Thursday, 13 August 2015
The word ‘defiance’ convicted me yesterday. As I imagined how Aaron and Miriam had criticized Moses and how God had defended His faithful servant (Numbers 12), I long for the same intimate relationship with God as Moses had.
In Acts 4, we see the courage of Peter and John in proclaiming that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Peter and John were arrested and put in jail. When they stood before the Sanhedrin, they were defiant.
Defiance (according to a dictionary) means resistance. Oswald Chambers called Peter and John’s defiance ‘consecrated truculence’- ‘truculence’ because they remained defiant and ‘consecrated’ because they were willing to pay the price and take the consequences of their defiance.
After Peter and John were released, they returned to the church and turned immediately to prayer. There is one thing needed in order for the gospel to be proclaimed with power and great boldness – the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Abraham offered up Ishmael before he offered up Isaac (Genesis 21:8-14). Oswald Chambers said that IF we do not sacrifice the natural to the spiritual, the natural life will resist and defy the life of the Son of God in us and will produce continual turmoil.
When I read the Old Testament, I am amazed by God’s love and faithfulness. God said to Abraham, “Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring.” (Genesis 21:12-13).
Genesis 21:17-18 tell us that God heard Ishmael crying… and God said (through the angel of God) – “Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
Then God opened Hagar's eyes and she saw a well of water...
Abraham obeyed God. He offered up Ishmael. Abraham was faithful. God spoke to Abraham directly and clearly.
Dear Father God,
The Old Testament opens my eyes too. I see You as You are… I long for the same relationship that Abraham and Moses had with You.
I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ that every one of us will have such a wonderful relationship with You. Speak to us individually and corporately, directly and clearly. Thank You LORD.
Oftentimes, we need a clear and direct answer from You. The greatest joy is to know Your will, Your plan and Your heart. We want to walk in Your will, work out Your plan and follow Your heart.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Lam Yee Ling