Wednesday, February 25, 2015

learning from Bible stories


Proverbs 3:5-6  NASB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

God has a plan.  God wants to walk in our lives and give us the best possible path.  We will miss His best and His blessings if we don’t lean on Him and go His way. 

Let’s add in another fact.  We must learn from the stories of the Bible.  God didn’t give us this book to simply add to our lives.  He gave us the Bible to guide and found our lives on.  These stories and facts of faith are intended to shape us.

Daniel 3:17-18  NASB
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

What we believe about God determines what we do when trouble comes.  Do we believe that He is able to care for us and does He care about our problems?  The answer to both is yes.

I love the story of the friends of Daniel being thrown in to the fiery furnace.  They were incredibly loyal to God because they knew their faith was real and worth holding on to.  We learn from this story, and many Bible stories, that faith removes fear from our lives.  The reason they would now bow to the king is because God was real.  That came from their experience as well as what they had been taught.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

Our God is able.  We are not too far from Him.  Watch this story and see some of the points that we might miss at first reading.

God is able to do more than we can do without Him.  That is something that is time to cling to.  God has a plan for our success, and our faith removes the barriers to the more or the abundance that God promises.  It is time to learn from the stories of the Bible and to live by faith!

Hebrews 11:6  NASB
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

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