Wednesday, May 1, 2013

05/01/13 - Lessons from the Golden Calf

I am too much like the stubborn people who built the "golden calf" in Exodus 32, are you?

In verse 1 we see the people going to their leader, "Up, make us a gods...." Instead of trusting their leader they grew impatient and demanding. How often do I look to my leader to be at my beckoning call? I want to guide and lead, instead of trusting the beautiful line of authority God established. 

Then the people go on complaining about their leader to another leader. This caused division! 

Aaron, then went on to "appease" these stubborn people by telling them to give him all their gold.

Now think about it, these people are in the desert and he asks for their possessions of gold. Verse 2 says, "Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives..." Gold, this fine, precious metal is what the people give up because they aren't willing to wait on God.

What do I give up because I grow impatient on God's timing? How often do we run ahead of God, willing to give up precious things, because His timing is not YOUR timing! I've seen people race ahead of God and marry a non-believer because they don't want to wait on God's timing. 

After Aaron build the calf the first thing they say, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" vs. 4. Are you kidding me?!? Did they forget that the Red Sea parted? Did they forget how God brought 10 plagues? 

How often do we forget God's faithfulness when we are in a season of waiting? We must reflect and remember His goodness to avoid carving our own "golden calf'". 

Aaron went on to build an alter to the Lord and proclaimed they would have a feast to the Lord. Here we see mixing idol worship, with worship of the Lord. Oh, yes friends, we can be in church "worshiping" God, yet clinging to our idols. This is not worship of the Lord, you can't have both, you must choose! 

After their "worship" service they got up "to play" (vs. 6). Really!?! They are flat out disobeying God and they just want to play!? Do we "play" Christian? Do we go on Sunday, but by Monday we are worshiping the idol of self? Do we claim to have faith, yet "play" with the things of this world?

We see God tells Moses to go back to the people and Moses gets so mad at the people he breaks the first set of the Ten Commandments! In Chapter 34 Moses makes new tablets and the Lord proclaims in verse 6-7: "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin..." 

What grace! What love! 

But God adds to Moses that: "You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal." 

There is more to take from this story, but as I read this morning these thoughts just jumped at me! 




Tuesday, April 30, 2013

04/30/13 Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended

I am excited to have a give-away of a new book called: Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended by Lina Abujamra .

Lina is a single ER doctor who is the Women's Ministry Director at Harvest Bible Chapel, she blogs (at a few sites including True Woman and Lies Young Women Believe), she teaches the bible on Tuesday night (you can download her podcasts: Living with Power). 

One thing I appreciate about Lina is she doesn't mince words and delivers the gospel with a power punch! Her first book: Thrive, is a blueprint for thriving as a single through the lens of scripture and what I love is Lina is thriving as a 40 year old single woman (well she just had birthday, so 41 year old...but who's counting!)

To win a copy of Thrive leave a comment or question for Lina, here or on the Emotional Purity Facebook page and I will draw the winners on Monday, May 6! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Complete Take-Over

When Christ comes into our life, He doesn't want to have co-ownership, He comes for a complete take-over.




He wants our:

  • body
  • thoughts
  • money
  • relationships
  • time
  • talents
  • gifts
  • hearts
  • schedule
  • eyes
  • work
  • motives
  • attitudes
  • homes
  • future
  • education
  • ears
  • desires
  • mouths
  • dreams
  • EVERYTHING

Do we live in light of this? Do we surrender all to Him? 

What needs to change in your life today? What do you need to repent of clinging too and not giving to Christ? Don't delay. Give it to the Captain of your Life!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Distractions

Life is full of distractions.

You know what your distractions are, I don't have to tell you.

I've been battling my own distractions. 

When my distractions (not sinful things, just things that take my eyes off the priorities in my life) rule, I realized I have: less joy, less patience, more self-focus, and feel distant from my Savior. Makes me spiritually dry!

I must lay aside what distracts me, run hard after Christ, and fix my gaze upon Him.

Just acknowledging that caused a wave of peace to wash me and revive me. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Selfisness

We live in a culture saturated by self. 

We self protect. We live for self. We have messages that bombard us saying, "Care for self! No one else will!" Me, Me, Me!

We say we have to create our own identities. We have to make time for self. We have to protect self.

We say that if someone is offended by you, it's their problem because self is protected. 

The thing about these messages is there's an element of truth. But we've gone to far!

As a follower of Christ we are commanded to give away self, to die to self, and to lay self aside. We can not serve both self and Christ! We must choose. 

Self needs to die. 

Selfishness gets bumped into all day long! How do you respond? Does Christ spill out of you? Or does self rear it's ugly head?

Oh friends, lay self aside. Seek to serve Christ and be the hands, feet, and heart of Christ to those around you. Seek your identity in Him and in Him alone. Ask for wisdom to see the lies the culture sells! You will have joy like you have never experienced before. 

This is my prayer for my own heart and for yours as well!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Daily Bible Challenge

I had the awesome privilege of sharing my testimony on Revive our Hearts last month. Last year I took the "daily bible reading challenge" and I share how reading the bible every day in 2012 changed my life!

Take a listen: Your Personal Bible Reading Challenge

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I am guilty!

Yesterday I posted about "noise" and you know what: I am guilty of adding noise into your life!

So I have to ask, "Am I pointing people to Jesus Christ and Him crucified or am I pointing you to my thoughts and advice?" "Am I pointing people to repentance and faith in Jesus or am I a loud gong?" "Do I balance love and truth?"

If I am bringing attention to myself, then I am noise. Forgive me!

If I am bringing glory to God, then I pray I encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and admonish the idle. (1 Thess. 5:14)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Noise

Have you ever taken one day to pay attention to the noise around you?

Podcasts, pandora, Wii, movies, websites, radio, restaurant music, mall music, kids, coworkers, traffic, and sirens blare! Then social media, blogs, pinterest, email, and text message provide more mental noise, advice, and static (at times). 

We stay distracted, busy, and always peering into the lives of other people. 

During my Facebook break I have realized how overly saturated I've been with noise. Noise that invades space. Noise that invades peace. 

Seeking the One thing that brings lasting peace and joy can be hard to "hear" in all the noise. 

Before I took the plunge and de-activated my Facebook page, I prayed that God would revel anything that was keeping me distracted from Him. This break has been good and I feel like I have more processing to do before I re-join the social media world of Facebook. 

I want the noise and advice of the world to be quiet, so I can hear, more clearly the voice of my Beloved Savior. 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Facebook Break

Here I just post for you to find me on Facebook and Saturday I decided I needed to de-activate my account and take a break.

This break was a couple weeks, maybe a couple of months, okay, maybe a couple of years in the making.

At times I find myself wrapped up in drama by what is posted on Facebook. I see posts from people who I think, "Don't they know better." "Don't they see how they are being entertained by worthless noise!?"

Then I feel judgmental and I don't want to be prideful. 

So I have unsubscribed to so many people to just avoid that critical heart which comes way too easily for me. (Yes, it's my issues to work on!)

But last week a photo was circulated that was just "worthless chaff", but it seemed I was alone in thinking the picture was not funny at all. 

My heart just broke as this picture was shared by many and people just "LOL" at it. 

This picture was not God-glorifying, but glorified self. It was a slam on male/female relationships and it did, in no way lead people to the cross, but to self. 

But I felt like I was being too sensitive, perhaps. 

So I took a Facebook break to re-calibrate my heart. To decided if I am "in a Christian bubble" or if I am "guarding my heart"?

I desire deeply to be a "tree firmly planted" that is guided and directed soloing by the Word of God. I want the smile of God on my face. I want to please Him. 

I am still tweeting, I find twitter to be a bit safer and not filled with as much useless posts: https://twitter.com/HeatherArnel

I'd love your thoughts! Really! Share away!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Digging Deep

If I had a word for 2013 so far it would "study". 

So far in 2013 I've been digging deeply into God's word. 

In 2012 I committed to read the bible every day and I actually accomplished my goal!

This year I wanted to take it to a deeper level! 

I've come to see that the more you are in God's Word, the more you think biblically. You filter your thoughts, attitudes, actions through the bible. 

Friends, I hope you are taking time each day to read God's word!

If you want to be encouraged, I post almost day on "Emotional Purity Facebook Page". I desire to see people to get radical for Christ, to dig into His word, and live out a surrendered life! Join me over there!