"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." - 1 John 1:9 NLT
Thoughts for Today
In Numbers 20:6-1, we read about Moses' determination once again overriding God's command. He struck a rock instead of following God's instructions to command the rock to pour out water.
This disobedience brought consequences. God did not allow him to enter the Promised Land. "But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!'” (Numbers 20:6-12 NLT).
But despite his mistakes, Moses did not give up nor did God give up on him. He was a great leader and followed God faithfully until they reached the Promised Land.
Consider this …
We all let our determination to have things our way interfere with obeying God at times. But it's important to remember that God doesn't give up on us - and neither should we. Today's scripture reminds us what to do. If we confess, he will forgive and cleanse. And then we need to follow Moses' example - to move on.
Don't allow your failures to destroy your hope, your motivation to become and do all God has planned for you. Turn your selfish determination into a determination to grow in your relationship with God . . . and with others.
Father, I know sometimes I am stubborn about having things my own way. Help me to be determined when it's a stand you want me to take. And help me be flexible when I should. When I make mistakes along the way, remind me if I confess, you will forgive. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …Where is the Image of God in You? by Brad Rymer. The purpose of this study is for us to see how some of the different character traits we have can be used in constructive rather than destructive ways in our lives and relationships so that we are operating more and more in the image of God according to the way He created us. Also, this study can help us better understand others as we build godly relationships. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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