Numbers 33:55 Drive Them Out

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

When a person begins to plant a garden in a new location, he must first remove all of the weeds that are currently in its place. If the weeds are not removed before the planting, the weeds will grow up and overtake the plants, causing a lot of problems and limited growth. The weeds will fight for control.

God told the Israelites that when they go into the promised land, they must drive out the inhabitants of the land, but if they do not, then those left will cause problems for them.

Although most people will not be physically moving when they become believers, every one of them will be moving in a spiritual sense. Their move is one from a sinful state of living, into one of living for God in holiness and righteousness.

The life of one not serving God is filled with sin–sinful thoughts, actions, beliefs and friends. At the moment of becoming a believer, one must be willing to get rid of the old ways, otherwise like the inhabitants of the land for the Israelites, those ways will become thorns and barbs in the life of the believer.

Old sinful things will draw a person back away from God. They will pull a person into sinful ways, causing a backsliding.

Only with complete removal will a person be able to move forward with God without a thorn in the side holding him back. Holding onto God and His word and being filled and led by the Holy Spirit will give the believer strength to overcome the enemy and sin in his life.

As a believer, you are on a journey in a new land. There are inhabitants in your life that you must be willing to drive out.

These inhabitants are the old sinful ways or habits, sinful connections, sinful beliefs and anything else that pulls you away from God. Allow God, with His Holy Spirit, to give you strength to drive out the past and dead to give you a new life in the new land you are now living in.

Anything that you do not drive out will become a thorn in your side and cause many problems in following God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal anything in your life that is holding you back from serving Him with your whole life; that God will give you strength to cast out old sinful ways; and that you will live the abundant life Jesus has brought you in to.

Exodus 9:24 Will You Harden Your Heart Again?

When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. Exodus 9:24

During times that are disastrous or difficult, people will claim that they will do nearly anything and everything just to get out of the hard times. Promises will be made to clear the path out of danger.

Yet, when the danger or disaster is over, the promises are forgotten, and their hearts are hardened. They go back to what was done before, which may have brought on the danger in the first place.

God had poured down hail and rain upon the Egyptians, causing much damage, due to Pharaoh refusing to let the Israelites go. He ‘repented’ of his sin, but as soon as it stopped hailing, he hardened his heart and sinned again, not letting the Israelites go.

Believers often know what God requires of them and His commands, but do not want to obey them, wanting to do their own thing. Choosing to follow the ways of the world, many will live in sin, rather than truly following God, though claiming to believe in God.

This is something that continues until there is some great disaster or trouble in their lives. Immediately upon getting hit by trouble, many will cry out to God, promising to obey Him and do what He says to do, if He will remove the trouble. As soon as the trouble is over, they forget their promise and step back into their sin again.

Acting in this way is treading upon the grace of God and treating it with contempt. It is ignoring the lengths to which Jesus went to remove the sin and meet one’s needs.

True believers will hold to their word and flee all sin, obeying God with their whole lives. They will not allow their hearts to be hardened again.

Throughout your life there will be times of trouble and hardships. These times can and will be extremely difficult.

As you cry out to God for help, remember your prayers and promises to God. He is there to help you, but His first goal is to get you away from all sin, not to make a way for you to sin more.

Do not allow your heart to be hardened and continue in sin against God. Have a softened heart that follows after God, not sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s hand at work in your life; that you will call out to God in times of trouble; that God will strengthen you to not harden your heart; and that you will obey God and flee all sin.

Genesis 16:13 The God Who Sees

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13

Although some people would like to be invisible and not seen by anyone, most people want to be seen and recognized. Those who are ‘never’ seen, feel as if they are worthless and not needed. They have no intrinsic value in themselves.

Feeling unvalued will cause many people to turn to drugs, sex, crime, suicide or other extremes. They feel alone and not worth anything.

Hagar had borne a son to Abram and Sarai mistreated her, so she ran away. As she was sitting, ready to die, God appeared to her and blessed her. Hagar gave God the name of the God who sees her.

Going through difficult times is hard for any person. Often they feel all alone. It becomes more difficult when one is being mistreated, because then they not only are going through a tough time, but also feel as though they are being hated.

No one is exempt from difficult times, not even believers. Many believers have gone through struggles in which they feel as if they are all alone, sometimes even feeling as if God had abandoned them.

Despite the loneliness, God has not left any believer alone. He is right there and sees what is going on. He will never leave nor abandon the believer. God will wait for the right time to step in and remove the problem and make all things right.

Until that time occurs, God will also comfort, guide and strengthen those who trust in Him and walk according to His ways knowing that God knows what is best and sees them.

Even if all of your friends and family abandon you or treat you badly, God is right there with you. He sees every situation that you are going through, whether good or bad, easy or difficult.

Knowing that God sees you and what is going on can give you comfort and strength to keep going forward. Trust that God knows what is best for your life and walk in that path.

Do not allow discouragement or fear to overtake your mind and make you think that God does not see or care about you. God loves you with a perfect love and will always do what is right and best for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know that God sees you at all times; that you will know that God knows what is occurring in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that God will remove all discouragement of difficult times.