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To Obey is better

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Some time ago I ran across a wedding prayer that illustrates how we substitute religious talk for obedience. This is a girl praying on her wedding day asking God to Bless her:

Love“Dear God. I can hardly believe that this is my wedding day. I know I haven’t been able to spend much time with You lately, with all the rush of getting ready for today, and I’m sorry. I guess, too, that I feel a little guilty when I try to pray about all this, since Larry still isn’t a Christian. But oh, Father, I love him so much, what else can I do? I just couldn’t give him up. Oh, You must save him, some way, somehow.

You know how much I’ve prayed for him, and the way we’ve discussed the gospel together. I’ve tried not to appear too religious, I know, but that’s because I didn’t want to scare him off. But he’s not totally against you or anything. I can’t understand why he hasn’t responded. Oh, if he only were a Christian now.

Dear Father, please bless our marriage. I don’t want to disobey You, but I do love him and I want to be his wife, so please be with us and please don’t let it rain and spoil my wedding day.”

 

Let us Pray!
Silly story isn’t it, God here are my conditions. Take it or leave it!
But how many of say that very thing, Lord I know I should not do that and I know this too is wrong but just give me a little more time and right after I finish with this I will come and serve you so please keep sending me your blessing. Amen
God may be a God of love but He is also a God of order. With out order with out obeying is only confusion and destruction
Did you know that Obeying Leads to Wisdom and knowledge

 
Obeying your parents is one of the most difficult things to do as a teenager. This is a time that you want to spread your wings and do things on your own. You want your independence, and you want to prove you can be a responsible adult. Yet there is still a level of needing your parents to guide you through this time, and there is still so much you can learn from them while you’re still a teen.
There are times when obeying your parents can be really tough. We all think we know enough to make our own decisions. But do we really? God reminds us that it is a foolish man that does not seek to become more disciplined and wise
Proverbs 1:
7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8: My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
The most important people in our lives are our parents. They can be the greatest guides we have in this life, and they can lead us in the path God has for us…if you let them. For most of us, our parents offer advice and discipline out of love, and we would do well to listen and learn from what they have to say.
Exodus 20: 12: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Do you realize that by obeying your Mother & Father it will help you to have a longer life. That is what Gods commandment is saying; if you honor them God will honor you.
If you read the book of Amos as you start reading you will find there a Father who is pleading with His children to do one thing and that is to just obey Him.

 

1. Why would that be? is it because he is a mean old man
2. Maybe his father did not let him do anything that was fun and he is doing the same to you
3. Maybe you think, Old people don’t know how to have fun anymore.
4. Even worse then His children not listen they go out and do exactly the opposite of what he spent his life teaching them.

That is a slap in the face to the Father

 

So why is the Father pleading for His children to Obey Him: Because He knows better then they do what they have need of. And like any Father He wants to give His children the things they need to make them happy not the things they think will make them happy.

 

But all the Father can see is how they have cast aside His gifts and trampled His Laws under there feet. Why would a Father want to continue to give them anything else? And the worse thing of all is for the children to turn away completely and go and give to someone else the respect and honor due only to the true Father.

 

When God first created mankind all God asked was one thing, just obey the things I tell you and all this is your forever.

 

Story: Adam & Eve God gave them the keys to the City and they blew it!
What if someone offered you to live in a paradise place where everything is paid for; a beautiful home the best cars money can buy. A place where you will never get sick or have any pain or sorrow, where you can go out and do anything and go any place in the world you wanted to go.

 

Wow that would be a dream come true. But there is only one little stipulation; way out in the back there is an old building. And you are told never to go in it for in the day you enter it or even open the door everything will be gone. How long do you think it will take before curiosity will get the best of you.

Is God particular about things He tells us to do? You better know it.
Lets look at what God told the Children of Israel when he was leading them to a land of Mike & Honey.

Deut:11:
23: Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
24: Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.
25: There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

Did you read that correctly, if you obey what God told you to do there shell not a man be able to stand before you.

26: Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
27: A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
28: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

What did God want, only for them to obey what He told them, what did they do the opposite of what God told them to do. How can you expect God to bless you if you are not doing what he told you to do so he can protect you.

7cIf someone is blessing you and giving you everything you need and want you to be happy. Would you be thankful, how would you show that you are thankful? By doing what they said right.

I tell you one of the hardest things in my life was raising my children, because I was pulling them one way, and the World was pulling them another. I provided for there every need; I gave them the best of what I could; even if I had to deny myself of something I made sure they did not lack.

What else could I have done as a father to show my children my love for them then to give then my very life?

God lead His people out of Egypt to a land of promises, to do this He called a man by the name of Moses to be there leader and guide.

Here is faith my friend. We need to learn to trust God at His word; If God is leading you to do something don’t worry about things getting in the way; Just trust God.

The very present of God was right there with the children of Israel everyday and yet they did not believe. All they did was to complain

Exodus:14:12: Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Numbers:21:5: And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

Why were they mad and complaining, God was leading them out of being slaves, so why were they mad.

They could not see how God was going to provide for them. They were looking at all the problems when they should have trusted God.

They seen all the plague that God sent on the Egyptians and how He kept them safe.

They seen God divide the Red Sea for them to safely walk across and how God closed up the water and destroyed the entire Egyptian army.

They seen all this but they could not see how God could provide food and water for all of them.

I want to share something with you, if you were there with them you would more then liking been one of them rebelling against God. Why because that is human nature, and what we need to learn is to put human nature aside and blind fold our eyes and just trust God at His word.

Sometime we need to stop and think, if God created this world and everything in it then he can also create what is needed.

Let me ask you a question,
Do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
Do you believe that the Bible is 100 percent true?

Turn with me to a very importance scripture, this scripture if the very foundation of God Himself 1st John:4:8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

What does the Bible say God is? LOVE

God is love and what do you do when you love someone. You want to make them happy correct.

Do you remember when you first got married, how if that special someone in your life asked you to do something how it was a joy to do it no matter what it was.

What made it a joy “LOVE” right and what does the Bible say God is God is love

1st John:4:16: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Now that we understanding what God is like, lets look at what He tell us.

John:14:23: Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

John:14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.

I had people tell me that no one can keep all 10 commandments it is impossible that is why Jesus had to come and do away with them. Is that what the Bible says, I don’t think so. Jesus said if you Love me you will keep them and by keeping them the world will know that you love me.

 

lesson02-12A loving God would not make commandment that were impossible to keep.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye CONTINUE IN MY WORD, then are ye my disciples indeed; And YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31, 32
Only those who OBEY God and OBEY what they learn from His word can continue growing in His truth.
Why are there so many supposed to be Bible scholars that can’t come to a good understanding of Scripture? The reason is that spiritual things “are spiritually discerned.” You must have Gods Holy Spirit working in you so that He will lead you into all Truth .
John:16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Obedience Brings You Closer to God
God is the father of us all. There is a reason why we use a term like father to describe our relationship with Him, because just as we are to obey our parents, we are to obey God. If we cannot obey our earthly parents, how are we to obey our Heavenly one?
Faithfulness comes out of obedience to God. As we learn to obey, we learn to be wise in making our decisions in life. As we learn to obey, we learn to open up our eyes and ears to God’s plan for us. Obedience is the first step in living a Christian life. It helps give us strength in our faith and the ability to overcome temptations that can lead us astray.

Obeying is not Hard
No one says obeying our parents is easy. Sometimes it feels like our parents are from a whole other world. Sure, they come from a different generation, and we may not always understand their reasoning.
However, we don’t always understand God, either, but we know that what God does is for our own good. In the case of our parents, it’s that way, too.
We need to realize, though, that there will be pitfalls in obeying our parents, and there will be times that obedience becomes so difficult. Yet obedience takes work.
How do we show Obedience?
1. Listen
2. Doing
3. Show Respect
4. Have Patience
5. Communicate

Heaven will be filled with only one kind of people, and that is people that totally trust God. 99.9% of the time. Will that be good enought?
That may be good for man but not with God, with God it is all or nothing.

You either have 100% faith that God will do what He says He will do or you will be truly Left Behind.

 

Matthew 7:
21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Are you a Christian by Gods standards or a Christian by the World Standards? It will make a bight difference in the end as to where you will spend eternity!

 

Psalms 111: 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:

Friend I pray that as you read this little sermon it will help you to understand more about Gods love for you. In fact the Father loves you so much that He sent His Son to this planet to show us how to live. He lived a life of Love and helping other, He lived a life of obeying His father commandments.

The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; We have all sinned and according to the law we must someday die. but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. All who by faith and obedience to God will live again by the grace that Gods Son Jesus has giving to all.

Gods Son gave His life for us why” John 15:23 Because God said that Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

God loves us, each and everyone of us, and He know what is best. Satan will do all he can to keep you from knowing God and knowing His love for you.

I am the way the truth and the Light

I am the way the truth and the Light

Don’t let Satan keep you from what is already yours. Jesus says if you love me show the world that you love me by doing the things I told you to do. If ye love me, keep my commandments. John:14:15:

God Bless and be with you all
Elder Tim McNab
Restoring Gods Truth Ministries

The Prophet and the Donkey

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Numbers 22: 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

 

Do you sometime feel you are standing in your own way?

60-wrong-way[1]Have you ever wanted to go some where and all most went to the wrong place, because you found you were going in the wrong direction.

 

I missed my plane at an airport in Paris once, I wanted to get on a plane going to Brussels but somehow I was waiting at the gate for one going to Brazil. Has this ever happen to you while you are traveling, don’t feel you are all alone. We are born going the wrong way because of sin, and it is Jesus who puts us back on track.

 

How many time do we miss the Signs that God has giving us to direct and guide, all because we become careless as Christians.

 

In the Bible we are told that there is only one thing that is importance, and that is to follow Jesus. There is nothing else that Matters.

 

But it is so easy to become careless, when place ourselves on satanic ground

 

We sometimes try to get things that God know it not good for us, because it will not lead us closer to Him; but father away from him.

 

The world strive for more everyday, everyday you see people who are court up in a world of making more, weather it is more Cars, more Houses, more Land, more Crops, more Investments, More, More, More, MONEY. 

 

I once asked a rich man how much is enough, he look at me for a while and then said, until, I said until what, he said until I have it ALL.

 

So I then asked, when you get it all, what are you going to do with it.  Try to get more?

 

Mark:8: 36:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

 

As Christ representative how are we supposed to look each day? How are we supposed to act each day?

 

Many times a person life may be determined just but the way we act or look in a giving situation.

 

One day the Pastor told me that there was a complaint about me, I ask him what is was, he told me that a cretin Man who told him he will never come back to Church again because of the way I looked at him. I was floored by what he said; I don’t understand I told him.

 

He told me that one Sabbath after study service was over; I was coming down the hall getting ready to go up and start the worship service with the other Elder. This Man was standing in the Hall and he looked at me and said I looked back at him, and he could read the expression on my Face “by the way I looked back at him” that I did not want anything to do with him, that I through little of him.

 

This all happened a few years ago while I was in the middle of Radiation and Chemo treatment the second time.

 

I know I was not the best persons to be around at that time in my Life, even my Children moved out of the house. Most days I should have not even came to Church, but I did because it made me fell better then just sitting at home. But I wish now that I would have stay home that day, because of an expression of my face there is a person who may never come to know Jesus.

 

It is hard, but it is true; that it does not matter if the expression on my face was because of Pain, Sorrow, Sickness, Suffering, or just Contempt. He read something in my Face that should not have been there, and a soul may become lost because of it.

 

How about with doing Gods will, do we sometime jump the gun, and take off running with our fully listening to what Gods is saying.

 

How easy is it to misinterpret what Gods real plan is when we are bent on doing something we want to do. I am sure that no one here has that problem.

 

 Lets go to the Book of Numbers  Chapter 22: and see if any other Christian had this problem

1: And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

 

We find here that the Children of Israel had not yet intern into the promise Land, for we are told that they were still on the other side of the Jordon in the plains of Moab.

 

Now if you were the King of that country and all of a sudden a large amount of People just showed up and camped in your back yard, how would you fell about it?

 

To make matters worse, you hear all kinds of stories about them and how there God goes before them. In fact you hear stories about how they have walk through Rivers of water on dry-land, how they eat food that come down from the Heavens, and how there God goes before them into battle.

 

This would make you pretty up-set would it not?   Balak was indeed up-set!

2: And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

 

The Amorites were a strong people in the Land, but were powerless to stand before the Children of Israel when God was with them.  Notice: I said when God was with them

This is a good lesion for us today, we should only fight the battle for God when he is with us, don’t try and do it on you own

 

3: And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

 

They were afraid and they were scared because they have seen what had happen to the Amorites and figure it will also happen to them next.

 

4: And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field.  And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time.

 

Normally when an approaching army comes and besieges a City, they pretty much eat off the Land and do what ever they want. Because there were no re-enforcement in those days

 

But this was not Balak main concern, his main concern was that Israel was going to defeat all the Kings round about them, and it would only be a matter of time before he to would have to defend his kingdom.

 

Now let me ask, was God fair in his dealing with these Kingdoms?

Did they have the opportunity to know who God was?

Did they have the knowledge of the great God of Creation?

 

How do we know that the knowledge of God existed in that part of the world, look at verse #5, what does it say the King did.

 

5: He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

 

I just love the way this King describes the people of God, there is a day coming when the people of God will again cover the face of the whole earth.

 

6: Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

 

The King knew and understood one thing, he had a big problem on his hand and this Man was in contact with the one person who could help.

 

What he did not know was that this same God was the one bringing these people into his homeland because they had refused to acknowledge him as there Lord and Master.

 

Moab was a descendent of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. So they had ever opportunity just like we do today to know God, but they do just like we do, they choose to turn away from God and serve another Master.

 

Jesus well said in the Book of Matthew 12:

30: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

 

The people of Moab knew who Jehovah was but they choose the pleasures of sin for a season rather then to serve the God of creation, so the cup of there transgressions had finally reached it limit.

 

We too have the same problems; we too choose the pleasures of sin, rather then to give God not only our Life, but our Time, our Money, and our, Heart.

 

The Day of Judgment will come when we lease expect it, and rather then asking God for his forgiveness the world like Balak will search and hope to find someone who can curse the people of God who dire stand in there way.

 

Now the King is sending his delegate, his diplomat, his representative, his ambassador, what every you may want to call them; on a very special mission.

 Numbers 22:

7: And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

 

So they are doing what the people of this world would do when in trouble and need a quick fix.

How many times when you are having a problem do you look for a quick fix. You don’t need to raise your hands; it is just about all of us at times, right.

 

We are always looking the fast way out rather then having to stay in for the long hall. The King of Moab was no different he needed a quick fix so he is sending now for Balaam’s help.

Now let’s take a close look at the Man of God and what he is going to say to this envoy of people from the Moab

 

8: And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam. Way to go

 

As Christian we should never take matters into our own hands. Always before entering into a matter we should make it a time of prayer and seeking to know God will. Here we have a very good example of how to handle every type of situation. 

 

9: And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

 

I am sure God did not need to ask Balaam who these men were or what they were doing there. But God always gives us a chance to explain the matter in clarity, so that God and Man are talking on the same terms and we can’t say later      “I did not understand”.

 

10: And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, saying,

11: Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.

 

Balaam also knew who these people were and he also knew that the Lord God was bringing them out of Egypt to possess the land before them.

 

12: And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.

 

Case is now settled and the matter is closed, right.

 

13: And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

 

Now I have a problem here with the way Balaam handles this, I think he should have used better words then the Lord refused to give me leave.

 

Maybe something like; you better get home and get your house in order because the Lord God of Israel is going to give your Land to the people before you, and don’t call on me again.

 

In the way Balaam answer these men he left an opening for the King of Moab to come back. He left an opening for satin to inter, for he wanted to please God but he also wanted to please the King of Moab, who was to give him a very lard reward.

 

14: And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

Balaam just needed to find a way around God not letting him go to claim this reward; after all he could do a lot of good with that kind of money.

 

He could build a School, go on a missionary trip, and maybe even hold some evangelistic seminars right there in the mist of all these Idolatry nations.  BUT God does not need Money he needs a people who are faithful to him in every aspect.

 

15: And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than they.

16: And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me:

 

When people are bent on doing something there way, they will stop at nothing, even selling themselves to achieve what they want

 

17: For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people.

 

This is the reward Balaam was hoping for; if he could curse these people for the King of Moab and get paid before the children of Israel invade Moab he could take is easy for the rest of his live. 

 

But Balaam knew one thing, it was not up to him, he must inquire of God.

 

18: And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more.

 

Does God change his mind, do we need a second time to go and ask God it is still Not OK to go.

 

How do you feel when your Children come to you and ask?

Dad I know you said No on this; but I want to check to see if it is now OK.

 

People may change, but God does not, if God told you to go,

you need to ask what’s stopping you, and if God told you to not to go,

you need to shut it down fast.

 

19: Now therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the LORD will say unto me more.

 

Balaam knew who these people were he knew that God was with them and he knew God was going to answer him the same way.

 

20: And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

 

Now please notices what God told him” If these men come to call thee, rise up” and go with them

 

Here is a big problem with many of good Christian people of God

 

These men knew that God would not give Balaam permission to go with them and so they did not go to inquire of Balaam but broke camp and made ready to depart.

 

When Balaam learned this what did he do?

 

RidingDonkey[1]21: And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab.

 

Balaam did not wait for the men to come and ask, he was ready that morning to go with them; He was standing in the wrong line, waiting to go to the wrong place.

 

This happens when we know what God will is but we try and input our own will instead. Balaam did the same thing we do; and that is to try and rationalize what God said.

 

Good Christian people everyday  try and explain what God is saying rather then just paying attention to the words in God Holy Book, just read it for yourselves.

 

God was not pleased with the actions of Balaam.

 

Balaam was double-minded, pursuing a course to gain and retain the favor and honor of the enemies of the Lord, for the sake of rewards he received from them.

 

At the same time he was professing to be a prophet of God. Because the Idolatrous nations believed that curses might be uttered which would affect individuals, and even whole nations.

 

22: And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him.  Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.

 

If there were every a Man between a Rock and a Hard place I believe Balaam found it.

 

23: And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way.

 

Any one here have a Donkey, not only are they ugly but they are about the most stubbing animal there is; the only reason to ride one is because it is better then walking.

 

I am sure in Gods eyes sometimes we are just like Donkeys

 

24: But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side.

 

25: And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again.

 

Balaam did not know what was happing, but that pore little Donkey new, and he wanted nothing to do with the Angle who stood in the path he was going in.

 

26: And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left.

27: And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

 

This kind of reminds us of what happen when we are in traffic and there is a slow poke in front of you and you just want to beat them out of the way.

 

Now please notice what the Lord does here.

 

28: And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

 

Balaam is so mad that he does not even realize he is talk to the Donkey,

 

imagesCA04D3WO29: And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

30: And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day?  was I ever wont to do so unto thee?  And he said, Nay.

 

As he now starts to realize what is going on by the way the Donkey is speaking to him, God open his eyes

 

31: Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

32: And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times?  behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

 

The Angle told him, Because your ways was wicked before me:

 

33: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

34: And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

 

Balaam sure changes his tune now. Why do we have to wait for an Angle of God to knock us off our Donkey before we start to go the right way.  (And there is another word I would like to use in place of the word Donkey), Paul had to get knock his Hose

 

35: And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak.  So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

 

Here is a solemn warning for the people of God today, to allow no un-Christian trait to live in our hearts. A sin which is cultivated becomes habitual; and, strengthened by repetition, it soon exerts a controlling influence, bringing into subjection all the nobler powers.

 

Balaam loved the reward of unrighteousness. The sin of covetousness, which God ranks with idolatry, he Balaam did not resist and overcome.

 

Satan obtained entire control of him through this one fault, which deteriorated his character, and made him a time-server. He called God his master; but he did not serve Him; he did not work the works of God

 

There are a lot of times in life we try and go our own way and do our own thing, forgetting that God is right there everyday watching his children.

 

We sometimes go where we should not go, and do things we should not, even look at someone the wrong way.

 

We as Christian must always be on guard against the attack of satin, sometimes when we know the will of God we too like Balaam want to go when God is saying stop.

 

We are sometimes just like Balaam when we want to follow our own way rather then following God way. Sometime we make excuses or try and put words in God mouth of what he has not told us to do,

 

We need to make sure we are following Jesus, following the Cross and not following the world.

 

If you follow the world it will lead you to destruction just like it did to Balaam, but if we follow Jesus he will lead us to eternal life is a land that eye’s have not seen and ear’s have not heard of.

 

 

God Bless

Elder Tim McNab

Restoring Gods Truth

 

It will never Happen

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Luke 17: 26: And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

 

Have you ever heard someone say!   Don’t worry that will never happen

 

And the very next day there it is right in front of your face. And then you say to them I though you say this could never happen? and they look back at you and say “Well it not suppose to happen!

 

Our world today is a different place then it was just 100 years ago,

 

Some of you sitting here today can say yes that is true. I can’t say that because I was not here 100 years ago. But I was here 50 years ago and I tell you our world is a different place then it was just 50 years ago…so what happened?

 

I hear people saying things like what is going on; is the world coming to its end…..

 

When you say the end what does that mean?

 

Well most of the time it is the way we say the last part, its over, There is no more!

 

Well I am happy to say that with God the end mean just the beginning. For you see it is the end of sin but the beginning of life.

 

The 6000 thousand year old controversy over sin will soon be over and all who have put their trust in Jesus as their savior will live forever with him in a paradise home that he has created for all of his children

 

When you look all around and see so many things occurrence, one right after the other it really makes you wonder what’s Next!

 

Well let see what is in God’s word, and let him who is the Creator tell us what is next !

 

Let us Pray!

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History has always repeats itself; it is like an old broken record that is played over and over again.

 

So if we are going to try and find out what is going to happen next we must first go to the passed and see what happened before, in order to know what will happen now.

 

Our God is not a God of confusion but a God of perfect order; let’s go to the Book of Genesis for starters.

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Genesis 6:

5: And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6: And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

 

Things must have been really bad for God to want to destroy all of his creation. For sin had filled the hold world and it had corrupted everyone, everyone except Noah, he like Faithful Job stood alone with only his Faith and integrity in the God of his Creation.

 

Now I want you to imagine for just a moment God telling you something like this

 

7: And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

 

I think I would be about as dumb founded as I could. Lord you are going to do what? Destroy everything what precisely do you have in mind when you say that. 

12: And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

 

What a sad day it must have been for God to look at the world he had just created about 1,400 hundred years before and see the corruption sin had caused. How the un-falling worlds must have also looked in dismay at those who rebelled against such a loving Creator.

 

13: And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

14: Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Would it sock you, would you say well it’s about time, what would you do?

God told me to build a really big boat and get in it, so I will be safe.

17: And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

 

If you were Noah what do you think you would be doing?

 

Obeying right!

 

I want us all to look at what God said in Genesis 6: 8: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

God knows each of us by Name, there is nothing that happens by chance. It is either God’s will that it happened or God removed his protection from us because of sin and lets us have our own way. And the natural result of sin is the destruction of a person life.

 

Luke 17:

26: And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

 

Almost 4,500 years ago God told Noah that the End was coming, he told Noah to build a boat a really BIG boat to hold all living creatures.

 

Noah himself did not know what a flood was he too had never seen a flood. But by Faith in God he knew if God said it, it was going to happen..

 

God loves and forbearing with mankind to repent and turn from sin and his sinful ways had reached its limit. The yard stick of sin was at last to its full mark about to run over.

 

No longer could God hold back the storm that was coming upon this world. Mankind had rejected God as there lord and Savior and in his place made gods for themselves of the wood, stones and the metal.

 

While faithful men preached to this world about the creator God who in 6 days made the heavens and earth, by the word of his power and rested on the seventh-day.

 

 Who created our firth parents that had just died no more then a few hundred years earlier, even with the Garden of Eden still in mans sight, mankind rejected the God of his Creation.

 

It was not multitudes or majorities that were on the side of right. The world was arrayed against God’s justice and His laws, and Noah was regarded as a fanatic and a fool.

 

Satan, when tempting Eve to disobey God, said to her, “Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis 3: 4. Great men, worldly, honored, and wise men, repeated the same. “The threatening of God,” they said, “are for the purpose of intimidating, and will never be happen..

 

You need not be alarmed. Such an event as the destruction of the world by the God who made it, and the punishment of the beings He has created, will never take place.

 

Be at peace; fear not. Noah is an extremist.”

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The world made merry at the folly of the deluded old man. Instead of humbling the heart before God, they continued their disobedience and wickedness, the same as though God had not spoken to them through His servant. 

 

     But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. Surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule, he distinguished himself by his holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness.

 

A power attended his words, for it was the voice of God to man through His servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power.

 

For one hundred and twenty years his solemn voice fell upon the ears of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, were impossible. 

 

     The world before the Flood reasoned that for centuries the laws of nature had been fixed. The recurring seasons had come in their order. Heretofore rain had never fallen; the earth had been watered by a mist or dew every morning.

 

The rivers had never yet passed their boundaries, but had borne their waters safely to the sea.

 

Fixed decrees had kept the waters from overflowing their banks. But these reasoners did not recognize the hand of Him who had stayed the waters, saying, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.” Job 38:11. 

     As time passed on, with no apparent change in nature, men whose hearts had at times trembled with fear, began to be reassured.

 

They reasoned, as many reason now, that nature is above the God of nature, and that her laws are so firmly established that God Himself could not change them.

 

Reasoning that if the message of Noah were correct, nature would be turned out of her course, they made that message, in the minds of the world, a delusion–a grand deception.

 

They manifested their contempt for the warning of God by doing just as they had done before the warning was given.

 

They continued their festivities and their gluttonous feasts; they ate and drank, planted and builded, laying their plans in reference to advantages they hoped to gain in the future; and they went to greater lengths in wickedness, and in defiant disregard of God’s requirements, to testify that they had no fear of the Infinite One.

 

They asserted that if there were any truth in what Noah had said, the men of renown–the wise, the prudent, the great men the great Religious leaders –would understand the matter. 

 

     Had the antediluvians believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh.

 

But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God’s prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction. 

 

The leave walls of this sinful world could only withstand so much sin before breaking the banks and flooding the world.

 

Genesis 7:

1: And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

 

Our world is again becoming ripe for the destruction that destroyed the antediluvians world. But this time not by water but by Fire, men again will turn from truth to believe a lie

 

I have no idea how much Faith Noah had, but I tell you this every time Noah drove a nail into the Ark his Faith grew. It is today no different with us only as we exercise our faith in Gods power will we be like faithful Noah one nail at a time.

 

Can we trust God? Let’s look at where we are today

 

We are told of a time of trouble that is coming upon this world we live in. A time that we who are God people will not be able to buy or sell, a time when the whole world will hate us and blame us for the problems that this old world will be going through

 

Can you believe the things that are happing in our world today!

 

This world is saying don’t worry; things are going to be just fine there is no need to be alarmed, your government will take care of everything and take care of you.

 

Do you believe that? What is going to happen when you find yourself all alone and the whole world against you?

 

When the day comes and its seam like everyone has turned agents you, even your own Brothers, sisters, Mother, Father, your own Children and husband or Wife. Where will you go what will you do, who will help you.

 

You will not be able to look to man for help, they will be the ones condemning you.

 

Soon very soon there will be a time of trouble that the world has never seen. When God’s people will be persecuted because of what we believe and who we believe in.

The Bible said that we won’t be able to buy or sell, how are we to live! What shell we eat what shell we ware, what shell we drink.

 

Look at how God lead in the pasted and you will see how he will lead in the future

Look at Moses 40 years he lead the children of Israel, did they want for anything

                            So what did they eat ?

Exodus 13:

14: And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

15: And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was.  And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

 

God gave them what they needed not what they wanted, there is a big different between what we want and what we need. But it all takes Faith; we must learn to walk by faith and faith alone, relying upon God to lead and only upon Him.

 

Those who exercise but little faith now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of satanic delusions; and the decree to compel the conscience.

 

Even if they endure the test they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have never made it a habit to trust in God.

 

The lessons of faith which we have neglected now we will be forced to learn under a terrible pressure of discouragement. 

 

     We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises. Angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere.

 

We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications, than to neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship of this world.

 

If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, and of fertile lands he may even allowed sickness or disease to come in and open the channel of communication again that was lost but only for a time.

 

     The young would not be seduced into sin if they would refuse to enter any path except for that upon which they could ask God’s blessing.

 

 If the messengers who bear the last solemn warning to the world would pray for the blessing of God, not in a cold, listless, lazy manner, but fervently and in faith, as did Jacob, they would find many places where they could say:I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30.

 

They would be accounted of heaven as princes, having power to prevail with God and with men. 

 

     The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too laid-back to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us.

 

The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job” were in the land, “as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.” Ezekiel 14:20.

 

So now the Future !

 

We are just in the beginning of the little time of trouble; we are just starting to see strange things that are happing in our world today.

 

It is not going to get better?

Sorry things will only get worse !

 

Will the Lord forget His people in this trying hour?

 

Did He forget faithful Noah when judgments were visited upon the antediluvian world? Did He forget Lot when the fire came down from heaven to consume the cities of the plain?

Did He forget Joseph surrounded by idolaters in Egypt?

Did He forget Elijah when the oath of Jezebel threatened him with the fate of the prophets of Baal?

Did He forget Jeremiah in the dark and dismal pit of his prison house?

Did He forget the three Men in the fiery furnace? or Daniel in the den of lions? 

 

“Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?

 

yea, they may forget, but I will not forget thee.

 

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands.” Isaiah 49:14-16. The Lord hosts has said: “He that toucheth you toucheth the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:8.

     Though enemies may thrust Gods Children into prison, yet the dungeon walls cannot cut off the communication between their souls and Christ.

 

One who sees their every weakness, who is acquainted with every trial, is above all earthly powers; and angels will come to them in lonely cells, bringing light and peace from heaven.

 

The prison will be as a palace; for the rich in faith dwell there, and the gloomy walls will be lighted up with heavenly light as when Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises at midnight in the dungeon. 

 

The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and distressed, while they endure hardship and suffer for want of food they will not be left to perish.

 

 The same God who cared for Elijah will not pass by one of His self-sacrificing children. He who numbers the hairs of their head will care for them, and in time of famine they shall be satisfied.

 

While the wicked are dying from hunger and pestilence, angels will shield the righteous and supply their wants.

 

To him that “walketh righteously” is the promise: “Bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” Isaiah 33:15, 16; 41:17

 

     “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls;” yet shall they that fear Him “rejoice in the Lord” and joy in the God of their salvation. Habakkuk 3:17, 18. 

 

“The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:

He shall preserve thy soul.” “He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust:

 

His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

 

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psalms 121:5-7; 91:3-10.

 

Mother letting Jesus take the wheelGod will be there as he is here with his people now, to guide, to lead, to save.

We have nothing to fear but that we forget how God has lead in the passed he will again lead in the future.

Put your trust your faith in him he will not leave you.

 

God Bless

Elder Tim McNab

Holiness unto the Lord

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Story: Noah
God called a man named Noah Why? The Earth was full of SIN and Evil

Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD

Genesis 6: 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD

• Doing something that everyone thinks you are crazy
Did you know that Noah preached the same sermon for 120 years: If the Pastor preached the same sermon for two or three Sabbaths in a row what do you think will happen?
Time to get honest here Everyone will start complaining right.
Noah was giving a Warning to the people of his day, Why because the cup of evil was full to the rim and running over
God did not just zap everyone out, He sent Noah to warn them and give them time to make a choice and save themselves.
Everyone had time to make ready, Everyone had time to study, Everyone had time to change their life style. But no one took the time to do anything but laugh at this crazy old man
The Garden of Eden was still on the earth and people could still go and see where it was and to know that it was because of Sin that they no longer had access to it.
One day something strange started to happen, Animals started to walk two be two out of the forest right into the Ark.
Sign after sign was giving but still no one believed
Till the great door of the Ark closed and probation also closed for the World
In everything Noah did he honored God and gave God the glory by his obedience and love for his creator, it was just too bad no one listened to what he was preaching
Let us Pray!

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Thousands of years ago, God gave a vision of what His people could be in contrast to the rest of the world around them.
In the book of Leviticus we see a holy God and we see what he thinks of all the evil around us and we find out what His plans are for His people.
Can God’s holiness give us hope? I’d like to share that message of hope with you today.
I invite you to open your Bibles to the book of Leviticus and we’ll look at a couple of Bible texts that emphasize God’s holiness.
First of all we’ll look at chapter 20, and I’d like to direct your attention to verses 22-23 and 26.
Verses 22-23You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.”
Let me explain what the problems was with the other Nations (The Sins of the others Nations has reach their limit and probation was fixing to close for them)
Now verse 26: “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.”
I would also like to point your attention to chapter 11.
Leviticus chapter 11:44, 45. “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
If you were to sum up those verses, what would you say the message is?
I believe we could summarize it this way:
The book of Leviticus is about the holiness of God versus the ugliness of Sin.
In fact, God’s holiness is a way to describe His pure loving character which is totally good and entirely separate from evil in any form.
And the more exalted our views about God’s holiness, the more we will not want to disgrace our holy God. Because the more we know Him, the more we will want to be like Him.
Now I’d like for us to look at Leviticus 19 for the sake of asking ourselves, “What is the holiness of God and what does it mean for us?”
Chapter 19, along with the other places it stresses that God wants us to be holy, because the Lord our God is holy. That’s in verse 2. I want us to notice how that theme is developed in this chapter.
In verse 3 it tells us that God wanted the Israelites to hold in the highest regard their mothers and fathers. To respect their mothers and fathers.

 

Gods commandment

If fact the 5th commandment in the book of Exodus 20: 12 tell us: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Have you ever seen a child treat his mother or father with disrespect? Yep
We all have! This is a day and age when there is very little cross-generational respect. We hear stories of parents killing their children and children killing their parents.
In Leviticus19: 3 God also says “Keep my Sabbaths.” Most people don’t even know what “rest” is, much less the Sabbath experience. (God gave Man rest) Man is Over Worked today!
Verse 4, Don’t turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods. They Can’t see, hear or walk.

Verse 11: You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. Stealing these days is a common thing to do, dealing falsely as well, and lying is easy for anyone.
Verse 13: You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him Not very many people care about their neighbors these days.
Verse 14: You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind.
You shall not hate your brother in your heart. And it goes on to tell us that there should be no grudges against people, but we should love our neighbors as ourselves. (19:17, 18) Forgiveness that’s a rare thing today It is one thing to forgive and another to forget.
Some of the things have changed since the days God spoke these words to Moses. Lev. 19:27, for example, tells men not to shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard.
The SDA Commentary is helpful for things like this. It tells us that at that time it was a common practice, as a sign of devotion to one’s pagan god to shave off some hair and offer it to his gods.
So shaving off the sides of the head or disfiguring the natural shape of the beard was a symbol for all to see that a person was devoted to a certain pagan god. So that’s not quite the same today, or maybe it’s in another form today, I don’t know.

Other things are still relevant, however.
Verse 31 says Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits. It’s common to hear of people that claim they can speak to your dead family member. Fortune tellers and channelers seek to give you extra-terrestrial wisdom. They claim they can give that.
• Have you notes that today more so then ever in the History of man, all the people who clime that they can speak to the dead.
That also clime they can tell the future: But they can’t tell what the lotto number will be next week.
Gods says don’t believe them, and don’t play on Satan’s ground
Verse 33 says Don’t mistreat strangers. In today’s society of suspicion and prejudice, do we really care about people we don’t know?
Leviticus 19:34 says “The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
Verse 35: You shall do no injustice in measurements of length, weight or volume. Don’t steal or cheat someone.
So what is God saying to us here? All of these admonitions, all of these commands, reflected God’s extreme dislike of the practices of society around us. Why would that be?
Because God is holy, and by nature hates anything having to do with the ugliness of sin. You see, God is not an arbitrary God.
God does not tell us not to do these things just because He doesn’t think we should do them, but because He doesn’t want those things to damage or kill us.
God wants His people to be different from the sinful society around them. He says You shall be holy, for I am holy.
Can you imagine living in a society in which
1. No one Cheats each other
2. Doors wouldn’t need to be locked because you could trust people.
3. People wouldn’t have to be scared of walking all alone in the dark.
4. People wouldn’t get kidnapped.
5. Kids wouldn’t become the victims of incest and abuse.
6. Women wouldn’t get raped.
7. Stores wouldn’t be robbed.
8. No one would have to go hungry.
9. People would care for each other.
10. There would be no adultery.
11. There would be no child pornography.
12. There would be no bribery.
13. And there would be no more politicians who care only about campaign contributions and saving their own jobs.
14. There would be no more deal-making behind closed doors of government

Why does all that sound so good? Is it perhaps because that picture, that dream, is so unlike our present reality?
The picture in our minds is what we want because we’re hungry for something that isn’t. We’re starving for a taste of what isn’t true today.
We’re so accustomed to most of the evil in society that we are unaware to the not-so-good that exists inside each of us.
Leviticus tells us that we have a God who is holy. He hates evil and sin, but He graciously loves us. He’s a holy God who cares so much for us that He wants to bring us from that evil, and save us from that and from the damage that sin brings to us.
Leviticus is about a God who cares enough about us to take us out of the dirt and the grime. To pick us up, dust us off, wash us and cleanse us, and polish and shine us with his love.

He is a God who wants us to be separate from the garbage that exists around us, garbage that is offensive, ugly and hateful.
I am thankful today that God’s plan is to restore us to His image so that we do what’s right because it is right. So God takes us out of the garbage of sin and tells us, “You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.” (Leviticus 20:26).
You know that tells me that God values us.
I never used to think about God’s holiness as giving me hope that’s often because I don’t feel holy. Do you know what that’s like? Do you ever feel unholy? Maybe 10% of the time, or 5%? Or maybe rather it’s 99% of the time.
It has always been the love of God, God’s forgiveness, God’s patience, God’s grace and mercy that has meant a lot to me.
But after studying the book of Leviticus, I see it very differently. And I see that there is a purpose and a message behind it all. And God’s holiness is that message.
In all of God’s pure, loving goodness. God can’t stand evil in any shape or form. And even though evil exists inside each one of us, God has His plan to get rid of that evil.
The sacrifices in the book of Leviticus communicated that. Jesus’ death was the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan to cleanse us from evil so we could be His people. And we could be His people in complete freedom once again.
God’s call to His holiness gives me hope because it means that we are all valuable to Him and He has a plan to heal us from the damage of sin.
He calls us to escape the sin and corruption that is in this world, because we are valuable to Him. God really does have something much better in mind for us.

STORY: Imelda Harrison and her sisters had made reservations to stay in a motel in the town of Yulee, Florida, in a very out-of-the-way place.1
Instead of rooms, it had cabins set way back from the highway. Imelda had an uneasy feeling about the place, but they had already taken care of their luggage, and her sisters were lying on the bed, resting.
It had been a long day, and all they wanted to do was to stretch out and relax. Soon, however, they heard a lot of cussing and swearing coming from the other side of the duplex cabin.
There was a door going from their side of the cabin to the other, with only a slide lock on the door. They could not hear every word being said, but they heard enough to know that the man was talking about them!
When they had first arrived, a car had been parked on their side of the cabin, and her sister Arlene had gone to knock on the door to ask the man to please move his car out of their way.
He had been sleeping and was wearing only his under garments when he came to the door, cussing and swearing at her.
Well, he got dressed and moved the automobile. But Arlene noticed a pistol on his night stand and mentioned it to the others.
Yet she still felt as if they would be safe enough with the doors locked. Imelda didn’t share her feelings, and was sure that they could be murdered if they didn’t get out immediately.
She eventually tried to talk her other sisters into packing up and getting out of there, but they just didn’t seem to want to be bothered at eleven o’clock at night.
She started to pray for something to happen to change their minds. Suddenly she heard them both scream at the top of their lungs.
She looked and saw something green in the middle of their bed! A lizard had jumped from the windowsill onto the bed, leaping right between them.
They packed up and were out of there in twenty minutes. They went ten miles down the road and rented another room at a motel that appeared much safer.
As they were registering at the desk, the woman said to them, “At a motel about ten miles down the road, there have been several unsolved murders committed in the last few months.”
When she mentioned the name of the place, it was the same motel they had just left. So Imelda thanked the Lord for sending the lizard to drive her sisters out of there.
God wants us to escape the corruption in the world, the evil. He has something better in mind for us. He has a better “hotel” for us to stay in.
And He will use whatever is necessary to motivate us to leave our ugly world of sin.
He offers you and me an escape from evil! With His loving holiness God rescues us from evil.
My prayer is that we may all choose to be, by God’s grace, His holy people.

One thing I have always found is that History repeats it’s self, time and time again, why because God keeps giving mankind chance after chance.

But like in the days of Noah time is running out and the great door of salvation will soon once again close forever

Those who Honor and give God the glory by doing what He said to do, and Keeping his words and Laws and taking on Gods Holiness will be saved.
Why because God is Holy and like Noah, we can find Grace in the sight of a Holy God.

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