No standing at the crossroads
Obadiah 1:14 -
You should not have stood at the crossroads To cut off those among them who escaped; Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained In the day of distress.
If my child starts to throw her tantrums, one thing I have learned from someone is to give her options and make her to chose one of them. I do not let her say 'I want both' I make sure she chooses one and then she learns to be satisfied with what she has chosen.
Life is a journey and we need to continuously move ahead. In life we too act like little children and want to have all the options given to us at the same time. But when it comes to spiritual matter we land up standing at one place not make a choice and such a stand is rebuked by the Lord. When we stand at the crossroads we also land blocking those around us from progressing in spirit. There are people who struggle hard to escape the flesh and when we standing at crossroads open our mouth we get them to be dragged back into the sinking sand - our carnal nature.
The Lord says it is only by His grace and His Spirit that we are set free, but if we become a hurdle unto those who are escaping their carnal nature by trying to grow in spirit. Then the Lord will remove His grace and take away His Spirit from our lives and we will be dealt with as Moses dealt with those who worshiped the golden calf. We cannot stand below the Holy Mountain and worship worldly prosperity and act in our nakedness.
In yesterday's mail the Lord had warned us on this as one of the categories of people against whom He would stretch his hand - people who do not grow in spirit.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You spoke to your anointed ones in the Word. Your Word says when we believe in Jesus Christ we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit. Lord, as we are anointed by the Holy Spirit speak to us and instruct us at every stage of our lives. We surrender unto You and your Spirit, have your way with us but do not forsake us...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
14 You should not have stood at the crossroads To cut off those among them who escaped; Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained In the day of distress.
15 "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.
16 For as you drank on my holy mountain, So shall all the nations drink continually; Yes, they shall drink, and swallow, And they shall be as though they had never been.
17 "But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
17 And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.
19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.
28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
29 For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
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