Numbers 23:12 Speak Only What God Says

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He answered, “must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12

Freedom of speech is something that America treasures. People want to be able to say what they, when they want and how they want to say. This is always seen as personally they want that freedom as an individual alone, not always with everyone else.

Many do not care what another person is saying, as long as it does not offend them personally. As soon as it offends them directly, they no longer want another person to have that freedom to speak.

Balak had called Balaam to put a curse upon the Israelite people. Although Balaam had personal freedom to say whatever he wanted, he stated he could only speak what God says. At the first speaking, Balaam blesses the Israelites. Balak gets, mad, but Balaam reminds him that he could only speak what God has told him to say.

Today many believers are asked to talk, but they are told to say what the people want to hear. The world only wants to hear good news, but not always the full truth of what God is saying. There is bad news to be told, that the world is dying in their sins. The good news is that God loves them and is providing a way out of those sins and death.

As soon as the world hears the bad news, they get offended and angry with the believer. The believer is talking ‘hate’ in the eyes of the world, even though there is love being said.

When this is said against many believers, they change their words to what the world wants to hear. They no longer speak against sinful acts. They refuse to show the real need for a Savior.

Every believer needs to speak only what God is saying. They need to speak it with love, but also with truth. Balak did not want to hear the words Balaam was saying, but it was the truth.

There will be many times you will be allowed to speak to a non-believer. Your words need to be filled not only with God’s love, but with His truth and words also. As with Balaam, do not allow yourself to say anything more or less than what God is saying. Speak only God’s words to this dying world.

Whose words are you speaking, yours, the world’s or God’s words?

I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will not allow fear of this world to keep you from speaking God’s word; that you will only speak what God says; and that God will give you strength to follow Him and not fear the world.

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Psalm 77:11-12 When God Is Silent

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

There are times in the lives of people when God is silent. They are going through difficult times that do not seem to end. The world seems to be winning the battle.

At these times, the world likes to say that God does not really exist, or is not really in control. Believers begin to wonder if they really had ever heard God speak before and if the world may be correct. Many will spend hours crying out to God for an answer, lying awake during the night in fear as they cry out to God.

Others will start to blame themselves for God being so silent. They will confess sins and ask to be forgiven on sins that had been confessed a dozen times. They may begin to question whether they are really believers or not.

The psalmist in this passage had some of those same questions. He wondered whether God would reject them forever or not. He questioned whether God had failed in His promises or not. These are the same questions people ask to this day.

However, the psalmist then says that He will remember the deeds and miracles God had done in the past. He will then focus and meditate on those good things.

There will come times in your life when you feel that God has rejected you. God will be silent and appear to be leaving you all on your own. You may be crying out to God for help and appearing to get no answer.

When these times occur, turn your focus on who God is and what He has done. Read the Bible and learn how others had times where God was silent. Learn how there were times when God seemed far away. Yet, God always fulfilled His promises.

God will not reject you. You have to be the one to walk away. During these times, God may be testing you to build your trust in Him higher. If you read the Bible, you know that God will never leave or forsake you, and that He will always fulfill His promises. Now stand on that and meditate on those things that God had done in your life.

God will speak again at the right time.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God is with you; that you will meditate on what God has done for you; and that you will remember all that God has done.

Psalm 74:9 When God Is Quiet

We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. Psalm 74:9

Silence is a difficult thing for many people. There are many who can remain silent themselves, but very few can handle silence around them.

When there is a speaker talking to a group of people, and that speaker stops talking for just fifteen seconds, many start to wonder what went wrong. They wonder why he stopped speaking. Yet, it was only for a few seconds.

This is a common thing for churches. When a pastor stops speaking for a few seconds, many start praying, thinking he lost his way or notes, when it could have been intentional.

People like to keep hearing what is going on. They want to see signs that things are still moving forward. In the same way, when a person is driving down on a long road trip, he wants to see signs that he is getting closer to his destination and is still on the right road.

In the life of a believer, there will be times when God is silent. He will not speak out loud to a person. During those times, many wonder if God has left them and how long God will remain silent. The devil may place thoughts in the mind that God no longer cares about the person.

There may be times when you are feeling like that. You may be going through a time where God is silent right now. Just like with the psalmist in this passage, you must remember what God has done in the past, both for you and for others.

Unless you have totally rejected God, He has not left you. He may be silent, but He is still right by your side. Jesus said that He would never leave you.

Continue to do what God had last told you to do. Give God praise that He is still in control and by your side, though you do not feel or hear Him. When the time is right, God will move you on. There were times God was silent with the Israelites, and He will be silent with you.

Are you trusting God?

Are you waiting on God to move?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God when He is silent; and that you will remember all that God has done for you in your past.

Psalm 32:3-4 Keeping Silent

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Psalm 32:3

In the verses right before these quoted, David talks about the person whose sins are forgiven are blessed. Now he is talking about when he was silent, he suffered greatly day and night.

Sin will weigh heavy on a person, because sin is what will bring about death. It also brings about separation from God.

People often wonder why they cannot sleep and why they have no strength from day-to-day. If those people are believers, it can be that they have sin in their lives that they have not repented of. They are silent about what they have done.

God cannot be around sin and will not honor one who is living in sin. He allows His Holy Spirit to touch the life of someone to draw them closer to Himself. In order to get closer, all sin must be removed. During the time of David, sin was covered up by the sacrificing of animals. Today, sin is removed by the blood of Jesus.

Jesus had become the perfect sacrifice to remove all sin, because He not only died, but also rose from the dead to take away all sin. Believers who have chosen to not repent of a sin, have chosen to move away from God’s presence. Not being in God’s presence removes His peace and rest.

Those in the world who purposely live in sin, are always having to watch their back. They are always having to cover themselves of wrongs being done. There is no peace in their lives.

As a believer, you can have that peace that passes all understanding. That peace is the peace that comes when you are forgiven and are in right standing with God. It is peace between you and God. When you are at peace with Him, you will be able to be at rest and will have all the needed strength you need.

God will be able to give you what you need, because you are in right standing with Him.

Do not allow yourself to be silent before God. Admit what you have done wrong and repent of it. Accept the forgiveness Jesus offers and receive His peace and rest.

I pray today that you will be open with God about your sin; that you will not be silent before God; that you will know the rest that God can give you; and that you will allow Jesus to remove all sin from your life.

Job 30:20 When God Is Silent

I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me. Job 30:20

Job is feeling the pain of the suffering he has been going through. Most of his life, he had been the leader and the one who helps others. Now that he is going through major troubles, he is seeking help and getting none and is being ridiculed by everyone as though cursed by God. He cries out to God but is not getting any answer.

It is common that when a person, who had been in very high standing, that suddenly falls into extreme hard times, will get put down by others. People will often shun a person who has fallen into difficult times.

This often happens because it appears that they have done something wrong to bring them down to that point. Those in the world are looking at that person as though he is no longer of any value because of the problems. That person can no longer help them out, so leave him to suffer.

There are times in the church where the same problem occurs. The only difference in the church is that people feel that God is cursing or punishing someone for sins to be going through the challenges.

Individual believers, will cry out to God seeking relief, only to get silence. God remains silent at times, making a person feel completely alone. Even though He is watching, God does not seem to care.

How many times in your own life have you gone through some major trial and you cried out to God for relief, but He gave no answer?

God was watching Job and was in complete control of what was occurring. He only allowed Satan to do only a certain amount to Job and no more.

Paul had a challenge in his life and he cried out to God also for relief. God told him that His grace was sufficient for him.

That same grace is enough for you also. You must trust that even though God may be silent, He is still in control and is taking care of you. God will give you everything you need. He is only allowing the best to happen to you.

Stay strong and true to God. In the end you will win with God on your side. He may be silent but He is still there.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will not feel alone in your struggles in this life.

Joshua 6:16 Removing Walls

The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the  LORD has given you the city!” Joshua 6:16

The Israelites had crossed the Jordan River and were in the land of Canaan. The first city they came to was Jericho. God had a new way for them to take this city. They were to march around one time each day for seven days without saying or doing anything else. On the seventh day they were to march around seven times, then shout to the Lord. As they shouted to the Lord, the walls of the city came crashing down and they were able to take the city.

The city of Jericho had walls that were thick enough for chariots to race on the top. They were tall and very strong. It appeared that no one could get through them easily.

Throughout your life you will go through different situations that seem very large and difficult. It will appear that there is no way through the situation and that you are now finished.

Yet, God is there in front of you. He knows the situation and is ready for it. There will be times when you have to do a lot of praying and action for God to remove the situation. Other times God may want you to be silent, trust Him and give Him praise for what He is about to do.

As the Israelites were walking around the city, they had to be silent. As you are facing a great wall in your life, this may be a time when you need to reflect on what God has done in the past and what He can do for you in the future.

When it is time for that wall to come down, you must shout out praise and worship to God for who He is and what He can and will do. Allow God to remove that wall in your life. Do not try to do it on your own.

As you allow God to remove it, do not forget to praise Him. Let the world know that it is God who is doing it. Shout it out loud for all the world to know.

I pray today that God will remove the walls in your life; that you will shout praise to God for the world to hear; that everyone will know God removed the wall in your life; and that you will trust God to go before you.