Ezekiel 44:9 Restricted Entry

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This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezekiel 44:9 

All over the world there are places that people have set up that have restrictions as to who is allowed to enter. Nearly every business has places within it where the majority of people are blocked from entering the area. The location is only allowed for those who work there or have special permission to enter, everyone is blocked from it.

Often the block is due to protection for the company and for the outsider. Some places require special equipment to enter. Other places have information in that is not to be released to just anyone.

God had just shown Ezekiel a vision of the restored temple. He then tells Ezekiel that no outsider is allowed into the temple.

The temple was the holy dwelling place for God to be among the people. In order for one to enter, he had to be purified and be a true follower of God. No one else was allowed to enter.

Since the time of Ezekiel, God has set up His temple in the hearts of believers. God is still telling people that no outsider is allowed to enter His temple.

Instead of just being physical beings entering, today it is false idols, greed, pride, anger, and sin that are to be not allowed to enter. People allow these things into their hearts and lives. When sin is allowed into the heart, one is pushing God off of His throne in the heart, which is His temple, His dwelling place.

The heart is the dwelling place for God, and nothing else should be allowed in that place. Nothing spiritual, physical or emotional should be allowed into the heart that does not honor God. The heart belongs to God and to God alone.

Take a moment to examine what is allowed into your heart. Think about what things you allow your heart to follow and hold on to. Are these things the things of God? Or are they the things of this world?

When you became a follower of Jesus, He gave you a new heart, because your heart became God’s dwelling place, a holy temple. Keep it pure and holy for God to dwell in. Do not allow sin or this world to move God off of His throne in your heart. Restrict access to your heart to God alone.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your entire life to God; that you will allow God to reign in your heart and life; and that you will serve God alone.

Leviticus 8:30 Being Dedicated To God’s Work

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Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments. Leviticus 8:30

Select people get chosen for very specific jobs or positions that are of high esteem or honor to have. In order to get this position or honor, the person must go through some ceremony. In the process of the ceremony, they are set apart for that special position.

One example of this, is the person who becomes a president of an organization or even of the USA. Usually there is some type of ceremony to make it official. They are set apart as an honor.

In some of these ceremonies, there may be special clothing worn, or procedures followed. Each of the procedures represents something towards the dedication being made.

Once Moses had finished having the tabernacle built, he took Aaron and his sons to consecrate them to the office of priests. They and their garments were sprinkled with a mixture of blood and oil from the altar. This caused them to be dedicated to the work of God for the people.

Although today, people no longer use physical blood and oil, believers are still consecrated to the work of God for the people. Every believer has his sins removed by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. He also can have the oil of the Holy Spirit poured upon him to strengthen, guide and seal him to the work of God.

Every believer is to be consecrated to the work of God. This is regardless if they have a titled position, such as pastor, or missionary or no titled position.

Each believer has a work to do for God. God has set up a job for them to do and in order for them to do the job, they must be purified and consecrated to God. They must be set apart for the work of God.

God also has a work for you to do in this world. You also need to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. You also need the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had sent, to guide and strengthen you to do the work He has for you to do.

Have you allowed yourself dedicated to do the work of God?

I pray today that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will be purified for God’s work to be done; and that you will do the work God has for you to do.

 

John 10:18 Laying Life Down By Choice

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“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:18

Jesus was talking about Himself as being the good shepherd. He was willing to lay His life down for His sheep, unlike those who are not a good shepherd, but a hired hand.

All over the world people dedicate themselves to do certain jobs. They love that job, or the love the paycheck and are willing to go the extra mile to do the job. However, in those jobs, very few people would be willing to directly sacrifice their lives for that job. It the sacrifice has to occur, it is because it was unavoidable, but not on purpose. Very few soldiers sacrifice their physical life on purpose for another.

Giving one’s life for someone else is not an easy thing to do. There has to be an extreme amount of love for the other person in order to do that. Very few people are willing to do that. It is only done in extreme cases, and then not directly meant to be done.

Jesus went to the cross of purpose to die for every person. He allowed the people to ridicule Him, whip Him, drive the nails into His hands and feet and to hang Him on the cross. Through it all, He did not cry out or fight back in any way.

Those who hung Him on the cross, did not have any authority to put Him there. It was all done by the choice of Jesus. This showed true love and commitment. He did not back down from a hard choice to make.

God may never ask you to physically lay down your life to die, but He wants you to lay down your life before Him. Allow your sinful, selfish self to die and be raised to serve Him. Do this because of what Jesus has done for you.

Jesus died on the cross for you. He laid down His life, so that you could have life. He did not die on accident or by the hands of man, but by His own choice.

Accept the abundant life that Jesus is providing for you. Know the tremendous love He has for you. Lay your life down for Him.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will lay your life down for God; that you will tell others of His love for them; and that you will know God is in control. 

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