Numbers 27:13-14 Sin Can Have Severe Consequences

After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters of the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes. Numbers 27:13-14

No one really wants to miss out on big events that occur. Everyone wants to be a part of something great that is occurring. At times people will allow bad habits or activities to get in the way and block them out from the event. Bad habits don’t seem bad, until consequences show up later.

God told Moses that he would soon die and not go into the promised land because he did not honor God and disobeyed Him in the Desert of Zin. This was when he struck the rock, rather than speak to it as commanded.

Most people do not think ahead of what the results of their actions of right now might be down the road. Their thinking is only in the right here and now, not the future. Often the immediate actions do not appear to have any future consequences.

Obedience to God has immediate and future consequences that are not always directly visible. One simple sin can easily put a person on a different path than what God had originally intended. All Moses did was strike a rock, rather than speak to it and he was not allowed to go into the promised land.

One of the greatest priorities of a believer is obedience to God. This proves trust in God and not self.

God has a great plan for each and every believer who is willing to obey Him. However, if there is disobedience, that plan may have to change due to the consequences of that sin.

As a believer, God has a plan for your life. He is willing to show you that plan and guide your steps. Do not allow a temporary pleasure of sin to get in the way and cause you to miss out on what God has for you.

Listen to and obey every command God gives you so that you can receive the promises of God. Trust God that He knows what is best for you, rather than trusting yourself or this fallen world.

Honor God with your whole life as an obedient servant, not just in words.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all the commands God gives you; that you will honor God in every area of your life; and that you will not allow sin to block what God has for you.

Numbers 24:13 Not Being Bought Off

Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad, to go beyond the command of the Lord–and I must say only what the Lord says? Numbers 24:13

In this world it is commonly heard that money talks, meaning it can get people to do things that they would not normally do. It is very common for people to do things that go against their conscience or beliefs if they are given enough money in their greed to be wealthy at any cost.

After blessing the Israelites several times, Balaam tells the messengers of Balak that even if he was given a lot of money he could not say or do anything against the command of the Lord.

People are very quick to sell out their mind, body, soul, family, friends and more to get money. This includes many people in the church. The commands of God are pushed aside or ignored in order to gain wealth.

At the moment a person chooses to believe in Jesus, he needs to give his entire life over to God. God is to be the complete master of his life. This is to include everything the person says or does no matter what is offered.

Nothing this world can offer can equal eternal life. In the end all the world can give is temporary pleasure that ends in eternal death.

Obedience to God takes priority over everything else in a person’s life. If one does not obey God, he is not serving God nor does he trust in God. Disobedience is rejecting God.

One must never allow himself to be bought out by the world to do anything good or bad that goes against the commands or will of God.

Temptations will arise to try and get you to go against God’s desire or your life. Money, position, friendship, material things and more will be offered to gain your following and get you to sin against God by disobeying His commands.

Choose today that God is the only one you will serve with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Put His ways and commands above everything and everyone else.

Know that no matter what the world can offer, God offers something much better–eternal life. How willing are you to obey God’s commands?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God is giving you; that God will give you the strength to obey His commands; that God will strengthen you to refuse to disobey His commands; and that you will know the reward God has for you as you obey Him.

Exodus 11:5 Disobedience Comes At A High Price

Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. Exodus 11:5

Disobeying a law is a very common thing to be seen all over the world. It occurs because often there does not appear to be any consequences and that the person is getting away with it.

When there are consequences, often they are very light and easy to deal with. When consequences of breaking the law are high enough, most people will refuse to break the law.

After Pharaoh refused to obey God and let the people go, God chose to kill every firstborn son in the land of Egypt.

The firstborn child of the ancient world was a sign of authority and blessing of God. It meant the namesake was to be carried on. Having a firstborn son was one of the greatest honors a person has.

Although the view of the firstborn being an honor has changed, people today have something that they honor as great that they have. This thing, whatever it is, is placed above everything and everyone else, giving purpose and value to the person.

When a person refuses to obey God, He may take what is the person’s highest treasure to get his attention. God is willing to remove whatever stands in the way of a person choosing to follow Him, whether it is a thing, a job, a person or anything else.

Many people refuse to obey God. Right now, it appears as if they are getting away free. However, there will be a time that God will exact a price from them for their disobedience. Ultimately it will be the cost of their soul, cast into the fire of hell for eternity.

Is there anything that in your life that God is asking you to do that you are refusing to do? This is disobeying God.

At this point God may be having mercy upon you, but there will come a time when God will call you to account for that disobedience.

Do not allow that time when it will cost you your life. That is a price you cannot afford to pay. Repent of all sin and obey God. He will give you life greater than any sin you can do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be willing to obey God in all areas of your life; that you will humble yourself before God; and that God will not have to punish you with eternal death for sins you refused to repent of.

Exodus 1:17 Who Do You Fear More?

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17

Governments and most leaders and organizations demand loyalty and obedience. When a ruling is made, it is expected to be followed without question.

The leaders with the most authority and ability to punish are often the most obeyed. People will obey them, regardless of what they are told to do, because they fear the punishment that can occur. Many will even do things that go against their personal convictions or beliefs out of fear of the leader.

The Israelites had grown to a great number in Egypt and Pharaoh wanted them dead, so ordered the midwives to kill the newborn boys. The midwives had more fear of God than of Pharaoh, so they let the boys live.

There will be times when a leader on this earth will ask people to do things that are against God’s commands. Sometimes they are very direct and openly against God, while other times they are shadier things against God. Often, the rulings are done in the name of ‘love’, though it is harmful and sin.

People are commanded to not talk negatively about homosexuality, or to allow abortion because those are freedoms that people have. Speaking in such a way is hatred and fearing the world, rather than fearing God. It is pushing people to their death in sin.

Any person who has a close relationship with God will fear God more than any man or government. The world can only make life hard and kill the body, but God can destroy the body and soul for eternity.

Every believer must make a choice to whether he will fear and trust God or if he will fear man and bow to sin and death.

No matter where you live, there will be times when the world will call on you to sin against God. Rules will be made to get you to reject God’s commands. This may be in your nation, city, job, or even in your own home.

You must be willing and ready to obey God above all others. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying God will bring you eternal life in the end. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying this world will only bring about eternal death.

Who will you fear more?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with your whole life; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that God will give you strength to disobey ungodly commands of this world; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.