Bible In One Year-Day 68 (Sunday, March 9, 2014)
Commentary: Num25-27. The Israelites were in transit from bondage to liberty. Unfortunately, at a point, they took the liberty for granted and used it to commit sin which angered the Lord. The devil, knowing their weaknesses waited for them at a bus stop called Acacia Grove. This is spiritually known as SATANIC BUS STOP. At this bus stop, the spirit of acacia grove was employed by the devil to mess up their relationship with God to violate His instruction which He gave to them in Exodus 22:31 “And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.” (also Lev11:44/ Ex28:36). They were deceived by the women in that land and through immorality they were joined with Baal of Peor. This is a message about sexual sin. Sex outside of marriage which we take for granted destroys a lot of things in our lives (present and future). One of the remarkable things which we are ignorant of is that it joins us with the sorrows and predicaments of the sin partner, even after breaking off, unless proper deliverance is done to break the curse and destroy the soul ties. In addition, if the sin partner is possessed, the moment you have sex with such person, some of the demons in that person’s life enters into yours just because you have decided (whether ignorantly or not) to enter into a covenant with it. By that deed, an agreement has been formed with the dark world. These are one of the things that make one’s life miserable and to face a great deal of frustrations. Even if you give your life to Christ, you still need to go through deliverance to break this evil agreement; salvation only empowers you to break free if you took action against it, it has not exempted you from facing the repercussions of what you did before you got saved. Therefore, after you give your life to Christ, you have to use that grace to declare to the devil that you are no more for Him. Now, how quickly deliverance is obtained differs from person to person and it depends on so many factors which include how deep you were in the bondage and what level of anointing (i.e. revelations by the Spirit, to give insight to the real problem) available at that point. Plagues invaded the camp of the Israelites, not because the enemy had the power, but because they broke their relationship with God. This is the dilemma of a lot of the children of God nowadays. Everyone, at one point or the other in life, will get to this satanic bus stop, where the devil will want to take advantage of our weaknesses. We need to be watchful and prayerful. Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
2 Samuel 12:14 “Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.” Our actions matter a lot. Howbeit, let us make sure that the rod of prayer is not broken out of our lives. Prayer is one of the greatest means of keeping a close contact with God. Once you realize that you are not comfortable where prayers are made at higher temperature, i.e. violently, then the enemy is present within and that is what is not comfortable; you need deliverance. I had seen many people a times walk out of our prayer meeting and the excuse is that we are too loud. They couldn’t stand the fire. If there are plagues of discomfort and lack of peace, only the zeal of the Lord could stop it. This was what Phinehas demonstrated in Num26:8-11; he first destroyed the root of the plague which is sin and this stopped the plague. Through deliverance, the root of unclear issues is destroyed. Please take time to read Psalm106:28-31 and see the encomium that was poured out on his zeal for God. People get into the trouble of the devil not because God isn’t there (Isaiah59:1-3) but because they have rejected God by taking to their own ways of life; they are deceived by satanic messages which says “get it done and don’t feel guilty about it” (Romans 7:11 “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me”). The devil entered the body and became the power of sin (called the flesh or the law of sin and death). To be free from this evil law in our body that urges us to commit sins and transgress against the Lord, we need another law called the law of the Spirit of life; this is explained in Romans7&8 and we will expound on this by the time we shall be reading the book of Romans if the Lord tarry. The second census conducted was in Num26 at the Plain of Moab. The revealing thing about it is that only two men, apart from Moses, were left out of those who left Egypt. All others died in the wilderness, Num26:64-65, in fulfillment of Num14:26-35. And this was 39years after they left, just a year to enter the Promised Land. Unfortunately, Moses was not left out in chapter27. Joshua was chosen in his place. Joshua and Caleb became the chosen because of the right SPIRIT in them. Many were called but few were chosen. Only those with the Spirit of life shall be raptured (CHOSEN). Search your life and yield to Jesus for the Spirit of life to lead and guide you into all truth. The grace of our Lord Jesus is that instead of dying like the Israelites for their sins, Jesus came to take care of the death we would have died; 1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the demon; for the demon sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the demon.” Our next mile on the trip is Num28-30. Keep the fire burning and alive.