ARE WE THANKFUL ENOUGH TO GOD TO OBEY HIM?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TIME!!!!! Of course Thanksgiving can’t go by without us looking into God’s Word, my goodness He has saved me from a lot!! 

In the temple, in the Holy of Holies, when the priest would approach the covenant, the Spirit of God would hover above it. This is a HUGE deal!!! We are looking at King David. He had plans to transport the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, because he made a tent for it and was going to place the ark in the tent. They bring in this super important article for the nation of Israel and they place it in the tent. In celebration, King David gave everyone a portion of bread, meat, and raisin cakes while praising God for all He had done for them. 

1 Chronicles 16:8-12 (which is from Psalm 105:1-5)

8Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
9Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.
10Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
11Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,

David goes on and is worshipping before the ark; he is thankful for all that God has done for him. He has such a HEART OF THANKSGIVING!!!

1 Chronicles 17:1-2

1And it came about, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “Behold, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under curtains.” 2Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”

David was in this incredibly ornate PALACE with anything at his disposal, and it convicted him that he had built a TENT for the ark of the covenant while he was living in this extravagant house of cedar!!!!! David wanted to build a temple for the ark of the covenant. God eventually stopped him and said, “No, no. I don’t want you to do it; I want your son, Solomon, to build it. But, it was good that it was in your heart.”

Here David recognized and spoke of all that God had done for him. God took him from shepherding a flock to leading the nation of Israel!!!! He took from NOTHING and gave him SOMETHING!!! David is saying that he is so thankful for what God has lavishly blessed him with, and that a tent for His dwelling is simply not good enough!! He wants to do something MORE to show honor and glory to His gracious God. He wants to make a beautiful temple to thank the Lord for everything that He has done for him. David wants to do something special for God. 

You might by sitting around your Thanksgiving dinner tables later saying, “Thank you God for all that You’ve done for me.” But, I fear that we aren’t willing to go the distance that David did. We say, “Thank you for my job, family, health, friends, home, and food, but God I don’t know if I want to talk about Your name like You want me to. I don’t know if I can do that. You’ve done a lot for me, but I don’t know if I’m that thankful to work for You.” 

My challenge to you is to be like David in this passage where he is giving praise to God, saying he is so thankful that he has to do MORE for the Lord!!! A tent just isn’t good enough!! I want to build Him a temple! We need some King David’s in our society. We need some people who are going to stand up and say, “You know, I am so thankful; I have such an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE to my God. I am going to go the distance for Him. I am going to do exactly what He tells me to. I am going to obey Him. I’m gonna get my life in line. I’m gonna do that thing He has asked me to do for so long.” Our world needs some King David’s to go the EXTRA DISTANCE in showing thankfulness!!!!

If you’re thankful, go the distance for the Lord and SHOW HIM how thankful you are!!!! I love y’all!!! I am thankful for YOU!!! I’m thankful for your comments, follows, shares, and likes. I’m thankful for how you love my family. I’m thankful that you are so kind to me. I’m so thankful for how you support me. Happy Thanksgiving; enjoy your turkey and pie!!!!!!!!

DO YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO CHANGE SOMETHING BUT YOU JUST HAVEN’T?

This is for those of you today who know you need to change. You just know you need to change something; maybe God has revealed it, maybe someone has told you and it has resonated with you, you might have even fought them, you might have been offended when they told you, but internally you know they are actually right. This is for you. You need to change, but you haven’t. 

Your word of the day today is DECIDE. Make a decision to change. Make a decision to believe. Make a decision to make a step in the right direction. Hasn’t it been long enough? Decide, decide, decide RIGHT NOW to change!!

In Numbers 13, Moses sent 12 spies into the Promised Land to go scope it out. God said, “Go take the Promised Land; go take it. I’m giving you the victory; it’s yours.” The people freaked out. So, the Lord said to go send 12 spies into the Promised Land. When the spies got to the Promised Land, it was exactly as God said.

Numbers 13:27-33

27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

I want to tell you what actually happened to the people with a negative report, which isn’t preached about a lot. 

Numbers 14:36-37

36And the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing up a bad report about the land— 37 the men who brought up a bad report of the land—died by plague before the Lord.

But, Caleb had a different outcome as a result of his following and believing the Lord.

Numbers 14:24 

24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.

Twelve spies went into the land and they both saw the same thing. Whatever you’re dealing with today, there is someone else who has walked in your shoes!!! Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, 9What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” There is someone else who has dealt with it; there is someone else who has beat it, chosen to change, and RECEIVED THEIR PROMISE. I personally have gone through a lot of things, and there was a moment when I could stay with the perspective of, “Oh, yeah we could go take the land, but I’m going to be defeated; there are a lot of obstacles there; there are a lot of monsters there.” OR, I could decide to OVERCOME it and have Caleb’s perspective. Yes, there is an obstacle, but we are going to go take it; we are going to go take the land!!

There are two different approaches to victory. One is: “I’m scared, let’s not do it. It’s too hard; it’s too challenging.” The other one is: “We can totally do it with the Lord’s help!!!” What’s the difference? A DECISION. 

Caleb and Joshua saw exactly what everyone else saw. They saw the giants; they saw the fortified cities; they saw the obstacles. They saw the issues, problems, and potential harm that could happen to them. Yet, Caleb and Joshua made a decision to believe that God was going to help them; He was going to walk through the Promised Land with them. He was going to help them defeat all of those issues. The other 10 decided to live defeated. Joshua and Caleb did enter the Promised Land, it was 40 years later, but they did enter it. The ten other spies that came back with a bad report perished by a plague because of their decision not to do what God said. 

When it comes to us claiming victory, claiming a “Promise Land,” we can stay defeated like those 10 spies and live a defeated life, a life with never seeing what has been promised to us, never seeing our potential. When we stay defeated, defeat becomes our god!!! Or, you can choose and make a decision to believe that God will walk you through the obstacles in the Promised Land to help you overcome it!!!! I am personally challenged by this and it ministers to me, because several years ago I had to make a decision. Am I going to stay defeated in this defeatist mentality where I have 1,000 excuses not to change, and they are pretty valid excuses not to change, and live a life defeated where I am the victim? OR, am I going to choose to believe that, YES, victory is there FOR ME; it’s going to be hard, BUT GOD called me to VICTORY, and He is going to walk with me through the different battles I am going to have to fight?! Who do you want to be? A defeated 10 spy, or a successful 2 spy? They saw the same things, but Joshua and Caleb decided to believe; THEY DECIDED TO CHOOSE VICTORY; they decided, even though there were obstacles, to believe what God said. It’s time for you to DECIDE. 

I love you guys! I hope this challenged you today and encouraged you to change; if it did, send me a message! 

YOU AREN’T GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE GOD OUT

This is for all of my control-freaks, analyzers, and people that have to know every move that God is going to make in your life. You’re trying to figure it out; you’re praying and you’re asking for God to tell you this and that. Well, guess what: you are not going to be able to figure Him out!!! He’s smarter than you are!!!

This passage of Scripture is kind of like a warm hug. Judges 6 talks about Gideon. He was a man that God used to elevate to overwhelm the Midianites who were against the nation of Israel. The Israelites were terrified of the Midianites. Like God always does, He elevated someone to work through and to champion for the nation of Israel. 

Judges 6:15-16

15 And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”

Gideon then goes and rounds up 32,000 people. However, God doesn’t like that number, because the nation of Israel wouldn’t give God the full glory if they use that many soldiers. He whittled down the amount of warriors to 300. He then takes these 300 men and divides them into 3 sections. They go up to fight and approximately 135,000 Midianites. 

Judges 7:19-23

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran. They cried out and fled. 22 When they blew the 300 trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his comrade and against all the army. And the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath. 23 And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

When God tells you to do something, you can analyze, think, pray on it, and try to figure it out all you want, but I guarantee you that Gideon did not think he would be able to defeat all 135,000 Midianites with a trumpet and a torch!!!! God didn’t ask him to figure it out, He simply asked him TO BE WILLING TO GO! God will reveal Himself to you whenever He wants to reveal Himself to you. He will give you EXACTLY what He wants. Your job is to simply DO EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO DO!!! It’s not to figure out how, because God has already figured it out. This is where you TRUST. Drop how you think it should be done and make a decision to trust that if God asked you to do it, HE HAS A WAY FOR YOU TO DO IT!! His way is always better than your way. Sometimes we waste so much time trying to figure out, “Lord, you told me to do this. How’s it going to get done? How am I going to get there? What do I need to do? Who do I need to talk to?” God is saying to you, “I’ve already figured it out.” God might not want you to be able to figure it out. He might be calling you to just TRUST IN HIM. He’s never called you to do something that He didn’t provide for. Just trust Him. 

I love you guys so much and hope this encourages you today!

THE GREAT BAIT OF THE ENEMY: WALK BY SIGHT

We walk by faith, not by sight. This is for those of you who know you need to clean up your marriage; you need to clean up your act; you need to stop doing what you’re doing. You know you need to start going to church. You know you need to discipline yourself in some areas. You need to step out and do that thing that God is asking you to do. We WALK BY FAITH, not by sight!!! One of the ways that Satan can lie to us and tempt us with is that the wiser thing is to walk by sight, not by faith. If Satan can get you to walk by sight and not by faith, you are going to miss so many things that God has set aside for you!!! That is the great bait of the enemy: walking by what we see, and not by what we HEAR. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of the Lord. God’s ways are so much higher than ours; His ways are so much more different than ours; He works supernaturally, not by what we see. 

Numbers 14:9

Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.

When the spies went into the land, could they see with their eyes that God had removed the protection from the giants of the land so the Israelites could go and assume it? No, they could not see that with their eyes!! They had to believe by faith that God was going to do something supernatural in order for them to go take the land. They could not see the protection had been removed, and yet it was. 

This is the great bait of evil. God tells you to go do something and you don’t see with your eyes that “the protection has been removed,” that the opportunity is truly there. All you see are GIANTS and BATTLES. All you see is the fact that you might be completely destroyed. What you need to believe is that “the protection has been removed. The Lord is with us; don’t fear.” Moving forward in faith if God says, “Go,” you have to believe that the same God who was operating on behalf of these 12 spies and was willing to remove the protection from the giants that could have massacred them is at work for you!!!!

Numbers 14:10-12

10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel.

11 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? 12 I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

They decided after God got mad to go and do what He said. The problem was that the moment had passed; there were now CONSEQUENCES. There were consequences for not believing God would do what He promised He would do; there were consequences for them walking by sight, and not by faith. There are consequences when we choose to walk by what we see and not believe that whatever God is calling us to, He is going to PROVIDE and SUSTAIN. 

Numbers 14:40-45

40 And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.” 41 But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of the Lord, when that will not succeed? 42 Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies. 43 For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.” 44 But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed out of the camp.45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah.

I want to be super sensitive and clear about this. When God asks you to do something, you must walk by what you cannot see, because He doesn’t work the way we work. The Israelites did not see that the protection was taken away, but they had a CHANGE OF HEART. It was almost as if they were so swayed in the other direction that they were like, “Ok, now that the Lord has told us that we’re not going to take the land for 40 years, I didn’t realize there was that consequence attached to disobeying.” When they disobeyed, they didn’t realize the harsh consequence that would come down on them for walking by sight, and not by faith. So they went up and tried overcome the giants and take the land, but the protection had been put back on the giants for 40 years. 

I don’t know what you’re facing today, I just know that I want those of you who are walking by sight and are so proud in your practicality to know that God is never going to be so practical that you can predict all of His moves. We must walk by what we can’t see, FAITH, rather than what we can see. 

I challenge you to think about how His ways are not our ways, they are so much higher!!!!! He wants to give you the fruit of the promised land, but you have to walk understanding that He WILL pave the way for you to get it!!!!!

Love you!!