Numbers 25:3 Being Chained Up

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So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the LORD’s anger burned against them. Numbers 25:3

While most people will never agree to be a slave or being tied to someone or something, it is a common thing to occur. People are very quick to sell out themselves to someone or something. It is done for popularity, to go with the flow, for personal gain or some other reason, but people allow themselves to be chained to things or others.

There are people who will go into extreme debt, chaining themselves to an object, because of desire to have what someone else has. They then live their lives for that object.

Others will allow themselves to be chained to a false god. Hanging around people who follow some false god, they begin to allow themselves to believe in that god, rather than be faithful to God. They are deceived by those around them into thinking that the false god is the way to go.

As the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, they came up to some Moabite women. They were invited to be friends with them and were deceived into following the Moabite gods. After a short time, they chained themselves to these gods, causing God’s anger to come upon them.

God is still looking for people who will bind themselves only to Him. He has provided life for every person and deserves their full service. God does not share His position with any other god or object.

Jesus had died on the cross to remove all sins and give eternal life. No other god or object has ever been able to do that. Yet, many people are deceived into following false gods all the time. There are believers in the church who are following false gods, while going to church, appearing to be faithful to God. God’s anger is kindled against the person, though still loves them.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived into follow some false god in your life. The world is ready with many false gods that look enticing and good, but they are still false.

Chain yourself to God and God alone. Follow Jesus, since He is the only One who has died for you and is able to provide eternal life for you. In this way, you will not kindle God’s anger against you, but will know His love.

I pray today that you will know the life God offers you; that you will serve God and God alone; that you will not allow any false gods into your life; and that God will give you strength to turn from any false gods.

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Numbers 11:1 Always Seeing The Negative

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Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp. Numbers 11:1

There are some people, that no matter what is going on, they like to complain. Things are never good enough for them. They are always looking at the negative side of things.

Workers will complain that their boss is horrible and is too rough on them, so one will leave that job for another job. At the new job, the same complaints will rise up again. It does not matter if something was improved or not, there are still more to complain about. People want a perfectly smooth sailing life, through every situation.

The Israelites had been crying out to God for mercy while they were in Egypt under slavery. They felt the burden of slavery, though they had a place to stay and three meals a day.

They were excited when God miraculously brought them out of Egypt. However, within a short time, while traveling in the wilderness, they found more to complain about. Even though they were being fed three meals a day, without having to work for it, they wanted to go back to Egypt and complained. God’s anger was aroused and He struck them.

There are many today who are the same way. They will always find things to complain about. Some believers are very guilty of this same thing. They always find things to complain about in the church, the sermon was too long/short, another person did not do something right, the chairs are too hard, the worship too long/short, or some other complaint.

They also complain about their work, family, the weather, and the list goes on.

Things could always be better, but as a believer, you must trust that God is already giving you what He thinks is the best for you. Instead of complaining, thank God for what you do have. Things can also always be worse.

Take time to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Take your eyes off of what you don’t have or how bad things are and focus on what is going right, such as, you have food, clothing, salvation, God on your side, and you are still living.

Don’t arouse God’s anger with complaining and seeing only the negative. God is blessing you, even today.

I pray today that you will see God’s blessings in your life; that you will give God praise for what you have; that you will trust God with what you are going through; and that you will never complain to God about anything.

Revelation 6:16 A Day Of Wrath

 

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They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelation 6:16

People always try to avoid the extreme anger of someone else. When a person is extremely angry, anything can happen.

This fear of someone can often be seen in little children with a parent. There have been parents who show extreme wrath upon a child that has done something wrong. The parent may yell, scream, and strike the child in his anger against something done wrong. The child grows up in extreme fear of the parent and is always trying to hide from him.

Various people, even as adults have also shown extreme wrath against others because of something that was done wrong to them. These people are also avoided. When a person is going on a shooting rampage in anger in a public place, people are running and hiding anywhere they can to keep from being hit.

John sees a vision of a coming time when many people will be running and trying to hide from God. Jesus will come back to judge this world. He will unleash His anger and wrath against sin and those who refuse to follow Him. At that time, the world will realize how great God is and how powerful He is.

The God who created the heavens and the earth will be coming with a vengeance and wrath to destroy those against Him. Those in this world, who do not serve Him, will have a reason to be fearful. He will be greater and more powerful than any person that has ever been angry before. Yet, there will be no place for them to hide.

To avoid His wrath, all a person must do is follow Jesus and love God with all their heart, mind and soul. God must be first in the life of a person.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have nothing to fear from God. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have everything to fear from God. God will have His day of vengeance.

God will only strike at those who refuse to follow His Son. Those who follow Jesus, will be protected and brought into heaven.

Are you living in a way that you will have to fear God?

Or are you living for Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will not have to fear God’s wrath against you.

James 1:19 Slow Speech And Anger

 

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19

People always want their voice and opinions to be heard. They are very quick to speak about something when it goes against their belief on how something should be. In the process of speaking so quickly, many will also get angry.

Anger arises everywhere a person looks. People get angry during times of voting for politicians; angry in the store when someone takes to long checking people out; angry at the restaurant when the food takes a long time to show up; angry on the road when they are cut off or behind a slow person; angry at home when things are not done a certain way.

In the process of getting angry, people begin to speak quickly and say things that they later regret. If the anger is left unchecked, it can often arise to physical violence in some.

James said that a person needs to be quick to listen. People do not want to take time to listen to what the other person is saying or why they are doing what they are doing. They just see the words or actions as a personal inconvenience and are quick to speak and get angry. This, then becomes selfishness and personal greed–both sinful.

When a person slows down on speaking, he may see and understand what is occurring in the life of the other person. God will be able to reveal ways to help the person, rather than beat that person down. He can show ways to be a witness of God’s great love and mercy.

As you go through your days there will be times of inconvenience or bad things said and done. Instead of quickly speaking slow down and listen. Listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding you in what to say and do. Listen to the other person and what he has to say.

Then be quick to show love and mercy to that person. Love will cover over a multitude of sins or wrongs. It will repair damages done. It will also bring about God’s desires in your life and those around you. It will not destroy and cause division and hate.

Do not allow anger to control you, but control anger with slow speech and listening.

I pray today that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit; that you will be quick to listen to God and others; that God will help you slow down your speaking and anger; and that you will be filled with the peace of God towards others.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 Don’t Be Outwitted

 

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Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11

In the Corinthian church there had been someone who had done something wrong. He was punished to some point, but was then forgiven. Paul points out that he wanted to forgive so that Satan would not outwit them, knowing how he would scheme.

Forgiveness is something that most people want, but are not willing to give. They want to have revenge or punishment brought upon the person who has done something wrong to them.

Unforgiveness is something the Satan uses to trap people. It harms people in a variety of ways, though many do not believe that it is really harming any one. When a person does not forgive, God does not forgive, is the first and greatest harm done to the person who was wronged.

Along with not being forgiven, it creates bitterness and hatred. There is no real love shown. There has been people, who are believers, who have refused to forgive someone for something that was done wrong when they were a young child. As an adult, thirty-forty years later, they are still angry about the situation and refusing to forgive the person. This plays right into the schemes of Satan.

Satan does not want a person to forgive anyone else. Forgiveness brings about healing, restoration, love, life and a good relationship. Refusing to forgive brings about hatred, anger, separation, and death, things that Satan is desiring. He will strive to get people to refuse to forgive, so that it can cause God to stop forgiveness and death will be the result.

You may have some struggles or pains from the past with another person. Ask God for the strength to be able and willing to forgive that person from the heart. Do not allow Satan to have a foothold in your life and destroy you and the other person.

Forgiveness will bring about a beautiful restoration in your relationship with that person and with God. Both are things that Satan does not want you to have.

In order to forgive someone, just think about how much and how many times God has forgiven you for what you have done wrong to Him. It will be worth it.

I pray today that you will know what God has forgiven you of; that God will fill you with His love for others; that God will strengthen you to forgive others; and that God will open your eyes to what Satan is doing. 

1 Corinthians 13:5 Loving Others

 

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It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5

Love is something that has been talked about for many centuries. Thousands of books and movies are written on stories about love. However, the majority of the stories are about a physical love and do not represent God’s true, unconditional love.

This chapter is known as the great chapter of the Bible on what love is. In this verse Paul points out some things that love does not do or is not. The four things that he lists are: does not dishonor, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. These four things are centered around selfishness.

Many people in the world are very quick to dishonor someone who they do not like. This occurs in private and in public. It can be found easily in movies, books, news articles, music and many other places.

The world is also very easily angered about things that do not go their way. Every day there are articles in the news about riots, protests and fighting going on. One person or group is angry with another. People get angry over little things.

And then, people keep a record of things done wrong. Memories of faults go back a hundred years, with no forgiveness. Families split because of a long list of wrongs that were done.

All of these things are centered on self-seeking selfishness.

Love does not do any of these things. God is love and He is not easily angered, does not dishonor anyone, and does not keep a record of wrongs once a person repents.

Love is looking out for the other person and putting that person first. Instead of cutting others down, love will build others up. However, the only way for a person to really live this way, is to know true love–Jesus.

As a believer, you must look at your actions, words and thoughts with others. How are you treating other people?

The way to love others is the way God loves you. Jesus had you in mind when He went to the cross and died on it. It was not about Himself, but about you.

When people look at your life, are they seeing the ways of this world–dishonor, anger and selfishness?

Or are they seeing true love, God’s love?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will allow God’s love to flow through you; that you will truly love all other people; and that others will know God’s love through you.