Posts Tagged ‘Control’


Numbers 1:2-4,16-19,45-50,54 “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men twenty years old or older who are able to go to war. You and Aaron must register the troops, and you will be assisted by one family leader from each tribe… These are the chosen leaders of the community, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the clans of Israel.” So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders, and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day. All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai… They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. The total number was 603,550. But this total did not include the Levites. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Do not include the tribe of Levi in the registration; do not count them with the rest of the Israelites. Put the Levites in charge of the Tabernacle of the Covenant, along with all its furnishings and equipment. They must carry the Tabernacle and all its furnishings as you travel, and they must take care of it and camp around it… So the Israelites did everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Theocracy is the rule by people in positions of political authority all of whom share the same religious beliefs and preferences. Theocracy may manifest in a form of government in which a state is understood as governed by immediate divine guidance provided to ruling clergy or other ruling officials (Credit – Wikipedia).

As the fleeing Israelites are being shepherded by God into their own land, it seems God is raising a nation. How is that relevant to us today? (more…)


Genesis 37:3,4,10,22,26,27,35,36 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms… He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”… Reuben further said to them, “Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him”—that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father…Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him… Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, “Surely I will go down to Sheol in mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him. Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

I have only taken a few verses to try and give a brief of the chapter but before you read any further, I encourage you to invest a few minutes to read the chapter in its entirety.

We move from the life of Israel to that of his children and in specific, to Joseph, his most loved child. This partial love was evidenced in the technicolor tunic and it became a reason for a rift in Israel’s household among his children.

Why does God permit His own to suffer so much to achieve what He intends? (more…)


Philippians 3:7-9, 20-21
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith… But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

As I continue on my journey with Christ, I realize that layer by layer, He is peeling off my dependencies on this world, my selfishness, my hardheartedness, my deceitfulness, my pride, my strength, my abilities and everything that is in me which I spent 33 years gaining and is replacing it with Him in me. I might sound like I am boasting but in reality, this is most embarrassing because to the world, I am quickly becoming a misfit as I am not norming to it. I realize day by day that as I walk with Him and share Him in my life, people consider me ‘religious’ and weird and I am quickly losing the world but hopefully gaining Christ. Is that what Jesus is asking of us?

Paul born a Jew, circumcised as per Jewish customs on the eight day by a Jew, was of the tribe of Benjamin, was a Hebrew by blood, was a Pharisee with the zeal of one which showed in his persecution of the church and was legalistic in his righteousness and faultless to the Jews. For him to change would not be possible but God did change him and God then turned his life around by shedding every inch of the old him and replacing it with Christlikeness. We are reminded today that whatever we have gained here on earth on our own is worthless in comparison to what God gives us when we put our faith in Him. We get a new genetic code, a new citizenship, righteousness from comes from Him alone and a new body to live a glorious life with Him for eternity. If that is not worth losing self for, what is?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Jeremiah 9:23,24 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

Romans 6:19b-23
Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Shame is a common problem we Christians face daily. We are embarrassed to let the world know our new life because we don’t believe the world will accept the ‘new’ us. We would rather be acceptable to the world around us than to Christ, whom we know is real and true but does not exist in our day-to-day lives. This is a challenge we face everyday and overcoming it seems like such a hard battle. It is to people like us that Paul is writing.

I have 747 friends on facebook, a social networking website, and a dear sister and friend of mine suggested I feature these devotionals on the site. It was hard because I felt most of my friends would not be accepting of me and my religious views. The fear of losing friends gripped me and I pulled down the feature after a day of trying. However, recently I was encouraged once again by the Holy Spirit and I consented. My loss may be a few friends but my gain is the many who might seek the Lord and find their Savior and Redeemer in Him. Lets not be slaves to sin but to God and therefore grow in holiness and gain eternal life!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Mark 5:2,3,12,13a,25,27,29,41,42a
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain… The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs… a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years… When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak… Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering… He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”. Immediately the girl stood up and walked around.

Every morning before I read the word, I spend time in prayer and I often reflect on the word as not just God’s word for me and you today but as words that are life giving, life altering and life transforming. Chance and luck are words often used to give hope to people because there are things outside of our control and we know we cannot exercise control over those things. Like when someone is going for an exam, they are told best of luck as if they would only do better by luck and not effort. I am guilty of this too because these are common statements that are part of our vocabulary and we need to get rid of it.

In today’s passage (a mish-mash of verses from Chapter 5) it is evident how Jesus was not only a miracle worker but that his dominion was over the forces of evil and even over death, something only God can do. You might wonder what faith it is that these people exercised to have Jesus work such miracles in their lives but there is no special something they did which we cannot do. All of the seekers were genuine in their need and they all went to Jesus knowing he is able. For Jesus, being the Son of God, all things are possible and when we completely submit our pains, needs and problems to him, he choses to bless us in ways he sees fit. Sometimes with healing, sometimes with patience, sometimes with silence but every time in ways that are his and not ours. Next time you want to wish someone, wish them God’s blessing and then pray for their need. Lets be prayer warriors to permit God to continue to work miraculously in our broken world. Are you up to the challenge?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

Light at the End of the Tunnel