good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Have You Asked the Lord?

Joshua 9:14 - "And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord."

It's hard to remain humble when you've just walked through the Red Sea without getting wet and conquered Jericho, the biggest city in the Promised Land. Over- confidence can be deadly! Flushed with victory the Israelites thought they didn't need to consult God or listen to what He had yo say concerning their next move. It's quite a story. The crafty Gibeonites realized they couldn't win against God's people so they sent out a team of negotiators to make peace with them, and it worked! Even though they were lying, Joshua presumed they were telling the truth and signed a peace treaty. It was one of the biggest mistakes of his life! From that day on the Gibeonites were a constant thron in Israel's side. Joshua lived to regret that he "asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord." Fanny Crosby, the blind songwriter, wrote: "O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer."

It's frightening how easily we move from relying of God to relying on ourselves, or trusting in a method because it worked in the past, or doing what everybody else is doing. Ask counsel of the Lord, ask for wisdom in the situation - leaving Him out is what gets us into trouble. If you have a tendency to move too quickly or to operate in your own strength and skill, pray for a red light in your spirit. Ask God to let you know when you're moving in your own will rather than in His. It'll save you a lot of heartache.

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