Leviticus 17:7 Stop Giving To False Idols

They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to who they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come. Leviticus 17:7

People poor billions of dollars worldwide every year into things that they put over everything else. This can be homes, cars, investments, businesses, hobbies, or nearly anything else.

As they put their money into these things, often other things are left untouched or not taken care of. These things become their idols or gods and their whole identity and focus in life, rather than just things being used.

God told the Israelites that they must no longer offer sacrifices to the goat idols.

Every person prior to following God will follow some idol god in their life. They will make something a priority over everyone and everything else and at any cost. Most often the focus of these idols are about self pleasure or to look a certain way.

At the moment a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he is to no longer sacrifice to false idols in his life. All that he sacrifices now belongs to God. His focus in life is God, building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus.

God will allow the believer to have things, but they should never take priority over God and His kingdom. No longer is the believer to put his trust in things or people, but to trust in God alone for everything.

To put his focus on anything else is to prostitute himself to false idols against God. This is taking God off the throne and putting self and things on it.

As one gives up everything for God, He will in return give him abundantly all that he needs.

Prior to your being a believer, you most likely sacrificed to some false idols. Take a look at your life now and see if you have any false idols still hanging around. Stop giving to those idols and give to God. Those idols will bring nothing but dissatisfaction and death. Do not prostitute yourself to the things of this fallen world.

Jesus gave everything He had, including His life, so that you may have life. Be willing to sacrifice all that you have and yourself to God and He will give you an abundant life with all that you need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; that you will give your whole life to God and His mission for you; and that you will see God’s provision in your life.

Leviticus 3:6 An Offering Of Peace And Fellowship

If you offer an animal from the flock as a fellowship offering to the Lord, you are to offer a male or female without defect. Leviticus 3:6

During times of war, there is often one side that will offer something for peace to regain fellowship between the warring parties. These are often peace treaties to stop the war.

Once the war is stopped, often one will send some type of offering to the other in gratefulness for the accomplished peace. This occurs on national levels as well as with individuals between neighbors, friends and even family members.

God told the people that if they were to bring an animal for a fellowship or peace offering to Him, it was to be a male or female without defect.

While a person does not believe in Jesus and follow God, there is a war going on. At the moment he chooses to repent of his sins and believe in Jesus, there begins a fellowship or time of peace between him and God.

Although physical animal sacrifices have been done away with when Jesus died upon the cross, the believer can offer a sacrifice of fellowship to God. Being grateful for what Jesus did for him in bringing him into fellowship with God, he can offer himself as a peace offering to God.

The work that Jesus did on the cross has made the believer pure and holy without defect. Giving of his entire life, mind, body and soul, to the work of God is an offering of fellowship to the Father. It is found in spending time talking and listening to the Father, in doing the work that He has him do, in living as He commands, and in building His kingdom here on this earth.

This is the minimum fellowship offering that a believer can give to God for what He has done.

Jesus has brought about peace and fellowship between you and the Father. There is nothing greater than that fellowship that you could ever receive or desire. Let God know about your joy and gratefulness in what Jesus did by offering yourself as a fellowship offering up to Him.

Allow your sinful self to die on the altar and live to do His work. Break the fellowship with the world of sin and death and spend time in fellowship with God for eternity. Let God give you true life with Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have full fellowship with God; that you will know the peace with God you have in Jesus; that you will offer your life as a fellowship offering up to God; and that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy as He is.

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.