Monday, June 26, 2017

Jacob Wrestles with God

Jacob Wrestles with God: The Charm of Home

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them.23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. 25 When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!”

Israel/men struggle with God. God disciplines them.
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” the man asked.
He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” the man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel,[a] because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”

When you struggle and come to God's will you find favor with God. He blesses you.

29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said.
“Why do you want to know my name?” the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 

By fear/respect of our Lord, the grace of Christ spares us.

31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. 32 (Even today the people of Israel don’t eat the tendon near the hip socket because of what happened that night when the man strained the tendon of Jacob’s hip.)
God chose Jacob/Israel and they didn't always chose him.
If you believe in God and fear/respect him instead of wrestling with him he will bless you.
God wants you to give your will over to him and not "wrestle" with him.
You will be his chosen people.
Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song.
    Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.
 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
 Praise his name with dancing,
    accompanied by tambourine and harp.
 For the Lord delights in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,
    and a sharp sword in their hands—
 to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
 to bind their kings with shackles
    and their leaders with iron chains,
 to execute the judgment written against them.
    This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 149

God's chosen will be a part of the end plan, just as written here in this Psalm.

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
https://www.gotquestions.org/judge-angels.html

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Home Sweet Home #328

The Bitterness of Naomi: The Charm of Home
Wither Thou Goest by Sandy Freckleton Gagon
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared The Bitterness of Naomi, a post so many people need to read. 
David's Mercy: The Charm of Home
David and Saul by Julius Kronberg
Then I shared David's Mercy. There is so many lessons in David's story this is just one of them.


There are so many wonderful posts each week, here are a few 
that I enjoyed.

Charleston Treasures by My Cozy Corner.

Edwardian Bicycle Costume by Sew Historically. 

Sherry

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

David's Mercy

David's Mercy: The Charm of Home
David and Saul by Julius Kronberg

God is angered when Saul, Israel's king, unlawfully offers a sacrifice (1 Samuel 13:8-14) and later defied a divine instruction to not only kill all of the Amalekites, but to destroy also their confiscated property.(1 Samuel 15:1-28) Consequently, he sends the prophet Samuel to anoint David, the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem, to be king instead. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
King Saul became jealous of David's reputation. God allowed an evil spirit to enter into Saul (1 Samuel 18:10) and this tested David as much as Saul. King Saul realized the Lord was with David (1 Samuel 18:12) and Saul eventually tried to hunt and kill David. David escaped into the wilderness (1 Samuel 23:14) and finally was handed Saul by God and the result is the story of how David responded. 

David Spares Saul’s Life

After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats.
At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!
“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.
But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 

Romans 13:1-2

 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Romans 13:5
After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.
Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? 10 This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.’ 11 Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me.
12 “May the Lord judge between us. Perhaps the Lord will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you. 13 As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you. 14 Who is the king of Israel trying to catch anyway? Should he spend his time chasing one who is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea? 15 May the Lord therefore judge which of us is right and punish the guilty one. He is my advocate, and he will rescue me from your power!”
16 When David had finished speaking, Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. 17 And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. 

Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

1 Peter 3:9

18 Yes, you have been amazingly kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. 19 Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? 

The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”

Psalm 110:1

May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today. 20 And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule. 21 Now swear to me by the Lord that when that happens you will not kill my family and destroy my line of descendants!”
22 So David promised this to Saul with an oath. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went back to their stronghold.
1 Samuel 24

David shows unbelieveable mercy to King Saul who had turned against him and became an enemy. David was a servant of the Lord and God blessed David for his faithfulness and anointed him King of Israel. 

David's Psalms are wonderful prayers to pray to God if you are under the attack from enemies or you need to grow in your faith.

David's Psalm for the cave experience:
I cry out to the Lord;
    I plead for the Lord’s mercy.
I pour out my complaints before him
    and tell him all my troubles.
When I am overwhelmed,
    you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go,
    my enemies have set traps for me.
I look for someone to come and help me,
    but no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
    no one cares a bit what happens to me.
Then I pray to you, O Lord.
    I say, “You are my place of refuge.
    You are all I really want in life.
Hear my cry,
    for I am very low.
Rescue me from my persecutors,
    for they are too strong for me.
Bring me out of prison
    so I can thank you.
The godly will crowd around me,
    for you are good to me.”
Psalm 142

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23
David had a relationship with God and human nonetheless, he exhibited and example for us all.

One of the major lessons for me when I revisit this story and re-read it is, that if we chose not to follow God, He allows the evil spirits to come in and test our faith. When we are found lacking and the more we chose an alternative path the less likely we are to ever have eternity with God. This is a HUGE takeaway and it as real as the floor you get out of bed and hit every morning. Are you ready to pray to God and rectify this... if you are not following Him?

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings

The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Bitterness of Naomi

The Bitterness of Naomi: The Charm of Home
Wither Thou Goest by Sandy Freckleton Gagon

“Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara,[a] for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer[b] and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?”
Ruth 1:20-21

Let us go back and reexamine the book of Ruth this week for a lesson that is needed in a lot of lives. Let's just start at the beginning of the book and look at the story from the perspective of Naomi.

In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.
Ruth 1:1-2

Why would a Jew pick up his family and move to a pagan country?
Elimelech decided to emigrate to a land where the food was more plentiful during a time of great famine. 

Do you think this was a good idea for a follower of God?

It wasn't and this is why.
God wants you to come to Him. It is really simple, but everywhere I look no one is doing it.
Elimelech took it upon himself to go to Moab. He turned from God to make this decision. 
God wants you to repent from your sins and pray for the removal of the famine.

Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
    for those who fear him will have all they need.

Psalm 34:9
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
    but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

Psalm 34:10
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
    He rescues them from all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17

God doesn't want you reading the latest book on how to pray, live, or talk to Him! Our God is a jealous God. He wants you to come to Him and only Him!
It isn't like the sin of jealousy, where you want something someone else has, it is His jealously that we give away a right that by the commandment of God belongs to Him alone, our worship.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Exodus 20:4-6

Elimelech stepped out of the will of God. So what happened to him? He died. Ironically Elimelech's name means "My God is King." There is the story hidden right there in his name.
Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.
Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. 
Ruth 1:3-6

Naomi believed that God blessed the people of Judah. In her heart she knew that God was good and that you should trust in Him.

So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland. With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.
19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. “Is it really Naomi?” the women asked.
20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara,[a] for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer[b] and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?”
Ruth 1:6-7, 19-21

Naomi experienced bitterness because she turned from God. (Even if it was because she obeyed Elimelech). When you turn from God or sin it separates you from God. The one place you don't want to ever be is separated from God because then the enemy can have his way with you and then you most assuredly will taste bitterness.

22 So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem in late spring, at the beginning of the barley harvest.
Ruth 1:22
When Naomi returned to God he restored all that she had lost.
13 So Boaz took Ruth into his home, and she became his wife. When he slept with her, the Lord enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. 14 Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. 15 May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!”
16 Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. 17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.
Ruth 4:13-17

When we turn back to God and repent of our sins and worship him (pray to Him, talk to Him, have a relationship with HIM) he restores all that we have lost and then some.

Lessons from Naomi:
God doesn't want us to turn to anyone else.
God loves us so much he wants to be the only one we turn to.
The Lord is king!
    Let the nations tremble!
He sits on his throne between the cherubim.
    Let the whole earth quake!
The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem,
    exalted above all the nations.
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
    Your name is holy!
Mighty King, lover of justice,
    you have established fairness.
You have acted with justice
    and righteousness throughout Israel.
Exalt the Lord our God!
    Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!
Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
    Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the Lord for help,
    and he answered them.
He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud,
    and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.
Lord our God, you answered them.
    You were a forgiving God to them,
    but you punished them when they went wrong.
Exalt the Lord our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem,
    for the Lord our God is holy!
Psalm 99

Resource:

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,
Sherry

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking