Jesus IS Our Lamb without Blemish
Leviticus 5:17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.
Even though Leviticus was a book written by Moses through God, as a manual for priests detailing the religious rules and procedures which the priests had to observe and enforce for the covenant between God and Israel. We Christians, under the terms of Christ’s new covenant, do not regard these Levitical regulations as binding. However we are to still obey the same God, not in the letter of law but in the spirit of Christ.
I am so thankful I do not have to take a ram without blemish to my pastor in order to be scarified for my sins. Jesus took all my iniquities to the cross and bared each on so I no longer have to carry them. Even though Christ death has made guilt offering unnecessary for us believers today, when we do sin we still need to ask God for forgiveness and those that we offended.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for my Savior, Your only Son, whom You sent to die for the world’s sins. Lord I am thankful I no longer have to carry my sins, but that my Lamb, Christ without blemish took my place, so that I can live a sinless life headed to heaven for all eternity, in Jesus name I praise and pray, Amen.
If you sit idol, idols will sit you!
Exodus 32:23 For they said unto me, Make us god’s, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
No more than 13 chapters earlier in Exodus, did the Israelites claim they would do whatever God spoke, “Exodus 19:8.” Fast forward to chapter 20, after Moses had given God’s commandments, and the people saw thunder, lightning as they heard the noise of the trumpet and seen the smoking of the mountain, they stood afar off, “Exodus 20:18.” They had seen and heard just how mighty God was and feared death. Moving ahead to when Moses went to meet with God on top of Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights, “Exodus 24:18.” All the while he was on the Mount with God, Aaron and the Israelites waited at the base, for the Word of the Lord that Moses would deliver when he came down. Soon the fear of the Lord wore off as impatience took place in the hearts, waiting on Moses. Instead of worshiping God at the very base of the Mount, where He stood with Moses, giving His commandments. Their minds and hearts were quickly corrupted by the need to worship, and if they weren’t worshipping God while they waited, then false idols took the place that was only intended for God. These passages remind me that while I am waiting on God’s answer, I don’t need to be looking around for something to fill my wait time. Our hearts should be filled with the desire to serve and worship God while we wait. If you sit idol, then idols will sit you from praising God .
Lord, I praise You that I am always on Your mind and You have my best in heart. Father I pray that while I wait for Your answers for my next step, that I will not sit idol, allowing myself to become distracted from worshipping and serving You, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Let’s not forget who the real enemy is, Satan! He is the father of lies, “John 8:44,” the accuser of our brethren, “Revelation 12:10,” and our adversary that lurks about to seek who he can destroy. How do you defend yourself against this predator? With the armor of God, (Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.)
Satan came only to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus our Savior came to give us an abundant life, “John 10:10,” Jesus is our defender, armor and sword. To defeat Satan, we have to daily deny ourselves pick up our cross and follow Jesus, “Luke 9:23.” We are warriors on the front line, made to be courageous!
The story in Luke 18 is about a terrible judge who did not fear God or regard another man. But there was this certain widow who came to him everyday with the same petition. Finally the judge seen her faithfulness of never missing an opportunity to voice her desires for him to meet. He finally avenged this widow and gave her what she had be asking for daily.
No God is nothing like this judge, He is all loving and regards His children’s lives. Jesus message in this parable, tells us that if this certain judge can finally give in to a faithful seeker; then how much more will God answer our prayers if we seek Him daily and never give up on praying for a certain person or situation.
They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.
How often do we pray a half hearted prayer for healing, only to place Jesus in a box, leaving us blind to His power. These two men did not pray, they simply confessed that Jesus could heal them, loudly proclaiming Him as the Messiah, “O Lord thou Son of David, Matthew 20:30-31.” The religious leaders who witness Jesus miracles, were spiritually blind; while these two blind men already had their eyes wide open, Jesus simply healed their flesh. Seeing with your eyes does not guarantee that you can see with your heart. Open the eyes of my heart Lord!
The Sower Must Receive in Order to Sow
Matthew 13:3 Behold a sower went forth to sow.
We are not just the sower of seeds, we are the receivers too. Today God open my ears, “Matthew 13:9,” to His Word and this parable Jesus was speaking in the book of Matthew. We go through different seasons in our lives, and even during these times, seeds are being sown in us. How are we allowing our hearts to receive seeds during each season? Are we allowing Satan’s lies to eat the seeds that we receive, making our soil the wayside, “Matthew 13:4.” Do we accept the seed, write down a sermon, only to let it grow for the moment and as soon as we step out of church and into the worries of the world, the seeds are dried up from our hearts, “Matthew 13:5.” Our we allowing those thorny influences of the world in our lives to cause the seeds to be choked out of our hearts, “Matthew 13:7.” Do we have rich soil no matter what season we are in, that when a seed is dropped into our hearts it can grow and bear fruit, “Matthew 13:8.” Who hath ears to hear, let him hear, Matthew 13:9, are our hearts open to receive God’s Word or is our current situation choking His Word, and leaving our branches bear? If we are not producing fruits among the tares, then we can not be a sower that helps plant seeds to grow wheat for Jesus to harvest from among the tares, “Matthew 13:29-30.” God’s message to me in Jesus parable was clear, no matter what season I am in, I need to always make sure my heart’s soil is rich and ready to receive His Word to grow and bear fruit. My testimony as a sower for Jesus, should be a witness of His grace to be able to receive the seed, bear fruit and sow seeds, even during hard seasons in my own life. It all comes down to this; it is not about us or our circumstance, it is about Jesus and sharing God’s Word as a sower of His seeds!
Heavenly Father I am so thankful that You not only open my heart, but my ears to hear Your Word. Lord I know that different seasons come with different challenges. These should be the time of much growth as I deepen my faith in You. I pray to be in constant check of my soil for richness to receive Your Word to bear fruit in order to sow more seeds for Your kingdom, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Restored by Jesus
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning; the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
What a beautiful picture of our Saviors sacrifice, the drink of His living waters that restored me and planted me in His righteousness. I am no longer identified by the ashes of shame, but the beauty of His grace that shines from my face. He has anointed me with His garment of joy, no longer am I held in the heavy bondage of mourning.
When Satan tries to bring up my past sins and accuse me with his lies, this verse reminds me that I am no longer dirty, but washed clean in God’s mercy. The Lord has planted me by the river of life, there is where my Savior has given me a new and righteous beginning, seated next to Him in His finished work on the cross.
My Savior, Jesus Christ who has restored me of all that has been taken by Satan through His amazing grace. Will come for me and give me my place He has made for me in heaven, (John 14:2-3,) along with His promises of no more tears, death, sorrow, pain; for the former things will passed away, (Revelation 21:4.)
Heavenly Father I praise You that I am no longer held bound in sin. I am thankful that You have restored and replaced all that has been taken. Father I looked forward to Your coming to take me home where there is no more evil or taking of joy, in Jesus name I praise and pray, Amen.
Genesis 21:1 And The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
We can be sure of one thing, God will keep His promise! “Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” When God presents the impossible and you start doubting, look to the example Abraham displayed here. Focus on God’s commitment to fulfill His promises to you, trust in His will and timing, through obeying His Word.
Sarah laughed with amusement when she heard that God would bless her at 99 with a son, (Genesis 18:12.) She again laughed with joy, of how God made the impossible, possible for her to bear a son in her old age, (Genesis 21:6-7.) This is a mighty and beautiful picture of how God can use us even when we are up in age to fulfill His will in our lives. When I think about all the time I wasted in my youth and early adulthood, I am reminded here with these verses that God is not finished with me yet and that through Him all things are possible, (Matthew 19:26.)
Heavenly Father I praise You that You are not finished with me yet. Each morning You wake me up, You have a purpose for my life in Your kingdom while servicing You here on earth. Lord thank You for using Sarah to remind me You can us me no matter my age, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
On New Years Eve I finally sat down and watch War Room, it was not just a movie with a good story line..it was the movie that had a great message from God to my heart. That very night I cleared out the bottom of my cluttered closet and made it useful. I took that powerful message from Mrs. Clara and put it into action by faith. This is where I come in the morning, throughout the day and at night to pour out my heart and thanksgivings.
God sat back last year and let me run my own little one woman circus, which I failed at it daily. This year He has gently nudged me over to the passenger seat and with Words to trust Him and lean not on my own understanding, to search His heart out in prayer and in His Word for wisdom and knowledge. God is disciplining me to fight the good fight on my knees and learn to work in the resting position through the finish work of Christ.
God did not save me to run around crazy, exhausting myself daily to serve my family and try desperately to walk a straight line..He saved me to walk daily in faith by His amazing grace. We have to learn to rest in God through prayer and in His Word..before we can work in God to service His kingdom! God is already showing Himself mighty! I encourage you to watch War Room and make a War Room..it doesn’t have to be big, just enough room for you and God!
Don’t Look Back and Be Consumed
Genesis 19:17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
When God pulls us out of sin, we are wise to not look back and be consumed in the sin once again. Like Lots wife we can quickly lose sight of where God is taking us, and fall back into the evilness of sin that will drown out the light God has placed in us.
When God pulled me out of the destructive lifestyle of addiction, I had to flee to the mountains for salvation in Christ and not look back at the pile of rubble smothered in smoke that God had lead me out of. I had to completely let God shut and lock the doors to my past, along with those who enabled me. God gave me a strength beyond what I could have ever imagine.
God’s mercy toward Abraham extended to Lot and his family. Because Abraham pleaded for Lot, God was merciful and saved Lot from the fiery destruction of Sodom. A righteous person can often affect others for good, (James 5:16b The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.) All us Christians should follow Abraham’s example and pray for others to be saved, (Genesis 19:16-29.) I have family and friends who are still looking back, that I pray for daily to turn and head in the direction God is leading them in, to the mountains!
Heavenly Father I pray that You will give Your mighty directions to my family and friends who are still lost to flee from their sins and head to the mountain, which is Christ for salvation. Lord I daily pray for those who are heavy on my heart to be saved, in Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.