Have you ever thought that returning to God would be no use after a particularly discouraging fall? Maybe you think that God has lost patience with you because of your constant failing. It probably doesn’t cross your mind that God is even happier if you come back to Him after a fall than, if you come to Him for the first time. But don’t think that He isn’t very happy if you come to him for the first time.
In Deuteronomy chapter 30 we read about everything that God promised the Israelites if they came back to Him from there sinful ways. But there is a catch. God said that He would make them prosper: IF THEY OBEYED HIS COMMANDMENTS WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS! It seems that people don’t read that part or they just choose to ignore it, which is more likely but God didn’t say “if” for no reason. Once we come back to God we need to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into service to him then and only then will he keep to his promise of prosperity and blessings.
Recently my mom bought me a new pet. You see I used to breed rabbits but it started getting a little put of hand when we ended up with 35 rabbits and no customers. My mother decided that she would free about 10 in the sugarcane. Afterwards we recounted the rabbits and unfortunately none had magically dissappeared we had 25 rabbits. It felt like a hopeless situation but 2 years later I can say that I have survived rabbit breeding. Anyway, to get back to what I was saying, I now have a new pet. A Netherlands dwarf rabbit. Believe it or not she is the best rabbit that I have EVER owned. She wakes me up in the morning by jumping on my bed and licking my face. ( Did I forget to mention she lives in my room :D). She is 99.99999999999% litter trained. She was perfectly behaved at first but then she began to develop a bad habit. Nibbling. I am homeschooled so I can still keep an eye on her but at the same time I still need to do my school work. I couldn’t understand why she was doing this because she had plenty of greens and toys to keep her teeth trimmed. Then I realised that she needed hay and I had forgotten to give her any. After I started giving her hay her nibbling stopped (maybe not 100% but it definitely has improved). I realised that, that is a lot like us with God. You see God has created us to serve him and to fellowship with aup obey him. When we neglect these things then we end up developing nasty habits. For example, instead of fellowshipping with and praying for others on some nights we go to parties and meetings. I am not saying that it’s wrong to go to a party once in a while (depending on what it’s like) but we shouldn’t become obsessed with other things and neglect the important things. Some might say that they will do the important things “afterwards” but it usually doesn’t get done. Take time to do those important things so that you will not develop a “rabbit habit” ;-).
I don’t know about the rest of you but I sure love horses. I may seem like a weird topic but did you know that there is actually a few verses in the Bible about horses? It’s all in Job:
Job 39:19-25New International Version (NIV)
19 “Do you give the horse its strength
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20 Do you make it leap like a locust,
striking terror with its proud snorting?
21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
and charges into the fray.
22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
it does not shy away from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against its side,
along with the flashing spear and lance.
24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;
it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
25 At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’
It catches the scent of battle from afar,
the shout of commanders and the battle cry.
Horses are one of God’s marvelous creations. We can take a lesson from them of perseverance strength and bravery.
Many people think that sin is not something to really worry about. People think that if they limit the amount of sin then nothing happens. That is not true. Sin is like sand. Lets say that you have a full glass of water. If you pour sand into the water. Just little bits at a time still takes up space. Once the space is taken up there is very little space left for the water. Lets say that the water is good things and the Holy Spirit. The sand is the wrong things that you are doing.
Another thing that people assume/think is that they can just sin a little and it won’t “let out too much water.” Sin can also be compared to food colouring. It never stays small. If you put a drop of food colouring in a glass of water it spreads. Even if it spreads slowly it spreads surely. So take this warning from me: SIN NEVER STAYS SMALL!!!!!!
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. Clay pots seem like an everyday part of our lives. Did you ever think about how the clay is made. The potter takes a lump of clay puts in on the spinning wheel and as the wheel spins he shapes and forms the clay then takes a small tool and cuts off all the uneven bits and pieces. Soon the clay becomes a pot and is barely recognizable from the lump of clay in the beggining. That’s how it is with our lives, God is the potter and we are the clay. God lets our world seemingly spin out of control then while we feel like he’s not there he uses our situation to mold us and shape us. Even if it feels painful God is using the situation to make us into the ornately decorated clay pots that he wants us to be.
Does this picture say that we need to impress God? Does it say that we need to do certain things or do a certain amount of good things for Him to do what it says He will do. There is one thing we must do if we want God to work it out for us, we must surrender our lives to God, I’m saying surrender not commit. I’m not going to be like the prosperity preachers and say that if you give God everything (meaning give money to them) he will surely rain down blessings from above. That’s why people have such a warped and twisted impression of Christianity today. But people also think that God is a party pooper, a killjoy cop who never wants anybody to have any fun. Well this is what I have to say to you just try and rethink your idea of fun. There could be things in your life that God could have redeemed you from that you don’t know about, a spell that was cast, witchcraft that was done, you never know. But one thing is for sure, God is holy and just and he will not tolerate sin that is hidden and not confessed