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C. S. Lewis Quote: “Obedience is the key that opens every door ...

Have you ever been grounded or disciplined because of bad behavior? I believe at some point we all have. When we are disobedient it usually results in doors closing. The child who failed to get their homework done was not allowed to have a friend over. The student who did not study failed to graduate which closed job opportunities. The person’s criminal behavior resulted in jail time and destroyed their future. People with hardened hearts thought they had plenty of time to ask Jesus into their heart as their Savior but died unexpectedly.

In all these cases, disobedience closed doors. That is what disobedience does. We are only fooling ourselves when we think we can disobey God and somehow be blessed.

When the Hebrews came out of Egypt, the Lord wanted them to obey Him. The Lord knew that their obedience would enable them to fulfill His plans for their life, especially eternal life. God speaks to Moses on the Mountain about His plans for the Hebrews. Ex. 19:‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.” [1]  

Their obedience would result in the Hebrews being the Lord’s special treasure of all the peoples on earth. What a gift the Lord was trying to give to them. As a kingdom of priests, they were to represent God and His character to the world. They would also take the world’s concerns back to God. In this way, they would become agents of God’s blessings. The only thing they had to do was obey. This meant they needed to give up their own agenda to follow God.

To obey God would open untold doors for the Hebrews. They were all given free will. Would they choose obedience?

We are given a similar choice today. God has given each person a purpose and gifts to use to carry out this purpose. But to accomplish this, we must die to our desires and replace them with God’s desires. Just as Jesus took up the cross and died to Himself, we, as followers of Jesus are the do the same. When we place our faith in Jesus and pick up our cross, there are many blessings that await us. The riches of this world are replaced with the riches of God. These are riches that carry on into eternity. Like the Hebrews, we too have free will and can choose to obey or not.

Is the Lord calling you to take a step of obedience today? Remember, we can’t carry out the purpose God has for us if we aren’t obedient. The good news is that we can ask God to help us obey. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” [2] Pray to the Lord and ask Him to help you take that step of obedience today!

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about the Hebrew people and the choice they were given, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/god-wants-to-meet-with-you

God Wants to Meet with You Light of Christ Radio

Moses had been told by God to ask Pharaoh for the release of the Hebrew people so they could go and worship God. God performed miracle for the release and provision and now wants to meet with them on Mt. Sinai. Will the people obey? What do you say to God when He wants to meet with you? There are daily devotions to match this podcast. They begin here: https://lightofchristjourney.com/2020/07/04/god-carries-us-on-eagles-wings/
  1. God Wants to Meet with You
  2. Testing: Then and Now
  3. Following God in Difficult Times
  4. Passover: Then and Now
  5. The Battle for Rescue

[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

On Eagles' Wings Is How God Delivers His People | Messianic Bible

In our story of Moses and the Hebrews, the Lord tells Moses that He carried the people on Eagles’ wings.

Ex.19:Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me.[1]

What does it mean? “You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.” The eagle is a very powerful bird that has great strength. God is all powerful and has great strength. Eagles are very caring parents. They protect their young with a high nest. Both parents bring food to the eaglets and teach them to fly. If an eaglet struggles in flight, a parent will swoop under the young bird and carry them, so they don’t fall. To be carried is to rely on someone else. God wants us to rely on Him and only God could free the Hebrews from Egypt.  God wanted the people to worship Him and so He carried them out of Egypt so they could do so. He carried them to Himself. This brief phrase makes it clear it was God who made it possible for the Hebrews to escape Egypt.

Does God still carry us on Eagles’ wings today? The answer is yes. The Lord goes before us daily. All of our sins were placed on our Savior Jesus upon the cross, something only the Lord could do. Only God could free us from sin. The Lord made a way for us to go to heaven if we place our faith in Jesus as our Savior. The work of the Holy Spirit draws us to faith and when we believe the Holy Spirt takes up residence in our heart. The Lord lifts us up and encourages us through His Word. The Lord hears our prayers as we lift our voices up to His throne. When we pass into eternity as believers in Jesus, the Lord carries us to heaven. Wow! We have an amazing God! Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about God and the eagle wings, listen here:  https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/god-wants-to-meet-with-you


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ex 19:3–5). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

The Sabbath: A Neglected Gift From God by Life, Hope & Truth - issuu

Adam was created by God on day six of creation and the next day was day seven, the Sabbath. Adam did not have to work for six days before he was able to have a Sabbath and worship God, he did that his first full day on earth! The Sabbath is also a day of rest, so man was created to work from a day a rest not the other way around. The following are just a few Bible verses on the Sabbath I think you will find helpful.

Genesis2:And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. [1]

Exodus 20:“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. [2] 

Hebrews 4:So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10 For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.[3]

In our story of Moses and the Hebrews, the Lord tells us the Sabbath day is a gift. Exodus 16:24 So they put some aside until morning, just as Moses had commanded. And in the morning the leftover food was wholesome and good, without maggots or odor. 25 Moses said, “Eat this food today, for today is a Sabbath day dedicated to the Lord. There will be no food on the ground today. 26 You may gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground that day.” 27 Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food. 28 The Lord asked Moses, “How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions? 29 They must realize that the Sabbath is the Lord’s gift to you. That is why he gives you a two-day supply on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must each stay in your place. Do not go out to pick up food on the seventh day.” 30 So the people did not gather any food on the seventh day. 31 The Israelites called the food manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey wafers. [4]

In our story the Lord is trying to teach the Hebrew people how important the Sabbath day is. Sometimes we take the Sabbath for granted or don’t understand how important it is spiritually and physically. It is a time to recharge our spiritual and physical batteries. Studies show when we don’t recharge ourselves physically and spiritually, we become unhealthy in both areas over time. God in his infinite wisdom knows what we need.

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. Please take time to ask the Lord to help you to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy and make this one of your highest priorities. To hear more about this, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God is Our Provider | Devotional reading, Daily devotional, God

Not a day goes by where the Lord does not provide for the air we breathe, food, housing, water, clothing etc. Most importantly, the Lord has provided a Savior for us who is Jesus Christ. All those who place their faith in Jesus have eternal life.

In addition, the Apostle Paul writes in Col. 1:17, “He (Jesus) existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.[1] All scientific laws were created by God and as the above verse says all things hold together because of God Himself. Wow! When you begin to realize all that God is doing in our everyday life you begin to realize that He is God and we are not.

In our story of Moses in the Hebrews you see the Lord is their provider as the Lord provides food for the them in a supernatural way.

The food that God provided would later be called mana or bread from heaven. Exodus 16:17 So the people of Israel did as they were told. Some gathered a lot, some only a little. 18 But when they measured it out, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed. [2]

In the spring of the year, farmers all over the world plan seeds in the ground to grow our food. God provides the soil, makes the seeds possible, provides for water to grow, and in supernatural sense, enables the seed to sprout and grow. Most of the time we forget and take for granted how much God does every day.

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. Take time to remember and give thanks for all that the Lord provides for you. To hear how God provided for His people in our story, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

December 5, 2014 - Bible verse of the day - Romans 1:20 ...

Throughout nature and the Scriptures God reveals Himself. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:20, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” [1]

Why is this so important?

For one, God wants us to be in a relationship with Him and wants us to know that. Nature alone screams at us there is a God. The Lord sends people out each day all over the world to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul writes about this in Romans 10:15, “And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news![2]

Who brought you the Good News of Jesus?

In our story of Moses and the Hebrews the Lord revealed Himself to the people to show that He was the Lord. Exodus 16:Then Moses said to Aaron, “Announce this to the entire community of Israel: ‘Present yourselves before the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’ ” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole community of Israel, they looked out toward the wilderness. There they could see the awesome glory of the Lord in the cloud. 11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ ” [3]

It is God who reveals Himself to us through nature, His word, and the work of the Holy Spirit. We cannot know God without His help. God’s goal for each of us that we would place our faith in Him as our Savior. That will result in transformation now and for eternity.

God so loved us He sent his only Son as we learn in John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. [4]

Praise the Lord that we have such a wonderful loving God that He reveals Himself to us! Wow! That is God’s grace (His undeserved love).

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear how God showed His people He was Lord, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Perspective and Leadership - The Startup - Medium

Have you ever come to a point in your life where you lost perspective? When that happens to me, I usually start complaining and begin to focus on myself. Maybe you have been down that same road. Sometimes I have to come to the end of myself before I look up and cry out to God to help me.

In our story of Moses, the Hebrews have lost perspective as they complain over and over again. They were like a small child who needs a nap and nothing will please them.

Exodus 16:So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “By evening you will realize it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt. In the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaints, which are against him, not against us. What have we done that you should complain about us?” Then Moses added, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning, for he has heard all your complaints against him. What have we done? Yes, your complaints are against the Lord, not against us.” [1]

What can I do when I have lost perspective?

The best thing we can do is simply cry out to the Lord and ask Him to change our perspective to His perspective. When my nose is up against a beautiful mural, I can’t tell what it is. When I cry out to God, He helps me back up and receive greater insight. With the proper perspective, a health problem can show me how much I need to depend on God. With the proper perspective, the loss of a job can give me greater empathy for people in a similar situation. With the proper perspective, a broken relationship shows how fragile people are and how much we each need God’s love, mercy, and grace.

No matter what the situation, God is already at work. At times I need the Lord to open my eyes to see that He has not forgotten or lost me.

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 1:18, “Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.”[2]

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more of the story of the Hebrew people, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ex 16:6–8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society

WHY DOES GOD TEST US SCRIPTURES ON TESTING - induced.info

In our story of Moses, God reveals that He is about to test the Hebrews. God knows what the Hebrews will do because He is all knowing, but God wants to reveal to them what is in their hearts.

Exodus 16:Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.” [1]

Exodus 16:19 Then Moses told them, “Do not keep any of it until morning.” 20 But some of them didn’t listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them. [2]

Here are just four Bible verses about how God tests humans:

Psalm 11:5 – The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence. [3]

Proverbs 17:3 – Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart. [4]

Isaiah 48:10 – I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. [5]

James 1:3 – For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. [6]

As we look at these verses the Lord tests us to purify and refine us so our faith can grow. As one man said, “God wants more for us than we want for ourselves.” God continues to test and mold us into the type of people He wants us to be. We are better off for this testing in both this world and the next. Give thanks to the Lord that He does test us so we can fulfill the plans He has for us.

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about the testing of the Hebrew people, listen here https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now:


[1-6] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Trusting God changes everything Jesus shouted to the crowds If you ...

Very few people in history saw as many miracles as the Hebrews who were freed from Egyptian slavery by the hand of God. The ten plagues that the Lord sent on Egypt as well as the parting of the Red Sea should have been faith building and life changing. Repeatedly the Lord demonstrated that He could be trusted. Yet through all of this, the Hebrews did not fully trust God.

Exodus 16”“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” [1]

In the Bible faith and trust are very closely connected.

  • Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see[2]Hebrews 11:1
  • By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. [3]Hebrews 11:3.

The following are ways I have learned to grow in trusting the Lord. I hope you find them helpful.

  1. Don’t depend on yourself. Over and over again the Lord calls us to depend on Him. When we just depend on ourselves, we come up short. Proverbs 3:Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. [4]
  2. Call out to God. Surrender to God by calling to Him in prayer. Psalm 55:17 Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. [5] When we cry out to God, we admit that God knows best and His ways are higher than our ways.
  3. Run from the evil ways of the world. The world works overtime to trap and enslave you to things that it tells you that are important. Life is best when we remember the true source of our blessings. Proverbs 3:Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. [6]
  4. Put God first in your life.Proverbs 3:Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. [7]
  5. Match your thoughts with God’s words. Sometimes we can get off the trail, so we need to check in with what the Scriptures say. Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. [8]
  6. Listen to the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. [9]
  7. Rest in God’s loving arms.Psalm 32:I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. [10]

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about how trusting God can change things, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1-10] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Gratitude: 16 Things We're Thankful For | Capt. Dave's Whale Watching

In our story of Moses, the Hebrews had been rescued from slavery by the Lord. They had seen the 10 plagues come upon Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army that pursued them. Instead of being thankful to the Lord, they began to complain about one thing after another. Their focus was on themselves, so they failed to look up and see that God was with them.

Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt. There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron. [1] Exodus 16:1-2

Being thankful changes the way we see God, others and ourselves. That is an amazing statement, but it is true.

Take a few minutes to think of all the things you are thankful for. How has the Lord provided for you? How did the Lord make Himself known to you? How has being a person of faith changed you? How have other people blessed you along your journey of life? Who were or are important people that made a difference in your life? As you do this how does this change the way you see God, others and yourself? How can you be a blessing to others?

When we spend time giving thanks to the Lord, the glass that was half empty now is half full. When we contemplate all God is doing in our life and what He has for us in the future we will be encouraged. The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Cor. 2:9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [2]

How would the journey of the Hebrews been different if they would have looked up and focused on being thankful? How would your journey and my journey be different if we did the same?

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about the journey of the Hebrew people, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/testing-then-and-now


[1,2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

He fights for us! - tea with toni

Throughout the Scripture, the Lord reveals to us that He fights for us and intervenes in our lives. Let that thought sink in for a minute. In the invisible realm angels protect and fight for us. Hebrews 1:14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.[1]

In our story of Moses, we see the Lord fighting for the Hebrews as He destroys the Egyptian Army who pursued them. Exodus 14:29 But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, as the water stood up like a wall on both sides. 30 That is how the Lord rescued Israel from the hand of the Egyptians that day. And the Israelites saw the bodies of the Egyptians washed up on the seashore. 31 When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses. [2]

In the New Testament Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd. How does the Shepherd fight for his sheep? John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.[3]

Reminders that the Lord Fights of us are wonderful verses to read through like a prayer. Thank you, Lord, that you fight for us!

Deuteronomy 10:For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!’[4]

Romans 8:31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?[5]

Joshua 1:This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” [6]

Psalm 44:Only by your power can we push back our enemies; only in your name can we trample our foes. [7]

Matthew 10:28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[8]

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. [9]

Deuteronomy 3:22 Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.’ [10]

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. [11]

Joshua 23:10 Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised. 11 So be very careful to love the Lord your God. [12]

Our ministry loves to connect with our readers. If you have a prayer request or a comment, please let us know. Also, if this devotional helped you, please share it with others. To hear more about how God fought for His people, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/the-footsteps-of-moses/following-god-in-difficult-times


[1-12] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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