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Learn from Phinehas:

Do you stand against the crowd? Phinehas was such a man and God honored him above the rest. He alone is mentioned as a hero for God in Psalm 106. As the vast number of the Israelites watched, a man entered the camp with a Midianite woman and took her into his tent. In essence he was “thumbing his nose” at God’s righteous standards. He paid for it with his life when the zeal of the Lord took control of Phinehas’ heart; he “took a stand and intervened,” killing the man and the woman. The Israelites had a choice: take a stand and be counted for the Lord; or just ignore the sin before them. While others stood by and did nothing, Phinehas stepped “up to the plate,” and for his zeal, the Lord rewarded him with “a covenant of a permanent priesthood.”

We can learn something from this story that will impact our lives:

  1. faithfulness to the Lord is rewarded
  2. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
  3. We can observe sin and do nothing and sin will reign supreme; OR we can become zealous for purity and righteousness.

How do we move from just being a spectator to a participant? Like Phinehas, the Samaritan woman or Andrew we live out:

“Let those delivered by the Lord speak out,”[Ps 107:2]

Beloved, are you willing to be one of these mighty men or women of God filled with zeal for Him?  Or do you just stand back waiting for someone else to take the lead?

Discipleship is costly but the rewards are eternal.

 

 

 

 

 

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About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled “BeautyintheBarrenness.” As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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