Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 8/24/14  John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. He’s gone...are you doing His shining? Are you a little Jesus at home? At work? Behind the wheel? At Wal-mart? Or, are you a little devil? Of whom are people who watch you more likely to think: Jesus or Satan?                Deut 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes. We all do this a lot. Instead of asking and considering what God wants (WWJD), or what is best, we eat what we deem right; we drive as we deem right; we recreate, fornicate, and medicate as we deem best. Our music choices, video choices, wine, beer, and spirit choices, our church attendance choices, even our divorce lawyer choices are all as we deem best. Lord have mercy on us.

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For Whom Are You Fighting?

2 Samuel 3:18

"Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies."

One of the troubling stories in the Scriptures is found after King Saul was killed. There was a faction of people who anointed David king of Judah, but the rest of Israel fought a needless battle for Saul's name to continue. According to the verse above, Israel knew that David was to be king, but because they were more interested in fighting for a man lives were lost and the kingdom was weakened. If Israel had kept their eyes on God, they would not have fought this needless battle.

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It's Not a Fluke

1 Samuel 18:28

"And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal Saul's daughter loved him."

The first time someone does something extraordinary we often think it was by chance. The second time they do something extraordinary we may think they are lucky. When they do something three times, you know it is not a fluke. You know that there is something very special about this person that enables them to do these extraordinary acts.

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The Saul Test

1 Samuel 15:3

"Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."

Every person at some point in their life will be tested by God to see whether they can be used in a greater way. Each person will face a different test. The test you face will not be the same test I take, but how we do on that test will determine how much God can use us.

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Never Too Old

Ruth 1:12

"Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;"

Age should never be an excuse when it comes to the things of God. Naomi had grown old in the land of Moab. She never expected the move away from Bethlehem to end the way it did. She had lost her husband and two sons, and was left with her two daughters-in-law. Certainly, when she left Bethlehem she had dreams of grandeur, but sin left her empty.

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Serving God Because

Judges 10:16

"And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel."

Israel had turned from God again. For whatever reason, they couldn't get out of their system the attraction to the strange gods. They set God aside for the false god of Baal. They set God aside for the counterfeit god of Ashtaroth. The gods of Syria had a greater lure to them than the God Who delivered them from Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land.

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