Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013 … God’s Deliverers

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 297

Devotional Song: Go to this link -  Please take the time to meditate on this powerful song and video, the song sung by Steve Green, singing People Need the Lord, … reminding Christians everyday we may pass by people who need the saving grace offered by our Lord and we may be the one who is called to God’s deliverer for one who is lost. … Then GO TO THIS LINK  and hear Big Daddy Weave singing about the One true deliverer, Jesus, Who has Redeemed us for eternity.

Highlight Passage: Judges 3: 7-11 … [Are we, like Othniel, chosen to be one of God’s deliverers for someone in our lives who needs God?] … [NLT]  
7 The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. They forgot about the LORD their God, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles. 8 Then the LORD burned with anger against Israel, and he turned them over to King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram-naharaim. And the Israelites served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years. 9 But when the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help, the LORD raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz. 10 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he became Israel’s judge. He went to war against King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the LORD gave Othniel victory over him. 11 So there was peace in the land for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died. 

Reference Passage #1: Luke 1: 56-80 … [As John the Baptist’s father prophesied, God has sent a Redeemer to save His people.] … [NLT] …GO TO THIS LINK 

Reference Passage #2: John 3: 16 … [Are we those loved and carried by our Redeemer?] … [NLT] …  
16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. … “ 

My Journal for Today: … Hey you Bible trivia buffs, … who was Othniel? Anybody? … Well in today’s Os Hillman devotional, he reminds forgetful Bible students like me of this man, Othniel, found in today’s highlight passage, who was Joshua’s nephew, and who would become a deliverer for God’s people. Yes, God’s recalcitrant people, who had once again rebelled and were in desperate need of a redeemer. And so Othniel became God’s chosen and anointed “Judge” over Israel, … leading them to 40 years of delivered obedience and peace.

Well, most certainly those so-called “Judges” in the history of God’s people we forerunners and people-pictures of THE One, …The Messiah, Who would one day come to be THE REDEEMER of all of God’s people, … prayerfully including you and me.

Don’t you just love the picture which I’ve attached here with this blog? It shows, as Steve Green sings in one of the songs I’ve linked you to on God Tube above, that people – ALL PEOPLE – need the Lord to carry us as our Redeemer in times where we’re broken and in need of a Savior. And as Big Daddy Weave sings in the other linked song above, we have truly been “REDEEMED” by this One Who was sent my God, the Father, to be our Deliverer.

Have you ever thought of yourself as one of “God’s deliverers,” as I’ve titled my blog today? Well, if you have someone in your family, or maybe a coworker, or perhaps a friend, whom you know in your heart is lost, they are like the man pictured in the attached photo. And perhaps God has brought this one into your life so that YOU can be, as was Othniel for Israel, the deliverer for at least one of God’s people.

My friend, let’s pray today that God, if He so chooses, will set up a divine appointment for us to share our Redeemer with someone who needs the Lord.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, If I can be Your delivery agent for someone today, put them in front of me and give me the opportunity to share You with them. … Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online blog entitled Today God Is First [TGIF], authored by Os Hillman. If you GO TO THIS LINK  on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read Hillman’s TGIF blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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