Faith is simply the recognition that God is good, and as such we should live expecting God's goodness. As Christians, we are never lost or alone. God is good and wants good for our lives.
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So often we demonstrate fickleness rather than faithfulness to God. At times, we forget God, wander from Him, focus our eyes on the desires of the flesh, or twist the Word of God in our lives. But God is always faithful to us, and we ought to always remember His promises.
Our God is holy and is always right and righteous. Thus, we never need worry about exacting vengeance. God will take care of that. We simply need to remember our call to be instruments of His mercy and to be a sign to the world of His unmerited grace.
Behind all the laws on vows is the importance of being truthful. The Gospel is a Gospel of truth, and God hates lying. Since Jesus is truth, the more filled with Him we are, the more truthful we will be.
How often is it that we put ourselves first in our lives rather than Jesus? We have placed greater importance in our physical body, above our soul and our spirit, when it is our spirit that should garner our attention. When our spirit is in communion with the Holy Spirit, our lives can be in proper order. Remember to put Jesus first in all aspects of our lives.
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Faith is a gift from God and is rooted in trust in the love and goodness of God. Faith trusts in the will of God and seeks to honor God in all it does.
There may be much uncertainty in our life, but there should be no uncertainty with God. God is always faithful and has kept His promises.
False teachers can be seen by their fruit of disobedience. We must do more than know the truth; we need to live it out.
As Christians living in this world, we strive to be in the world, but not of it. However, salvation forgotten can lead to a carnal worldview. The solution is to remember the cross and to seek God’s view.
Today's passage ultimately points to Jesus and the Gospel. We are saved because of God's grace and not because of anything we have done. Those that are saved are also made new, and this saving grace is also always sanctifying grace.
Our rebellion never stops, but it is essential that we understand the depths of God's mercy for sinners such as ourselves. We have received unmerited grace and have done nothing to deserve this mercy. In all circumstances, the answer is always to trust God and know that He is working for our good.
God deserves our first and our best, and He deserves our obedience. Putting God first, giving Him our best and obeying Him is only possible when done in living response to his grace.
Rebellion of the heart is often a problem of faith, so we ought to understand what faith is. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. And when we hope, it does not simply mean to wish, but to have trust, expectation, and confidence in the promises of God.
Supplemental listening: Paul Sheppard’s Exalting the Lord’s Name.
Themes include complaining, asking to receive, the Spirit and reach of the Lord, the curse of getting what you want, and God dealing with rebellion.
The importance of remembering God.
- His attributes, His character, His power, His promises, and what He has done.
Taking time to remember God will increase our faith in him and give us hope and peace.
The importance of listening to God.
- He speaks in many ways, but is never inconsistent with scripture.
- God wants His people to be doers of His word, not just hearers of it.
Listening to God will cause us to grow in wisdom, obedience, and Christlikeness.
The Nazirite Vow: A time for the Lord.
Consecrating the temple: A place for the Lord.
Cleansing the Levites: A people for the Lord.
This time is not forever; be vigilant.
Our sin is revealed in the presence of God's holiness. It represents a breaking of faith and fellowship with God, but our confession and repentance restores this fellowship. Jesus not only is our high priest as we confess our sins, but our offering and atonement for our sins as well!
- God's organization
- God's calling
The Levites - An Introduction.
- The sacrifice of a higher calling
- The hands of God's mercy
God's Assembly: The message of the cross.
The Levites Revisited: The call to service.
Hills and Valleys.
A survey of the book of Numbers:
- Taking a census.
- Redemption, purity, and consecration.
- Discontentment and rebellion.
- Dealing with obstacles on the way to the Promised Land.
- Offerings and vows.
- Living in the Promised Land.
Important lessons from the book of Numbers:
- Staying focused on God and His provision.
- Finding mercy in the midst of judgment.
- Seeing a picture of salvation through Christ.