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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

ACTS 23: PLEASING GOD

Good evening, girls! Hope your day has been good so far.


Today I am looking at the verse 1 as it spoke clearly to me.
"I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day".
As a Christian, I do spend my life trying to serve the LORD and doing what is right at all times but I know that so often, I let the LORD down. I sometimes act rashly in situations without thinking, I maybe say something I shouldn't have, I have a wrong attitude about certain things. I know I could honestly say "I have tried to live in all good conscience before God until this day" but I couldn't say with Paul that "I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day". Of course, this doesn't mean that, because I have failed, I should give up trying. I need to keep aiming to be the best I can be for God and with His help and grace.

Also, my aim is to please GOD and to live right before Him first and foremost, not before men. However, it goes without saying that if I live right before God, then I am also living right before men.

Being a Christian isn't always easy and there are people who will criticise us for what we do and say but as long as we know in our heart of hearts that we are living according to what the Bible teaches, then that is what matters. We need to be able to base everything we say, do and think on the Scriptures and have a godly reason for it.

I pray that the Lord will help you and me this week to put Him first and live well before Him.

Hugs, Karen x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

ACTS 21 - 28 AND THEN "FAREWELL"

Good evening, girls!

For the next 8 days, except for weekends, we'll be looking at the final chapters of Acts. I've decided that, after we finish Acts, I'll bring the blog to an end. I have been talking to various ladies who follow the blog and it seems that they seem happy to go along at their own pace. I'm glad that by now you have found your own footing and have established your own Bible Study routine! This is wonderful! That's what this blog was all about; giving you the groundwork to get into God's Word regularly. I hope that you will continue to read God's Word AND study it to gain the treasures that He has in store for you there. Of course you can still follow along with Courtney over at Women Living Well.


Have a good week, walking with the Lord!

Hugs, Karen x

Friday, 30 October 2015

Numbers 20: 'Anger' is one letter away from 'Danger'

Hi there friends! Glad it's the weekend? I love Fridays ☺.

First of all, thanks again to those who gave me feedback on how the Lord has been blessing and encouraging you in your walk with Him. I put the names in a 'container' today and hubby picked one out. The winner of the book is...LORNA S!!!!
Lorna, please text or what's app your address to me and I'll get the book to you asap. I have decided to give a tiny wee something to the others who took part as well. You'll get yours at the weekend!

Let's look at Numbers 20 now. As soon as I read verses 2-5 I thought, "Here we go again". The people of Israel gang up against Moses and Aaron with their complaints and hostility. They keep harking back to the past, seeing their situation through rose-coloured glasses. And now they even wish for death. They keep asking "Why?"; they see only the negative in everything. We can learn a very important lesson here, which is to be very careful how we respond to our difficulties. Every situation we find ourselves in has been arranged or allowed by God and it is one opportunity after another to glorify His holy name, obviously depending on how we handle it. When difficulties come, do we immediately ask "Why me?" or do we wish we were living in the past, for it seemed better there? Do we blame others or do we complain and grumble and cause the Lord to be angry with us? Does God ever say of us "Here we go again? After all the good I do for this person, all they ever do is complain"?

In this situation, Moses and Aaron went straightaway to talk to the Lord about the latest developments and to ask what they should do next.

Image result for bible numbers 20Verses 8, 11 & 12. We cannot read Moses' heart and intentions but he was obviously (and understandably) very angry. Here was his opportunity to glorify the Lord's name in obedience and humility but instead he acted impulsively and sinfully. God told him to 'speak' to the rock but instead Moses 'smote the rock twice'. As a result of this, he and Aaron both lost out - they were no longer allowed to enter the promised land where they were leading God's people to. We must be very careful not to respond in anger and in haste.

Miriam had already died and at the end of this chapter Aaron was also taken home to be with the Lord, so neither of them would even get a glimpse of the land of promise (although they would have been with Christ which was very much better). But it would have been very disappointing for them and Moses too to have served the Lord for so long in obedience and then make such a mistake at the end. We can never let our guard down; we must be on our toes at all times, for the devil is out there, seeking souls to bring down and testimonies to ruin at the last hurdle. Pray that the Lord will keep you close to Himself and help you to respond in the right way to the trials of life and indeed react with grace when others would cause you to get angry.

Have a good weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday for another week in ACTS.

Hugs, Karen x

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Numbers 19: Do you see Christ?

Good evening, dear friends. We are looking at Numbers chapter 19, which has a lot of symbolism. Remember, much of what is in this book is similar to what was in Leviticus - types and symbols pointing towards the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin.

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Verse 2 most definitely pictures the Lord Jesus in two ways:

  • "red" reminds us of the blood, of course. There is no salvation or atonement without the shedding of blood and that's exactly what the Saviour did for us on Calvary
  • "without spot...no blemish" immediately makes us think of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ. In Him was no guile or sin yet He died for those who were filled with sin.
Verse 6 mentions "cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet" all of which refer to materials used in the cleansing of lepers. Leprosy reminds us of the sickness that we all have from birth...sin. We are all sinners before a holy God and in the same way that God is here making provision for those who have sinned, so He did for us by sending His only begotten Son to the cross on our behalf.

Verse 13 talks about a man being tainted and polluted when he touches a dead body and needing to be made clean. Every day of our lives, even though we have been washed in the blood of Christ, we still come into contact with the things of the world and these things taint and pollute our heart, soul and mind. We need to come before the Lord for a fresh cleansing in the blood. This doesn't mean we lose our salvation and need to be re-saved, but it means that we need to keep as close to the Lord as possible and as far from the sinful things of the world. 


  1. Oh, now I see the *crimson wave! [*cleansing]
    The fountain deep and wide;
    Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
    Points to His wounded side.
    • Refrain:
      The cleansing stream I see, I see!
      I plunge, and, oh, it cleanseth me!
      Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanseth me!
      It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me.
  2. I see the new creation rise,
    I hear the speaking blood;
    It speaks, polluted nature dies,
    Sinks ’neath the cleansing flood.
  3. I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
    Above the world and sin,
    With heart made pure and garments white,
    And Christ enthroned within.
  4. Amazing grace! ’tis Heav’n below
    To feel the blood applied,
    And Jesus, only Jesus know,
    My Jesus crucified.      
  5. Thanks for popping by today and thank you to the three ladies who have given me feedback about their studies in the Word. I'll be picking one name tomorrow for the book.

Hugs, Karen x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Numbers 18: Satisfied with what you have?

Good evening, friends. Hope you are well. Have you got your fire lit yet? Even though it's still quite mild, we lit ours, just for the homely glow and warmth. Love it!

Numbers chapter 19 is dedicated to the Lord telling Aaron and his sons what their duties were before Him in the sanctuary. The people had been complaining that Moses and Aaron were seemingly taking over and getting a bit too high and mighty, and here, in today's chapter, the Lord explains exactly what it is Aaron has been entrusted with. Yes, indeed, they have been given a very important job to do for the Lord - and they would have been recognised as those set apart to serve the Lord in a special and significant manner. In life, there are those who have really important jobs to do, people who are set apart to do something that most of us wouldn't be able to do. Often it is a real privilege and honour to be in such a position. BUT the Lord then goes on to explain to Aaron, his sons and the congregation that, with such a position of honour and service, there is also a high degree of responsibility and accountability. Verse 23 says,
"But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity."
In other words, the Levites stood between the people, their sin and the Lord. They were the ones who had to offer up the sacrifices to God for atonement on their behalf. God expected great things of them.

Our ministers and missionaries come to mind here. They have been called to a very honourable and important position, where they serve God wholeheartedly in positions of leadership and as servants of God. They have the burden of souls on their hearts daily (as, of course, all Christians should have); yet they also have major responsibilities that God has given them the grace to bear, that He hasn't perhaps given you and me. So these dear servants of the cross need extra prayers. We need to ask the Lord to protect them, to sustain them, to keep them close to Himself. Maybe, if you have a little prayer diary, you could add the name of a missionary or minister who you could pray for on a certain day of the month. For example, in my prayer diary, I pray for our missionaries in Africa and Spain on a Monday, Tuesday is for those in the south of Ireland, etc. We know nothing of the burdens these dear people carry, so we must uphold them in prayer and support them in any way possible, to help make their burden lighter.

I often think that it is as well the Lord has equipped them as He has; I certainly don't know that I could do what they do!


Hugs, Karen x 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Numbers 17: Blossoms and blessings!

Good evening, friends. Hope your day has gone well so far, in spite of the grey day we've had.

Today we are reading and studying Numbers 17. At first glance there doesn't seem to be a lot that we can learn from this short chapter, but if you dig deeper, nuggets of truth will appear to bless your heart and soul.

At first, I couldn't see what the lesson was from the rod that budded and blossomed but then I compared it with the other 11 rods (of the tribe leaders). This was Aaron's rod that God chose to bless. God could have chosen any one of the twelve but He chose Aaron's. All 12 of the rods would've probably been old and dried out, seemingly dead pieces of wood. Mmm, a bit like us, don't you think? Dead in trespasses and sins, not worth very much and not likely to be useful for very much. But then God stepped in and did a miracle on the rod of Aaron. Aaron hadn't been or done anything better than anyone else; he wasn't special in any way (apart from being of the tribe of Levi, whom God had already pronounced as the priesthood who would serve Him. Remember from chapter 16, Korah was also of the tribe of Levi, but looked what happened to him). No, Aaron was just a man. In the same way, we are just people who have been born into this world, nobody special UNTIL God set His heart upon us and did a miracle in our lives. In the same way that He choose Aaron's rod and caused new life to come into it, He did the same for those of us who are saved. He drew us to Himself in salvation through His only beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and gave us new and eternal life.

Image result for blossoms and bloomsSo what will we do with this new life that we have been given? Like the rod, once dead but now fresh and living, we can start off with little buds...small evidences of our new life, changes that can be seen by our language, our behaviour, the places we go, the things we do. Then come the beautiful blossoms as there are more obvious changes in our life, like going faithfully to the prayer meeting, serving the Lord with the skills and talents He has given us, perhaps by singing, playing music for Him. And then is seen the fruit of our life change - we try to bring others to Christ, we witness for Him, we do our best to be soul winners for Him.

God didn't have to choose you and me...but He did and for that we should be truly thankful. But let's not sit back and think, 'that's great, I'm saved now and that's all I need to do.' Surely we should have a desire in our heart to see others, friends, family and loved ones, saved too. Let's pray for them and reach out to them and share the new life that God has given us!

Don't forget to contact me to let me know how you are doing with your studies!

Hugs, Karen x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Numbers 16 - Thankful or not?

Hi friends! Hope you are well. So far, I've got two names in the hat for the book. Thank you girls for telling me how you're being blessed. Come on everyone else, don't be shy ☺.

This week we are studying Numbers 16 - 20. Hope you can follow along.

Poor Moses! He sure is having a hard time, listening to all the grumbling and complaining from the people of
Israel. And all he is doing is what the Lord has asked him to do. But this is where the big problem arises. Three men, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, think that Moses is just getting too big for his boots, telling them to do this and that, and they've had enough. So do they go quietly to Moses and tell him how they feel and try to find a solution to the problem, as they see it? Not at all! They make a big deal of it and gather another 250 disgruntled people, well-known, important men and go and hit Moses with all their grievances. But not only does Moses get it in the neck, they blame Aaron also. Moses stood up for Aaron asking why they are picking on him, he has done nothing. Being in a position of leadership isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Managing people is a very difficult job. In verse 28, Moses tried to explain to these people that he wasn't doing this of his own bat; it was God who had told him to lead them to the promised land.

Anyway, the long and short of it was that God was extremely angry with these discontented, troublesome people and he was going to destroy the whole congregation because of them (obviously God was fed up with the continual complaining) but Moses and Aaron stepped in and asked God not to destroy everyone, just those directly involved. Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their families were sent into the pit immediately and then a plague had begun to destroy the others before Aaron was able to make an atonement for them all. Aaron then stood between the dead and the living, making an atonement for their sins.

Of course this should immediately remind us of the blessed Lord Jesus Christ who stood between the dead and the living when He was nailed to the cross, making an atonement for our sins. The lovely words that follow this are 'and the plague was stayed'. When Christ died on the cross for sinners, the wrath that should have fallen upon us was held back, because of His work. For any of you who are not yet saved, it is our prayer that you would look to the Lord Jesus Christ now and be saved; accept His finished work on the cross as the atonement for your soul so that you won't have to face the final death that sin brings at the day of judgment.

Hugs, Karen x