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Arguing with an Ass

  • Yahweh opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, 'What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?' Balaam said to the donkey, 'Because you have mocked me, I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would have killed you.' The donkey said to Balaam, 'Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long until today? Was I ever in the habit of doing so to you?' He said, 'No.' Numbers 22:28 WEB

    Balaam was riding his donkey down the road one day when it suddenly sat down under him and would not get back up. Balaam became angry and started to beat it with his staff, then the donkey started talking to him. That was when their disagreement started, and Balaam found himself arguing with an ass. He overlooked the fact that it was an intelligent donkey, very articulate, and that it was trying to save his life.

    We have all had people in our lives that have suddenly became very annoying for an unknown reason. The Lord sometimes uses the strangest people, or apparently even animals to speak to us. These will get under your skin and reveal the real you that you try and hide, but it comes out with a little coaxing, or prodding.

    Don't start arguing with an ass today. Don't let them incite you. It is quite possible that God is using this to show you what is really inside of you. It is always something in you that causes you to become upset, not them. You have a trigger and they simply found the switch. When you resist the temptation to flare up, it will become easier. Just like sandpaper, the ass is there to help polish you up and knock off those rough edges.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father help me deal with the things in my life. Cleanse me from the bad attitudes and help me control my emotions. Make me stable and secure in who I am in You. Help me see the big picture and know that this tiny incident is nothing to be upset about, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

So true. Help me to deal with issues without losing my cool. Amen. Take me by  the hand dear God. 

December 30, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen! Help me Father to be more patient and control my emotions.

December 30, 2018
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

Amen.  Thank you for this message.  Perfect timing   PTL. 

December 30, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Help us God not to worry over things we cannot control.We turn them over to you. Amen 

December 30, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 30, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

December 30, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

This is a great devotional.  It seems they often find my switch.  With the Lord's help, I will definitely be working on this. Thank you Pastor Dion for the gentle nudge.

December 30, 2018
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

December 30, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Don't you think Balaam would wonder how the donkey was talking with him? There is no limit to what God can do!

December 30, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

December 30, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This is one of my favorite devotions, makes me laugh in God's humor of using an ass! While it helps me with patience for those people in my life..

December 30, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, help me with my attitude towards those little things that are affecting my inner self. I want to show You in my actions, don't let me fall. I love You and praise You, in Jesus name I pray. Amen .

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful devotional, God bless you. 

December 30, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 30, 2018