Numbers 20:12 Trust God Enough To Honor Him

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But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12

It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.

Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.

After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.

Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.

While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.

As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.

You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.

God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.

I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.

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Numbers 12:13 Full Of Humility And Grace

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So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” Numbers 12:13

Humility is something that is not seen a lot in this world. People often think that they are the best. It is found in individuals, groups and even nations. Everything is about self and being seen as the best, regardless of others. Every one likes to take pride in himself. Children are always told to take pride in themselves, in who they are and what they do.

Along with that being rare, is grace. Grace is not seen a lot among most people. Grace is not giving someone what they deserve when it comes to punishment. Most people are very quick to dole out punishment or correction upon someone else when that other person does wrong.

Mariam and Aaron had been complaining against Moses. They wanted to know why Moses thought that God only spoke to them through him and they challenged his authority.

When God heard this, He immediately questioned them and pointed out that Moses was the most humble man on the earth. God, then, strikes Mariam with a skin disease.

When Moses saw this, he could have been like most people and state that she only got what she deserved. He could have stated that it was God’s doing, not his. Yet, he did not do that. He immediately cried out to God to heal her, pleading with Him for her life. This shows great humility and grace.

Even in the church, many people are quick to ‘throw the book’ at a person who has made a mistake. They want the person locked up and the key thrown away. They are fast to say that the person only got what he deserved and that it was God’s punishment for doing wrong.

Humility and grace will plead with God for healing and restoration, not destruction and punishment.

At some point someone will do something wrong against you. You will see that person fall into a difficult time, whether by his own doing, or by God’s hand. At that point you will have a choice to make, will you plead for the person before God? Or will you pick up a stone and throw it at the person?

Jesus did not go around condemning, but was full of grace. He had grace upon you, when He saved you. Will you have grace upon others who have messed something up?

I pray today that you will know the grace God has given you; that you will know the humility of Jesus in your life; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will plead for others before God; and that you will be known as humble in God. 

Numbers 1:2 Counted As Family

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Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. Numbers 1:2

All around the world, nearly every nation does a regular count of how many people there are in the nation. Often this is done for the purpose of taxing the people. It can also to see changes in growth to plan the infrastructure for the future of the nation.

Most of the time, the census is taken for personal gain of the nation. It is not done for true care and concern for the people or even the individual.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God told Moses to take a census of every man with them. He was to list each man’s name, one by one, clan by clan and family by family. It was to be a very detailed listing of who was living in camp.

God knew the names of every person before Moses was to even begin the count. He also knew the number of people in the camp. Taking this census is one way God can show that He knows the name of every man and his family. As Moses counted the people, he would be able to tell them this information is for God. He wants to know each person by name. This was a physical showing that God knows their names.

Very often people think that God does not know who they are or where they are in life. They feel as if God has forgotten or ignored them. This becomes especially true when the person is going through a difficult time. Or they are praying for something and God does not seem to answer or hear.

There are times that every believer needs to be encouraged that God knows his name. He needs to be reminded that he is on God’s census list.

You may be at one of those times of struggle, wondering if God even knows your name. Rest assured that God does know your name. He is taking a census on a daily basis of who all of His children are and where they are. In fact, it is a constant census, every moment of the day.

God knows your name and is right there with you. As long as you believe in Jesus and follow Him, He will keep counting you as family.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will be a part of God’s eternal family; and that you will trust that God is always with you, even in the deserts of life. 

Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.

Leviticus 8:30 Being Dedicated To God’s Work

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Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments. Leviticus 8:30

Select people get chosen for very specific jobs or positions that are of high esteem or honor to have. In order to get this position or honor, the person must go through some ceremony. In the process of the ceremony, they are set apart for that special position.

One example of this, is the person who becomes a president of an organization or even of the USA. Usually there is some type of ceremony to make it official. They are set apart as an honor.

In some of these ceremonies, there may be special clothing worn, or procedures followed. Each of the procedures represents something towards the dedication being made.

Once Moses had finished having the tabernacle built, he took Aaron and his sons to consecrate them to the office of priests. They and their garments were sprinkled with a mixture of blood and oil from the altar. This caused them to be dedicated to the work of God for the people.

Although today, people no longer use physical blood and oil, believers are still consecrated to the work of God for the people. Every believer has his sins removed by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. He also can have the oil of the Holy Spirit poured upon him to strengthen, guide and seal him to the work of God.

Every believer is to be consecrated to the work of God. This is regardless if they have a titled position, such as pastor, or missionary or no titled position.

Each believer has a work to do for God. God has set up a job for them to do and in order for them to do the job, they must be purified and consecrated to God. They must be set apart for the work of God.

God also has a work for you to do in this world. You also need to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. You also need the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had sent, to guide and strengthen you to do the work He has for you to do.

Have you allowed yourself dedicated to do the work of God?

I pray today that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will be purified for God’s work to be done; and that you will do the work God has for you to do.

 

Exodus 39:43 Do Just As God Commands

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Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:40

Following directions is something that a lot of people do not really like to do. The classic picture is on Christmas morning when all the gifts are opened and the child has a gift that has to be put together. The father ‘knows’ how to do it, so he does not look at the directions. Hours later the gift is still not together, because he chose not to read the directions and follow them.

It is common for people to do things their own way, rather than follow directions. People try to cut the corners on work in the workplace, because they know a better way to do it. People are quick to buck the system as they think they have the best way to do something.

Often, when directions are not followed correctly, the results are disastrous. The item does not work, things break, injuries occur, and one can get into trouble.

This does not just happen with people in this world, but also inside the church. God gives directions on what to do, how to do it, or what not to do and people tend to not follow the directions. They think that they have the best way to do it.

Moses gave some men the directions God had given him in how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. When it was completed, Moses looked at it and saw that they had done everything just as God had commanded.

God can see the bigger picture of life. He knows the perfect way to do everything and anything. He is the one who wrote the perfect rule book for every situation in life. Every believer needs to take time to know those directions and choose to follow them.

There are things God has directed you to do in your life. You have a choice to make, will you follow what God has said or will you choose to do your own thing.

If you choose to do your own way, it will not work out and it will result in failure. If you choose to follow God’s directions, you will ultimately have success in the end.

Make the choice to follow God’s directions for your life, even if it doesn’t make sense. God’s directions are best and in the end you will be blessed by following them.

I pray today that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will choose to do things God’s way; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; and that you will see the benefit of following God’s commands.

Exodus 25:1 Give Because You Want To

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The LORD said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.” Exodus 25:1

Giving is something that brings much controversy. People wonder if they should give or not give. And then the question how much should they give, and when should they give.

Different organizations, that are not directly Christian, are always asking for donations and gifts to be given. People wonder if they should give. The world will often put pressure upon people to give. They set up advertisements to get people to give that lay a guilt upon the person who chooses not to give.

Some people give to look good to others or to get a tax write off. They are not giving so much as to help, but in order to get something for themselves.

While the Israelites were being led around in the desert by God, He had Moses ask the people for an offering. This asking was not a demand, but just a simple request. The only people who were to give were those whose hearts had prompted them to give. There was to be no guilt trip laid upon those who did not give or could not give. There was also no pressure put on the people, it was just a simple request.

In many churches, there is pressure to give. Speakers often preface the request with getting God’s blessings or the absolute need for each person to give. While it may be needed and God will bless the giver, it must also come from a willing and joyful heart, not to look good or because of peer pressure.

A gift that does not come with joy, is a worthless gift.

There will come days when you will be asked to give. You have to seek God and choose for yourself if you should give and how much you should give. If you are feeling in your heart that you should give, then give. Never give because you have to give. Never give under peer pressure. Never give just to look good. Never give just because you are told to give.

Give with a joyful heart. Give because you get a chance to take part in building God’s kingdom. Give because God has given you eternal life. Give because Jesus has forgiven your sins. Give because your heart tells you to give.

How are you giving today?

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will hear God’s guidance to you in giving; that you will give to God with a joyful heart; and that you will give for the right reasons.