Don’t Quit!

Retracing the Israelite’s steps in the book of Numbers serves as example to us. Retracing is good but we want to turn from following their example.

As they stood on the edge of receiving a life of abundance the Lord promised them, they turned their backs on Him in unbelief and wandered aimlessly for forty years until death brought them to their end. They never received the abundant life the Lord had for them.

THEY QUIT.

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To the Israelites the Lord spoke through the prophet Moses:

“But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.” Numbers 14:32,33.

Joshua and Caleb would be the only ones from that generation to enter the Promised Land. But did you notice, because of the parents’ disobedience and unbelief their children wandered in a barren land waiting for the day the promise would be theirs. Sin reaches beyond one’s self touching others we may not see.

Today, the Lord speaks through the Israelites’ example to us:

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin…And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?” Heb. 3:12,13,18.

Life on planet earth brings its temptations and trials. But as a child of the living God we are admonished to persevere, endure and do it with joy. That proves to be the hard part. But there is a-

Way to Endure:

DON’T QUIT!

Remember- “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer…Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you…1Peter 4:7,12; Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1Cor. 10:12,13.

DON’T QUIT!

Rejoice-“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings’ that , when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy…1Pet. 4;13; My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience[endurance]. But let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing…James 1:2-4; And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience[endurance]; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Rom. 5:3-5.

DON’T QUIT!

Realign our Sight-“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience[endurance] the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. for consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” Heb. 12:1-4.

DON’T QUIT!

DSCF0336Reward-“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience[endurance], that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME, AND WILL NOT TARRY…Heb. 10: 35-57; Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. 14: 12.

DON’T QUIT!

Trials and testing are but a moment in time perfecting us for an eternity with Christ.

What Does Your Temple Look Like?

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” 1Cor. 2:10.pexels-photo-345135.jpeg

My friend and I walked along the deserted one lane dirt road leading to the construction site of my future home. We gasped in amazement when we caught sight of what, the day before, was only a foundation. Atop it sat four outside walls, partitions, a roof and several men laying the roof. I’m not sure why our reaction was astonishment. Not just one but several master builders had joined forces to help our house go up. The men in my husband’s family remind me of those God called to use their talents to build the temple, all being gifted carpenters. Anything these men build is built right, built to last.

Paul cautions the Corinthians to “take heed how he buildeth thereupon”, speaking of the foundation of the gospel of Christ, Paul has already laid. He then cautions them to use only the best materials for they will be tried by fire. It’s important what is used lasts.

“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every mans’ work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. “ 1Cor. 3:12,13.

Gold…Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ… Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience(endurance, NASB)… I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich… (1Pet. 1:5-7; James 1:3; Rev. 3:18a)pexels-photo-567983.jpeg

Silver…”The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O lORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever… And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness… I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Ps. 12:6,7; Mal. 3:3; Rom. 12:1).

Precious stones…Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it… Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than find gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her… the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel… (Prov. 3:13-15;Matt. 13:45-46;Prov. 20:15b).

Wood, hay, stubble…For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch… THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH NIGH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONORETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS; BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. BUT IN VAIN THEY DO WORHSHIP ME. TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMANDMENTS OF MEN.” (Mal. 4:1;T Matt. 15:8,9).

What do your walls look like, strong and enduring or a little shaky?

SOME CREATIVE FUN: Think about this week’s posts concerning the church, add your own perception and build a main character profile using the church personified. Do it in list form or paragraph style to describe your character.

For example: Her beauty extended beyond the softness of her eyes, the welcoming smile. It emanated from a source deep within.

Now you take it from there describing your character (male or female) , his/her greatest need and what makes the person likeable. Have fun.

Leave your thoughts in comments and next Thursday, if I get several, I will post them and you can vote on your favorite, excluding your own.