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Reality 1 – God is always at work around you

God has always been actively involved in human affairs throughout history. Because of our sin, he is working to bring about redemption to those of that have rejected him. He wants to reconcile us through Christ so we can have a loving relationship with him. If we don’t open our spiritual eyes to what he is doing, we will remain blind to his presence.

I’m going through my second round of this study called Experiencing God. I am doing it with a men’s group and my young professionals group. Last week was more of an introduction. This week is reality one of the seven realities. It tells us that God is always at work around us. God was always at work in the life Moses from when he was a child to when he was in exile. God has provided me with many things like a good church and community so I can answer his calling for me. I am thankful he still uses me and I don’t want to forget what he has done for me in the past. I just want to be obedient to him so I can experience him more.

 

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Beth Moore

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Last year I had the opportunity to go through my first Passover Seder meal. It is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover. It involves the retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. In Matthew 26:17-30, we see Jesus going through the Passover meal with the disciples. What is significant about this is that the Lamb of God would be present at this particular Passover – the last meal before He is crucified on the cross.

Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Beth Moore gave a pretty good interpretation of what the Passover Seder meal looked like. She talked about Jesus and how He quoted from this passage from Exodus 6:6-7 about the four promises that are given. Each promise is represented by a cup (of wine – the blood of Christ). God speaks of these promises over our freedom and slavery. Here is the condensed version of her talk on these cups:

Cup 1 – I will bring you out. In John 13:5-6 they would typically wash their hands after the first cup. But Jesus washed their feet instead (He changes it). They then sing praises of Dayenu (“it would have been enough for us” or “it would have been sufficient”). But despite all that God has done, it wasn’t enough. Something had to be done.

Cup 2 –I will deliver you from slavery. They dip the unleavened bread in the bitter herbs until their eyes teared up. This represents sorrow. They are sorrowful for they are told one of them will betray Him. They then eat the roasted lamb.

Cup 3 – I will redeem you. Jesus breaks the bread (not pull apart – it’s unleavened) and tells the disciples to drink His cup. This is the offer of Salvation (Exodus 24:8) and we have to receive it. Jesus becomes this cup – the cup of redemption.

Cup 4 – I will take you as my people. We will sit at the table all together to take this cup. As foretold in Revelations, He takes us as His people.

Afterwards in Matthew 26:30, we see that they then sing a hymn together. Jesus has come to set us free. Are we GLAD? All things were made for this day (Psalms 118:24). Rejoice and be GLAD in it! This day (the cross) IS enough!

The Lord has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

Psalms 126:3

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God speaks to us. He has a plan for us. So many of are trying to find God’s will in our life. We can search all we want.. but do we really listen? Maybe he’s been trying to tell us all along. I have read that many believe God wispers to us. But if our lives our too busy, we can’t hear.

Great quote I heard awhile back – If the devil can’t make you bad, he will make you busy.

I love to serve. Its one of my spiritual gifts. I feel such a sastifaction in my life when I serve. Sometimes I take it too far. Maybe that’s my way of finding out God’s will.  Maybe I’m thinking if I plug into every ministry, one of them will eventually lead me to where God want me…

Last month I was introduced to a passage in Exodus 18:7-23. This passage is about carrying a heavy load. It really weighed on me. With the holidays coming up, I knew that my serving schedule usually gets a little overwelming. So I took last month off from the church. I went and visited my dad and spent some time reading. I know for sure I want to transition to full-time ministry someday. I’m ready to surrender all to God and live a life for him. I know it is all in his timing. Seeing some of my friends transition to full-time ministry has been a big inspiration to me. I am making time to listen to God. I want to do what he knows is best for me. And only he knows. Jeremiah 29:11. The past two year have been the most incredible two years of my life. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next.

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