Numbers 23:27 Another Tactic

“Then Balak said to Balaam, Come, let me take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God to let you curse them for me from there.” Numbers 23:27

Balaam had went before God two times to hear what He wanted him to say about the Israelites. Balak wanted Balaam to curse them, but both times he prophesied good instead of cursing. Balak then takes Balaam to another location. He figured that maybe if he went about a different way, Balaam would be able to curse the Israelites.

The world, under the influence of Satan, will try to come at you and get you to slip up in your walk with God. They will start one way and see if it works. If it does not work, they will try a different tactic. They will bring you to a new location to see if it will work there.

These new locations may not be physical ones as in the case of Balaam, but there are new areas in life to attack. One time it may be in the area of what you are watching; another may be in the area of what you are listening; or in the area of your workplace or family. Each time it may be different.

You have to be alert and on the watch for the enemies tactics. The enemy will try different things all the time, and will continue to try until the day you die. Each time you have to remember that Jesus said that Satan is out to kill and destroy you. Even though that is true, God is with you and is greater than Satan or this world will ever be.

Each day you must start it out with the mindset that  you belong to God and refuse to do anything that the world wants you to do. Set out to only do as the Lord your God commands you to do. Do not allow the world to direct you any differently.

If God is not pleased with cursing Him or someone else here, He will not be pleased with it happening anywhere else.

Are you sold out to God?

Or can you be bought out by the world through their tactics?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the tactics of the enemy; that you will not be deceived by the enemy; that you will live only to do what God wants; and that you will be His light in this world.

Numbers 22:18 Doing Only What God Says

“But Balaam answered them, Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.” Numbers 22:18

As the Israelites were traveling along, they came to the country of Moab. Word had already made it to the Balak the king of Moab that the Israelites were powerful and had already destroyed several nations. He did not want to be destroyed so he sent some men to Balaam to ask him to curse the Israelites. At first Balaam refused to go with the men. He stated that even if he was given all the gold of the king, he could only do or say what God commanded him to do or say.

People in this world will try to get you to do things that are not in God’s will. They will come and offer all kinds of great gifts to get you to do those things. Those gifts can be money, gifts, positions, titles, or some other type of gift. The gift is whatever it will take to get you to do what they want.

Believers need to stand like Balaam started to stand. He refused to do anything that God did not want him to do. He did not allow the glitter of gold to sway him into doing what was wrong or against God’s desire.

Most likely you will never be asked to go up and curse a group of people, but there will be other things the world will try to get you to do. The temptations to play a little with sin, or to look the other way when seeing sin happening in other believers, or speaking against others.

Before those events occur, you must have already made up your mind that you will only do what God wants. Know what God wants of you in advance so that you will be ready when the enemy tries to sway you down the wrong path.

What are you willing to do or not do?

Whose command will you follow today?

I pray today that you will stand strong against sinning against God; that you will not speak against God’s people in the wrong way; that you will only follow God’s commands; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.