Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014 … Follow the Master

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 231

Devotional Song: Go to this link -  and take the time to see a lyrical video of one of Steve Green’s best versions of the stirring song of discipleship … Find Us Faithful, proclaiming our pursuit of a living relationship with Christ as the most fruitful followership we can ever pursue in this life. 

Highlight Passage: Numbers 9: 23… [NKJV] …
23 At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at the command of the Lord they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
Highlight Context - NKJV: Numbers 9: 15-23 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK 

Reference Passage #1 - NKJV: Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  I hope all who read here have this on memorize - if not, perhaps now is the time to do that …

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV: Luke 9: 23 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK  And this one is the most posted passage in my devotional journaling … therefore, I also pray that you have it memorized and internalized …

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Jennifer Benson Schuldt, opened with an illustrative story involving, of all things, a dog show (see attached picture), where all the dogs involved followed the commands of their masters/trainers. Whatever the trainers commanded, the dogs followed to the Nth degree; and this was Shuldt’s way of illustrating what today’s highlight passage brought out.

In the Numbers, Chapter 9 passage [linked above], we read of that time when God was leading His chosen ones, the Israelites, toward the Promised Land; and He did so by showing His presence as either a cloud, by day, or a pillar of fire, by night; and whenever God wanted His children to move, He signaled it to the people through that cloud; and the people moved the Tabernacle whenever God commanded, leading them closer and closer to the Promised Land.

Interesting in the both the Old and New Testaments, this process of the Master’s commands and the peoples’ followership was found in two verses of the same number: In the OT, Numbers 9:23 … and in the NT, Luke 9:23. And after you’ve taken in the attached picture, listened to the song by Steve Green, and meditated on the highlight and reference passages, I’m sure you’re just as convicted as was I this morning, by our need to be more diligent and disciplined followers of our Master and LORD, Jesus, The Christ.

But that implies that we’re doing all we can, like those dogs at the dog show, to get the commands from our Master and then to do all we can to follow those commands as He leads us to His Promised Land.

What about it, friend? How’re we doing? Personally, I need to be listening more for my Savior’s commands and then following them more in self denial. How about you?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, You are the cloud over my Tabernacle. Lead me and I will follow! … Amen

  Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread [TGIF], distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read the Our Daily Bread blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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