Numbers 33:55 Drive Them Out

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. Numbers 33:55

When a person begins to plant a garden in a new location, he must first remove all of the weeds that are currently in its place. If the weeds are not removed before the planting, the weeds will grow up and overtake the plants, causing a lot of problems and limited growth. The weeds will fight for control.

God told the Israelites that when they go into the promised land, they must drive out the inhabitants of the land, but if they do not, then those left will cause problems for them.

Although most people will not be physically moving when they become believers, every one of them will be moving in a spiritual sense. Their move is one from a sinful state of living, into one of living for God in holiness and righteousness.

The life of one not serving God is filled with sin–sinful thoughts, actions, beliefs and friends. At the moment of becoming a believer, one must be willing to get rid of the old ways, otherwise like the inhabitants of the land for the Israelites, those ways will become thorns and barbs in the life of the believer.

Old sinful things will draw a person back away from God. They will pull a person into sinful ways, causing a backsliding.

Only with complete removal will a person be able to move forward with God without a thorn in the side holding him back. Holding onto God and His word and being filled and led by the Holy Spirit will give the believer strength to overcome the enemy and sin in his life.

As a believer, you are on a journey in a new land. There are inhabitants in your life that you must be willing to drive out.

These inhabitants are the old sinful ways or habits, sinful connections, sinful beliefs and anything else that pulls you away from God. Allow God, with His Holy Spirit, to give you strength to drive out the past and dead to give you a new life in the new land you are now living in.

Anything that you do not drive out will become a thorn in your side and cause many problems in following God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal anything in your life that is holding you back from serving Him with your whole life; that God will give you strength to cast out old sinful ways; and that you will live the abundant life Jesus has brought you in to.

Numbers 22:23 Getting Moved Off The Wrong Path

When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road. Numbers 22:23

Traveling down the road no one likes to be put on a detour or told that they cannot continue their journey. Detours and stops can sometimes occur because there is danger ahead that will cause major problems if the path is continued.

Many will get angry about the detour and try to force their way through.

Balaam was on his way to curse or bless the Israelites at the request of Balak. On the way his donkey was stopped by an angel, and it turned off the path. Balaam then beat the donkey.

Everyone who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus is on a path towards holiness and heaven. At times people will choose to take a different path, while still claiming to follow Jesus. They will begin to walk down a path of sin and death.

God, in His perfect love, will put a block on the path to get the person back onto the right path. It could be a donkey, as in the case of Balaam, or it could be something else such as sickness, injury, loss of position or job, or anything else to move the believer off the wrong path.

Instead of getting angry and trying to force the situation to stay on the wrong path, the believer should see God’s hand at work and move. God does not force one off of a path just to be mean, but in order to guide the believer on the right path of righteousness, holiness and what is best for him in light of eternity.

Anytime you begin to stray off the path God has for you He will attempt to put a block in the way. He wants you on the best path possible, not what looks good at the moment.

Do not allow yourself to stray off the path God has for you, whether it is to sin or just to do your own thing. Getting off of God’s path will only lead to frustration, death and destruction.

Seek God’s direction for your life and walk that path. It will lead to holiness, bringing His peace, comfort, and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will trust in God’s leading you; that God will help you to not stray from His path for you; and that you will do God’s will in every area of your life.

Revelation 11:18 A Time Is Coming

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small–and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18

Expectations for things to come are found everywhere. Some things are looked forward to as being exciting and worth it. Other things are feared because they bring about pain and suffering.

Often the expectations can be predicted by the actions of a person. Living certain ways will usually determine what is ahead in life.

John describes that as the seventh trumpet is sounded the elders worshipped God, saying that the time has come for God to judge and reward people according to their actions.

It is common for people to live in the moment with no regard to the future. People will eat, drink and be merry without any thought of the future results of their actions.

The majority of the world does not believe that God is going to judge them. Belief is that either God is not real or that He loves and would never bring about any harm.

Throughout the entire Bible there are many warnings of God judging those who do not follow and obey Him. At the same time there are many statements that God will reward those who have chosen to believe in Him and obey Him.

In the finite minds of man, it appears as though God will never judge or reward. People have been waiting for several thousand years and nothing has changed. Yet, there is coming a day when it will occur.

Jesus was promised to come the first time and He came. He promised He would die and rise again–and He did. Jesus promised He would come again and judge the world–and He will. Believers need to live with this in mind.

You may be wondering when God will judge those who have done harm to you. And you may be wondering when God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Do not give up and stop believing now. God will judge and reward at the right time. Continue to live for God, obeying and worshipping Him on a daily, even hourly basis. Trust that God will continue to fulfill His every promise.

As you continue to be His servant, you will have trouble, but your reward is coming.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust God will fulfill His every promise; that you will look forward to the return of Jesus; and that you will know God will reward your faithfulness to Him.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Be Sensible And Stop Sinning

Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34

It is common knowledge that in order for anyone to accomplish anything, he must first start doing it and then keep doing it until it is accomplished.

The majority of people never accomplish great things, because they see the roadblocks or difficulty in front of them and quit before they start. The successful keep going and trying, learning and changing to make it happen until they succeed.

Paul reprimands some of the people about ignoring God and continuing to sin. He tells them to come to their senses and stop sinning.

Throughout the entire bible, one of the main themes is for people to stop sinning and to live a holy life unto God. Over and over God tells the people to be holy as He is holy. To be holy is to stop sinning.

For someone to sin it is a choice. No one can make someone else sin. Not even Satan has that kind of power. People choose to sin for many reasons, most commonly selfish reasons. They have also chosen to continue to sin, because they do not know God or ignore Him.

God made a way to remove all sin, by sending Jesus to pay for all sins. Once these sins are removed, there is no reason to go back to them and pick them back up, however, most people do.

Everyday every believer has a choice to make every moment of those days. He has to choose whether to follow God or disobey God, to not sin or to sin against God. Too often believers make the wrong choice and sin.

Common sense says to not ignore God and His commands and to stop sinning against Him.

You have a choice to make many times each day. You must be willing to make a choice between following and obeying God or sinning against Him.

No one can force you to make one choice or the others. However, keep in mind what Jesus did for you. Draw strength from that to make the choice to stop sinning against God.

Do not allow yourself to stay in sin, just because you are human. God has given you everything you need to live for you. Hold on to those things and be holy as He is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choice to obey God in every area of your life; that you will choose to not sin against God; and that you will live your life honoring and serving God.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Warnings For A Reason

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

Throughout all of history many things have been recorded by many different people. Studying history can help a person understand what occurred, what went right and what went wrong.

A good student of history will be able to look at what happened and make adjustments to make things even better in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

After giving some examples from the Old Testament on people going against God, Paul says that these things occurred as an example and a warning for the Corinthian believers.

Everything that a person does or does not do, is based off of someone else’s prior experience to some degree. Inventors who have invented something new, learned from the past of others as to what does not work or what needs to be done to make something better.

Currently in today’s society, many people want to cancel history. They do not want to look back as to what had happened, with both the good and bad parts of it.

Many in the church have also embraced this belief with their own lives. They are not looking to the warnings and examples throughout the bible as to what to do or not do and all consequences. Some will purposefully live in some sinful habit, ignoring the consequences of sin and rebellion against God.

The true believer will study the entire bible and see the warnings and examples set before him. He will will then focus his life on what is good and how to live for God in the best way possible, rather than living in sin and ignoring the coming consequences.

As you travel the road as a believer, there have been others who have been down that same path, both in the bible and outside the bible. Look at what God has set as warnings and examples before you and learn from them. Do not ignore God’s warnings and fall into sin and failing in the end.

Do not try to travel this road without God’s guidance in scripture and others. Without His guidance, you will fall and fail in the end. God has given you what you need, if you ignore it, He will hold you accountable.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the good and bad examples God has provided; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will heed the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.