And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. (NLT) -Titus 2:7 It’s easier to tell someone what to do than it is to lead by example. Modeling our beliefs is much more impactful and makes the value ingrained deeper in all who see our example. Telling others what and how to react takes the choice away from them. God will speak to them and show them the error of their ways through your behavior alone. Set the example and let all you do be a reflection of Him.
5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
7 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
God wants us to draw nigh upon to him, because He has everything we need. God told Moses to take off his shoes, because the ground you standest on is holy ground. Are you standing on the Word of God for your situations or circumstances? Do you believe God can change anything or anybody?
The LORD said , I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their task- masters; for i know their sorrow (v.7). Do you believe the Lord has seen your pain and sorrow? I want to inform you that God sees all your struggles.
God will deliver us in His own time. We must keep the faith and stand on the Word of God. God promised to come down and deliver the children of Israel and give them a land and a large land flowing with milk and honey. What do you want? If you can only believe.
1 I will love You, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; My GOD, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalms 18:1-3 (NKJV)
I am trusting in you Lord because you are my strength. There are days I feel like I can’t make it and then I remember that I’m not alone because you got me. Lord you are my rock, my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer! I no longer have to give into fear, but I can rejoice in the God of my salvation. Lord I love you and I trust you.
(F: Faithful): 1 Corinthians 4:2King James Version (KJV)2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
(A: Available): John 12:26King James Version (KJV)26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
(T: Teachable): Proverbs 12:1King James Version (KJV)12 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. Proverbs 9:9King James Version (KJV)9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 4:5King James Version (KJV)5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 2 Timothy 3:16King James Version (KJV)16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of hearts. Hebrew 4:12 (NKJV)
The Word of God is alive and powerful! Have you experienced it jumping off the pages before you? That’s because God wants to enlightened us. It’s so sharp that it will cut us by convicting us when we hear or read the Word, that sometimes we have to say ouch. God’s Word is so sharp that it can separate our soul from our spirit, and can discerned our mind and our hearts. That’s why David said, “thou understandest my thoughts afar off.” (Psalms 139:2) We can hide from man what we are thinking, but we can not hide from God.
Have you ever experienced the Pastor is preaching and you think he’s preaching about you? You might had felt someone was talking about you to the Pastor. Well God knew, and he told it. He already knew what you did or was planning to do. There are no secrets that God does not already know.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24
3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. 10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
God taught Jonah the importance of being obedience. Jonah thought he could run from the all seeing and all knowing God, the one that created him. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the heaven and earth. When God gives you an assignment, do not abort your assignment, because it has purpose and destiny attached to your future. We might try to run, maybe hide, but we won’t get away or get by. Don’t keep changing the channels, listen for God’s voice. Don’t turn to other sources for help, looking for human guidance. Look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. “Arise and Go to our Loving Father.”
For anyone who has asked the same questions over and over in Sunday school, but hasn’t gotten straight answers, coming summer 2016 is my book: "When Sunday School Answers Don't Cut it.." In a culture where the Bible is a number one best seller, but almost nobody actually reads it, this book gives the reader a gift of simple, clear, dinner party Bible trivia and beyond. Way beyond. Sample chapters found (here).