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Posted in D. Mann on July 31, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Moses’ Refusal to Compromise

Hebrews 11:25-27 ESV

choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

God has always raised up people who go against the stream. Moses was such a person. You are such a person. Moses had the nature of a salmon. He swam against the flow, through the rapids, up to the source. Something within you desires to do the same. Another side of you wants to go with the flow. But even dead things go with the flow. To go against the flow, however, requires a strong will.

Moses had a strong will. Once he understood his heritage, his people, his inheritance and his destiny, Egypt was no longer important to him. When you and I see our heavenly destination, this world will no longer be important to us. We are on our way to another land. The ruler of this world, Pharaoh, wants to hold us back. He does not mind that we are believers as long as we complacently accept the spirit and system of this world..

Too many Christians make their decisions and set their priorities according to what best suits them. Their course of action is based on the ideas and regulations that Egypt, representing the world, dictates. And by being friends with the world, we become enemies with God. Not so with Moses; he had his eyes firmly fixed on the reward. He did not allow the treasures, comfort and decadence of Egypt to hold him back. He did not worry about Pharaoh’s wrath. For Moses, it was more important to fear God.

To fear God means to obey God. For Moses, freedom in persecution was more important than imprisonment in comfort. Freedom has a price; opposition is great. But those who refuse to compromise are truly free and can, like Moses, lead thousands of others into the freedom.

Patience

Have you ever played, “What if I were God?” Have you ever imagined what you would do if God granted you His own authority and ability? What would you do with all that power? Would you make it a point to heal and bless the ones you love? Or would you go the extra mile for a complete stranger? Probably.

But what about the person who curses you? How about someone who ripped you off, smacked you, beat you, and spit on you? What would you do with all that power then? If you’re honest, blessing them probably wouldn’t be foremost on your mind. In fact, you’d probably use that power to put an end to their persecution. And if the roles were reversed, they’d probably do the same to you.

Now, aren’t you glad you’re not God? Aren’t you glad that God is God? Aren’t you glad the One who possesses ultimate power also possesses ultimate patience? If He didn’t, if God wasn’t patient and long-suffering toward us, the story of humanity would have ended a long, long, long time ago.

But God is patient. Look at how He put up with the Children of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Look at the Nation of Israel as it went after other gods time and time again. Look at the Pharisees, who publicly opposed the Son of God with amazing intensity and regularity. Look at your own life and consider all the times God has been patient with you.

“The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness…” (Exodus 34:6 NKJV)

Aren’t you glad the One who possesses ultimate power also possesses ultimate patience?

Walk in Wisdom

God wants us to walk as wise men and women, and not as fools. (Eph- esians 5:15) Now, He will not tell us to walk in wisdom without show- ing us how. That is why His Word goes on to say, ‚”Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.‚”

So what is the will of God? The next two verses tell us how to identify it: ‚”And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord ‚”. (Ephesians 5:18-19)

As you allow yourself to be filled with the Spirit by lifting songs of praise to the Lord, singing or speaking (God knows some of us can’t sing!) psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, and making melody in your heart to the Lord, God promises that you will know what His will is for your situation. You will then have the wisdom to decide wisely what to do next.

I have found this to be true in my own life. Whenever I face a difficult situa- tion, the more I think about it, the more confused I get. The more I try my best to come up with a smart solution, the further the answer seems to get from me. But when I turn away from my problem and turn to God, singing in the Spirit and praising Him, I get a clearer perspective of the problem when I come back to it later. I also find an inner prompting to make certain decisions which in the end, turn out to be better than anything I could have come up with on my own.

So my friend, lift up songs of praise to the Lord, whether times are good or bad. For when you fill your mouth with praises to God, He will lead you and guide you in all the affairs of your life. Even if you are stuck with a problem, He will show you the way to go or make a way out for you. Either way, you will get the wisdom and help that you need!

Thought For The Day

When you fill your mouth with praises to God, He will lead you and guide you in all the affairs of your life.

 

 

Infallible Proofs

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. —Acts 1:1-3

Christianity is not some feel-good belief system that asks you to check your brains at the door and believe in a misguided fairytale. Rather, Christianity is based on reliable and documented evidence of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, thereby justifying His claims and promises.

Clearly there is an element of faith that is required to be a believer. But it is also important for us to know that our beliefs are built on clear facts. Acts 1:3 tells us that Jesus “also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them [the disciples] during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” The Greek word used here for “proof” includes the idea of being convincing.

Some, dating back to the earliest days of the church, have said that Jesus never rose from the dead. Some have said the disciples were hallucinating when they saw Jesus, or they concocted the story about Jesus’ rising again from the dead.

But Luke, who penned what we know as the book of Acts, was saying from the outset, “I have proof.” Again, in the original Greek, the meaning of “being seen by them” in Acts 1:3 refers to the eyeball. So another way to translate this would be to say the disciples “eyeballed” Jesus for 40 days.

Have you ever had someone eyeball you? They just look at you, staring. The disciples eyeballed Jesus. He didn’t just make one or two post-resurrection appearances. He was popping up everywhere. They saw Him again and again.

What or who are you eyeballing?

Strengthen Your Inner Man

Bible verse: [I pray] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you [will be] rooted and grounded in love. – Ephesians 3:16-17

Our physical body grows. Likewise, our inner man needs to grow. Our body requires nourishment. Likewise, our spirit requires nourishment. God’s Word is bread, sustenance, for our inner man. When our inner man is strong, it is easier to hear God. We must first fully submit to Him so He can build up our inner life and free us from the desires of the flesh.

 

When our flesh dominates, it battles against our inner man. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. When our inner man receives nourishment through the Word and prayer, it can better cope with obstacles that rise up. Through our inner man, we can experience breakthroughs and live victoriously.

When our flesh directs us, we are dominated by external circumstances, by doubt and defeat. We believe what we see. Therefore, our inner eyes must be opened and our inner man strengthened so we can believe what we see and hear with our heart. When our inner man, our heart, is strong, we are better able to manage trials and stress. We are better able to hear what God wants. We have greater peace. The Holy Spirit paints on the canvas of our heart, and we see things others do not see.

Where others see problems, we see God’s solution. Because of God’s Word and our strong inner man, new ideas, solutions, plans, encouragement, strength readily emerge. And we enjoy wonderful fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Thank You, God, for developing and strengthening my inner man through Your Spirit and Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What’s in a Name ?

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV)

Today, people don’t seem to value the importance of having a good reputation. In fact, how many Christians would choose having a good name over riches? Especially since many have already sold their integrity.

We live in a world with over 6 billion people. Everyone of them have a name. What sets some names apart from others? It’s your character and reputation. Think about the following Bible names: Cain, Jezebel, Judas. Those names carry with them a reputation of murder, deceit and betrayal. What comes to people’s minds when they hear your name?

Daniel’s a great example of someone who’s name stood for a reputation of integrity. His enemies did all they could to dig up some dirt on him. They always came up empty handed. So they trapped Daniel on the basis of his convictions. They made prayer illegal. Can you be trapped on the basis of your convictions? If telling the truth became illegal, would you be convicted? Or would you blend in with everyone else?

The name Christian should be synonymous with truth, integrity, and compassion. Don’t allow your actions to defile that name.

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