Week 35 - Look Up and Be Healed

Written on 05/16/2021
Dr. Todd Horton


 

BIBLE PASSAGES

 

  1. Numbers 4:21-7:89 
  2. Judges 13:2-25
  3. Acts 21:17-32

 

The people of Israel were given plenty of water and were healed after being bitten by snakes, based on their obedience. How is it that the people of God who had seen all the signs of God toward them, were still arguing and complaining?

 

In the case of Samuel’s mother, the Angel of the Lord appeared to her and gave her instructions. Samuel’s mother was obedient and God blessed them.

 

Humanity, for some reason, has a difficult time with obedience.  The Father is there to cover us when we make a mistake, but learning from the mistakes as humanity appears unattainable.  

 

There is injustice in the world.  “Each One Reach one - Reaching the world one person at a time", has captivated my attention and lifestyle. This is the motto of my new company in Cyprus.  What if we all just reached out to one person around us daily?

 

Coming out of this lockdown situation, I was sitting on a park bench in Chiswick, London, U.K. in 2020 I was watching the people. 

 

A year later in 2021, I am sitting in my home looking at the Mediterranean Sea this morning reflecting on the continuation of my own personal choice to help those around me.

 

The choice is before you now.  Do you help or not?  

 

Quick assessment and activation are required for our obedience.  I have witnessed our community in Cyprus helping individuals assisting them since my return on July 18, 2020

 

The choices are before us every day.  We must always keep the “Each One - Reach one - Reaching the World one person at a time" motto in front of us.  We were created to be Heaven On Planet Earth.  HOPE.  

 

Look up today for all that you desire can be found in Him. Your obedience unto God is what pleases him more than your sacrifice. 

 

 

Remember God looks at the heart of man, not whether he is perfect in his ways. Seek the ways of God

 

Tonight at Sundown we start the Festival of Shavuot. Let's embrace the Ruach Ha Kodesh coming to us and blowing up us with not only power but PEACE that Our King gave us when he left. 

 

“What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened. You heard me tell you, ‘I am leaving, and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would have been glad that I am going to the Father; because the Father is greater than I.” - John 14:27-28

 

" When we had come to Jerusalem, the brothers received us gladly.  On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.  After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the law, and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the 

 

Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.  What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.  

 

Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.  But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.”Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.

 

 When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, crying out, “Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.” For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul." - Acts 21:17-32

 

Questions for Reflection: 

 

▪ Like Sampson’s mother was obedient, what does this mean to me?

▪ Sometimes God will require things of me that I did not expect. Is this well with my soul?

▪ Do I seek to know the ways of God?

▪ What is my attitude toward God in general?

* What will you do as He speaks to your heart to Reach One - Reaching the World One Person At A Time?

* Remember the Festival of Shavuot and make it special.