Numbers 17:8 God’s Favor Produces Abundantly

The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Numbers 17:8

People are very often jealous of other people who appear to be successful. They are wanting what the other person has. In an attempt to get what that something is, many strive to get favor with the person.

Extra favor is often given to only a few people, not every person gets it. Favor is given often to those who are chosen or have earned it, not just everyone.

The Israelites had complained about Aaron, so there was a test given to see who had God’s favor. Aaron’s staff was the one God had chosen. It had not only sprouted, but budded, blossomed and produced almonds.

Many believers are willing to do a part of God’s will, but not with their whole heart. They will do the very minimum work required, just to look as though they are good and serving God. This is done to gain favor with God and man, but not out of love of God.

God works in and through the lives of those who choose to believe in Him, obey Him and serve Him with their whole heart. Once a person chooses to do these things, the favor of God begins to rest upon Him. God will go above and beyond the bare minimum in blessing the work the believer is doing, because he is willing to do His desire.

Those who are doing God’s will with a whole heart, will see His favor rest upon their work. Success and growth will appear greater than could ever have been expected. It will sprout, bud, blossom and produce fruit in abundance in whatever area of service the person is in.

God has a work for you to do on this earth. It is a job that is unique to you and only you are the one to do it.

Strive to serve God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. Do the work of God out of love for Him and people.

As you give one hundred percent of your life to doing His work, you will see God’s hand of favor rest upon you. The work will be fruitful, multiplying with abundant blessing. God wants you to succeed in the work He has you doing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will do the work of God with all of your heart; and that you will see God produce abundant fruit through your work.

Leviticus 16:3 Getting Close To God

This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. Leviticus 16:3

Many different places have certain requirements in order for a person to enter. Some restaurants require a specific dress code enter. Some business places require a special identification card to enter.

All of these requirements are meant to keep unauthorized personnel out. Those without the requirements being met will be kept out and if found in, will often be prosecuted for illegal trespassing.

Prior to Aaron entering the Most Holy Place to offer atonement for the sins of the people, he had to bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

During the time of Moses with the tabernacle, there was a large curtain that blocked off people from the Most Holy Place. This was the place that God would meet directly with the high priest. Only the high priest could go in, and that only once a year and after doing certain things.

Years later when Jesus died upon the cross for all the sins of all people, that curtain was torn in two and the way was opened up for all people to enter. However, there is still a sacrifice required to enter in to meet with God. That sacrifice is Jesus.

The death of Jesus is the sacrifice for all sins. It is His blood that makes a way for a person to be cleansed of sin so that he can meet with God.

The great news is that His sacrifice is good for all people, for any sin and for any time!

Today any person can go in to meet with God any time he desires as long as he has been cleansed by the blood of the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross.

Jesus paid the price of the sacrifice for your sins. If you choose to repent of your sins and believe that Jesus has removed those sins by forgiving you, you will have direct access to God any time you want.

Do not allow yourself to try to enter in with God in His Most Holy Place without the blood of Jesus removing your sins. Nothing you can do on your own will give you direct access to God.

Do you have direct access to God today through Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know your sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus; that you will trust in the sacrifice of Jesus for your life; and that you will know the ability you have to meet with God directly any time you desire.

Leviticus 10:3 God Is To Be Honored

Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Aaron remained silent. Leviticus 10:3

When a person meets with certain high-level people, there are often certain protocols to be followed. There are things that are required to be done and other things that are not be done in order to have the meeting.

All of this is done in order to honor the high-level person being met. If one chooses not to do these things, then the meeting will not occur.

Aaron had two sons that offered unauthorized fire before God and God killed them. Moses said told Aaron that God said that when someone approaches Him, He will be proved holy and honored before all people.

While most people are willing to honor famous people, many of those same people do not show God the same level of honor. Some will act as though God is just their good old buddy and they can do anything they want.

On Sundays when they go to church, many will wear just whatever they want to be comfortable, instead of their best to honor God. During prayers, they talk to God as just the ‘man upstairs’, instead of as God–the creator of the universe and Almighty King.

As a believer grows in God, he should increase in his honor to and for God. It is acceptable for a new believer to act without great honor, but the honor and respect for God should grow on a regular basis.

Honor for God should be seen in the believer both inside and outside the church. The world needs to see that honor and it shows a heart that loves God.

Only you and God can see your heart and life and truly know how you are honoring God. Live your life in such a way that the world will see that you honor God with everything in you.

He is the Creator of everything and has forgiven you of sins and given you eternal life. He is to be the Almighty King of your life. He is worthy of all honor.

Do not let the way you dress, act or speak bring any dishonor to God in any way. How do you honor God today with your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will honor God with all that you say and do; that people will see that you honor God with your life; and that God will be pleased with your life.

Exodus 32:22 Passing Blame

“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.” Exodus 32:22

When people are confronted with having done something wrong, many will try to give an excuse or reason why they did what they did. In that process they will quickly shift the blame to someone else.

Pointing out someone else’s fault is easy for most people. They are quick to pass the blame for what has been done wrong, rather than take personal responsibility.

Moses had confronted Aaron for making an idol for the people to worship. Aaron told him not to be angry because the people are quick to do evil.

Every person has a choice to make as to whether he will do something or not. In reality, no one can make anyone else do anything that the person does not really want to do.

The challenge comes in to how much pressure one is willing to go through to stand against doing some sin. Most people do not like to go against the flow of the norm or to stand out as different or rebellious, so they are quick to cave in to the pressure to sin.

Once they sin and are confronted, they will blame others as to why they did what they did, rather than just own the sin and repent.

Believers are to be set apart, different in this fallen world. Even though every person around one may sin in a certain way, the believer needs to stand on God’s word and refuse to sin. And if he does sin, he must be willing to admit the sin and repent of it. God is ready, willing and able to forgive any sin that is repented of.

Blaming others is not repentance, but just a lame excuse to avoid repenting.

You will have times that you will be pressured to sin against God. You have a choice to make as to whether you will sin or not.

There will be times where you will sin. Don’t try to get out of owning your sins by blaming others. God sees and knows the heart. Rather than just pass the blame onto others, own it and repent of it before God. He is ready, willing and able to forgive you of any sin when you repent.

If you do not repent, He cannot forgive. Are you willing to repent?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will own any sins you have committed against God; that you will not blame others for your sins; that you will repent of any sins before God; and that you will know God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

Exodus 17:12 Holding Others Up

When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset. Exodus 17:12

Being a leader means that one must be willing to do more to lead than everyone else is doing. The workload will often be much heavier than for those being led.

Many leaders will attempt to do everything completely on their own, with no help. The best leaders have others beneath them, holding them up and strengthening them.

As the Israelites were in battle, Moses had to hold his hands up so that they would win. When his arms got heavy, Aaron and Hur helped by holding his hands up on each side.

Every believer is a leader to someone else or to a group of other people. As a leader the person has to carry the burden of being able to keep going, no matter how difficult it is or painful it is.

While God is there to give strength to keep going forward in leading, there are many times in which God uses others to help be the needed strength. Although it may be rare for a believer to have to physically hold another’s hands up, every one can help through other methods in holding the person up.

The bare minimum a believer can do to help someone is praying for them. Other times one can also give a physical hand of help taking a part of the load. Wisdom in how to handle the load can be offered. Finances can be provided for. Others can be encouraged to give a helping hand.

Believers need to seek ways to help hold up the hands of those who are leaders, so that the battle against spiritual darkness may be won.

Whether you are a leader or not, there will be times you will need to help others out. Begin with praying for them for God’s strength and direction. Then seek God as to how you may be able to hold the hands of others up.

Be willing to be used by God to strengthen others so that the battle may be won. No battle is won completely alone by one person, but by the whole family of God and His Holy Spirit.

Who can you hold up?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have others to help hold you up in the Lord’s battle you will be in; that God will show you others whom you can hold their hands up in battle; and that God will give you the needed strength to win the battles in your life.