MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

How do we judge if we’re successful?

August 22nd, 2018 Viewed 110 times, 2 so far today
Am I successful at the right things?

Everyone in life wants to be successful. They want to know that what they do and that their life matters.

What constitutes success is something we internalize from the culture around us. We’re shown examples of people that we are told are successful– the business person that has a lot of money, the politician that has a lot of power. The leaders in our lives that are able to attract attention, the person with the most Twitter followers or the most readers to their blog.

How does someone go about determining if they are truly successful? I mean, there are people out there that are competing at video games and making a bunch of money doing so– does this make them successful? Should we all go do that?

David Counted the Cost

August 21st, 2018 Viewed 111 times, 2 so far today

David enjoyed much favor from God, for he was a man after God’s own heart. In 2 Samuel 24 we catch up to David near the end of his life. David numbered the children of Israel, something the kings were told not to do—their victory was to be found in the Lord.

Upon doing it, David realized his error, but he was punished anyway, and when he was given the chance to put an end and make a sacrifice he went to the threshing floor of Araunah. Araunah offered to give him the floor and the items for the offering, but David would have none of it.

He would not offer an offering to God that cost him nothing.

Worshiping How God Desires

August 14th, 2018 Viewed 136 times, 4 so far today
How should we worship the Lord?

Just the title of a recent post by Tim Challies makes me pause to think. The post was titled Why worship any way other than as God desires? and immediately brought to mind the idea that, as American believers, I’m not sure we know know what this is.

Challies article focuses on music in worship, which is definitely a hot-button issue in today’s churches, but a reading of the Old and New Testaments show us that God is much more interested in how we do what we do in service to Him than we are lead to believe.

Be Fruitful and Multiply

August 1st, 2018 Viewed 207 times, 2 so far today

God’s plan for mankind was to “be fruitful and multiply.” He stated this to Adam and Eve and again to Noah after the flood. In fact, there was never a command in the Bible not to have children. In fact the Bible commends having children, and shows those incapable of having children as not receiving a blessing.

So why are we seeing Tweets asking this question?

I believe that it is because of the changing attitude of American Christianity to children.

We Need to Be Faithful in the Wilderness

July 6th, 2018 Viewed 155 times, 1 so far today

As the children of Israel were poised to enter the promised land, God charged Joshua in what he should do in the process of retaking the land. This would not be one battle and done, as there were many city states within the area and he would have to defeat one after the other, but God commanded him to get moving and before telling him to be strong and courageous he told him that he needed to meditate day and night in the word of the Lord so that he could do according to what was written in it.

We need to be faithful in the wilderness so that when the time comes we will be mighty when we are called to action!

photo by: mypubliclands

Christian Growth Happens in the Mundane

July 5th, 2018 Viewed 169 times

Dr. Jim Berg wrote that stress shows our true character, like a tea bag placed in hot water.

I would like to add that the mundane also shows our character, because it is itself stressful. The Bible teaches that it often takes time to see God’s will for our life.

Abraham waited 25 years between the time that God promised Abraham to be a great nation and when Isaac was born. Moses took 40 years in the wilderness before he was ready to lead the children of Israel, at the age of 80. Joseph spent a long time as a slave of Potiphar and then in Pharaoh’s prison before seeing the vision he had come true.

It was 400 years from Malachi to John the Baptist!

Jesus waited 30+ years before starting his ministry. He has left, and will one-day return, but it has been close to 2000 years!

photo by: mypubliclands

Righteousness is Tested in the Mundane

July 4th, 2018 Viewed 154 times, 3 so far today

From the moment they left Goshen to the time when they first got to the Promised Land and sent the spies in was over a year. I don’t know that I can even fathom taking a trip where the destination was a year away!

God provided abundantly for their clothes did not wear out, and their shoes did not wear out. Yet even with this provision, time hurt their testimony.

Exodus 16 – 2 months and 15 days have passed

It has been that long since the plagues and the deliverance through the Red Sea. The Red Sea was firmly in the rear-view mirror, the supplies that they had brought out of Egypt were low, and there were many people to feed. The children of Israel started to grumble (vs 2)

God hears the complaints and offers a solution. He provides manna in the morning and quail at night, with the condition that they only pick up enough for a day. They would always have all they could want/need. Yet some still fail by gathering too much.

photo by: mypubliclands

Life is Lived in the Mundane

July 3rd, 2018 Viewed 200 times

Exodus 12:40-41 – The Israelites had spent years in 430 years in Egypt. From the time of Joseph to the time of Moses, while the Pharaoh knew Joseph, the children of Israel were treated fairly, but then they were treated as slaves.

Think again through 400 years…

If the average person lives to 70, that is almost 6 generations that lived in Egypt. Each of these generations lived, married, had children, worked in Egypt doing shepherding and then working as slaves! How easy would it be to forget God, the promised land, or the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

This was before the law, before the feasts and Passover. The only decree was circumcision, and they knew to keep their line pure (which would have been helped by Egyptian distain of them).

photo by: mypubliclands

This Week’s Verses are Matthew 5:16 and Matthew 6:33 #VersesForTheWeek

July 2nd, 2018 Viewed 217 times

Here they are in KJV:

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 -But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

And ESV:

Matthew 5:16 -In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Through the Wilderness

July 1st, 2018 Viewed 148 times, 2 so far today

Vietnam, Korea, Kennedy Assassination, Watergate, Challenger, 9/11. Every generation lives through events that mark them. Where people remember where they were and what was going on. The colors are vivid, the emotions real, and they have dramatic impact on our lives.

Yet someday, these events will find their way into history books that our children or grandchildren will read about and it will be reduced to the key facts, some dates, and a high-level interpretation spun by whomever is writing the text book.

I believe that we often approach the history books of the Bible in a sanitized way—thinking of them as facts and figures, highlighting the high points and low points, and seeing things that occurred over longer periods of time happening over short periods of time because of their proximity on the page. It makes us lose sight of the fact that life was lived and causes us to judge people differently than if we had lived through the same thing.

Journey back with me to the Old Testament, as we go Through the Wilderness and see how what the children of Israel endured and did reflects our own patterns and behaviors today.

photo by: mypubliclands

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.