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October 10, 2018

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Read Deuteronomy 1

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+1&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Deuteronomy 1:26-27-  “But you rebelled against the command of the Lord 

your God and refused to go in. You complained in your tents and said, ‘The Lord must hate us. That’s why he has brought us here from Egypt- to hand us over to the Amorites to be slaughtered.'"

 

Observations- Before heading into the Promised Land, Moses reviewed the story of the Israelite’s history with God. He pointed their numerous occasions of rebellion against God and his own leadership. He pointed out the consequences of their disobedience. He detailed all of the ways God had been with them on their prolonged 40 year journey through the wilderness that should have taken only 11 days. While there were many obstacles for them to overcome, the fact is most of the obstacles existed because of the extensive whining and complaining of the Israelites. 

 

Application- I have been in the ministry for over 32 years. Every church I've ever had the privilege of serving has also had an informal "Let's go back to Egypt Committee," which existed to not merely look back at the past of the church with fondness, but to prevent God's church from faithfully moving forward with new mission and ministry initiatives and opportunities that would help give birth to more and better followers of Jesus. When we are tempted to complain about things in Jesus' church, how can we instead do all we can to seek a God honoring, Holy Spirit led revival that takes more territory for the glory of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ? 

 

Prayer- Dear God, I want more of You in my life today! Take away my temptation to whine and complain. Help us- as Jesus' church- focus on what is positive and can help more people be in relationship to the One who lived, died, and was resurrected to save not only us, but so many other people who don't yet know how much You love them. When we feel like I’m wandering around in the wilderness, remind us that ultimate home is in You. Amen.

 

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people." (Philippians 2:13-15),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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October 9, 2018

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Read Numbers 36

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+36&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 36:1- Then the heads of the clans of Gilead- descendants of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph- came to Moses and the family leaders of Israel with a petition.

 

Observations- Earlier in Numbers 27 some sisters- Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah- brought their concerns for justice and fairness to Moses as it related to the inheritance of property. What they asked for was outside the established rule, but instead of just rigidly adhering to the law in place, Moses listened to the women, reflected deeply, listened to God, and saw the wisdom of what the women asked for in light of their special circumstances. While the general law was upheld as valid, Moses also determined their issue had great merit for the entire community and granted a special exception. Here Moses again listened to these men, reflected deeply, listened to God, and saw the wisdom of the request made by these men.

 

Application- We can be right in the wrong way, which means we’re just plain wrong. Not every “special circumstance” is all that special, but each person deserves a listening ear and a caring heart regardless of whether we determine granting an exception is in order or not. Our heavenly Father always inclines His ear to us and leans into our lives. He may not always grant every request we make, but God is invested in us and willing to be involved in our lives. God loves us and longs to listen to our stories. If we will listen carefully for His response through His Word, other people, and His still, small voice, God may speak into our special circumstances in ways that surprise and delight us without violating His previously stated will for us.

 

Prayer- Thank You, Lord, for all the times You have told me “no” or “not yet.” Thank You for considering my special circumstances in leading and guiding me forward. I know that sometimes the situations I think are so “special” aren’t really all that extraordinary and that You will grant no exceptions when Your Word is clear, but I’m still glad You are willing to listen to me as I pour my heart out to You. Amen.

 

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape,"

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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