Hannah Prays Part 3: God’s Judgements Against His Proud Enemies


Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance,for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed, 1 Samuel 2:3(NIV)

  • The way that God saves his people is perfect, 1 Samuel 2:1(NIV)
  • His holy nature is perfect 1 Samuel 2:2(NIV)
  • His judgements against his proud enemies are perfect ,1 Samuel 2:3(NIV)
  • Because God is holy, he saves his people from the proud plans of their wicked enemies , 1 Samuel 2:1-3[NIV]

These proud enemies prepare to fight against God’s servants. They speak proudly because they are confident of success , Ps 2:1-3(NIV). They even dare to insult God himself. However, their words are in vain, because God is on the side of his people, Daniel 7:20-22[NIV]. He will fight for them, and nobody can defeat God ,Psalm 2:4-6(NIV)

  • God has perfect knowledge ; He knows everything
  • He is aware of how those proud enemies have insulted his people
  • He knows about their evil plans even before they begin to carry them out, 2 Kngs 6:8-12(NIV)
  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, Hannah declares God’s judgement against his enemies
  • God knows what they are saying; and he is their judge
  • People weigh an object to test whether it is the proper weight
  • In the same manner, God weighs (or examines) deeds. He makes sure that they are right and proper
  • This could refer to people’s deeds; if so, the meaning is that God is our judge. However, the phrase seems to refer to God’s deeds; in other words, the acts that God carries out. So, the meaning is thatall God’s acts – especially his judgements – are right and proper.
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Make a Plan to Keep Out of Trouble


“If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 (NASB)

Hot pizza oozing with five yummy cheeses would be delivered in 20 minutes to my front door. I’d ordered it for the people working in our barn. They deserved a feast after preparing the old structure in freezing temperatures for a wedding that weekend!

I, on the other hand, didn’t need to eat any pizza.

Pizza is an innocent delicacy for most people. My problem is I can eat the whole thing! One slice quickly becomes two slices, then three and then the entire pie. Even one bite is too tempting for me. I had to make a plan to stay out of trouble — and not consume all the pizza. So I whipped up a salad and ate it quickly.

The smell of fresh, hot pizza filled the kitchen, but I wasn’t tempted. No siree! My plan had worked. I didn’t eat one slice.

After lunch, I was gloating over my victory when the Lord whispered to my heart, “If only you could be as quick to make a plan to stay out of trouble with other sin.”

Ouch!

I don’t know about you, but I often do what I shouldn’t and don’t do what I should. Many times, it’s because I’m not on guard. God warned Cain about this very thing, seen in today’s key verse, Genesis 4:7: “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

How do we master sin? By planning ahead of time to avoid temptation.

One of the best biblical examples of a man with a plan is Joseph (read more about him in Genesis 39). He’s handsome, young and in charge of Potiphar’s entire estate — except for Potiphar’s wife. Potiphar is the captain of the guard for the king of Egypt.

But when Potiphar is not around, his beautiful wife repeatedly tries to tempt Joseph to go to bed with her. What does this man of God do? He doesn’t yield to the temptation and instead, makes a plan to keep out of trouble: He keeps away from her, and when she pursues him, he flees.

This may seem obvious, but my question is: How often do we follow Joseph’s example? Thankfully, I made a plan to enjoy a salad when faced with the temptation to eat a whole pizza. Others may need to decline dinner invitations to avoid flirting with married men. Or put blocks on their Internet to avoid peeking at pornography. Some may have to limit conversations with coworkers to not gossip. Or cut up credit cards to steer clear of overspending.

When we don’t make a plan to keep out of trouble, the sin that crouches at our door will often be too hard to resist!

While I was contemplating this, one of the guys working in the barn came in the house to get warm by the fire. He was once a drug addict. So I asked him, “What’s your plan to keep out of trouble when temptation knocks on your door?”

He said, “First, I have to stay in the presence of the Lord. Second, I can never allow myself to become complacent. Third, when temptation comes, I call a recovered addict who is also saved by Jesus and he talks me out of the ridiculous thoughts of yielding to sin.”

This man and Joseph inspired me with their plans to avoid sin. I wanted to follow suit. So, when he left, I wrote down a few plans on how to keep   of trouble.

Sure enough, later there were extra slices of pizza left after lunch.

Someone asked if they could take them. I’m thankful God gave me the strength to say, “Please do!” because I don’t want temptation crouching at my door!

Dear Lord, Give me Your plan to keep out of trouble! I want victory over this temptation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (NKJV)

Galatians 5:16, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” (NLT)
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What sin crouches at your door? Pray and ask God to help you write out a plan(s) that will help you stay out of trouble.

A Crack In The Wall – Farmer And Mousetrap.


A story is often told of a farmer and a mousetrap. If you have heart it before, just re-examine it from a new respective for its richness in wisdom. It is said that on a farm somewhere, a mouse looked through the crack in the safety of its hideout only to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?? The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard sad and disappointed , the mouse proclaimed the warning: ” There is a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house! The hen cackled and scratched , raised her head and said, ” Mr Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered to by it.” The mouse didn’t give up, it turned to the pig and told him, “There’s a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house!” But, even the pig sympathized, it said, ” I am so very sorry Mr Mouse, but there’s nothing I can do about it – but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers tonight!” The Mouse met the cow and said, ” There’s a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Mow, Mr Mouse, I am sorry for you, but It’s no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. And as fate would have it, that very night, a sound was heard ringing throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the thick darkness, she couldn’t see that it was a venomous snake whose tail was firmly gripped by the trap.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his kitchen knife and headed to the farmyard for the soup’s ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her round-the-block.
You see, in order to feed them, the farmer butchered his pig. Unfortunately, the farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So, people came from neighboring villages came in droves to say their last respects. As a result, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all mourners.

Greatest Impact

As all this unfolded, the mouse looked upon it from his crack in the walk with great sadness.
So, here is the moral of the story, the next time you hear someone – especially in your organization – is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Indeed the greatest impact might be on the persons who thought the problem was too remote to them. Be part of the solution for you will not escape the consequences of the problem unresolved!

A Christ Centered Christmas


Keep focusing on what is important!

love this poem that reveals that truth.
1 Corinthians 13. [Christmas Version]

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,but do not show love to my family, i’m just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christians cookies, preparing gourment meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime: but I do not show love in my family, it profits me nothing,
if I trim the spruce will with shimmering angels and crotcheted snowflakes, attend myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choirs cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired
Love does not envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table lines.
Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love does not give to those only who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
Love bears all things, believes all things, and hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails!

Note: Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust; but giving the gift of love will endure!

MERRY CHRISTMAS


People ask, Do you like Christmas? Like it? God planned the world for it! That was the key of history locking together all days. Without Christmas the world would be meaningless… The Incarnation and work of Christ are God’s greatest achievement. Not to worship on Christmas day is scandalous. It is HIS day, not the festival of fried geese. Those who quibble about the 25th of December being once a pagan mid-winter feast have no perspective whatever. They may as well say we can’t grow wheat in a field because some thorns grew there before. Beyond all question the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body! (1 Tim. 3:16) God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS.