Bible Ballistics: BBs #156 No Change–Ever???
We all like to get ‘change’ back when we spend money, but there is a ‘no-change’ principle that is the foundation of our faith. Our God never changes!
“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: …….. 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous…..” Portions of Joshua 1:5-7
God called Joshua to be “strong” and “courageous”—but not to just ‘cowboy up’, or ‘tuff up’, or even to ‘man up’ or ‘woman up’!!! God called Joshua to be strong and courageous because “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”!!! Joshua was called to have confidence in the same God he had served for 40 years under Moses. God assured Joshua of His faithfulness, “as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee”!!! A powerful reminder that our confidence is NOT in man but in our all-powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient), ever present (omnipresent) GOD!!! Joshua could lead because God was still God—no change! Will we heed the message?
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6 (conversation=lifestyle)
Our life can be identified with covetousness or by the power of God in our lives. And that only happens when, like Joshua, our confidence isn’t in ‘things’ but in our God! We can walk in contentment and confidence because of the faithfulness of our God. The God who has promised to, “never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. Then we can stand, knowing: “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”! Where is your confidence? Is it in your circumstances, resources of money, health, substances or people? Or have you realized that none of those things can really take care of you. Peter gives us some good advice in this regard:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:10-11
Do we see things in proper perspective? Have we realized the world can’t satisfy? Where is our heart and mind?
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” Matthew 5:19-20
The God who never changes will change your life and ‘birth’ you into HIS kingdom if you will but forsake your way for HIS—
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
Change or No Change? It’s your choice! Choose well!!!