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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
26

Rebuilding a Stronger Life in Christ

God’s Word: Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11 NIV

Wisdom Shared:

In the midst of our storms God preserves our lives and upholds us and strengthens us with His righteous right hand.  The truth is we may not understand the reason for the storms in life. The hardship, the complexities behind every action.  In our time of weakness he makes us stronger 2 Corinthians 12:9 … In our time of need he fulfills all our need according to his glorious riches in Christ.Philippians 4:19 And even in our disobedience he makes our paths straight. [Proverbs 3:6]
When trouble and disgrace came upon the Jews   Nehemiah 1-2 … . The wall of Jerusalem were torn  down, and its gates were burned leaving them venerable and afraid.  God was there for them and met every need and every goal to rebuild the walls of the city … Beloved, do not fear, regardless of the circumstance going on in you life …God is with us in our most broken times and he strengthens us, he provides for us in our greatest time need; during every circumstance.  Beloved, You fill in the blank [____] of your most specific need, goal or vision.  Beloved he will answer the need according to His “Glorious Riches” for you in Christ Jesus.  It is just as he did for Nehemiah in Jerusalem.  … Let Nehemiah’s Prayer be your prayer today, and from this day forward.  My prayer for you beloved; …that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:6
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently~
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Nehemiah’s Prayer:
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:

“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’

10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

Jan
19

Wrestling God?

Jacob Wrestles With God-Genesis 32

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a]because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there. Genesis 32:22-29

Jacob – wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.  Psalm 46:3 MSG

He who calls you is faithful and will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Wisdom Shared:

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us. Psalm 46:7 –

I was listening to the daily audio bible app;  https://dailyaudiobible.com/ Inspiration came  through the revelation that prompted me to share this area of scripture. Jacob wrestled with God and God of Angel Armies protects us.  I find myself wresting with God, just  as Jacob during certain times in my life.  It is through that very inspiration of the word of God  we see…  He meets all needs  long before prayers are lifted up…He knows my coming and he knows my going.  There has been much wrestling with God over the years; in my singleness, my parental role; my work and the overall direction of my life.  Most definitely I am a flawed woman saved by grace. I have made many detours on my journey that have brought me to road blocks and detours.  However, by His unfailing love, grace and mercy; He is a God of second chances.    He is the lifer of our heads!

Beloved, God has  already paved the way for you! regardless of the circumstance that you may be currently wrestling with; Home- Marriage; Parenting or loss of a precious loved one;  Health- a chronic pain, injury or illness. At Work; Employer, a project time line or co-worker. Financial obligations- monthly bill paying expenses; rent/ mortgage  and ah…those unexpected expenses.   Remain confident, He who started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. He has called his angels to keep our foot from stumbling on a stone-  For he will command his angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways; they will lift us up in their hands, so that we will not strike our foot against a stone. Psalms 91:11-12 …May this Psalm soothe your spirit just as the “Balm of Gilead” Jeremiah 8:22- It has spoken to me and given me strength and joy for the journey…I pray the same for your sons/daughters of King today.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

Love in Christ,

Jennifer Pettiford – Love-Excellently

The Power of Prayer Works

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the assurances of the word; I ask for encouragements through the scriptures that brings us the revelations and the healing for our souls.   Father our desire is that your word be like the Balm in Gilead; That we can walk in godly confidence knowing that you Lord pour out your power for victory in our time of distresses, along with Angel of Armies protecting us.  We will commit and submit all thing to you. We thank you for strengthening our faith. We thank you for your all sustaining grace.  In Jesus name we pray… Amen!

Recommended Reading: Psalm 46; Psalm 62:1-8