Armed for War

Numbers 31:5 – So there were recruited from the divisions of Israel one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

As Christians, we prepare for war each day. No, not a physical war, but  a spiritual one. Knowing that, we must be ready. In today’s passage we read, “So there were recruited from the divisions of Israel one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.” My prayer for you is that each day you will prepare for the battles and challenges that lay ahead. Spend time with God; seek His guidance and protection. Give yourself the spiritual nourishment you will need. And, remember to take your sword, God’s Word, with you wherever you go.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Your Vows

Numbers 30:1-2 – 30 Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

At various times in our lives, we may be asked to take a vow, an oath, to do something; some are kept, some are broken. As Christians, we also take a vow to the Lord. In today’s reading is says,  If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.” Remember, when we make a vow to the Lord to serve and honor him, we must take that vow seriously and live to honor that oath at all times. The Lord will never break His vow to us, so we must never break our vow to Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Not What You Want to Hear

Numbers 24:10 – 10 Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times!

I am sure there are times that we all ask the Lord to speak to us, but do we always like what He says? In today’s passage we read, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times!” Balak asked Balaam to speak what the Lord had told him, but he didn’t like what he heard. Remember, people may tell us what we “want” to hear, but the Lord will always tell us what we need to hear. When you ask the Lord to speak to you, be prepared for the truth because it might not be what you wanted to hear.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Fear Not

Numbers 21:33-35 – 33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 34 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.” 35 So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

As you begin your day and weekend remember that the Lord goes before you, walks besides you and stands behind you. As you encounter attacks from the enemy, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand.” Remember,  no one is bigger or greater than our God. And, He and only He will be victorious in this world!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Make Your Prayers Count

Numbers 21:1-4 – 21 The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim. Then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners. So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.

I always encourage people to pray about all things and in all situations. I also encourage people to “make your prayers count”. In other words, make sure that what we are praying for is grounded in the Lord and will ultimately honor the Lord. In today’s passage we read, So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.” Israel prayed so that God would be glorified. Pray for all of the things you want and desire in this life, but make sure that those things you want and desire will ultimately point people to the Lord and honor Him.  Knowing that God answers every prayer, make your prayers count.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Never Lift Your Hand

Numbers 20:11  – 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.

What was Moses’ big mistake? Was it getting angry? Was it hitting the rock? Or was it something else? In my humble opinion, it was something else. What caused Moses to sin was that he forgot about God. “Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod”. God had given Moses clear instructions, but Moses forgot. We have all been given clear instructions by the Lord (it is called the Bible), yet how often do we forget what God has commanded. Never lift your hand, in other words, never forget what God has commanded, never forget about God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Every Devoted Thing

Numbers 18:14 – 14 “Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.

Why do we cheat ourselves from all of the blessings that the Lord wants to give us? As I read today’s scripture, “Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours”, I was struck by what that means to us. It is God’s desire to shower us with blessings, yet we are afraid to ask. I want to challenge you today to be bold in your prayers and be bold in your faith. Knowing that the Lord desires to give you more blessings than you can imagine, begin to pray that into your life. Remember, we have not because we ask not.

I pray for abundant blessings in your life today!

Your Inheritance

Numbers 18:20 – 20 Then the Lord said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.

At times, I think that we place too much value on the things of this world — money, material things, status, etc. For some, their life goal is to “earn” as much as they can before they die. Sadly, it is a life-long pursuit of nothing. In today’s message we read, “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.” What we have here on earth, stays here on earth. Your inheritance, your only inheritance is the Lord who waits for you in Heaven.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Go with God

Numbers 14:42 – 42 Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.

Why do we desire to do what pleases people, yet we often forget about what God would want? We listen to the advice and direction of man, but ignore the Word of the Father? In today’s passage it says, “42 Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you.” It is nice to please people, it is necessary to honor God. God’s path will not always be what the world likes, but remember to go with God each day. He and only He will take you to where you need to be, where He desires for you to be. Remember, when in doubt, go with God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Best Plan

Numbers 14:1-2 – 14 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”

We pray for God’s plan in our life, yet we question and complain when it happens. We expect God’s plan to be peaceful, successful, quick and when that doesn’t happen, we refuse to believe that His plan is what we need. In today’s Word we read, “Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword”.  We must remember that what looks like a “bad” plan in our eyes is still the best plan in God’s eyes. The Lord will never take you through a wilderness without leading you to the “promised” land that He has for you. Trust in Him, in his purpose and His plan — the best plan.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!