Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • The Ten Plagues and Their Meaning

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    Here is a short piece to an article I’ve been studying and working on for awhile but haven’t gotten to fully write about too much further than a post I did a few years ago.
    *Please note* I have only studied what I could find and Egyptian gods are extensive so this is only in part this study. I could only go by what I could find and dig up.

    In the Bible in the book of Exodus it talks about the plagues of Egypt where God strikes Egypt with ten plagues. At one point in my life I was told that there is a significance to each plague. This made me want to study further to see what each plague represented. The research I did brought me to the beginning when Moses and Aaron first go before Pharaoh. God told Moses before him (Moses) and Aaron went to Pharaoh that when Pharaoh asks them to perform a miracle that Aaron is to throw down the staff and it would become a snake, some translations say a serpent. I wanted to know why God would turn the staff into a serpent. As we know the serpent is a cursed creature in scripture and God’s people were not to be apart of it. This is why I wanted to know the significance of this first sign to Pharaoh in Exodus. In Egypt the serpent was a big part of their gods. Pharaoh is often depicted with a cobra around his headpiece. The serpent or cobra was associated with the goddess wadjet who was supposed to be the protector of the southern region of Egypt as well as the protector of the Nile. Wadjet was considered the serpent goddess. There are other “serpent goddesses” in Egyptian mythology but wadjet is supposedly one of the earliest to mention. The headpiece with the cobra Pharaoh wore is known as the uraeus and was worn by Pharaoh as a symbol of protection over Pharaoh and over Egypt and the Nile by wadjet. It was also believed that Pharaoh was a manifestation of the sun god Ra and that when Pharaoh wore the uraeus Ra would protect the Egyptians by spitting fire on their enemies through the eyes of the uraeus. I’m sure already a few plagues have come to mind. Some of the symbolism of the plagues have already started to be shown just from this little bit.
    Getting back the initial point I was getting to. The reason why God turned Aaron’s staff into a serpent was a sign to Pharaoh that wadjet and Pharaoh himself (Egyptians considered Pharaoh a god as well) were not gods but that He (Jehovah) is God. So when Aaron threw the staff on the ground it turned into a serpent. Pharaoh’s magicians also turned their staffs into serpents but Aaron’s serpent swallowed the magician’s serpents up. This was a symbol and sign to Pharaoh that wadjet was not going to be able to protect him from what was coming and that Egypt was subject to God’s hands not wadjet’s, not ra’s, not pharoah’s, not any other Egyptian god’s. Every Egyptian false god was about to get torn down one by one. It was the start to ten plagues that were going to prove to the Egyptian people that Jehovah is God, the only God and He is God of all. Another sign to Pharaoh was when he asked who sent Moses and the reply to him was “I Am sent me.” Meaning I Am God. This was the message to Pharaoh. In exodus 7:5 says “And the Egyptians will know that I am Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” This wasn’t just about setting the Israelites free, it was also about showing one of the strongest regions at that time who was God. This has been part one of a writing I had started.

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  • God Has Shown Himself Faithful

    Psalm 34:4 NIV
    “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

    God has shown Himself to be faithful in my life over and over again. There is not one situation that I’ve gone through that God has not been there and hasn’t brought me out a victor in some way. I’m so thankful for all God has done for me in the past year. And if I could say one thing I would say: Turn to God. He is the only one who can take your broken heart and fix it, He is the only one who can Love you the way you need to be loved. God is the only One who can save you and if you ever try to say otherwise you will be sadly disappointed. There is nothing out there in this world for you, there is nothing that can fill you and satisfy the longing in your heart except Jesus. Jesus is the only Way and only He can make you whole again. The void you feel in your heart is there because you won’t let God fill it. Things won’t make you happy, people won’t make you happy, but God gives a joy that can not be explained with words. A joy that is there even when everything is falling apart. God has a purpose for your life and He wants you to live the wonderful life He has for you. All you have to do is give it to Him and you shall have what He has for you. God is faithful to keep His promises and I love Him with all of my heart.
    Written By: Christine Sawyer

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  • Vision And The Holy Spirit

    Matthew 13:9-16
    “9 He who has ears, let him hear.” 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

    Vision does not come from the eyes but through the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit man has no vision. Without the Holy Spirit man is spiritually blind. In order to see the life God has for us we must first receive the Holy Spirit and allow Him to open our eyes to His will. It’s the same with our hearing Jesus said “He who has ears to hear let him hear.” Without the Holy Spirit we cannot hear what God is saying to us and in turn a man without guidance will wander aimlessly until he surrenders to The Spirit of God.
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  • A Man With A Dream and A Woman With Vision

    One of the biggest make or breaks for many Godly men in the Bible was a woman. An unGodly woman brought the man to ruin, but the Godly woman brought him honor and great support. God created the woman to be the helper. Ladies please be a Godly woman for your husband. There’s only two beings he’ll share his dreams with God and you. He’ll take you at your word, don’t be the reason he fails or fails to try. When making a decision that God has instructed him for his family he’ll need all the respect and support you can give. Cause you have the power to make or break him with your words and actions.
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  • Culture, Same Sex Marriage, and God’s Word

    Isaiah 40:6-8 (NIV)
    6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”
    “All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
    7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
    8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

    No matter what it is, God does not change based on the culture. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word stands forever and His Truth surpasses the horizons.
    Sin is still sin, it doesn’t matter how you mask it. Whether we are talking about same sex marriage, lying, stealing, coveting, gluttony, etc. we all sin and it’s all wrong to God. Just because a culture says it’s not changes nothing. It’s like saying that a door made completely of wood is not made out of wood. You can say it all you want, you can believe it all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that the door is still made of wood. It’s like saying a push door is not a push door. The sign says push and all evidence points to it being a push door, but you say it’s a pull door. You can say it’s a pull door, you can wish it’s a pull door, you can believe it’s a pull door, you can try to change the sign and pull with all your might declaring it is a pull door but at the end of the day you can not change the fact that it is a push door.
    It will never pull in it will only ever push out.

    The same with our culture, sin, and God’s Word. The culture can say that God’s Word is wrong, it can say that sin is not sin, it can change it’s laws, and disobey but it can not change what God’s Word says is sin into a socially acceptable norm with no repercussions.

    If society says “Stealing is ok. I mean some people have an urge to steal, some people really want something without paying for it therefore they should have the right to just take it.” If society changed the law to make stealing legal would that really make it ok? No, it changes nothing. It’s still wrong and still hurtful to yourself and to others.

    The point is that while we do not have the right to say who goes to heaven and who goes to hell God did give us guidance in His Word to direct us from the things that can harm us. God corrects us for our own good. As Christians we can not deny these Truths, they are for our own good. Like I said we all sin and we all have things to work on but we can not let our culture go down the tubes by staying silent. We must resolve within ourselves that God’s Word is Truth and stand in our beliefs and let no one sway us.

    God loves everybody, God loves me. Yet God never tippy toes around telling me when I’m messing up. God corrects me when I’m wrong because He loves me. If He didn’t love me He’d let me continue down a destructive path. God loves me enough to tell me the truth, even if it offends me. Trust me when I’m in the wrong state of mind God will correct me and in my rebellious state I sometimes get offended but in the end I realize I was wrong and God’s correction is for my own good. The Truth is offensive but it’s Life giving and Life saving.

    At some point we must all come to the place of Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
    14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

    Jesus is the only way and His way is freedom, His way is life. Leaders do not change this, nations do not change this, cultures do not change this.

    At the end of the day we can not sacrifice Truth at the Altar of offense.
    – Christine Sawyer
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  • Nail Scarred Hands

    Scars can be a reminder of a painful past or a symbol of a glorious future victory. It all depends on how you look at it. Jesus’ nail scarred hands remind me of the victory I have in Him. The victory I have because of the pain He endured at the cross. Jesus’ painful time leading up to and at the cross left scars on the hands of the Saviour of the world and it is in those scars that I can overcome.
    Because Jesus told us He wouldn’t take us out of the world but that He would give us the strength to overcome it. We experience pain but the pain is but a moment before the victory. My scars remind me of all He’s given me victory over.

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  • A Man Of Noble Character

    “A man of noble character cannot exist without the presence of God. Who is The Author of nobility and the One in whose image the man was created.”
    -Christine Sawyer
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  • God’s Will

    God has so much for you guys. A plan and a purpose. Speak it, believe it, be confident in it, ask God to lead you in it, know that He is with you and know that it is already yours to have, Jesus won it for you, now you have to want it and I know that you guys do.image

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  • God Will Lead/God’s Calling For Your Life

    Last night God gave me a Revelation for Bible study that was so last minute even I was blown away by what He had coming out of my mouth. So blessed to serve a God who is not only full of amazing surprises but never leaves His children without. I had a teaching all set up to talk about and God was laying Gideon on my heart but I feared doing so as having read Judges 6&7 a week before and hadn’t seen any way to incorporate him into what I had planned to say. All the way up until the last song in worship I was going to teach from 2 Chronicles but God told me no teach about Gideon. Having no idea what I was going to say or where God was going with it, I completely trusted Him and lead my group in the reading of Gideon. A few verses in I still didn’t know as then all of the sudden We hit that one verse where The Holy Spirit just said “This one, I want you to teach on this one. The Called” and that’s what I did. Everything that came out of my mouth was all the Holy Spirit was showing me to say and it came out as if I had rehearsed but I didn’t. That is what is so cool about God and His Holy Spirit, He never leaves you empty when you trust Him and follow Him without holding back. I could have easily been afraid and stuck with what I knew, but I didn’t. And God revealed Himself in a way that resonated with each and everyone of us. What I’m saying is God is so amazing and we should never be afraid to follow Him in His will for our lives in every moment if God instructs you to do something do it. He won’t lead you into something that He won’t see you through to the end.
    The message from last night is you are all called, don’t question it and don’t be afraid to go after what God has called you to do. God will see you through to the end. Don’t be afraid, seek Him and He will lead you in the way He should have you go.
    In the end “Who are we to question whom God calls because it’s not our call to make its God’s” don’t question who God calls especially yourself. Go for it God knows what He’s doing.

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  • For Everything There Is A Season

    Whenever I feel God moving me towards something I must go because if I don’t I find no satisfaction in the place I tried to set up camp. In life there are seasons and God moves us from one to the other every season is a new experience full of God’s great opportunities for our lives. Sometimes we are sad or even scared to leave the old season but God has a plan and we must trust that where He is taking us is even better. God will never take you out of better to worse.
    Ecclesiastes3:1
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