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Women

Women have a special place in God's heart and He has used them in unique settings to change the course of history.
Think about the two Hebrew midwives that were helping Israelite women give birth. (Exodus 1:15-20) Shiphrah and Puah were commanded by Pharaoh to kill any boy babies on the delivery stool. They feared God and did not do it and their response to the King when he called them into report was, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive." (Vs. 20) And so they circumvented the discipline of Pharaoh and were blessed with families of their own by God.
Then, think about the Pharaoh's command to have all Hebrew boys thrown into the Nile as a sacrifice to their gods. (Exodus 1:22-2:10) His own princess daughter finds Moses in a basket, feels sorry for him and takes him home to be raised under the Pharaoh's nose. And, Miriam, Moses's sister suggests the Princess have a Hebrew nanny which ends up be…

God Always At WorK

In 473 B.C. Haman suggested to King Xerxes, who reigned from Ethiopia to India, that it was not in his best interest to have the Jews around and convinced him so that he, Haman, was given the responsibility to annihilate them. "Dispatches were sent by couriers on the thirteenth day of the first month to all the king's provinces [127] with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and little children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods." (Esther 3:13) But God was to bring Mordecai and his adopted daughter Esther into the picture to overrule the plan of Haman. It was done with the King's permission and the Jews were saved from annihilation and instead their enemies were defeated and killed. The sequence of events and the final outcome were surely overseen by God. King Xerxes dethrones his present queen, Vashti, because of her stubbornness against him leaving a gap for …

Reconciled with God

What happens when we make up with a spouse or a friend? Most of the times we want to be again close to them. We want to sit with them, laugh with them, experience life with them. That is the joy of reconciliation; the joy of returning when having been away for a while.
The Psalmist expresses this idea when he says, "For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I my walk before the Lord in the land of the living." (Psalm 116:8-9) So powerful had been the forces around the Psalmist that he was near death, he had experienced heavy grief, and was close to falling into temptation but he made it through and now he was joyfully expressing the delight he had to be again walking with the Lord.
After separation and deliverance there is a deep gratitude for life and the fact that God was the source of that deliverance. Therefore the idea of walking "before the Lord" implies that you know that life is now actually being …

Comparison

There is within us all the futile action of comparing ourselves with others. We look at them with their accomplishments, abilities and giftings and feel we are lacking the same. We see their height, their features, their weight and evaluate ourselves by them. We multiply this by our inside sins; our failures and struggles and see the vast difference and make us unsatisfied in our own skin.
There were those who compared themselves to others under the pastoral care of the Apostle Paul and he wrote to them and said, "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise." (2 Corinthians 10:12
There will always be those who push themselves forward and measure themselves against the lives of those in their company. This, as Paul says is unwise, because the standard will keep changing and then, so must you. This is building your identity around the outw…