But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” Numbers 20:12
It is easy for a person to claim to honor someone, but it is a different thing to actually show that honor at all times. In order to show honor to someone, one must trust that person completely.
Most people will trust a person to a point, they do not trust completely in all things, at all times. There is usually a point of question where that trust breaks down. At that point honor for that person is dropped, there is no longer any trust.
After God had done many things in and through Moses in the process of bringing the people out of Egypt, Moses lets his trust down. God had told him to speak to the rock to bring water out of it. The people had been complaining about no water and that they were brought there to die. In anger at the people Moses struck the rock, rather than speaking to it as God had commanded.
Since he did not trust God enough to obey Him and honor Him in front of the people, there would be a price to pay. Moses would no longer be able to lead the people into the new land God had promised them.
While believers claim to believe in God and obey Him, there are times some will choose not to follow out all of God’s commands. They will allow their own feelings to rise up and not trust God, then choosing their own way to do something. Fear or anger often causes these actions.
As that is done, there can be consequences to the action of not honoring God’s word. God will take the person off of the path intended.
You must know that God always has your best interest in mind when He has you do something. No matter what you are feeling, you must act according to what He says.
God has great plans for you, but you can derail those plans by taking things into your own hands. Doing it your way, will dishonor God. Show the world that God is great, by doing what He asks you to do. This is the greatest honor you can give God.
I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will trust God’s plans for you; that you will honor God with your trust and obedience; and that the world will see Jesus in and through you.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22
It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.
The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.
God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.
Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.
As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.
When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.
When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.
How are you treating your enemies today?
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.
Our main family vehicle is a suburban. It is an older one that we have already had for 10-11 years and had purchased it used when we got it. It currently has around 360,000 miles and for the most part is still running fairly well. With that kind of miles, you can expect some quirks about it that are not always worth the money to fix. Some of them being, the sound system no longer works, the lights flash on and off saying a door is open–though no door is open, the bright lights will come on every time you turn on the turn signal to the right, and numerous other small challenges. But it still gets us from point A to point B fairly well.
Recently our suburban has started leak out radiator fluid. I have been unable to determine where it is leaking at, but every other day, and sometimes every day, more fluid has to be added. It is a little nerve-racking, and definitely frustrating to have to deal with it.
We do not have another vehicle to use if we were to take it to a mechanic, plus don’t really have the money to fix it at this time. So at this time we live with it, grateful that it still runs, keeping it filled with water, and praying to God for a solution.
A thought that I had about this was how our vehicle is like our lives. We go to church and get filled with God’s Spirit, get re-energized, ready to face the week with God. As the week goes by, what usually happens?
Things break down, go wrong, problems occur, sickness occurs, going to work, stress at work, financial challenges, and the list goes on. If I am not careful, I allow the Holy Spirit to leak out of my life. He gets pushed out by my allowing other things to take the throne of my life. God gets put on the shelf with my business of life.
Instead of life being about God, it suddenly becomes about me and my needs and wants.
When this happens God allows warning lights to go off in my life that there is a problem. The peace of God has disappeared. Rest can no longer be found. Energy is depleted. There is no more joy in life. Reading the Bible becomes a chore, or is put aside and forgotten.
The interesting thing about this, is that it can be prevented. Keeping your life full of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word will prevent the problems from tearing you down and allowing the Holy Spirit to be leaked out of your life. Jesus said that you need to drink of the water that He has so that you can have eternal life.
The problems will still be there. You will still have many challenges in this life here on earth. Those problems are there because of sin and to push you closer to God. You have to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and keep you going.
This can only happen by constantly being filled with God each day. Study God’s Word, sing songs of praise and worship to Him, pray without ceasing, and fellowshipping with and encouraging other believers.
The devil wants you to self-destruct and tries to keep the pressure on you to push God out of your life. He strives to get you to let the Holy Spirit leak out of your life so that you do not have God in your life, keeping you going. As you are filled with God’s Spirit, you will be energized to keep going. The fluid of the Holy Spirit will keep the gears of your life lubricated so that you do not overheat and be destroyed.
Know that God is willing to fill you daily with His Holy Spirit to give you the needed strength to face each days problems and challenges.
Your problems may not go away, just as my problem with my suburban has not gone away yet, but you will have the hope of God that you will survive in spite of them, and know that God is with you through the challenges.
“His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.” John 1:5
Jesus, the disciples and Mary (His mother) were at a wedding. While there the servants had run out of wine for the guests to drink. Mary mentions this to Jesus. At this point Jesus does not do anything about it. She then turns to the servants and tells them to do whatever He tells them to do.
Later Jesus has them fill the jars with water and serve the water. That water was turned into wine. This was one of the first public miracles that Jesus had done.
The Bible does not show that Jesus had ever done any miracles as a child or even later for His mother prior to this event. What is shown is that Mary had complete faith in Jesus. She knew that whatever He said would work. She knew that He had a level of control that no one else ever had.
What Jesus had to them do was crazy. If that water had not changed, they would have been out of a job and disgraced. It would have been unthinkable of serving the head people of a wedding water, yet that is what it appeared they were doing. Mary and those servants had to trust that Jesus knew what He was doing.
Although nearly 2,000 years have passed, the words are still the same. You and I are to do whatever Jesus says. He does not always ask you to do things that sound crazy, but He does ask you to do things. Regardless of how it sounds you are to do what He says.
Who knows? Maybe what you do will be recorded down in history as a great miracle, like those servants that served water that turned into wine.
How willing are you to follow Jesus? Many will follow Him in words, but not in actions. Are you willing to take the action He wants you to take? Are will you let fear stand in your way?
Step out and trust Jesus. He will not fail you. Do whatever He says, it will be worth it in the end.
I pray that you hear what God is telling you what to do; that you will trust the words of Jesus; that you will do what God asks you to do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
John is telling the people that he is baptizing with water for repentance, but there is one great coming with a greater cleansing. Baptism is an outward sign of repentance. It is a public declaration that you have turned from your sins and are now following God.
Notice that baptism is only the outward sign. Water will wash the body on the outside but cannot do anything for the inside.
John was not afraid to state that someone greater and more powerful than he, was coming soon. This one coming would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. This was Jesus.
With being baptized with the Holy Spirit, you are being baptized from the inside out. The Holy Spirit goes into your heart and mind and cleans out the sins located there. The Holy Spirit will guide you in how to live your life correctly for God.
Along with the Holy Spirit there is a fire. Throughout the scriptures, fire is used to burn out the garbage. In the end, hell and all sin will be cast into a burning lake of fire.
It is no fun to get burned. If you touch a hot pan on the stove and it burns you slightly, it is very painful and no fun. The purpose of that pain, though, is to teach you not to touch that hot pan again.
God’s Holy Spirit will put a fire in your heart and soul to burn out the sin in your life. He is trying to teach you not to touch that hot sin again.
Allow Jesus to remove that sin from your life by His blood. His blood will not burn or hurt you in any way. Then, as the Holy Spirit comes into you, there will be no more burning needed to be done. You will be clean before God.
I pray today that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; that you will repent of all your sins and turn from them; that you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit of God; that God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and keep you clean before God; and that you will produce fruit that is valuable to God.