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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

Saturday, 24 October 2015

A book giveaway!

Hi folks! Hope your weekend is going well and that you are finding some time to relax.

I thought that I would have a book giveaway - I have a brand new copy of this book for one of my faithful readers, just to encourage you on your journey to heaven and home! It's always nice to get a special something, isn't it?


All you have to do is contact me by email, text or by the contact form on the left of the blog and tell me how you are getting along with your studies in the Word of God, how the Lord is blessing you or even just to say Hi!! I'll put all in the names in a 'hat' on Friday 30th October and get hubby to pick one out. I will then get that person's details and the book will be on its way to you!

So here is the reading plan for next week which takes us (can you believe it?!) to the end of October.


Don't forget, UK readers, to put your clocks back one hour tonight! You don't want to be late for church in the morning!!

Hugs, Karen x

Monday, 19 October 2015

ACTS 16


Good evening girls! How are you getting on with your studies? Are you still following along? I trust, with the busy pace of life, that you are able to get some time each day to spend in the Word of God. It certainly isn't easy, is it? What is it that keeps you from the Word? With me, it is usually tiredness or putting other things first ("I'll just do these dishes first" or "I have to phone so and so first") and I know that this is wrong. God MUST come first, as we learned in Numbers 15:20,21. God said the people were to bring Him the first of their 'dough'. I put a wee note in my Bible to say that
"When we give to God, it MUST NOT be the leftovers, but the FIRST and BEST of what we have." This includes our precious time.
Didn't God give His very best for us? And He gave, not His firstborn Son, but His only begotten Son, so that we could escape the punishment of Hell.

Now let's move on to ACTS 16 - it is a wonderful chapter! We read about REVIVAL (v.5), how God leads directly by His holy Spirit (v.7) and the importance and frequency of PRAYER (vs.13, 16, 25). Prayer was the anchor that held Paul and Silas and the other faithful disciples together when the going got rough.

Also, there are encouraging mentions of women in this chapter.
In verse 13, we read that it was the women who met for prayer on a regular basis.
In verses 14 and 15 we learn about Lydia, the hard working woman who prayed and listened to the words of Paul and who obediently was baptized.
In verse 16, there was the miraculous healing of the young damsel who was drawn away from the clutches of the devil and no longer served him.

It is our great privilege, if we are saved, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the wonderful and eternal services we can do for Him is to PRAY. You will never know what God will accomplish through your sincere prayers. If you haven't been praying for a while, come close to the Lord and ask Him to renew your zeal for souls and for His work.

If you can't get someone off your mind - pray for them - you may be the only one that cares enough to do so.:

Hugs, Karen x

Monday, 12 October 2015

NUMBERS 11: Stop complaining!

Hello friends! Welcome to week 6 of our studies, and today we are back in the book of Numbers. In chapter 10, we read about how the Lord led the children of Israel by day and by night through the wilderness, further away from the danger of the Egyptians and closer to the promised land. He fed them with the heavenly manna and took gracious care of them. So of course you can imagine the praise and thanksgiving that should have been going up before the LORD.

But instead what do we read? Right in the very first verse of chapter 11 these words are recorded,
"And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD." 
Notice that the word 'when' is in italics which means it was not in the original Hebrew but was put there to make good grammatical sense, so it literally reads
"And the people complained, it displeased the LORD." 
Here we are, with God looking after His people, preserving them for great things, giving them the best of food, surrounding them with His presence and all they can do is complain. Oh dear, did that strike a chord with anyone? It certainly did with me. We have so much to be thankful for, so many good and wonderful things in our lives to give thanks for; we probably have more than a good many other people in the world, and what can we often be found doing? COMPLAINING! Moaning because things are just not as perfect as we would like, or because something hasn't worked out the way we had planned, or worse, like the Israelites here (v.5) wishing for something we had in our past (perhaps even in our unsaved days) even though we know it wasn't that good in reality. Look at verse 5. They were looking back at the 'cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions and the garlic'. None of these foods have any substance to them. But now God was giving them the lovely manna which was wholesome and filling and they were crying because they preferred the past. We need to be very careful that we aren't living in the past. So often we can look back to when things may have seemed better, just because they are over now and we can only see them through rose-coloured glasses. The ungrateful Israelites seem to have easily forgotten the beatings they received under the hand of Egyptian tyranny, the hardships, the persecution and the murder they faced. Like those foods mentioned in verse 5, their lives were empty before the Lord delivered them. So were our lives, before the Lord delivered us from sin. Let us not forget what He has done for us and how much He has blessed us. Let's not forget to give Him the praise He truly deserves, instead of moaning and complaining. Let's be grateful and happy in Christ!

Hugs, Karen x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

ACTS 12: The Power of Prayer

Good afternoon, girls! Today I'm sharing with you what I learned from this chapter and it is probably something you already know and have heard about often, but we can never be reminded too often about the power of prayer. In recent times, I have seen real evidences of answered prayer in my life and in the lives of those I love. These are not coincidences or good luck. No, it is something far more real and important. It is seeing the hand of God at work and moving in lives in answer to our requests.. God loves to hear His children pray, the more the better. Just while you're doing the dishes at the sink, preparing a meal for the family, driving the car (as long as you can concentrate on your driving and are safe!)...we can pray at anytime to our heavenly Father.


Prayer is mentioned often in Chapter 12. In verse 5, the church prayed and prayed and prayed for the imprisoned Peter. Wouldn't you think that Peter would be feeling nervous and worried about what was going to happen to him when Herod summoned him later that night? But here we find Peter fast asleep, chained up in prison between two guards, seemingly unconcerned. Why do you think this would be? I imagine it was because he was resting secure and content in the knowledge that nothing would happen to him without God's say so and also because he knew without a doubt that the people of God would be praying for him, which indeed they were! In fact, he was in such a sound sleep that the angel had to give him a dig in the side to waken him up! He did exactly as the angel told him to do but even Peter himself began to wonder if this was just a dream as he calmly walked out past all the guards to relative safety and deliverance.

As he came to his senses and the event began to dawn on his consciousness, he made his way to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Did he find the house all shut up for the night while the people inside were fast asleep, as he had been a short time ago? No! He knocked on the door of this building where the people of God were in prayer for Peter's deliverance. Even while they were still praying, God had already answered their prayers! Isn't that amazing! Very often while you and I are praying for something or someone, God is already working away in the background, answering our prayers. That should encourage us to keep on praying. But don't be discouraged if He doesn't answer straightaway. God has perfect timing!

Isn't it interesting to note that, even though the Christians had been up all night praying for Peter's release, when he appeared on their doorstep, they didn't actually believe it was really him? I think this might be because they had it worked out in their mind that, yes God would answer their prayers, but not like this. They maybe thought that Herod would have a change of heart and decide to let him go after all. But God did a much better job. He showed all the people, Herod included, that He is Almighty God and nothing can stand in His way when He decides to act. Sometimes we have an idea in our own mind of how God will work things out for us; maybe we even have the path all planned out, including dates, times and certain people all playing a part. But this is not a good idea, because we can get disappointed when God's timing is different from ours and His plans are very often different from ours. So let's just try to be patient and let God work in His own way and time...but in the meantime, keep praying!

Where your are today is no accident. God is using the situation you are in right now to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants to bring you into tomorrow. Trust Him with His plan even if you don't understand it.:

Hugs, Karen x

Saturday, 3 October 2015

OCTOBER READING PLAN

Good afternoon, girls! I'm just popping in quickly with the reading plan for the month of October to help you keep up to date! I hope you are getting along fine. Thanks for sticking with me and I do hope you continue to blessed as you search God's Word and learn from Him.


Take care, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs, Karen x