As I was preparing breakfast, Wednesday morning, the title to this post dropped in my spirit. And followed with…”Who is riding your back kicking you with pride, disobedience and rebellion? That does not want to hear what God is saying.
Immediately my mind went to Balaam and the she donkey in the book of Numbers. The first thing of note is the fact that Balaam’s pride, disobedience and rebellion had this mercernary prophet going in the wrong direction. Which drives home the scripture, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Because of this mindset, it blinded him to an angel standing in his path. And because his she donkey kept going in the opposite direction, it frustrated him to the point he struck her three times. The she donkey was trying to avoid the angel she saw with a sword in hand. Whenever the angel of the Lord would move, the she donkey tried to avoid him until eventually she laid down.
That’s when the Lord opened the she donkey’s mouth and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
“I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her.”
Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell face down.The angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If she had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared her.” (Numbers 22:30-33 NIV)
Notice the angel told him, “your path is a reckless one before me.” What circumstances or person has been riding your back that is on a reckless path in the sight of God? What circumstances or persons have been riding your back for so long they are, literally, beating the life out of you? What circumstances or persons have been riding your back for so long that instead of reacting like the she donkey, and speaking either to your circumstances or that person; by telling them the truth—you laid down like Pavlov’s dog? Now the fleas you acquired are problems that do not belong to you. Perhaps you need to proclam to those issues or that person, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but I trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7 NKJV)
What does trust speak to this situation? Everything. Proverbs says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)
…sometimes we have to close the door on some circumstances and relationships…
In following the paths that God directs, sometimes we have to close the door on some circumstances and relationships—which can be very difficult at times. Because we choose familiarity over change and oftentimes care about that person or persons more than ourselves. We may genuinely have a heart for people, but at the same time we must recognize that familiarity or relationships can be the roadblocks to our destiny. Why? By remaining in that familiar circumstance or that dedicated relationship, you are never able to fully develop as a believer without stress and weights. Not just because of your circumstances and relationships, but how deeply these things affect you.
You can no longer continue carrying those burdens of negative circumstances or unbelievers. That is God’s department. (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV) Now is the time for you to focus on receiving the miraculous and getting the water you could not get before. You haven’t been able to get a drink for years because the things riding you kept beating you and taking you in the wrong direction—as you struggled to stay on course. But with Jesus you now can. He will defend you in your decision. People have dumped their issues and problems on you for so long it’s ridiculous. As in one of my previous posts, you need to hang an “Out of Business—Leveling the Ground” sign. Tell them you have no more dumping room and your landfill is out of business! You’re leveling the ground and starting over with a clean slate. And with this clean slate, you are now back on the right road, on schedule, much lighter, and heading for your destiny of True North. (Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV)
Thank you so much for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!
© Rhema International. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission, from this blog’s author and/or owner, is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Rhema International.