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.

Genesis 13:18 Build An Altar To The Lord

So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:18

People love to build up places to honor and lift others up. Some will have whole rooms dedicated to some celebrity, filled with pictures and things of that celebrity. Web pages are made by fans that are dedicated to worshipping a celebrity.

Having things like this shows where a person’s heart is. It reveals to everyone else what that person really worships and desires and puts first or highest priority in his life.

Abram had begun to live in the area of Mamre. One of the first things he did was build an altar to God.

The altars of the Bible were in place for sacrifices, offerings and to hear from God. They were a testimony of what God had done and brought people to focus upon God.

While focus upon the Lord should be the first priority of every believer, it is often not the case. Being tempted by the things of the world, many put other things first. Not always are these things bad, such as family, work, health, but they do take the place of God on His throne.

In order to combat this type of action or attitude, the believer should build an altar to the Lord first. This altar does not have to be a physical one, though it could be, but one in his heart.

The altar for the believer is putting God first in his life in such a way that others can see it. It is a place of going to God for forgiveness, guidance, mercy, provision and anything else needed. It is also the place to lay down sacrifices and sin before God.

Going through your days, do you have an altar to God in your life? You need times when you can go to God for forgiveness, or to offer sacrifices of praise and repentance, or to seek His wisdom and direction.

Do not allow altars to the things of this world to be built up in your life.

Although you could build a physical altar to God, it cannot always be with you or you with it. Build an altar to God in your heart. Make your heart a place that seeks to worship and honor God in all that you think, say and do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have an altar to the Lord in your heart; that you will place the focus of your life upon God and His desires; and that the world may know you serve God with all of your life.

Galatians 5:24 Kill The Flesh

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24

Pleasing self is one of the greatest desires of most people around the world. Everyone wants to be happy, no matter what that means or the process of getting that happiness.

The world does not see anything being wrong or bad, as long as it does not physically and immediately hurt someone else. There is no real moral absolutes according to the world, it is only what pleases self in the moment, because there is also no eternal future.

After talking about being free in Christ Jesus, Paul tells the Galatians that anyone who really does belong to Jesus will have crucified his flesh with its passions and desires.

All sin really is, is doing anything against God or not according to His desires. At the moment a person chooses to do something for himself that God has not called him to do, it is a selfish and fleshly desire, which in turn is sin, sin against God.

These actions can sometimes appear to be good, such as giving to the needy. The giving is not what is bad, but it is the giving in order to look good to someone else or to God that is sin. It becomes about self, not God.

Paul said to crucify the flesh. A crucifixion is a bloody, ugly messy job. There is no mercy upon the one being crucified.

The true believer will strive to kill his fleshly desires, no matter what the cost is or how painful it may be. His heart’s desire will be to please God and to be more like Jesus each day. It is not about self, but about God and others.

As the believer kills his flesh, God will give him life. This will be an abundant life that will spring up from inside and last for eternity.

God has given you life from the moment you chose to follow Jesus. Now be willing to kill the flesh, its desires and passions that work in you to kill you. Live the life God has provided for you, that Jesus has given an example for you.

Do not allow yourself to go back into sin, bringing death back into your life. Let the fruit of the Spirit be abundant in your life welling up into eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will give you strength to crucify your fleshly desires; that you will turn to God’s ways of living life; that you will know the life God has given you; and that you will bear the fruit of the Spirit in your life.