THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
"… be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only..."
DO NOT OPPOSE THE WORD OF GOD!
Balaam used three different vantage points from which to view the Israelite encampment to pronounce a curse. But each time he tried to curse Israel, he spoke words of blessing desired by God instead. These attempts were his open opposition to what the LORD had declared to him (Num 22:12).
Although Balaam told Balak that he could not have power at all to say anything but the word that God put in his mouth, the prophet continued to oppose God’s Word by keeping his company with Balak and taking opportunity to curse Israel. Thus, he was correctly identified as a degenerate prophet who prophesied in opposition to the pure revelations from God. He obstinately continued to try to curse the Israelites in spite of the repeated overturn of his curses into blessings.
Apostates do not believe in the authority of the Scripture. They believe in the continuation of revelations through visions and dreams because they desire to gratify their lusts for materialism. They deny the doctrine of the preservation of the Scriptures, the completeness and finality of it because they pursue after the pleasures and comforts of this world.
Dear Reader, the Word of God is "a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Ps 119:105). Do not extinguish it. Let it shine in your life that others may see. It is the heavenly wisdom that guides our life. Do not despise it and let it direct you that others may be blessed too. It is "…the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…" (Rom 1:16). Do not silence it. Let it be taught and preached that others may be saved. Be ye hearers and doers of the Word (James 1:22).
THOUGHT: Am I a doer of God’s Word?
PRAYER: "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart" (Ps 15:1-2).