The sprout test

Place these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark containing the tablets of the Covenant, where I meet with you. Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you.” (Numbers 17:4, 5 NLT)

When God chose a leader to lead, He relives the pressure off the leader to prove his/her authority.

Beware, God do allow a season for others to see the leader is not so perfect. But then, God will move with a mighty power for everyone to realize that it is indeed He who has chosen and appointed that leader to lead them.

For this to happen, the leader has to refrain from all arguments and quarrel; willfully come to a place of humility by submitting him/herself before the Word of God (tablets of the Covenant) and waiting in His presence (Ark, Tabernacle) until God brings the supernatural life and fruitfulness in the authority He gave.

No self promoters survive this sprout test. Let’s place ours under the Word’s check and soak it with His presence until it sprouts!

On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they revered him throughout his life, as they had revered Moses. Joshua 4:14

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Fame to shame

So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again. (Numbers 12:15 NLT)

Miriam loved Moses right from when he was born. When baby Moses was sent over Nile river in a basket, she was the one to follow the basket, and talked wisely with Pharaoh’s daughter and made an impressive deal by recruiting her own mom to nurse her little brother at Pharaoh’s money at such a little age.

Now, how that Moses that she “saved” could be greater than her! That was possibly her logic for the argument and jealous.

Nevertheless, God’s servant is God’s servant. When God anoints someone, it is His will and choice – none can argue and can talk against; including the family.

Miriam got the attention one way or the other. She wants to stand out, but she end up standing outside the camp until God healed her!

“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty. Matthew 23:11 MSG

Strengthen the weakness

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Psalms 50:14, 15 NLT)

A real tough workout to build our inner person stronger is to make our soul to thank God in disappointments.

Our soul has no clue of what it is to be thankful to God when it goes thru’ disappointment and has nothing tangible to hold on to.

Our spirit on other hand is humbled and is in want of God to lift it up and ready to do anything God asks.

Let your spirit be bold and lead your soul when it is tired and worn out. Lead it in thankfulness of all that God has done.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Psalm 103: 2, 13-14

End of the law!

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:26-27 NLT)

Until Jesus made this statement, His disciples didn’t understood that Jesus is the end of the law and there is not even a slim chance to get in apart from this Provision God made.

There is a time in everyone’s life where all our religious hopes will be shattered and then the authentic hope sets in – which will never be taken from us! This is called salvation.

Gospel of Jesus Christ is nothing but a shocking truth that we are wasting time by beating ourselves and others with man made rules and old wives’ tales instead of trusting the Way God made by the sacrifice of His own Son Jesus Christ Who died for our sins and resurrected to make us righteous.

Let’s put an end to stories and begin new life in Christ!

I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. Romans 10:2-4

Don’t argue over your provision

At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? (Mark 8:16-17 NLT)

When things get tight and there is shortage in supply – naturally an argument sets in to point fingers on each other and figuring out who’s responsible for the “mistake” that caused all these mess.

The result is strife, envy and hatred – breaking the unity and losing the self-worthiness.

Disciples were arguing over the food which would really doesn’t matter more than a meal. In fact, they want to complete the root cause analysis on whom to blame before Jesus finds out what’s going on.

But the correction from the Lord Jesus was both rebuking and comforting the disciples! He made them to remember the miracles of feeding thousands with just meager amount of bread.

As God’s children, especially in the family, Lord never wants to beat ourselves or blame others on those forgotten responsibilities and realize we serve a forgiving, wonder working God!

May Lord help us not to pass our stress on each other for things that really doesn’t matter. Let’s trust in Him who is our Provision.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1 MSG

Yoke? Make it light.

One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. (Mark 7:1, 2 NLT)

Usually people who are good for nothing and don’t have anything to do in their lives, look at every good things in a wrong way and accuse all the time.

Lord Jesus never allowed such ridiculous wrong/erroneous accusers around Him or His disciples. In fact, He spoke straight to them that they’re not of God and warned His disciples then and there never to listen to such or become religious like them.

We all have to be careful not to become self-righteous and proud, resulting in narrow mindedness and foolishness to argue with God Himself about the way things ought to work.

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too greator too awesome for me to grasp. Psalm 131:1

Do you realize your future?

My guilt overwhelms me— it is a burden too heavy to bear… But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done… Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior. (Psalms 38:4, 18, 22 NLT)

Self-realization without hope of salvation leads to all kind of superstitious and cult beliefs. This result in false humility and fake godliness, only becoming a blind leading blinds.

Repentance is the most critical element in each human being that has to exhibit when a self-realization occurs, in order to escape the foolishness of religion, cults and atheism.

The attempt of such genuine repentance opens the door of salvation – the knowledge of God, His love for us and His plan to restore our lives from all remorse.

Self-realization
Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

God made the way for our salvation
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8-11 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Our right to receive the free gift
Romans 10:9-10, 13 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”