Tuesday, March 26, 2013

"Private Parts" - ‎03/07/13 - Numbers 25:1-26:65

"Just then, while everyone was weeping in penitence at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, an Israelite man, flaunting his behavior in front of Moses and the whole assembly, paraded a Midianite woman into his family tent. Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw what he was doing, grabbed his spear, and followed them into the tent. With one thrust he drove the spear through the two of them, the man of Israel and the woman, right through their private parts." (25:6-9)

Arrogance - it isn't one of the fruits from God. 

"Paraded" right into his family tent. 


So easy to point a finger at him.  Never have I "paraded" right in front of God - sashaying along - going about "my" way. 

Oh, but I have. 

Times too numerous to count. 

How blessed and thankful I am that He covered me with forgiveness, grace, mercy, instead of a spear through my private parts.

Which is what I use when I sin.

My private parts.

The parts I think I am keeping private from Him.  The places marked "private" in my life.  Private areas that I go into and hang the "STOP Private Property" sign right in His face.  Places that I do not invite Him in to live, share my life with.

He is weeding those private parts out of my life though.  More and more I find myself flinging open the doors and desiring Him to come in, clean, organize the mess I have.  To transform those areas into a shared place In Him.

I was thinking about the difference between a vessel and a tool.

A vessel is used to contain or transport, a tool is controlled and manipulated. 

This man and woman in the verses, they were tools for satan.  They were allowing themselves to be  manipulated, trying to destroy as they were "paraded".  How differently it could have been if they chose to be vessels for Him. 

How differently my life goes when I choose to be His vessel. 

Yesterday, I had an urgency to speak to our minister regarding healthy boundaries.  Curt and I were able to meet with him, after taking Adam to the airport.  His flight had been bumped by four hours due to weather and I wasn't sure if we would return back in time to meet. 

God had it happen. 

I couldn't explain to Curt why I had such feelings of having this meeting.  And then there was unexpected contact today from a person and it all fell into place.  God knew what would happen today and wanted me to be ready.  I have chosen to be a vessel for Him and He will fill me with what is needed for this spiritual battle.  He knew the last straw for me, wasn't about me, but seeing Adam and watching him as he spoke to a person who God was helping me see Truth about.  I witnessed our son have a forgiving heart, loving voice, open to any contact, because He is God's.  He is able to overlook the things that occur and still love as Christ does.  Nichalas and Amber are able to do this too. 

Our children have chosen to be His vessels.

It occurred to me, standing there watching his face - this is my fruit.  Because I have chosen to be a vessel In God - I have the blessing of seeing Christlike fruit in our sons.  It reinforced that they have been raised In Truth.  And that I was able to stand firm in it.  He is teaching me that it is okay, and sometimes a necessity, to set healthy boundaries. 

Through Him, I didn't allow myself to be a tool of destruction, manipulation for evil.  I didn't allow myself to be a tool on "parade". 

In a persons arrogance, they haven't repented of sin nor are they sorrowful about them.  They will continue putting themselves above God - continue to be tools.

God will have them own their behavior. 

God will punish those that are not vessels for Him. 

Straight and to the point - right in their private parts.

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