Deuteronomy 9:23 Do Not Rebel

And when the Lord sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, “Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.” But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You did not trust him or obey him. Deuteronomy 9:23

Very few people actually like to be told what to do. Most people like to be free and be able to do what they want, how they want and when they want to do it.

As a result, most people will rebel against authority and refuse to obey the commands.

Moses reminded the people how God had given them a command to take possession of some land, but they rebelled against God refusing to trust or obey God.

Being rebellious against sinful or wrong leadership can be a good thing, but most often people are rebellious for personal, selfish reasons and choose to rebel against God. People want their own way. Believers can often become rebellious against God in choosing to follow the ways of the world rather than obey God.

God’s first desire is to never destroy or harm a person. His love is so great that all He wants to do is bless and build up a person. In order to do that God will guide and direct the path of a person to accomplish His goal. This means that He will give commands that need to be followed.

No matter what the command is or how crazy it sounds, the believer must be willing to trust God with all of His heart, soul and mind, knowing that God knows what is best. As he trusts in God, he must then be willing to obey God and not be rebellious against God.

Trusting and obeying God will bring about far greater results of life than rebellion and disobedience.

Regardless of where you are in your life, God has some commands for you to follow. He knows what is best for you to build you and to build His kingdom through you.

Do not allow the corrupt and sinful ways of this world cause you to rebel against God and not trust or obey Him. If God loves you so much to send His Son to die for you, He will only command what is best for you.

If you trust God for your salvation, trust His commands also and don’t be rebellious as some are.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will obey God’s commands for you; and that God will strengthen you to not fall into the rebellious ways of this world.

Priests Of Moloch (book review)

Title: Priests of Moloch
Author: Samuel Schiller
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Date: 2006
Pages: 212

Priests Of Moloch (book review)

This book is a short novel continuing the story of Evan MacKeth from the book “Warrior Of The Son“. It is a teen/young adult book following the life of Evan who has chosen to leave his family’s religion of Moloch to follow Iosa (Jesus).

In the previous book it ends with Evan fighting the evils of darkness and getting seriously injured. The start of this book opens with Evan injured and unable to get up. He has learned of his love for Aine, his king brother’s daughter.

The king, Osric, is trying to make amends to his relationship with his half-brother. Osric has chosen to believe in Iosa and destroy the temples of Moloch.

Unable to do anything, Evan is discouraged and begins to question God’s work in his life. In his quiet time, Evan feels that something very evil is about to occur but does not know what it is.

Fighting against Iosa, the priests of Moloch mount an attack upon the king and his people to regain control.

This story has a lot of fighting and violence described. The main characters show a solid trust in God and His strength in their stand against evil. Throughout the story various scriptures are quoted, though no direct reference as to where it is found.

I highly recommend reading this story for a short read that will encourage you to stand strong for God and to trust in His strength to do all things.

Numbers 28:3 A Daily Sacrifice To God

Say to them: This is the food offering you are to present to the Lord: two lambs a year old without defect, as a regular burnt offering each day. Numbers 28:3

When people desire to have something, they will often be very willing to sacrifice something else to get it. The desire may be for some object, a position, a title or nearly anything else. The sacrifice offered may be time, money, friendship, food, or nearly anything else.

How much a person is willing to offer as a sacrifice depends upon how much the person really wants that item.

God told the people that there had to be a burnt food offering of two lambs without defect offered each day as a sacrifice.

Food is something that every person needs every day to survive. Some need a lot of food, while others not as much, but everyone needs food. Giving up food is difficult for most people because of the desire for it and the physical need for it.

Unlike the Israelites, believers no longer have to offer food sacrifices to God, because of Jesus being the one sacrifice for all. However, every believer still needs to make a sacrifice to God every day.

Instead of offering a food sacrifice, the believer must be willing to sacrifice himself to God on a daily basis. This sacrifice is offering to God his entire life, his thinking, actions, reactions, abilities, words…everything. He is to place himself upon the altar of sacrifice and allow his life to be burnt up, dying to self, sin and this world for God to use in His way.

Jesus has already taken away all the sin, making the believer a perfect sacrifice unto the Father. God can do great things in and through the one who offers his life as a sacrifice before Him each day.

As a believer the greatest thing you can give to God is yourself. Allow yourself to die daily on the altar before God.

Place God and His desires above your life, regardless of the cost. The reward of sacrificing your life to God is that God gives you back an abundant and eternal life that will far surpass anything this world can offer. Nothing this world can offer can match what God will give you.

Trust God with your entire life daily and see what God can and will do.

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 sacrifice your will and desires to God each day; and that you will see God work in and through you great wonders.

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.