Saturday, April 29, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Listening to God’s Voice!

Numbers 14:22  They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Forty years of wandering, suffering and waiting could have been avoided if only the people had listened to God and to two of His faithful servants, Caleb and Joshua.  They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Numbers 14:7-8 Then they gave them the words they needed to hear, as we do today, that will move you past fear and into the Promised land of peace that God has for you today.  Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Numbers 14:9

Again the key portion of this scripture written over 3400 years ago that is for you today. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Numbers 14:9 The key is trusting in God’s Holy Spirit and His Word as God leads you today to overcome the giants in your life. As Paul wrote to the church at Rome.  Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,[e] you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,[f] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[g] of God. Romans 8:12-14


The key is obedience to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit of God living within you as you call on your Father in heaven, through the Word, through Jesus living within you and through the Holy Spirit. Amen.  So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[h] Now we call him, “Abba, Father. Romans 8:15

Friday, April 28, 2017

Meditate with Power!

Constancy of God’s Love!

Numbers 14:19  In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.

Meditate on God’s Word!  Moses intercedes directly to God to forgive the sins of the people who continue to rebel against God. “Please, Lord, prove that your power is as great as you have claimed. For you said, 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.” Numbers 14:17-18  God hears Moses’s prayer and forgives the people but they will pay for their continued disobedience. Then the Lord said, “I will pardon them as you have requested. 21 But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, 22 not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice.  Numbers 14:20-22

Only two men trusted God and God’s promise but the entire nation will begin a period of wandering in the desert for 40 years because of their disobedience.  They will never even see the land I swore to give their ancestors. None of those who have treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land. 25 Now turn around, and don’t go on toward the land where the Amalekites and Canaanites live. Tomorrow you must set out for the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea. Numbers 14:23-25


God’s love never changes in spite of our decisions in life but at times the consequences of our actions may require a time before the wounds are healed. Thank God for what He has done for us through the life and death of Jesus as we are often not any better than the nation of Israel. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Colossians 1:21-22 Thank you Jesus for your love and forgiveness of us even when we have strayed from following you!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Trusting God in the Storm!


Numbers 14:9  Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”  


Meditate on God’s Word!  God told Moses to go and to take the land. It is theirs for the taking by faith, Joshua and Caleb remind them of God’s promise to take what God has given them. The people were overcome by fear and doubted God.  Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Numbers 14:5-9 Fear overwhelmed the people and God stepped in.  But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle.  Numbers 14:10

God spoke directly to Moses about His disappointment.  And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? 12 I will disown them and destroy them with a plague. Then I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they are!” Numbers 14:11-12 Then Moses did what any great leader would do and he interceded on their behalf directly with God.   “Please, Lord, prove that your power is as great as you have claimed. For you said, 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’19 In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.” Numbers 14:17-19


Know this as sure as the sun will rise and set today, Jesus knows what you are going through and is there to support, strengthen and settle you today. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. I Peter 5:7   

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Fear and Doubting God!


Numbers 13:31  But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 


Meditate on God’s Word!  All of us have our moving forward experience where fear can overwhelm us as it did for the people of Israel. It will happen to all of us in a loss of a job, income, a friend or a family member. The storm will come to us in time and the key thing is to remember the lessons from God’s Word. The people were overcome with fear. They forgot the promises of God. The whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. Numbers 14:1-2 Their fear intensified.  “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Numbers 14:3-4

Moses prayed and Joshua and Caleb tried to calm the people.  Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing.They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Numbers 14:5-9


No matter what happens today and no matter how you feel, remember God’s promises during the storm. It will pass and God will give you His peace as you meditate on the promises of God. Jesus is there for you in your time of need. When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 Let the power and the promises of God’s Word calm you today!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Meditate with Power!


Listening to Man or God?


Numbers 13:30  But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”


Meditate on God’s Word!  The critical moment in the history of time for the nation of Israel around 1445 B.C. has arrived.  Twelve spies go out to survey the land that God promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and it is time to take the land.  Ten of the spies come back with a fearful report and only two men come back with a positive report. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea[a] and along the Jordan Valley.” 30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” Numbers 13:28-30

The moment of truth has arrived, who will the people believe and who will the people listen to? Caleb and Joshua said GO and the other men said NO!  But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants  there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” Numbers 13:31-33 And so the people responded. Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. Numbers 14:1-2


 So the key question is who will you listen to today? The voices inside and out that tell you no way, it is too dangerous, you might get hurt or the voice of God?  For I can do everything through Christ,[d] who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NO or GO, the choice is yours!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Meditate with Power!


God Says Go!


Numbers 13:1-2  The Lord now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites.


Meditate on God’s Word!  God has just delivered His people from the wrath of the entire Egyptian army and now they move toward the Promised land that God gave them.  The land God promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was now to be claimed by God’s people by faith.  The Lord now said to Moses, “Send out men to explore the land of Canaan, the land I am giving to the Israelites. Numbers 13:1-2 So Moses gave them instructions on what they were to do. Moses gave the men these instructions as he sent them out to explore the land: “Go north through the Negev into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like, and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 See what kind of land they live in. Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls, or are they unprotected like open camps? 20 Is the soil fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Do your best to bring back samples of the crops you see.”  Numbers 13:17-20

So the 12 spies returned after 40 days and traveling about 500 miles.  After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned 26 to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land. Numbers 13:25 The report of 10 of the 12 was full of doubt and fear.  This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!  Numbers 13:27-28


They didn’t see how BIG their God was but all they saw was the size of the men in the land. How BIG is your God? When God tells you to go will you go or will you doubt because of the “giants” in the land. Only Caleb and Joshua saw how BIG God was!  But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” Numbers 13:30 Will you go as God has called you to go or will you stop because of the giants in the land? Let God’s promises be your shield today as you move forward in faith!