The Bible Project: Numbers

This is the 4th book of the bible.  This book was written after the Israelites have been freed from slavery. God brought them into Mt. Sinai and entered into a covenant with them there. And even though the people of God continued to rebel against God, he provided for them a place to be near His presence in the tabernacle.

The book of Numbers begins as Israel wraps up their 1 year stay at Mt. Sinai.  They head out into the wilderness on the way to the promised land.

Watch the study video so you can begin to breakdown chapters 1-10, 13-19, 21-21, and 22-36.

There is a poster for the book of Numbers that you may find very helpful. Enjoy!

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Torah Series: Leviticus

Hello there!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the Bible with us.

This next episode covers the book of Leviticus.  Some people may feel that this is a tough book to navigate through, BUT you will find that the Bible Project has compiled great resources to help get us through it.

First up is the study video.  It is a short video that should be followed by the study guide.  It personally helped me put the book in perspective and I  really enjoyed watching it.

 

Now, with any book such as the book of Leviticus, it is important to dive in deep so that you don’t miss the details that make this book so great!

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Click on the link and have your small group follow along with you via a printed copy or in their electronic devices.  Point them to our page and specifically to this post so that they too, can have these resources available.

EXTRA TREAT!

The book of Leviticus contains a study poster. How awesome is that?  So for you bible scholars and nerds, click on the poster to access it!  Enjoy!

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Stay tuned for more study resources from the Bible Project.  Make sure to visit their page and help spread this awesome study across the world!

https://jointhebibleproject.com/

 

 

Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the earth!

Have you ever felt like you are at the stage of your Christian walk where the visions from God have started to flood your mind?

Listen! Those visions have been given to you for a reason. Do not make light of them!

As we continue with on with the Chronological Bible Study, we will focus today’s study on Genesis chapter 9.

You may or may not have been following along the other studies, but if you haven’t please click on the CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STUDY tab of this webpage so that you may watch chapters 1-8 in Genesis.  Our focal character for today’s study is Noah.  There’s something really special about Noah.  God really wants us to know that while other people have strayed and no longer believe as God as their provider; Noah never stopped believing. So much so, that wickedness filled the earth, yet Noah is not spoken of in such manner. As a matter of fact, Noah is the OPPOSITE of wickedness.  Noah loves the Lord. Noah walks with the Lord, and Noah obeys the Lord.

Because Noah has been faithful to God while others sin, God decides to flood the earth so that wickedness does not prevail.  He cares about Noah and his family in such a way that He removes all iniquity out of Noah’s world so that he and his family can partake in God’s original plan.

Now that the flood is over, Noah is charged to leave the boat and to make a new life after the flood.  Noah is charged with 3 things; to prosper, to reproduce, and to fill the earth.  Sheesh! Those are all ginormous tasks, right?

See, you are no different than Noah. You who love God, who obey God, and who remain faithful to God have been given the same charge.  PROSPER! REPRODUCE! FILL THE EARTH!  Say what?  Yeah. It’s true.  But doesn’t that sound a little “charismatic” or “pentecostal”?  Listen, you are here for a purpose, and that purpose is for you to do the will of God and to live out your calling, that includes the other previously stated charges.

Click on the hyperlink below and join me as I begin to unpack what I’ve just told you.  Get your Bible, open it up to Genesis chapter 9, and follow along!

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Sincerely,

Cecilia

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of the Other

There was a moment in time when I was a SERIOUS people-pleaser.  In other words, I was co-dependent.  What is co-dependency you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. According to Psychology Today, co-dependency is  “.. supporting others in their dysfunction at your own peril, at a cost to yourself.”

There was no better example of co-dependency in my life than my fervor to support my family financially.  I worked tirelessly and endlessly in order to make sure that our bills got paid on time and that my family had what they needed. But there was one problem, I WAS THE ONLY ONE TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FINANCES OF OUR HOME.  I was married at the time and my husband fell ill.  His illness consumed his life and it ended up taking his life.

Being the sole provider of my home was very challenging and I had to learn to fend for myself in all areas of my life.  I didn’t feel capable, so I began to seek out resources that would help me navigate through this new season of my life. The very first resource that I considered  a game-changer is a book called, “Boundaries”.  If you’ve not yet read it, do yourself a favor and get it today. Click on the link below to take you directly to Amazon where you can purchase the book.   http://www.amazon.com/Boundaries-When-Take-Control-Your/dp/0310247454/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460396882&sr=8-1&keywords=boundaries

I learned so many things through this book. The most important thing I learned was the ABILITY TO SAY NO TO PEOPLE AND/OR THINGS.  I understood that my voice, like other people’s voices, MATTERS.  My thoughts matter. My feelings matter, but most importantly; I matter.

I had to take a very close look at the people around me and to check their motivations and intentions for being my friend. I had to ask myself and ask  of them to give me the reason why they wanted to be my friend. What did they hope to GAIN from me?  What did THEY get out of being close to me?

Now, you may or may not agree with my methods in seeking out friendships, and that’s okay. What I do know, is that by being THAT honest with myself and that honest with my close circle, really helped me to learn about myself and others.  I learned that there were people in my close circle that were only there to watch me fall. There were others that made themselves feel better by criticizing me and my life, choices, and I learned that there were those who GENUINELY AND SINCERELY LOVED ME. After all that analysis, I found that those people were my sons, my extended family, Liliana Garcia, Veronica Alaniz, and Jeannette Rubalcado, to be exact.

I’m grateful I sat myself down and analyzed friendships and relationships.  I’m grateful that I asked those questions and got to the answers, even though truth hurt sometimes. But I’m most grateful that I am now better able to discern people and their intentions.

I titled this blog, “The Power of the Other” simply because that is the name of the book that I’m reading now.  I encourage you to preorder it and dive deep into it.  I’ve included a freebie that I really feel like you will enjoy.  The Power of the Other.  This book will break down the different types of connections in order to help you determine which connections are healthy and which are unhealthy for you.

No matter what, and IF WE ARE DOING LIFE RIGHT, WE ALL NEED EACH OTHER at one point or another. You are not in control of that; however  you do have a say so in who to place your trust in during your moment of need.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

God’s Calling on You! Genesis 12 & 13

Let me tell you something: You were given those talents and were created with a PURPOSE!

What are some of the things that you do well?  Can you sing, read, write, create, or draw?  Are you great at math or science?

Let me tell you something: You were given those talents and were created with a PURPOSE!

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, that purpose is to reconcile the world to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

In the beginning, we were created perfect and without sin, but as time progressed, we got further and further away from God’s perfect plan for us. But did you know that there’s a way back?

What does it take to have a relationship with Jesus Christ? How can you find God’s purpose for you?

You  must admit that you are not living God’s best plan for you.

You must admit that you fail to love God above all else and that you’ve failed at loving people that way God does. God is Creator and we were created to dwell in His presence and in the presence of His people, in a loving community. But somehow, someway, we have distorted that perfect plan and stopped loving the Creator who seeks to provide a great environment for us to dwell in.  On top of that, WE DO NOT LOVE THE WAY GOD LOVES.  We want to love conditionally, we want to love only those who love us. We are unwilling to leave our 4 walls and reach out to the sick, to the poor, and to the lost.  We are so busy leading full and busy lives that we fail to see need right in front of our eyes.

You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He came to us to save us from our eternal separation from God.  

Sin separates us from God. It separates us from one another. And since the beginning, we have done an awful job of being able to be loving toward our Creator and each other.  If it was up to us, then we would never be reconciled back to God, to partake in His goodness and plans. But because of how loving God is, He has made a way to Him – Jesus Christ.  It is through Christ that we can come and be a part of His plan once more.  And your faith in Him through confession is what grants you salvation.  And that alone. I praise God for that, I’m so grateful that He made a way for me!

You must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord

You must believe that Creator God is SO LOVING, SO GRACIOUS, SO MERCIFUL, AND FULL OF GRACE that outside of Him we would perish. We would not love one another. We would not love Creation and The Creator. We are so lost, we are full of greed, of lust, of anger, of despair, of sadness, and of hopelessness outside of God that we need His constant voice to keep us in the light and away from endangering others and ourselves.

But is there such a person that can love God and others the way God does? Of course there is!

The book of Genesis, chapter 13 introduces such a man of this type of faith. His name is Abraham. Abraham had such a close relationship with God that the bible says that once God called Abraham, and asked him to leave his country and his people, that Abraham did just that.  God promised Abraham great blessings in return for great faith.  And the blessings came primarily through protection as Abraham followed God to the promised land.

You may be wondering, “Am I too old to join the journey of a relationship with Christ?”.  Absolutely not, the bible says that Abraham was 75 years old when he obeyed God’s calling.

Will your walk with Christ be without suffering or issues that arise?

Absolutely not!  But now you are no longer alone. You have a CREATOR and A COMMUNITY who can help navigate this thing called life. There are women and men who have walked this path before. Who have also surrendered their life to a LOVING CREATOR where the goals is to love God and each other.  This group of people have first-hand experience and are on the same journey with you. They want what God has for them, the way you do.

So what’s it going to take?  How much longer will you walk this path alone. How much longer will it take for you to accept that YOU ARE LOVED and that OTHERS WANT TO LOVE YOU THE WAY GOD DOES?

That is your purpose; to love and to be loved. Plain and simple!

Comment below if I can help answer any questions that you may have. Let me know if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Share testimonies of your journey – the good as well as the bad.  Let the world know the great power in community.  Someone is waiting to hear your story!

Be blessed today,

Sincerely,

Cecilia

The Voice of God

Does God speak? Does He speak to me?  How can I know what God’s voice sound like?

Well, guess what? The bible is God’s voice!

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

You just learned that the bible is God’s voice; or the Word of God.  What is the purpose of the bible? Well, according to the scripture that you just read, it has several purposes;

to teach us

What are the things that God wants us to learn? Wow, there are so, so many things to learn about who God is, His character, His heart, the things He likes and the things he dislikes.  The only way to learn these things is to begin to read for yourself. I mean it, for yourself.  Take it out, get a notebook, get a highlighter, set the mood at home, and make it a priority.  Follow this blog and we can study it together!

to rebuke us

What does rebuke mean? In this passage, the idea that the author wants conveyed is to return to the original path.  So for example, when the Prodigal Son left his father and went into the world, he recognized the error of his ways and returned home. How do we know we’ve lost our way? How do we know what the original path should have been like? Again, we must spend time learning what it means to be a follower of Christ and what those characteristics look like. Once we have learned what His will is for us, we can begin to open up to a dear and trusted friend, or maybe a Pastor.  They can help guide us the right way.

to correct us

This is a really tough one and it boils down to LOVE. What does it mean to love someone? What do people who love one another do for one another? When one is steering away, or has gone astray, we go after them. We lovingly pursue them and communicate what it is that is causing them harm.  This includes identifying sin.  Yes, we all hate that word; but nonetheless, it’s there. It exists, even from the beginning with Adam and Eve. It’s crept up and it’s here to stay.  So as followers of Christ, we look to stay as far away as we can from sinful behavior recognizing old habits and starting a healing process with those closest to us.

to trains us in righteousness

What makes one righteous? Well, if you believe that Jesus is Lord, you have been declared righteous before God.  He has already paid the price for your sins, the ones that you have committed and the ones that you will commit after. Does this give you permission to sin? Absolutely NOT!  We begin to learn what God’s will is, we observe His commands, we follow after Jesus when He calls us into ministry. That’s what it means to be trained…You already have the job, now you have to learn to do it and master it.  We love him in such a way that we hunger and thirst for it; His love. How can I stay connected in this righteousness? Well, join a local church, a local men or women’s group, and live this new journey with others who share the same passion for Christ. You will be amazed at how much sweeter it is to live life in the community of believers.

Study with me

You may be wondering; aren’t we supposed to be going through the bible Chronologically? You are 100% correct. We should. However; I felt that it was necessary to lay the ground for the bible as God’s word.

Remember that Radiant ministries connects you to the Word God in such way that you can’t help but to shine His light unto others.

Pray with me

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for being the kind of God who never leaves us. The bible says that when you ascended into heaven that you left us The Comforter – Holy Spirit and we are never alone. Lord Jesus, forgive us the times that we’ve not prioritized your Word. Forgive us the times we doubted what you said is true. Forgive us the times when we discouraged others from pursuing your heart.  Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking everyday, in so many ways, into our lives.  Thank you Jesus for making your plans clear. We love you, and we will stay close to you and radiate your love to others.  In your beautiful name I pray, Amen!

Connect with me

I pray that today you got a glimpse of the wonderful purpose of the bible in our lives. What are some things that you struggle with in regard to reading the bible? Are you the one who was so in love with God but has gone astray? Are the one that has never taken the time to read it? Are you the one searching for the answers?

Let me know how I can pray with you. I’m happy to!

God bless you!

Radiant Ministries