Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 31, 2008

Numbers 15
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
I [am] the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I [am] the LORD your God.
I should wear something that daily reminds me to keep myself in check to remember Him and keep Him first. Abba, help me to find a ring of some sort for my right hand to wear to be a daily reminder. I don't have the extra money for it, so You're going to have to provide it. :) I know You can.
Psalm 90
So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.
I remember this verse so vividly the days after the van accident. Abba, help me to remember my time is short...live it each day for You.

March 30, 2008

Numbers 14-15
How foolish the children of Israel were! The famous twelve spies were told to go into Canaan to access the land---not to decide if they could overtake it. Ten spies come back seeing the challenges not the opportunites. The Israelittes are fearful and wish "would to God we had died in Egypt." Caleb seeing the defeated attitudes of them says..."Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they [are] bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD [is] with us: fear them not."
Don't you see who is on our side? I find the Iraelittes foolish, but if I search inwardly I can see their same cowardesses and distrust in my own life. Instead of REMEMBERING the past victories and miracles, for them the Red Sea, manna from heaven, water from the Rock, a cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night--I see the here and now of a trial and start REPINING the present. Did I not see God move and do great things previously in my life? Did I not first-hand witness miracles in my life? Does God not each day provide me with daily blessings? This same God can still work miracles and pull me through whatever trial lay ahead. HE is with ME.

Friday, March 27, 2009

March 27, 2009

Numbers 11-12
And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard [it]; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed [them that were] in the uttermost parts of the camp.

Oh my! What a passage! Definitely some conviction here!
God surely does hate complaining! And to think even after these people were killed, still more complained telling God they remember all the good food from Egypt and were begging for meat. How soon they forgot the bondage they were in while they had it "good."
-God, please forgive me when I forget about the dregs of sin and its bondage in my life and so often want to return to it. May your presence and will be more fulfilling than any of sin's enticements.
Later, Moses became so tired of their complaining that he wished to be killed. It was too heavy of a burden he said. God helped him by giving him seventy elders to help carry the burden.
-This is an important principle in leadership. Learn to delegate to others so the burden isn't always on you.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

Haha, I LOVE this verse! Moses was trying to figure out how he was going to feed all those people meat without killing their livestock.
I am so guilty of that sometimes, too, God. To think that if I cannot figure out something in my mind as to how You would accomplish something, there's no way it can be done. You are totally sovereign and do what You promise and it's always fun seeing how You decide to do it. Well, fun sometimes. :)

I know, this is a long post, but so much good stuff! Continuing....

And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let [them] fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits [high] upon the face of the earth.

A cubit is about 1.5 feet. 3 feet high of quails!!! What a sense of humor. You want meat? Here, I'll give you some meat! LOL but yet it also proved your wrath. Quit the gripping and complaining, Bridgett, it only proves that I don't recognize God and appreciate what He has given me!

March 26, 2009

Numbers 7-10

So I am cheating, kinda. I am posting this on the 27th, but, honest, I did read it yesterday evening. :)
So it was alway: the cloud covered it [by day], and the appearance of fire by night.

Or [whether it were] two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, remaining thereon, the children of Israel abode in their tents, and journeyed not: but when it was taken up, they journeyed.

1. The Israelittes always had a reassuring proof that God was there with them all the time. I think with creation, I, too, always have a reassuring proof of God's presence as well as the Holy Spirit that dwells in me.
2. The Israellites had to be in a constant state of readiness to be able to move at His command. What do I have "tieing me down" in my life that keeps God from being able to move at His will.
3. God didn't reveal the timing of the stay to them. He wanted them to learn to trust Him. It is not my job to know how long when I must stay but merely just to rest assure that You are there and will move me when it's YOUR timing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 25, 2008

Numbers 1-6

Numbering the people. Proving numbers are important to God.
The bitter water curse...If a woman was accused of being unfaithful to her husband the drank water mixed with the dirt of the tabernacle floor. If she was guilty, her thigh would rot and great pain would follow. If she was innocent, she would not get sick but rather bear seed. I guess this is a great symbolic lesson of criticism. If she was guilty or not, the woman still had to drink the bitter water. She had to endure, but it was the trial period that proved her. She came out looking guilty or she came out bearing seed...completely innocent of the accusation. Neither came with a quick proof.
Criticism in my life works the same. We all get it whether we deserve it or not. How I rise above it reflects the trueness or the falsehood of it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March 24, 2009

Leviticus 21-27

Again and again in Your word, You remind the Israelites the benefits of serving You and also the harsh punishments of those that turn against You. Following You would seem like a no-brainer--just to avoid the punishments---plagues, enemies prospering, unfruitfulness. Often I feel like the Israelites were so stupid following idols, worshipping them. They saw Your miracles first-hand--how could they be so blind? So foolish to serve statues and golden idols? Then I feel grieved and convicted as I consider the idols that I have served instead of You. How do you serve an idol? You give it your time; you look to it for answers; you enjoy its presence more than You. How often I have put idols in front of You, dear Lord. I have seen how Your hand of mercy has been lifted off our country and sometimes even in my own life because I have put you aside and have not clinged onto the precious promise that You gave to the children of Israel...
Lev 26:12
And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
God, please forgive me for not desiring You as a companion---walking with You and enjoying Your presence. May today start a new day of yearning for Your presence in my life and not idols. I love you, Abba.

Friday, March 20, 2009

March 20, 2009

Leviticus 3-9?

Leviticus...I think if I were the children of Israel, it would make me want to cuss. LOL So many rules and specifics, but God had a purpose...to put a difference between the clean and the unclean between the holy and the unholy. Just the other day my friends and I were discussing the strict rules we had at the college we attended but then I read about all the rules....shoot...we had it easily comparitively. God didn't seem interested in the children of Israel being "relevant" as so many push today. He wanted them different, holy, set apart...not to be put on a pedalstool for show and think of themselves highminded, but set apart for HIS use.

Today begins the first day of Spring...new beginnings. Fitting for the birth of this blog. I hope you will find me here regularly sharing what God has shared with me through His wonderful love letter to me.