Leviticus 15:31 Stay Away From Filth

You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them. Leviticus 15:31

Keeping physically clean is the desire of most people. Many will avoid getting dirty, if at all possible, but when they do get dirty, they will quickly clean up afterwards.

While remaining physically clean on the outside, many will get themselves filthy dirty on the inside. This can happen with eating junk food that harms their body or with playing with sin or sinful things.

God told Moses that he was to keep the Israelites separate from anything that would make them unclean. This was to keep them from defiling the tabernacle and being killed.

Keeping clean on the outside is common among most people, both believers and non-believers. Everyone understands the need to be clean.

The majority of the world does not look at being clean on the inside as a priority. Taking care of the inside, to the world, is to please one’s self and be happy in the moment. The world does not realize that living in sin may bring a temporary pleasure, but is also bringing about an eternal death.

Along with the world, there are some in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but defile themselves with the filth of sin of the world. Lies and gossip is spoken, porn and immoral sex are used, sinful filth is watched and listened to, drunkenness occurs regularly, and anything else the world does that is sinful.

The true believer will flee all sin and appearances of sin to remain true and holy unto God. Because of what Jesus had done for him, the believer will not want to get himself defiled with sin, but remain pure and holy, keeping himself separate from the sin of the world.

Every day you probably strive to avoid getting filthy dirty on the outside. You strive to keep yourself clean and presentable to people.

Just as you are keeping yourself physically clean, you must also keep spiritually clean on the inside. Repent of all sin and God will forgive you and make you clean. Then avoid being around sin and partaking in it.

Mistakes will occur and you will sin, but do not make it a part of your lifestyle. Be separate from the world and be holy as God is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins to be forgiven by God; that you will be separate from the sin of the world; and that God will guide you in being holy as he is holy.

Leviticus 7:21 Don’t Touch Anything Unclean

Anyone who touches something unclean–whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature taht moves along the ground–and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord must be cut off from their people. Leviticus 7:21

Most people believe in being clean when they eat something. They do not want to bring any germs onto their food to go into their body.

In order to prevent these germs, most will wash their hands prior to eating anything. This does a good job at removing physical dirt that is on the outside of their body.

God told the people that if anyone touches anything unclean and then eats of the fellowship offering, that person must be cut off from the people.

Physical sacrifices are no longer required by God to have fellowship with Him and each other. However, there are sacrifices of praise and worship in fellowship with God and others that are to be done on a regular basis.

Just as the Israelites were to touch no unclean thing, believers are also to not touch anything unclean. This uncleanness now extends to more than just unclean animals, but also to anything that is sin, both physical and non-physical.

During the week many believers allow sin into their lives and do not repent of those sins. Then they get together with other believers on the weekends to worship God and fellowship with each other, with no repentance of sin. As they get together, they are dirty with sin in their lives.

Prior to getting together to worship God, every believer should take time to repent of any and all sins in his life. God is faithful and will forgive the person and make him clean before the Lord, allowing the fellowship to occur in holiness and righteousness.

You will have times that you will step into sin, making your life dirty on the inside. Do not allow that dirt to remain there, keeping you away from God and others, but repent of those sins and allow God to forgive you and clean you up.

Open the doors of fellowship with God and other believers by fleeing sin and repenting of any and all sins in your life. God wants to meet with you and talk with you, so do not touch anything unclean physically or spiritually.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will flee all sin your life; that you will repent of any sins before God; and that you will know true fellowship with God and others in holiness and righteousness.

Tolerance, Externalism and Holiness (book review)

Title: Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness
Author: Blair Adams with Howard Wheeler
Publisher: Colloquium Press
Date: 2009
Pages: 284

Tolerance, Externalism And Holiness (book review)

One of the common terms that is often heard in America is ‘tolerance’. People are told to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs, feelings and thoughts. This is often thrown at believers and is called a crime if one is not ‘tolerant’ of other’s beliefs and actions.

Blair takes a look at what tolerance means in both the world view and in the view of scripture. Using examples from history, both ancient and more modern, Scriptural and non-Scriptural, he points out how the world is demanding tolerance to the point of not having any standards. He uses sources that are both Christian based and secular based. It is shown how the church has chosen to become more like the world and be more tolerant of sin, than what Christ is.

Many will claim (both in the church and outside the church) that believers are being legalistic if they hold to any concrete standard and are not ‘tolerant’ of sinful practices. He takes a look at how scriptures set forth many standards to be holy and what that means to a believer.

One thing he is very quick to point out is that living by a holy standard is not legalistic if done out of love for God, His commands and love for others.

Throughout this book Blair looks at arguments that are often brought against setting rock solid foundations. The two primary areas he looks at are how one dresses and how one keeps his/her hair. There is also a look at sexual practices and beliefs and how those beliefs play into dress and hair.

Although this book is very hard hitting and writes at a higher level for most people, I highly recommend reading it. It will challenge your thinking and beliefs. It will cause you the question what you are seeing in the world today and how the church is currently responding.

Jude 1:3 What Will You Fight For?

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude 1:3

Every person has something that he will contend or fight for. It is different for every person, depending upon what one’s values are. Some will fight for their reputation, others for their freedom, some for their family or friends, others for their possessions and the list goes on.

What a person is willing to fight for is what he values the most in his life.

John states that he wanted to write about salvation but chose instead to write to encourage them to contend for their faith in Christ.

In the same way that the world is willing to fight for certain values, believers also fight for certain values. Depending upon the circumstances and a person’s experiences, it depends on what a believer will contend for.

Often churches and believers will fight against very specific sins, such as abortion, homosexuality, immoral sex and more. While standing against such sins and many more is good, many forget to stand up for their faith in Jesus and against the “smaller” sins, such as gossip, lying, cheating, adultery and such.

In this process of ignoring the faith, many have fallen into habitual sins and seeing them as acceptable in the eyes of God, rather than evil against God. They allow God’s grace to give them permission to sin, rather than to flee sin and pursue righteousness and holiness.

As a believer fights against sin in his own life, he will be a witness and strength for others to also fight against sin in their own lives. God has entrusted believers with His truth, so they must fight for that truth.

When you examine your life what do you see? Are you living a holy and righteous life as Jesus lived? Or have you allowed sin to creep in and rule your life?

Instead of allowing sin to come in and take over, fight against the principalities and dark powers of this world enticing you to sin, choose to live for God and the faith He has given you. This is a battle for your soul and the souls of others.

God has entrusted you with salvation, don’t tread on it and abuse it or lose it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God has called you to live; that God will strengthen and guide you to live as Jesus lived; and that God will strengthen you to fight against sin in your own life.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 How To Live Life

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

While the world is always talking about wanting peace, it is a peace that allows everyone to do whatever he wants to do. The world does not have a rock solid standard of how to live life, it is up to each individual and each situation.

When everyone is living by his own standards, there can be no real peace.

Paul encourages that all types of prayer be made for everyone, especially kings and those in authority. The purpose of the prayer is so that they may live peacefully in all godliness and holiness.

Most people in the church desire peace across the world and will pray for it on a regular basis. Some will pray for the leaders of their nations and lower level governmental officials.

However, just like the world, they pray for it so that they can live as they want, not necessarily as God wants them to live.

Many churches have peace with the world, because they are living as the world does–in sin. The standards of godliness and holiness are often put to the side, causing the church to look and act like the world does.

Jesus did not come to remove sins so that one could sin more, but so that he could live a godly and holy life as a witness to this dark and dying world. Every believer is to live a life that is separate from the world.

Prayer and thanksgiving must be made for every leader, so that the believer may be able to live a godly and holy life in peace.

Each and every day take time to pray and give thanks for those who are leaders over you from the workplace all the way up to national leaders. Pray that God will work in their lives in such a way that they allow you to live a godly and holy life.

Then, instead of living like the world in sin, live as Jesus did–in godliness and holiness in everything you think, say and do. Turn away from all sin to God. This is what will please God and why Jesus died and rose again for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will pray and give thanks to God for all leaders in authority above you; that you will live a holy and godly life like Jesus; and that you will be give peace to live for God.