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Laws Of Love

Guest Writer: Magnolia Hood

Deuteronomy 3-4

As I read the Old Testament reading for today, it reminded me of times when I was younger when I would want to do things that others around me were doing. Maybe I wanted to go somewhere, or maybe I wanted to do something that my other friends were doing. Often times when I would do them and shouldn’t have, or ask to do them I would be told that I couldn’t. I often felt that this was very unfair and I was being punished or held to a higher standard than others. I can remember saying “So-and-so is doing it, why can’t I”? My mother or great-grandmother would always say: “You belong to me; your friends don’t, I don’t care what they, do”. Sometimes what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to go wasn’t bad. But my mother didn’t want me to do what everybody else was doing, or go where they were going.

That is what God is saying in that text. In the fourth chapter, God is reminding the Israelites to remember what they’ve been taught and told. He tells them that they are getting ready to enter into the Promised Land, but he cautions them to stay obedient to His laws and commands. He (just like my mother) wanted them to know that they were not like everyone else. They belonged to God, so they had to separated themselves and be different. As I further thought about our reading I realized that often we think of Gods commands in levels of most importance, you know. Is this law more important than that one? That law is kind old, do we still have to do that? The fact of the matter is that all of God’s laws are important. Some are relevant to that time period. So no, we don’t have to offer animals as sacrifice. But borrowing from our small group lessons, the timeless truth of God’s laws governing sacrifice is that we show our thankfulness to God for his forgiveness of our sin by offering our own bodies as the sacrifice. So as I read this reading, I thought about the SPACE PETS method of devotional for this reading?

S=Is there a sin to confess after reading this text?
P=Is there a promise to claim in this text?
A=Is there an attitude to change after reading this text?
C=Is there a command to obey in this text?
E= Is there an example to follow?
P=Is there a prayer to pray?
E=Is there an error to avoid?
T=Is there a truth to believe?
S=Is there something to praise God for?

As you meditate on this text, please be encouraged and know that our God doesn’t make laws and commands to keep us from living good lives, in fact He sent His son so that we could have life abundantly. But He knows what best for us, because He loves us. Know that we are Children of a loving, kind, faithful AND Jealous God? Not the jealous lover kind of jealous, but jealous in that He gave and still gives us the very best, and doesn’t want to come in second place.

Let’s pray:
God thank you for your Word and for the Promise of victory when we obey you. Forgive us for not always obeying your commands. Forgive us when we make excuses for disobedience and please help us to feel your love as a Father that knows what’s best. Help us to always remember what you have done for us. Thank you for loving us enough to give us your laws. In Jesus name, Amen.


Day # 77: Prove Yourself

Today’s Reading

Numbers 20-22 & Mark 15:26-47

The 20th chapter of Numbers begins with one of the most memorable complaints of the children of Isreal. Why did you bring us out here to die? “No water, no grain, no visible hope for survival” was the words use to taunt Moses and Aaron. As I read the 21st chapter of Numbers around the fifth verse, the children of Isreal started complaining about food and drink again. This demand they put on Moses and God would result in deadly consequences.

In response to their complaining God made a choice to send poisonous snakes that attacked and killed many of the Israelites. As soon as the the children cried out for God to remove his wrath, God provides a plan of redemption.

I thought it was amazing how a people could see the hand of God work on their behalf and still complain. I am glad to know God’s love provides a way of escape even when we make unfair demands and acts of doubt.

When I transitioned to our New Testament text, I fell in love with Jesus all over again.

I thank God that Jesus is not like many of us. I can remember a time when I had the opportunity to show how strong I was without saying a word. But my flesh wanted to prove something to those whose attention was captivated by my presence. After it was all said and done, I asked myself what did I prove? I am now convinced that I should have taken the higher road, and resisted the peer pressure around me.

As I think about the choices Jesus had in that moment, I thank God that he stayed committed to the His plan of redemption.

What would have happened if He would have met the desires of those who mocked him?

We would be still responsible for offering blood sacrifices for ours sin.

By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:7-10 ASV)

If Jesus gave in to his flesh, there would be no hope for mankind.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 NLT)

The law would not be fulfilled and God’s word would return to Him void!

“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the Scriptures-either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. (Matthew 5:17 MSG)

Today’s Takeaways:

  1. How many times does God have to prove himself to satisfy our fleshly desires?
  2. We should pray and ask for direction before we make choices that could ultimately impact the rest of our life.
  3. We need to be cautious of what we require of others. It is so important that we cover others in prayer instead of pressuring them to make choices.
  4. When we ask God to prove himself, is it an act of faith or an act of doubt?

Stay Blessed!!!!


Day # 63: Momentum Versus Monuments.

Today’s Reading:

Leviticus 17-18 & Mark 9: 1-29

Guest Author: Minister Michael Williams

Have you ever had an amazing experience with God that left you completely in awe of Him?  I mean a moment in time that you wanted to tell everyone about and maybe you did.  You told the story of this God moment over and over and over and over again.  You told details about who was there, what the weather was like, even the smells that you remembered.  While there is nothing wrong with having these moments, we must be careful of making monuments out of moments.

At the awesome sight of a deceased Elijah, a deceased Moses, and Jesus whose clothes suddenly began to gleam a brilliant white, Peter was amazed.  It was such a wonderful site—two pillars of the Hebrew faith and their current master teacher all engaged in a divine conversation.  Peter desired to do what we often do—he wanted to build tents for all three.  Peter was going to build a monument of the moment, a monument that would reflect the greatness of all three men.  However there were two fatal flaws in his plan.

His first flaw was giving equal status to Elijah and Moses as he did to Christ.  While God uses great leaders in our lives to help bring about Godly transformation, Jesus is our deliverer.  While God will use men and women to play instrumental roles in our formation, it is only through Jesus that we are saved.   We must be careful when we make monuments out of moments that we are not giving mortals more credit than they deserve.  God corrected Peter’s thinking by reminding the disciples about just who Jesus was (verse 7).  Sometimes we need to refocus; we need to appreciate the people that God uses as instruments for our wholeness but reserve all glory, honor, and praise for God alone.

Peter’s second flaw, while from a good heart, was his desire to build tents.  In this moment Peter was looking to build a place to stay.  Who knows how long it would have taken to build these tents.  We don’t know how long Peter intended for them to be on the mountain enjoying this moment.  Yet as we read further in the chapter we know that there was work to be done.  Had they lingered on the mountain too long, deliverance for the young demon-possessed boy could have put his life in further jeopardy.  We can not get stuck on the mountain.  There is work to be done in the valleys where there are people who need to know the God that we are awed by.  It would be great to live on the mountain tops of life, but if we are to lead full and complete lives we must go through the highs and lows of life, because we can see God in both.

God moments are meant to build momentum not for us to build monuments.

Day# 56 Recognizing the Smell

Today’s Reading:

Leviticus 3-5 & Mark 5: 21-43

Guest Author: Magnolia Hood

The fragrance industry is a very lucrative one.  Some reports it being worth billions of dollars a year.  Now there’s nothing wrong with this since for the most part, I imagine that we all like to smell good, right?  In reflecting upon today’s readings, these two are closely related in my mind.  Really?  You may think.  But yes, here is how.  You can find perfume, parfume, cologne, and all sorts of body mists and sprays mostly anywhere in today’s society.  They tend to be affordable for all budgets and financial backgrounds.  This week while I was at work, I was thumbing through a magazine as I waited for a client and I came across one of those sample sheet inserts for Coach perfume.  So I peeled open the insert, and was instantly a fan!  I WANT THAT PERFUME!!  So went looking for it.  Google revealed to me that it was available for anywhere between $65 and $85 for a 1.7oz bottle.

This fragrance that I find pleasing does not come cheap, right?  Going back to my previous statement, fragrances can cost various depending on your budget.  I am sure that I can find a cheaper (generic) version of this fragrance that will not set me back so much.  I am quite sure that I can bypass the trip to Macy’s and go to Walgreens and find a similar smell.  The only problem is that someone that is also a fan of that fragrance and actually has the authentic version will be able to tell the difference should we ever share a car, elevator or classroom.  The point I am trying to make, is that though the generic is cheaper, you will always be able to tell the difference.

That takes me to our reading for today.  In Leviticus, God is giving instruction to Moses as to how Aaron and his sons are to give atonement offerings to God for the sins of the people.  The distinctions between the different types of offerings have different procedures, purposes, and significances.  The one recurrent theme that I find is no matter what you use for sacrifice, or even how you sacrifice; it must be “an aroma pleasing to the Lord”.  So whether it comes from the herd, or the flock, it must be an aroma pleasing to the Lord.  So it makes me wonder; what causes this aroma?  We no longer have to come to our churches with rams and goats in tow, so how then do we make this aroma?  Here’s what I have found:  you must come to God with a repentant heart and a willingness to confess what the sin is.  We initiate reconciliation with God, by humbling our own hearts, and coming to God accordingly.  How pleasing would it be if we came to God like the woman in our Mark 5 reading?

God desires our sacrifice of ourselves on the altar of repentance.  To lay aside our ideas and thoughts that can cause blemishes.  He wants our investment, and our participation.  Just as the priests had to participate fully even to the laying on of their hands onto the head of the sacrifice, to symbolize how the animal was taking the place of man.  Today, can you lay your hand on your own head, and sacrifice yourself today?  Yes, it may cost a lot, but it would be a most recognizable fragrance to our God.

Day #49 The Ultimate Authority

Today’s Reading:

Exodus 27-28 & Mark 1:23-45

I am excited to know that the Power of God is not limited to humans and the elements of the world, but every part of creation must submit to His world. Addiction is defined as the continued use of a mood altering addictive substance or behaviors despite the adverse consequences that may accompany those behaviors. The dangerous reality, is that some people who struggle with addiction do not realize that it is impacting their thoughts and actions in their everyday lives. Our text reminds me of three key factors that can help us as we endeavor to be like Christ: the power of god; the authority of God; and how we measure our behaviors.

When I think about the power of the blood of Jesus and how it has the power to wash away ALL my sins, I get excited to know God’s love is unconditional. I know the obstacles that I had to overcome; and to know that God can forgive me is a gift from an all seeing God. In the same manner what ever issue that I was tied to, God’s has the power to break every addiction, soul tie and habit.

Jesus’ actions showed that He really had the authority that He claimed. In this text, He cast out a demon. How? By His words! Nothing more. When Jesus merely said, “Be quiet and come out of him,” the demon left the man. His words had authority even over demons. The calmness with which Jesus expelled demons reflected His power: He never argued, struggled or created a scene. He simply ordered the demons to leave and they left. No wonder people were amazed. He had demonstrated the credentials to prove His authority.

In every area of our life, authority is essential. To determine distance, it is necessary to have a yardstick or standard of measure by which to calculate length. Thus, if someone wishes to know how long a room is, he measures it. God has provided a yardstick for us: Jesus and the Word. When we wish to know whether something is right or wrong, we should evaluate it by the standard of the Scriptures. Therefore, you need to have a Bible at your side while you are studying, and continually refer to it to be sure that what is taught in these lessons is true. The Bible is our yardstick.

Questions to consider:

What amazed the multitudes about Jesus?
a) physical appearance
b) intelligence
c) wealth
d) authority in teaching

How did Jesus expel the demon?
by conducting a seance
by a magical formula
by a simple command (rebuke)
by taking up a collection

What purpose did Jesus’ miracles serve?
they made Him rich
they demonstrated His authority and proved He was from God
they proved people today can do miracles
they served no purpose whatever

Day 35: I Don’t Look The Same!

Today’s Reading:

Genesis 43-45& Matthew 22: 23-46

As I approach the end of this winter season, I am reminded of the Christmas season. It is during this time that I am able to spend time with my family, while enjoying the food selections that are unique to this season. My favorite dessert has to be my mother’s homemade carmel cake. The ingredients include: cake flour, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, sugar and butter. I remember watching my mother mix these ingredients, although the ingredients individually don’t taste good, combined they become a sweet tasting dessert. The beating that these items endure is necessary in order for cake to be made. The folding of the batter and whipping of the eggs, makes the final product much better than they would be without this process. Once the cake was finished I notice that the finish product contained all the original ingredients but did not look the same.

One of the things that stood out to me in today’s text was the fact that none of Joseph brothers recognized him. Joseph’s look may have changed, but the components of his character remained the same. His faith, integrity, and dreams never shifted. Often times, people who are abused by life’s challenges usually experience a change in their character. I also found that when people gain success they sometimes forget where they came from and sometimes will transition into the person they despised in their past. I am encouraged when I noticed that Joseph’s success did not cause him to become bitter.

In this story of comfort, Joseph forgiving his brothers, and also telling them that the pain and betrayal that he endured had a purpose is good news to me. Now that his dream had manifested, Joseph cried in excitement that his family will be restored and his journey was worth it.

Today’s Takeaways:

  1. Hold on to your dreams; they will come to past.
  2. Don’t allow the trials of this life to make you bitter. They have a purpose for you.
  3. Forgiveness should be the only option for those who wrong you. Their actions in most cases will cause you to be stretched and strengthened.

Day 28: Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise to Repeat

Today’s Reading:

Genesis 27-28 & Matthew 18:21-35

Growing up, we used to play a game in which we would sit in a circle and give one another a chance to tell a truth, complete a dare or a really courageous double dare, or make a promise to repeat a phrase that you may not want to repeat.

Our text resembles a similar situation in my imagination. Jacob and Rebecah are outside the house and Jacob is faced with the options of telling the truth to his father, taking the dare of retreiveing the meat before his brother could return, or the doubledare of “costuming” as his brother to fool his father. Jacob agreeing to do all the previous acts caused him to also have to “promise to repeat” one lie after another.

Have you ever been in a situation where a close family member has hurt you in a manner you only perceived an enemy would? Have you ever been promised something, to find out that what you were expecting was stolen or given away? We find Esau on the brink of receiving his fathers blessing, but his brother Jacob had a different plan.

Jacob and Esau are no longer boys. They are 77 years old. Their father Isaac is very aged. He is 137 years old and he could not see. Rebekah knew God’s promise but she tried a carnal scheme to try to bring it to pass (sounds familiar right?). Jacob was old enough to know better but went along with this scheme and fully participated in the deception. Usually our evil plans and plots do not work out as well as we had hoped.

Jacob was probably hoping that he would not have to lie with his mouth, but his sin of deception led to the next sin: lying. Not only does he lie but he brings God’s name into it!

So in accrodance to our reading for today, below are some quick trivia questions to spark your understanding of the passage. Enjoy, and good luck!!!

Should parents always be obeyed?

Should Jacob have obeyed Rebekah in this case?

In Genesis 27:12 what word describes what Jacob actually was?

What was the first question Isaac asked?

Why did Isaac in verse 20 ask; “How did you kill the animals and prepare the meat so quickly’?

Today Takeaway’s:

  1. LET US NOT DO EVIL THAT GOOD MAY COME – Rebekah and Jacob had a good goal in mind: to get God’s promised blessing. If God has promised us blessing, then we should let Him bring the blessing in His time and in His way.
  2. BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT – Rebekah and Jacob were totally exposed and their deception was brought to light. Jacob’s sin was going to catch up with him! Instead of being the DECEIVER he is going to be the one DECEIVED!