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The Shopping List

With Christmas just one month away, more and more Christians are not only in the stores for gifts–they’re also shopping for a mate. As the winter season inches towards us and the last of the leaves fall from the trees, an increasing number of single men and women are looking for companionship.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. [Genesis 2:18 KJV]

In Genesis 2, Adam was responsible for the Garden of Eden. He had named all of the animals and began to notice a pattern. They were all paired–all except him. It didn’t take long for God to create a female companion for Adam, named woman and later Eve.

Companionship is an experience that is wanted by many. There are even those who pray for Jesus Christ to delay His second coming, because they haven’t found their soulmate, gotten married, and had children. The pressures of society and our peers have enabled us to be selfish, lustful, and in hot pursuit of “the one.”

How many of us have decided to take matters into our own hands? How many have even drafted a list of qualities? There’s nothing wrong with the list, but many of us have replaced reality with fantasy. For women, we want a tall, handsome man who is charming, has a car, earns a high salary, and takes care of his family. For men, they want an intelligent woman with a great body, who can cook, and knows how to care for children. He or she may be right in front of us, but because we are not willing to be open-minded and reasonable adults, we remain blind and alone.

Our guide to life, or the bible, we are given examples of what happens to those who have chosen to aggressively pursue their wants and not their needs instead of trusting and waiting on God.  Though we may “know” we want this and that, God already saw the outcome of our choices. God gave us free will, he isn’t a dictator. He will do everything in His power to help us avoid pitfalls, but we have to be willing to obey Him.

Let’s take for instance the story of  King David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. David was king of Israel, a nation that was in battle. While his army was away, he remained home. One night, he saw Bathsheba, a married woman whose husband, Uriah was fighting for Israel and King David. Regardless of that, King David slept with Bathsheba and impregnated her. He later tried to cover it up by sending for Uriah and hoping he would sleep with his wife, but he didn’t. Instead, King David had him sent back into the battle and placed in the front lines where it was certain death. Bathsheba mourned the death of her husband, married King David, and later bore his son.

And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. [2 Samuel 11:27 KJV] And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. [2 Samuel 12:13-14 KJV]. And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. [2 Samuel 12:24 KJV]

God allowed the child to die because he was conceived through adultery, but God bless David’s second son, Solomon who later succeeded his father as king of Israel. In 1 Kings 11, Solomon followed in his father’s footsteps and had many wives, which displeased God.

But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: …And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart….And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice…[1 Kings 11:1, 3, 9 KJV].

Not everything that is pleasing to our five senses, especially sight, is good for us. Sometimes it’s just better to avoid temptation and walk away for the sake of our souls and peace of mind. Sadly, too many of us fall victim to our wants and desires. We fail to place God’s wants and desires for our lives before our own. In the end, we’re the ones who reap what we sow.

No shopping list can guarantee the right mate for you. The height or size of one’s bank account cannot accurately reflect true happiness. If God has not revealed to you who he or she is, it’s better to wait. You won’t always have the opportunity to receive store credit, a full refund, or let alone make an exchange.

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A Blameless Leader

As Moses led God’s people, the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, they were relieved and overjoyed at the newfound freedom that was finally within their reach. Sadly, they were blinded to the challenges that awaited them.

Within the verses of Numbers 20, we read the story of Moses and the Israelites in the desert. They were thirsty, complaining, and driving both Moses and Aaron crazy. Despite their previous experiences, they began to blame the brothers for their misery.

Rather than celebrate their freedom, they complained about their discomfort. They had exchanged their home in Egypt for tents in the desert. Their hunger was satisfied with manna and thirst quenched with water from God. Their impatience and frustration showed their lack of faith and trust in the leadership of Moses, Aaron, but more importantly, God.

Leadership is never an easy role for one to play. It comes with its ups and downs.  Your abilities and qualifications will be criticized or questioned. You may even experience embarrassment, betrayal, or left standing alone.

Whether we lead at work; school; or church, we face the same scenarios but differ in the end result. The key component–our character. How we lead is what makes the difference between efficiency and deficiency.

Throughout the pages of the bible, God and His inspired scribes have penned the stories of the men and women chosen to lead the chosen people. Some led well like Noah, Esther, and Nathan while others stumbled like David and Solomon.

When we look closely at their stories, we can identify the characteristics needed for leadership. These men and women had faith and trust in God, humility, patience, courage, wisdom, kindness towards mankind, and strength. They were not leaders for the title, but called to take on the responsibility of evoking change for the common good. Nowadays, leaders are only seeking praise for themselves or the financial gain tied to the title. As a result of their misguided responsibility, every one else suffers.

True leaders must be prepared to deal with obstacles, challenging personalities, and even blame. Do you have what it takes to be a leader? Remember, a blameless leader is not a leader at all, because they don’t exist.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

My Brother (Sister)’s Keeper

“Timmy, where’s your brother?,” said Mrs. Peters.

“I don’t know. He went over there somewhere,” he responded while pointing to the open field on the right.

“Timmy, I asked you to keep an eye on your younger brother if you were going to play outside,” said Mrs. Peters with a hint of worry in her voice. “I can’t believe you let him wonder out there on his own. I am very disappointed in you. Now go back into the house while I go search for Tommy.”

Throughout the bible, we are given examples for familial relationships from Adam and Eve to Mary and Joseph . We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Families that have walked together in faith like Noah’s.  Families that killed like Adam’s, full of jealousy and envy like Joseph’s, or lust like David’s.

We have read about the lives of these parents, spouses and siblings. Some were happy endings while others ended in tragedy.  Their lives are our lessons and yet throughout humanity, there are evidences of how we still don’t get it. We are still in remedial class though all of the answers to our questions have already been given to us in the Word of God.

As Christians, we have been charged with the great responsibility of being our brother and  (sister)’s keeper. Remember the story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve bore two sons, Cain then Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground while Abel was a keeper of sheep. Both brought offerings unto the Lord but God only accepted one of the two. Cain killed Abel because God chose Abel’s offering over his. Read the story in Genesis 4 . “And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel they brother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper?” Why would God ask Cain for Abel when He had foreseen the first crime? God is omniscient. He knows and sees everything. He doesn’t need to ask what happened, but gives you an opportunity to confess to Him.

Throughout the bible, we see the word, “keeper.”A keeper is someone who is a guardian or protector. David, the son of Jesse, was a keeper of sheep. He protected them from any harm that would present itself in the wildness, such as lions.

Jesus is our keeper [Psalm 121:5 KJV] but He has enlisted us to also look after one another.  Don’t be mistaken. Jesus is more than able to handle this task, however, being a Christian or follower of Christ is all about self-accountability and accountability for others.

God is holding us accountable for our family AND friends. Most of us would rather focus on our own families rather than our global family.  Aren’t we all related through God, our Creator? “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” [Genesis 1:27 KJV]  You are responsible for every man, woman, and child regardless of your familial relation.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 KJV] Does it say anywhere that the Son died for one and not the other? No! It says “whosoever believeth” not if you’re related to me or share the same ethnicity.

“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:12, 13 KJV]

We can rest assured knowing that God is our keeper for He “shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul” [Psalm 121:7 KJV] without discrimination.

Thanks for reading, share this with others, and God bless!

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

An Everlasting Promise

When a promise is made to you by someone you know and/or love don’t you expect them to keep it? And when they don’t maybe you respond the way I do and become very disappointed in the person and you may even lose your trust in their word. You no longer expect them to come through when they say they will. Your relationship with this person may become stagnant because you no longer have the desire to maintain your connection with them. Well, I would like to give you a word of encouragement and encourage myself to take on a new attitude. So to begin, let’s keep in mind that #1 People Fail, #2 People break their Promises and #3 People don’t keep their word. And the more interesting part is that these “people” include the person that looks back at us in the mirror!  We may have every intention in our hearts and our minds to not be a failure, to keep a promise we made or stand by and keep our word, but, our human nature kicks in and we simply can’t do it on our own.

There is clear evidence in God’s Word of why we can’t put our trust in anyone including ourselves. In Jeremiah 17:9 the bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above ALL THINGS and is DESPERATELY WICKED! WHO CAN KNOW IT?? Basically our hearts are not trustworthy. And in verse 10, God clarifies that He searches the heart and He knows it and does/gives to us according to our ways and the fruit of our doings. But it’s interesting, because God gives us beyond what we deserve. But He looks at us and sees what He has placed in us that will bless others, makes us feel blessed, but most of all give glory to HIM. Another scripture that speaks to trusting a man/woman/self is found in Psalm 146:3 where David reminds us to not put our trust in princes, in the son of man, in WHOM THERE IS NO HELP…And David states the alternative, which is the only option actually that will not steer us wrong, to have the God of Jacob (that’s relationship!) for help and our hope should be in the Lord our God. This will bring us happiness and where disappointment is not present and there is (true) happiness there is peace. Please keep in mind that only through God can you or I be trustworthy, not of ourselves, however but through God’s goodness. While there are significant people that God will place in our lives that we will desire to trust, such as a spouse, a parent, a pastor, a sibling, or a friend there is a condition for this trust. We must trust the person with the understanding that we are human and we FAIL, for there is no perfect person (Romans 3:10). So, we must not trust a fellow human being the way we will trust God, for we will be gravely disappointed and hurt. We can only put our complete trust in God, because He knows our hearts, loves us, and is the only one we will not fail.

When God is our potter and we are His clay (Isaiah 64:8), He will mold us into what He would have us to be. He will keep his promises. If we ask anything in His name, according to His will that God may be glorified in it, He will do it (John 14:13). He is faithful and just in all his works (Psalm 111:7 ) and we are the workmanship of His hands (Ephesians 2:10), so He will keep His word. He has made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). But although God is more than willing to bless us and fulfill our needs, we must surrender over to Him. We must be obedient and keep His commandments. This is plain, evident, and clear when we read Isaiah 55. I pray that you read this chapter in its entirety because it will open your eyes to endless possibilities of what your life would be with a true and grounded relationship with God.

Isaiah 55 talks about how blessed we would be if we would seek God, which we can only do by our own free will, by surrendering, and in surrender we will become so in love with who He is that we will do whatever it takes to have a relationship with Him, which is obedience to His Word, His commandments, and in obeying His word, He will keep His Word, His promise. He declares in verse 11 that HIS WORD from His mouth will not return void unto Him, it won’t be empty, it will be true and come to life with the intent/the purpose that He had for it and will prosper where He sent it. So in essence take this word, as God telling you, though men/women fail you in this life, I am HE that will never fail you both now and forevermore! What a promise! What a word! God’s Word for your life, will not return void unto Him. The question is will you accept it?? For He knows the thoughts and plans that He has for each of us, of peace, not of evil, of hope and to GIVE us AN EXPECTED END. Prayerfully you will continue/begin to trust solely on God and to have a desire to love Him and be obedient to His Word so that He will reveal His Word that He’s customized exclusively for your life.

Many blessings to you & yours !!!

Author: Jenifer M. Wilcher, LMSW

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com

Age is just a number!

“None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them.” Steps to Christ, p. 35

Age is just a number. When the time comes for God to call His children, He calls for young and old! God does not discriminate. We all were made differently so of course God knows when His calling is appropriate in His children’s lives. David being the youngest of eight, was chosen to leave his flesh and to walk with the Spirit of the Lord after being anointed with oil (1 Samuel 16:13). God also called King Josiah at the young age of 8! Such irony! King Josiah followed the voice of God to rule the land of Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 34). God had chosen these two young hearts, but God too did call Nicodemus, the young in heart, to be reborn and to walk in His Spirit. If we were to compare the ages of Nicodemus and David, the difference would be pretty large, nés pa? God knows exactly when to “hire labourers into his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1) because He knows when you are capable and ready.  Noah was past two hundred years old when constructing the Ark like God called Him to.  Noah and Nicodemus were rich in age, scientifically meaning today that their bone marrows were subjected to weaken. But who cares about what the bodies says! When God calls, it is best that we respond! Not respond, because you have made a deal with the Father, but respond because you have a true relationship with the Father where you are able to submit me, myself and I to Him.

We tend to complain about what God wants us to do, but do you know how grateful we should be to even hear the Holy Ghost speak to us? It was said that each time Ellen G. White felt the Holy Spirit speak or working through her, automatically she gave praise unto Him! It’s only fair to give thanks to the Holy Spirit for dwelling in worthless sinners like us. I urge you to not sleep on the work of the Lord; for He can even dwell and work in a toddler, if He wanted to! My friend, do not miss out on your calling to leave behind the lusting flesh to be filled with the fruitful Spirit! If 8-year-old Josiah can do it, and if Jesus did it, so can you.

~Let’s get personal~
This week reflect on if you have answered your call. If not, what is it that’s hindering you? A worldly possession? What is it that keeps you away from constant prayer? In order to be safe in the arms of the Savior eternally we must flee from evil and seek the love of God. Then and there, we know we are secured from all evil.

If you have answered your call, I pray that the Lord is blessing you through out the long journey and that you stay firm and never give up on Him.

Don’t delay. What you think we have, is almost finished and that is time. God bless.

Read John 3: 1-7; Gen 7:1-6

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!

Author: Rachel Isnady

http://unrestrictedwords.wordpress.com/

If My People Pray

Speaker: Pastor Roberne Saint-Louis, Hebron French SDA Church

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:14

“14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Prayer has always been a key component in having a relationship with God. Prayer is the primary way to communicate with the Creator of heaven and earth. It is the one time when you have a chance to be alone with Him and truly talk.

Solomon, the son of Bathsheba and David, was commissioned to build a temple in Jerusalem [2 Chronicles 6]. This temple would be the dwelling place of the Most High God. As the people of Jerusalem gathered around, Solomon prepard to dedicate the temple. He said a special prayer and a sacrifice was offered before the Lord.  

2 Chronicles 7:5 which says, “And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.”

God heard Solomon’s prayer and he accepted it. [2 Chronicles 7:1-3] 

1Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. 2And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.  3And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.” 

God always hears when you pray and He finds it pleasing to respond. We have to trust in Him to respond in His time, not ours. Learn to be patient.

You don’t only hear God’s voice during the service. You may also hear Him as you kneel in prayer. Be still and be silent.

When you carry God’s name, there is a great reputation that comes with it. Not everyone can be called God’s people. Are you? There are only two people who can really answer that question, yourself and God. No one else knows your heart.

Humble yourselves and pray, searching for His face. Confess your transgressions and put everything that separates you from Christ aside. Many of us only pray when we are facing problems. We ought to pray without ceasing.

Prayer is the respiration of Christians, like a heartbeat linking communications with Christ. Christians pray any and everytime with or without difficult trials.

Remember to continually pray even when your prayers have been answered. Don’t thank God only for what He’s done for you, thank Him for the things He has done for your family and those around you.