Archive for the ‘Biblical insight’ Category

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

There are those who always seem to be busy. They are always in a rush to get where they are going and never seem to have any time to enjoy their life. Some of this may be caused simply by overextending themselves such as agreeing to do too many things at once. Another reason may be that they are attempting to accomplish more than they are called to do, but whatever the cause busyness is one way in which we feel important. I mean if we’re busy it means we are in demand; and if we are in demand it must mean we are important, and if we aren’t then we must not be important, and we simply can’t have that.

Whenever talk of busyness comes up I remember Jesus’ time as a guest in the house of Mary and Martha. Most of us know the story so let me just say, “Martha was busy about many things while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet.” This seeming laziness on Mary’s part sent the busy Martha into a tailspin; so she told Jesus ,”Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Jesus’ answer probably surprised Martha when He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:40-42).

You see being a servant is what we are called to be but when our time serving turns into busyness for busyness’ sake it becomes wasteful. Jesus didn’t tell Martha serving was unimportant; He simply pointed out what Mary was doing, by sitting at His feet, was the most important. Oddly enough God has a way of taking what we give Him and multiplying it. So for me the lesson here is clear. If we see our time with Christ as the most important time spent the rest will fall into place.

Throughout the Bible we are called to rest. From the very beginning God gave us the Sabbath for us to rest. Jesus himself invites us to come to Him for rest, and again in the letter to the Hebrews we are told to “labor to enter into His rest” (Hebrews 4:11). Of course this doesn’t mean we spend our lives swinging in a hammock at the beach, even though that sounds pretty good to me, but it means we cease from “Our own works” and enter into God’s rest. When we enter into God’s rest He has a way of making our “work” if you will, more prosperous. He can show us how to do things in a much shorter time and even with fewer resources. Do you remember the story about the little boy and his loaves and fish feeding the thousands? Do you remember when Jesus told Peter to go fishing for their tax money? How about Him speaking the word and the Roman Centurion’s son being healed and Jesus didn’t even have to be present. You see When we make the most of our time God will accomplish more than we could ever imagine and it won’t be based on how busy we are either.

Speaking of making the most of the time reminds me of a conversation I recently had with a telemarketer. Lately we have been getting phone calls everyday from someone wanting to sell us something. Up until recently I would simply hang up on them, but now I have a new strategy. The phone rang and rather than listening for their questions I jumped in and started telling them about Jesus. I said, “Did you know that God loves us so much He sent His only begotten Son here to die for our sins? Can you imagine that the God who created the heavens and earth would go as far as to come here in order to save us? Have you ever received Jesus Christ into your life?” The man on the other end seemed to be actually listening at first but somewhere along the line he became distracted, maybe even frustrated and he ended the conversation. Usually I’m the one hanging up on them but this time I refused to let them control the outcome and shared Christ with them. I mean I already had them on the line I thought I would make the most of it.

Another time Tracey answered the phone, and she doesn’t like hanging up on them, so she’s nice to them. She said, “I don’t want to hang up on you, but I am hanging up now, “We love you!” As if it isn’t funny enough, that she would tell the telemarketer she loved them, the lady on the other end said, “AT&T loves you too!” Of course we got quite the laugh from that but my point is the same. Whether we are simply being still, working in the kitchen or sharing the gospel with telemarketers it is of utmost importance to make the most of our time.

Louie

When the time came for Samuel, the prophet of God, to seek out King Saul’s successor he was told to go to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite. Without going through the whole story here let me just say, Samuel looked through seven of Jesse’s sons before finally meeting David. As each one passed by Samuel he thought to himself, “surely this is the one” but it wasn’t to be. God taught Samuel, and the whole world, something very important that day. God said, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”-(1 Samuel 16:7). It seems, even in the process of showing Samuel the identity of the new King, God was deepening the prophet’s understanding of his ways.

One thing that becomes obvious to the sincere seeker of truth, and the things of the Spirit of God, is they won’t be found by looking only on the surface. One great example of this is recorded for us in Mathew 16 where Jesus quizzed his disciples asking them “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They say, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus turned it on the disciples themselves and asked, “But who do you say that I am?” Things started to get a bit more personal but Peter, as usual, jumped right up saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” You can almost sense the excitement in Jesus when he said, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”-(Matthew 16:13-17).

It takes revelation from the Spirit in order to know who Jesus Christ really is. Of course there are many, many people claiming to “know” Jesus but many of those simply know a historical Jesus. They know or believe a historical figure such as Jesus may have lived in the distant passed but seeing him as the “Son of the Living God”, probably not. Distinguishing between the merely”historical Jesus”and “crucified, buried and raised to live forevermore Jesus”is extremely important.

The day after I was born again I read 1 Corinthians all the way through before going to work. My previous experience of reading the Bible had been frustrating at best. I didn’t really understand what I was looking at but the morning after being born-again, filled with the Spirit of God, things had changed. I discover my problem in the second chapter where Paul tells us, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” While many seem to use this verse to point towards our eternal home I think what Paul is telling us here is more than that. If you look at the next several verses you will see God wants us to see and hear things from and of Him in the here and now too. “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom (mere appearance), but in those taught by the Spirit (revelation from God), combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words”-(1 Corinthians 2:9-13).

Throughout the Bible we are told in many ways to “walk by faith rather than sight.” We are told not to fight “flesh and blood”- (Ephesians 6:12). and “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable”-(1 Corinthians 15:50). So one operation of the Spirit of God in us is to direct us to see and understand things in the Spirit, which is eternal, rather than merely the flesh, which is temporal. Another important point in the second letter to the Corinthians tells us all that takes place in the temporal realm is meant to serve the eternal. He tells them even though times may be difficult and painful “we don’t lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” -(2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

With all of this in mind it is easier to understand why Jesus’ greatest critics, the religious and political leaders, only saw him as an illegitimate, uneducated, run-of-the-mill, carpenter’s son from the nothing good can come from place like Nazareth isn’t it? After all, without the revelation and illumination of the Spirit of God none of us would know otherwise. That’s why I hope you can say with me, like Peter, by way of the Spirit, Jesus is the Son of the Living God! Better yet that He now lives within you.

Louie

I love how simple things are when it comes to Jesus Christ. For instance in Matthew 12:30 Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Now, that’s pretty simple isn’t it? There is no in-between with Jesus Christ you are in or out, up or down, with or without.

We are all either this or that. In a sense one might say, “we are becoming” but only in the sense that we are becoming more fixed in what we already are. This of course doesn’t mean we can’t be changed or transformed into a new creature; of course that is true and is in fact God’s plan all along. You see it isn’t His will that we stay lost or hardened to Him, but it is His will that we decide. He created us in His image therefore we have the ability to receive or reject Him. Do you remember the story of Pharaoh and how he opposed Moses? The scriptures tell us God hardened his heart, but they also tell us Pharaoh hardened his heart. Could it be that since Pharaoh hardened his heart God simply let him go the direction he was going? Maybe God didn’t want him to be hardened, but for the sake of his freedom to choose, He simply let him continue down the path he was going.

The New Testament equivalent to this would be Judas. In John 17 Jesus spoke of “the son of perdition” who seemed to be without hope, or a chance to be anything but doomed. This “son of perdition” is widely thought to be speaking of Judas but could it be that Judas, like Pharaoh, had already chosen to betray Jesus but it wasn’t until the Last Supper that he became fixed. The scriptures tell us after Judas received that fateful morsel of bread “Satan then entered into him.”

The Bible clearly teaches us to choose which side we’re on. In Deuteronomy 30:19 we are told to “choose life.” In Joshua 24:15 we are instructed to “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve…” Elijah challenged the people saying, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).

Wisdom speaks to us in Proverbs 8:35-36 saying, “For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.” So you see, just as Jesus said, we are either with him or against him and thankfully we do get to decide our eternal destiny. While we all know not everyone will side with Christ “It is not God’s will that any should perish but that all would come to repentance.”

Let me end by saying this “simply choosing the right path isn’t what I’m talking about here.” In fact it isn’t really a path it’s a person, the person of Jesus Christ himself. The Bible teaches us our problem is actually greater than just a choice in that sense because the result of the fall of Man was death. Therefore we now have to be enlivened in order to be on God’s side. Jesus himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” Without Him we remain in death! But with Him we are alive! 1 John 5:11-12 puts it like this, “The testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.”

Louie

Is Romans seven the destiny of a Christian until the day they die? What did the cross of Christ really do for us if it doesn’t provide deliverance from sin and death? Is there more God has to do in order to save us or is Christ and him crucified enough?

Is Paul’s documentation of his struggle with the Law and sin in Romans seven our destiny, or is it simply his defining for us what our lives look like when we see ourselves as independent beings attempting to please God in our own strength? Is Paul teaching us that our lives are always going to be defined by “the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want”? I think not, and I am going to attempt to explain why.

You see the Bible teaches us that we were created to be inhabited by God. We are told we are vessels, with Christ as the treasure-2 Corinthians 4:7, temples for His Spirit to live in-1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19, wives to bear fruit for God-Romans 7:4, bodies to obey Christ who is the Head Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23, and branches to his vine John 15:1&5.

Of course we know Adam disobeyed God and found himself, and subsequently us, joined to the enemy. Ephesians 2:2-3 tells us we “formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.” So, we were all brought into this world indwelt by what John calls “the spirit of error”-1 John 4:4-6.

Once we see that humanity is the vessel, temple and branch caught up in a struggle between two opposing spiritual forces and not independent, we will begin to understand Paul’s writing in Romans seven. Paul writes in Romans 7:17&20 “So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” “But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” Could it be that Paul’s use of the word “sin” in this context is really the enemy, “the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience”, or as John puts it “the spirit of error’? Could the “I” he speaks of be his way of talking about a supposed independent “I” which is really a deception; because in Romans six we learned that we are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. There is never a time when there is “just” me. We are always in union on one side of the equation or the other.

I think Paul’s writing in Romans seven is his way of exposing the lie of the enemy. According to Isaiah 14:13-14 Lucifer’s whole goal was, and is, to exalt himself and make himself “like” God. If that’s the spirit now working in those whom are deceived, they too will think they “independently” can obey God’s perfect and just commands and make themselves “like” God. What if God’s plan all along was for his commandments to expose our inability to keep them? What if God knows we can’t perform up to His perfect standard, but He wants us to know this? What if it is only after full exposure by His Law that we come to understand our true powerless state? It seems to me our powerless state being exposed is the only real way we will ever let go of the lie of independence and see our need to embrace union with Christ.

The Apostle Paul gave all his energy and attention to performing up to God’s perfect standards and ultimately found it to be futile. He said he put no confidence in the flesh [our humanity attempting to live apart from the Spirit of God] but rather counted all he had accomplished as “dung” compared to knowing Jesus Christ. You see he was granted revelation from God that we humans were created to house His Holy Spirit but in the fall another spirit, the spirit of this world, took up residence within. In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 Paul says, “even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

Let me finish by pointing to Paul’s conclusion in Romans 7:24-25. Paul struggled and fought trying to keep God’s Law because he knew it was good and holy. Finally he cried out for deliverance from the never ending struggle of trying and failing and began to thank Jesus Christ! If we continue reading on into Romans 8:3-4 we discover God himself, by way of His Spirit, will live in the believer and He will in fact fulfill His own requirements through them. “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Notice it says, He condemned “sin” in the flesh, not condemned the flesh. Maybe we’ll talk more about this next time but for now I pray you will take serious stock of what these scriptures are telling us, and “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling…’ Ephesians 1:18.

Louie

 

Shortly after Jesus’ resurrection, and before He ascended back to the Father, He told his disciples “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

If we take this literally it means Jesus’ plan all along was for His disciples to disciple others and the way that looks, or happens, is really left up to the Holy Spirit and His activity within us as his body. In other words having “worship services”, as we like to call them, may not be what He’s doing in some. Perhaps making disciples means you take someone under your wing and show them how to believe God, how to study the Bible, how to see themselves as God see’s them, how to deal with temptation, etc.

Today I told a friend of mine I didn’t think it was my job to invite people to church (meaning services in a building). Of course this was met with a somewhat shocked look–maybe it was because I said it in the foyer immediately after church services. He asked me “What do you tell them then?” I said, “My job is to invite them to Jesus Christ!” Before anyone has a cardiac arrest let me say, I’m not against inviting people to church; but what I’ve come to see is most people invite others to church with the hope “the pastor” or “minister” will tell them what they need to hear. You see Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and disciple others not bring them to someone else to disciple them. Now you may say, “I don’t know how” and that is a legitimate reason but my question is why?

If you read the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesians you will find out God sets up Apostle’s, prophets, Evangelist’s, pastors and teachers in the church in order to teach the “Saints”, or rest of the body, how to do the work of ministry. So God’s plan all along has been for the whole body to do the work of ministry not some few “so called” clergy or ministers. According to the scriptures all of us who know Christ are ministers.

Of course not everyone has the gift of evangelism or teaching I know that; but if you’ve been born again you can tell others your testimony. Whether or not you can teach them Biblical hermeneutics, apologetics or dispensationalism  isn’t the point. You can tell them how Jesus Christ saved you and changed you into a new creature and that’s sharing the gospel. You may be the only one who can reach the ones you interact with everyday. Christ in you is the hope of glory and if you are full of hope those you work and live around just may catch it. By the way if you don’t know what those words mean I’ll leave that to you to go and find out. We live in an age where we can go to any computer and do word searches so it really boils down to how bad you want to know doesn’t it?

Let me say, having someone such as a teacher or pastor to help you understand who God is and what Jesus is all about isn’t a bad thing. In fact we all need someone to disciple us to a certain point but it can end up being a bad thing. Jesus himself told his disciples “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” Now of course Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, but it’s also because Jesus wanted the disciples to grow up and learn to walk in the Spirit. You see they would never have grown into their full potential if Jesus was still walking around with them in the flesh. They probably would have built a building and expected to bring others to Jesus in a physical sense. I don’t think Jesus ever had in mind for “The Church” to become attached or identified as a building. I believe He wants us to be an expression of Him everywhere we go whether it’s work or play and localizing Him in a building creates separation. It enables some to see God is over there in that building and Sunday’s, and other set aside days, are his times but the rest of the time is mine. This is what leads us to think in terms of secular and spiritual when in fact everything is God’s and Spirit at root. It is only a perversion or deception that teaches us otherwise. Maybe I’ll talk about that some more at a later date, for now let’s finish today’s thoughts.

In the short letter of 1st John 2:20&27 we read “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.” “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” Amazing! If we have the Holy Spirit living within us, which we do if we are His, we can be led by the Spirit of God. As someone who teaches the Bible there is nothing more satisfying than having one of those you teach stepping up to teach others. After all the goal is for others to know Christ and share him with others. What do you say we “Go and make some disciples!”

Louie

 

Does a Christian continue to have a sinful nature?

When someone teaches a Christian doesn’t have a sinful nature they will inevitably be met with the question, “If we don’t have a sinful nature anymore why do we still sin?” This question presupposes the need of a sinful nature in order to commit a sin, but what about the first Adam? When Adam was created he didn’t have a sinful nature. Yet we know he partook of the forbidden tree which was a direct violation of God’s one and only prohibition. In other words, Adam committed a sin even though his nature wasn’t sinful.

There is no question in my mind that we are all born sinners in Adam. If someone wants to make the argument we are born with a sinful nature I wouldn’t disagree. The problem occurs when people think we carry that nature with us even after being born again.

In the New Testament there are really only two places where the word “nature” is used in this sense. The first one tells us we used to be “dead in our trespasses and sins.” We use to walk according to the “Prince of the power of the air”, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. We were by nature “Children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-3). In other words, we are not only born sinners we are indwelt by the “spirit of error” (1 John 4:6), hence the sinful nature.

Upon being born again the spirit of error has been replaced by the Holy Spirit. According to 2 Peter we “become a partaker of his divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, isn’t going to be a roommate with the spirit of error. Jesus told us we can’t serve two masters. He also told the Pharisees they were of “their father the devil” (John 8:44). Jesus had clearly come from the Heavenly Father, but those religious leaders had another father and it was his lusts they were doing. You’ve heard the old saying, “You act just like your father” haven’t you? It’s true and we can only have one either God or Satan.

God created human beings to be expressions of him. Don’t you remember? He said, “Let us make man in our image” (Genesis 1:26). We were designed to have the Spirit of God living in us so we would be an expression of his character (nature) manifested for all of creation to see. At the cross He accomplished all that was required for us to fulfill this original purpose.

According to Romans six we were “crucified with Christ and our old man, or self, died with him, in order that our old body of sin might be done away with, and we would no longer be slaves to sin.” Did you catch that? Our old self died. Wouldn’t this mean our old “sinful” nature died?

If we need a few more verses to show us our old man has died lets look at Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” The Apostle Paul tells us plainly it is no longer I but Christ! What part of Christ has a sinful nature? Another tells us, in Christ we have “put off the body of the sins of the flesh…” (Colossians 2:11) The old man really is dead!

Okay, you say that sounds pretty good, but let’s get back to why we still sin then. Fair enough. My answer is twofold. One reason I believe born again people sin is because they are living with an unrenewed mind. The other reason is simply because of outside temptations. If we are living with an unrenewed mind, in a world full of temptations, we are bound to fall. In Romans 12:2 we are told “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” When I was born again I was 31yrs old. Believe me God had to rearrange a few things in my thinking. If we are born again in our spirit but our minds haven’t quite caught on yet we may discover parts of our lives to be the same as before. This is, I believe, why people come to the conclusion we still have a sinful nature.

The conclusion then is our nature is determined by the spirit we are in union with. Either we are in union with the spirit of error, and have a sinful nature, or we are joined to the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of truth), and we are partaking of his divine nature.

The biggest part of renewing our minds involves learning to see ourselves from God’s perspective. When we look at ourselves, or listen to what others say, we will start to believe it. If we determine we have a sinful nature based on our past experience, or how we have always thought of ourselves, it is no wonder we continue in sin. Part of what the Bible does for us is to describe God’s viewpoint on his children. He tells us “In Christ” we are whole, blameless, holy, righteous, sanctified, and justified dare I say perfect? He doesn’t look at us through the same lens the world uses.

Taken from my booklet “Some Things You Need to Know”

Louie

I’ve noticed lately how frustration comes when we see ourselves as independent from God. When I say, “Independent” I mean we think we are in charge of doing good and avoiding evil, as if we have the ability in and of ourselves to do that. If we think we should have done better or shouldn’t have done something what we’re really saying is “WE” ought to be able to perform better because “WE” have the ability within ourselves. Upon a more thorough reading of the scriptures though we discover we, meaning human beings, were never created to “Do Better” we were designed to be the Temple but not the deity within, the vessel rather than the contents and the branch instead of the vine. I suppose what I’m saying is the sooner we embrace our Temple/vessel/ branch-hood and let God be God the sooner the frustration will subside.

In the 32nd chapter of Exodus we read the story of the golden calf. The scene is Moses is on top of the mountain communing with God and Aaron his brother is at the foot of the mountain with the Children of Israel. Moses had been gone for a long time so everyone began to get antsy wondering where he went and whether or not He would ever return. So Aaron devised a plan wherein He had them to give him their jewelry, He melted it down and created a golden calf. The golden calf was declared to be their god so they began dancing and partying. They had been set free from bondage in Egypt and shown the way yet they didn’t really know God and grew impatient waiting for Moses to return. Even though they weren’t in Egypt any longer they still had plenty of Egypt in them.

Meanwhile back on the top of the mountain God says to Moses “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!’ ” Then the Lord told Moses to leave him alone so He could destroy them in order to start over and make a new nation from Moses himself.

Here’s where it struck me. Moses’ response to God was “O Lord, why does your anger burn against Your people whom you have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth’? Moses then went on to remind God about his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob so the Bible says “the Lord changed his mind.”

Now, what I wanted you to see in this is how God gave Moses the perfect opportunity to get upset and attempt to take charge over the people but He didn’t. God called the Children of Israel “Your people whom you brought out of Egypt” and gave Moses the chance to make it all about him by destroying Israel and starting a new nation through Him. Moses, on the other hand, turned it around and said they are “Your people whom you brought out.” You see Moses understood, whether the Children of Israel were disobeying or acting out or not, ultimately He had to trust God to get them where He wanted them to be. Yes Moses was called to do a job, but if God “in Moses” wasn’t the real doer, frustration and failure was the only thing He could expect.

This story reminded me of so many church leaders and their never ending task of soothing all of the problems between church members. Attempting to make church members do one thing and stop doing another is futile. While sound Biblical teaching can go a long way; if they are God’s people in the end we have to trust Him to get them where He wants them. Carrying a burden for the well-being of others is part of the normal Christian life because we are called to intercede on their behalf. At some point though we have to let God do what only He can do and stop trying to do it for Him. In the end we, like Moses, have to remember “They” are His people not ours. A friend of mine says, “We are to share the gospel in the power of the Spirit and leave the results to God.”

Louie