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

The Cornerstone

Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country… The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. (Mark 12:1, 5, 6 NLT)

No better parable than this one tells clearly that Jesus was the last One sent to His people. “…until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly.”

The Son of God came to be betrayed, persecuted and crucified – treated worse than all the prophets sent before.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:10-12

Everyone who claim to be a prophet or messenger from God after Lord Jesus are only cults and false prophets.

This explains why those so called ‘prophets’ were not persecuted but celebrated and had become icons of new religions and movements.

More of these false prophets are to come, let’s keep our eyes open!

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’
They will deceive many. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:4-5, 11-13

The perfect faith

So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds…
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:36, 38 NLT)

Faith in God will make us do astounding things like sleeping peacefully in the middle of a storm – which will very well irritate everyone around us, especially when we are looked up to lead them.

People wants someone who has faith in God among them, they hang around, they’re joyful, they are excited to tell they live by faith – but when a storm hits they panic and demand everyone panic with them – and it becomes unacceptable if the one that has faith says, ‘Be calm and let God control it’.

As much our flesh wants to react and use the opportunity to show our burden, love and care for those panicking in the storm – it is more important to show what our faith in God can do and challenge them to put their faith in use by the way we react, and show how faith handles the storms of life.

God use storm to perfect our faith or at least to find the real faith!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Importance of Worship

When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:1 NLT)

Following God’s leading could be very anxious if our lives are not surrendered to Him and there is a lack of trust in our part.

People of Israel were very anxious. All these time they lived as slaves in Egypt and “served” God in their terms, but now they were required to trust God in everything – literally everything!

This trusting relationship with God was too much for them as they were not willing to surrender to this new way of life – it was simply not comfortable for them!

As a result, they became restless and ready to appoint gods for themselves so they can please their flesh and fulfill their lust.

This is what spirit of idolatry does – it looks for those moments we become impatient, feel rejected, disappointed or feel void (notice, all these are either feelings or emotions nothing is real) and tempt you to bow down to anything other than God.

The only way to overcome the spirit of idolatry is to worship God in spirit (not in flesh) and in truth (not in feelings and emotions) – such act of worship is true surrender!

But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

Escape the presage!

And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. (Matthew 24:10 NLT)

Disciples asked Jesus this one important question, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3 – which made the Lord to tell the list of events that will take place.

Out of all the signs, every child of God has to warn oneself of Matthew 24:10 – that we are prone to be deceived and turn away from God in these last days, and would betray and start hating fellow believers for no reason or for wrong reasons!

Let’s make a careful note of this, allow His discernment, refuse to rely on feelings and ‘inner voice’, but trust in His leading, Word and do the right thing in these last days. Let God shall find us all faithful.

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. 1 Peter 4:17

Wait, don’t stone me!

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” (Exodus 14:13, 14 NLT)

Fear is the worst enemy that walk along us when we are led by God in His mighty power, looking for those moments we would become tired of faith.

Human emotions and intellect are the ones that makes our faith weary and gives access to fear.

When we know we are led by God in a season we should refrain from getting tired of faith, and brace ourselves knowing that faith will remain as a test until the promised thing happens.

On the flip side, a carefully guarded faith will put all human emotions and intellects to become weary. This is exactly how God moved thru’ Moses!

God will defeat our enemies totally when our faith is hated to the point of getting stoned!

What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:2, 7-8