Showing posts with label #Israelites. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Israelites. Show all posts

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Do you Have Broken Walls?

  And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy, too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Your sons will rebuild the long-deserted ruins of your cities; you will be known as the ‘People Who Rebuild their Walls and Cities’.

                 Isaiah 58: 11, 12 Life Recovery Bible

 Though Isaiah prophesied judgment on Judah because of their wickedness, his words brought a message of hope. The people of Judah were living in sin and denial. They were God’s chosen people. Nothing could destroy them, but God sent prophets that would confront them with truth. An enemy would destroy Jerusalem and take the people captive because of their unfaithfulness to the Almighty God. After all the miracles, Judah turned its back on God.

Do you have a broken wall? Does your life need to be rebuilt?

Are we Christians not like the people of Judah? God extends us grace. Christ died for our salvation. The Bible assures us nothing can separate us from God, so we feel invincible.


Then, sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We keep going to church and confessing Christ. All is well until someone hits us between the eyes with the truth. We've walked away from His mercy, refused His sacrifice, and denied His unfailing love. The walls of our life are broken.

God’s prophecy did come to pass. The Israelites were taken into exile by the Babylonians. Despite their situation, Isaiah preached hope to future generations of exiled Jews.


Are you facing truth today?

Are you caught up in addiction?

Has denial hit you with depression?


Facing your sin isn’t a bad thing anymore than going to a doctor if you're sick is wrong. Doctor Jesus holds out hope for our situation. He promises to rebuild our broken walls, to repair the breaches of sanity, and to restore our long-deserted intimacy with a holy God.


My Wharton Rock series deals with addictions.

Worth Her Weight - food addiction

How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?


Worth Forgiving - drug addiction and ex-con prejudice

Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

Do you have any broken walls? Addictions, compulsions, or hang-ups?

Your life can be filled with well-watered gardens.

With God, there is always hope.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How Do You Compare to the Israelites?

In the Old Testament, God chose the Israelite nation to be His children. He protected them, fought for them, and blessed them, yet time after time, they turned away from their God. How could they be so bad?
Do you see through a glass darkly?

Then again ...
How do we measure up or compare against the Israelites' failures?

Stiff-necked – That’s what Moses calls the Israelites in his prayer.

Are we stiff-necked? I am.


Wants their own way – The Israelites were unsatisfied with manna and quail. They wanted the choices they had in Egypt.

Do we complain and want our own way? Do we want to eat our pie, and still lose weight?


Impatient – They couldn’t wait for Moses to come down from the mountain. Out of impatience, they set up a golden calf to worship instead.

      I want weight loss every week. I want a two pound loss, not a quarter of a pound. I want to lose a hundred pounds in two months. If I don't, I complain that God is no help with weight loss? Am I alone? 


They believed their way was best. – They took things in their own hands, fought battles their way, and lost.

Through the years, I tried everything, but I continually regained weight plus gained even more.


Sin in their lives – They lost the battle of Ai because of sin in the camp. When the sin was cleansed, they won.

We harbor unforgivness, resentments, anger, and dishonesty and wonder why God doesn’t give us the desires of our hearts.

As you begin your new year, think about your walk with Christ. Have you really submitted to Him in the realm of eating? What about other areas? Is there parts you cling to, or refuse to let go, so that God can heal it? Are you comfortable in your small arena of failure? Have you put God on the throne of your life in everything?

If a daily devotion book would help you with weight loss, consider checking out my book Divine Dining. Find it to the right of this page. Pen-L Publishing will sell it with FREE SHIPPING through January 1.

If you're beginning a weight loss class at your church or in your home to support each other, watch for the Divine Dining Weight Controller Curriculum  book due out soon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is It Time to Move On?

  Jesus overcame the world for us. He walked victoriously in this life to show us the way. He’s already given us the land of power, self-control, and a sound mind. But we hold back, refusing to fight for what God wants us to have.

    Here, he spoke to the Israelites. “You stayed here long enough. Go
    and possess your victory."


     It was forty years ago, at Mount Horeb, that Jehovah our God told us, "you have stayed here long enough. Now go and occupy the country of the Amorites, the valley of the Arabah, and the Negeb, and all the land of Canaan and Lebanon--the entire area from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River.

 I am giving all of it to you! Go in and possess it, for it is the land the Lord promised to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all their descendants.
                    Deuteronomy 1: 6-8 Life Recovery Bible
    Have you dwelt long enough on the same mountain? Have you taken
  forty years trying to make an eleven-day trip?
              Battlefield of the Mind  by Joyce Meyer
   In my own life, I finally had to wake up and realize that I was going nowhere. I was a Christian without victory. Many wrong mindsets and strongholds enslaved me. The devil had lied to me, and I had believed him. I was living in deception.
   New Year's resolutions may not work, but setting well-thought-out,
  written, and prayed-over goals do.
                   Divine Dining by Janet K. Brown
Old Faithful in 2013
    When I submitted my eating disorder to God, He healed me  
  emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I'm in awe of what He made
  of my life since then.  I would have never had the nerve to step out
  and write God's message of hope much less give workshops or teach
  without moving on at God's command.
   What could you accomplish for God if you moved out of the mountain and continued the journey God asked you to make?
    Is it time to move out of the mountain?
    Is it time to change your direction?
    Is it time to move on?