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Israel had finally reached the banks of the Jordan River after their deliverance from Egypt and the long march through the wilderness. God was ready to fulfill his promise to Abraham and give his people possession of the Promised Land. God was ready, but Israel was not. They believed the faithless report of the 10 spies and were afraid to enter in, so God turned them around and allowed them to wander in the wilderness for another 40 years until a new generation could grow up to become his chosen nation.

38 years later, a whole new generation of children of Israel was born and raised; they were only 2 years away from coming to the Promised Land. The problem was they began to be like their fathers who doubted God. The new generation knew of the miracle-working power of God, of the guiding hand of God and of the promises of God, but they were still a rebellious nation. They would not trust God and they were constantly murmuring and complaining.

We quickly forget what God has done for us in the past. If we would only remember how he healed us before, how he delivered us before and how he has provided for us all along, perhaps we could have greater faith and trust that He will do it again. But no matter how many promises God fulfills in us, we still doubt whether he will fulfill the next one. No matter how many times God provides our needs, we still wonder if he will supply our next need.

This was proven when the new generation of Israel grumbled upon Moses and ranting about their thirst. In fear of his life, Moses appeals to God that leads to God telling Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” Moses did what God said, he took the staff, gathered the assembly but he struck the rock twice that caused the water to gush out from it. God said to Moses, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

In our lives, we see some of our sins as too small to anger God, but in His eyes, a sin is still a sin no matter how small or big it is. Because of Moses’ distrustful act, God’s holiness vanished in the eyes of Israel. God’s Holiness is what sets him apart from us to let us know He is our powerful and capable God. And as His children, He also wants us to be holy because we are His chosen people. God was disappointed to Moses because He chose Moses to lead, he set Moses apart but he failed to trust God.

Here are 3 points how to remain set-apart for God’s use:

1. Believe His Word – when God said something, he means it so you need to trust it. Disobedience makes you forfeit His promise. Promises that are shown to you through Word, visions, and prophesies. We are set apart for God’s use but sometimes we are used by other means. And through those distractions, we forfeit God’s promise to us.

2. Know your Destiny - to what are you set apart for? Before anything else, we should know where we’re going. Each of us has own destiny that awaits us. God wants you to achieve something, which is why it is important for you to know it because, if not, it will be just another nonsense achievement. When you knew the plan God has set for you, then work with all your heart and avoid these 3 distractions.

a. Lust of the Flesh – ways of the world, addiction, wrong relationships

b. Lust of the Eyes – no contentment, comparison

c. Pride of Life – fame, money, achievements, applause of men

3. Respond in Obedience – why do we need to respond in obedience? Because sometimes we thought God will always wait for us to be ready for His plan. But what we need to know is that despite any circumstance, we must trust and obey God like how Moses obeyed and trust Him after being told he cannot go to the Promised Land.