God Games – Simon Says? God Says!!!

Activity010aSIMON SAYS….GOD SAYS

Simon Says….I use to LOVE to play that game! You would listen really close and then do the action if “Simon” said to do it. You were not supposed to do the action if “Simon” didn’t say to do it! This game is fun and also is a great way to improve listening skills and following directions. It is a fun way for smaller kids to learn these skills. Maybe we grown-ups could learn to follow directions and listen to what God says!
You will find in Deuteronomy 13:18 “Yes. Obediently listen to God, your God. Keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Do the right thing in the eyes of God, your God.” Just like the game of Simon Says reminds us to listen and follow directions then do what was said…that is what God tells us in the Bible. Listen, follow directions then do.
DO not do things if Simon didn’t say..reminds us – don’t do things that GOD doesn’t say. We find perfect words in Romans 6:22-23 “But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.” Do not listed to sin…it lies, cheats, steals, stresses you, and just gives you wrong ideas and information. You will find regret if you listen to sin…just like if you don’t follow what “Simon Says”…Remember if you moved and Simon didn’t say to and you felt so bad and you got kicked out of the game? While Simon doesn’t give you another chance…our wonderful forgiving God does. He lets us keep playing the game – if we ask for forgiveness. You see he had his only precious perfect son take all the blame and shame for us so that we could stay in the game.
Ephesians 6:12-13 MSG tells us, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” These words are such good advice – help each other in this game of life, pray for each other, encourage each other, be prepared, listen to God because he gives us the right advice and the right tools for life.
“Simon says” listen to God…..- now follow the directions….
Many blessings,

Leigh  th

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Games with God

God placed this on my heart in several ways this weekend. Do you remember those fun games when we were kids – you know…Hide & Seek or Freeze Tag or Mother May I? hideandseek

Seems like it was yesterday but then again seems a lifetime ago. My next few blogs will be my sharing about games that we play with God. Sometimes we don’t even know there is a game, or that we are playing; but if we step back and look…we are playing games with God.
I saw on Facebook the cutest little girl sharing the story of Jonah. She was animated and just told it with such passion.

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I really listened…I realize that I am like Jonah sometimes. God tells me to do things and I don’t always step up and say yes to God. I run away and hide, or at least I think I hide but God is good at this game!

Jonah chose a boat crossing the sea to hide from God and that didn’t work out for him. Storms were brewing and Jonah knew it was God coming for him. Jonah asked to be thrown overboard because he knew he couldn’t hide. Still Jonah feared that he didn’t want to do what God wanted….once again…almighty God showed Jonah who was in charge. Jonah ended up swirling around in the belly of a whale. Oooh Gross!

I find myself playing games with God and try to shy away from doing what God wants me to do. Sometimes I tell him I am too tired, or don’t feel good; other times I tell him that I am too busy taking care of family work, people that need me and there is no more time left; and then there is times that I just pretend that I didn’t hear him or feel him guiding me.  God alwasy knows what is best for me…why do I hide?  In Matthew 6:33 you will read…“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I forget that sometimes God just wants to love me. He isn’t always expecting me to do things for him. In this world, we forget that God has no ulterior motive or that he just loves us no matter how we act or what games we play. I think I want to change and stop hiding from God but I will start seeking him. In Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them.
God listens, and understands and is truly forgiving and gracious and has complete love for each of us. We find in Luke 11:9 – 13 “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”

Why don’t we remember this when we are trying to hide from God…the best thing is to seek God! The best way to do this is just talk to God and fall on your knees and pray. There are no losers in this game with God – we are all winners. We get advice from James in James 4:10 MSG “So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”
Next time – play hide and seek with God – except – just go straight to the seek part and seek God! He will always be found and ready for you to find him.

5-4-3-2-1 Ready or not….here I come! Go Seek God!seekgod

Many blessings!

Leigh