You might have sung this song at least once:
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the potter I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still.*
This image of the Potter and the clay comes from a lesson God taught Jeremiah. He was asked to go to the potter’s house. There he saw the potter … Read the rest
At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, “The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad” (Zephaniah 1:12 NIV).
After having said that the day of the Lord is near, the prophet talks about people who are complacent and what God plans to do to them. Complacency comes from a feeling of … Read the rest
“Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news” (1 Kings 14:6b NIV).
Jeroboam had a great opportunity in life. He became king with ten tribes to rule after a very symbolic prophesy by Prophet Ahijah. God even told Jeroboam that, if he obeyed Him, He would build for Jeroboam a dynasty as enduring like the one of David. Could any many … Read the rest
Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly … (Numbers 32:11a NIV).
Half-heartedly following God is dangerous. It causes you to have puny (small and weak) faith. It cannot take God at His word and act on what He has commanded. It looks at obstacles and trembles in fear instead of looking at a big God and conquering it. It causes you to think of going back to old habits and … Read the rest
They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the Lord in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people (Numbers 31:16 NIV).
Influences that turn you away from the Lord are everywhere. God commands you not to tolerate such influences in your life.
In this incident recorded here, God had asked the Israelites to take vengeance … Read the rest
“Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!” But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave (Proverbs 9:17, 18 NIV).
The first part is the invitation of Folly. She is described as sitting at the door of her house on a seat at the highest point of the city calling out loudly to people who pass … Read the rest
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26 NIV).
The command was: “Flee for your lives. Don’t look back.” And Lot’s wife violated it. She thus became an eternal reminder to those who do not heed God’s warning. It was disobedience on her part. But what might have caused her to look back? The answers to this question might help you prevent that backward … Read the rest
Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “O Sovereign Lord, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes (Judges 16:28 NIV).
There is a God who remembers you when you cry out to Him. He is a God who hears the desperate cry of His children for strength. When Samson prayed, there was … Read the rest
He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him (Judges 16:20b NIV).
There is great danger in allowing others to cut off your strength in God. Samson made this huge mistake. The secret of his strength was in his hair which was unshaved since the time of his birth as he was … Read the rest
But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy (2 Kings 5:11 NIV).
Man’s expectations and God’s methods may not always meet. They can meet only when man is ready to meet God in His terms. Here, Naaman, … Read the rest