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KNOW TO HIDE

FAITH CAPSULE: Jesus hides for all to know to hide.

Luke 4

The word of God is in the record for all to learn, living life for the glory of God.
The word of God in the record is like a manual for instruction for living life not to fail before God.
The word of God in the record is like a mirror for looking, to address or re-address one’s dressing not to become ashamed but to live life for the glory of God.
Romans 15:4 records, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Are you giving yourself to the word of God, receiving directions for the journey of life?
Jesus, our Lord, and savior did not expose Himself for the temptation of the devil when He hides in the record word of God. The Bible records that, after forty days of Jesus’ fasting, the devil approached Jesus three times to tempt Jesus, at first the devil said, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3) Jesus responded to the devil with the record of God’s word as His hiding place not to fall for the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” (Luke 4:4) 
The testimonies of Jesus’ hiding are for all to learn from the record of God’s word not to expose for wicked ones. 
Jesus does not need to hide.
With understanding and knowledge, the record of Jesus’ hide in the word of God to stand against the temptation of Satan.
The record first of three temptations attempt of Satan against Jesus, as recorded failed (just as the other two temptations failed) because Jesus hides in the record word of God quoting against Satan.
Just as Jesus hides in the record word of God, quoting against the Satan, physically, He also hid from wicked one’s attempt not to become hurt or derail His plan of God.
The Bible records how Jesus hides physically not because there is no way for Him to avoid the evil agenda but for all to know and understand that hiding is not evidence of weakness but wisdom.
The bible records Jesus’ physical hiding in the face of wicked agenda, “Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” (John 8:59)
Keeping to the record of God’s word will keep one from untimely termination by evil agenda. 
Are you a simple believer, a prudent one?
Provers 14:15 speaks to all, “The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.”
With understanding, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3)
Keep the word of God (testimonies of God) diligently not to become a victim of the wicked world.
Jesus hides and all should know to hide.

Prayer for today: Ask to give entrance for God’s word into your life, to live life by God’s word.

TRUST AND HOPE

FAITH CAPSULE: Waiting on God is rooted in having trust and hope on God.

Psalm 40

Waiting on God for the manifestation of expectation is not wasting time, but believing in the word of God. Word of God might sound foolish to man but never fail to deliver those who believe in His word. (1 Corinthians 1:21) 
The word of God demands to ask, seek and knock in times of waiting before God. To be Asking, Seeking, Knocking before God is evidence of having faith in God, by looking up to Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2 records, “looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus the author of our faith speaks to all, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
For receiving an answer to a question, waiting on God demands trust and hope by asking, seeking and knocking before God. 
When there is no waiting on God, man always rushes away for God’s answer and turn to waste. 
King Saul could not wait as instructed and it was accounted to him as disobedient. 
To obey and wait is to trust and hope on God.
Waiting for God is giving attention to a jealous God. Psalmist admonishes, “Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed…” (Psalm 25:3) 
A believer in God must understand to wait and endure period. 
Waiting on God can experience a delay but never a waste of time. 
God testified about David when Saul failed to wait on God. God spoke through Samuel for Saul’s disobedience, “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13:14) David knows the heart of God to understand what it means as he consistently obeyed by waiting on God before making moves. 
The bible recorded about a prodigal son that could not know to wait for God’s timing, “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.” (Luke 15:11-13) 
Younger son could not wait for God’s appointed time to receive a portion of good that falls to him. Indirectly, the prodigal son made move outside of God’s timing for his life because he could not wait. 
At all time, in all time do not make haste but waiting in trust and hope before God that acts to wait for those that wait on Him

Prayer for today:  Ask God for mercy to reverse irreversible move of not waiting on His direction in the journey of your life.

HEART TO FEAR GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: Give the heart to fear God.

Psalm 34

Living life in the fear of God is taking a position not to fail in the journey of life.
To fear God is rooted in giving attention to God’s word by inclining ear, keeping God’s word in the depth of heart not just in the head.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 identifies the importance to live life in the fear of God, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”
Are you one that keeps the word of God in the head with no space for the word of God in the heart?
It is the will of God for all to fear God and know to train children to live life in the fear of God.
Is it your desire to fear God and to train your children, the fear of God?
Deuteronomy 4:10 admonishes all, “…Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.”
Know and understand to fear God in every way of life, it is the conclusion of the whole matter.
The word of God that speaks to one speaks to all to fear God for the ways of living life as Job 28:28 records, “…And to man, He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding…” Jeremiah 10:7, “Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You. “
Who will not fear God? 
One that does not fear God will not abide in His command, to dwell in the presence of God.
Word identifies what it means to be in the presence of God with those who fear God: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy.” (Psalm 33:18)
“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” (Psalm 34:7-9)
“And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)
Let the fear of God keep you under the eyes of God.
Your determination to fear God is the desire that can disappoint you because it is not the power of God. In life, in the place of determination, it is only the prayer before God (power of God) that will not disappoint.
Imagine Peter’s relationship with Jesus, with his determination not to disappoint Jesus but denied Jesus, the evidence of failure determination. Jesus prayed against Peter’s failure, “…But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail…” (Luke 22:32) 
Give yourself to prayer, that the fear of God becomes established in your hearts not to depart from God.

Prayer for today: Ask that you want to live life in the fear of God.

QUESTION WITH FAITH

FAITH CAPSULE: For God’s calling, are you questioning His calling without faith?
God called Abraham, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” (Genesis 22:2) God asked for Abraham’s only son, whom he loves, to be used for a burnt offering.
Abraham did not question the calling of God for his son.
Are you questioning the calling of God?
Questioning God’s calling with faith can be acceptable before God but questioning God’s calling with doubt is not acceptable before God.
For example, with faith, Samuel questioned God’s calling when he was sent by God, to go and anoint David as King when Saul was the king of the people. 
1Samuel 16:2-3 records Samuel’s question and God’s response, “But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.” 
God answered Samuel’s question.
Without faith, are you questioning God’s calling over your life?
Abraham did not question the calling of God but answered fully to God’s calling over his life.
The Bible records, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” (Genesis 22:4)
Abraham did not complain over the calling of God in his life.
The Israelites did not question the calling of God to the Promised Land but failed because of their complaint.
The Israelites’ complaint converted eleven days’ journey to forty years journey. The book of Deuteronomy 1:2-3 testifies, “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea. Now it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month that Moses spoke to the children of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him as commandments to them.” 
Questioning God without faith or complaining before God can be rooted in careless thought or talking. 
The Bible records against talking carelessly, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” (James 1:19) Careless talking can lead to complaining before God.
Abraham kept his cool and focused on God’s command. It must have been a difficult and challenging journey for him yet he kept on going through without complaint. 
Abraham gave a reasonable sacrifice to God. 
Abraham released Isaac unto God in each step of his response to God’s command.
Abraham demonstrated that he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his strength. 
God declared Abraham as one who feared Him.  
In the journey of life, the calling of God, there is a beginning and end. When God calls you, answer obediently with trust and hope to arrive at God’s calling, just like Abraham.

Prayer for today: Ask God to give you a heart of faith in all your thought and action.

AVOID NOT TO KNOW GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: Among the reasons why you do not know God.

Hebrews 11

Among the reasons why you do not know God but only know about God is the lack of understanding and not believe Him.
Lack of Understanding:
A failure of giving attention will result in a listening disability. Jesus questioned and answered why lack of understanding, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” (John 8:43)
It is not possible to understand what or who you do not know. The world is too busy for self, and not to give attention to God. One that gives attention to God will listen to gain understanding, to know God for who He is. He is a good God, the One that reverses irreversible.
Forgetting attributes of God:
Forgetting attributes of God, not being thought about Him will not know God. Deuteronomy 4:5-6 buttresses, “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. 6 Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding…” One that is not exposed to learn about God will not give attention to understand the attributes of God enough to know God.
Truth is not appealing:
Truth is not popular, is not acceptable to the world. It is not possible to know what is not accepted, not believed. John 8:45-47 records Jesus’ word that speaks the truth about not knowing God, “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore, you do not hear, because you are not of God.” One that does not accept truth to believe does not know God that is true.
You must know God to come out of the religion of this wicked world.
To know God is rooted in the living word of God, written for understanding if any will give self to study the word of God.
To study the word of God is a sacrifice with the cost of labor.
To know God is seeking God diligently, to please Him and to find God as promised, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
You must know God, knowing about God is not enough to excuse before God to escape the consequence that is set with lasting pain.
Know God, come out of religion to live life for the glory of God.
You must know God the truth to know and be free.

Prayer for today: Ask God to make you know Him more.