Saturday, 5 October 2013

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2013 THEME: MOSES IN THE RING

MEMORISE: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9
READ: Judges 6:11-16
And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. Exodus 32:19
And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. Exodus 32:20
Bible in one year: Genesis 43-46
MESSAGE
In the game of boxing, there are three major blows – the jab, the hook and the upper cut. Let us look at the life of Moses while in the boxing ring of life. Moses had a weak point – sudden anger. This was revealed to his enemies the day he struck an Egyptian and he died (Exodus 2:11-12). After children of Israel had left Egypt, Pharaoh and his men gave them a hot chase to the extent that the Israelites rebelled against Moses in Exodus 14:11-12. This was a jab from the devil and Moses dodged it. Similarly, after the Israelites had crossed the Red sea, they got to the bitter waters of Marah and they murmured (Exodus 15:23-25). This was another jab from the devil and Moses dodged it. In Exodus 16:2-3, when they were hungry, they murmured against Moses again. It was another jab that Moses overcame. However, in Exodus 17:1-2, the next jab that came, Moses could not dodge it. When the devil saw that Moses was becoming weary, he gave the hook and it landed successfully in Exodus 32:19-20. Moses was angry. Do you say his anger was a holy anger and therefore justified? Anger is anger holy or not.
By the time we get to Numbers 11:4-6, 10-15, we find Moses blaming God. He almost began to see himself as the provider, as if he had been the one providing for the people all along. He even asked God to kill him. Can you imagine how the devil exploited the weakness of Moses and turned him against the Almighty God? From this point, Moses began to diminish. His anointing was then distributed among 70 elders (Numbers11:16). Finally, the devil’s uppercut came in Numbers 20:1-4, 7-12 and Moses experienced defeat. Do you celebrate when you dodge Satan’s jab? Some people do. He may give you space but will surely return with another jab. Satan wants to wear you out, so in all you do, never allow Satan to wear you out. Never allow Satan to turn you against your Helper – the Almighty God. If he succeeds in making you believe his lies, then he has really got you. The Lord will give you victory over internal enemies. Commit them to God and ask Him to deal with them.

ACTION POINT
Today, you are in the ring of life, how are you coping? Ask for grace to be victorious.

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