Nehemiah 12:43 Can They Hear You Rejoicing?

Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off. Nehemiah 12: 43

There are times of great rejoicing and excitement. People will raise a great joy of rejoicing sounds when their favorite football team wins a major game. The sound of it can sometimes be heard for a a mile or more away. Everyone wants to let everyone else know of their excitement and joy as to what had happened.

As the rebuilding of the temple was finished, the priests offered many sacrifices, and everyone rejoiced with such great joy in Jerusalem that it could be heard a long way off.

When people are excited about something, they want everyone to know about it. They are not ashamed at being loud with their excitement and joy. People will do many crazy things in all of their excitement without fear of what others may think or say about it.

Believers have many things that they can get excited about. The beginning excitement is when one chooses to repent and believe in Jesus having his sins removed. This is the beginning of a new life that will last for eternity.

Often many believers are rejoicing, but quietly to themselves. No one around them can hear or see their joy and excitement. This is often due to fear of being an embarrassment or from fear of offending someone. It turns the focus away from what God has done to one’s own self.

At the moment God does something in one’s life, believers need to rejoice and rejoice loudly. They need to let the world know what God has done and is doing.

There are probably many times in which you were very excited about something that happened in your life or in the life of some friend or family member. Or you were excited about something that occurred outside of your life but with someone or something you cared about.

What was your excitement level? How did it show to the world?

Now stop and think about what God has done in your life. God is always moving and doing things. Open your eyes to see it, then rejoice at what He has done. Let the world see your joy and excitement in serving God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will be excited at what God is doing; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will not be ashamed of your joy in the Lord.

2 Kings 16:4 What Is Being Promoted?

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 2 Kings 16:4

Regardless of where a person lives or goes there is always something being promoted or advertised as something needed. Businesses and people are selling things all the time as the latest and greatest item that is needed by every person.

Not only are physical things being pushed, but there are also activities, ideas, and philosophies being promoted. Overall, the things being promoted are the same regardless of where one is at in the world.

When Ahaz had become king, he offered sacrifices and burned incense everywhere possible to false gods.

in some nations there are very few people who will worship an actual idol as though it is god, many will sell their lives out to some physical item or philosophy in life. Promotion for all of these items is very high.

Ads abound everywhere that promote sin and sinful practices as good and needed. People in prominent positions are leading others in doing sinful acts. The world rejects God and following God in order to pursue their own personal pleasures and to push others into those sins.

Believers are to reject the ways of the world and leave the life of sin. Instead of participating in sin and promoting sin, believers are to promote the good news of Jesus. The world needs to hear the news that they are dying and need a Savior, who is Jesus.

In the same way that the world is promoting sin in every high place, hilltop and under every spreading tree, believers need to tell others about Jesus and God’s required holiness. Life is to be promoted, not the sinful ways of death that the world is following and promoting.

Although you may not be a king and lead thousands of people, there are people who are watching you and following your examples of what you do or do not do.

Every action you do or don’t do is promoting something. Either it is promoting the sinful ways of the world, or it is promoting Jesus and the standards of God.

As a believer, your every action should be promoting God and His standards. Regardless of where you are, you have the ability to be a shining light of God for the world to see. It can encourage other believers and point the world to Jesus.

What are you promoting today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow the ways of God in all of your thoughts and actions; that you will show the world Jesus in all that you say and do; and that you will turn from the sinful ways the world is promoting.

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.

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.