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Posts Tagged ‘israel’

Day 19: Complaining and Unbelief

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 19, 2011


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“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16

The biggest outward sign of unbelief is complaining.

From the time that Israel left Egypt until they reached the Promised Land, the constant theme was murmuring and complaining.

It got so bad that God burned the people with fire (Numbers 11:1-3) gave Miriam leprosy (Numbers 12), killed Israelites for complaining about food (Numbers 11), condemned all those older than 20 to die in the desert when they wouldn’t go into the promised land (Number 12-13), opened the earth to swallow up Korah’s household when he rebelled (Numbers 16-17).

They complained about food, water, and seemingly just about everything else.  Complaining is an ugly, selfish, sin-filled, arrogant, obnoxious, putrid and disgusting act. When we complain to God, we show our lack of faith and trust in his ability to remedy a situation or lead us through the situation.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The word for impossible here is the same word used half the time to speak of “impotence” and represents that fact that it just can’t be done.

If your goal is to please God, stop complaining and just trust Him. If you think your situation is bad, there is always someone else worse off that still has the joy of the Lord.

God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3)… what do you have to complain about?

 

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Day 10: All Israel will be Saved

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 10, 2011


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I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.” – Isaiah 43:15

The world contains over 200 nations, and throughout the centuries, hundreds more have come and gone, but only one was actually created specifically by God and cannot be destroyed no matter how many demonic possessed people tried.

God called a man named Abram to come out of his people and go to a place that He would show him. He promised him that nations would come from His loins.  Nations did come from him, but only one was named by God when he renamed Jacob to “Israel”.

Part of the blessing God gave to Abram, later called Abraham, was that the nations of the world would also be blessed through him.  That also came true when God broke into our world in the form of a baby to a girl in Bethlehem.

One very important point to keep in mind is that God is not done with Israel yet.  His plans for them extend through the end of our time here on this earth.  Promises given to them don’t pass on to Christians, so it if very important to keep a close eye on what happens in Israel and to pray for them.

One day that nation that God named will take on a new name, the Name of Jesus.  They will believe in their Messiah that came.  They will recognize him as the Lord, the Holy One, their Creator and there King.  Pilate’s words written on the Cross were more prophetic than many will ever know, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”.

 

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The Problem with Helping God Out

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 30, 2009


God never managed a McDonalds.

We live in a fast food, instant messaging, wifi, gotta-have-it-now generation. I have an iPhone just so I can keep up with my blogs, facefook, email and Fox News. I just heard a study that talked about all the things the cell phone have replaced – PDAs, home phones, long distance, MP3 players and strangely enough, the next thing they will replace is the cell phone. People don’t talk to people anymore, they text, email and tweet them.

We crave the fast and the quick. We buy everything before we can afford it. In fact, if you take personal debt (not including mortgages) and spread it across every man, woman and child in America, each person would owe $7,575 according to the Federal Reserve Board. Throw in the mortgages, and each person owes almost 10 times that much.

That is not a sustainable model. Eventually, you will break a system based on wanting things you aren’t ready for. The McDonalds mentality – gotta have it now, just doesn’t work in God’s kingdom.

Just ask Moses. God trained him for 80 years before he was ready to use him. David ran from Saul for years before he became king and then another 20 years from his own people for 20 years after he became king. What about Abraham 20 years, Noah 120 years and Jesus 33 years.

I don’t think we get it. We don’t need to use man’s methods to push God. We don’t need to help Him out. He just wants us to be ready when He calls upon us. He will do it in His timing.

Our intentions are good. We mean well; we just should not use the worlds flawed methods to drive God’s plan.

Let me be somewhat bold and say, “I sincerely doubt that God has ever ever asked anybody to go into debt to finance His work.” There is no biblical precedent for it. On the contrary, I could show scripture upon scripture against that practice.

When we help God out in this way, we set ourselves up for trouble. Even though our intentions are good and our proclaimed “faith” sees results, I don’t believe we get the best value from the work. In fact, it might even have unintended consequences that could undermine the very work you are doing for God.

Case in point. There was once a king of Judah named Hezekiah. He was a good and righteous king who loved God with all His heart.

One day, God honored him by telling him in advance that he was going to die and that he should get his house in order. Most of us would not like to hear that kind of news, and neither did Hezekiah. Rather than trust God, he pleaded with God to change the plan.

God did.

This was one of only a couple times in the bible where God listened to a man. This time, however, it would be very bad.

God extended Hezekiah’s life 15 years. During that time, some leaders from an eastern country came to visit and Hezekiah foolishly showed them all the treasures of the kingdom. Pride had entered in. The local prophet came to him and told him that that very nation would one day after he was gone come back and take it all away.

That news strangely gave him peace that he would live a safe life. But it wasn’t the worse thing that came from his “helping God out”. You see, during that 15 years, Hezekiah had a son – a son that would take the kingdom over at the age of 12 years of age. His name – Manasseh. He was in many ways the most wicked king Judah ever saw. More wicked, the bible says than the Amorite nation before him. He filled Jerusalem with blood and undid every good thing that his father established.

The sadest part of that story is that non of it had to happen. For if Hezekiah had just followed God’s will instead of trying to alter it or help God out, the wickedness that followed his reign may have been avoided. Eventually, Manasseh came around, but not before dragging Judah through the mud.

I don’t know why we feel we need to help God out, it really never ends up well. Faith is trusting God’s plan. When we add to his plans, we created houses of straw and sticks that are weak and fragile. When the times of trouble come, they quickly perish while the plan of God continues on.

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