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16 April 2014

Today’s Prayer Note

NORTHERN IRELAND – Project Serve

Please pray for this great opportunity for young people, ages 16 – 25, to serve God. PROJECTSERVE NI is about reaching out to the young people of Northern Ireland with the incredible message of the Gospel. Countless young people from all over the world come together to serve God for 2 weeks of the summer. Two fantastic weeks of seeing the lives of people from across Northern Ireland transformed as young people share the best news there is to share.

Today’s Verses

Numbers 34-36

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Today’s Nugget

A Picture of Faith

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:22

If you were the commander of an army on the brink of war, wouldn’t you appoint some commanders and generals and get organized for the fight? That’s what’s happening in Numbers 34-36, but instead of organizing for war, Moses takes the list of names the Lord gives him and appoints those who will be involved in dividing the land that is still in the hands and under the control of the Canaanites.

This whole scene is a picture of faith. The Israelites knew they were going to possess the land–not by the skill of sword and bow, but by the power and favor of God. Their faith was not arrogance or presumption. This business of possessing the Promised Land was not their idea, but God’s. They were acting on God’s orders to accomplish His mission in the world.

That’s exactly the way we should respond to God’s commands in the Bible. God commands us to share the good news about Christ with other people; to be kind and compassionate to one another; to forgive each other; to live godly lives in a dark world. We have been called into a spiritual warfare whose battlefields are the ordinary, nitty-gritty situations of everyday life. If we wait until we think we’re well trained or skilled enough to accomplish all that, we’ll never do anything.

In the light of faith and history, that little get-together to divide up an unconquered land doesn’t seem so strange after all.

Prayer

Lord, I delight in doing Your will, even when it might not seem like the rational thing to do. Amen.

To Ponder

Is my faith centered on God, who enables me to do what He has commanded me to do? (Permission granted by NavPress)

Honor the king (I Peter 2:17), 

 

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