Ezra 3:6 First Priority

On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, though the foundation of the LORD’s temple had not yet been laid. Ezra 3:6

Cyrus, king of Persia, allowed the captive Israelites to return to Judah in order to rebuild the temple for God. He gave the people everything that they needed to survive and build the temple, and he allowed anyone who wanted to help in building it to go. Before they laid the foundation of the temple, they had built the altar and began to offer sacrifices on it.

When a person builds a house or some other building, the first thing that most will do is build the foundation. For a physical building, the foundation is the first most important part to build. It has to be laid on firm ground and be solid enough to hold the rest of the building.

As the Israelites began to rebuild the temple, their first priority was not the physical foundation of the building, but the foundation of their spirits. They had to get back to offering the required sacrifices to God first. They wanted to have their relationship with God restored first, before building anything else. A nice, new temple is meaningless if there is no relationship with God.

The foundation for every believer is Jesus Christ. As a believer, He is your foundation that has already been laid down. God, Himself, had laid that foundation for you. Now, as a believer, you must build your altar to God.

What you build first in your life, shows what your first priority is. Is your priority building a nice great looking building?

Or is your first priority to be right with God?

You must be willing to sacrifice your own will, desires, sins, and life on the altar for God. You are to be a living sacrifice for God.

Work at building your altar to God. On this altar you can lay down your life for God, so that He can fill you with His life. It is a place where you can worship God with your life and to allow Him to remove all sin in your life.

I pray today that you will have an altar in your heart to God; that you will give your life to God; that you will die to the things and ways of this world; and that your relationship with God will be your first priority in your life.

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Leviticus 14:34-35 God Cares About Your Whole Life

“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.'” Leviticus 14:34-35

After God goes over many regulations about defilements of the body, He now looks at physical things. The first thing He looks at is the house. This is also after they enter into Canaan. If a person has a house and sees something that looks like mold, he is to go to the priest to have it examined. After a lot of investigation and testing, if it is destructive mold, the house is to be destroyed.

There are many Christians who believe God is only concerned about the physical and spiritual being of a person. It is often believed that God has no real concerns about the physical things that he may have.

With this regulation that God gives concerning a house, this belief is shown as false. God does care about everything in your life.

There have been parents who have discouraged children about praying for pets. A little child in faith prays that God will heal a sick or injured pet. Some parents think that is ridiculous  or just very simple child characteristic. God, however, looks at it with great joy. It is complete trust in Him for everything.

Anything that is a concern to you, is a concern to God. The difference is how much of a concern. Some things that adults are concerned about is more of worry than concern. You are not to worry about anything, but bring it all to God in prayer.

If God is so concerned about mold in a house that He wrote laws concerning it, don’t you think that God is concerned about care for your clothes, car, house, and the list goes on forever?

Seek God about everything in your life. Allow Him to guide you in what needs to be done or not done. Do  your best to maintain what God has blessed you with.

God only wants what is best for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s care for you; that you will know His great love for you; that you will trust God in every thing you have; and that God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in everything you have and do.