CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 52

KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 22:6  ” Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.”

The children of Israel settled close to Moab. The king of Moab, Balak, knew what Israel did to the Amorites. He felt there was no way he could over power them. He knew that the only way to overcome them is to bring Israel under a curse. (A curse is to be empowered to fail).  It is an evil influence that compels one to fail. A curse can only prevail in the life of a child of God, when he or she falls out of favour or goes out of the will of God.

Balak sent men to Balaam with the price of divination so he could put a curse on the children of Israel. The name Balaam means a destroyer or a “glutton”. Balaam had the knowledge of God and had the ability to prophecy yet it was not an act of devotion unto God but a means to do business. It was purely a commercial venture. These days many people have made merchandise out of the gospel. Judas did same and ended up being destroyed. Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinth. 9:18 as follows “What is my reward then? Verily that when I preach the gospel, I make the gospel without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. It is wrong for any minister to demand money before ministering the grace of God in any form to a person or group of persons.

All that Balak and Balaam were negotiating was happening without the awareness of the children of Israel. Psalm 11:2-3 says “For Lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do? “. What is the foundation of the righteous? It is the right relationship with the Lord. Living according to the word of God always. This is the foundation of the righteous. Your right standing with God is always by believing what God has said. If you believe something different from what the word has said, your foundation is destroyed, and the evil one would succeed in shooting at the righteous in his heart. One major mistake of a lot of children of God is that they make doctrines or believes out of the experiences of people which may not be in agreement with God’s word. Always let your foundation or assurance be what God has said and no evil power can harm you.

CONFESSION

God’s word is my sure foundation for my perfect stability in life. I cannot be moved or disturbed as I stand on the word of God. Nothing Satan or his agents may do, which can affect me in anyway, for I am safe on God’s sure foundation.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

Romans 10:10 ” For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confess…

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