Posts Tagged ‘Numbers’

God is Enough

October 23, 2014

There are times in life when the attractions of the world shine brightly, tempting us to turn our backs on our service to God and follow after our own desires.

I.  Look, Remember and Do:  Numbers 15:39-40

 And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, 40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.

The tassel was on their prayer shawl and included a blue thread that was to serve as a reminder to them that they were the people of God.  Gentile Christians do not use a prayer shawl, but it would be good for us to adopt something that would serve as a reminder to us of the presence of God in our lives.  Crosses that we wear, pictures that we display, music that we play, can all remind us of our relationship to God and His love for us.

We should not simply follow our own hearts.  Our hearts are inclined towards wickedness and cannot be trusted to lead us correctly.  God has given us His Word.  The Bible is what we should use to guide us in our actions.

We are to remember that we are called to be the people of God.  We are to do what God has commanded in His Word.  We are to be holy, even as God is holy.  We recognize that we cannot be perfect, but we do not use that as an excuse to remain in our sin, but rather we are thankful for the forgiveness offered to us in Christ and the help given to us by the Holy Spirit.  We fall short, but God is enough for us.  Our salvation is not in our own strength, but rather in the strength of what God has done for us.

II.  I Am Your Portion:  Numbers 18:20

Then the Lord said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.

I recognize that this promise was given to Aaron, but Christians are told that, they too, are “a royal priesthood” (I Peter 2:9)  We are able to have a very special relationship with God.  If there are times in our lives when we feel that we are being short-changed in the area of material blessings, we should simply spend more time in the presence of God.  He is our portion.  God is enough.

III.  Continue in the Faith:  Acts 14:21-22

And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

We should encourage one another to continue in the faith.  We are not meant to be alone, but we are called to be a part of a community of faith.  We can encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ to continue in our service to God.  We will experience many trials and tribulations, but through them all, God is enough for us.

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Following the Lord

February 27, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday.

I. Numbers 9:15-20  Following the Lord

The children of Israel had a physical symbol of the presence of God in their midst.  There was a pillar of smoke by day, and a column of fire by night over the tabernacle.  When the pillar lifted, they would break camp.  When the pillar settled, they made camp.  They had no doubt about how God was guiding them.

We do not have a physical symbol, but we do have a spiritual reality.  We have the Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives.  If we are asking God to guide us, we can trust that He will direct our choices so that we are fulfilling His plan for our lives.

II.  Numbers 11:1-6  Israel Grew Tired of the Lord’s Provision

The people complained about only having manna to eat.  They fondly remembered the food that they enjoyed back in Egypt.  God sent fire among them and some died.

We need to be careful not to complain about the provision of God for our lives.  We should enjoy, and be thankful for, the things that we do have, rather than pining for something else.  After all, we have the presence of God in our lives.  Everything else, in comparison, is truly insignificant.

III.  Numbers 21:4-9  The People are Discouraged

It has been a long trip.   The people are discouraged and again complain about the manna.  God sends serpents as a judgement and many die.

How should we respond to disappointment or discouragement?  Together with Paul we should learn to “rejoice in the Lord” even when our circumstances are less than we desire.  God is with us always, even if we do not have a pillar of smoke or a column of fire to remind us of that fact.

IV. By My Spirit… Zechariah 4:6

We are able to maintain a good attitude by the Spirit of God.  We retain the influence of the Spirit through regular devotions and corporate worship.  As God speaks to us by His Word, and by His Spirit, we are to respond with faith and obedience.  We should continue to trust God, that He will provide the necessary wisdom, strength and assistance that we need.  We should also recognize the goodness of the Lord that is present in the current circumstances.  We should enjoy the blessings that we have received, rather than whining about wanting something ‘better’. God gives good gifts to His children.  Do we appreciate them?