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Judges 13:13-25

Well today is kind of part two of Mr. and Mrs. Manoah. And what struck me was how Manoah is talking with this "man" about absolutely miraculous things, yet he doesn't realize what's really taking place or who he's conversing with until they are sacrificing and the angel of the Lord goes up with the flame from the altar. When I thought about it, I realized that Manoah kind of reminds me of me sometimes. When is that? Well, when I get so caught up in something that's going on (many times something I'm doing diligently for the Lord) that I overlook how God is providing or working or something He has put right before me.

So what are your thoughts today on what we can do to keep from overlooking God's hand in our circumstances? How can we work on being a little less focused on us and what we're doing and more on God and what He is doing in our lives? Tami W.

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I am no longer married so I do not wear any rings at all. Recently I found a ring with an inscription inside the band that reads "with God all things are possible." When I was married and when I thought my husband loved me, I would, throughout the day, feel my wedding band and twirl it around or just look at it because I was thinking about my husband. When my ring arrives in the mail, I am going to wait for a special time...I am thinking the next communion service at church...and I will place the ring on my finger and never take it off. I know this will help me to recall God's promises, His love, His kindness, His caring for me, His instruction, His Word, His character, His attributes, His sacrifice for me. Until the ring arrives, and prior to even knowing the ring existed, and only by the grace of God, and through studying His Word, I am more aware than ever before that God is in all things, but many times, I also forget and it is then all about me...selfish, self-centered me, but God always draws me back to Him. I hope I will always be true to Him and I know I will because with God all things are possible.

We, I believe will be always tempted to believe in the flesh more than God. The only solution I believe is to do as Christ said, seek first his kingdom and his righteousnes and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33.We also need to as Paul says, Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of comes, you may be able to stand your ground. Eph. 6:13-18.

Remembering and practicing His presence is the only way I can think of because I can't do it on my own.Things just don't work out unless I let Him own the work and give HIM any praise recieved.
May we always walk with Him and talk with HIM.
ps..I think there are 2 Marys. I'm the forgetful one...

God encourages us to not be so inwardly focused even when it is kingdom work. When I stop and consider what is going on with others or try to give of myself to help others it helps me keep things in prospective. It is hard not to get caught up. Then knowing God is in control and nothing comes to you that isn't filtered through him first. It's that first thing. Seek ye first the kingdom..... not seek ye first what do I want to do for the kingdom or anything else for that matter. I struggle with this all the time.

We all become "unfocused" at times, especially if we are concentrating on something else. We have to try to remember that whatever we plan, do or say in our lives God should be in the centre. Our lives are not ours, we belong to God and if we want to keep faithful to Him we have to let Him be always in our lives.

He is more to us than the food we eat. He sustains us. So no matter what it is, having friends over for dinner? Let Him in and you will see that everything goes smoothly and your guests are satisfied and feel at home. Do not forget to thank and praise Him.

HI TAMI

YOUR QUESTIONS ARE QUITE CHALLENGING TODAY. WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL IN OUR OPINION, WE ARE HAPPY AND QUITE WILLING TO SAY PRAISE THE LORD AND GIVE TESTIMONY. WHEN THINGS ARE NOT GOING WELL IN OUR OPINION WE ARE SAD AND NOT WILLING TO LOOK FOR ANY POSITIVE SIGNS THAT GOD IS DOING ANYTHING IN OUR SITUATION. I HAVE BEEN LEARNING THAT GOD MOVES TOO SLOWLY, IN OUR OPINION, BUT I MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HIS TIMING IS PERFECT WHEN HIS WILL COMES TO FRUITION IN OUR LIVES.

I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO ASK GOD FOR MORE PATIENCE AND ALSO DISCERNMENT TO UNDERSTAND HIM BETTER. THIS WILL COME ABOUT BY CONTINUOUSLY KEEPING IN THE WORD, PRAYING AND ASSOCIATING WITH PEOPLE OF GOD TO SHARE COMMON EXPERIENCES SUCH AS IS FACILITATED BY POWERED BY 4.

A GOD BLESSED SABBATH DAY TO YOU ALL.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL.

I would appreciate an answer to my question, I am studing the Revelation study by Woodrow Kroll and in the 8th chapter verse 3
where the angel was given much incense with the prayers of the saints rose before God from the hand of the angel.

Question; who are these saints? What were their prayers about, let me know. Other commentaries do not comment on these things.

Thank you

Edward H.

Mary, you expressed a lovely sentiment about your ring. I pray you are blessed each time you look at it and that you will always remember you are loved by our Heavenly Father. When He looks at you, he sees the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. How blessed is the church to be Christ's bride! We are truly blessed!

Edward,

Thank you for your question.

In his book "Jesus Shall Reign," Dr. Kroll writes, "Before the trumpets can be sounded, another angel appears, standing before the altar with a gold censer and much incense. This probably refers to Christ Jesus in His office of High Priests. The incense, symbolic of the finished work of Christ, causes smoke to rise to the throne of God along with the prayers of the saints...Once prayer ascends, judgment descends. The fire, verse five, represents judgment as do the thunder, lightening and earthquake" (pp. 25-26).

Since we aren't told who the saints are, we are left with at least two possibilities. One possibility is that these are the tribulation saints. A vast multitude who had not heard the Gospel prior to the Rapture endure the persecution of the Antichrist and are welcomed into heaven (Rev. 7:9). Another possibility is that we're seeing the end product of all the prayers of the saints through the centuries who have cried out to God concerning the evils around them. Thus, with the addition of Christ's finished work, it finally culminates in God's judgment on the earth.

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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