Thursday, October 27, 2016

Night Light for Couples - The Pride Roadblock

Night Light for Couples, the couples' devotional from Focus on the Family ministry founder Dr. James Dobson and his wife, Shirley, brings spouses together each evening, helping them stay connected with each other and their Lord.

“I hate pride and arrogance.” Proverbs 8:13

In the middle of your highway to forgiveness there may be a giant roadblock called pride. You know in your heart that you offended your wife with that comment about her body, or her intelligence, or her family. You realize you hurt your husband with that remark about his selfishness or his waste of money. But something is keeping you from admitting wrong and seeking forgiveness. Even though you know you’re guilty, you can’t get the words out of your mouth. At best you can mumble, “I’m sorry,” but you don’t really want to know if your partner heard you.

Pride is terribly destructive to human relationships. It may be the sin that God hates most, because there are more than one hundred references to it in Scripture. Proverbs 6:17–19 describes seven things that God finds detestable, and the first one on the list is “a proud look.” If you or your mate have a haughty attitude that prevents you from seeking forgiveness and reconciling, it will damage your marriage. We encourage you to swallow your pride and talk to your spouse. Once you’ve done that, why not clear one more roadblock and seek the Lord’s forgiveness for your prideful heart?

Just between us…
  • Has my pride kept us apart in the past? How?
  • In what ways has swallowing our pride blessed us in the past?
  • How can we break down the roadblock of pride on our way to a stronger relationship?
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your example of humility and mercy. Forgive us for our stubborn, prideful treatment of each other. We want to change. Help us to lay aside pride, admit wrongs, and humbly ask for forgiveness. Amen.
  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Daily Readings for October 27, 2016

Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18, 31:25-32:2
Are you seated at the table of the great? Do not be greedy at it, and do not say, "How much food there is here!" Remember that a greedy eye is a bad thing. What has been created more greedy than the eye? Therefore it sheds tears for any reason. Do not reach out your hand for everything you see, and do not crowd your neighbor at the dish. Judge your neighbor's feelings by your own, and in every matter be thoughtful. Eat what is set before you like a well brought-up person, and do not chew greedily, or you will give offense. Be the first to stop, as befits good manners, and do not be insatiable, or you will give offense. If you are seated among many persons, do not help yourself before they do. Do not try to prove your strength by wine-drinking, for wine has destroyed many. As the furnace tests the work of the smith, so wine tests hearts when the insolent quarrel. Wine is very life to human beings if taken in moderation. What is life to one who is without wine? It has been created to make people happy. Wine drunk at the proper time and in moderation is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul. Wine drunk to excess leads to bitterness of spirit, to quarrels and stumbling. Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his own hurt, reducing his strength and adding wounds. Do not reprove your neighbor at a banquet of wine, and do not despise him in his merrymaking; speak no word of reproach to him, and do not distress him by making demands of him. If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself; be among them as one of their number. Take care of them first and then sit down; when you have fulfilled all your duties, take your place, so that you may be merry along with them and receive a wreath for your excellent leadership.

Revelation 12:7-17
And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world-- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" So when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from his mouth the serpent poured water like a river after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.

Luke 11:53-12:12
When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say. Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. "And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the authorities, do not worry about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 50 Deus deorum
1   The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2   Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, God reveals himself in glory.
3   Our God will come and will not keep silence; before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
4   He calls the heavens and the earth from above to witness the judgment of his people.
5   Gather before me my loyal followers, those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.
6   Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; for God himself is judge.
7   Hear, O my people, and I will speak: "O Israel, I will bear witness against you; for I am God, your God.
8   I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; your offerings are always before me.
9   I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, nor he-goats out of your pens;
10   For all the beasts of the forest are mine, the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
11   I know every bird in the sky, and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12   If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13   Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and make good your vows to the Most High.
15   Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor me."
16   But to the wicked God says: "Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips;
17   Since you refuse discipline, and toss my words behind your back?
18   When you see a thief, you make him your friend, and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19   You have loosed your lips for evil, and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20   You are always speaking evil of your brother and slandering your own mother's son.
21   These things you have done, and I kept still, and you thought that I am like you."
22   I have made my accusation; I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23   Consider this well, you who forget God, lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
24   Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 103 Benedic, anima mea
1   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2   Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
3   He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities;
4   He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5   He satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
6   The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7   He made his ways known to Moses and his works to the children of Israel.
8   The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great kindness.
9   He will not always accuse us, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12   As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our sins from us.
13   As a father cares for his children, so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14   For he himself knows whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but dust.
15   Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field;
16   When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
17   But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, and his righteousness on children's children;
18   On those who keep his covenant and remember his commandments and do them.
19   The LORD has set his throne in heaven, and his kingship has dominion over all.
20   Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, and hearken to the voice of his word.
21   Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his who do his will.
22   Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion; bless the LORD, O my soul.

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The Daily Meditation for October 27, 2016

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Scott B. Hayashi

Psalm 50:14 (NRSV) Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and make good your vows to the Most High.

When a pastor became gravely ill and was admitted to the hospital for surgery, a couple stayed with his spouse throughout days of waiting. I called at the hospital and thanked the couple for being such good friends to the pastor’s wife. One of them said to me, “When I was ill, the pastor stayed with me.” The way that this couple gave thanks to their pastor was by caring for his beloved wife.

There is no single thing a person can give to God that God does not already own. Thus the offering of animals for sacrifice had no meaning to God. Instead the psalmist proclaims that what God wants is our thanks.

How do we give thanks to God? By caring for that which God loves. God loves human beings. God made us in his image. Caring for people, especially the “least of these,” is a fitting sacrifice of thanks to God.

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Girlfriends in God - Put It In Re-verse

by Gwen Smith

Today’s Truth

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5)

Friend to Friend

If you’ve been around Christian believers for any length of time then you have probably heard people talking about their “life verse.” Having a life verse isn’t a Biblical mandate and it doesn’t make anyone sprout wings of holiness, but it’s a thing. A thing that often redirects us to God’s Word. Which is always good.

Back in the day of Joshua, the people of Israel were led through the Jordan River when the Lord made a miraculous way. After they reached the other side safely, God told the leaders to go back into the water and gather 12 large stones, one to represent each tribe, and to place them by the water’s edge. The stones became a visual reminder of the deliverance that they’d experienced at the hands of God.

Life verses are a remembrance stone of sorts. They are usually a verse that reminds people of Biblical promises or of a special time in their lives when they experienced the powerful presence of God. Sometimes a life verse is a scripture that reminds us not to worry, like Philippians 4:6 - or verses that reminds us of God’s inseparable love, like Romans 8:37-39.

I have more than one life verse {overachiever alert.} One is Psalm 105:4, because it instructs my heart of what is most important. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” Love it. I need to remind my heart of which direction it should face.

Another one of my life verses is more of a remembrance stone. Psalm 34:5 reminds me that I am not the sum of what I do or what I’ve done, but that I am defined and refined by the One to whom I look. “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.”

I know what it is to look to people other than God to define my beauty. I know what it’s like to look to my accomplishments, my failures, my bank account, or my social media page to inform my heart {and others} of my value and virtue. But God doesn’t care about those things. He cares about where I look: to Him, to myself, or to others.

I am defined by the restoring, forgiving grace of God, not by my past choices, others’ voices, or my present struggles. So Psalm 34:5 is a perfect life verse for me. It reminds me of the value God sees in me and it reminds me to look His way.

When I sign copies of my book Broken into Beautiful I usually add the Psalm 34:5 verse reference below my signature. It fits the message of the book, that God is all about healing wounded hearts and redefining our lives according to His beauty, not our brokenness.

Imagine my dismay when one day I realized that I had just signed someone’s book with the verse numbers inverted. I signed psalm 35:4 and had NO IDEA what the message of that verse was.

So I looked it up.

And quickly realized it was a verse written by David asking God to ruin his enemies! Good glory! I laughed and re-versed the book, changing the reference back to Psalm 34:5. This simple mistake got my heart to thinking. Sometimes I need to re-verse {or redirect} the things I say and do.

When I get distracted and leave God out of my day, it’s time to re-verse and remember what’s most important. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

When I get grumbly or gossipy, it’s time to re-verse. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure.” (Philippians 2:14-15) “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)

When I feel insecure or unloved, it’s time to re-verse. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

All day long I need to reroute my thoughts and actions toward the truth, wisdom and guidance of the Bible. I need to go back into the river of life, to the Word, to look up and memorize references that will set my heart and mind on the path of God’s will. Re-verse with me today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I’m so grateful that You are loving, kind, and patient. Please help me to live according to Your truth. Convict my heart when it needs correction. Help me to know when I need to re-verse, and move me to the path of Your holiness through Your Word.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 119:9-11. “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

What three directives are we given? What are the rewards of these directives? How might these be applied in your life today?

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - GOD FIRST

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16

Eighteen-year-old Nina lives in an Asian country where Buddhism is the faith of the majority. Since her mother is a devout Christian, she is constantly exposed to stories and lessons from God’s Word. At school, her faith in Jesus Christ is often tested. Because Nina showed great aptitude at school, she was selected to be part of a team that would compete in a high school annual science competition. On the day of the competition, however, the Vice Principal, a very strict disciplinarian, decided to take the team to the Buddhist temple first. Nina fidgeted anxiously in her seat while aboard the school bus with her teammates.

As she tried to figure out what to do upon arriving at the monastery, the first of the Lord’s Ten Commandments resonated in her mind—no other gods, except Him. I can’t disobey my God, after knowing who He is, she thought. Nina felt trapped and confused. Obeying God meant disobeying the Vice Principal. Nina uttered a silent prayer. “God, you changed the hearts of many kings before, surely you can do it again! Please Lord, speak to his heart!”

When the team reached the temple, everyone entered except Nina, who stood at the gate. As Nina’s teammates came out of the temple, the Vice Principal approached Nina with a stern look on his face. “Why did you not come in the temple with us?”

“Sir, I was born a Christian. When my mother gave birth to me, I was weak and at the point of death. Christians prayed for me and God heard their prayers,” shared Nina.

“You could have just entered with us and not participate in the ceremonies,” explained the Vice Principal, whose face and tone softened. Nina knew then that God had just answered her prayers.

“I did not have peace in my heart. I felt that I would be disobeying God if I entered the temple, sir,” Nina responded. The Vice Principal did not pursue the matter any further; neither did he chide Nina for it. The team placed third during the science competition.

Nina testified during a youth training program that Open Doors organized. “I was surprised to see how God suddenly changed his heart; he rarely speaks that way to students. He is often firm and strong…His wife has had many miscarriages. I’m praying for his wife to have a baby soon. I’m also praying for him to know Jesus Christ. I’m sure it will happen someday!”

RESPONSE: Today I will put God first in every situation I face.

PRAYER: Pray for all young Christians who face the cultural challenges against putting God first.

Un Dia a la Vez - Jesús y el divorcio

Por tanto, lo que Dios ha unido, que no lo separe el hombre. Marcos 10:9

El divorcio es un tema que me causa mucho dolor. En mi caso, me resulta muy triste debido a que he pasado por dos divorcios que me dolieron por varios años. En realidad, esto es traumático en gran medida y lo lamentable es que los más afectados son los niños.

En el primero, no conocía de Dios y no había principios, ni respeto. Incluso, llegué a vivir los primeros pasos de la violencia doméstica. En el segundo, fue más triste aun porque se trataba de una boda cristiana donde el amor no fue suficiente para lidiar con los problemas y nos dejamos llevar por el orgullo.

De estas dos experiencias aprendí que casarse no era cuestión de emoción, sino que es una decisión muy seria. Por lo tanto, Dios debe ser el que nos escoja esa pareja. En la Biblia, Él nos dice que la única ocasión en la que aprueba el divorcio es cuando ha habido adulterio.

Mi consejo es que si no estás en esta situación y solo te empeñas en divorciarte porque crees que todo está perdido, dale una oportunidad a Dios para restaurar tu hogar.

Recuerda, Él tiene la última palabra.

Verse of the Day - October 27, 2016

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

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Our Daily Bread - Stage by Stage

Read: Numbers 33:1–15, 36–37 | Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 12–14; 2 Timothy 1

At the Lord's command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. Numbers 33:2

Numbers 33 is a chapter in the Bible we might pass by without reflection. It appears to be nothing more than a long list of places tracing Israel's pilgrimage from Rameses in Egypt to their arrival in the plains of Moab. But it must be important because it’s the only section in Numbers that follows with the words: “At the Lord’s command Moses recorded . . .” (v. 2).

Why keep a record of this? Could it be that this list provides a framework upon which the Israelites emerging from the wilderness could retrace that forty-year journey in their thoughts and recall God's faithfulness at each location?

I envision an Israelite father, sitting near a campfire, reminiscing with his son: “I will never forget Rephidim! I was dying of thirst, nothing but sand and sage for hundreds of miles. Then God directed Moses to take his staff and strike a rock—actually a hard slab of flint. I thought, What a futile gesture; he’ll never get anything out of that stone. But to my amazement water gushed out of that rock! A generous flow that satisfied the thirst of the thousands of Israelites. I’ll never forget that day!” (see Ps. 114:8; Num. 20:8–13; 33:14).

So why not give it a try? Reflect on your life—stage by stage—and remember all the ways God has shown you His faithful, covenant love.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Johnson Oatman Jr.

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God’s faithfulness extends to all generations.

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Unser Täglich Brot - Schritt für Schritt

Lesen: 4.Mose 33,1-15. 36-37 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Jeremia 12–14; 2.Timotheus 1

Und Mose schrieb auf nach dem Befehl des Herrn ihre Wanderungen nach ihren Lagerplätzen. (4.Mose 33,2)

4.Mose 33 ist ein Kapitel, das wir vielleicht ohne groß zu überlegen überspringen. Es scheint nichts weiter zu enthalten als eine Liste von Orten, an denen das Volk Israel auf dem Weg von Ägypten nach Moab lagerte. Aber es muss doch wichtig sein, denn es ist der einzige Abschnitt im ganzen Buch, in dem es heißt: „Mose schrieb auf nach dem Befehl des Herrn . . .“ (V.2).

Wieso sollte er das aufschreiben? Sollte die Aufzählung vielleicht eine Gedächtnisstütze sein, mit deren Hilfe das Volk später einmal in Gedanken die vierzig Jahre Wüstenwanderung zurückverfolgen und sich an Gottes Treue an jedem einzelnen Ort erinnern konnte?

Ich stelle mir einen israelitischen Vater vor, wie er am Lagerfeuer sitzt und seinem Sohn erzählt: „Ich werde nie vergessen, was in Refidim los war! Ich dachte, ich verdurste. Weit und breit nichts als Sand und Salbei. Dann befahl Gott Mose, seinen Stab zu nehmen und auf einen Felsen zu schlagen—naja, eher einen Kieselstein. Was soll das denn?, dachte ich. Aber plötzlich schoss Wasser aus dem Felsen! Genug, dass Tausende von Israeliten ihren Durst stillen konnten. Jenen Tag werde ich nie vergessen!“ (siehe Ps. 114,8; 4.Mose 20,8-13; 33.14).

Warum es nicht auch probieren? Überlege, wie dein Leben aussah—Schritt für Schritt—und erinnere dich daran, wie Gott dir immer wieder seine Liebe und Treue gezeigt hat.

Danke Gott für seine Gaben—nicht pauschal, sondern zähle jede einzeln auf.

Gottes Treue gilt allen Generationen.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Шаг за шагом

Читать сейчас: Числа 33:1-15, 36-37 | Библия за год: Иеремия 12-14; Филиппийцам 2

Моисей, по повелению Господнему, описал путешествие их... — Числа 33:2

Глава 33 книги Числа – одно из тех мест, которые мы можем «проскочить» без особого размышления. В ней ничего нет, кроме длинного списка мест, через которые проходили израильтяне после исхода из Египта и до прибытия на Моавитские равнины. И все же это важное место, потому что здесь единственный раз во всей книге говорится, что данное описание было исполнено «по повелению Господнему» (Числ. 33:2).

Зачем было все записывать? Может быть, чтобы, глядя на этот список, израильтяне могли мысленно воспроизводить пройденный путь и вспоминать Божью верность на всем его протяжении.

Я представляю отца семейства, сидящего у костра и говорящего сыну: «Никогда не забуду Рефидим! Я умирал от жажды. Ничего, кроме песка и пыли на недели пути вокруг. А потом Бог повелел Моисею ударить жезлом по скале. “Что за пустое занятие, – подумал я. – Что можно выбить палкой из камня?” И вдруг из скалы хлынула вода! Тысячи людей напились. Разве такое забудешь?» (см. Пс. 113:8; Числ. 20:8-13; 33:14).

Почему бы и нам не попробовать? Вспомните свою жизнь шаг за шагом и прославьте Бога, являвшего вам Свою верную, заветную любовь.

«Милости Господни вспоминай, считай; все их до единой в сердце повторяй». — Джонсон Отмен

Божья верность распространяется на все поколения.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - De station en station

Lisez : Nombres 33.1‑15,36,37 | La Bible en un an : Jérémie 12 – 14 et 2 Timothée 1

Moïse écrivit leurs marches de station en station, d’après l’ordre de l’Éternel. (Nombres 33.2)

Le chapitre 33 du livre des Nombres compte parmi ceux de la Bible que nous risquons de lire sans même y réfléchir. Il semble se résumer à une longue liste d’endroits retraçant le pèlerinage des Israélites de Ramsès en Égypte jusqu’à leur arrivée dans les plaines de Moab. Ce chapitre doit néanmoins avoir son importance puisqu’il s’agit du seul passage de ce livre biblique qui suit les mots : « [D’après] l’ordre de l’Éternel » (V. 2).

Pourquoi archiver ces données ? Se pourrait‑il que cette liste procure un cadre qui permettait aux Israélites sortant du désert de retracer en mémoire leur périple de quarante ans en se remémorant la fidélité dont Dieu a fait preuve en chaque lieu ?

J’imagine un père israélite assis près d’un feu de camp évoquant le passé avec son fils : « Je n’oublierai jamais Rephidim ! Je mourais de soif, il n’y avait que du sable et de la sauge à des kilomètres à la ronde. Puis Dieu a demandé à Moïse de frapper un rocher de son bâton, une vraie dalle de silex. Et je me suis dit : Quel geste inutile ; il ne tirera jamais rien de cette pierre ! Mais à mon grand étonnement, de l’eau en a jailli ! Un flot d’une générosité telle qu’il a permis de désaltérer des milliers d’Israélites. Je n’oublierai jamais ce jour‑là ! » (Voir PS 114.8 ; NO 20.8‑13 ; 33.14.)

Pourquoi donc ne pas tenter le coup ? Réfléchissez à votre vie – de station en station – et remémorez‑vous toutes les façons dont Dieu vous a démontré sa fidélité et son amour par alliance.

Compte les bénédictions de Dieu, mets‑les toutes devant tes yeux.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ