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Numbers 6-7; Hebrews 13

Numbers–I keep going back and reading about the gifts at the altar. The hair that was cut and placed by those who followed the Nazirite law. The silver platters, the silver basins, the gold incense containers … bulls, rams, lambs, goats and grain. Offerings and sacrifices.

When a thought loop wanted to take me down an old and tired path, the Lord reminded me to rejoice and praise. He keeps me grounded. He shows me all that I have in him. Yesterday I prayed to him, “Don’t let me be distracted by this stone in my path, but help me to have a kingdom focus.”

Hebrews–Keep on … Don’t forget … Remember … I urge you to pay attention …

  • Keep loving each other.
  • Show hospitality to strangers.
  • Remember the imprisoned and mistreated.
  • Give honor to marriage.
  • Remember leaders who taught you the word of God.

10 We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.

15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. 16 And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:10-16, NLT (emphasis mine)

God of peace.

20 Now may the God of peace—
    who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
    and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
21 may he equip you with all you need
    for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
    through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
    All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21, NLT

Lord, if I look too long at an enemy’s work, the obstacle becomes my focus instead of The Way. Help me, Father, to have a kingdom focus. If I focus on what is wrong, I lose sight of all that is right. I want to keep my eyes on you. You equip me with all I need for doing your will. You will never fail me or abandon me. Thank you for grace.

Courtney (66books365)

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Deuteronomy 8-10; Mark 12:28-44

Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way…” How often have I stepped off the path where He walks to lust after another, and how has fear frozen my love, heart, and soul from meeting God in the garden to strategize His plan for my day?

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant…” How many times have I been in need only to see the goodness of the Lord provide to the most minute detail and all that I didn’t even know to ask or think possible?

Deuteronomy 9:6-7 “God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people. Remember!” It is because of another’s wickedness that God dispossesses them and then gives what they had to His people.  Why do I shout and wave the victory sign as if I had done some marvelous feat of courage or brave act of service to deserve His favor?

Deuteronomy 10:12 “…what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” What are the promises I’ve made to God that I’ve forgotten?  Has He forgotten all that I said…all that I vowed…all that I poured out, asking Him to take?

Maybe I’m mistaken; maybe God was really just speaking to Israel about some archaic relationship between Him and them.

Remember! Over two thousand years later, Jesus referenced Deuteronomy in speaking to the people of His day.  Mark 12:29 says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

God does not speak this way to everyone.  He only talks with His people, His children, His chosen about remembering.

Today I remember these things. I have seen His mighty works in my home, His unmerited favor on my job, the needed rest He gives to my mind and the healing He has performed in my body. I have memories of His correction and discipline.  I remember His sweet comfort.  I have seen the impossible become a done deal.

Today is not unlike any other. I will do like the Widow in Mark 12:44, who “put in all she had, her whole livelihood” because she remembered God’s goodness in her life.

Janet

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Numbers 24, 25, 26, 27; Mark 8:11-38

And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” Mark 8:16-21

I can see in the natural, even if I do need glasses; but sometimes I don’t always see everything there is to be seen in the spiritual world. I don’t always understand the parables that Jesus spoke to the ancient world (without reading His explanations) and I don’t always appreciate the stories that He speaks into my own life. I don’t always comprehend what He is trying to do in me, what He is trying to teach me. I don’t always perceive His purposes, His heart. I don’t always grasp His goodness, His faithfulness. I don’t always see HIM.

There are times when I am so lost in the temporal, that I lose sight of His glory. I am so distracted by the never-ending needs of my kids, so preoccupied with the demands of work/ministry goals, of keeping the house clean or by getting meals on the table, that I forget the amazing ways that God has moved in my life, even before I was truly a believer. I overlook the miracles He has done through me and the miracles He has done for me. My spiritual-sight is sometimes unfocused. And in those moments, I don’t recognize Jesus in the little things; I cannot see Him clearly through the haze.

And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” Mark 8:27-29

Countless foretellings concerning Jesus were made over the generations before His birth; prophecies meant to help the people be ready for the coming King when He made His entrance. Even the diviner Balaam’s eyes were opened for a fleeting instant by the Spirit of God coming upon him and he “saw” Jesus (Numbers 24: 15, 17-19).

When Jesus did come to earth, many people witnessed His miracles and still couldn’t identify Him. Some people saw Jesus for who He was, is, and is to come with spiritual eyes and recognized He is the Savior, the promised Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. But, even those followers experienced spiritual blindness at times, unable to see past the literal, into the eternal.

And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:22-25

I have to hold onto the belief that Jesus understands that there are times when I am going to be unseeing, that He continues to offer me grace in spite of my weakness. I have to hold onto the hope that like He did for the blind man, He will lay His hands on me and restore my sight, washing my eyes and allowing me to see clearly.

Yesappa, Thank You for opening my heart to Your sacrifice on the cross, to Your grace and mercy, and inviting me to be Your daughter. Please open my eyes {wider}, so that I am not blinded by temporal distractions, so that I might see You clearly and always remember everything You’ve done and will do in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings – Julie (writing from Sholavandan)

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Num.12,13; Ps. 49; Isa. 2; Heb. 10

I have always been fascinated with the Israelites.If anyone should trust and believe that God is big and has things under control, it is the Israelites.God worked a ton of miracles to get them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea.But it did not take long for them  to complain that they needed water and food and every time God provided in a big way – water from a rock, manna and quail from the sky.By the time we get to our text in Numbers 21 it appears that they had had it.They had wondered in the desert for a long time and the promised land was just out of reach.They had forgotten.They grumbled and complained and asked why God had even brought them out of Egypt.Um, really?Slavery seemed better to them at this point? Apparently, God had had it, too.He sent poisonous snakes among them and there were people who were bitten and died.I am thinking that God had to show up in a big way to get the Israelites to listen.And listen they did.“We sinned when we spoke out against God and you [Moses].”   (vs 6)  They asked Moses to pray and ask God to remove the snakes but God was not going to just give them what they wanted.God told Moses, “Make a snake and put it on a flagpole: whoever is bitten and looks at it will live.”  (vs 8)  Anyone who was bitten and looked to the snake lived.

I live a blessed life.I have a healthy family, my husband and I are both employed, my kids are good kids, I live in a house, I drive a car, I have food and a bed and heat.I have friends and extended family.I have Jesus.What more could I want?And yet I OFTEN find myself grumbling and complaining.Just like my friends, the Israelites, I have forgotten everything that God has done for me.God has provided for my family in many ways.God has provided people, money, things, comfort, jobs, food, unexpected gifts, opportunities to serve, even a break in my schedule just when I need it but yet I let the smallest thing turn my eyes off of Him.Why do I not have_______?Why cannot I be______?Why can’t I buy_______ ?Why? Why? Whine….  I question God.  I forget to remember all that He has done for me.

Thinking about this I stand in awe of His grace.

I honestly do not believe that God brings “snakes” into our lives to harm us.I think that He allows things to happen to help us refocus.We need God.When we are faced with the “snakes” in our lives – the grumbling and complaining that pull our eyes OFF of Jesus, we need to refocus ourselves and look up TO Jesus.In our obedience to Him we are made whole.Matthew  6:33 tells us to “…seek first His kingdom…and all these things will be given to you…” and Psalm 37:4 tells us to “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”We need to take action and be obedient.In the “looking” we are saved.

Dear God, I am sorry that my heart is full of grumbling and complaining.I am sorry that I forget what you have done for me and where you have brought me.I am sorry that you have to allow “snakes” into my life to get my attention and bring my focus back to you.Thank you for loving me despite all of this and providing the perfect “bronze snake” for me in your Son, Jesus.  Please help me to seek and to delight in you.

Amy W. (guest on 66 Books)

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2 Samuel 21, Psalm 77, Ezekiel 28, Galatians 1

“Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His favor again? Has His unfailing love vanished forever? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?”

Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds.

Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; You display Your power among the peoples. With Your mighty arm You redeemed Your people, the descendants of  Jacob and Joseph.

Selah

Psalm 77:7 – 15 NIV

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I admit it – sometimes I feel very frustrated with my children. I wonder why they act they way they do.  I wonder if they will ever listen the first time I ask. I wonder if we are even speaking the same language. I wonder what I’m doing wrong as their mother.

As I pondered the verses in Psalm 77 this week, I could see some correlations between my thoughts and the thoughts and feelings expressed by the psalmist, Asaph.

Why is God doing this? Why does it seem like God is not listening?

So what does the psalmist do when he doesn’t understand and can’t explain his current problematic situation? He remembers. He recalls. He mediates on what the Lord has done.

I find myself doing a similar thing with my children too. When I’ve had an especially difficult day with the kids and I wonder if it will ever change, one my favorite things to do is to go in their bedrooms and watch them sleep. To stare at their innocent face and marvel at their beauty. To remember them as babies and realize how fast the time has gone by. To realize that my time with them is so limited. And to vow once again to be more patient and as they grow and mature, even if I can’t make sense of it all.

Basically, count my blessings. Remember what the Lord has given me and treasure it. When I count my blessings, I focus on what God has done and all that He has poured into my life. I focus on the positive and not the negative of the current situation.

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Heavenly Father,

When my life doesn’t seem to make sense and I wonder why things happen, and start to focus on the negative, help me to keep counting my blessings and recall how abundantly You have blessed and led me in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Yours Forever,

Beckie (look2thehills)


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