“Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25)

The best way to get out of a slump is to help or serve someone else. Do a kind deed for a stranger or serve a neighbor.

Suffering often causes us to focus on our hardships and ourselves. If our aches or sickness haven’t wiped us out, kept us in bed, or immobile, we should try to think of someone else who may be suffering worse than we are or who may need some help or encouragement.

Ministering to another or helping someone when we are sad, depressed, or in pain may give us a break from our own heartaches by taking our minds off our troubles. Besides that, it can bless the person we are serving.

Just maybe when we focus on someone else’s pain we might see for ourselves that we are not really that bad off.

“Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

 

 

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Who is Melchizedek?

 Genesis 14:17-20

Who is Melchizedek? There are many different interpretations about Melchizedek.  The Bible states these facts.  (Hebrews 7:1-7)

  1. The word Melchizedek means, King of righteousness.
  2. He was a priest of the Lord God
  3. He blessed Abram, as only the Lord God can bless.
  4. Abram gave his tithe, (ten percent of everything) to Melchizedek.
  5. Melchizedek is called the King of Salem, which means the King of Peace.
  6. Melchizedek has no father and mother. There is no genealogy in the Bible of Melchizedek.
  7. He has no beginning of days nor end of life.
  8. His appearance was like the Son of God, Jesus.

Many scholars believe that Melchizedek was the Lord God, Himself, who came to earth.   

Genesis 14:21-24

The king of Sodom offered Abram wealth for rescuing his people.   Abram told the king of Sodom that he praised the Lord God, the possessor of Heaven and earth. Abram would not take even a thread or a shoe lace for fear that the King of Sodom would say that he made Abram rich.  It is suggested that Abram did not want to be indebted to the king of Sodom.

Abram was a righteous and holy man dedicated to serving the Lord God.  With a quiet dignity Abram refused everything from the king of Sodom. Scholars suggest the king of Sodom may symbolize Satan and we, too must refuse the gifts from the enemy.

 

 

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WHY DO GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER?

The book of Job shows a good man suffering through no fault of his own.

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. This was Job’s regular custom. One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” Job 1:1-12

  1. Job was blameless. He was irreproachable
  2. Job was upright. He was respectable.
  3. Job feared God. He loved and served the Lord.
  4. Job shunned evil. He turned away from sin.
  5. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the East. He was honest, respected, and wealthy.
  6. Job made arrangements for his children to be purified. He guided his children to the right path. He prayed and sacrificed for each of them in case they mistakenly sinned.
  7. The Lord Himself said, “There is no one on earth like Job, who is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.

Job lost his family, his home, and his wealth. Later, he lost his health. In his struggle to understand why calamities fell on him, he realized that he was not meant to know the reasons. He would have to face life without knowing the whys that people suffered.

“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 1:22

We, too, must live one day at a time without the answers to life’s questions. If Job remained steadfast in loving God, that should encourage us.

Lord, your will be done.

Will we, like Job trust God, no matter what happens?

 

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