Archive | November 2015

Numbers 25 – the cost of disobedience

Good evening y’all. Happy study.

Today I’m doing a study on Numbers 25.

Be blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

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The enemy doesn’t have good plans for us at all but thanks be to God, who paid the price for us and defeated the enemy on our behalf, victory is ours already. To keep the victory we need to ensure that we remain in God and don’t allow ourselves be lured back to our vomit by our evil desires (I mean, we shouldn’t go back to a way of life that we have been purged of). We need to make sure that we surrender our desires to God and let Him transform and conform them to His will.

The Israelites kept being lured back into the same sin that God delivered them from in Egypt. He specifically told them against sexual impurity in Leviticus18, yet we see in this chapter how the Israelites have forgotten and reverted back to old ways.

If we don’t stick close to God we will find that, just like the Israelites, we become easy to convince to go against God and the result won’t be great at all for us. There are consequences for our actions.

The men gave in to the women of other nstions, and not only did they commit sexual immorality with them, they also started worshipping their gods. This is one of the major things God told them not to do. In Deut 28, He told them that if they obeyed Him they will be blessed, but if they disobey, they should expect curses.

Balak soon realises that God can’t curse those He has blessed and that God operates with integrity and principle. He doesn’t go back on HIS word. So Balak looked for a way to get the Israelites to be cursed by God: and he achieved this through the disobedience of the Isrealites (See Deut 28).

This is the same way the devil works today. He knows that God loves and has great plans for us and will watch over His word to ensure those plans come to pass. So he looks for ways to get us to stray from God’s path because once we are outside of God’s path, we are no longer under His protection.

Unfortunately the israelites fell for it and 24,000 of them died that day. That’s a huge amount!!!!

I was particularly struck by God’s response to the sin. He asked for all the leaders to be hanged publicly. I thought to myself, “why all the leaders? What did they do? What if they didn’t sin? Why not the actual people who sinned?” Then it dawned on me that as a leader, you are responsible for your flock…see Luke 12:48

They are meant to set examples for the people to follow. Perhaps the leaders saw what was happening but chose to turn a blind eye, forgetting that they were responsible for these people (and for calling them to order if they were found to have sinned). Or were the leaders also engaged in this sin, and so were powerless to do anything about their followers? Either way, God demanded that they should be dealt with.

Let this be a lesson to those of us in position of authority or leadership: be it in ministry; at work; or even at home. God is looking at us and expects a lot from us. He expects us to be responsible for the flock He has placed under our supervision.  This reminds me of Adam and Eve. When God found out that they had disobeyed Him, He didn’t ask Eve, rather He went to Adam. He was the leader in the home and so it was demanded of him to give an account of all that happened.

Let’s not turn a blind eye to immorality as leaders, but with loving kindness and tenderness, let’s seek to rebuke the immorality and also pray for those who have fallen. I believe that somewhere in the scriptures, it says we should rebuke with love. It seems Israel’s leaders didn’t do this, rather in their silence, they condoned the actions. This eventually led to the death of 24000 people.

May God help us be obedient to Him and remain in Him in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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Have a blessed evening ๐Ÿ™‚

***With God all things are possible***

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Numbers 22 & 23 – Blessed beyond the curse…

God evening y’all. Today I’m doing a combined study on Numbers 22 and 23.

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Balak felt threatened by the Israelites even though they hadn’t done anything to him. He decided the best way to get rid of them, was to get Balaam to curse out the people. In effect, he wanted Balaam to render them powerless and useless so that it would be easy for him to subdue and conquer them.

Doesn’t this sound exactly like what the enemy does in our world today? He is constantly prowling around; looking for opportunities to subdue or devour us and stop us from entering into destiny.

The Israelites were minding their own business, yet Balak felt threatened by them. You don’t have to go looking for the enemies trouble before he comes looking for yours. Once the enemy knows you have a great destiny ahead of you, he will persistently look for ways to derail you and stop you from achieving your destiny. That’s why John 10:10 says “The thiefโ€™s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy” and 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. But thanks be to God! We are not left alone like Orphans. We have a God who keeps watch over us and always fights for us.

Reading through the rest of the chapter, You don’t need any spiritual inspiration to know that the request from Balak was definately not a godly one, yet Balaam told the emissaries from Balak to stay the night and let him inquire of God! I’m not sure what exactly Balaam was expecting God to say to him…lol. This suggests to me that a part of Balaam actually wanted to go ahead and curse the people. Perhaps this is because of the money they were willing to pay him.

Dont we sometime find ourselves in a similar situation to Balaam. We know what God’s stand is on a particular issue yet at the back of our mind we keep hoping and praying that God will change his mind on the issue. We don’t want to do God’s will but rather we want to make God comply with our own will. We want to satisfy our own evil desires. May I submit to you that God’s standard never changes.

Eventually God told him to go but to only say what He tells him to say. So he went on his way and God tried to block him three times and he missed it. Perhaps this is because he was focused on his mission and the end reward. He wasn’t listening or watching out for God at all.

It makes me wonder are there times or moments in my day where I have missed God due to my own agenda and being distracted by my own plans? Let’s check ourselves and make sure we are not being lured away into temptation by our own evil desires (see James 1:14)

So Balaam arrives at Balaks’ in Chapter 23. The Lord refused to allow him curse the people. This should fill someone with hope today that God has the final say over your life. No one can curse you, if God has declared you blessed.

In verse 8, Balaam told balak; “But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the Lord has not condemned?”

Friends what God has said concerning your life stands forever. No one can reverse it unless God allows them to.

Balak was not satisfied with Balaam’s response. So he took him to another spot and asked him to curse them again. This time again Balaam went back to God and I love what God’s response was. It fills me with much hope that God has us in His hands and His counsel alone for our lives shall stand. The enemy can only try, but He can’t succeed!!!

Verses 19 – 23 tells of God’s response –

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it! No misfortune is in his plan for Jacob; no trouble is in store for Israel. For the Lord their God is with them; he has been proclaimed their king. God brought them out of Egypt; for them he is as strong as a wild ox. No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel. For now it will be said of Jacob, โ€˜What wonders God has done for Israel!” (Numbers 23:19-23 NLT)

I don’t know about you but as I read those verses I was filled with joy. My faith was renewed. I just knew that nothing,  absolutely nothing can stand in the way of what God has planned for me ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Friends as along as we are in God’s will, the enemy cannot harm us or touch us. Thats why isaiah 54:17 says
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , And their righteousness is from Me,โ€ Says the Lord” .
(Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)

God is reliable and dependable. He can never go back on his word. Scripture says He watches over His word to perform it.

Be encouraged! God can be trusted to do what He has said He would do in your life.
If he has spoken over your life, no one can reverse it. Keep trusting and looking unto Him the author and finisher of your faith.

Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.

Have a blessed evening ๐Ÿ™‚

***With God all things are possible***