God vs. Man

Leviticus 20:2 – “Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.

I have talked to some parents that have chosen to not “force” God on their children. they don’t want them to miss out on the things of this world (fun, sports, etc.) that interfere with church so they choose to forgo God for other things. My concern is this — if we are not giving our children to God and making God a priority in their lives, then who and what are we giving them to? In today’s Word we are reminded that if we do not give our children to God, we give our “descendants to Molech”. The Bible warns us to not put others and things before God — not for us and not for our children. May God come first in your life and the lives of all of your children.

I pray for blessing today for you on your Journey!

A Peace Offering

Leviticus 19:5 – ‘And if you offer a sacrifice of a peace offering to the Lord, you shall offer it of your own free will.

Some may disagree, but I personally believe that perhaps the most important part of tithing is not your wallet, but your heart. Some see the offering plate as an obligation (something they have to do), while others see it as an opportunity (something they get to do). In today’s scripture we are reminded that when it comes to our tithing we are to “offer it of your own free will”. Jesus freely gave His life for you, my prayer is that as you give back to Him, you will see it as an opportunity to show the Lord your thanks, trust and faith in His provision.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Copy Cat

Leviticus 19:1 – 19 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

We might not realize it, but we all try to “copy” someone. Whether it be a professional athlete, movie or rock star, successful business person or someone close to you, we want to be just like them. In fact, studies have shown that you will look and act like the 5 people you are closest to. I think that it is great that we have people we look up to, but the Bible reminds us today that there is only One that we should copy. “‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” My prayer for all of us today is that the one that people see us being the most like is “the Lord your God”. May we love like Him, forgive like Him, show grace like Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Sent Away

Leviticus 16:21 – 21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man.

For some people, they will never be forgiven of their sins; not because God doesn’t forgive, but because they will not forgive themselves. With sin, we are left with the aftermath of guilt and shame. Unfortunately, that guilt and shame can torment us for years if not a lifetime. If you believe the truth about what Jesus’ birth meant to us and our sin, you can take comforting in knowing that when we truly confess our sins to God, our sin is sent “away into the wilderness”. Jesus did not come and ultimately die so we would carry our guilt and shame, Jesus came so we would be released of all guilt and shame. Forgive yourself as the Lord has forgiven you.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Christmas Eve Service Invitation

I pray that you all will attend your churches this Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
If you currently do not attend a church, I want to invite you to join us for a very special, unique and interactive Christmas Eve Day Service. At Christmas, we celebrate a love that brought Jesus to earth and would ultimately lead Him to a cross. Join us for our 10:00 Worship Service as we celebrate and remember that The Christmas Promise given thousands of years ago is here for us today!
 
We look forward to having you join us and invite your friends! Remember, if you cannot make it in person, you can always watch our service live on Facebook Live.Ch 1 1825 The Christmas Promise

The Proper Offering

Leviticus 16:3 – “Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus in a few days, I pray that you will also find your way to a local church to worship and give thanks for that blessed gift. God told Aaron that he should only come “into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.” As you enter into your house of worship to acknowledge this incredible event, prepare yourself and bring with you a proper offering to give to the Lord. No, I am not just talking about finances, but as you come to acknowledge the sacrifice that God gave to you, what sacrifice of yourself are you willing to give back to God?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Consecrate Yourself

Leviticus 11:44 – 44 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

As we near Christmas, people begin to put a lot of thought into things — gifts, parties, Christmas dinners. We think and plan so much because we want things to be “perfect”. In today’s Word we are reminded, “You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy”. Each day is a “special” day and each day we must prepare ourselves so that our bodies will be a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord. My prayer for you today is that you will give much thought into how you will prepare and present yourself to “be holy” before the Lord.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

A Thoughtful Sacrifice

Leviticus 5:7-10 – ‘If he is not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord, for his trespass which he has committed, two turtledoves or two young pigeons: one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. And he shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not divide it completely. Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar, and the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar. It is a sin offering. 10 And he shall offer the second as a burnt offering according to the prescribed manner. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin which he has committed, and it shall be forgiven him.

For some things in life, we just “do it”, never giving much thought or attention to what we are doing. Today’s scripture struck me for one simple reason — the Israelites put much thought into the offerings and sacrifices they gave to the Lord. Each day we are asked to make sacrifices to the Lord of our time, talents and treasures. My prayer for all of you is that with each offering and sacrifice you make to God, may it be given with much thought of what it means and who it is being given to. May our sacrifices never be something we just do, but something that the Lord will see as a thoughtful sacrifice.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!