Valley Experiences of Moses

Valley experiences of Bible characters
Moses was born of a Hebrew woman who wanted to save the child from extermination by Pharaoh. The baby was eventually found by an Egyptian princess who brought her up as her own son. Moses therefore led a good life in the palace of the princess. (Exo 2:1-10 NIV)  Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, {2} and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. {3} But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. {4}…
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Psalms 1 Blessed is the man who delights in Gods word

How to benefit from the Psalms
God doesn’t judge people on the basis of race, sex, or national origin. He judges them on the basis of their faith in him and their response to his revealed will. Those who diligently try to obey God’s will are blessed. They are like healthy, fruit-bearing trees planted along a riverbank with strong roots (Jeremiah 17:7, 8), and God promises to watch over them. God’s wisdom guides their lives. In contrast, those who don’t trust and obey God have meaningless lives that blow away like dust. (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2  But his delight is in the law of the…
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Exodus 3 – Answering Gods call

Lessons from Bible Stories
God's call was unexpected Exodus 3:1  One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he went deep into the wilderness near Sinai, the mountain of God. 2  Suddenly, the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a blazing fire in a bush. Moses was busy doing his own things when God suddenly called him. We too may be called by God suddenly. We may think that the best time to go into full time ministry is when we are settled down financially but God may have other plans for us. Jesus also called His disciples when they were not expecting to give up everything to follow their Master. God may also call us unexpectedly to a new area of ministry. We have to…
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Genesis 1-2 Gods design for man

Lessons from Bible Stories
We are created in His image (Gen 1:27 NIV)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. We are created in God’ image. Do our lives reflect that? When others see us, do they give glory to God? (Mat 5:16 NIV)  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Do we try to live our lives above reproach from others, following the example of Jesus? (John 8:46 NIV)  Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? (1 Tim 3:2 NIV)  Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband…
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Exodus 12 – Gods providence

Lessons from Bible Stories
At last the Jews left Egypt after having been there 430 years. The story of the Jews in the wilderness for 40 years was one of the most well known stories. From it we can learn about God's providence. Material blessings Exod 12:35And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed and asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. 36The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So, like a victorious army, they plundered the Egyptians! The Jews were slaves in Egypt. They had practically nothing. Yet before they leave Egypt, God ensured that His people were provided for financially. God's people need not live like paupers, always lacking. Learn to ask God…
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Psalms 16 Praise God for giving us hope

How to benefit from the Psalms
By saying that he “will not be shaken,” David was talking about the unique sense of security felt by believers. God does not exempt believers from the day-to-day circumstances of life. Believers and unbelievers alike experience pain, trouble, and failure at times (Matthew 5:45). Unbelievers have a sense of hopelessness about life and confusion over their true purpose on earth. Those who seek God, however, can move ahead, confident in knowing what is right in God’s eyes. They know that God will keep them from straying off his chosen path. (Source: Life Application Bible)   5  LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. 6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 …
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Jude – Grace Abused

Books of the New Testament
Background This epistle is attributed to Jude, the half brother of Jesus and the brother of James (Jude 1:1). Matthew 13:55 tells us that the names of the brothers of Jesus are James and Judas. “Judas” was probably shortened to “Jude” because nobody wanted to be called Judas, because of the association it has with Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus. Like his older brother James, Jude did not place his faith in Jesus while the Lord was still alive. Only after the crucifixion and resurrection did he become a follower of Jesus. Sinning without regard for punishment Jude 1:4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a…
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Gift of Exhortation

Spiritual Gifts
What is exhortation? The gift of exhortation is the special ability to minister comfort, encouragement and advice to other people in a way that they feel helped and healed. Exhortation can be: 1. Encouragement - Hey, well done! 2. Advice - I think it is better to finish your studies before starting a job. 3. Comfort - I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother's death. The power of encouragement Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 25:11 (NIV) A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Exhortation is every Christian's role Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) Let…
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Lust

Control your emotions
The dangers of lust The Psalmist realized the dangers of lust when he wrote: (Prov 6:25-29 NIV)  Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, {26} for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. {27} Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? {28} Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? {29} So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. Begins with the eyes (2 Sam 11:2-4 NIV)  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman…
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Psalms 90 Important to make the most of our lives

How to benefit from the Psalms
Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely and for eternal good. Take time to number your days by asking, “What do I want to see happen in my life before I die? What small step could I take toward that purpose today?” (Source: Life Application Bible)   1  A prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3  You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men." 4  For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like…
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