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Deuteronomy 8:10-14

Deuteronomy 8:10-14 (NIV) When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,
then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
This is pretty straight forward, put God first and remember without him you would not be who you are or as successful as you are. Give him thanks in EVERY situation. He will continue to bless you! He loves you and is always with you.

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Find Peace

In our lives we have tons of things that requires our energy. Sometimes I find myself feeling depleted of all of my energy. I feel like I have a huge boulder of problems and tasks on my back. When I find myself feeling like I cannot take anything more, I realize that I haven’t been spending enough time talking to God. When I am talking to God and telling him about all of the things in my life he gives me peace. He reminds me of Philippians 4:6 (NIV)  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. That very gets brought into my mind. If you are feeling overwhelmed by life right now, just take it to God and let him give you peace and promise.

Deuteronomy 1:30-31

Deuteronomy 1:30-31 (NIV) The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes,
and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

God has gone before each of us in our lives, he already knows what is in store for us, whether we choose to follow his will or whether we try to make our own path. If we follow his purpose it will be a much straighter path. As we follow him, he will do the fighting for us that we will or never have noticed. He is our loving father and will forever love us and protect us, we just need to take the steps in faith that are presented before us.

The Happiness Is Yours For The Taking

Are you happy right now? Are you sad, stressed, mad, alone, overwhelmed, desperate, missing yourself, lost, any other emotions? Whatever your situation Jesus is your answer. He died on the cross and overcame death so that we would have the choice of happiness! Without him, we would simply be doomed and would never have hope of happiness, no light at the end of the dark tunnel that you may be facing. Let him shine the light in your situation and show you that the end is in sight. He loves you, God loves you! God sent Jesus to earth to fulfill his purpose of allowing us the ability to choose. Will you choose Jesus today? He is waiting with his arms wide open! Ready to love you embrace you and take the chains and break them. All that we have done, felt, and faced he can make better, we just have to choose him and ask him to forgive us. Accept him as your Savior and let him love you. I promise your life will be forever changed, mine had been.

Numbers 16

In this chapter, some Levites have opposed Moses and Aaron. They have come to say that Moses has put himself on a pedestal above the rest of them. Moses has only obeyed God. They continue to talk about leaving Egypt and why he has brought them to the desert. They are not listening to God, they are getting caught on their selfish ways by trying to remove Moses and Aaron. They were selected to help minister to the rest of the Isrealites, but aren’t doing as God wishes. They and 250 others burn their own offering, the Lord listens to Moses as he had given the warning. He told them let the men die of natural causes if Moses did any wrong doing to the Isrealites, but if he was only doing as the Lord instructed for the earth to open up and swallow them whole. So, the men that had not listened to God and burned their own offering had the offering rejected and were cast into the center of the earth. 

The point here is that God has given us rules to live by, he has a purpose and a plan for each of us. As we so his purpose we will be rewarded and feel the Holy Spirit with us, when we sin and go against his plan and break his rules we are separating ourselves from our Father. He may not end our lives as he did the people who did not believe in him and opposed him, but we will not get the rewards that come with walking in line with God. Think of that as you are have a self reflection. Are you consumed by the Holy Spirit or are you feel alone and lost?

Numbers 9:15-23

Numbers 9:15-23 (NIV) On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.
That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.
Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.
When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out.
Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out.
Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out.
Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out.
At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
This is an amazing example of the isrealites’ obedience. God gave them direction by moving the clouds for them to follow. What should we do this day and time? It’s not so easy for us to follow God’s lead. We are not as in sync with God as Moses was. But if we stay focused, God fearing, and obiedent ourselves we will grow our relationship with God and have an easier time asking God for his plan for our lives. He will make our paths straight. Get to know his love and share it. He used the isrealites obeying him to take them to the promise Land, where is he taking you?

Listen

Our lives are so busy this day and time with social media, jobs, family, friends, and so much more. Jesus made it a point to go where it was quiet to talk to and listen to God. How many of us truly can say we can hear when God is talking to us? I know for me personally I can’t say I always can, because I am constantly staying busy trying to accomplish more and make more time in the day that I don’t have. The thought here is if we give God time then maybe he will give us time to do everything that we want/need. God is all powerful and who is to say that he wouldn’t stop time and give you and your heart the time it needs to come clean and rest. God loves us. This is a reminder to not only you, but to myself: take time and listen.

Purpose

Numbers 1:53 (NIV) The Levites, however, are to set up their tents around the tabernacle of the Testimony so that wrath will not fall on the Israelite community. The Levites are to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the Testimony.”

What is the #1 questions most people ask themselves? Could be in highschool or college, or just sitting at a picnic table on a fall day or really anywhere. The question is what is our purpose in life. We dream of a million things we want to be; doctor, lawyer, athlete, writer, and much more. 

What I am getting at is that God has given us a mission and reason for being where we are, when we are. In the biblical example that I am using above. God has Moses gather men over 20 years old that were able to fight for Isreal. Over 600,000 men were chosen. The most klans were selected to march out and battle. The Levites however, we chosen to defend the Tabernacle. Most people like action packed lives. In this scenario, they probably wouldn’t enjoy the task of guarding the Tabernacle, but the key here is they were chosen to serve God. God has a plan for us too. As long as we are fulfilling that purpose then no matter how big or small the task we perceive it as, it puts a smile on God’s face. Keep that in mind as you search your soul. If God is smiling, I guarantee he will make our situation good enough where we are smiling too. Are you smiling?

Leviticus 26:15-16

Leviticus 26:15-16 (NIV) and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant,
then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.

Does this remind you of some of the events we see in the world today? I don’t know about you, but to me this is happening today. Terrorists, cancer, and more sicknesses. We as a word are not obeying God in the ways he has commanded. But, there is definitely hope. Jesus did come on the earth and die for our sins. His resurrection gives us a chance to be forgiven of our broken ways and sin. He gives us more chances than we deserve to be saved. For all that have been impacted by any of the formentioned topics, I do pray for God to move in your life and let you never be impacted by anything like that again. We as Christians must show the world that this is what we face if we do not give God the love, respect, and obedience that he deserves. Share God’s love with your neighbor, your friend, your family, even a stranger, because they need Christ just as we need him!

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