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Mar
17
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Encouragement Shared:
We must be very careful not fall into into the pit falls of Pride it leads us to foolishness, brokenness and disconnect from God.
Seriously, God used a donkey to drive a point home.  We have to seek to be obedient in all we do.  Our ways are not God’s ways.
It becomes so simple to follow the foolish things of this world that are unimportant and temporary.
Look at the big picture; follow God’s promptings to a stronger better life through Christ that equips us with strength beyond human understand.
God is your defender in your times of trouble… He is our refuge … God is the strength of our being.
There is blessings for the righteous that wait patiently for God to act on our behalf.
May the blessing of the Lord be upon you as you read this area of scripture today.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance…
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Numbers 22:21-23:30

Balaam’s Donkey Speaks

21 Balaam got up the next morning and put a saddle on his donkey. Then he went with the Moabite leaders. 22 But God became angry because Balaam went, so the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord stood in the road to ·stop [challenge] Balaam. Balaam was riding his donkey, and he had two servants with him. 23 When the donkey saw the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, the donkey left the road and went into the field. Balaam ·hit [struck] the donkey to force her back on the road.

24 Later, the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord stood on a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 Again the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, and she walked close to one wall, ·crushing [squeezing; scraping] Balaam’s foot against it. So he ·hit [struck] her again.

26 The ·angel [messenger] of the Lord went ahead again and stood at a narrow place, too narrow to turn left or right. 27 When the donkey saw the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam. This made him so angry that he ·hit [struck] her with his stick. 28 Then the Lord made the donkey talk, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to make you ·hit [strike] me three times?”

29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made me look foolish! I wish I had a sword in my hand! I would kill you right now!”

30 But the donkey said to Balaam, “·I am [L Am I not…?] your very own donkey, which you have ridden for years. Have I ever done this to you before?”

“No,” Balaam said.

31 Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam and let Balaam see the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord, who was standing in the road with his sword drawn in his hand. Then Balaam bowed facedown on the ground.

32 The ·angel [messenger] of the Lord asked Balaam, “Why have you ·hit [struck] your donkey three times? I have stood here to ·stop [challenge] you, because what you are doing is wrong. 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me three times [C it was more spiritually sensitive than Balaam]. If she had not turned away, I would have killed you by now, but I would have let her live.”

34 Then Balaam said to the ·angel [messenger] of the Lord, “I have sinned; I did not know you were standing in the road to stop me. If I am wrong, I will go back.”

35 The ·angel [messenger] of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with these men, but say only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s leaders.

36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at Ar in Moab, which was beside the Arnon, at the edge of his ·country [boundary]. 37 Balak said to Balaam, “·I had asked you before [L Did I not send for you…?] to come quickly. Why didn’t you come to me? ·I am [L Am I not…?] able to ·reward you well [give you wealth].”

38 But Balaam answered, “I have come to you now, but I can’t say just anything. I can only say what God tells me to say.”

39 Then Balaam went with Balak to Kiriath Huzoth. 40 Balak offered cattle and sheep as a sacrifice and gave some meat to Balaam and the leaders with him.

41 The next morning Balak took Balaam to Bamoth Baal; from there he could see the edge of the ·Israelite camp [L people].

Balaam’s First Message

23 Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven ·male sheep [rams] for me.” 2 Balak did what Balaam asked, and they offered a bull and a ·male sheep [ram] on each of the altars.

3 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here beside your burnt offering [Lev. 1:1–17] and I will go. If the Lord comes to me, I will tell you whatever he shows me.” Then Balaam went to a ·higher place [or barren height].

4 God came to Balaam there, and Balaam said to him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered a bull and a ·male sheep [ram] on each altar.”

5 The Lord ·told Balaam what he should say [L put a word in the mouth of Balaam]. Then the Lord said, “Go back to Balak and ·give him this message [L thus you will speak].”

6 So Balaam went back to Balak. Balak and all the leaders of Moab were still standing beside his burnt offering [Lev. 1:1–17] 7 when Balaam gave them this ·message [or oracle; or poem]:

“Balak brought me here from Aram;
the king of Moab brought me from the eastern mountains.
Balak said, ‘Come, put a curse on the people of Jacob for me.
Come, call down evil on the people of Israel.’
8 But ·God has not cursed them,
so I cannot curse them [L how can I curse what God has not cursed?].
·The Lord has not called down evil on them,
so I cannot call down evil on them [L How can I call down evil on/denounce what the Lord has not called down evil/denouced?].
9 I see them from the top of the ·mountains [cliffs];
I see them from the hills.
I see a people who live alone,
who think they are different from other nations [Ex. 19:5–6].
10 No one can number the ·many people [L dust; Gen. 13:1628:14] of Jacob,
and no one can count a ·fourth [or dust cloud] of Israel.
Let me die like ·good [virtuous; upright] people,
and let me end up like them!”

11 Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you here to curse my enemies, but you have only blessed them!”

12 But Balaam answered, “·I must [L Must I not…?] say what the Lord ·tells me to say [L put in my mouth].”

Balaam’s Second Message

13 Then Balak said to him, “Come with me to another place, where you can also see the people. But you can only see part of them, not all of them [C perhaps he could curse a part of Israel]. Curse them for me from there.” 14 So Balak took Balaam to the field of Zophim, on top of Mount Pisgah. There Balak built seven altars and offered a bull and a ·male sheep [ram] on each altar.

15 So Balaam said to Balak, “Stay here by your burnt offering [Lev. 1:1–17], and I will meet with God over there.”

16 So the Lord came to Balaam and ·told him what to say [L put a word in his mouth]. Then he said, “Go back to Balak and say ·such and such [L thus].”

17 So Balaam went to Balak, where he and the leaders of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering [Lev. 1:1–17]. Balak asked him, “What did the Lord say?”

18 Then Balaam gave this ·message [or oracle; or poem]:

“Stand up, Balak, and listen.
Hear me, son of Zippor.
19 God is not a human being, and he will not lie.
He is not a human, and he does not change his mind.
What he says he will do, ·he does [L will he not do it?].
What he promises, ·he makes come true [L will he not fulfill it/make it come true?].
20 He ·told [commanded] me to bless them,
so I cannot change the blessing.
21 He ·has found [observes] no wrong in the people of Jacob;
he saw no ·fault [trouble] in Israel.
The Lord their God is with them,
and they praise their King.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;
they are ·as strong as [L like the horns of] a wild ox.
23 No ·tricks [divination] will work on the people of Jacob,
and no magic will work against Israel.
People now say about ·them [L Jacob],
‘Look what God has done for Israel!’
24 The people rise up like a lioness;
they get up like a lion.
Lions don’t rest until they have eaten prey,
until they have drunk ·their enemies’ blood [L the blood of corpses].”

25 Then Balak said to Balaam, “You haven’t cursed these people, so at least don’t bless them!”

26 Balaam answered Balak, “·I told [L Did I not tell…?] you before that I can only do what the Lord tells me.”

Balaam’s Third Message

27 Then Balak said to Balaam, “Come, I will take you to another place. Maybe ·God will be pleased [L it will be right in the eyes/sight of God] to let you curse them from there.” 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, the mountain that looks over the ·desert [wasteland; or Jeshimon].

29 Balaam told Balak, “Build me seven altars here and prepare for me seven bulls and seven ·male sheep [rams].” 30 Balak did what Balaam asked, and he offered a bull and a ·male sheep [ram] on each altar.

Jan
16

Power to be Fearless

God’s Word - …I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise,for he has been good to me. - Psalm 13:5-6

Wisdom Shared: Beloved, regardless of the outward circumstance occurring in your life right at this moment.  God is at work in you … He will quiet you with His love … He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 –  Yes, mighty warrior the Lord our God is with you.  His Promise; Never will he leave your or forsake you; so we say with sincere trust and confidence … The Lord is my helper I will not be afraid. [Hebrews 13]  Beloved, speaking for myself and for my life it is the through those very words that I have come to live by…standing on the promises of God.

O’ Lord, forgive me, because I do fall short of your glory…I stumble and fall- I become discouraged bring me to fail  because at times I doubt in disbelief … Let me not be tossed by the waves of the sea, increase my faith so that I may live in your glory.  That I not waiver in my faith.  In Jesus name-Amen!

Faithful Power to Prosper:
Beloved, it is in the darkest hour that our faith prospers … It is in the hardest times, that God preserves us and yes even uses us to fulfill those divine appointments.  When the Holy Spirit prompts you to move forward in your faith do so with great confident joy.  When God reveals truth … through the illuminating word.  God’s has strengthening power to fill your soul with wisdom, knowledge and understanding continually equipping us for every living circumstance that is life.  Trust and believe … God is with you “Mighty Warrior” …
God states, through Isaiah the Profit; So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Be Fearless:
It by His almighty strength that becomes lasting sustaining grace through all our days, nights and years. Faith through God eliminates all fears.   He gives us the power to believe, listen and act upon the wisdom of the living and active word that is evidence of faith, “through Christ that gives us strength”. Philippians 4:13

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently~


Psalm 13

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Nov
03


God’s Word – The Lord—he is our God.
His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
God remembers his covenant forever,
the word he commanded to a thousand generations,
which he made with Abraham,
the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac. Psalm 105:7-9

Wisdom Shared:

God’s justice is everywhere the earth  is full of His unfailing love.  When times are filled with gloom and doom rest faithfully in the promise Beloved, the earth is filled with His unfailing love.  There are seasons of hardship that come in like waves of the sea … The other day a friend called and shared with me that her prayers were answered the hardship is behind her.  As I listened on the other end of the phone… I thought of my very own life, filled with hardships and strife.  Filled with hopelessness and yes, even depression… Recently, the battle for joy has been ongoing … as of late, there seems to be conditional occurrences that have spun out of control.  If I do not focus on the Almighty God and his word it can cause me to slowly slip into an even more difficult place.    God’s promises fill us with hope – faith – love.   Let all the earth sing … the rivers will clap their hands; the mountains will sing of your glory… Beloved set your minds on things above, and do not lean on your own understanding. God’s plans are always best, so as long as you remain in HIM it through the promises of the word we can rest. Do not dwell on the past, move forward and know like you know your name… There is a strong tower and it is Christ in us. Just call to Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and the word of promise states he answers us when we call. The Bible states: “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 91:15  Beloved, do not forget all the wonderful works of the Lord in your life…  Do not grieve; the joy of the Lord is our strength.  He has eternal blessing waiting for you … He is our strength and our joy in times of joy, in times of sorrow there is always tomorrow – to start new again.  Be encouraged and encourage one another through good works through God’s unfailing love poured out in you.  Sing worship songs of praise through the Psalms … it will lift you up to a level of joy that will empower you.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-Excellently~

Prayer Psalm 105

Heavenly Father -

We will faithfully give thanks to you our Lord; we will call upon your name;
We will make your wondrous deeds known to all people!
Yes, … Let us –  Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord;
dwell on all your wondrous works!
Let us give praise to our God’s holy name!
Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord! We will pursue the Lord and his strength;  and seek your  face always!
When times are difficult we will remember the wondrous works you have done, all your marvelous works, and the justice you declared—For all your sons and daughters, who are the offspring of Abraham, his servant, and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones.  You show mercy, justice through your unfailing love.  We will onto the steadfast love our strong tower Jesus Christ! Thank you for your advance answers to our prayers and for the wondrous works in and through us. In Jesus name- Amen!