Bible in 365 Days – Day 96

DAY 96.png

Focus Chapters:

  • Judges 19-21

 

Standout Verse(s):

Judges 20:18-25, 27-30, 35 NLT

Before the battle the Israelites went to Bethel and asked God, “Which tribe should go first to attack the people of Benjamin?”

The Lord answered, “Judah is to go first.”

So the Israelites left early the next morning and camped near Gibeah. Then they advanced toward Gibeah to attack the men of Benjamin. But Benjamin’s warriors, who were defending the town, came out and killed 22,000 Israelites on the battlefield that day.

But the Israelites encouraged each other and took their positions again at the same place they had fought the previous day. For they had gone up to Bethel and wept in the presence of the Lord until evening. They had asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again?”

And the Lord had said, “Go out and fight against them.”

So the next day they went out again to fight against the men of Benjamin, but the men of Benjamin killed another 18,000 Israelites, all of whom were experienced with the sword.

The Israelites went up seeking direction from the Lord. (In those days the Ark of the Covenant of God was in Bethel, and Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron was the priest.) The Israelites asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again, or should we stop?”

The Lord said, “Go! Tomorrow I will hand them over to you.”

So the Israelites set an ambush all around Gibeah. They went out on the third day and took their positions at the same place as before.

So the Lord helped Israel defeat Benjamin, and that day the Israelites killed 25,100 of Benjamin’s warriors, all of whom were experienced swordsmen.

 

Observation (s):

  1. The first time Israel went up to fight Benjamin, as directed by God, they lost 22,000 of their men.

    Before the battle the Israelites went to Bethel and asked God, “Which tribe should go first to attack the people of Benjamin?”

    The Lord answered, “Judah is to go first.”

    So the Israelites left early the next morning and camped near Gibeah. Then they advanced toward Gibeah to attack the men of Benjamin. But Benjamin’s warriors, who were defending the town, came out and killed 22,000 Israelites on the battlefield that day.

  2. Despite their loss on the first day, Israel went up to fight again a second time, per God’s directive. This time they lost 18,000 men.

    But the Israelites encouraged each other and took their positions again at the same place they had fought the previous day. For they had gone up to Bethel and wept in the presence of the Lord until evening. They had asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again?”

    And the Lord had said, “Go out and fight against them.”

    So the next day they went out again to fight against the men of Benjamin, but the men of Benjamin killed another 18,000 Israelites, all of whom were experienced with the sword.

  3. Israel sought God following their second loss. Per his directive, they went up to fight a third time. This time they defeated Benjamin.

    The Israelites asked the Lord, “Should we fight against our relatives from Benjamin again, or should we stop?”

    The Lord said, “Go! Tomorrow I will hand them over to you.”

    So the Israelites set an ambush all around Gibeah. They went out on the third day and took their positions at the same place as before.

    So the Lord helped Israel defeat Benjamin, and that day the Israelites killed 25,100 of Benjamin’s warriors, all of whom were experienced swordsmen.

     

Application:

We tend to give up too easily. At the first sign of obstacles, some of us throw in the towel. We toss our faith and forget that God was the one who had led us on our path to our fight.

Israel’s reaction when faced with the challenge of defeating Benjamin has a lot to teach us. Can you imagine suffering defeat twice when God had been the one to tell you to go fight? It must have been hard and humiliating and devastating to suffer such heavy losses, yet Israel stuck to their guns. At each loss, they sought God, confirmed his directions, encouraged each other and got back into the fight. Eventually, on the third try they gained the victory.

God’s guidance is not the guarantee of an easy win. Don’t lose faith if you experience losses on your first few tries. If God has brought you to it, He will surely bring you through it. Take a page out of Israel’s book, encourage yourself and get back into the fight. Your victory is surely coming.


download (1)

Did you like Today’s Post?

Don’t forget to hit the Like button and share your thoughts in the Comments Section below!

Do you have any discoveries that you would like to share? Send me an email me through the Contact Form.


download (2)

Do you know someone who would be blessed by this post? Please share it by clicking one of those Sharing Buttons below. And if you are interested in more, you should follow our Facebook page where we share more amazing discoveries.


May the Peace of God go with you!

XOXO
Chañel

Advertisements

Bible in 365 Days – Day 61

 

DAY 61 The God who showed His constant presence, parted the Red Sea and took care of your Egyptian enemies will be there, make a way and fight for you on any path that He takes you on.

Focus Chapters:

  • Numbers 11-13

 

Standout Verse(s):

Number 13:30-33 NLT

But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Caleb stood alone in his belief that they could conquer the land now, if God commanded it. All the other men disagreed.

    But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”

    But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!”

  2. The men who came back with the negative reports though themselves inferior or less than the Canaanite dwellers.

    But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

  3. The Canaanite dwellers saw the fear of the Israelite men and played on it.

    Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!

     

Application:

Whenever God starts readying me to go down a new path, I sometimes find that the naysayers in my head and around me increase exponentially. Suddenly, I am flooded with doubts and all the reasons why I shouldn’t take the new step or why I will fail. In the midst of all this doubting, I find myself hesitating to make the God-ordained move because my mind is swamped by all the “what-ifs” and the giants and obstacles that I am seeing. I forgot that God has already proved Himself. The God who showed His constant presence, parted the Red Sea and took care of my Egyptian enemies will be there, make a way and fight for me on any path that He takes me on.

What has God promised you? Where is He telling you to go? Canaan is a singular representative of God’s promise to you. Are you willing to take the first step towards that promise? In order to gain that promise, the journey to Canaan calls for your Caleb-type belief in two things:

  1. God will equip you to conquer all giants and tear down all fortified walls and cities that stand between you and His promise.
  2. If God has commanded you to move, you need to move now.

 


download (1)

Did you like Today’s Post?

Don’t forget to hit the Like button and share your thoughts in the Comments Section below!

Do you have any discoveries that you would like to share? Send me an email me through the Contact Form.


download (2)

Do you know someone who would be blessed by this post? Please share it by clicking one of those Sharing Buttons below. And if you are interested in more, you should follow our Facebook page where we share more amazing discoveries.


May the Peace of God go with you!

XOXO
Chañel

Bible in 365 Days – Day 19

Focus Chapters:

  • Job 1-4

 

Standout Verse(s):

Job 4:3-6 NLT

“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.

But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

 

Observation (s):

  1. It is quite easy to encourage, strengthen and support others when we are not the ones in the situation.

    “In the past you have encouraged many peopleyou have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.

  2. The true test of faith came when Job was the one enduring the hardship. It was then that he needed to have faith and believe that God could carry him through.

    But now when trouble strikes, you lose heartYou are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidenceDoesn’t your life of integrity give you hope?

 

Application:

It is a strange phenomenon. Our hearts are filled with prayers and our mouths are filled with encouragements for our friends when they experience trouble. We will be their primary support and encourage them to trust in God and believe that their dawn is coming. Things change when the shoe is on the other foot; when we are the ones facing the problems. Then, it becomes hard to see beyond the darkness. I remember dark times when I couldn’t even muster up the energy or will to pray. Our darkest moments are the moments in which we need the most faith. It is then our eyes, like David’s, should be fixed to the hills from whence our help comes. Don’t focus on the spoils in the valley! Look to God and watch how your perspective and circumstances change. After all, your help comes from God.

 

XOXO,
Chañel

Bible in 365 Days – Day 17

Focus Chapters:

  • Genesis 45:16-28
  • Genesis 46
  • Genesis 47:1-27

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Genesis 46:1-4 NLT

So Jacob set out for Egypt with all his possessions. And when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac.

During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called.

“Here I am,” Jacob replied.

“I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.”

 

THE REACTION

Genesis 46:5-7 NLT

So Jacob left Beersheba, and his sons took him to Egypt. They carried him and their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had provided for them. They also took all their livestock and all the personal belongings they had acquired in the land of Canaan. So Jacob and his entire family went to Egypt— sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters—all his descendants.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Jacob had a lot to fear in Egypt because he had a lot to lose. The Israelites were shepherds. In two instances in Genesis, the scripture mentions that the Egyptians disliked shepherds. We were also shown that the brothers were not allowed to sit with the Egyptians when they lunched with Joseph due to their profession. Leaving Canaan and going to Egypt required Jacob to risk his livelihood and ability to provide for his family. Additionally, Jacob also stood a risk of losing his sons to the son who he had not seen since he was a boy who was gravely wronged by his brothers. He had no idea of the type of man Joseph had turned out to be.
  2. During the big move, God, understanding Jacob’s fear, seeks him out and takes the time to reassure him. God is quite real with Jacob, ensuring He sets his expectations. God also promised to be there with Jacob in Egypt and ensure his family thrives.

    During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called.

    “I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again.

  3. Jacob placed his present and future in God’s hands when he made the move to Egypt. He took everything he owned along with his sons and his descendants.

    They also took all their livestock and all the personal belongings they had acquired in the land of Canaan. So Jacob and his entire family went to Egypt sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters—all his descendants.

     

Application:

I love the fact that God cared enough about Jacob to seek him out and reassure him that things will be okay. It is heartening to know that while I may be 1 among billions and insignificant to many, the God of all creation still sees me and knows my thoughts, fears and desires. He is there with me every step of the way to ensure that I receive a fruitful and blessed end and seeks to assure me, if I would just listen.

With such guidance and care from our Heavenly Father, we should have faith and be more inclined to place our present and futures into His hands. The move to Egypt is scary and full of risks but rest assured that God has you and your family covered. He promises that He will be there with you and that the move will be a blessing, not just to you but also to your family. Take that leap of faith! Make the move despite your fears! After all, God has everything under control!

 

XOXO,
Chañel

Your Tongue and Faith – The Dynamic Duo

image

There is life and death in the power of the tongue! Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains! Faith “calls” it done and that settles it! There are so many scriptures/quotes that deal with the individual powers of the tongue and faith. Can you imagine if they were put together as a dynamic duo?

It was the summer of 2012. I had just completed 6th form and gotten my acceptance letters for 3 universities. One in the States (giving me a 1/2 scholarship) and two in Jamaica. I decided to forgo the one in States because this girl was dumb and in love (not that I regret the decision now).

Continue reading

What Do You Need?

One of my most favorite Bible scriptures (St. Luke 18:35-43) tells the story of the blind man who learnt that Jesus was passing by. His blindness didn’t stop him because this man had a need and whilst he was somewhat hindered, he opened his mouth and cried out to Jesus for mercy. I find this act interesting because I can just imagine how packed the crowd was! After all, the amount of people who followed Jesus could be compared to the number of fleas and ticks on wild dogs. Can you just imagine the level of noise he would have to make to be heard?!

Yet he was heard by the people who tried to hush him. This only caused him to cry with more vigour. Eventually, he got Jesus’ attention. Before he knew it, he was brought before Jesus! All because of his persistence, he now had an audience with the king! Totally amazing!

Continue reading