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An Attitude of Gratitude

In Numbers 21 we find the Lord sending fiery serpents into the Israelite camp to punish them for their sins. The Israelite people were committing the sins of murmuring and tempting the Lord their God.
I Corinthians 10:9-10 – “Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.”
Israel was murmuring and tempting their God because they did not realize the blessings of that were already upon them and they felt they deserved more. They were not grateful to the God who had delivered them and who was protecting them in the wilderness.
It has been said, “The foundation of gratitude is the expectation of nothing.” When you expect more than you deserve that is when you will be ungrateful for what has already been given to you.
The Israelites were going to find out the hard way, through the fiery serpent punishment, that God had been supplying protection and provision for…

Where are Your Priorities?

For the Christian, God must come first before all things. When we put God first He will be faithful. When we put His work ahead of our desires He will bless and provide.
Matthew 6:33 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
When we put ourselves first then our priorities are out of order and God cannot bless us as He desires. If we simply seek God first He will supply all our needs. If our priorities are straight and not just toward self, but toward the Kingdom of God, then we will have no trouble walking through the deserts of life because God will be by our side.
Elijah challenged a widow woman with this very thing in I Kings 17. The country was experiencing a famine, and this widow was gathering sticks to make her last meal. After this meal she thought she and her boy were going to die. Elijah asked her to bring him water and bring some bread to him first. He also said that if she did this she would not lack for b…

Loving Others

Do you ever have trouble loving others? I do! As a matter of fact I would be kind of ashamed to admit how many times I struggle with getting along with others. Yet, I believe, many struggle in this area. I think because when people come to me seeking help, it is often seeking help on how to deal with somebody else. I really never see people in my office for counseling because they are having car trouble or financial trouble. Those things might come up but the real reason they are there is because they are having people trouble. They might ask me to tell their wife to drive the car right so that they don’t have car trouble, and they might ask me to help them control their husband’s spending so they don’t have financial trouble, but it always boils down to people problems.
Let’s face it. It is easier to love ourselves than it is to love anybody else.
Ephesians 5:29 – “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”
It is easy to lo…

God Will Provide Through Faith

Throughout the Word of God we see that the Lord makes provision for us even in our desert and wilderness times and seasons. God’s provision for His children runs through every aspect of Scripture. Elijah was fed by ravens, Daniel was protected from lions, Hebrew children were spared from the fire, and disciples were taught to pray for daily provision. Faith, however, is the key to seeing all of this provision of God in Scriptures.
Without faith in Him and His ability to provide for us makes the provision null and void. The Israelites failed to see the provision of God while wandering in the wilderness simply based upon their lack of faith.
Psalms 78:17-24 – “And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give brea…