Ephesians 3:20-21 (New International Version)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our Final Week: No Other Gods

Are we really ready to make room for God? Are we ready to leave all other gods behind? What if it means taking that step alone? Are you sure?

At the beginning of our final week, our study begins with the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego. The boys felt no need to follow the law, even to the point of death by a fiery furnace. To top it off, their faith was soooo built, the boys didn't even fear the outcome! It is my belief the boys knew their God so well, they fully trusted Him to do what was best. Hmmmm,...

It was also noted that our desire to "fit-in" can actually take us where we don't want to go. Another hmmmm....

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Isn't it interesting to notice this verse simply points to the future...not the past. Have we made room for God and what He has planned for our future or are we holding on the pieces of the past? Where do I place my comfort?

Deuteronomy 6:23 He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that He promised an oath to our forefathers.

The road to the promise land may be rough; but He is there leading the way. It isn't by our own power and strength, but through the faithfulness of our God. Persevere and don't look back!

Ruth 1:16 Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. You can't embrace the future and leave opportunities to return to the past! It's all or nothing!!!

Ruth 2:12 May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord; the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.

I have enjoyed and grown from this study. Amazing that it ends with how my own new adventure began...with the study of Ruth. A good reminder that what I left behind needs to stay behind.

Love you!