OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Jan 03]--Spirit-led and Spirit-filled

Numbers 11:24-30

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the Jewish people have regarded Moses as the prophet par excellence since he walked the earth. Of course this is reinforced by his epitaph written as the last words of the Torah: “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those miraculous signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”

He was the prophet through whom the Lord liberated his people and brought them to the Promised Land. Unlike other prophets and people who encountered the Almighty, Moses spoke with God face-to-face. Through him, the Lord gave Israel the Law, by which he revealed his will and provided a national charter and constitution, by which the people were to be governed. This included instructions concerning the Tabernacle, proper worship, the Aaronic priesthood, the sacrifices, and the host of laws which—if followed—would keep the people healthy, prosperous, happy, and in a right relationship with their Redeemer.

So Moses is considered to be the model and standard by which all later prophets were to be measured and were expected to follow. And there was one essential requirement which a prophet had to have. He had to be led by and filled by the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit doing his work, a prophet was just a man with opinions. With the Spirit moving him to speak, however, the prophet could proclaim what was on God’s mind, straight from the Throne of Heaven itself. The Spirit made all the difference.

Why am I making such a big deal over this, and what does it have to do with today’s passage? Because this story opens a window into the heart of Moses, yes. It shows his humble spirit in that he graciously was willing to share authority and the Spirit’s power. He didn’t see the Spirit of the Lord as something to hoard to himself, but something to be shared with as many people as possible.

But even more than that, it’s a picture of the future Church. He knew that it would be best if the Spirit was shared with not just himself, not just a few elders, but all of God’s people. He wanted the blessings that he got from the Spirit—the power, the changing of his character, the closeness to the Lord—to be available to all the redeemed. The Spirit within him enabled him to speak the very words of God, and he wanted all God’s people to be able to do that.

How is this relevant to today? If you’re asking that question, then you haven’t been reading the Blog for very long. I spoke of this before, but it’s worth repeating: Moses’ dream came true on Pentecost and with the birth of the Church. Now every believer has full access to the Holy Spirit, just as Moses did. Now, I believe that the canon is closed—we aren’t going to write Scripture. But we have full access to the Lord’s abiding presence in our lives. Right now. The division of “haves” and “have-nots” in this regard is gone.

And in a sense you can reveal his word to others in a way that even Moses couldn’t. When you share with a lost soul that the Savior loves them and wants them in his family, you’re doing something extraordinary. When you see a sibling in Christ who desperately needs a word of hope from God's truth, you can be a “prophet” to that person. Remember, a prophet is just a mouthpiece. When you share God’s truth in the power and by the leadership of the Spirit, you’re all the prophet that person needs.

Will you do it?

Yes, Lord, I’ll be your mouthpiece. Whatever you want me to tell that certain someone, I’ll do it. Just give me the words to speak and a heart of compassion.

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