Separated to God Alone!

Scripture reading for February 25th:  Leviticus 19-20, Hebrews 7

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 7:22-26 “This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.  The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever.  Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  

God declared on oath that His Son, Jesus Christ, would be a Priest forever.  Since He rose from the dead, He is alive and will live forever.  This sets Him apart from the Levitical priesthood.  They were sinful men who died and were buried, thus unable to continue as priests.  When anyone turns to Jesus as their Priest, they are eternally secure in Him and His intercession for them with His own blood.  Praise the Lord!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I have strong confidence in my salvation and inheritance because God’s Word promises me that I possess it through faith in Jesus Christ, my ‘forever Priest!’  Help me today with holy separation from the world and separation to You alone!

Leviticus 20:24, 26  “But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’  I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.” . . . .You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.”  

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Jesus is Lord!

Scripture reading for February 24th:  Leviticus 15-18, Psalm 31, Hebrews 6

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 6:17-20 “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.  We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”  

God testified of Jesus “You are My Son,” and “You are a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”  (Hebrews 5:5-6)  Believers can take refuge in God’s Word and truth.  Jesus rose from the dead and entered God’s Presence in Heaven offering His own blood on our behalf as our High Priest.  This gives us strong confidence and firm assurance!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Jesus, I trust in You and say “Jesus is my Lord!”  Thank You for offering Your blood on my behalf on the Mercy Seat in heaven.  Help me to proclaim Your Lordship!

Leviticus 16:15-16 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.  Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people and because of their transgressions and all their sins.”  

Psalm 31:14 “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “Your are my God.” 

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Jesus, the “burnt offering”!

Scripture reading for February 21st:  Leviticus 12-14, Psalm 111, Hebrews 5

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 5:7-9  “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.  And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, . . .”

Although Jesus Christ was God’s Son, He came to earth as a man in human flesh.  As a man, He experienced pain, temptation, and human fears.  But Jesus never gave into sin.  Instead He called out to His Father and steadfastly obeyed in the face of the fires of great suffering and death because He took upon Himself all our sins.   Through this obedience, Jesus is now the only source of eternal salvation to all who believe on Him and obey His Word.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I trust fully in Jesus Christ, my High Priest, who identified with me and bore my sins in His body on the cross, offering Himself as the sin offering and making atonement for me.  Lord, help me to walk in obedience and faith through my trials today, praying without ceasing for Your grace.

Leviticus 14:20  “And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar.  Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.”

Psalm 111:1-2  “Praise the Lord!  I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.  Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.”  

 

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Resting in Jesus for Holiness!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Leviticus 8-11, Psalm 110, Hebrews 4

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 4:11-13  “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Nothing is hidden from our Lord, visible or invisible.  There is no place where we can hide or nothing that will cover up any sin or disobedience to God’s eternal Word.  The Word of God is alive and active.  It is able to search out the hidden places of our hearts and inner man.  Our only hope of holiness is to confess sin and repent, resting our hope on the Word of God that speaks mercy through Jesus and His shed blood.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I rest in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Word promising forgiveness and cleansing to all who come to Jesus.  Lord, help me to preach the whole Word of God to each person and congregation that they might rest in Jesus.

Leviticus 11:44  “For I am the Lord your God.  Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”  

Psalm 110:3  “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of Your youth will be Yours.”  

 

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“Today” is the day for faith!

Scripture reading for February 19th:  Leviticus 4-7, Hebrews 3

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” 

Unbelief is a deadly sin and God sees it as evil.  It always leads people away from God and into greater darkness.  It hardens the heart and deceives our minds.  Believers are to exhort one another to keep the faith and hold fast our confidence in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin.  “Today” is the only day we have to live by faith.  Tomorrow may be too late!  We will stand before God and answer.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I hold on to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the only way of salvation.  Lord help me to be watchful over my life and others, exhorting myself and them to hold fast to faith in God’s promise through Jesus.

Leviticus 6:27-30  “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed.  And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering.  And the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar. . .”

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The Perfect Sacrifice!

Scripture reading for February 18th:  Leviticus 1-3, Psalm 27, Hebrews 2

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 2:9-10, 14-15 “But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” . . .”Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”   

The writer of Hebrews was sharing about how God sent Jesus to earth as the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins and to deliver us from the fear of death.  Sin brings death and fear of punishment.  Jesus came in a human body to experience death for us and destroy the devil who is enslaving us.  But death did not hold Jesus, now crowned with glory and honor, at God’s right hand as our High Priest, made perfect through suffering.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Thank You Jesus for sending Jesus as the perfect sacrifice.  Help me to share the good news of Jesus suffering and death that all men might be delivered from the fear of death.

Leviticus 3:7-8 “If he offers a lamb for his offering, then he shall offer it before the Lord, lay his hand on the head of his offering and kill it in front of the tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons shall throw its blood against the sides of the altar.”  

Psalm 27:13  “I believe that I shall look on the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  

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The Radiance of God’s Glory!

Scripture reading for February 17th:  Exodus 38-40, Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 40:33-35 “. . so Moses finished the work.  Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

The Israelites had willingly brought offerings of gold and other prescribed materials and willing and skilled workers had completed the task set out for them by the Lord through Moses.  The tabernacle and all its furnishing was completed and set up exactly according to the pattern.  Then, miraculously, the cloud of God’s glory covered and filled the tent of meeting.  Moses was not able to enter this awesome display of God’s presence in their midst!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for this description of Your presence with the Israelites.  I am humbled that in the New Testament, Your glory fills a new “tent of meeting”–the bodies of believers in Jesus.   Please allow the glory of Your Son to be seen through my life!

Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power.  After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .” 

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Willing hearts giving to the Lord

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Exodus 35-37, Psalm 26, Philippians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 35:20-22  “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.  And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.  So they came, both men and women.  All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”

God had commanded Moses to build the tabernacle and tent of meeting and had given an exact pattern to him on the mountain.  Moses shared the need for materials and skilled labor with the people of God.  All who were willing came to give freely and to offer their skills, given by God, to do the work.  And they freely gave their offering of gold in faith.  There was more than enough!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, I believe that my response to Your call is to give my body and heart and mind willingly to You, as well as tithes and offerings.  Help me to accomplish Your assigned tasks as You build Your house!

Philippians 4;18-20 “I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 26:8  “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”  

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Holy Distinction!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3

Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:13-16 “”Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight.  Consider too that this nation is Your people.”  And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  And he said to Him, “If Your Presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.  For how shall it be known?  Is it not in Your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and Your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?””

As Moses met with God, he pleaded with God to show him His ways in order to have God’s favor and presence.  God promised to go with him and give him rest.  Moses knew that God’s presence was the best and only thing that would set him and God’s people apart from all others on earth.  In His presence was fullness of joy and divine rest!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for making me distinct by filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower me today in my upward journey by showing me Your ways and giving me favor with You and those You want to reach.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  

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The Holy Spirit and full obedience!

Scriptures for February 12th:  Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 31:1-6  “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.” 

God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings.  Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly.  This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life.  Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.

Philippians 2:12-15  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “

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