Deuteronomy 23:9 Stay Away From The Impure

When you encamped against your enemies, keep away from anything impure. Deuteronomy 23:9

In every nation there will be times that battles will occur for the military to take care of. During the battle the soldiers must remain focused upon their mission. Soldiers must be careful not to allow themselves to become distracted with anything that could prevent them from accomplishing their mission. Along with staying focused, they must also keep themselves in good health.

Staying physically and mentally focused will allow them to be ready to take a stand against the enemy in the defensive or offensive times.

Moses told the Israelites that when they are going up against their enemies, they must stay away from anything impure.

Believers are soldiers in God’s army, though the battle is not a physical one with guns and other physical weapons, but a spiritual battle. The battle is against spiritual forces and sin that arises up in the life of the believer to take him out and destroy him.

As with any battle there will be times when the believer is encamped across from the enemy waiting for a time of direct conflict. One must be prepared mentally and physically for the battle that will come and must remained focused upon the mission staying away from anything impure or sinful.

Any time a believer allows sin in his life, he weakens his defense against the enemy and allows the enemy to gain territory. With sin in his life, he is no longer focused upon God, His word and the enemy, but upon self and sin. The world will see that sin or weakness and find a way to strike at that vulnerable area in the life of the believer.

Keeping away from sin allows God to rise up and destroy the plans of the enemy.

There will be times in your life in which there will be a lull in the battle as you are encamped near the enemy. Do not allow yourself to become unfocused and to allow sin in your life.

Keep yourself away from anything impure so that you will be ready to fight the enemy on the day of battle. Stay focused upon God and His word and His mission for your life. God will fight your battles when you do not allow sin in your life that will distract you from His plan for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will stay focused upon God and His word in times of battle; that God will give you strength to stay away from all sin in your life; and that God will give you strength and direction in defeating the enemies in your life.

Numbers 19:22 Getting Dirty

Anything that an unclean person touches becomes unclean, and anyone who touches it becomes unclean till evening. Numbers 19:22

Most people do not like to be physically dirty and try to avoid it. Some do not mind getting physically dirty, if it is for work, but will quickly clean up as soon as possible.

Mechanics, who work on cars, will often getting extremely dirty and anything that they touch will also get dirty and greasy. The grease is passed onto other items, which in turn will get other people greasy and dirty if they touch them.

God told the Israelites that if a ceremonially unclean person touches anything, it becomes unclean and that if anyone clean touches that unclean item, he becomes unclean.

As the world focuses on being physically clean, the majority of the world ignores spiritual uncleanness. The world is expert at creating and promoting sinful items and activities. Focus is placed upon self-pleasure over honoring God.

Sadly, many in the church will purchase the sinful items of the world and participate in the world’s sinful activities. Believers will allow themselves to be made unclean, rather than fleeing sin and being holy.

God is pure and holy and expects His people to be the same. Jesus paid the price for sin so that one who believes could be made clean. Repentance will allow a person to be made clean.

Once made clean, one must not go back to the sin and touch it again. Rather than touching sin and being made unclean, he should flee the sin and turn to God. Focus should be made on serving God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength, rather than pleasing oneself for a season in sin and getting dirty.

Just as one avoids physical dirt, the believer should avoid spiritual dirt in his life.

The world has a billion ways to get you to touch something and get dirty. This can be found in things that you can see, touch, taste, do, and hear. Satan is out to get you to get dirty in whatever method possible.

You may not be able to avoid physical dirt in your life, but you can avoid spiritual dirt–sin. Do not allow yourself to get caught up in the dirty, sinful ways of this fallen world. Since Jesus has cleansed you, live your life holy and pure and remain clean before God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be cleansed by the blood of Jesus of any sin in your life; that you will flee to God when sin approaches you; and that you will refuse to sin against God by touching the sin of this world.

Leviticus 21:6 Be Holy As You Give To God

They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the Lord, the food of their God, they are to be holy. Leviticus 21:6

People who work in a restaurant or any other place dealing with serving food must keep themselves clean of any dirt. They are required to wash their hands on a regular basis. Many times they are required to wear gloves and a face covering.

All these regulations are to protect the food from contamination which, in turn, protects others.

The priests were told to be holy and not profane the name of God and that because they present the food offerings to God, they must be holy.

Believers are no longer required by God to offer food offerings to God as sacrifices. Food offerings were done away with when Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for all.

Even though a believer does not need to offer a physical food offering, there are many other offerings he may give. There are offerings of praise and worship, thanks, time, abilities, prayer and ministry that can be offered as a sacrifice unto God.

Regardless of which offering a believer is offering up to God, he must not profane the name of God. In other words, he must be holy as God is holy and not be defiled with sin in his life. This can be done by repentance and trust in the cleansing of sin by Jesus.

The call to be holy is not just in the Old Testament, nor just for priests of the Levitical priesthood, but for every believer in Jesus. Every believer is now the temple of God, which must be holy and pure for God to dwell in.

As a believer, you are expected by God to offer up sacrifices of praise, prayer and more to Him. You are now a priest before God, regardless of your position in this world.

Do not allow yourself to be defiled and contaminated with the sin of this world. Stive to be holy as God is holy out of love for God for what He did for you in the death and resurrection of Jesus. If and when you do sin, repent of those sins and fleeing all sin and be holy.

God has opened the door for you to present offerings to Him, do not profane His name in the process, but be holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will be holy as God is holy; that you will present offerings to God on a regular basis; and that you will allow Jesus to keep you holy.

Revelation 7:13 Are Your Robes White?

I answered, “Sir you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13

Every day people get dressed to cover themselves for the day. They choose clothing of different styles and colors, depending upon their mood and what they are doing.

Throughout each day, the clothing will get dirty with sweat or just normal dirt. On a regular basis most people will take the time to clean their clothing. They do not want stains or smells to permeate their clothing.

As John saw a vision of many people in white robes, he was told that these people were those who washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb to make them white.

No one wants to really be seen as a dirty or filthy person. Many will take showers several times a day and wash clothes daily in order to keep and appear clean. Doing this keeps them clean on the outside, but does nothing for the inside.

Watching the person talks and acts will often reveal what they are like on the inside. It shows what their heart is like. Believers are to be different from the world and look like Jesus–holy and righteous.

Due to choosing to sin, people are dressed in sin–black and dirty. Their lives are filthy and stained with corruption that leads to death.

Many have chosen to wash their clothes–their lives–in the blood of the Lamb, Jesus. It is His blood that removes the stain and dirtiness of sin in their lives. He gives them the ability to live a holy and righteous life before God and man. These are the true believers in Jesus.

Every time you have chosen to sin, you have put a black stain upon the clothing of your life. The only way to have it cleansed and made white is by the blood of Jesus.

The world will strive to keep you dirty with sin, but God has a different plan for you. You are not able to clean your life up on your own. No amount of good will cleanse the stains of sin in your life.

Instead of staying clothed with dirty clothes, repent of your sins and allow Jesus to remove your dirty clothing and cloth you in His white righteousness and holiness. Be set apart, holy unto God for His glory and honor.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse you have all sin; that you will repent before God for your sins; and that you will be clothed with the righteousness and holiness of Jesus.