I am a born again believer. I am not afraid to share my faith. "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven." Matthew 10:33
In 1 Samuel 25, David wants food but then gets angry when he is told no. Instead of letting it go, he and his men go to kill the people that they had been protecting. It was only the quickness of the wife that saved not only the family but David from sinning as well. He wanted food but then got so upset that he was about to do something without thinking.
Sometimes when I focus on my past, I end up angry. I am not even in that situation anymore but my anger comes back. That is what I think happened to David. He remembered past rejection and got even angrier in the situation then he truly needed to be. Rejection hurts and the memories can come back with the slightest of phrases.
I remember being in high school and the ‘in’ crowd not inviting me to events. Now that I look back, I Realize that God was protecting. It was a good thing to be set apart from them. I do not have to worry about some of the things that they have to worry about now because of it.
John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This verse gives a great message to me. I can get so busy focusing on me that I do not see what others need. I am working to get better on that issue but it is hard and takes time. I have to pray that I will focus on God’s love and not my selfishness. I can not love others if I am still holding on to grudges that I have with others. I have to let them go and pray about them. It can be hard but at the same time time freeing to know that I do not have to deal with that hurt anymore. It is in God’s hands now. I can not hold both a victim and victory sign at the same time. I must choose how I deal with others daily.
In Luke 22, it describes how Jesus was taken from the garden. He could have called down angels and stopped the problem but instead accepted Judas’s kiss. He healed the man that got his ear cut off by Peter. Peter then denied him three times and went and cried. Sometimes I feel like Peter. I try to do something right and then end up making more of a mess. I am so headstrong I do not pay attention to what is in front of me. But in John 21, Peter is accepted back and told to feed and take care of the lambs/sheep. He is given a new assignment. He wants us to be like Peter and slow down and focus on what is important. Sometimes I can be doing so much and not focusing on what others needs. We are to be like the shepherd and care for the sheep not being so busy we do not pay attention to the small details.
Sometimes I can go somewhere and I can tell in seconds that I should not have even bothered going there. In the past, I have went to friends house and been ignored or even went to an event with a friend and realized that they ditched me to be with a boyfriend. They just wanted their parents to think that they were with the “good” girl. I roll my eyes at it now but I can still feel the hurt that I had way back then.
Now it gets tougher because my colleagues remember the mistakes that I make and recall them. I can be having a great day and they can bring me down with just a comment. This is one of the reasons that I try hard to do what I can. I know that I am not perfect but I will try my hardest to what I can. I have started stating to myself, I can not change my circumstances but I can control how I respond to it.
He has given us so much if we accept it. I can not believe that he gives a peace that passes all understanding. I can be having a rough day and then pray about it. It is like the problems disappear and I can think again. It is a great feeling to now that I can always trust him.
I am not always a good girl/woman. I have made many mistakes in my life and it can some get frustrating when I read the bible and hear about Esther or Mary. They seemed to always do the right thing. I am not perfect and it can be hard to relate to them. But then I started finding women in the bible that seemed to do more wrong than right. I am gonna focus in on them this week. I hope that you can add some ideas as we go through them.
Let’s start at the beginning- Eve. She was able to walk with God and know him closer than most in the bible. THe only true rule she had was to not eat of a specific tree of the garden. But the devil is sneaky and made her rethink what she had been told. She rethought what GOd had told her and stated she could not even touch it. THen after it happened they blamed each other rather than telling the truth.
THere are a few things to take away from her life- If the devil is tempting you do not try to listen to him but just say no. It can be hard but it will be better in the long run. (James 4:7). Also, read the Bible and know what it says. Do not try to twist the word but know what it says explicitly. (Psalms 119:11) Lastly, do not play the blame game. It is what it is and do not blame others for your mistakes.
Potiphar’s Wife was a mean woman. She wanted Joseph and when she could not have him, she made up a lie to get rid of him.I find it interesting that the bible is silent about her name. There is no record of it. She also tells all the servants to leave.
THere are a few things to take away from her life- God knows your name. Even when you feel that no one knows you, God does. You also need support. Do not be alone when you need support to stay strong in your faith. Sometimes an extra person in the room can be a quick reminder on why you should not do something.
Lot’s Wife was a selfish woman. She loved her home and did not want to leave. When it came down to it she disobeyed God and paid the ultimate price with her life. SHe chose to look back rather than to look forward to what the future would hold.
There is one big thing that you can take away from her life- disaster can happen at any time. You must be prepared in times of trouble to move forward.
The woman at the well can be classified as a woman without morals. She slept with men and did not truly have a husband anymore. She was given a choice to have the living water rather than the life she was living in.
There are a few things that you can take away from her life- it does not matter about your past after you give your life to Jesus. Also, be willing to ask questions. She asked a few questions at the well to clarify what Jesus was stating to her.
There are so many more that I can not wait to look more in depth at. Do you know any more that I need to look into?