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.

Exodus 16:28 Will You Refuse To Obey?

Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my instructions?” Exodus 16:28

Regardless of who a person is or where he lives, there is someone he must obey. There are rules and regulations that are expected to be followed.

While the majority will follow the majority of the rules, there are some that refuse to obey. They choose to do their own thing, disregarding the regulations that have been put in place thinking that they know best. Leaders and commands are ignored in rebellion.

God had given the Israelites some directions on how to collect up food and some chose to do it differently. God asked how long they will refuse to keep His commands.

Every command and rule are put in place for purpose. Many are for the protection of the people in some form or other, while some are for power and control by those in authority.

Any time that someone chooses to disregard and not obey a command or ruling, there will be a consequence. This can be anything from a light reprimand all the way up to punishment by death in the eyes of man. The more one chooses to disobey the law, the more severe the consequence.

God has great love, mercy and patience when working with His people, the believers. However, many believers choose to not always obey His commands. Although one may not see the consequence immediately, there will be a day that God calls the person to account for his disobedience.

The same question asked of the Israelites can be asked of many believers today as to how long they will refuse to obey His commands. Every believer must choose every moment to obey and keep all of God’s commands and instructions. He is to live as Jesus lived, obeying His Father.

As a worker and a citizen of a nation, you have rules you must obey. Just as you are willing to obey those laws, be willing to obey the commands of God even more so.

The commands God gives you are perfect and for making you perfect and holy as Jesus is perfect and holy. Do not allow yourself to become like the world and disregard and refuse to obey God. Turn from the wicked ways of the world and your sinful past and obey God. His commands are perfect and with love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God has for you; that you will obey all the commands God has given you; that you will trust God’s rules for your life; and that God will strengthen you as you obey Him.

Exodus 5:2 Acknowledging God’s Authority

Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2

All around the world in every location, from small businesses to nations, there are people of various levels of authority. Most often the majority of people in a given area know who those in position of authority are and are willing to obey them.

Occasionally there are some people who do not know who is in position of authority. They question the person and will refuse to obey.

Moses had gone to Pharaoh with God’s demand to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh rejected him saying that he did not know who God is.

People are quick to question the authority of a person. They want to know who the person is and if he really has the authority to order them to do something. Some will even challenge the one in authority just to see what he will do if they do not obey, even though they know he is in position of authority.

The world does not know who God is and so they will not acknowledge nor obey Him. Believers do know who He is but will often not obey Him. They challenge His authority and position, often thinking that they know better.

This can occur because God is out of sight and out of mind. Yet, God is there and does see all things.

Instead of questioning God and His authority, the true believer will immediately obey no matter what the command is, easy or difficult. He will realize that God is the One who can kill the body and the soul for all eternity, rather than just some cosmic unknown entity out there somewhere.

As a believer God should be the highest and most important authority in your life. Just as you are willing to obey your boss at work or some policeman, be even more willing to obey God.

Unlike those in authority in this world, God knows what is best for you and has complete control of all things. Do not be like Pharaoh and ignore God’s commands to you but be obedient in all ways acknowledging His authority and position.

When you choose to obey God, you will not have to be struck and punished for rejection as Pharaoh was but will know the blessings of God in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will acknowledge who God is and His authority; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will trust God’s leading in your life.

Exodus 1:17 Who Do You Fear More?

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17

Governments and most leaders and organizations demand loyalty and obedience. When a ruling is made, it is expected to be followed without question.

The leaders with the most authority and ability to punish are often the most obeyed. People will obey them, regardless of what they are told to do, because they fear the punishment that can occur. Many will even do things that go against their personal convictions or beliefs out of fear of the leader.

The Israelites had grown to a great number in Egypt and Pharaoh wanted them dead, so ordered the midwives to kill the newborn boys. The midwives had more fear of God than of Pharaoh, so they let the boys live.

There will be times when a leader on this earth will ask people to do things that are against God’s commands. Sometimes they are very direct and openly against God, while other times they are shadier things against God. Often, the rulings are done in the name of ‘love’, though it is harmful and sin.

People are commanded to not talk negatively about homosexuality, or to allow abortion because those are freedoms that people have. Speaking in such a way is hatred and fearing the world, rather than fearing God. It is pushing people to their death in sin.

Any person who has a close relationship with God will fear God more than any man or government. The world can only make life hard and kill the body, but God can destroy the body and soul for eternity.

Every believer must make a choice to whether he will fear and trust God or if he will fear man and bow to sin and death.

No matter where you live, there will be times when the world will call on you to sin against God. Rules will be made to get you to reject God’s commands. This may be in your nation, city, job, or even in your own home.

You must be willing and ready to obey God above all others. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying God will bring you eternal life in the end. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying this world will only bring about eternal death.

Who will you fear more?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with your whole life; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that God will give you strength to disobey ungodly commands of this world; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.

Genesis 7:5 Do What God Tells You To Do

And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Genesis 7:5

Every person on the earth has someone who is over him that he needs to obey. It begins with little children needing to obey their parents, going all the way up through adults needing to obey their bosses and those in authority.

While most people generally obey all of the laws, there are also many who refuse to obey everything. They will purposefully push the limits of the law, trying to get away with as much as possible. A few will openly rebel against all authority.

God had asked Noah to something crazy and Noah obeyed God in everything that He commanded.

It is very easy to obey someone when it is completely understood what was commanded, why it was commanded and the full results of obedience. In these cases, trust in self-knowledge is attained, giving the drive to be obedient.

Obedience is much more difficult when the reason for doing something is not fully understood or believed.

It had never rained before on the earth, nor had it ever flooded, so the concept of flooding and total destruction was foreign to Noah. He had to trust God in order to be fully obedient in what God commanded him to do.

Following God and obeying Him may not always appear to be the most sensible thing to do in the eyes of the world. Things will be commanded to do that go against all human logic and understanding.

As the believer chooses to obey God and do what He says, he may be the one who brings salvation to the entire world. Most believers will not be used in such a great way, but God will use each one to touch lives around them in great ways. Obedience will build God’s kingdom.

God may be asking you to do something that appears to be insane or at least out of the ordinary. Instead of questioning God and refusing to obey, choose to obey God. Trust that God knows what He is asking of you to do is the best thing to be done.

Take a step of faith and obey God. See what God can do in and through you to touch the world. It may be that because of your obedience whole cities or nations may come to the Lord and be saved. At a minimum it shows your love for and trust in God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s commands to you; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that you will not fear obeying God; and that God’s kingdom will be built greater through your obedience.