HEARING FROM GOD
The Holy Bible, what a wild ride! I mean if you believe it, it will be the best ride of your life! Constantly challenging you and your belief… and making you challenge any version of reality you have been born in to!
Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”
The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”
“No,” he said.
Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.
The angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her.”
Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.” Numbers 22:28
Talking donkeys, mammoth arks, men who fly, men who walk through walls, chariots on fire, people being raised from the dead… I mean like WHOA!
The two words that kept coming to me last week were want and belief. The Lord spoke to me saying… “My people are having a problem. They don’t know what they want and they don’t know how to believe!” I thought what a statement, after all what is reality and what is the desire of your heart?
If you are in the Word, and following Christ, and His commandments His Word says,
“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Take confidence! The Lord has placed within us the desire, and the will, and the want to do. He will make sure that what you want is also what He wants for you.
“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
I used to be worried about following after my calling to write. After all, is it ok to want to be published? Is it ok to want to be a Best Selling Author? The answer… yes! God put the desire in me to write, and He will manifest success, as long as I desire to bless Him in my endeavors and recognize that it is He who gave me the power in my hands to succeed!
“You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today. If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.” Deut 8:17-18
Here’s Balaam, out riding his donkey on a path that is against the will of God. God does NOT want him to go down that path, and yet he is disobedient and goes anyway. The Lord however, is not done using Balaam, and has to enlist the help of one of his creatures… a DONKEY to TALK to him, to say “SNAP OUT OF IT!”. This just makes me laugh with joy! What a remarkable situation, to know that when God isn’t finished with you, if He he has to have Rover sit up and say..”DUDE, don’t go there!” He would! What would you do?
Notice Balaam talks back! HA! What a response! Lord Jesus! Let us never get to the point where we talk back to our pets, instead of saying “AHHHH! My dog just talked to me, I REPENT!”
My question to you today… seen any donkey’s lately? Has God been trying to get your attention?
God can use anything, whether you believe the donkey actually talked (I do, I have seen enough crazy stuff to validate this) or that it is just a parable, we must begin the process of living a successful life believing that God can and will speak to us if we listen. Let us moving forward, make it our goal that He wont have to use Fido, a burning bush, an unbeliever, a cartoon, anything but our prayers and constant communication with Him, to get his message through to us!
THE GREAT NEWS
When God is able to use us, He can and will create a MIRACLE to get our attention, if we start to go astray!
THE EVEN BETTER NEWS
Staying IN HIM, we won’t ever go astray!
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” John 16:13
A prayer for today,
“Thank you Lord that you are so creative, and miraculous! You are the source of belief, and if we don’t believe in You.. how are we going to be able to believe in our own ability to do what you have called us to do? I know that I can not do anything on my own power, I have no power without You. I do know though that you have given me the desire in my heart to will and to work for You, and I know that as I put you first I will SUCCEED! Keep me mindful of You Lord, that I may constantly be speaking to You and that You would make the future clear. I know you are not done with me yet, and it is my greatest desire to PLEASE You! In Your Son Jesus’ name.. AMEN!”
God Bless you today as you listen to Him and His divine direction for your life!
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