but also of the Pharaoh which were also prophetic for each of the dreams were fulfilled.

 

The dreams I want to focus on are the ones, Joseph told his family and the one to Pharaoh.

 

Please READ the following:

Genesis 41-48.

John 8:31-38

 

Questions Section

I.Can you identify within these five chapters that we have read this month the following:

 

  1. The fulfilment of the dreams Joseph told his father and brothers in Genesis 37:6-12.List the evidence that you find and why you think it is the fulfillment of the two dreams given by Joseph to his family?

 

  1. Is there evidence of the fulfilment of the dreams of Pharaoh which were interpreted by Joseph if so please list it and why it is evidence for fulfilment of Pharaoh dreams?

 

  1. How does Genesis 46:1-4 relate Genesis 15:12-21 and Genesis 48?

II.   From reading John 8:31-38 consider the following:

 

  1. “ We are offspring of Abraham, and have never been enslaved to anyone.” How is it that you say, “You will become free?”  Is this a true statement made by the Jews in John 8:32?

III.   Does John 8:32 relate back to the chapters we read in Genesis? If so, list the chapters and verses below:

 

 

  1. How is the presence of God represented in chapter you have read in Genesis and John?
  2. How has the presence of God been made known to you?

IV.   How does the chapters we have read relate to you personally?

V.    In what ways have you or were you enslaved to destructive sins that have or will lead you away from the Lord? Take time right now and go before the Lord and ask Him if there is anything that you are currently enslaved to and ask Him specifically how He wants to free you from it?

  1. Has the Lord spoken to you about anything you are enslaved to? If so, write down what the Lord has shown to you and choose only one person to share that with and pray together with that one person about how to get set free from it.

 

  1. If you are willing to share how the LORD has used this study in your life please do so. I want feedback. If not it is completely okay.
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Driven To Your Knees


We all have situations in our lives that drive us to get in the presence of God. Whether it is our spouses, kids, parents, the world we all come into contact with difficult and heart-wrenching circumstances the question is who will be our source of comfort and healing in those times. We can choose to the Almighty God or we can cry, be angry and harbor bitterness in our hearts. I have been in both places and let me tell you that is a far better place to be on your knees in communication with the Lord than with nothing to console you at all.

I spent the first 9 years of my marriage learning to go to God for everything and I am still learning. I wanted God to take away the pain and grief in an instant but God did not do that in my case. As the memories of abuse would surface I can remember now that God was right there with me although at the time it did not feel that way. The tears would just keep coming and I did not know when it would end. I am on the other side of that now and I can say that though it was a difficult time for me I would not change it because I got to know THE LORD in a way I never dreamed existed here on this earth.

There is a song I like to sing here are the words below although I do not know who wrote it.

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary pure and holy ,Tried and true/ And with thanksgiving I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

There is something special that happens when we go to God and it is more than just getting to know God: IT IS A SPECIAL THOUGHT TO ME THAT GOD KNOWS ME. HE TOOK THE TIME TO MAKE ME, HE TAKES THE TIME. How many of us can say we take the time for HIM. To Get to KNOW HIM though I am not always physically on my knees I will tell you this that when I do I fall to my face before HIM.

Consider that Circumstance as way to know the LORD in a deeper way than you have ever Known HIM before! YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

The Inferno of Affliction and Suffering


Do you find yourself in great affliction? Do you find yourself in the great suffering? Do you feel like you are in an inferno and no way out? This post is for you!

Look up Daniel chapter 3 and read with me!

Here is a couple of links to take you there: http://www.blueletterbible.org/ or http://www.biblegateway.com/

Here is the scene: The King of Babylon Nebuchadnezzar had built a golden statue of himself and set it up in the plain of Dura of Babylon. He then summoned the presence of all the officials of the kingdom to come to the dedication of this statue. However the King wanted them to not only dedicate it but also to worship it. Once the music began to play everyone was to bow down and worship this graven and man made image of the King. If anyone is found not bowing down in worship to this image they would be condemned to death and placed in a fiery furnace. Does anyone feel like you are in the fiery furnace because you do not believe what today’s society commends and accepts? You are not alone. 

There were three men in this story that were in this predicament. They are most known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They refused to bow down to this statue. You want to know why they did not bow down. Let us look at the ten commandments for a second a Exodus 34:14 Do not worship any god, for the Lord whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. Exodus 34:17 Do not make any idols. 

This Golden statue of the king of Babylon was exactly what the Israelites were told not to make and worship.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were asked in the presence of the king to bow and worship before this image once more or they would be thrown into the fiery furnace “what god will be able to save them?” Needless to say they did not worship the statue and were sent inside the furnace.

The three men were bound up by the strongest men of the army and cast them into the furnace and because they spoke up and said that the LORD their God would save them the fire was heated seven times hotter than it was usually set.

As the three men were in the furnace the king looked in and there were not three men but four men walking around in the fire. Do you wonder who that fourth man was? I always liked this part of this story because it had a good ending. The three men were released and the king recognized that the LORD of the three men was indeed GOD.

Now you may be thinking how can this relate to me:

You may not be summoned to worship a golden statue but what about the ideas and choices that have people disagree with you about. The LORD and God of the Old Testament and The LORD and God of the New Testament which makes up the Bible are the ONE and THE Same. HE is still the same yesterday, today and forever.

Just as that fourth man who was THE LORD walked in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked around the fiery furnace HE walks with us today in each every situation we encounter!

The LORD is with all those HE calls to endure this life on earth even to death. In a split second you could be faced with a choice to deny your faith in JESUS or to proclaim HIS name to this dying world. It is your life to lead. Yes, but it is the LORD God Creator of Heaven and Earth who gave you this life on earth. How do you want to live it?

I choose to live it as:

Living accepted, Living Loved, Living redeemed, and always in need of the Savior! Praise Be unto His NAME forever and Ever Amen!

What do you want to be?


We have all heard the question, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?” since we were small children. I want you to consider for a moment this question instead, “What does The Lord want you to be when you grow-up? Perhaps you’ve already passed the childbearing years or are not in contact with children and maybe the question you could pose yourself would be something like this: What does The Lord want me to be in the season of life you are now in?

When I was a child and going to school I got asked about what I wanted to be when I grew up or who do you want to be like when you grow up? My answer was Queen Esther, this is the same Esther that we find in the Bible. There are a lot lessons to be learned about the book of Esther and for being a young girl going through difficult circumstances she was my hero! I do say was my hero as a young girl because my Savior, Jesus Christ has become my hero and will always be my hero. Have you ever had anyone in your life be your hero? Did this hero become larger than life in your own eyes? Unfortunately, this happens to a lot of people when they a make a person become a hero who is larger than life in their eyes and people began to treat them as they can do no wrong and that they are a “god” to them.

What is the Lord stirring in your heart these days?

Is it to get out of your comfort zone?

I tell you what the Lord is stirring in my heart! He continues to stir praise unto HIM as well as a desire to see my world changed. When I say my world to change I mean I want to see those that I come into contact with changed. I want to see the churches where I live locally to unify with the LORD as the ultimate authority over us. I want to see the Christian church in the United States to grow. I want to see and experience God’s presence in every, every single breath I take. I want to see the nations rise up and call the LORD blessed and thank HIM for everything that is good in this world. Are my dreams and aspirations to high for the LORD! I don’t think so!

He is the same God that Led the Israelites through the Red Sea. He is the same God that Created this world and He is the Same God who sent His One and only Son Jesus Christ to live a sinless life and die for the sin of all mankind. I use to think the memories of the past were there to just haunt me but the Lord God has told me that like scars from a surgery that do not disappear are there as a reminder of what THE LORD brought me through. I believe it is the same for each and every person in this world. You are still here and you survived and each memory is a beautiful reminder that we are sinners and that HE is God.

For My Readers:

If this has zinged your heart in any way know that it is the Lord speaking to you. This message is for all those the LORD is calling into a deeper place with HIM today. Right now, I sense The LORD saying there are those who are reading this blog who have never even considered God or whether He is real or not. Right now, He is speaking to you in a faint whisper and HE is saying your name over and over again to follow HIM and that it is HE, Jesus, that you have been looking for all your life for approval of others rather it is from a sibling, mother but mostly YOU have wanted to know Why you are alive and living in the earth today. The LORD says, He is there with you and if you accept HIM right now as YOUR LORD and Savior HE will set you free from the life you are currently living and will bring you into contact with those who Follow HIM. Listen to the faint whisper of HIS voice and HE will lead you out of bondage.

My Prayer for you, MY Readers,

Dear Father in Heaven,

Lord, confirm the above word into the lives of all those you intended it for. Set them free LORD and bring redemption into each and everyone of their hearts this day. In Jesus Name Amen!

Reflection: Sit A While With ME


A whisper of my name

In the stillness of the night

Jesus, the Lover of my soul

Beacons me to come

And sit awhile at His feet

My soul comes to rest

In His word

I hear the words on the page

As I read them as though He was reading to me

I am reading from the first two chapters In first John

Instead of reading “we” and “you” in the passage

I hear the words, “I” , “me” , and my full name

The passage as it is written: 1st John 1:8- 2:2 NIV

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves,

and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,

He is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us

from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned,

we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.

But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense-Jesus Christ the Righteous One.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and not only for ours but for the sins of the whole world.

My heart is broken at this point by the things

That the Lord has allowed me to see about my own life

The Lord has called me His child, I have been marked by His ownership of me.

Yet my heart is divided because of the draw of my flesh and the world.

My heart longs for satisfaction, appreciation and value

When I do receive those things from people my heart is glad for a while but it quickly disappears

I know where all these things can be fulfilled

And so my soul,

Confess this day that it is only God who is Enough

Everything that you try to latch onto in this world will fade

And only Faith, Hope and Love will remain

In Jesus Christ alone will I glory.

Psalm 16:1-2 ESV


Psalm 16:1-2

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good apart from you.”

The above two verses from Psalm 16 should be in my prayers daily and along with the rest of this Psalm.

1. What does it mean for God to preserve you?

I will tell you what it means for me  after I did some research using http://www.blueletterbible.com. I used the lexicon on the site which uses Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionary.

The Hebrew Word I found was: shamar in the King James Version it is translated preserve 21 times.

shamar means to keep, guard, observe and give heed.

These are the four things that We should daily ask God for in prayer:

To keep us.

To guard us.

The last two things to observe and give heed are required of us as we Seek and take refuge in God.

What this means to me:

1. God is the ONE who keeps and guards me.

How does HE do this?

1. He gives direction in the WORD for us to follow as well as through our daily relationship with Him.

2. Sometimes God protects us by telling us to go home a different route than we normally take. He protects us every day and if we would listen and obey HIM then we would realize HIS protection in our lives.

I need to be reminded often that I have nothing good apart from The LORD!

Hebrew Name for the LORD is Jehovah and Lord is Adonai meaning Master.

Questions to Ponder and consider:

1. Do we take refuge in JEHOVAH?

2. Is He our Master?

3. Do we submit to His Authority in our lives?

4. Do we believe that we have “no good thing apart from HIM?”

Time For Purging The Soul


Yesterday I began to go through things in my living space and purge the those items I don’t use, got tired of or don’t fit. A thought came to me as I sat down to check my e-mail and that was, “It is time to purge my soul.” What does that mean I asked The Lord. The following things came to mind.

1. What does the Lord no longer want in my life?

2. Am I taking the time to seek Him in regards to those things or sins that have become a snare to me?

3. Have I repented of the things that The Lord has shown me?

The Lord is the One we need to seek in order to get cleaned out in our souls. No One but The LORD can do that for us. Sure we can others come along side us to provide ministry, counseling and prayer but it is THE LORD that does the work.

oxforddictionaries.com defines purge as

To rid someone from of an unwanted feeling, memory or condition. and it is derived from the Latin word purgare (purify) from purus (pure).

So, let’s consider the questions that I have posed in this entry and then Seek The Lord for the answers to the questions! Reflect and nourish your soul in the word this day!