Putting Our Relationships First

The Prayer Of Relationship | March 18, 2016
There are many types of prayers we are instructed to utilize as believers. We are taught to intercede, supplicate, petition, entreat, and offer thanksgivings. While all of these are useful and necessary, my favorite prayer is simply the prayer of relationship. This type of prayer does not desire anything but the Lord for Himself. 

Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him
Numbers 7:89, NASB

The Blessing | March 17, 2016
Sometimes there are gems hidden in the text of seemingly mundane or boring parts of the bible. This is one of the reasons we should read through our bibles once in a while, for we shall glean and capture these treasures. While today's "blessing" is well known by most, it is tucked in the middle of some interesting commands. 

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“‘“The Lord bless you
      and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
  and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
  and give you peace.”’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
Numbers 6:22-27, NIV

Called to the Mundane | March 16, 2016
Many think that God would have them be involved with something really exciting, especially if it has to do with ministry. Our greatest calling is actually to the mundane, un-exciting, obscure service that only the Lord sees. 

As part of all their service at the tent, they are to carry the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, posts and bases, as well as the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their bases, tent pegs, ropes, all their equipment and everything related to their use. Assign to each man the specific things he is to carry.
Numbers 4:31-32, NIV

Fighting for Promises | March 14, 2016
Anyone who has been a follower of Jesus for more than a few days gets the idea that the promises of God don't always fall out of the sky like rain. Most often they are obtained through battles. From our salvation, to baptism, to 40 days of testing, to ministry, either ourselves or someone else has had to battle for our blessing.

You and Aaron are to count according to their divisions all the men in Israel who are twenty years old or more and able to serve in the army.
Numbers 1:3, NIV