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 6:9 Some Will Not Listen

Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9

Hearing someone speak is something that is easy to do and most people will do it. Acting upon what they hear is completely different.

Truth of what to do can be told, but many will not act upon because of the situation that they are in or who the information is coming from. The greatest news can be given but will be rejected because of past or current troubles occurring. All that is seen is the immediate complications, rather than the truth.

Moses went and told all that God was going to do in removing them from Egypt. They would not listen to him because of all the discouragement and trouble they were in.

Of all the news that has ever been told, the gospel message of salvation is the greatest. It is a message that brings hope, healing and eternal life. It provides a purpose for this life that is greater than anything else.

While many will hear the gospel message and accept it, there are many who will also reject it. Very often their rejection is based on the circumstances of their life past and present.

Going through life, most people have lost all hope. Many have tried many different things to gain a hope and a purpose and those things failed them. They reject the idea that there may be something good out there for them and are unwilling to give Jesus a chance.

Just as Moses kept going forward with the message God gave him, believers are to continue speaking the gospel message to more people. As one rejects the message, the believer must turn to another and give the message again and again, never giving up as some will believe and the truth will be revealed in the end.

You have opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Some will accept and some will reject the message. This happened to Moses and it happened to Jesus and will happen to you also.

Do not get discouraged and quit passing on the message. Hold on to the truth God has given you and keep passing it on to others.

Trust in God’s message and that He will work on the hearts of people to hear it and act upon it as you continue to proclaim it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s message to the people; that you will proclaim God’s message of salvation to the people; and that the hearts of the people will turn to God.

Exodus 4:1 Being Reluctant

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Exodus 4:1

In order for many people to believe a person they want to see his credentials. People want to know what gives a person the authority to say or do what he is saying or doing. They desire to see some great big title behind the name.

As people doubt so much, many people are unwilling to step up and speak or do something when they don’t have the title to match it.

Moses had been told by God to go back to Egypt and tell the people that He was releasing them. Moses questioned it and asked what to do if they don’t believe him or listen to him.

Fearing that someone will be unwilling to listen is common among believers. It is common that many feel as if they do not have any authority to speak up or tell others about Jesus without having some bible degree or leadership title. They are reluctant to step out in faith and do what God has called them to do.

God loves to use the simple to astound the complex. He works in ways that will amaze people, but it has to be done in faith. It starts with being willing to step out and speak up with what one knows and can do. As soon as that step is taken, God steps in and does the supernatural by bring signs and wonders to confirm the words and actions.

Very few will ever have to lead a nation out of another nation, but every believer is called to lead someone out of the grips of sin and death. All it takes is being willing to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus.

There are people that you will come across that God has placed there for you to be a witness to. You may or may not have a bible degree, but you do have a testimony of what God has done in your life and how He has saved you.

Do not hold back your testimony out of fear that they will not listen or believe you. Some will not listen or believe you, but most will listen. Allow God to work miracles through you and change their hearts.

Are you being reluctant to do and say what God wants you to do and say?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to say and do; that you will be willing to obey God’s call on your life; that you will give your testimony to all God puts in your path; and that God will confirm His authority in you through you.

Revelation 3:13 Are You Really Listening?

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:13

With all of the noise and busyness of life going on it is easy to hear without really hearing. They listen without really listening, but only hearing the words.

People hear what someone is saying, but a few seconds later could not repeat what was said, because they were not really listening. Others will hear it, but not take it to heart, acting upon what was said in obedience. Children are often blamed for doing this, but many adults have the same problem.

As Jesus was talking to the seven churches, He states that whoever has ears needs to hear what the Spirit is saying.

All throughout the church there are many believers who struggle with listening to God and really hearing what He is saying. God is always speaking, sometimes by His Spirit directly to a person, other times through another person, and other times through His word.

Words about repentance and leaving the life of sin are heard, but many do not repent or change at all. The Spirit will direct a person in what is needed to be done but is often ignored. Rather than listen and obey God, many choose to please self and the world bringing down judgement upon themselves.

Hearing what God says through His Spirit, His word and others does no good if there is no action put to what was said. It also shows that there is no trust in God or love for God when obedience does not follow.

Believers who hear and act upon God’s word show that they love and trust God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. They are not just warming a seat on Sunday mornings, but truly living for God.

God is active and speaking with you each day. The challenge for you is if you are willing to hear what He is saying.

There will be times God will point out to you that you are straying from the path you were once on or has you on. Other times He will point out that you are walking correctly and need to keep doing it.

His words are to correct, encourage and build up, not destroy as the world does. As you listen, hear and obey God’s word you will grow to be more like Jesus doing His will.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you; that you will obey what God is commanding; and that you will trust God’s word to you.

John 20:16 Knowing When He Calls You

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). John 20:16

In today’s society most people have a cell phone. One of the advantages of a cell phone is that when someone calls the phone can usually identify who is calling. This helps when one cannot see the person calling.

Hearing a person call in person is much easier to identify who is calling. Although in a large crowd, some will not always recognize the voice of a friend calling, unless it is a close friend that is well known.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before everyone knew about it, He had met up with Mary. At first she did not recognize Him until He called her name, then she knew who He was.

Couples who have been married for many years have learned to recognize each other’s voice, even in a large crowd. This is just like mother’s who can recognize their child’s cry in a room full of little children all calling at the same time.

The only reason people can recognize the other’s call is because they have spent time with the person and know that person very well. They know the voice of those who are close to them.

Believers who have spent time in prayer and communication with God will recognize His voice when He speaks. This is something that does not happen over night, but over a long period of time of a building of the relationship.

One should strive to build his relationship with God so closely that he knows as much as possible about God and will always recognize His voice. God is willing and ready to speak, but His people need to know His voice and be listening for it.

As a believer you should desire to be led by God in every area of your life. In order for this to occur, you must be able to recognize God’s voice when He is calling you.

He will call you to tell you what to do next, guiding every step and action. There will be times when He will also call you to stop you from an action.

Throughout your life there will be many other voices calling to you to lead you into sin. Listen for God’s voice and follow what He says. It is the best path for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice when He calls; that you will be listening to hear God speak; and that you will obey what God is telling you.