INCARNATE: THANKFULNESS AND TRUST

Beginning in Numbers chapter 11 and reading through chapter 15 we notice how the Israelites complained, cried, wept, were ungrateful, murmured, were disbelieving and disobedient.

The same could probably be said of the people of our society.

There are many great lessons we can learn about the one true and living God and from the history of the children of Israel.

Indeed, Paul’s inspired pen was correct when he wrote, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

Does being thankful describe your behavior?

Here are just a few things for us to consider:

1) Be content. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Contentment doesn’t necessarily mean satisfied. But carries with it the idea of thankfulness and a focus on how God has blessed us. So…

2) Count your blessings, look for the good in every situation, and be thankful. The Psalmist said, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). Colossians 3:15 instructs us to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” And lastly…

3) Trust in the Lord. While in the history of God’s people God recognizes both sins of ignorance and sins of presumption He still calls both of them sin. And there are consequences for both. Ignorance of the law was/is no excuse. And the only hope we have is to trust in Him and obey His commands (Psalm 37:3). Have a blessed week and be faithful! BY TIM DOOLEY

“GOD LOVES YOU AND I LOVE YOU AND THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GONNA BE!” — MIKE

INCARNATE: BOILING OUR OXEN

HOW MUCH DOES GOD REQUIRE?

Elijah was a prophet of God during the reign of king Ahab and queen Jezebel, a wicked and cruel couple.

At one point, he was ready to just give up, but God would not let him.

Instead, God told him to appoint Elisha as his successor.

When Elijah called Elisha to become a prophet, he was plowing with a yoke of oxen.

He took the oxen and slaughtered them; he used the yoking equipment as fuel to boil the meat.

Then he gave the meat to the people to eat.

Why did he do this?

He was cutting ties to his past because he knew that his work as God’s prophet demanded everything.

Can you cut your ties with the world?

In Luke 9:62, Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

In Luke 14:33 he said, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus?

Many will tell you to just believe that Jesus will save you and do whatever you want after that.

Why would Jesus make these demanding statements?

Why would he ask for complete commitment?

Occasionally, we sing, “I Surrender All.” “All to Jesus, I surrender; all to Him, I freely give. / I will ever love and trust Him; in His presence, daily live. / I surrender all. I surrender all. / All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”

Have we boiled our oxen with our yokes?

Have we kept our hand on the plow and not looked back?

Have we forsaken all?

God help us to let go of all things on this earth so we may enter his heavenly kingdom. by Kevin Cauley

“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike