Numbers 17:8 God’s Favor Produces Abundantly

The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. Numbers 17:8

People are very often jealous of other people who appear to be successful. They are wanting what the other person has. In an attempt to get what that something is, many strive to get favor with the person.

Extra favor is often given to only a few people, not every person gets it. Favor is given often to those who are chosen or have earned it, not just everyone.

The Israelites had complained about Aaron, so there was a test given to see who had God’s favor. Aaron’s staff was the one God had chosen. It had not only sprouted, but budded, blossomed and produced almonds.

Many believers are willing to do a part of God’s will, but not with their whole heart. They will do the very minimum work required, just to look as though they are good and serving God. This is done to gain favor with God and man, but not out of love of God.

God works in and through the lives of those who choose to believe in Him, obey Him and serve Him with their whole heart. Once a person chooses to do these things, the favor of God begins to rest upon Him. God will go above and beyond the bare minimum in blessing the work the believer is doing, because he is willing to do His desire.

Those who are doing God’s will with a whole heart, will see His favor rest upon their work. Success and growth will appear greater than could ever have been expected. It will sprout, bud, blossom and produce fruit in abundance in whatever area of service the person is in.

God has a work for you to do on this earth. It is a job that is unique to you and only you are the one to do it.

Strive to serve God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. Do the work of God out of love for Him and people.

As you give one hundred percent of your life to doing His work, you will see God’s hand of favor rest upon you. The work will be fruitful, multiplying with abundant blessing. God wants you to succeed in the work He has you doing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will do the work of God with all of your heart; and that you will see God produce abundant fruit through your work.

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.

Revelation 5:10 Made To Serve God

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth. Revelation 5:10

All throughout the world the majority of people are wanting to know what their purpose is. They want to know what life on the earth is all about.

Suicides occur daily because many do not feel that they have any value or purpose. Thousands of books are written about finding purpose and reasoning in everything. Yet, many still cannot find purpose that is fulfilling. Even after doing many things, many are still falling short in purpose and still searching.

John describes some creatures and elders in heaven around the throne of God as falling down and worshipping God. They sing a song saying that God made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve God and reign upon the earth.

When student graduates high school he is bombarded with thousands of possible paths to take in life. There are thousands of different jobs or services that he could aim for. Knowing which path to take is often very overwhelming and scary for many. For the believer God is willing to lay out a plan of a path to take.

The very base line of the path for each and every person is to believe upon Jesus as Lord and Savior and to serve God. People are to be a part of God’s kingdom and to build His kingdom greater.

How a person is to serve God and build up His kingdom will be different each person. Some will work in the workplace, being His witness and hands, while others will work in full-time ministry positions. Either way is for the purpose of building His kingdom and serving Him. This is only done by relying upon God to lead the way.

As you are going through your life, you may be wondering what your purpose is. Begin with listening to God and seeking His will and ways. Read and study His word to know what God desires of you. Then be willing to do what He leads you to do.

God has a purpose for you in this life. Ultimately it is to build His kingdom in some way or another as you worship Him. The more you serve God, the more fulfilled and satisfied with life you will be. You will understand your ultimate purpose on this planet.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will trust God with your whole life; that you will work to build God’s kingdom; and that you will serve God with your life.

Hebrews 1:9 What Do You Love And Hate?

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. Hebrews 1:9

All over the world people talk about the need to have love in order that there may be peace. The world claims to have love, but the love being shown is love for things or whatever it takes to feel better about one’s own self.

On the other side, the acceptable hatred is when something goes against a person. This is whether it is against self or against anyone else, hatred can be normal.

The author of Hebrews is describing Jesus and quotes Psalms 45:6-7. Jesus is described as loving righteousness and hating wickedness, so God anoints him with the oil of joy.

Very few people actually love righteousness all the time. Most people do not directly like limitations on what they can and cannot do, and righteousness does that. Without limitations people will love and do wickedness with no regrets or remorse.

Inside the church there are many that rebel against living a righteous life, because it looks like legalism, a bunch of do and don’t rules. As a result many in the church love wickedness and participate in it on a regular basis.

Jesus loved doing the right things and hating all wickedness to the point that He lived a perfect holy life with absolutely no sin in His life. God raised Him up and anointed Him with the oil of joy. He had joy because He was living the life the Father wanted Him to live.

Believers who are truly following Jesus will live in the same way. They will live to seek out being righteous in every way possible, and they will hate all wickedness and sin. They will flee from all temptations to sin. Then they will know the true joy of living for God.

Every day you are faced with choices of what to love and hate. The world will try to get you to love what is wicked and sinful.

Allow God to change your heart and mind and seek His righteousness and holiness. It is not about regulations, but a relationship and truly living the best life possible on this earth.

The more you live for God, the more joy you will know, because you will have the peace of God guiding and strengthening you daily.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will desire righteousness as Jesus did; that you will hate sin as much as God does; that you will know the joy of serving God with your whole life; and that the world will know you follow Jesus.

Revelation 7:15 How Often Are You Serving God?

Therefore, “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15

Servants can be found nearly every place in every nation around the world. Often people are paid to be a servant for another person.

Each servant may be expected to meet a different set of needs. The common factor in all servants is to meet the needs of the person or group that one is serving.

John quotes from Isaiah 49:10 about the people who have died in the Lord and are now are dressed in white robes around the throne. They are serving God day and night, while God shelters them with His presence. This is looking into the future of a time in heaven.

Most people do not like the idea of being a servant, yet many are servants to someone. When working a job, the person is a servant to the boss, working to meet the needs of the boss or company or the customer.

Even though many people serve someone, very few serve someone around the clock, day and night. There is a time that they check in to begin serving and then later check out to leave. It is a temporary service.

At the point a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he becomes a servant to God. Very often people are willing to serve God on Sunday’s in church and when convenient. Rarely is someone willing to serve God around the clock.

Life on this earth is the training ground to being a servant to God in heaven for eternity. Every believer needs to be ready and willing to meet any need God has of him, at any time God needs it. As the believer serves God, He will shelter him with His everlasting presence.

As a believer, you are God’s servant, there to meet every need He has of you without question or hesitation. God has some work of service for you to do. It may be in the morning, at noon or at night.

The important thing is to always be ready to do what God is calling on you to do. Instead of waiting until you are in heaven, begin serving God day and night here on this earth. Do the service Jesus began 2,000 years ago and continue until He returns or calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will serve God with all of your abilities; and that you will know His presence and shelter in your life.