Numbers 23:12 Speak Only What God Says

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

Speaking is something that nearly everybody does every day. Most often people are allowed to speak their own words in their own way. Outside of general rules of speaking, one can say whatever he desires of his own free will.

Some people speak for others, rather than for themselves. When one is speaking for others, he must be willing to only say what that other person wants him to say. He is not allowed to stray off of what is expected to be said.

Balaam was sent by Balak to curse the Israelites. Instead of cursing he blessed them and Balak was angry. Balaam asked him if he must only speak what God puts in his mouth.

Believers are God’s ambassadors on this earth. They are the hands and mouth of God to those in the world. As an ambassador one is to speak only as God would have him speak.

Anytime a person speaks completely on his own, he is speaking from a finite point of view. He does not always have the bigger, eternal picture in mind, but just the temporary here and now. What he says may sound good, but it is not what God is desiring.

God is willing to give every believer the words to speak that will honor Him and build up His kingdom in the best way possible. Through the Bible and His Holy Spirit, God will give every believer the words to speak. Those words may be to cut down or it may be to bless, but they are the words that need to be said.

Self must be removed and put to the side to allow God to speak through the believer words of life.

Each and every day you will go out and be among other people and have opportunities to talk with them. Allow God to use you to speak into their lives what needs to be said.

Surrender yourself and your words to God so that all you speak will be the words of God, words that will bring Him glory and honor. Do not allow selfish sin to get in the way and say things that do not need to be said or should not be said.

As you speak the words of God you will see God change lives and do great things. His words are alive.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to say; that God will give you the courage and boldness to speak His words; and that God will show Himself in His words through you.

Numbers 20:8 The God Of The Impossible

Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink. Numbers 20:8

Every person has certain needs that have to be met or his life is in danger. Sometimes there appears to be no way that the need can be met. Every avenue of provision appears to be shut off or closed. One is in what is considered an impossible situation with no hope.

As the Israelites were traveling through the desert, they had no water available. After they complained, God told Moses and Aaron to speak to a rock and it would pour out water for them to drink.

Water is one of the essential needs on this earth regardless of where one lives. While most places have water relatively abundant, the desert is one place in which there is very little to no water to be found. Survival can sometimes appear to be impossible.

Situations will often arise in the life of a person in which there seems to be no way of surviving. The difficulty is greater than one can handle, on his own. God, however, is a God who does what is appears to be impossible.

Water never comes from a rock by speaking to it yet, God is able to do so. People have sinned against God and have a death sentence upon their head, but God made a way to remove that sin. No one can walk on the top of water, yet God had Peter walk on water during a storm.

There is nothing so great of a problem that God cannot fix or provide a way through it.

You will have times where you will be faced with situations that appear impossible to overcome. There does not appear to be any solution and it looks hopeless.

Do not allow yourself to complain and go into despair. Look to God and seek His help. Put your trust in His promises to meet your every need, no matter how great or how small that need is and no matter how easy or difficult it appears to be.

If you can trust God with removing your sins, you can trust Him to meet your physical needs. He is the God of the impossible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God to meet all of your needs; that you will trust God’s provision; that you will not lose hope in impossible situations; and that you will see God bring you through impossible circumstances in your life.

James 3:9-10 How Are You Speaking?

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:9-10

Cursing someone or something or some situation is extremely common throughout the world. No matter where a person goes, he usually does not have to wait long to hear someone cursing.

People get angry about someone or something, and rather than work through their anger, they curse about it. Destruction is desired. This happens often right after speaking good.

James points out that people praise God and curse people and that this should not ever happen.

The problem with cursing is something that does not happen just outside the church. Many believers continue to have the same problem in their own lives. They will praise God on Sundays or around certain people, but then curse other people for doing wrong to them.

Every time a believer curses another person, he has forgotten that God made that person and also put himself in the place of God to judge a person in a sinful way.

There is nothing wrong with being angry with another person, but being angry does not give a person a reason to curse. All cursing is just releasing selfishness, because one did not get his own way. It also forgets the wrongs one has done himself.

Any time someone does something wrong, the believer must realize that person is made in the image of God and remember how much God loves that person. Pointing out a wrong does not include cursing the person. The believer must give God praise and trust Him in the situation, rather than bring down curses.

As with many believers you may struggle with cursing others. At times you want to curse someone, stop and take time to put your focus upon God and His great love and mercy. Realize how much God has loved you and had mercy upon you and the other person, then extend that love and mercy to others.

Seek God to know how to speak to others out of love, rather than out of cursing. Cursing only reveals hatred and anger and does not solve anything, if anything, it makes things worse.

Are there both praises and cursing coming out of your mouth?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will praise God; that you will have God’s love and mercy in your heart for others; that God will strengthen you to resist cursing others; and that you will speak the words of God to others.

1 Thessalonians 2:2 Do You Dare To Tell The Gospel Message?

We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 1 Thessalonians 2:2

Giving out information on something is usually safe. Hundreds of thousands of businesses promote their products or services everyday in thousands of different ways, without a lot of harsh opposition.

However, there are some groups that openly oppose some products or services. These groups can sometime be very harsh in their disagreement, even to the point of breaking the law to stop the product.

Paul points out that they had been previously treated badly in Philippi, but with God’s help he was able to speak the gospel message to them in spite of severe opposition.

In some places, the gospel message can be spread without much opposition. Most of the people in those places are willing to hear it, whether they agree or disagree with the message.

However, in a majority of the world, there is a strong disagreement with the gospel message. The opposition is strong enough that the life of the messenger will be seriously threatened. Some nations do not have a strong death threat against the gospel message, but will ridicule and try to discredit those who speak it.

Regardless of the level of threat against the gospel message, believers need to get the message out to everyone. Severe opposition should never stop a believer from talking about Jesus and what He has done.

God will pour out His Holy Spirit on a believer to have the boldness and strength to speak the gospel message in spite of severe opposition and/or persecution. The believer needs to go in with the strength and boldness of God and dare to spread the gospel message.

No matter what your position in life is, one thing God has called you to do is be His witness by spreading the gospel message. As you do this there will be times that you will have to face some opposition. This opposition may be just light ridicule or it may be physical harm.

Regardless of the opposition, be bold in the Lord and pass the message on. People are dying without knowing Jesus and you may be the one who can tell them. It may be your message that may change their life.

Dare to tell people about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in spreading the gospel message about Jesus; that God will give you strength and favor being a witness; and that God will turn lives around through your message.