Daily Word Buddies – January 7 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan January 7 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Genesis 18-19

The Three Vistors – Genesis 18 | v.1-2 Abraham saw three men coming nearby (v.1 one was God), he hurried to meet them and bowed low before them. v.3-7 He asked God, ‘if I have found favor in your sight,’ please stay and be refreshed here – food, water, wash. He agreed and Abraham hurried to serve them. v.9-13 one of them told Abraham, that he will come back in a year and Sarah will have a son. Sarah was nearby, overheard this and laughed to herself (Genesis 17:17,19). God asked Abraham why she laughed and thinks it won’t happen. v.14 God closes this discussion by declaring, “Is anything too hard for the LORD? {Nope, nothing} I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” {God is in control of everything and each thing has an appointed time} v.15 this made Sarah afraid, she lied and denied laughing in disbelief. But God reassured her that she did. {We can’t hid anything from Yahweh Roi – the God who sees} vs.16-20 God reaffirmed His covenant with Abraham and told him that He came to see if the sin in Sodom and Gomorrah (where his nephew Lot lived) was as bad as the outcry against them – if so, He will destroy the city. v. 22-32 Abraham pleaded with God to spare the city if 50, less, 45, less, 30, less, 20, even less – if only 10 righteous were found. God said he would save the city if just 10 righteous were found there.

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed – Genesis 19 | v.1-3
In the evening, the two angels that were with God arrived at Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot hurried to meet them and bowed low before them and asked them to stay the night at his house (like Abraham Genesis 18:2). They turned him down, but ‘he insisted so strongly’ that they agreed. He made food and served them. v.4 but before they went to bed, men from all over Sodom surrounded the house and demanded his Lot’s guests for sex. v.6 Lot plead with them to stop and offered his 2 virgin daughters instead. v.9 they kept on. v.10-12 the angels struck the men with blindness and told Lot to get all his family out of the city asap because God is going to destroy it. v.14 Lot’s sons-in-law stayed behind because they thought he was joking. v.15-16 the angels urged Lot to hurry and led them out of the city to safety. v.17 the angels urged them to flee and not look back. v.18-22 the angels let Lot flee to Zoar. v.23 the sun was up when Lot arrived in Zoar. v.24 the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah – from the heavens.” {I always associated sulfur with hell but this is a good reminder that God controls it all} v.26 Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. {disobedience} v.27-29 Abraham woke and went to look down on Sodom and Gomorrah – he saw smoke like a furnance. God remembered Abraham and saved Lot from disaster. v.30 Lot and his daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains (a cave). v.31-35 wanting to preserve their family line, the older daughter devised a plan to get their father to drink wine and sleep with them. {This makes my skin crawl – EW!} The next two nights, they (each) carried out their plan and became pregnant and later had sons – the Moabites, and the Ammonites.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 6:1-18

Giving to the Needy – Matthew 6:1-4 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of giving – v.1 do not give to be seen by others or for self recognition. v.4 do not announce your giving like the hypocrites do, do it in secret. God sees what is done in secret and will reward us.

Prayer – Matthew 6:5-14 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of prayer – v.1 do not pray to be seen by others or for self recognition, like the hypocrites do. v.6 pray in your room with the door shut, God sees what is done in secret and will reward us. v.7 don’t babble and pray many words like the Pagans do to get heard. v.8 God knows what we need before we even ask Him. v.9-13 pray like this:
       “‘Our Father in heaven,
         hallowed be your name,
         your kingdom come,
         your will be done,
         on earth as it is in heaven.
         Give us today our daily bread.
         And forgive us our debts,
         as we also have forgiven our debtors.
        And lead us not into temptation,
        but deliver us from the evil one.’
v.14-15 if we forgive people who sin against us, God will forgive our sin. If we don’t forgive others, neither will God forgive us. This is important for us to remember everytime we pray the Lord’s Prayer. We must forgive others if we want forgiveness for ourselves from God.

Fasting – Matthew 6-16-18 | Jesus clarifies our understanding of fasting – v.16 Jesus says ‘when we fast,’ not ‘if we fast’ – meaning Jesus expects that we will fast. Don’t look sad, and distort our faces like the hypocrites to be seen by others. v.17 ‘when you fast’ annoint your head with oil and wash your face so it’s not obvious to others that they’re fasting. v.18 God sees what is done in secret and will reward us.

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready? 
                  

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!      

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So, I clearly missed my 6PM CST submission goal – by almost 5 hours! My day has been a hurricane kind of day. You know the ones that swirl violently, sucking in everything in it’s path? Yep – that was my day. Despite it all, I thank God that I have a day to stress over and praise Him for helping me get through it. Submitting this post is Him whispering a sweet, soothing, “You’re welcome my precious daughter.” Oh, I love my God! 

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I hope you enjoyed day 7 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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3 comments on “Daily Word Buddies – January 7 2015 – #DWB2015
  1. As someone who has been praying for a child for over 2 years now I can so relate to Sarah and love this passage as a reminder of God’s never ending goodness. It is also a welcome reminder to be patient in God’s timing….two years might seem like forever to me but I know God’s timing is perfect.

    The Our Father is one of my very favorite prayers. It is the perfect prayer and is simple enough to recite often while still constantly challenging me to grow in my faith and reliance on the Lord through it’s powerful words.

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    • Hi,
      I am so sorry I didn’t reply sooner. Your words are truth. In today’s society, we count and measure everything – minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, decades, centuries. The more time that passes us by without tangible, physical results…the less likely things seem. We can begin to lose hope.

      2 Peter 3:8-9 NLT
      “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

      When we hold onto His promises and keep His protection, provision, and guidance in the forefront of our thoughts, the action of expectant hope helps fuel our faith and grow our patience.

      Galatians 6:9 ESV
      “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

      Psalm 86:7 ESV
      “In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.”

      Psalm 119:105 ESV
      “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

      Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
      “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

      God is good and has a good plan for us. May we trust Him in everything. If you ever need prayer or a sister to stand in agreement and faith with you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      God bless you!

      Jennifer

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