Numbers 34:1-2 Boundaries

The LORD said to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries: Numbers 34:1-2

As the Israelites were getting ready to go into Canaan God told them that they would have some boundaries. He lays out the details of where the boundaries of their land will be. It would be a very specific area of land that the Israelites would possess. The Israelites were not to cross those boundaries to try and take possession of those other areas.

It is often believed that God will give a person everything. Many people, when given something, expect that they can take everything. They feel that there is no limitations to be expected of them as to what they can have or do.

This desire for everything comes from the sin of coveting or greed. The human heart cannot be satisfied with just a little, they want everything or at least a little more than the other person.

In your life God has given you various things, but as He does so, He also sets boundaries. Those boundaries are not to be crossed. Unlike the Roman or English Empires, believers are not to strive to gain the whole world. Don’t forget what Jesus said about what good would it do to gain the whole world, but lose your soul.

God has placed you in a position to do the best that can be done for His kingdom by you. If you strive to go outside those boundary lines, you are pushing God out of control and doing things your own way. In doing so, you will mess up God’s plan for your life.

As God gives you things or positions, ask Him what the boundaries are. Find out where your limits are and stay within them. God may give you a very large area, or like the Israelites, it may be a very small area. Trust God in His decision for you. Be a good steward with what God has given you, don’t try to have everything.

I pray today that God will reveal the boundaries He wants you to have; that you will be content with what God has for your life; that you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom; and that you will be His witness in this world.

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Numbers 33:55 Driving Out The Enemy

“But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.” Numbers 33:55

As the Israelites are getting ready to cross the Jordan River and go into the land of Canaan to live there, God gives them a warning. That warning is that they must get drive out all of the inhabitants of the land. He does not want the inhabitants to become trouble for the Israelites.

The Israelites had to deal with physical people worshipping false gods in the land where they were going. They had to push those people out, because if they did not those people would lead them into false worship and other sinful practices.

On your journey in life with Jesus, there will be new lands you are going into. These could be new physical locations, or it could be new levels of spiritual growth.

As you go into these new locations, there will always be some enemy that needs to be driven out. There may be times you must give up a friendship with someone because they are attempting to lead you down the wrong path in life.

More often you will need to drive out old habits. As you grow closer to Jesus, God will reveal to you old habits that need to go. Jesus wants you to be a new creation. You are to be just like Jesus.

If you allow old habits of sin to remain in your life, they will become a thorn in your side. God does not want the old sinful lifestyle to remain in you as you say you want to follow and serve Him.

What enemies do you see in your life?

Are you allowing them to still live in your life?

Or are you willing to drive them out with God’s help?

I pray today that God will reveal enemies that are in your life; that He will strengthen you to drive out the enemy; that you will be a new creation in Jesus; and that you will inhabit the land God is bringing you into.

Numbers 33:1 Stages Of A Journey

Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Numbers 33:1

As the Israelites were getting closer to going across the Jordan River into Canaan, God had Moses write down the stages of the journey. Over the forty years of traveling in the desert, the Israelites had journeyed through many different locations and experienced many different situations.

Physical life is a journey that begins at birth and ends when a person dies. Every person experiences this journey. The length of that journey is different for every person. Each one will live in different locations, eat different foods, work different jobs, experience different friends, and experience different situations.

Out of all the people some will add in a new journey that is not physical. This is a spiritual journey that comes from salvation in Jesus. This journey starts at different points for every person, but never comes to an end, going on for all eternity. Some start it at a very young age, while others start it at a much older age.

You have started this journey at some point in your life, when you gave your life over to Jesus. The locations on this journey are not physical. It is the changes you have made in your heart and life.

When you first started believing Jesus, you may not have given up all of the sins in your life. You most likely did not even know that some of what you were doing was sinful. As you grow and mature in Jesus, you learn to live more like Jesus every day.

Your heart begins to change. At different stages you learn different things, such as learning to forgive more, or love more, or hearing God’s voice, or being more of a witness. Each of these are different stages of the journey you are on until God calls you to step into eternity with Him in physical death.

Remember these stages of the journey. It helps you see where you have come from and keeps focus of where you are going. It will strengthen and encourage you.

I pray today that God will reveal to you the path He has for you; that you will remember what God has brought you through; that God will encourage and strengthen you for your journey; and that one day you will step into heaven for all eternity with God.

Numbers 30:2 Fulfill Your Promise

When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. Numbers 30:2

Right after giving the rules on the various offerings and sacrifices, God tells the people to fulfill all of their vows. God may have been thinking that with all the rules on sacrifices, men would make pledges to do a sacrifice or an offering.  Once a man makes a pledge he is to make sure that he fulfills that pledge by doing what he said he would do.

People like to make promises all the time. Promises to God are especially common during a major disaster or sickness. When going through a difficult time, many people promise God that if He will get them out of that situation they will serve Him more or do something for Him different. Most often that promise is forgotten or ignored, never to be fulfilled.

Not only do people promise God things, but they also promise other people things. Some do actually intend to fulfill them, but are unable to do so. Many are made with no real intention of fulfilling  the promise.

Be careful in what you promise. It does not matter whether it is to God or to another person. When you make that promise, God hears it and holds you to it.

Once you have made a promise, do everything within your ability to fulfill that promise. Do not break your word on it.

Breaking your word on a promise is the same as telling a lie, which is a sin. Do not be like the world and fall into sin. The world, led by Satan, will continue to break their word. They do not like it when a promise is broken to them, but in turn they will break their word.

Who will you be like today?

Jesus, who has fulfilled every promise He has made?

Or Satan, who has broken every promise he has made?

I pray today that God will guide you in the promises you make; that you will only promise what God wants you to promise; that God will strengthen you to fulfill every promise you make; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

Numbers 27:23 Passing On Leadership

Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD instructed through Moses. Numbers 27:23

God had told Moses that he was coming to the end of his life, since he was not being allowed to enter into the land of Canaan. Moses asked God to provide someone to lead the nation of Israel. God chose Joshua to be the next leader. Moses had to take Joshua before Eleazar the priest and have him commissioned to be the next leader.

People who are in leadership position often love their position. Many believe that they are indispensable and can never be replaced. With this type of thinking, they never train anyone up for the position, nor do they accept someone else to take their spot when it is time to step down.

The reality is that no person is so important in this life that he/she is not replaceable. It may be difficult to replace a person, especially the more a person does. There are times when it may even take two or more people to replace a person, but either way they can be replaced.

When you choose to have someone replace you, you are passing on your leadership. You are allowing someone else to step up to the plate and continue what God has started with you.

Parents need to pass on their parenting skills to their children. Bosses pass on working skills to the workers. Leaders pass on the leadership skills to new leaders.

Do not allow yourself to think you are the most important person and cannot be replaced.

Seek God’s timing as to when you are to be replaced. Seek God to find out who should replace you. God can bring the right person, at the right time. Until that time comes, do all that you can do for God where He has placed you. Work until it is time for you to move on, but when it comes, let God have control and you pass on the mantel of leadership.

I pray today that God will continue to guide you in the work you do; that God will raise up another to take your place in the right time; that God will help you train others to take your place; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Numbers 25:1-2 An Invitation To Be Rejected

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before their gods. Numbers 25:1-2

God had the Israelites camp for a while in Shittim. While there the men began to take the Moabite women and have sexual relations with them. The Moabite women then invited them to take a part in their sacrifices to their gods. The invitation was accepted. This caused God to get extremely angry with them and had many of them killed.

One of the strongest temptations to sin is with sexual immorality. The world uses the natural God given drive in men and women to tempt them into immorality. Once it starts, it opens the door for much more. The men of Israel had made themselves one with the Moabite women, thus, when the invitation to take a part in their sacrifices they were willing.

The world will invite you to be a part of their life-styles. Some things like a meal and a sacrifice may appear to be simple and just a fun thing to do. The problem is that often they are bowing down to something that is not God, and when you participate with them, you, also, begin to bow down to those things.

You may not physically bow down, but you begin to spend more time with those things or events, then you do with God. You may begin to place those things before God. They become your idol, your foreign god, and replace God Himself.

Jesus had sat down and ate with sinners, but He did not allow Himself to be drawn into their ways of living and thinking. He was there to be a witness and love them.

When you are out among those who do not believe in Jesus, how are you living?

Do you buy into their ways and thinking?

Or are you a light of the world, representing Jesus?

There are times you must reject an offer to take part in the world’s activities. You are to be separate and holy to God. Do  not allow yourself to fall into the habit of worshipping the idols of this world.

I pray today that God will reveal to you the idols around you; that God will strengthen you to reject any idol worship; that your heart will be focused on Jesus alone; and that you will be light in this dark world for Jesus.

Numbers 24:17 Seeing Jesus

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth. Numbers 24:17

After blessing the Israelites three times, while Balak wanted him to curse them, Balaam starts to prophesy what he sees coming in the future. One of the things he sees and realizes it is a long way off is someone rising up to rule in Israel that will destroy all their enemies. That person is Jesus. Several thousand years later Jesus comes to rule and destroy all sin and the enemy.

At the time the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, they did not look like very much, other than a lot of people. They really did not have a lot of battle experience yet, and had never been their own nation in their own land. They were just wandering in the desert. Yet, out of them would rise up a ruler who would be able to destroy all the enemies.

Jesus is still that ruler to this day. He is the one who is in control. Right now many people cannot see Him, yet He is still there. As a believer you must see Jesus for who He is and what He can and will do.

Jesus is the One who can save you from your sins. He is the One who will return and destroy all the enemies. Right now it may look like a long way off. He is not completely destroying the enemy right now. It may appear that He is not even in control right now.

Just as Balaam saw the future by faith, you must also see the future with Jesus by faith. You must trust that He will win in the end and that you will win if  you are on His side.

When things are looking hopeless and lost in the desert of this life, focus on Jesus reigning in the future. See Jesus coming again in power and glory to reign forever and forever.

Also see Him by your side right now. Jesus said He would never leave you or forsake you.

Can you see Jesus today?

Can you see Jesus in your future?

I pray today that God will give you a new vision of Jesus; that you will know that Jesus is by your side; that you will know that Jesus will reign in the future; and that your hope will be in Jesus.