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.

Luke 21:4 How Much Are You Giving?

All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. Luke 21:4

It is very common for the wealthy to give money to charities to help them out. Often it is done out of their excess money and in order to get a tax break later on. It is seldom done in a way that it breaks into the money needed to survive on.

This type of giving is actually often followed by most people, whether they are poor or wealthy.

Jesus had seen a widow give just a few pennies into the offering at a temple. He said that she gave out of her need, giving more than the wealthy.

The practice of giving out of excess wealth is just as common in the church as it is in the world. Many believers give as little as possible, the ten percent or less.

This way of giving is found not only in giving of tithes and offerings, but also in giving others parts of one’s life for God.

Many believers will give just a little bit of their time to prayer or studying God’s word. Often they will give even less to witnessing or discipling others. The giving is done out of their excess time or money, but not what they live on.

From Genesis to Revelation, believers are told to love God with all of their life, not just a part. This means that one is to give all that he is and has to God for God to work with.

As a believer gives everything to God for His work, God will provide all that is needed. The provision can be in food, finances, health, strength, energy, favor and more. The giving believer will never see a lack of what is needed, because he is trusting God in giving everything.

As you give to God of your money, time and efforts, determine how much are you really giving. Are you giving only out of your excess or out of your left overs? Or are you giving it all?

Do not be stingy or selfish in your giving of offerings and services.

Jesus gave all He had to give you life. He laid His life down for you. Be willing to give everything you have for God. See how God will honor that and meet all of your needs in abundant ways.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will know what God gave you; that you will know God’s provision for your life; and that you will give all of your life for God to use.