Ever prayed for something and felt it was a good legitimate request but you felt God say “Not now” or “wait”? God has a very good reason when he says “No” or “Wait” we will go over this today in this video message.
Illustration. Many wonder why we still sin if we are new in Christ. Well there was a news story long ago where there was a young woman who was horribly neglected by her parents. When police found her, she was living in a dog house with dogs. She crawled on all fours like a dog, tried to bark like a dog. Yet she was so used to being treated like a dog, in her mimd she thought she was a dog.
Now that is how she was living all her life. It probably took extensive time and professional intervention to help her become like a normal human being.
Yet spiritually, we too have gotten so used to sinning by nature, we do not just unlearn that over night. Christ saves us the moment we believe the gospel, and continues to work with us to restore us from the effects sin has had on us all our lives up until we get saved. So through persevering we unlearn old patterns and behaviors and grow to more and more reflect our true new identity
Notice here in the map there is only 11 tribes allocated sections of land in Israel. Why is that?
Well the Lord gave this direction to Moses concerning the tribe of Levi
The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites. “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.
Numbers 18:20-21 –
So what does this mean, Levi was the only tribe among the 11 that did not get their own section of land names after them.
Each of these 12 tribes came to be names after Jacob’s sons, Levi, Judah, Benjamin, Simeon, Asher, Naphtali, Gad, Reuben, Dan.
Joseph son of Jacob, had two sons, Ephraim and Mannaseh
So Jacob before he died said to Joseph,
“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.
Genesis 48:5-6 –
Knowing this information helps us understand what Jacob actually meant when he said Joseph’s two sons, “Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine,”
Meaning that those two boys would have tribes named after them in the Promised land.
We must also understand where we get the term “Israel” from. Yes Israel is an actual nation/country. But Israel at one time was a singular person
We see Jacob had a name change in Genesis 32
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
Genesis 32:28 –
So Jacob and Israel are synonymous when speaking about a singular person, that is Abraham’s grandson.
Hope you find this information helpful when you read through the Old Testament. Some of the Old Testament can be very confusing and it helps to have the tools to properly cut a steak well, so too we need to use certain tools to dig into the meat of God’s Word before we can properly chew it and digest what we read
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9 –
Interesting fact about lions, male lions can sometimes become solitary if one loses in a competition to be leader of the pride. The lion who is defeated male often will be forced out of the group and roam solitary.
This depiction Peter uses to describe the devil is very appropriate. The devil was ousted from heaven for his attempts to become just like the Most High. The Lion of Judah, often used to describe Christ has defeated this foe.
Yet the devil does prowl the earth in efforts to deceive and devour prey
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:12 –
Though the devil has no fighting chance against God, he still tries to do as much harm as he can until God has him thrown into the pit.
Jesus said “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have came to give you life and life abundantly.”
Satan is a thief that desires to steal, kill, and destroy. He seeks to steal people for his evil purposes, and get them to kill their souls by going where he will end up. He desires to destroy faith and families and people through all sorts of harmful desires and vices.
Yet as Christians we have a message of hope and restoration we should go forth and keep sharing. Jesus came to restore us, heal us and free us from sin that benefits us in no way. Sin destroys lives, family, people and nations. Yet Jesus offers true life and purpose. Jesus wants to free us from deadly things we are so prone to be drawn into.
There is hope in the gospel of Christ. Tomorrow we will remember how Jesus Christ rose again after he died in our place. He has been victorious over the devil, that old prowling ousted lion.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
Psalm 91:9-13 –
We who have been saved by Christ have his power to “Tread on the lion” and “the cobra”
Jesus said it like this: “19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:19-20 –
Jesus was saying to his disciples who had believed in Him and followed Him that they had power over all the “power of the enemy” but not focus on Satan but rejoice they had eternal life through him.
We too can have this joy. We too have power of Christ to overcome sin and all temptations we face. We have victory through Him!
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 –
Ah unschooled and ordinary were Peter and John, but they were close to the Lord and became mightily strong. Time with Jesus is truly the key, and in His presence we will truly be free. They amazed those who saw them and left them greatly amazed, when the saw they were just average men who on Jesus had gazed.
Ah true power is not in ourself or what we do know, but whom we follow will cause us to glow. Beholding the face of the Lord is our true and only source of success- look to Him continually and truly be blessed.
The Psalmist does say “Look to the Lord continually, seek his strength always” and behold our power comes when on Him do we gaze.
For as it is written, “Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6)
Do you feel weak today my dear reader, do you feel underprepared? Turned to the Lord and seek Him in prayer.
Do you feel overwhelmed and defeated with in, draw close to Christ and wholly seek Him.
Do you feel overwhelmed with foes from without or temptations from within, then call unto the Lord for He will defend.
Do you feel like you lack something that you truly need to survive, well turn to your shepherd and he will provide.
For truly dear reader if you belong to Christ and claim Him as your own, even in suffering light will be sown
For behold it says “But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
Job 36:15 –
We may pass through troubled waters, stormy winds about, yet in our distress we must call to the Lord and lift up a shout.
Though we pass through the fires and the flames burn so hot, we must not forget His words of encouragement that He graciously taught
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 –
Well then dear reader, if He has overcome the world and he holds you by the hand, then he will lead you forth to victory also and into a better land.
Here in this life we see many troubles and trials, but fret not, only for a season and a little while.
Be strong and take heart, heaven is ahead. Yet fear not now either, he will provide today our daily bread.
Trust Him and follow and fear not what is in the future to come, because you can have confidence in the Son.
Stress not right now, worry not for then, fix your eyes only truly on Him.
They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together. As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”
1 Samuel 9:26-27
“Stay here for a while, so I may give you a message from God” Ah and we should see the significance here. In those days if a person was to receive a a special word from the Lord, he would go to the prophet. Yet we too can learn from this story. The servant of Saul was sent ahead of him so the prophet could give him a “message from God”
Yet we too can seperate ourselves too each day to receive a message from God. We must spend time alone, and prepare our hearts to hear what God may speak.
We must send ourselves away from others and give God a chance to speak to us one on one, through His Word, and through time in prayer. We must let ourselves be alone and undisturbed so often. Had Saul not sent his servant ahead, Samuel would not have given him the important message. We too can send away all people and distractions so we can hear the Lord in our waking firsf moments of our days.
It says “They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” Yet before Samuel sent Saul on his way, he had to give him the message from God. It was early, at daybreak-
And we too at day break can go meet with the Lord and find new strength, to prepare us to be sent on our way- doing what He would call us to do. For when we first connect with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we find we are better equiped to go our way in fresh strength and guidance.
“Do not go about spreading slander among your people. “‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:16 –
We all have been advised to try to stay at home and prevent further spread of COVID19. Rightly so we should be concerned of the lives our neighbors. Yet this is also true with rumors and slander, things like this spread fast and can at times, endanger people’s lives and reputations.
The aim of this command was to prevent the spread of unfounded, unproven or untrue words spoken of somebody else. The fact is whenever we open our mouths, we should speak what is true and beneficial. Everytime we gossip, in a way we ingest the contaminated secrets of someone and go off and start coughing it out to others.
During this pandemic we are probably warry of people who cough too much, but the Proverb says it is in our best interest to also avoid a one who talks too much
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
Proverbs 20:19 –
How do you quarantine a gossip, or a malicious tongue? You let whatever they speak die as soon as it hits your ear, yoi stop the spread. You choose to kill whatever gossip they shared but refusal to listen. It’s just that simple. The way the actual virus infects people is by getting into their body. Yet actual viruses can only stay alive a period of time outside a human host, and they eventually die if they remain on just an ordinary surface. Yet everytime we choose to entertain gossip and rumors we let the viral words of a motor mouth infect our minds and change how we see the person being spoken of. Pretty soon we may spread that info to others not being able to prove it is actually true.
Yet if we let it bounce of our ears we can keep evil from spreading so often.
God is not looking for people with talent or strength but willing commited people
He does the strengthening!
When God gave Isaiah the prophet a revelation and asked who he would send to preach to the people, look at what Isaiah’s response was
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8 –
And The Lord took him up on that offer. We too should be eager volunteers. God is not looking for the most influencial qualified or talented people, he is looking for true and sincere hearts who are eager to do His will!
Maybe you readers today desire to do the Lord’s work but have feelings of inadequacy. Maybe you feel that you just are not skilled or talented enough, yet you feel God’s call on your life. Well my encouragement is take the step of faith you feel called to and pray God’s strength will do all the heavy lifting- He truly deserves all the glory for any success we have anyways, after all
Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
Isaiah 26:12 –
God’s not after proud self sufficient people but humble volunteers. So my encouragement is if you feel less then able, do as God told Gideon
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
Judges 6:14 –
In moments you feel too weak to go on, pray like Nehemiah: “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9 –
God wont call us to do what he does not provide by His power the ability for us to do!