Thursday, March 31, 2011

"As the Lord Commanded"

I have just finished reading about the allotment of land to the different tribes in Joshua13-21. While these are not riveting reading, they do contain an important message. Throughout those chapters, you read that they did “as the Lord commanded”. They were being obedient to what God had asked. Then in Joshua 21:44, you see the result of their obedience. “The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their forefathers. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.” As I read that, it became very clear to me that rest and victory come from doing as the Lord commands.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sun Stand Still

Steven Furtick has a book called Sun Stand Still. I haven’t read it yet, but I just came across that Scripture in my daily time with God. You will find it in Joshua 10:12. Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still so that he could complete the task of pursuing his enemy. That is a bold prayer. God listened to Joshua, and the sun stood still for about a full day. Joshua finished his task as they continued to enter the promised land. I will have to admit that my prayers are weak compared to Joshua’s. Steven Furtick is a young pastor in Charlotte, NC. He started Elevation Church about five years ago, and it has grown to over 8,000. I think I may get a copy of his book and learn some more about this type of daring prayer.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sin's Is Wide Reaching

I was reading in Joshua 7 about Achan’s sin. He disobeyed God and took some of the devoted things for his own. His sin brought defeat to the Israelites. Like Achan’s sin, our sin can affect many people. After reading this chapter, I felt compelled to look for the sin in my life and deal with it because of the damage it can do to the body of Christ.

Monday, March 21, 2011

12 Stone Church

Kathy and I visited 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville, GA yesterday. The worship was meaningful and the message challenging. Here are a few things Pastor Kevin said that I thought were good.
• “It is not about how big your church is. It is about how big your heart for the lost is.”
• “Your salvation is a funeral for your will.”
• “It is time to stop church hopping and start church helping.”
• “If the church would clean up its act, they would have a voice in this world.”


You can hear/see this sermon (All New – March 20,2011) at their website www.12stone.com. It would be worth your time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Complaining

I can be a world-class complainer. When I start complaining, I just need to read Numbers 21:4-9. The people grumbled against God, and He sent venomous snakes to deal with the complainers. I am glad he doesn’t do that anymore. However, that serves as a stark reminder to me that God does not want any complaining. When the people confessed their sin and obeyed God, He sent a cure. The cure for their sin was a bronze snake on a pole that they were to focus on for healing. John 3:14 tells that Jesus was lifted up as a cure for our sins. I bet if I spent more time focusing on Jesus, complaining would cured.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

These Are Not Idle Words

Moses has just given his final word from God to the Israelites. Listen to what he says about these words in Deuteronomy 32:47, “They are not just idle words for you — they are your life.” He is talking about the Word of God that was given to him for God’s people. We must adopt that same attitude about God’s Word. The Bible must become our life.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sabbath

How important is the Sabbath to God? When I read Numbers 15:32-36, it reminds me that God is serious about the Sabbath. Read these verses and see what you think. “While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.’ So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.”
Pardon me if I seem a little distracted, but I am watching for stones.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Quotes from Unleash

I just got back from Unleash at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. Perry Noble is the lead Pastor. He had some powerful things to say yesterday. I thought I would share a few quotes.

  • “God is sovereign. Relax!”
  • “We must be more concerned with the outsider than the insider. We can’t organize our churches around the preferences of the already convinced.”
  • “People are coming to church starving and dehydrated. They leave bitter because we don’t give them the living water and bread of life we have.”
  • “Mature people give up their rights. Parents give up their rights.”
  • “Don’t confuse reverence with rigor mortis.”
  • “It was a committee that kept the people of Israel from the promised land and in the desert for 40 years. It was a committee that killed Jesus.”
  • Talking about Philip in Acts 8:39-40 – “God went Star Trek on him.”
  • “You can be more obsessed with your gifting than your calling.”
  • “Hell is hot. Eternity is long. Time is short.”

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This Job is too Big!

Numbers 11:14-15 - “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now — if I have found favor in your eyes — and do not let me face my own ruin." That is an honest prayer! Moses is feeling the burden of leading the people of Israel. Maybe you are feeling the burden of leading your family, the load of your job, or the weight of your friends and family that don’t know Jesus. When Moses prayed honestly, God answered him. Maybe it is time to be honest with our Father and let Him help us with our burdens.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Listen to God

I have been reading Exodus, and I have decided I can be a lot like Pharaoh. Like Pharaoh, I see God do mighty things and hear His voice but continue to do what I want. When I see the judgments of God, I will sometimes change my ways but often return to my sin. Pharaoh suffered because he would not listen to God. The people of Egypt suffered because Pharaoh would not listen to God. My number one job is to listen to God and obey. By doing that, I will save myself and the people I lead a lot of pain.