The Levites Shall Be Mine

Numbers 3:12 – 12 “Now, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine.
There is a natural desire/want to belong. Whether it be to a group of people, family, etc, everyone wants to belong somewhere. In fact, I think it is safe to say that the Lord designed us that way — so we would enter into fellowship with other Christians. It means something to us to say that we belong to something. Unfortunately, too often, we forget that before we were a part of a group, we had already been identified by God and belong to Him.
In today’s scripture, God states, “So the Levites shall be Mine.” God identified the Levites as His own. Do you realize that the Lord has said the same about you? God has told the world that you shall be His. What an amazing blessing to know that the King of Kings has called you His own. The Lord used the Levites to minister to Israel, how are you going to allow the Lord to use you?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Promise, God!

Leviticus 27:2-7 – “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When a man consecrates by a vow certain persons to the Lord, according to your valuation, if your valuation is of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. If it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels; and if from five years old up to twenty years old, then your valuation for a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels; and if from a month old up to five years old, then your valuation for a male shall be five shekels of silver, and for a female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver; and if from sixty years old and above, if it is a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
 
Often times, people will make promises to others with no intent of following that promise.Perhaps the promise is made to relieve an immediate situation or a promise is made without fully understaning that that commitment means. Either way, it is becoming less and less meaningful when people say, “i promise”. We also have a tendency to say the same to the Lord. When we need an urgent prayer answered, we are quick to say “I promise”, but not so quick to keep that promise.
 
In today’s scripture, the Lord remind us that “When a man consecrates by a vow certain persons to the Lord,” there is a price/cost associated with it. There is a price/cost we must pay for each vow we make to the Lord. Whether it be an actions, commitment or word, we must understand that each promise we make to God is to be followed by action. We can’t ask God for a job and give our tithes to Him. We can’t promise God we will start attending church if He answers a prayer and never show up. If God kept promises to us like we keep promises to Him, what would your walk look like?
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I Am the Lord Your God

Leviticus 26:1 – 26 ‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God.

In our society, we have a tendency to idolize and worship celebrities and professional athletes. From fan clubs, pictures and autographs, there are entire industries built upon our fascination and idolizaiton of people. Because of who they are, we place them on pedestals. I am not criticizing any celebrities of professional athletes, but is that who we really should be worshipping?

In today’s passage, the Lord reminds us that “I am the Lord your God”. God gives us a gentle reminder that if we are to worship anyone, we should worship the creater of the universe and all things in it. If we cannot worship God who is perfect, then how can we worship imperfect people? I challenge you today to spend time acknowledging God for who He is in your life and in this world. As you do, you will find that there are many reasons why we should worship God and only God.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Off With the Old, On With the New

Leviticus 14:9 – It will be on the seventh day that he shall shave off all his hair: he shall shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair. He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean.
“Off with the old, on with the new!” I am sure we have all heard this saying and perhaps even said it a time or two. It means getting rid of old things in our life and replacing that with new and exciting things. It could mean lifestyles, clothes or even attitudes. We are saying “goodbye” to what no  longer works and saying “hello” to things that will make us better people.
Letivicus 14 deals with how the Israelites were to deal with lepers that had been healed and restored. God told Moses that when they were to return, they must, “shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair. He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean”. In other words, “out with the old and in with the new”. When the Lord has truly healed and cleansed us, we must get rid of those things in our lives that lead to our sinful nature and lifestyles. We must cleanse ourselves so that the Lord may make us into the image that He has for us. If we can’t get rid of the old (sin), we can never receive the new (Jesus).
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

The Day of Cleansing

Leviticus 14:1-2 – 14 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing. Now he shall be brought to the priest,
 
We in “sunny” Southern California have been experiencing a rather large amount of rain this year. No, I am not complaining because it is exactly what we have been praying for. What I have noticed, however, is that all of the rain tends to leave cars somewhat dirty. It seems that we need to wash our cars before the next storm so that our cars don’t get too dirty. Yes, the storms may bring some dirt, but we can easily wash it away.
 
I was thinking about washing today as I was reading in Leviticus 14. God told Moses that we are in “the day of his cleansing”. We may all get a little dirt on us as we endure the storms in our lives, but because Jesus came and died on the cross, we are all in a “day of cleansing”. It is only Jesus that can wash away our sin and make us clean. Rejoice in the fact that Jesus has made us all clean and restores us each day!
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Whose Heart Moves Them

Exodus 25:1-2 – 25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.
 
I have the unique opportunity to observe many different people in different stages of their walk with the Lord. Many will say all the right things, but I believe you can tell most about one’s walk by their actions. More specifically, how they give back to the Lord. I think we fall easily into the trap of continually asking for blessings, but have a much harder time giving back to God what He deserves.
 
In today’s verses, God told Moses, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.” It is safe to say that the Lord has moved in all of us and blessed us in many ways that we probably do not deserve. How have we responded to those blessings? As you look at your life and the way that the Lord has provided for you, never forget how we as Christians are to “raise a contribution” for God. It is only through our actions that we prove our faith in the Lord.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Strong Fortress

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

I remember being young and being scared in my room.  I had blue carpet and I thought there were sharks swimming around my bed after I watched the movie JAWS.  I yelled for my dad to come and save me and he came in and helped me in my time of terror.

Think about who God is.  He is God the Father.  Just as I called on my dad to help me, all of us can call on God the Father to help us with whatever we may need.  He is a Father with an unfailing love who will always be there to protect His people.

When you call out to Him in your time of need . . . Father, Lord, Jesus . . . whatever you may call Him, He will always hear you and answer.  Scripture says that His name is a “fortress”, meaning there is strength and protection in calling on the name of the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Glass Half Empty

Exodus 14:10-12 – 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
 
As you look at events in your life, do you see them as being “glass half empty or glass half full” events? In other words, are you able to see good in situations or do you immediately begin to think the worse? Many fall into the trap of only seeing the bad in situations, not realizing that there is always good. We see this in our daily lives and, unfortunately, we see the same in God.
 
In today’s scirpture, it is Israel that is seeing God’s direction as being “half-empty”. In fact, they stated, ““Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt?” God had promised Israel that He would lead them to a land “flowing with milk and honey”. But, to get there, they would spend some time in the desert. As you look at the events in your life, I encourage you today to see the good that God has intended for you and trust that His plan is still perfect in your life. Yes, you may spend some time in the desert, but trust that God always has a land “flowing with milk and honey” waiting for those who live according to His purposes.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A True Friend in Jesus

1 Thessalonians 5:11 – 11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

A friend in Christ is one who you can not only talk with, but one that you can pray with.  Depth and meaning in a relationship comes from sharing a love and devotion to Christ.  Think about the people you know that others may look at and say you are “friends” with.  If you were honest, most are just acquaintences because you cannot dig deep into that relationship and share your love for the Lord together.
 
A friend is one who who can offer comfort through prayer and one who edifies.  Edifies means someone who can give instruction or direction in life that helps you improve morally.  Such comfort and edification can only come from knowing God’s holy word. We are called to be friends who are not superficial.  A true friend gives wise and Godly advice and a true friends cares that you are living your life according to God’s word.  If you fail, your friend should pray for God’s peace in your life.  If you are straying or living in sin, a truly Godly friend should lovingly help get you back on the right track.  Be a friend to someone today!
I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

Pride

Exodus 10:3 – Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Many places in the Bible speak of pride. In fact, in Proverbs 16 we are warned that “Pride goes before destruction”. Pride gets us into trouble because we begin to think to much of ourselves and too little of God. It is that thinking that leads us away from God and ultimately leads us to destruction.
In today’s scripture, God reminds us that it is pride that will block us from seeing God. If we truly want to see and receive God into our lives, we must “humble yourself before Me”. In other words, make sure that we think more of God than ourselves. Remember, all “success” you will achieve and receive in this world is at the leading and guiding of God. If we can keep the right perspective on God and ourselves, we can honor God with all success He will bless us with in this lifetime.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!