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Your Mission (if you choose to accept it)

Passages for today – Exodus 4:1-5:21; Matthew 18:1-20; Psalm 22:18-31; Proverbs 5:15-21

God, can You send someone else?
And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.
– Exodus 4:10-16

So often, I have prayed for God to use me, asked Him what is my purpose, said to Him, “Here am I, send me,” and yet when God calls and commissions me to join Him on a mission, my first reaction is – please Lord, send someone else! Moses did this, and most of us know exactly what he felt. He gave part of his assignment to someone else. Moses was a great man of faith, but at that moment he didn’t have faith that God would be true to His Word to be with him. He was given a mission that he was uniquely prepared for. He accepted parts of the task but not all of it. How many times have I done the same thing? I wanted the mission, but the fear caused me to hand parts of it to another. Help me, Father!

Be careful how you treat the “little ones”
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish
.” – Matthew 18:10-14

In our world, there is so much evil directed against children. Abortion, trafficking, all kinds of abuse. How much must you despise a child for making them suffer in any of these ways? This verse applies not only to the natural but also to the spiritual. It reminds us that their angels are beholding the face of God even as they are there, witnessing the good and bad toward these “little ones.” The same is true of baby Christians. We should not despise or hinder their walk with Jesus in any way.

Bind evil and loose righteousness
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
” – Matthew 18:18-20

The mission that God has called us all to is to confront and destroy the evil on this earth. Here is another KEY that He gives us to have victory as we work for Him to see this mission through. Bind on this earth what is not of God (evil) and loose on this earth what is of God (righteousness and holiness). Bind the enemy and loose JESUS!!!

God sees, hears and responds to the afflicted
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard
. – Psalms 22:24

God has seen the afflictions put on you, and He is not okay with it. He has heard your cries, and if He hears, He responds. Who has He put on His mission to pray for you, command His healing for you, to witness to you. Are you that someone for another? If so, have you set off on your mission, or have you asked God to send someone else? First, though, I ask myself, have I?

God knows your ways and where you are on His path, or if you are off His path
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.
– Proverbs 5:21

God knows where you are. He know if you are running from your call or if you are somewhere on that path working for Him. He is pondering where you are right this minute.

Does that cause you to stop and ponder it yourself? It does me.

Ponder – to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate; to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully.

Father, I come before You today and now before You in repentance for all of the times I have run from Your perfect plans for me. Forgive me, Lord! Help me trust You in all things knowing that You have promised never to leave me or forsake me. Help me to stand as Your mouthpiece to confront and bind the evil in this world. Help me to loose Your love, your peace, Your will into this lost and dying world. Thank You for loving me and teaching me so much today. Help me to ponder these things and plant them in my heart. Help me to never depart from those Your Words and ways. In Jesus Name! Amen! Amen!

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Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – as a little child (Luke 18:15-17)

download880709476.jpeg“And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” – Luke‬ ‭18:15-17‬

It was a normal thing for the Jews to bring little children to the rabbis to receive a blessing, so it is kind of strange that the disciples would try to stop them. Maybe they thought Jesus was tired and should rest, or maybe they decided Jesus was not all that interested in kids. Boy, were they wrong!

Jesus loves children, and He wants us to be like them in many ways. He wants us to be childlike… but not childish. An unspoiled child illustrates humility, faith, and dependence. A little child is simple, helpless, unaffected, unpretentious, unambitious. A child has a sense of wonder that makes life exciting. They are ever learning and growing. Children are not sinless or naturally unselfish, and they display their fallen nature from the earliest age. But they are nevertheless naive and unassuming.

Children are trusting. The purest trust is that of a child who blindly trusts their parent without question. This is the level of trust and kind of faith we should have in God our Father. A trust that says while we might not know all of the details and the reasons for His actions and plans, we trust His wisdom and heart, and we know that He knows what is best for us.

The Bible says the only way to enter God’s kingdom is to become like a child and be born again. Receiving God’s kingdom like a child means accepting it simply and wholeheartedly so as to turn from sin, receiving Jesus as Savior, relying on Him as Lord, obeying Him as Master, and following Him as your Heavenly Father. Like the old hymn says, “Wherever He leads I’ll go!”

Father, Help us today to be as the little children. Happy and excited to be with You and unashamed of our love and devotion to You. Forgive us when we doubt and worry and get caught up in what we think we know. Help us to fully trust and fully obey that Your will might be done in our lives and Your Glory might be shown through us to this dying world…on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence. ~ Matthew 19:13-15

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. ~ Mark 10:13-16

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew‬ ‭18:3‬