THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL...
DATE: Saturday July 29th, 2017.
TEXT: Numbers 14: 1-4
THEME: DO NOT GO BACK TO EGYPT
MEMORIZE: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world... " (2 Timothy 4:10a)
Imagine a prisoner who has been granted pardon and has had his sentence graciously cut short and released from prison. He should be overjoyed and if a sensible creature, ensure that he never does anything again that will lead him back into captivity.
One will not expect such a person to willingly go back to a life of crime or choose to willingly go to prison. To go back to prison after such a lucky break would be foolish. But this is exactly what happens when a person who has experienced a new life in Christ decides to backslide. He is tacitly going back into captivity. This might sound strange but the fact is that many people that become born again find it hard to forget their past life. They still long for the so called 'pleasures' they left behind.
They are not ready for the life of denial that is required to follow Christ. Like Lot's wife they keep looking back at what they left behind. They do not know that these so called pleasures' are actually traps to lead them back into captivity.
In our text of today, we see the Israelites longing to go back to Egypt. Anytime they encountered an obstacle along the way, they would quickly forget the bondage and the hardship they left behind and start longing to go back. They would rather remember the food and the houses and other 'luxuries' and start to complain and mummer.
They easily forgot all God's benefits towards them. They were tired of roaming the wilderness. They forgot that it was their disobedience that kept them in the wilderness as that was not God's original plan for them. They however did not realize that going back to Egypt would mean going back to captivity and eternal bondage. They were willing to sacrifice their freedom for the illusion of comfort. What a pity! Their attitude eventually provoked the anger of God and He vowed that they would not enter His promise land.
Brethren, never be tempted to go back to Egypt (i.e. captivity) no matter the obstacle you might meet along the way. Where God is taking you to, is much better than whatever you had to give up to follow Christ. He has in store for you a glorious future. Why go back to captivity when the Lord has paid such a high price for your freedom? The price He paid is much more than anything you have given up to follow him. Going back will lead to destruction and death. Do not be deceived by the vanity of this world. Remember Lot's wife.
Worship/praise God and then take the following prayer points:
1. Continuation brings freedom. O Lord, give me the grace to continue no matter the challenges, in Jesus' name
2. Every voice speaking discouragement and disillusionment, be silenced forever in Jesus' name
3. Dear Lord, uphold my G O and Mummy in the Lord so that they will remain encouraged even in the midst of trials and temptations, in Jesus' name.
AUTHOR: PASTOR LAZARUS MUOKA
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