June 16, 2022 Give Thanks

Numbers 15:39 Signs To Help Remember

You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Numbers 15:39

Remembering things is a challenge that most people have. Everyone has different ways of setting up things to help them remember important dates, chores, or events. Using cell phones to send reminders is a common method, but others may use post-it notes, emails or something else to be in front of them to jog their memory.

God told the Israelites to put tassels on the corners of their garments to help them remember God’s commands to obey them and not go after their own sinful desires.

Hearing sermons on Sundays brings God’s word and commands to the attention of believers. However, many people forget by Monday morning a lot of what was said in the sermon. Often it becomes just a ritual, something that they do, and is not really an active part of their daily life.

People need to have reminders put in front of them on a regular basis, or they will quickly forget things that are important. It is easy to get caught up in the here and now and put God and His word to the side.

In the same way that reminders are placed to remember important dates and events, believers should have reminders to keep their focus upon obeying God’s word.

Staying in God’s word on a regular basis is the beginning of remembering His commands. Along with that, little reminders can be put in place. These may be notes on the phone or in places that will be seen, pictures or posters of God’s commands, or whatever else will work to remind.

As a believer God has given you many different promises and commands. Do not allow yourself to just put those commands and promises to the side and forget them. Find a way that works for you to remember what God has said. It will build your faith and strengthen your walk with God.

If you choose to not remember what God has said, the world will fill your time with sin. Your mind will quickly race towards sin, when God’s commands are not the focus.

Do not allow yourself to fall back into sinful ways, but remember God’s commands to obey them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has commanded you to do; that you will remember what God has said; and that you will chase after God and not sinful desires of a fallen heart and world.

Leviticus 26:3-4 Provision Comes With Obedience

If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Leviticus 26:3-4

Every day the majority of people work long days on a job in order to bring in what is considered the needed money to provide for what is believed to be a need. As long as one obeys the rules of the company he is working for, he has a job that pays him.

If a person suddenly chooses to not obey the rules, after a time of correction, he will be released from the job and no longer have that needed provision.

God told the Israelites that if they carefully obey His commands, then He will provide rain in the right season and the crops and trees will be fruitful.

During the time of the Israelites in the Bible, farming was a major way to provide for the things needed in life. It was important to have rain at the right time and for the crops to be abundant.

In today’s society most people do not rely upon rain to provide for themselves, but rely upon a job and stores. However, if the rains do not come in season, then farmers will not be able to produce the needed food, and the workers will not be able to purchase the needed food.

When people, as a city, state or nation, obey and follow God, He gives them favor in providing the needed rain or any other provision needed to live life. As people or nations choose to walk away from God, disobeying His commands, He pulls away His favor. Drought and disasters begin to occur causing a lack for needed items.

Believers need to continue to obey God and lead others to obey Him. This brings His favor of provision upon them and their nations.

God uses many ways to provide abundantly for all of your needs. The windows of provision are opened wide when you choose to obey God in every area of your life. This provision may be with a job, but will also be with stores having the needed items in stock.

Begin by focusing on obeying all of God’s commands and trusting Him for provision for all of your needs. He will open doors to meet your needs as you obey and trust Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to those around you.

Leviticus 20:22 Don’t Get Spit Out

Keep all my decrees and laws and follow them, so that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. Leviticus 20:22

Every nation and city around the world has some rules and regulations that are expected to be followed. If one does not follow them, there are consequences anywhere from a small fine to prison time. The consequences are spitting a person out from being able to fully enjoy the freedoms he once had.

Most people are willing to obey the majority of those laws, but there are always some that reject some or all of the laws.

God told the Israelites to keep all of His laws so that they would not be kicked out of the land He was giving them to live in.

Although most people today are not in a ‘promised’ land such as the Israelites were in, many are in a promised place set by God as they follow Him. God’s favor rests upon those who obey His commands that set them apart from the rest of the world. Provision and blessings are seen in ways that the world cannot understand.

However, when a believer chooses to disobey and go against God’s commands and sin, God will often remove His hand of favor upon his life. The ‘land’ that he is in will spit him out. Things will not work in his favor and struggles will abound with no peace or comfort at hand.

No believer can follow God’s commands one hundred percent of the time, but he can strive to and be willing to repent immediately upon sinning. It is with this heart to follow God’s commands that God steps in with His grace and mercy of forgiveness and gives the believer His hand of favor so that he will not be kicked out of the land promised.

Sit back and think about how much God has blessed you since you first chose to follow and obey Jesus. These blessings are the land God has promised you and blessed you with.

Do not allow yourself to disobey God’s commands and run after the sinful ways of this world. Do not give God a reason to have the land of favor spit you out because you choose to not obey His commands.

Set yourself apart from the world and be holy, obeying all the commands of God. Know the favor of obeying God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s commands for you; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that you will live a holy and separate life unto God; and that you will know God’s hand of favor upon your life.

Leviticus 9:6 What Is God Commanding You To Do?

Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.” Leviticus 9:6

In order for certain things to occur, other specific things must happen first. Commands or directions are always given with a new item in order that it may work properly and accomplish the desired task.

Some speakers are willing to come and speak at an event if very specific actions are taken prior to arrival to speak. If the commands are not followed, the speaker will not be willing to speak.

After getting the tabernacle set up, Moses tells the people that these are the things God had commanded for them to do so that His glory may appear to them.

It is common for most people in a church to desire to have God’s presence show up in a service or even in their own lives. However, many of those same people are unwilling to listen to what God commands of them and do it. People want God to show up on their own terms as they desire.

The tabernacle and the priesthood that God set up through Moses was just a symbol of what was to come later. Instead of having a few individuals be priests and having to provide animal sacrifices, Jesus made all believers priests that can stand before God and offer sacrifices of the heart before God so that He may appear to them.

Some of the sacrifices that believers can do on a regular basis are prayer, reading God’s word, applying God’s word, sacrifice of time and effort to build His kingdom, turning away and repenting of sin, and more. As the believer follows God’s commands, God will show up in His life and do great works and wonders in and through him.

God wants His glory to appear to you and work in your life. He has given you some general commands as to how this can come about.

There are also some very specific commands to you as to what you must do for God and His kingdom. Seek God and His word to find out what God expects of you and commands you to do. Allow His Holy Spirit to guide you and strengthen you to do what He commands. Then expect His glory to show up in your life.

What is God commanding you to do today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will do what God has told you to do; and that you will see and know God’s glory in your life.