2 Samuel 24:24 Sacrifice What Costs

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But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 

Around the world there are millions of people who give money or other types of donations to people who are in need. Many of these people often give out of their excess or things no longer wanted. As they give, they often make it look like they are sacrificing something for someone else.

While there is nothing wrong with giving out of excess, it cannot be portrayed as a sacrifice. There really is no cost to giving it.

David had sinned against God and realized it. He had to make a burnt offering sacrifice to God. Araunah was going to provide the oxen and the wood for the sacrifice at no cost to David. David refused it, because he did not want to offering a burnt offering that did not cost him. He knew that he had done God wrong and had to pay for it.

Sacrificing is more than just giving something up or away. It is giving up or giving something away that will cost to be given up. It may hurt some to give it up.

There are believers who give up things for God, but only those things that they really do not want. There is no real cost in giving it up.

The purpose of a sacrifice is to give up self to let God have control. It is to humble oneself before God. It is to show God that one is not worthy of anything.

God sees the heart of people when they give. He knows when they are giving a sacrifice for show, or when they are giving it from the heart.

Jesus gave the greatest sacrifice of all–His life. It cost Him everything, so that you and I may have eternal life and forgiveness of our sins. He demonstrated what it means to sacrifice something.

Although the sacrificial system is no longer used or needed, you can still sacrifice to God and for God. As with Jesus, the greatest sacrifice you can give is your life. Allow God to have complete control over your life.

Lay your life and sins on the altar for Jesus to remove them and replace everything with His life. It will be worth it all in the end.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will know the value of what God has given you; that you will give God your whole life; and that you will allow God to live in you.

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2 Samuel 12:13 Admission Of Sin

Coruh River

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13 

People make mistakes and do things wrong all the time. When they make a mistake, the majority of people do not want to admit to the mistake. They try to excuse it away or blame it on someone else. It is common to hear people blame other co-workers or their parents for a mistake that only they, themselves, have made.

Others will try to cover up the mistake and lie about every having made it. They do not want anyone to know the bad choice that they had made. Very seldom do people actually admit to making the mistake and try to make it right.

David had made the choice of sleeping with a married woman, then he had her husband killed to cover it up. Even though the world really did not know the truth, God did. God had seen the entire situation from beginning to end.

God sent Nathan, a prophet, to talk to David about this mistake. When he pointed out the mistake to David, David had admitted to it. In the admission he knew he sinned against God. He no longer tried to cover it up.

Every person makes the mistake of sinning. Not just once, but many times. Some believers will try to cover up the sin as though nothing happened, yet it did happen. All a believer needs to do is go before God and admit the sin he has done.

God is not standing there ready to beat the person down or kill him, but is ready to forgive and remove the sin. Jesus died for that very purpose, to remove sin. All one has to do is admit the sin to God and turn from that sin.

There have been times you have made the choice to sin against God. Instead of trying to ignore it or cover it up, go to God about it. Let God know that you have sinned against Him and repent of that sin.

God in His great, eternal love and mercy will forgive you. God wants you to live, not die. He wants you in His family for all eternity and not be banned to hell.

The joy God will give you in forgiving you is greater than the weight of cover-up of that sin. Turn to Him today for forgiveness.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will not cover up your sin against God; that you will admit to God when you have done wrong; and that you will know the joy of forgiveness in your life. 

2 Samuel 11:2-3 Going To Far

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One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:2-3 

Temptations are something that every person has to face. It is something that cannot be avoided. What a person does with that temptation, however, is a choice.

The world does not believe in sin, so they are willing to do anything and everything, every time an opportunity opens up the door. Most people will not think twice about doing something, regardless of what it is, when the door is opened for them.

David had stayed home from the battles and was out one evening looking around. From his roof he saw a woman bathing and she was beautiful. Immediately he sent to find out about her. This woman was Bathsheba. In the end he sleeps with her and she gets pregnant.

When David had seen her, he had a choice to make–to turn his eyes away or keep looking. He chose to keep looking and to find out who she was. Then he had another choice to make–to leave her alone or do something with her. Again, he chose the wrong path and slept with her, causing many problems.

Every believer meets up with temptations and choices to be made. Often, like David, believers will keep looking at the temptation, not immediately doing anything, but playing with the thought. As they hold onto those thoughts, the temptation gets stronger and the chance of making the right choice lessens. Many will then fall into the trap of sin.

Allowing the temptation to play in the mind, is allowing oneself to go to far. It allows the temptation to grow. This is with any temptation, not just sexual sins as David did.

There will come a time when a temptation rises up to face you. You will begin to have choices to make. You can continue to look at the temptation and allow it to rise in power. Or you can immediately turn away and flee the temptation.

The longer you look, the less likely you will make the choice. Do not allow yourself to go to far and make the wrong choice. Turn your eyes and thoughts onto God and seek His strength to overcome the temptation.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to make the right choices; that you will turn to God for strength; and that you will honor God with your life and choices. 

Deuteronomy 7:26 Keep Your House Clean

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Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction. Deuteronomy 7:26

Keeping the house clean is something most people want to have. There are some people who are obsessed with keeping the house clean, while there are others who do not care about their house. They allow the house to get dirty and stay dirty nearly all the time.

Very few people would openly say that they want someone to bring dirt and garbage into their house, regardless of how clean or dirty their house is. They know that garbage is not good to have.

Yet, everyday people are filling their houses with garbage on purpose. They will allow movies, books, music, internet, and more that is filled with garbage into their homes. The world sees most of this garbage as good and not as the filthy sin as God sees the garbage.

Moses told the Israelites to not bring anything that the nations they destroy have, that is detestable, into their house. Everything of the world was to be destroyed because of the sin it was.

Along with the world, many believers are allowing garbage to enter their homes. They watch the same movies, listen to the same music, see the same internet, read the same books and magazines, and more, allowing sin into their lives. This garbage is often praised as good, not the filth God calls sin. Many will try to claim the freedom that they have in Jesus to bring in the filth. Yet, that filth is meant for destruction.

Those who allow sin into their lives, will be set apart for destruction by God. God does not, nor every will condone sin in the life of a believer. There is no room for garbage.

Think of the things that you allow into your home or life. This can be in your physical home or in your life when not at your physical house. Does it honor God? Or is it an abomination to God?

The things, ways, beliefs of this world are being set apart for destruction. Any person who holds on the things, ways, or beliefs of this world, will also be set apart for destruction.

Keep your house clean from any garbage or sin of this world.

I pray today that God will reveal garbage in your life; that your life will be dedicated to God; that you will allow God to clean your home/life; and that you will destroy all things that are a sin against God in your life. 

Numbers 34:2 Boundary Lines

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Command the Israelites and say them: When you enter Canaan, the land that you will allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries: Numbers 34:2

In life it is very common to have a boundary line. Countries, states, counties, and cities always have a boundary line. These boundary lines are put in place to show where ownership is located. The authorities are not able to cross those lines with their power.

Even individual people have boundary lines on their own personal property. They often will put up a fence to let others know where that line is. They want to protect their property from their neighbor.

As the Israelites were getting ready to go into the land of Canaan and take the land, God gave them boundary lines where they could live and own. They were not free just to live anywhere, but in a specific area of land.

This type of boundary is often accepted by most people. However, there are other types of boundaries that are not always accepted as easily. Many businesses have a dress-code boundary for their workers. They are given boundaries on how they can dress for work. There are boundaries on how fast a person can drive down the road, boundaries on what a person can say in public, how a person may act.

God has also given people non-physical boundaries in this life. The believer is not to step over the boundary line into sin. They are not to stray off the path that God has set them upon on their journey to heaven. They are not to step off into the boundary of hate and harm, but to stay in the boundaries of love.

Boundaries are set by God to help each person individually and everyone as a whole.

Although it is common to not fully understand why God has set up a boundary in your  life, you can trust God that it is for your benefit. God never sets boundaries without love in mind.

Do not be like some people and attempt to step across the boundary line into territory that God has forbidden you to take. Keep clear of the line so that you will stay in God’s purpose and will for your life.

Know that God has your best in mind when He sets the boundary line. It is for your benefit, not to hold you back.

I pray today that you will know the boundary lines God has set up in your life; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will trust God’s choices in your life; and that you will know the inheritance you have in Christ Jesus.