May 25, 2022 Verse Of The Day

Numbers 11:6 Be Content With Your Blessing

But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna! Numbers 11:6

Although most people do not like change, the majority of people do like some variety in life. Having or doing the exact same thing all the time will often drive many people a bit crazy. At the beginning it sounds nice and good, but later the novelty wears off and complaining will often start.

Modern society has created things to be very short and temporary. Everything changes on a regular basis so that no one gets bored or tired of the same thing day after day.

While traveling through the wilderness, God provided the Israelites with manna. After some time, the Israelites complained about losing their appetite because all they were eating was manna.

At the point of receiving a blessing, most people are excited and very grateful. However, very often, later people lose that excitement begin to complain about the blessing that they are receiving if there is no change.

The Israelites were blessed with the manna. They did not have to go out and search for it, the manna was brought to them. All they had to do was go outside their tent and pick it up and cook it for food. Yet, they lost sight of the blessing and began to complain about it.

Believers often lose sight of the blessing of what God has given them. They see others with something different or ‘better’ and begin to despise what they have. Discontentment sets in and rejection of what God is providing arises.

As God opens doors of provision, the believer must be grateful. He must realize that without God’s provision, he might not have anything or be in a worse position. Complaining or discontentment will only bring about death of the relationship with God.

In your life there may be some things that you must live with, that God has provided. These items may not be the best or greatest, but they are what God has blessed you with. Someone else may not have what you are blessed with.

Do not allow yourself to become discontent and begin to complain about what God has given you. Step back and realize that you may be in a worse position if you did not have what you are blessed with.

God is a good God and will always provide what you need, so be thankful for His provision.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be grateful for what God has given you; that you will not complain against God for His provision in your life; and that God will open your eyes to see the blessings of what He has given you.

Leviticus 17:7 Stop Giving To False Idols

They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to who they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come. Leviticus 17:7

People poor billions of dollars worldwide every year into things that they put over everything else. This can be homes, cars, investments, businesses, hobbies, or nearly anything else.

As they put their money into these things, often other things are left untouched or not taken care of. These things become their idols or gods and their whole identity and focus in life, rather than just things being used.

God told the Israelites that they must no longer offer sacrifices to the goat idols.

Every person prior to following God will follow some idol god in their life. They will make something a priority over everyone and everything else and at any cost. Most often the focus of these idols are about self pleasure or to look a certain way.

At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he is to no longer sacrifice to false idols in his life. All that he sacrifices now belongs to God. His focus in life is God, building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus.

God will allow the believer to have things, but they should never take priority over God and His kingdom. No longer is the believer to put his trust in things or people, but to trust in God alone for everything.

To put his focus on anything else is to prostitute himself to false idols against God. This is taking God off the throne and putting self and things on it.

As one gives up everything for God, He will in return give him abundantly all that he needs.

Prior to your being a believer, you most likely sacrificed to some false idols. Take a look at your life now and see if you have any false idols still hanging around. Stop giving to those idols and give to God. Those idols will bring nothing but dissatisfaction and death. Do not prostitute yourself to the things of this fallen world.

Jesus gave everything He had, including His life, so that you may have life. Be willing to sacrifice all that you have and yourself to God and He will give you an abundant life with all that you need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; that you will give your whole life to God and His mission for you; and that you will see God’s provision in your life.

Isaiah 43:19 A New Year, 2022! New Things!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

One thing that occurs with life on this earth is change. Every day nearly everything has some change in it. People, plants and animals grow. Material things wear down.

On the first day of January, every year, people celebrate the new year that is coming in. Going into the new year many people will often choose to make some changes in their lives.

Isaiah quotes God talking about His doing a new thing and asking if the people do not perceive it. It is a new way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

While most people do not always like change it is still needed. A baby child must change in order to grow. A worker must change in order to be promoted. Water must move and be changed in order to be fresh.

God is always working something new in the life of a believer. He is focused on forming the believer into the image of Jesus. No matter how much change has occurred in the life of a believer, there is still more that can be changed.

Just as many in the world make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the new year, many believers do the same. The focus of the believer should be the same as that of God’s, to be more like Jesus. God is going to do something new in the believer to bring that about in this new year.

What that ‘new’ is, is only known by God Himself. It may be new blessings, or new trial and troubles. It may be opening or closing doors. Either way it is a path to building the individual into the image of Jesus and to build His kingdom.

As you begin this new year open your eyes and ears as to what God is doing in your life. God wants to do something new in your life, bringing you to a new level of relationship with Him.

God will not keep hidden what He is doing if you are willing to listen and follow Him. Trust that God knows what is best for your life and walk the path of life that He has made for you, filled with streams of living water through the wasteland of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will know the streams of life God has given you; and that you will be more like Jesus in this new year.

James 4:8 Don’t Be Double-Minded

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

Changing minds or changing what a person thinks or believes is very common. Often the change occurs because one is following the trends of the times. Other times the change occurs due to who a person is around.

When a person is constantly changing his way of thinking or acting, he is unreliable and untrustworthy. One day he says something a certain way, the next day he says the complete opposite.

As James talks about submitting to God, he also tells people to get closer to God. They are to repent and stop being double-minded.

Throughout the church there are many people who claim to believe in and follow Jesus, yet, remain friends with the world. The moment they walk out of the church doors, they change their actions, words and thoughts to the things of the world.

Language and actions are so much like the world, that those in the world do not realize that they claim to believe in Jesus. Then on Sunday, they can quote scripture and worship just like everyone else in the service. They are being double-minded.

God is unable to be around sin, so the only way to get closer to Him is to repent and change your ways. He has given the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen a believer to resist temptation to sin and to walk a holy life in Christ Jesus.

All sin has been removed by the blood of Jesus, but the believer must not go back and pick up the sin again. Getting that sin again is being double-minded, saying one wants to follow Jesus, but also wants to follow the world. It is one or the other, but not both.

Looking at your own life what type of life are you living?

Draw near to God and get away from the world and its sinful ways of living. He is waiting for you. Repent of sinful ways and allow God to change your heart and mind.

Listen to the Holy Spirit to guide you in how to really live your life for God. Do not listen to the world, it will only lead you to death, despite its promise of life.

God will give you all you need to live a holy life for Him, if you go to Him and stop being double-minded.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will draw closer to God; that you will change your way of living as the world to living for God; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will find life in Christ Jesus.