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.

Luke 7:14-15 Even The Dead Obey

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:14-15

Obedience is something that is expected of everyone else, but is often ignored in one’s own self. Some believe that they are an exception to having to obey all the rules. They have extenuating circumstances that give them excuses to not follow the rules.

Cutting the corners and not fully obeying can be seen in many areas of life.

As a dead man was being carried away to be buried, Jesus walked up to him. Jesus told the dead man to get up. Immediately the dead man got up and talked. He was then given back to his mother.

The choice to cut corners and not fully obey is something that many believers have chosen in their walk with God. Many feel as if God does not really mean what He said for them to do or that it really does not pertain to them. However, God always expects complete, immediate obedience from those who follow Him.

In the scripture passage for today, the young man was dead. He had every legitimate and logical reason to not obey Jesus, yet, he did obey Jesus when he was told to get up.

Instead of providing excuses as to why one cannot or should not obey God, one must immediately obey what God has said. God may never tell a person to rise from the dead, but He does command His followers to be His witness. He does tell His people to leave a life of sin. He does tell His people be holy as He is holy.

There is no excuse to not do what God has commanded one to do.

God may be telling you to step out and do something that is different. It may be something extreme like the dead man getting up.

Instead of coming up with an excuse to not do it, trust God’s command and do it. He will never tell you to do something that He will not give you the power and ability to do.

Be willing to rise up from the dead in sin and follow God in whatever He calls you to do and wherever He calls you to go.

Are you obeying God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s commands immediately; that you will not give excuses to not obey God; and that God will work great miracles in and through you.

Matthew 15:31 Do You Give God The Credit?

The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Matthew 15:31

Every day good things occur that are considered unusual. Most people see some of these things and just ignore it. Others want to know why it happened.

If there is no direct understanding as to why something occurred, people just chalk it up to good luck or it was a random chance. Others will say it was their hard work or some mystical reasoning. When it comes to physical healings, people give the doctor’s credit.

Right after Jesus had healed many people, the people saw it and were amazed. They immediately began to praise God for the amazing healings and miracles that had occurred.

When a sudden healing occurs, many people will question whether the person was really sick or injured in the first place. Others will just stand amazed wondering how the person was healed so quickly. Doctor’s are known to have said that they had made a mistake in the diagnosis of a sickness, thus accounting for the sudden healing.

Regardless of the reasoning, many people refuse to give God the credit for the healing. They are seeking to give credit to self or to natural ways of healing.

Any person who is really thinking correctly, will recognize that the healing was outside of the normal and will know that it had to have been God doing the sudden healing. Instead of ignoring or rejecting God, they will give Him the credit.

People who have their hearts and minds focused upon God will be the first to give God the credit for the healing. Praise will be given to God for the healing, rather than praise to luck or to man.

If you keep your eyes open, you will see miracles occurring around you. They may be quick, all of a sudden miracles or they may be a slower, over the time miracles. Either way give God the credit for what is occurring, whether a sudden miracle without a doctor or one with a doctor involved. God did and still does miracles every day.

When you see God do something in your life or in the life of someone else, give Him praise. Do not give praise to luck or to man, but to the one God who made it happen.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God’s hand at work in the lives of people; that you will give God praise for miracles that occur; and that you will trust God for healing.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Mark 7:37 Miraculous Hearing And Speaking

People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37

Hearing and speaking is something that every person wants to be able to do on their own. It is very common that when a person begins to have problems with hearing or speaking, people will quickly try to get help to cure the problem.

No one wants to be deprived of being able to hear or speak. It creates many difficulties in every area of life.

A man who could neither hear or speak was brought to Jesus for a healing touch. When Jesus healed the man, the people were amazed that He could make the deaf hear and the mute speak.

Even today people are amazed when a physical miracle occurs allowing a person to physically begin hearing or speaking. While this passage is directly about physical hearing or speaking, there is another dimension of hearing and speaking that God works in people.

This is other miraculous change that occurs is in the hearing and speaking in the spiritual realm. When Jesus touches the life of a person, one will have his spiritual ears and mouth opened. He will begin to see and speak about the things of God that the natural man cannot hear or speak about.

Those who see someone who can begin to speak and hear in the spiritual realm will often be amazed. They will not understand how a person can hear and speak about the things of God in a clear way. His words will be new and different than those of his past or of the world.

All these changes come about because he is made into a new creation in Christ Jesus. He now has open communication with God, the things of God and things in the spiritual realm.

As a believer God has given you His Holy Spirit to open your ears and mouth. God makes it possible for you to hear what He is saying or what the demonic spiritual realm is saying. He also makes it possible for you to boldly speak His life giving words and truth in this dying corrupt world.

When you allow God to work in and through you in miraculous ways, people will stand amazed. They will see the hand of God doing miracles in your life.

Have you allowed God to open your ears and mouth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your ears to hear His word; that God will open your mouth to boldly speak His word; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit to do miracles in and through you.