Under Pressure: Don’t Kick the Donkey

Under Pressure

September 27, 2015

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Mike Slaughter

Balaam was an Old Testament man of God who misdirected his gifts and lost his way. It took his donkey to talk some sense back into him... and when your donkey listens to God better than you, well, it's time to get clear to hear. Don't miss this weekend's opportunity to check your direction, and relieve the stress YOU may inadvertently be causing.
UNDER PRESSURE: Don't Kick the Donkey!

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Today's Focus

I.    Check Your Current Life Direction

  •      vs. 22:32, Haggai 1:5-7
  *Today’s choices become tomorrow’s outcomes.
II.    Set Your GPS on God’s Destination
  *You will steer where you stare.
How do we hear?
  •         God’s written word:
                    ◦     Psalm 90:10, 12
                    ◦     Psalm 119:105
  •          our community connections: vs. 22:12
III. God’s Donkey vs. Satan’s Serpent
  *Everyone has a price; let yours be the cross of Jesus Christ.
       See this week’s REFOCUS questions for deeper reflection.

Sermon Questions

Don't Kick the Donkey

Lashing out at people, things or circumstances around you is part of the human struggle. However, God’s perspective on your direction and roadblocks is unique. After all, the direction you are currently traveling, relationally, spiritually, financially or vocationally, determines your destination.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Monday: Read Numbers 22:1-8
What did Balak fear and what do you fear about the future? Who was Balak’s go-to-guy and who is yours? God is the only one who knows the future, so how can you seek his peace and counsel? Describe a time when you sought human help, but ultimately God was your intercessor.
Tuesday: Read Numbers 22:9-35; 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11
Despite Balaam’s God directions, why did he try to go his own way? When have you felt God’s direction, yet still made your own way on your own time? Balaam addresses “the Lord my God,” but does he act like God is his Lord? Pray for direction and God’s sovereignty in your life.
Wednesday: Read Deuteronomy 23:3-5
What is your attitude in greeting others and providing for their needs? What was God’s motivation recorded here? How can your behaviors relationally, spiritually, financially and vocationally more clearly reflect a motivation of love? Pray for your attitude in these four areas.
Thursday: Review Numbers 22:36-24:25
What was the result of your having cursed someone, even in passing, because you were upset? How do you obey God so you can be blessed rather than cursed? What do you learn about God from these messages? How will you change behaviors related to blessing and cursing others?
Friday: Read Micah 6:1-8; Revelation 2:14
How were you warned relationally, spiritually, financially or vocationally in the past? How did your responses affect your present? How is acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly counter-cultural? Pray for obedience regarding warnings and Micah 6:8’s call.
Saturday: Read Joshua 24
In the Israelites’ journey, how is their human struggle real? How did God repeatedly respond faithfully to his covenant? Acknowledge your struggling journey and recommit to your covenant with God? In reading verses 29-33, pray for a lifetime of faithfulness and fulfilled promises.
Sunday: Review Numbers 22-24
Acknowledge God’s superior destination to which you feel called. How is connection  with God and others essential to that journey? What significant idea was redefined for you this week through study? Share how will you stop “kicking your donkey” with someone today.

Sermon Transcript

Numbers 22:21-32 / Mike Slaughter / September 26 & 27, 2015      

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