Numbers 26:64 Will You Be Counted As God’s Child?

Not one of them was among those counted by Moses and Aaron the priest when they counted the Israelites in the Desert of Sinai. Numbers 26:64

America does a census counting of all the people once every ten years. This is done for various reasons, though primarily for taxing purposes and to see how many people live in America and where they live.

Only those who live in America and are still living are counted in the census regardless of how young or old they are. Those outside the country are not counted at all, with the exception of some who are temporarily living outside the nation.

God had Moses take a census of the Israelites. None of those who were counted in the Desert of Sinai were counted for they were dead.

While nations take censuses on a regular basis, God will also be taking a census one day. God is counting the number of His children that will be able to enter His kingdom in heaven some day.

Just as with nations the number of people go up and down with each census, the number of people in God’s kingdom goes up and down. Every time a person repents of his sin and chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, the number goes up. At the same time, there are people who are deceived by the world and the devil and choose to walk away from God. This is when the number goes down.

Any believer who chooses to grumble and complain against God and decides to go the way of the world, refusing to obey God is leaving His kingdom. Salvation is guaranteed only when a believer continues to believe, obey God and repent when he fails to obey God.

Every believer must live in a way so that they will be counted when Jesus returns.

The moment you chose to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, you became a citizen in God’s country. God began to count you as His child.

Do not hold this lightly or give it up to go back to the world, leaving God’s kingdom. Walking in sin and refusing to repent will cause Jesus to say He does not know you when He returns. You will not be counted as His child.

Ask yourself today if you will be counted as a member of God’s kingdom when Jesus returns.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will be able to count you as His child; and that Jesus will be able to say He knows you when He returns.

Numbers 14:11 Treating God Badly

The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? Numbers 14:11

It is very common for people to complain about those who lead them. Often, they look backwards to a time prior to the current leader, wishing to go back to that time or previous leaders.

Finding fault with the leaders, rather than themselves, occurs on a regular basis, then people begin to cut down the leaders, rather than lift them up.

The people began to complain against God, claiming He brought them out of Egypt to die. God asked how long they would treat Him with contempt, refusing to believe in Him when they had seen miracles by Him.

When things do not go exactly like one thinks they should, many people are quick to blame God. Some will begin to say that God is just out to kill them and leave them out to die on their own.

Doing this is forgetting what God has already done in one’s life. Miracles and provision by God occur on a regular basis, but many are very quick to forget about them during a difficult time. All that is seen is the problem and forgetting the power and abilities of God.

Acting in this way is treating God with contempt or badly. It is saying that God does not really love or is not really good.

Instead of complaining and treating God badly, one must step back and remember what God has already done in his life. Counting God’s blessings and provisions will get one’s perspective back in the right place, knowing that God IS love and does care. It will strengthen one’s belief.

There will be times that you will go through very difficult times that feel as though God is abandoning you. Do not allow yourself to blame God or reject Him, thinking that He has done this to you.

Remember what God has already done in your life. Count up all the good things that has occurred and build your trust in God during the hard times.

God does love you and will never leave you, nor forsake you. Everything that He does will be for your eternal benefit. Trust in God and do not treat Him badly in hard times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the blessings and miracles God has done in your life; that you will not reject God; that you will believe God’s word to you; and that you will walk in faith in God.

Numbers 13:31 False Reports

But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” Numbers 13:31

On a regular basis people are faced with tasks that seem tremendously huge and unsurmountable. A few people will face these tasks and overcome them, while the majority will back down out of fear and no confidence.

Those that face the tasks and tackle them will often remember past difficult task that they have already overcome. Forgetting past accomplishments will make the task appear to be larger and more impossible.

After exploring the new land, the majority of the Israelite men stated that they could not attack the people because the enemy was stronger.

The Israelite explorers were speaking the truth when they stated that the people of the new land were stronger, but they had forgotten that they had overcome Egypt, the greatest power of the world at that time.

Following God will mean one is moving into a new territory, a new land. The enemy, the world, will fight against the believer, attempting to stop him or destroy him. The world does not want to lose ground.

Natural eyes will see the world and its powers as greater and more powerful than the individual. Many believers back down from taking new ground. They fear what the world may say or do. The world appears to be too big and powerful.

However, the true believer has God’s Holy Spirit resting in him and giving him the favor and strength of God. He will remember what God has already done in the past and will continue to do in the future and will not believe the false reports of the size of the enemy.

God beat the enemy in drawing a person to believe in Him. Now God can beat the enemy through the believer, taking more ground in this world.

You will have tasks set before you that appear larger than you are. Although those tasks are large, God is bigger. Remember what God has already done in your past and in the past lives of others. What God has done before He can do again.

Don’t allow the false reports of how large the enemy is to cloud your mind but fill your thoughts with how large God is. Go in and take on the task with God at your side and see God give you the victory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see difficult tasks through the eyes of God; that you will see how strong and faithful God is; and that God will strengthen you to reject the false reports of the world.

Exodus 35:1 What Is God Commanding?

Moses assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do:” Exodus 35:1

In every location upon the earth and every day, all day, there are millions of people giving commands or rules for that day. Bosses, managers and other leaders are directing their workers on what needs to be accomplished and how it is to be done.

The majority of people will listen and follow the instructions with very few questions against it. Those who listen and follow will do well. Those who ignore the instructions will often fail and get into trouble.

Moses gathered everyone together and began to tell them what God had commanded them to do.

Although many people do not like to be told what to do, most accept it as part of their job or position in society. People realize that there does need to be someone leading and giving the commands as the final authority.

Many believers today will try and say that God does not command anymore, but that people are now under grace, not the Law. While it is true that believers are now under grace, God does still give many commands, some of which are found directly in the Bible.

God does command to obey His commands, to love everyone, to forgive others, to flee sin, to repent of all sin, to be His witness and much more. There are many commands on how to think, act and react in the Bible.

Along with all the commands in the Bible, God also gives individuals direct commands. Some of these may be to move to a new location, change or start a job, not do something, go a different direction, start some ministry position, and much more.

In order to obey His commands, one has to listen for God to speak and then obey them.

God has some specific commands that are directed only to you in addition to the general ones found throughout the Bible. Only God and you know what He is trying to tell you.

You have to be open to hearing what God has to tell you. And you have to be in the constant mode of listening for God to speak. Unlike with the Israelites, you do not have to be gathered together with others to hear God’s voice. He can speak to you wherever you are at any time day or night.

What is God telling you today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; and that you will trust God with all of your heart, soul and mind.

Exodus 33:1 Leave This Place

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying I will give it to your descendants.” Exodus 33:1

Moving to a new place is not always easy or looked forward to. People like to be where they know everyone and everything. It is often where they are most comfortable. Staying allows a person to maintain a routine that is familiar.

Change is often scary to most people and not desired. It comes with many uncertainties.

God told Moses to leave where he and the people were to go to a land God had promised his forefathers to give.

While staying in one place is very comfortable, it does not often allow for change or growth. It is easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine day in and day out. It feels safe because it is known.

If something does not grow or change, it is often dead and rotting. There is no longer any real life in it. That place becomes a place of captivity and death.

Once a person becomes a believer, he must be willing to pack up and move to a new place in life. God may have him physically move, but more often it is a move of the heart and actions.

It is moving away from sin and things that pressure one to sin. Believers are to step into a new life with God leading into a land that He has promised. The final destination is not a physical location on this earth, but eternity in heaven with God.

Just as Egypt was no longer the home or destination of the Israelites, so this earth is not the destination of believers. It is time to move out.

God has called you out of this world of sin and death into a new life He has for you. Be willing to step out in faith. You cannot see heaven or the complete path to it, but you can trust God to lead you on the way.

Step away from sin and death into a resurrected life in Jesus. This may or may not mean a physical move, but it does mean a move of your heart and actions into a new life that will last for eternity.

What place do you need to leave today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s directions on where to go; that you will leave your life of sin to follow God; that you will follow God’s path towards holiness and heaven; and that you will see God’s provision on your path in life.