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.

Exodus 1:17 Who Do You Fear More?

The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17

Governments and most leaders and organizations demand loyalty and obedience. When a ruling is made, it is expected to be followed without question.

The leaders with the most authority and ability to punish are often the most obeyed. People will obey them, regardless of what they are told to do, because they fear the punishment that can occur. Many will even do things that go against their personal convictions or beliefs out of fear of the leader.

The Israelites had grown to a great number in Egypt and Pharaoh wanted them dead, so ordered the midwives to kill the newborn boys. The midwives had more fear of God than of Pharaoh, so they let the boys live.

There will be times when a leader on this earth will ask people to do things that are against God’s commands. Sometimes they are very direct and openly against God, while other times they are shadier things against God. Often, the rulings are done in the name of ‘love’, though it is harmful and sin.

People are commanded to not talk negatively about homosexuality, or to allow abortion because those are freedoms that people have. Speaking in such a way is hatred and fearing the world, rather than fearing God. It is pushing people to their death in sin.

Any person who has a close relationship with God will fear God more than any man or government. The world can only make life hard and kill the body, but God can destroy the body and soul for eternity.

Every believer must make a choice to whether he will fear and trust God or if he will fear man and bow to sin and death.

No matter where you live, there will be times when the world will call on you to sin against God. Rules will be made to get you to reject God’s commands. This may be in your nation, city, job, or even in your own home.

You must be willing and ready to obey God above all others. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying God will bring you eternal life in the end. Believing in, fearing, trusting and obeying this world will only bring about eternal death.

Who will you fear more?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God with your whole life; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; that God will give you strength to disobey ungodly commands of this world; and that you will know God’s favor in your life.

1 Peter 3:15 Ready With A Gentle Answer

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15

Everybody has some beliefs or convictions about something. Very often people believe something just because someone else believes it or that is what their parents believed.

When beliefs are only because someone else believed in them, it is difficult for a person to give a solid reason to believe. For this reason, it is common for people to change what they believe in or follow on a regular basis.

Peter, in light of being persecuted, encourages the people to make Christ their Lord and to be prepared to give a reason for their hope. In giving a reason, it is to be done with gentleness and respect.

In the same way that many in the world cannot give a solid reason for some belief or hope, many in the church flounder when talking about why they believe what they believe. Most common is stating that what one believes is because that is what the pastor said.

Hope is often lost because people have taken their eyes off of God and are looking at dreadful circumstances in front of them. They do not take the time to study God’s word and understand what God is doing.

Others have the hope, but present it in a very harsh way. Rather than showing love and gentleness, they beat people over the head with what they know and believe. They act as if others are stupid to not have the same hope.

Every believer needs to take time to understand why he has hope in Christ and learn to be able to tell others about that same hope. They will stand out as different when they hold up under persecution with the hope that they have.

As a believer you must know why you have hope and belief in Jesus. Let this be so much a part of your life that others will see it and want to know more about it. Allow that hope to carry you through difficult struggles that life will throw your way.

Along with having that hope inside of you, be willing to share it with others. The world needs to hear about the hope you have. Don’t beat them down with it, but share it with love and care.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know why you have hope in Jesus; that others will see the hope you have in Jesus; that you will be able to communicate to others why you believe what you believe; and that you will be God’s witness in this world.

Psalm 95:6 Bowing Down

Horse kneeling down

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalm 95:6 

Bowing down to something or someone is not uncommon around the world. In many places around the world, bowing down is a symbol of respect and honor given to another person. There are also many who bow down to idols to worship them.

It is common to see people bow down and nearly worship other people. Watch how the fans of singers and actors perform when in presence of someone famous. They see someone famous who they love, and idolize that person, thinking he is the best thing on the earth.

While many will bow in worship and adoration of others, there are very few that will bow down in submission. People do not want to have someone over them. They want to be their own boss, in control of their own destiny in life.

The author tells the people to bow down in worship. They are to kneel before God as He is their maker.

This is not only bowing down in worship, but also bowing down in submission. It is allowing God to be the controller of all life. It is giving Him honor for being the ultimate ruler of all things.

As many will bow in worship to God, giving Him honor, there are few who will bow down in submission, giving Him authority. People want to be in control of their own lives. On Sunday they will bow in submission, but on Monday, as they go back to work, they pick that authority back up for themselves.

A believer must realize that God should be the ultimate authority in every area of his life. God is the one who created everything and deserves that position and authority.

The believer’s life must characterize one of worship and submission to God, constantly bowing down before Him.

Take a moment to examine your life. Who or what are you bowing down to? If you are following the ways of this world, it will be things or other people. Bowing down to temporary things will only lead to death.

Bowing down to God will bring life. He knows what is best for your life. Give Him the honor that He is worthy of. Give Him full authority over your whole life.

Let us bow down in worship and submission to God today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bow down to worship Him each day; that you will bow down in submission to God’s authority; and that you will trust God with your life. 

1 Samuel 24:6 Respecting All Leaders

Leaves in the water

He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6 

Showing disrespect for someone else is a common sight to be seen or heard among most people. This will occur even more, when the person is not liked really well.

In the name of freedom of speech, people will say things that will disrespect a leader, regardless of who the leader is or what his position is. Although it happens in all areas of life, one of the more common areas that people show disrespect to is the government leaders. People are very quick to cut down and condemn a leader because of some stand he has. They will show no respect for the position.

David was being chased by King Saul, who had been anointed by God to be the leader of Israel. He was hated by Saul. At one point Saul was in a cave and David snuck in and cut a corner of his robe off. Immediately David felt remorse for what he had done. He realized that he had disrespected God’s anointed leader and was wrong.

Every leader on this earth is appointed by God. No one can become a leader without His hand in it. This includes those ‘bad’ leaders. Believers are to love every person just as God loves them. This also includes those ‘bad’ leaders. In showing love, they will not disrespect the person or his position.

A believer may not agree with the person, but still needs to love the person with God’s true love. God will not disrespect anyone, but shows a caring, loving heart towards all.

Talking bad about a person is showing disrespect, just as David cut off a portion of Saul’s robe showed disrespect.

Take a moment to think about how you treat others and those in leadership. What words are you speaking? Do those words build up or tear down a person? Are they condemning or building up?

Work to show God’s love to every person, regardless of their position or ideologies. You may not agree with a person, but you can still love and respect the person.

God put them in that position for a reason. Allow God to show His love and light into their lives, rather than just condemnation and disrespect.

I pray today that you will know God’s true love for all people; that God will show you where love is needed; that your love for God will strengthen you to not disrespect others; and that your love will be a witness of who God is.