Exodus 29:42 Burnt Offerings To Meet God

For the generations to come this burnt offering is to be made regularly at the entrance to the tent of meeting, before the Lord. There I will meet you and speak to you; Exodus 29:42

People will go to extreme lengths to be able to meet with certain high level or famous people. They will sacrifice sleep, work, play and their money or more just to get a near or with someone for even just a few seconds.

This can be of great importance when it is with a high-level official who may be able to help.

God had set up some burnt offerings that they were to do on a regular basis at the entrance to the tent of meeting. God said He would meet them there and speak with them.

Believers have an opportunity to meet with God directly and speak with Him and hear Him speak with them on a regular basis. However, in order to meet with Him it will require some sacrifice.

Burnt offerings of animals are no longer required by God. That burnt offering was provided for by Jesus dying upon the cross. The sacrifice now is one of time and effort.

Every day people are always running around doing this and that and refusing to slow down and meet with God. They are often focused upon the immediate here and now and put God on the shelf for later.

Each time a person chooses to sacrifice is own desires and wishes as a burnt offering before God and seek to speak and listen to God in prayer, God will speak. He is willing and ready to meet with them any time of the day, all year long. He will never be too busy or too high up to meet with any believer who seeks Him.

If you are like most people, you are very busy with life. Work, family, friends and more take up a lot of your time and energy. It probably even feels like a rat-race of speed and busyness.

As you are rushing through your days, be sure to stop and sacrifice some of those things that take up your time and meet with God. He has something to tell you about your days and His mission for you. If you do not stop and listen, you will not know what God has for you and miss the peace and strength He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will sacrifice time and effort to meet with God; that you will hear God speak with you; that you will put God at the top of your priorities; and that God will use you to build His kingdom on this earth.

Revelation 13:8 Will You Worship The Beast?

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:8

Worship is something that every person on the earth does. Some will not call what they worship a god, but they do worship people and things.

In some places people worship idols as gods. Most often, however, the form of worship is found in idolizing something or someone higher than anything or anyone else as though it were a god of some type.

As John talks of the end times, he describes a beast that rises up in power. All of the people of the world worship this beast, except those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life–believers.

The majority of people in the church will be quick to say that they will not worship any person or thing outside of God Himself. As they say this, however, they are idolizing a person or some thing. Many idolize their careers, their home, their car, or even their ministry inside the church.

More time is often spent on things and other people than with God. People, pleasure and things are given higher position and authority in one’s life than God is. In their hearts they are bowing down to worship everything but God.

In the end times there will come someone who will rise up in power and authority called the Beast. The world will bow down to it and worship it. Believers need to take a stand to refuse to bow down to this beast.

If they are already bowing down to things, then they will bow down to this beast also. If they are not bowing down to things now, then they will not bow down to the beast.

As you examine your life, you must ask yourself where or what do you put your most time and effort in. In whatever you place all of your time and effort is what you are idolizing and worshipping.

Your first and primary focus should be upon God. Serving, obeying and worshipping God should take up all of your time and efforts, leaving no room to worship some beast that comes along.

Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Will you worship the beast when it comes?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that you will give all of your time and efforts to serve and worship God; and that God will keep you from being deceived into worshipping the things and people of this world.

Leviticus 26:1 Who Is Your God?

Man on a cliff

Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 26:1

While there are large numbers of people around the world that believe in physical idols, there are also many people who do not believe in them. There still some very advanced nations in this world that believe in idols and will set offerings before them and pray to them, believing that the idols can do something for them.

As a whole, the majority of people in the European nations and America’s do not believe in idol worship, yet, the majority worship idols on a daily basis. Instead of worshipping a statue, many will worship a thing. Instead of bowing down and praying to the idol and calling it a god, they worship an idol in different ways.

More commonly people worship things by spending their time, money, and effort with it, to the expense of everyone and everything else. The list is infinite in what the item can be. Some common ones are: jobs, cars, homes, hobbies, careers, celebrities, and money.

It is seen many times where a person focuses so much on his career and advancement in that field, that he neglects his family, friends, church and God. Making the position or pleasing the boss is all that matters to him, at any cost.

Others may be focused on a hobby–watching or playing sports. They do it to the point of neglect of everything else. It is all that matters to them. It consumes them. The hobby has become their god.

Believers are no exception to worshipping idols. There are believers who are so consumed with ministry, that they neglect time with God, family and friends, things that are important. They can also get consumed with the position and do it out of greed and pride, rather than love and for God.

What a person worships, may also change with time, but it is still putting something before God–an idol.

Take a look at your life. Where do you spend your time, money, efforts, and focus?

What is most important to you in your life?

Think of your top three priorities in life. If the top three is not God, family, and being a witness, then you may have an idol in your life.

I pray today that you will know God as your only God; that you will serve God with all of your life; that God will help you remove all idols in your life; and that God will be your highest priority in this life.

Malachi 1:8 Offering Defiled Sacrifices

“When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:8

God was asking the priests why they were showing contempt for Him and not giving Him honor. They asked how they were showing contempt. He told them that they were offering defiled animals for their sacrifices. They were doing something to God that they would not do to their governor.

Until the time of Jesus people had to offer animals for sacrifices to God for various reasons. Some were offered for sins done, others for thanksgiving, and others for blessings and honoring. Once Jesus came the offering of animal sacrifices was done away with. He became the one sacrifice salvation from sin for all men, for all time.

Although Jesus is the sacrifice for sins, there are other sacrifices that believers can offer God today. These can be sacrifices of worship and praise, time, money and talents. Any time a person gives God something it is a type of sacrifice. It is giving up something that the person has to God.

However, giving of these things can also be given in contempt and not honoring to God. There are people who go to church every Sunday morning and during the worship time, just barely say the words of the songs. They say the words of worship and praise, but not from the heart.

Or they give money in the offering plate, while wishing that they did not have to give it. They give out of obligation or to look good, not from a cheerful heart.

Some will give time to work in a ministry, but do not give it their best work. They are late for Sunday School class. They did not study for the lesson. They grumble about having to do it.

All of these things would not be done for a boss at work. Most people give better time and effort at work, then they do to God.

Take a look at your own life and see how you are treating God. Are you giving God your best? Or are you holding back some?

Do not give God the leftovers, but give Him the first and best. He will provide for you and redeem what you have given.

I pray today that you will love God with all your heart; that you will give your best to God; that you will know God’s provision for you; and that your sacrifices to God will be an honor to Him.