Day 57: DEUTERONOMY 3-4
My wife is deathly afraid of snakes. To be honest, I’m not a fan either. Nothing stopped me in my tracks faster this when I heard my wife scream when she saw the snake that had found its way inside our garage. Fear can paralyze anyone, no matter how big.
If you grew up in the 80′s I’m sure you saw a Rocky movie or two. Rocky drew a lot of confidence and strength from his trainer, Micky. God is better than Micky. He actually straps on the gloves and fights your battles for you.
“What other god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds”.
But wait, there’s more! This God who steps in on your behalf is the same God who is just as willing to sit down next to you go one on one with you.
“When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you…turn to The Lord your God and obey His voice…He will not leave you or forget His promises…”
Day 51: NUMBERS 25-27
Passion. There are few things that can inspire people to do more or venture in uncharted paths the way passion or zeal can. If someone runs down the street on fire people will stop what they are doing and see. Most would probably watch and get out of his way while a few will chase after him to help him. In both cases, people noticed. Proverbs 19:2 warns that passion without wisdom can cause harm. It can lead to mistakes. Have you ever made a mistake you regretted because you got a little too carried away?
The story in Numbers 25 is about passion. The people of Israel gave in to their sexual passions and got involved in prostitution and orgies during worship ceremonies for demons. One man was even so bold to have sex with a women at the door of the Tabernacle of God! Phineas had passion to. It was different. He had a passion for God’s honor and for the protection of his people. This is the Old Testament example of Jesus whipping people and turning over tables in the Temple. Some people might not like how God sanctioned the murder of the man and women having sex in front of the Tabernacle but god needed to prove a point. He chose not to kill them Himself the way he had done others in judgment. He wanted the people to see that they had to be protective of each other and of God’s name too. They had to care. They had a role to play. They needed to have such passion for God that they would be willing to put to death the wicked part of their hearts for Him!
Passion is like fire. It burns within us propelling us to take action. Without wisdom, your passions will be like a wild fire; uncontrollable, unpredictable, and destructive to yourself and others. But zeal with Godly wisdom is like a blow torch; focused, precise, effective, and constructive. What drives you? If it drives you farther away from Gods, know it isn’t worth it. If it brings you closer to God, keep going, Don’t follow the advice, “Follow your passions”. You might get lost. Instead, bring your passion where ever you go. Apply passion in everything you do and do it for God’s glory and not to serve yourself. Honor God and His name in the way you live. Be a blow torch in God’s hand and let Him use you to carve His name in the hearts of the lost!
Day 50: NUMBERS 22-24
Let that statement from NUMBERS settle in. This blog is going to be short because I don’t need you to hear my voice, I need you to hear the sound of the KING that is among you. He is not just a King but THE King. He voice is ringing out! Are you listening. He’s not condemning you. He is calling your name with a smile on His face. He misses you. He loves you. He is calling you to join Him on an adventure of a lifetime. Can you hear the sound of the roar of the mighty Lion? Are you listening? Be still. You will!
Day 49: NUMBERS 19-21
I’m pretty sure most of you have heard the quote, “Learn from your mistakes or you’ll be bound to repeat them”. I don’t want to calculate how much time I’ve wasted in my life by committing the same mistakes over and over again. I wonder how many opportunities have passed me by. The people of Israel wandered for 40 years because it took a generation that long to learn what to do and not do. The original generation from the exodus complained way too much. One time they complained and God gave them water. In these chapters I noticed that the new generation didn’t complain. Instead they remembered a well that God had provided in the past and they praised Him.
REMEMBER. It’s all Jesus asked his disciples to do when they ate communion together. REMEMBER. Remember His promises, His words, His character. Especially we need to remember when we fail or make mistakes. When you remember the God that loves you, your obstacles will become opportunities. God has done more for us than what we deserve and He’s not done yet. Never forget that!
Day 48: NUMBERS 17-18
Nothing is impossible with God. It’s easy for us to lose sight of that when we only focus in the moment. When we do that, we fail to see where God has brought us out of, the progress we’ve made, and where God is taking us. When all you see is how things look “now” you open the door to disappointment and frustration. Just don’t forget what God has done if you’ve received his forgiveness. He brought life out of deadness.
I think it’s so awesome how plants know which way to grow to find the sun which is their source of life. If a plant doesn’t push past the dirt, it will never find life and produce anything. Just like the plant in the picture, never give up reaching out for the source of life. You’ll find it because when you seek after Him, He will find you!
Day 47: NUMBERS 14-16
Since Cain and Able we’ve had individuals who see something that others have and go to great lengths to take it away so they can have it for themselves. Over the past century, every socialistic and communistic revolution was championed by some telling the have nots that they deserve what the haves have and they need to do what it takes to get it for themselves. The right course is to do what God told Cain, for one to take personal responsibility and do what it takes to get the reward.
Korah and his people were not happy with their responsibilities that God had given them. They wanted to rule, not serve! How sad that they didn’t see that their service to God and others was the highest honor any Israelite could have. They wanted power. They wanted people to look to them and serve them. The lesson in this is not to be dissatisfied with where God has you. When you do, there is a death of purpose and passion. Never do what you are passionate about. Let your passion follow you in everything you do! Don’t look to be served, look to serve. When you give your best in what you do for the Lord, He will give you the best reward possible. He will say “Well done good and faithful servant”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Day 46: NUMBERS 11-13
Have you ever had your eyes closed and you sensed something? One night during her honeymoon, my mother was falling asleep when she felt a shadow over her. What she sensed she imaged in her mind to be my dad holding a knife about to stab her in her sleep. She prayed that he would stab her in the heart so she could die quickly. She mustered up the remaining courage she had left to open up one eye slightly and there was my dad eating a banana!
Fear can paralyze us because it’s distorts our perception of reality. When the Israelites arrived at the promised land, a few tall people that inhabited the land had become a land riddled with 10 foot giants! They did the worst thing anyone could do…compare themselves to anyone else other than God. When we compare ourselves to others, we tend to see great characteristics in others while ignoring our own. Instead we focus on what we don’t have or where we fall short. The people missed out on the promised land. Their sons and daughters had to learn from their mistake. When you look to God, every giant in your life doesn’t seem that big anymore. Keep your eyes always on Him and God will help you see every obstacle and an opportunity!