Deuteronomy 16:17 Bring A Gift To God

Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you. Deuteronomy 16:17

It is common that when a person goes to someone’s celebration party that he brings a gift. This is done to honor the person being celebrated. Some people will bring a gift when visiting someone that they have not seen in a long time out of love for that person.

Although some people expect to give expensive gifts, all a gift has to be is one from the heart and in proportion to one’s own abilities.

After talking about three major annual festivals, Moses tells the people to bring a gift to God in proportion to how God had blessed them to each festival.

Since Jesus came the focus on the major festivals of the Old Testament have been mostly set aside. God is no longer requiring everyone to gather at annual festivals. Though believers do not necessarily gather for festivals, they are to get together for worship on a regular basis.

Just as the people were expected to provide for the needs of the tabernacle in the Bible, believers are to provide abundantly for the needs of the church today.

Regardless of social status, finances, bills or anything else, every believer has been blessed of God with something. When the believer goes to church to worship and learn more of God and His word, he must bring a gift in proportion to how God has blessed him.

Whether the gift is two cents, or a thousand dollars does not matter to God, but that it comes from a heart of gratefulness of how God has blessed. When blessed a lot, the amount can be higher. Or when blessed a little the amount can be less as long as it comes from the heart to honor God and His church.

Take a moment to notice how much God has blessed you with material or financial provisions. These things are not given to you so that you may horde them, but to pour back into His church and His kingdom.

Show your gratefulness to God and trust in His provision by given a portion of it back to Him on a regular basis. The church that you attend, that is feeding you His word, has needs to be met. You can be a part of meeting those needs by giving some of what God has blessed you with financially, physically and with time and effort.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see how God has blessed you; that God will provide abundantly for you; that you will gratefully give to meet the needs of God’s church; and that God will multiply what you are able to give to build His kingdom here on earth.

Numbers 27:13-14 Sin Can Have Severe Consequences

After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, for when the community rebelled at the waters of the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes. Numbers 27:13-14

No one really wants to miss out on big events that occur. Everyone wants to be a part of something great that is occurring. At times people will allow bad habits or activities to get in the way and block them out from the event. Bad habits don’t seem bad, until consequences show up later.

God told Moses that he would soon die and not go into the promised land because he did not honor God and disobeyed Him in the Desert of Zin. This was when he struck the rock, rather than speak to it as commanded.

Most people do not think ahead of what the results of their actions of right now might be down the road. Their thinking is only in the right here and now, not the future. Often the immediate actions do not appear to have any future consequences.

Obedience to God has immediate and future consequences that are not always directly visible. One simple sin can easily put a person on a different path than what God had originally intended. All Moses did was strike a rock, rather than speak to it and he was not allowed to go into the promised land.

One of the greatest priorities of a believer is obedience to God. This proves trust in God and not self.

God has a great plan for each and every believer who is willing to obey Him. However, if there is disobedience, that plan may have to change due to the consequences of that sin.

As a believer, God has a plan for your life. He is willing to show you that plan and guide your steps. Do not allow a temporary pleasure of sin to get in the way and cause you to miss out on what God has for you.

Listen to and obey every command God gives you so that you can receive the promises of God. Trust God that He knows what is best for you, rather than trusting yourself or this fallen world.

Honor God with your whole life as an obedient servant, not just in words.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all the commands God gives you; that you will honor God in every area of your life; and that you will not allow sin to block what God has for you.

Leviticus 10:3 God Is To Be Honored

Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.” Aaron remained silent. Leviticus 10:3

When a person meets with certain high-level people, there are often certain protocols to be followed. There are things that are required to be done and other things that are not be done in order to have the meeting.

All of this is done in order to honor the high-level person being met. If one chooses not to do these things, then the meeting will not occur.

Aaron had two sons that offered unauthorized fire before God and God killed them. Moses said told Aaron that God said that when someone approaches Him, He will be proved holy and honored before all people.

While most people are willing to honor famous people, many of those same people do not show God the same level of honor. Some will act as though God is just their good old buddy and they can do anything they want.

On Sundays when they go to church, many will wear just whatever they want to be comfortable, instead of their best to honor God. During prayers, they talk to God as just the ‘man upstairs’, instead of as God–the creator of the universe and Almighty King.

As a believer grows in God, he should increase in his honor to and for God. It is acceptable for a new believer to act without great honor, but the honor and respect for God should grow on a regular basis.

Honor for God should be seen in the believer both inside and outside the church. The world needs to see that honor and it shows a heart that loves God.

Only you and God can see your heart and life and truly know how you are honoring God. Live your life in such a way that the world will see that you honor God with everything in you.

He is the Creator of everything and has forgiven you of sins and given you eternal life. He is to be the Almighty King of your life. He is worthy of all honor.

Do not let the way you dress, act or speak bring any dishonor to God in any way. How do you honor God today with your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will honor God with all that you say and do; that people will see that you honor God with your life; and that God will be pleased with your life.

2 Kings 12:3 Not Removing Everything

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The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 2 Kings 12:3

In cleaning out some things, extreme attention to detail must be used. Everything must be cleaned correctly, or it will end up failing. When a doctor is removing cancer cells from a person’s body, he must remove every cell or the cancer will return very quickly. The problem can re-arise when things are not fully done.

There are many things that need to be cleaned with extreme care or there will be problems later on. Cleaning of water, dishes, food, electronic equipment and more. Each one requires that all contaminants be removed. If some contaminants are left, it can cause sickness or damage to something or someone.

Joash had become king at a very young age and was under the guidance of Jehoiada, a priest. He had done very well in doing what was right in God’s eyes, but he did not remove any of the high places to the false gods in the land of Israel. This allowed the people to continue to offer sacrifices to the false gods on a regular basis.

Although at the time, it did not appear to be a problem, allowing these sacrifices would later keep the people from serving God. It would cause them to walk away from God and bring on His wrath against them.

Believers today will often leave sinful things in their lives, instead of cleaning them out. They will keep watching, or listening to things that do not honor God. These things will open the door to greater sins or a turning away from God completely.

Every believer is to strive to walk in the holiness and righteousness that Jesus provided when He died upon the cross. Sin is to be turned away from. The world will strive to bring small sins in to distract and turn the believer away from God, whether the believer accepts those things or not is the choice to be made.

Examine your life and see how clean is your life. What high places are still set up in your life that do not honor God or can turn your heart away from God?

God can reveal where you have altars set up. There should only be one altar in your life–one to God alone. Jesus paid for your life, now live for Him and remove all altars so you don’t get tripped up later on.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal any false altars in your life; that you will have an altar to God in your heart; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from all sin.