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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 51 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do bery baptistClark's Bridgecom. What a Masauce, same as fables. Is a fable aboutthe dog and the dog gets this very scrumptious bone from town and he's hittinghome and as he's on his way home he comes to a creek and he'scrossing a bridge of the creek and he looks down and he sees another dogand the Greek with a bone looks bigger than his bone and the dog wanningthe bone. That's the other dog.

Gad He drops his scruptuous bone andgoes down into the creek to grab the other bone. A poem. Whenhis face hits the water, the dog obviously realizes it was his reflection.He dropped what he had to get something. That it ness such as the casewe're not grateful for what we have. We want something else. We desiresomething more. Instead of being grateful for what we have, we complainwanting more, such the Israelites did. We're continuing our study through the bookof numbers and Numbers Chapter Eleven and twelve, with our reading for it today,and we see quail from Heaven Opposition to Moses. But I'm going toread numbers, Chapter Eleven, verse eighteen.

Is We see this sad story ofdiscontentment the lives of the children of Israel. Tell the people, consecrateyourselves and preparation for tomorrow. You will eat me. The Lord heard youwhen you wail. Only we had meet to eat. We were better offin Egypt. Now the Lord will give you me and you will eat it. In Numbers, chapters eleven and twelve, discontentment flows through the camp of Israellike a flooding river sweeping across as its ways of destruction pressed into thelives of the inhabitants, rinking havn throughout the entire archy. In these chapters, we see the children of Israel discontent about the lack of meat to eat. Chapter Eleven, versus for and five,...

...even though they have been eating angelfood, Mada from heaven. Further Moses is discontent about the children ofIsrael be discontent Chapter Eleven, verses eleven through fourteen. And finally, Aaronand Miriam are discontent with their positions of leadership and they won't Moses's position ofleadership. Chapter twelve, versus one two. In the midst of all this complaint, in the midst of this discontentment, God calls on the children of Israelto sanctify themselves. That's all I here's all this discontentment flowing through thelives of the children of Israel, flowing through the camp of the children ofIsrael, and God says, I don't want y'all to sanctify yourselves. Theyare discontent and he calls on them to sanctify themselves. What, what typeof instruction is this? Make no mistake,...

God was also letting them see theculmination of their discontentment, as he gave them meat until they were sickof it. But the sactify was a reminder. One need only remember Israel'shistory to understand God's actions here. God was calling on them to remember towho they belong, remember who's they were. The first time they sanctified themselves wasthat the pass over back in Egypt, when God said to them your mindand I'm going to pass over, but as a testimony that your mind, you'll kill the lamp, you'll sprinkle its blood over the entrance of yourhomes. Your mind therefore sanctify yourselves.

That was when God called them tosanctify themselves, a reminder that they were God's, that they had been boughtwith the price. This reminder of to whom they belong was an impetus.They needed to recall the blessings God had given him, the recollection of theirsalvation, of God's goodness, of God's blessings. That's the best them tostop the flood of discontentment. If they would stop and recall God's goodness,they would realize they had no reasons to be discontent. It's they would bestopped and count their many blessings. It...

...would surprise him what God had done. You see what God was doing here? Who say, listen, you're discontent, so I want you to sanctify yourselves. Who Sanctify? Oh yeah, that's what we did when we became God's, when the Passover occur,when there was this clear delineation between us and others. We belong to himand he saved us through that and he's blessed us through that and he's providedfor us. And what God was doing was he was bringing to mind whosethey were and how he had been faithful to take care of him. Youand I are also tempted to become discontent. We are tempted to look at whatsomeone else has. Were tempted to want something else. We're tempted todesire something else, and God is teaching...

...us, even today, be content. I've provided you with salvation, I've saved you, I've taken care ofyou, I continue to take care of you. A reminder of what Godhad done. When we become discontent, it would do us well to rememberour salvation as well, to remember how much God loves us, the thinkingthat we don't get what we deserve. In doing so, we take ourthoughts off what we don't have and suddenly we enjoy an accurate perspective of anundeserved salvation, a loving God who died for us, and then eternity thatwas given to us by grace. God hates complaining, he hates discontinued becausein so doing we usually question God.

Have you been good? To us. A fresh look at our salvation reminds us of God's goodness. I'm notgoing to draw up the eternal wone of glory for a Mirage which only appearsto be what I desire. What's praising today? First, salvation, ofwhich we are still in all. Let's take our eyes off what we desire, get, do not possess, and place our eyes on what we possess, which is more desirable than anything else. The God of life, the Godof freedom, the God of all. What a great message, encouraging usto be content with what God has given us, encouraging us. Countyour many blessings, name then, one by one, and it will surprisedwhat the Lord has done. Can I...

...encourage you today? There's anything thatyou won't but don't have. Would you just stop? You count your blessings, just write them down, start banging them. All of a sudden,instead of being discontent, will be content, will be braising God. It'll surpriseus what all God's done. What a great God we serve, and, by way, he's all we need. What our reading for tomorrow is numbers, chapter, thirteen and fourteen. I won't encourage you in that,but we spray together before we close today. Father, thank you for this amazingreminder, both for asofs fable, but, more importantly, from yourword, reminder not to be discontent, to be content with what we have. Because of discontent, when a lot...

...of times we lose what we have, we chase after things that never satisfied. We want more possessions, more pleasures, more power, and when we get them, we're so unsatisfied becausethey can't satisfy. As you can, Lord Jesus, thank you for savingus, thank you for protecting us, for providing for us, for allowingus to enjoy life with you. May We never take it for granted.More even as the Israelites, as you taught them, to stop, sanctifyyourselves, remember when we become discontent, may we do the same thing.May We stop we kill our blessings, may we remember our salation and then, so doing, become content with the only thing that matters you. Webring this in, Jesus, thank you...

...again for joining us today.

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