Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

january 23, 2011

Time for  sermon notes — If you want to read the last one click here.

Grab your Bible, as I won’t be posting all of the scriptures.  I  feel that it is important to look the scriptures up in your own Bible –  to stay familiar with the love letter that God has given to us.  (If you don’t have a Bible let me know.)

David – didn’t always make the right choice.  Bathsheba is a good example of how bad decisions have consequences.

Here in Chronicles we find that David decided to take a head count.  This went against God’s command.

The consequences ?

David was given three choices.  Three years of famine.  Three months of running from your enemies. Three days that God will send plagues.  David decides that he would rather fall into the hands of God than men.

David takes the three days.

Read 1 Chronicles 21:14-26

But then 70,000 men die.  High price to pay and this is only day one.

verse 17 finds David pleading with God.

We like to think that when we make wrong choices that things will just get smoothed over.   Actions have consequences.  70,000 men died!

By this time, God had already told the angel to stop.  Then God told Gad to tell David to make an offering.

David offers to buy Ornan’s threshing floor.

Ornan would gladly give it to David.  Verse 23 “I give it all.”

David would not make an offering with that which cost Him nothing.  (Think about that for a moment.)

Offerings to God

Read Genesis 4:3-7    2 offerings Cain and Abel

Some point out the type of offering — blood vs. fruit of the ground

The point here is not the type of offering.  Cain is told “if you do well, you will be accepted.”  Scripture will talk of grain offerings and first fruit offerings.  No, it is not the type of offering but there is something not right about Cain’s attitude.  The problem was an attitude of the heart.

“Give with a good attitude.”

Everything that we have come from God.  He blesses us.    We give in return tithes and offerings.  Tithes come into the church.  There are many different kinds of offerings.  Acts of service is an offering.  Whether it is doing something for the church or helping out someone in need, this is giving an offering to the Lord.  Offerings are also given to help financially support a ministry that is doing the Lord’s work.

read Romans 12:1

We are called to offer up our lives as a living sacrifice.  What does God want for our lives?  This is not always an easy thing to figure out.

Start by saying to the Lord:

“Here’s my hopes and dreams, everything I want.  I’m giving it to You now.  Lord, give me Your direction.”

“Lord, help me to live for You a living sacrifice.  Lord here is my life – whatever You want me to do.  Direct my path. Speak to my heart.”

Trust God.  He will guide and direct us.

” Did we think 20 years ago that we’d still be here?  No – that is not generally how it works.  …… There is no better place to be than where God wants you to be.”

Read Matthew 16:24-27

Best thing we can do is offer our lives up to God.  Sometimes there is clear direction.  Other times, when you don’t get a ‘thus and so’ from  God  then look around and make the best choice trusting that God will guide you.

“God I want to walk with you day by day.”

“God knows exactly what He is doing.  One decision at a time.”

“I want to be where You want me to be – doing what You want me to do.”

“Give our lives to God and He will give us back a better life.   Best place to be is where God wants you to be.”

til next time


January 23, 2011 - Posted by | sermon notes, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. >> “Actions have consequences” <> “We are called to offer up our lives as a living sacrifice” <<
    And when we do, we find we have given nothing and gained everything. We can never outgive God because God always uses a bigger shovel.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | January 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Amen! I love the shovel idea!!

      Comment by Gloria | January 24, 2011 | Reply

      • I’m not sure of it, but I think that quote came from Robert LeTourneau (Mover of Men and Mountains)

        Comment by meetingintheclouds | January 24, 2011

  2. […] (If you want to check out last weeks, click here) […]

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