Read Numbers 23
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Scripture- Numbers 23:11-12- Then King Balak demanded of Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies. Instead, you have blessed them!” But Balaam replied, “I will speak only the message that the Lord puts in my mouth.”
Observations- King Balak tried to manipulate Balaam to give him the curse over Israel that he wanted so badly, but Balaam honored his commitment to only speak what the Lord told him to say. Each time Balak took him to a new vantage point he probably slipped Balaam more cash to see if he could coax a good old fashioned pagan curse out of him.
Application- Often times we know clearly what God wants us to do, because He has spoken quite clearly already through His Word, but we push and press to hear a new Word- a Word that will reflect our personal desires and preferences better. That's way it's so important for us to be rooted in God's Word, renewed by God's Spirit, and reaching our with the love of Jesus. The Holy Spirit who has made a home within us will not speak a word to us that contradicts the Word we've been given, and the Holy Spirit is alive and leading us to bless all kinds of people in all kinds of ways.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the words of blessing You speak into our lives. Help us be people who seek to honor You through our words of blessing. Take all of our temptation to utter words that curse others and cast it far away from us. You have called us to be a people at New Hope who reach out with the love of Jesus, which means speaking and doing that which blesses others. Amen.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14),
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