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Numbers 22

Good Morning “Submitters to Jesus’ Lordship.”  Today we are in Numbers 22.  

The story of Balaam and his donkey, is both encouraging and humbling.  I love to use Balaam’s donkey when encouraging students to submit themselves to the Lord and simply “share the reason for the hope they have”.  (1 Peter 3:15-16). Don’t worry about what you will say, for in that moment, as you testify it will be the Holy Spirit speaking through you.  (Matt. 10:19) If God can speak through Balaam’s donkey He can speak through you!   Ha ha!  This is an encouragement to me each time I step up to speak!  

What was really happening though?  Why was it necessary for God to speak through the donkey?  God was attempting to lead, really to stop Balaam, but he wasn’t getting it.  He had an agenda and was attempting to force it in every way.  Balaam longed for Balak’s promised riches!  (I Timothy 6:10; II Peter 2:15)

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.“  I believe most everyone would say they want to avoid life’s pitfalls that bring heavy consequences.  So we “want” to be led by the Lord.  The problem is, seldom does The Lords real leading line up with where our flesh wants to go.  So… we’re really praying for God to lead in the way we want, we’re looking for “open and closed doors” that confirm what our flesh wants while ignoring His true leading.  

God speaks by His Holy Spirit through His Word, through prayer, through His Body The Church, and lastly through circumstances.  Circumstances are the easiest for Satan to manipulate, and our heart is the biggest deceiver of all - who can trust it?  (Jeremiah 17:9) Follow your heart” is one of the most non-Biblical statements we hear.

So how do I know where God is truly leading?  Spend time in prayer, bury your face in The Word, seek wise counsel from those who are doing the same, lastly consider the circumstances.  Pay attention to your equipping, your Spiritual Gifts, even the “bad” things that have happened to you.  If He called you to Himself with “good works” in mind for you to do, prepared beforehand, (Eph. 2:10) then surely He’s already prepared, or is preparing you for that work even now.

Love you all!  Dig in!