Good afternoon, everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. I can’t believe this first month is almost over. Don’t forget to thank God for all his amazing blessings and mercies. He’s so good and he’s worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise.
I have a tasty, mouthwatering sermon snack from Pastor Chris that I know you’ll love. Make your plate and then prepare a tupperware to give to someone else.
God is unpredictable. We don’t know how he will fulfill the promises in our lives. We won’t know why things happen the way we do. We can’t put God in a box.
“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”
Numbers 21:4-9 NKJV
The snake on the pole represents Jesus on the cross. When we understand what Jesus did for us we become saved.
“Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord , according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.”
II Kings 18:1-4 NKJV
Generations passed and the snake that brought healing had become an idol. Over time we can turn things into a ritual and it loses its original purpose. It’s like Chistmas and Easter. Some celebrate those holidays out of ritual and forget the true meaning. Fall in love with God not with the process. We’ve seen many people changed and healed. When we ask him to intervene in a new situation we may find that God doesn’t move in the same way. If we look at Jesus we’ll see that he healed people in different ways whether it’s through words or physical actions. He changes it up so people fall in love with him and not his practices. Sometimes we need to switch things up in our lives. We can’t do the same thing over and over and expect different results. If it’s hard to hear from God try something different.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
II Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV
When we’re weak God is strong. We must trust that things will be worked out. He has plans that aren’t ours and that will work out better than we planned.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9 NKJV
God is on his own time.
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
II Peter 3:8 NKJV
We’re bound by the stoplight, the calendar, and the clock but God isn’t. He wants to have a relationship with us and he wants us to try different things. Slow life down for a minute. Take time to talk to God in the morning and be open to the Holy Spirit. Let him captivate your thoughts. Break the routine. Allow the Holy Spirit to move and put your plans to the side.