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This is what we need to do

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Micah 5-7 and Hebrews 7.

It is spelled right out for us: how to live a Godly life.

Can we do it?  Not on our own strength.  That’s for sure!

How do I “walk humbly” with God?  I see it as not making my presence too obvious.  To be in the presence of God is to realize that I don’t belong there. In several instances (Isaiah and Peter) being in God presence overwhelmed them because of their own inadequacies.

Do I approach Him as if I do belong?  He isn’t my buddy.  He is my all-knowing Father.  My two ears must be doing most of the interacting with Him.  Not my mouth!

I must strive to stay with Him.  I cannot be drifting in and out of a relationship with Him. I must be with Him every second.

Some days I find it easy to go it alone.  The sun is shining.  I’m feeling good and my relationships are in place.  So out to the end of the limb I go because I am not walking with Him.  Then something snaps, and I wonder what happened to me.  What happened was that I wasn’t walking with Him.  Even during the “good” times I MUST walk with Him in great humility.

“Lord, good stuff in today’s verse.  Help me to get my walk right with You.  I love You, Father.  Prick my conscience when I am getting loose from You.  I know better.  Guide me, Father.”

Today’s verse offers great words of guidance.  Will we act them out?

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Broken connection

“Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them.  At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.” Micah 3:4.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Micah 1-4 and Hebrews 6.

You don’t like what is happening, so you cry out to God about it.  He’s won’t be changing anything.

Seems wrong until we understand that God knows best.

Sometimes it is appropriate for me to suffer the consequences that my words/deeds create. This is what Micah is prophesying about.

I do not want to disconnect from God.  If I am going to go through trouble, I want Him with me.  I cannot go it alone.

My relationship to Him must be steady/tight.  It must be ongoing.  Too often it has lulls.  Suddenly I will realize that I am moving on without Him.  I have chosen a path without His counsel or without even inviting Him along.  Silly for sure!

“Lord, please never leave me.  Prick my conscience when I am losing contact with You so that I can rectify it.  I need You every second.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

We must stay attached to God.

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Better than the “good old days”

“Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.”  Micah 4:4.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Micah 1-4, and Hebrews 6.

The “good old days” are nothing compared to what God’s children will have in their after-life with Him!

Looks as if each of us will have our own productive property.

It also looks as if we won’t be installing any security systems because our fears are gone.

What a world that will be!

So much of world news regards battles over property.  Countries want what other countries have or countries have taken what they think belongs to them.  Amicable solutions are few.  War is the extreme approach.

Just imagine everyone’s land to be productive.  No need to covet.  No need to chase what others have.  Contentment with what we have…now there’s a novel thought!

Fear is a big part of all of us.  We can’t help ourselves and in that process, forget where we should be looking to get help.

We will have nothing to worry about.  I struggle to think of what my mind will be filled with until I remember the One responsible for de-worrying my life.  I’ll be praising Him ‘til the cows come home!  What a day that will be.

“Lord, thank You for giving me glimpses of life after Your return.  It will be remarkable.  Help me to take advantage of my time here on earth.  I must glorify You.  I must please You in everything I do.  Prick my conscience when I am selfish and fearful.  You are indeed with me.  I love You, Lord.”

Won’t it be amazing when Christ returns!

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Too late

Scene from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

Scene from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

“Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.” Micah 3:4

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Micah 1-4 & Hebrews 6)

There will come a time when time will run out.

There will be no more “do-over’s” for anyone.

What is, will be what will be judged.

This Micah verse spells out a sorry ending: God has distanced Himself from those who now seek Him. Their evil deeds have shut off any connection they had to Him.

Evil will be rewarded. It may not be right now but it will happen. There ultimately will be the day when every person who has ever lived will be judged by God. Everyone will bow before Him acknowledging that He is God. Even those who ignore Him now will be among those (finally) recognizing Who He is and being confronted about their evil deeds.

What a great day that will be for something like myself who has been saved from the consequences (eternal separation from God in the eternal after-life) of my sins. How did that happen? Jesus took my sins upon Himself and paid the price on the cross for those sins. I acknowledge that I am a sinner (easy admission!) and I also believe that He died for my sins. I am sorry for my sins and also I accept what He has done for me so that I avoid the consequences of my sins. I turn my life over to Him and strive, in His strength, to live the way He wants me to.

But for those who reject Him? At some point, the opportunity to be saved from the consequences of their sins will be gone as today’s verse states. NOW is the time to get yourself saved from those consequences. Avoid Hell!

“Father, I wonder if there are those reading this entry who have not faced the reality that there is an eternal after-life. Heaven or Hell are the only two eternal options. There will come a point at which the possibility for last-second conversions will end and judgment before You will happen. Enable those in need of You to take the steps mentioned earlier to get right with You. You are a great God. I thank You for providing a way to You in the after-life. I love You, Father.”

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What do you want me to do, Lord?

“And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Micah 5-7 & Hebrews 7)

How is a believer supposed to behave?  Micah 6:8 lays out the foundation.

If I claim to be a believer then my life should show it clearly.

In truth, it is impossible to complete the three requirements referenced in Micah 6:8 without being filled with Him.  I do not have the capacity on my own.

If I walk tightly with Him I will know naturally what to do or not do.  I won’t even have to think about what to do, it will just fall into place.

Am I willing to make the commitment to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God?

“Lord, You know me.  I want to please You.  I want every part of my life to be under Your lead.  Sadly, my life seldom confirms my words/thoughts.  I am a sinner.  Cleanse me now so that I can please You consistently.  I love You, Father!”

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Hey, we’re okay!

“Is not the Lord among us?  No disaster will come upon us.”  Micah 3:11

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Micah 1-4 & Hebrews 6)

Do these folks have any sense of history?

Certainly not everyone is going to die in their sleep.  Bad things will happen.  It rains on the just and the unjust.

God can spare us from disaster, for certain.  But to suggest that a disaster can’t happen because we’re Godly is folly.

My relationship with God must be close and in place BEFORE I do anything.  I don’t start and then ask God to come along.  It won’t work that way.

God will always be in my midst because He is omnipresent (everywhere).  I must arrange my life so that He is in my heart as well and I am controlled by Him.

I know that God is with me but I don’t know for sure what He will do or not do.  He’s in charge.  He’s the potter, I’m the clay.

He is a just God.  I will sometimes get what I deserve for my sinfulness.  But He is also a God of mercy.  He spares me because He loves me.

I want to live in the tightest relationship to God possible.  If I am with Him then no matter what happens I have the assurance and the comfort that all is ultimately well.

“Lord, I am not blind to the fallen world that I am a part of.  There is so much evil in my midst and I sadly am often a part of it.  Forgive me, for marring Our Relationship.  I love You and know that You demand my complete surrender to You.  I do that now.  Mold me I pray!”

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Who’s taking care of you?

“Why do you now cry aloud – have you no king?”  Micah 4:9

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Micah 1-4 & Hebrews 6)

Back in the days of Samuel, Israel insisted on having a king.  God was opposed to the idea as was Samuel.  But a king they got because of their insistence.

In this verse, Micah (in my opinion) is giving his audience the needle.  He seems to be saying, “You have a king, doesn’t that mean that your troubles are over?”

Micah knows that these people are in trouble now and will end up in Babylon later.

God wants me to trust in Him.  He doesn’t want me trusting counterfeit gods.

My happiness must not be reliant on everything in my life going smoothly.  He is a God for all seasons of my life.  He will be in the details of my life if I will let Him be there.

Micah is talking to people who have abandoned God.  These people had foolishly listened and believed that God would not punish disobedience.

These folks had forgotten that God is a jealous God, a God Who expected them to trust Him completely in every circumstance.

“O Lord, how often I foolishly seek my security apart from You.  Forgive me.  You have promised to never leave me nor forsake me.  You are reliable despite my inconsistencies.  I turn to You now in complete surrender.   Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah.”

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But as for me…. (Micah 7:7)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Micah 5-7 & Hebrews 7)

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”  Micah 7:7

What lessons are there for me in this Scripture?

There is no God like God.

I must overflow with an awareness of God around me and in me. My spiritual expectations must be high.

I cannot care for any counterfeit gods.  God is above all.  He is the Creator and therefore my Creator.

I thank Him that I can pray 24/7 to Him and know that He hears me.

I know that I have no clue on the future but that God has the future all sorted out.

I want to exude godliness.  I want to present a godliness that eliminates me from the equation.

As a believer, my eternal life has already started – I’m in the on-earth part.  God is keeping careful watch over me and my future.

I must clear away the sludge that so quickly piles up in me. I must be filled with God.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Try me, and know my thoughts.”

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