BUT GOD #1

As we press in to But God #1 (found on page 3 in the book, But God- Getting to Know Your Bridegroom in the Old Testament), we take a closer look at Adam in the Garden. Thank you to Christine Annunziato for writing this thought provoking addition to the study. YouTube videoblog found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyH18AIYc-U&feature=youtu.be

COULD ADAM HAVE REVERSED THE CURSE?

Genesis 2:15 states, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’” Adam received this word before Eve was even created, because the next thing that happens, in verse 18 is that The Lord says, “It is not good for a man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” In verse 21 He does just that with the rib he pulls from Adams side.

Eve tells the serpent in Genesis 3:3 that she knew they must not eat “or even touch” the tree in the middle of the garden; adding a rule that even God had not stated. Thus the first “fence law” is born.  When convinced by the smooth-talking serpent to “take and eat,” the deception is complete—she had now done the very thing her husband had warned her not to do and now possessed “the knowledge of good and evil.”  Even more disturbing then, is her move to hand the forbidden fruit to her husband—she knew better!  So why is the sin counted as Adams? Romans 5:12–“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” He knew better as well, as he had heard it directly from the mouth of God.

     This must have something to do with the role of the groom to the bride, as Christ is to the church. There must be a spiritual responsibility on the part of the man that as God created him, he has a role of spiritual intercession as head of the woman. It seems he had been given the ability to pardon the sin of his wife, and be ultimately responsible for it. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says this, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.”

Let’s look at an Old Testament scripture regarding man’s responsibility as head of his woman: Numbers 30:6-8 says “If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself,  and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the Lord will forgive her.” Now, I know this is a pledge or a vow we are speaking of here, but I find it fascinating that the man could “make void” her vow, “and The Lord will forgive her.”  And as we see back in Genesis 3, Adam allowed Eve’s discrepancy with the forbidden fruit to stand; he made no objection. This shows me that the man is always called to be near enough to His wife to reverse a promise to do something.

The fact that Eve went so far as to eat the fruit, whether in front of Adam or not, was a declaration that he was sleeping on the job. So not only was Adam held responsible for the sin of defying a command of God, but he was also held responsible for the sin of omission, for not interceding on Eve’s behalf. The bible declares that Eve was deceived, but Adam sinned (1 Timothy 2:14). In 2 Corinthians 11:3 Paul warns the Bride, the church:  “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” What an amazing Bridegroom we have Who watches over us, while at the Right Hand of the Father, who in Hebrews 7:24 is constantly voiding any “oaths” we may make to our own demise:  “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” In Luke 23:34 Jesus says, “Forgive them Father, for they don’t know what they do.” This is why, as the Bride of Christ, we must know and trust completely the Lover of our souls, our Bridegroom, who will give us the strength to avoid temptation, void our sinful vows, convict us in order to repent and turn back to Him. He will sanctify us until we are that spotless Bride for whom He has promised to return. Remember that Ephesians 5:26 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.…”

1. As a wife, how does this idea affect your understanding of your husband’s role in your marriage? Are there any changes you may need to make for this role to be in proper order?
2. As a husband, how seriously to you take the role of “spiritual head” of your home?  Are you willing to give yourself up for your bride? Are there any areas in which you need to take renewed responsibility?

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But God Bible study #116

I LOVE when God confirms that I got the titles right in my book But God especially since it is too late to change them… In my book But God I wrote #116 BUT GOD uses creation as a teaching tool. Now for the very first time I just stumbled upon this verse in the book of Job proving that nature has the ability to teach us! The verse reads “Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’ (Job 35:11 NKJV). God is so fun! Has anybody read up to this part yet? Thoughts?

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News update for study

So exciting- i’m finally getting some study materials together to compliment the book and amazing teachers r going to be my main guests ! Coming soon!

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Book Published entitled “But God” by Tina Miller
Book Release Party held at Mimi’s Cafe in Rancho Cucamonga, Saturday, 11/16/13 from 10am-12pm

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – November 15, 2013 – ‘But God’ is a popular saying by many people to show the intervention of God in their circumstances. This new book explains the significance behind these 2 small words.

This book details the verses in the Bible where the phrase “But God” is referenced. The context of the verse is explained to better comprehend the depth of the circumstances involved. As the stories of the Old Testament are revealed, the reader becomes aware of the hope that is found despite their situations.

Noah endured the flood for over a month, BUT GOD remembered him. Abraham and Sarah were very old, BUT GOD promised them a son. Moses didn’t know how to get the Israelites released from Egypt, BUT GOD gave him the plans. Jacob, Joseph, Samson, David, Jeremiah, Job, and Jonah were just a few others who experienced BUT GOD moments in their lives. Many of us have them as well as God’s characteristics are unchanging and He desires to step into our lives to help and bring us closer to Him.

“But God” can be purchased wherever books are sold and is published by WestBow Press

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But God by Tina Miller

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October 18, 2013 · 6:04 am

My “paid” job – supplement for BUT GOD #55

Additional commentary to go with the Bible Study for BUT GOD #55 GIVES HOPE (2 KINGS 14:26-27 MSG) from the book But God Getting to Know Your Bridegroom in the Old Testament.

I was listening to worship music in the background while I sat on the couch. I glanced at my Bible open next to me as I finished reading my second book this week (the first was The Veil by Blake Healey and this one was Fashioned to Reign by Kris Vallotton). I say to the Lord, “It would be so nice if you would just pay me to sit here all day and let me read stuff about you and look up things in the Bible while surrounded by worship music all day long. What a fun job that would be!” Instead, I have to go get ready for the day, and drive to people’s homes and determine which treatment would be best for them as we try to achieve their therapy goals. I am an Occupational Therapist and do contract work for various companies. I schedule my hours according to my kids schedules. God has blessed me with a flexible jobs that pay well and I am thankful that He has always given me work, but today I was not in the mood to go. I’d much rather open up my next book and stay on the couch hanging out with Jesus. Since I had already scheduled my patients, I needed to go.

As the day progressed I continued my conversation with the Lord. It’s an ongoing conversation. I tell Him, “I don’t want to go to work.” He tells me, “I need you to go.” I ask Him, “Please find me a job where I can get paid to read the Bible and learn from other amazing teachers about God while I get to stay on the couch at home.” He tells me, ” I have already given you a job that pays well which allows you to minister to others.” I agree and say, “I know…. and thank you, but today I’d rather stay home.” He says, “I know, but I need you out in the field today…. and thank you.” I give a sigh as if to say, “ok.” I know I should not complain about going to work because I know God uses me to bring light to so many sick people. Many of my patients often ask me why I am happy all the time. When you are sick, it is easy to get depressed and make people around you miserable. Since I am unusually joyful most of the time, my patients like the welcome change. It’s now the end of the day and I knock on the last door.

My last patient of the day was deeply depressed. She had signed herself out of the rehab facility early because she wanted to come home. She lives alone and did not realize how hard it would be to do tasks she could normally complete independently before she injured herself and broke her shoulder. She cannot stand up without great difficulty and already had called the fire dept to come and help once. She could not open the refrigerator to get to her food, nor could she open the caps or boxed packages to eat the food. She could not even turn on the water faucet. My heart broke as I listened to her cry about her difficulties I normally stay 45-60 min per patient, but this treatment lasted longer today. It’s late afternoon and I realize she had not taken her morning meds because she could not open the packages. I help her with that as I instruct her on some therapy techniques that will help her be more independent and call the agency to see if she can get more assistance with an aide from them.

She proceeds to tell me about the things her family has done that hurt her feelings and make her feel like she is worthless. Her family is not helping her. I hear this story more often than I wish from an aging generation. In fact, I remember I just heard this story last week from another patient whose kids told her they didn’t like her, even though they were living off her money in her house! As I sit on this patient’s couch listening to the hurt in her voice, I do what I normally do, give her a hug and ask if I can pray for them. I usually get a yes and today was no exception. Jesus whispers in my heart, “This is why I have given you this job. I need you to be my hands and feet.” My heart skips a beat and I quietly tell God I am sorry for starting my day out selfishly by trying to keep Him all to myself. When I am done praying with her, she says to me, “I hope this has not been a waste of your time today.” I immediately respond, “No, not at all, this is more than a job to me.” It is a true statement, my job is my ministry. It may not be surrounded by worship music and I am not sitting quietly reading my Bible finding new things about Jesus in His Word, but instead I am worshiping Jesus through an act of service. I share Him with others who are hurting and in need of His touch. I am bringing His Word that He has hidden in my heart to people who are too sad, too sick, or too weak to find Him on their own. He needs us in the workplace. He needs us to get out of our comfortable home and comfortable spaces and comfortable routines and share. We are to bring hope to those who have none. God knows their hard times, knows their trouble, knows they need Him to bring a testimony of His loving kindness. Who better to do this for Him than His Church? God wants to use you to help save others!

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Publishing

BUT GOD #56. 1 Chr 16:23-27 Message Bible
This verse stood out to me today because it says “publish His glory among the godless nations.” It just occurred to me this is the second time i have seen this word “publish” in the Bible this week. the fact that that this book has been published along with many others which proclaim God’s glory is proof that He wants people to know Him whether its by reading the Bible or something else. He hopes that you will read His word, but if something else leads you there instead then God is glorified!

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Satan must be furious

So today i woke up early to Aaron on the floor with back pain and needing my help to get him an ice pack. This is day 2 of pain and he had to call off work today. I put some young living oils on him and he felt some relief. When I came back from dropping the kiddos off at school he was cleaning the garage as our water heater blew up while I was gone, pouring water onto all the walls and floor. He said he told The Lord that the book must be causing some waves spiritually and is hoping the Lord will use it mightily. In all this we laughed and though we didn’t want to have to spend $1000 on a new water heater right before the end of the year, we are grateful we had it saved so we could. I cancelled all the enemies assignments planned against us and my loved ones, satan will not steal my joy, for the joy of The Lord is my strength and my shield!

I’ve obviously made the enemy mad. I’ve exposed his lies, his schemes, his plans. I’ve explained his fate and the tricks he plays to try and bring you down with him or keep you in bondage so you will suffer. satan has no where to hide and his games are now laughable – he is embarrassed and a not a threat to our God!

How has the enemy tried to rob you of your joy? Did you let him or did you cancel his assignments against you? Don’t let him steal your joy!

BUT GOD #75 Ps 37:12-13 The Message Bible

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The book is on amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Tina-Miller/e/B00FJ9YVAM

I am excited to announce BUT GOD GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BRIDEGROOM is available to purchase! Use the above link to find the page on amazon where you can get started reading and enjoying this bible study with Jesus!

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Book release soon!

The publishers are finished with the final proofs and say in a couple weeks the But God book will be out! I am so excited to have it be almost done. If you are looking to start a new Bible Study or new devotion- this may work for you!

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