Leviticus 21:11-12 Don’t Play In The Dirt

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He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 21:11-12

Little boys are known for wanting to play around in the dirt. They like to drive their toy trucks through the dirt, racing them. They like to run around playing games in a field of dirt, playing football or some other sport.

As children get older, they usually turn away from the dirt. They learn that it is not good to get so dirty.

However, people do not completely leave the dirt. As adults, they change the type of dirt that they play in. Instead of physical dirt on the ground, they play with the dirty things of the world, porn, slander, immoral sex, drugs, gossip, cheating, lying, and anything else sinful.

God had set the Levites aside to be His priests in the tabernacle. One of the things that changed for them was they were not to touch a dead person or make themselves unclean in any way, for any reason. They were anointed as holy and dedicated to God. They could not make themselves dirty even for their parents.

Believers have been made clean, set apart as holy unto God. Once they are set apart unto God, they are no longer to go back and make themselves dirty, dirty with the things of this world.

Some believers attempt to keep their foot still in the world. They want to continue to play in the dirt and filth of the sin of this world. Yet, they are to be a shining, clean light before God and this world of what Jesus has done for them.

There may be things that you are tempted to go back and play in. Things that are dirty and filthy to God. Do not allow yourself to get dirty after being cleaned by the blood of Jesus. Turn away from all sin.

When Jesus cleansed you from sin, He set you apart as holy and righteous unto God to minister in His sanctuary.

Seek God’s guidance to keep yourself clean from all sin. Follow God’s path for your life in order to stay out of the dirt of this life.

I pray today that you will know the cleansing salvation of Jesus; that you will be holy in Jesus before God and this world; that God will strengthen you to stay out of the dirt of sin; and that you will be a clean light of Jesus to this world. 

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Matthew 24:2 Everything Is Temporary

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“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Matthew 24:2

The disciples and Jesus were walking in Jerusalem one day and they noticed the temple buildings. They had noticed how large they were and how great they looked and they pointed this out to Jesus. Jesus points out that everything that they see will be destroyed.

Seeing great works of art is something that can be exciting for some people. For most people they see the great works of art in paintings and sculptures, while others see it in the architecture of a building. It can be a beautiful looking castle, an unusually made building, a mansion, an office building, an sky-scraper, or some other unique building.

There are churches that are built that look extremely exquisite. Great care is taken in designing the building just right with stained glass windows, or the right type of seating, or the right type of designs on the walls.

While none of this is necessarily bad, none of it will last forever. Yes, the building may last a few hundred or even a thousand years, but eventually it will fall down. Every one of these types of buildings require constant maintenance to keep them up, but they will still fall some day. Some will start to crumble over time, little by little. While others may fall in a day, as the Twin Towers did in New York City.

Jesus turned the attention away from what is temporary to what is eternal. Yes, the buildings were magnificent, but they were also temporary. The souls of men and women are the only things that are eternal on this earth.

Getting caught up in the beauty of the things that are man-made will cause you to turn your attention away from what is eternal and made by God. It can cause you to turn your talk away from sharing the gospel, to talking about what is temporary.

Discussing the beautiful things on this earth is acceptable for a short moment, but it should not be your focus. You do not know when Jesus will return, it could be today. If it was today, would you be able to look back on your last days and say you did all you could to save as many as you could?

Where is your focus today?

I pray today that God will help you not get distracted by the things of this earth; that you will focus on the souls of men; that you will share the message of Jesus; and that you will know the return of Jesus is coming soon.

Zechariah 4:6-7 By God’s Spirit And Power

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it'” Zechariah 4:6-7

Zerubbabel had been commissioned by God to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. As he was proceeding to do that, he ran into many problems. Through Zechariah, God told him that it would not be done by his own might or power, but by the Spirit of God and His mighty power. The mountains that lay before Zerubbabel would be flattened and the capstone on the temple would be brought out which much praise.

Challenges in life come up all the time for people. The first thing most people try to do is solve the challenge or try to run away from the challenge. Working in their own power, may work sometimes, but not every time.

Believers will also have many challenges in this life. God will commission a believer to do something that will present a major challenge to do. Often people will, just like the world, attempt to solve the challenge on their own.

One of those challenges is to live the holy life through Jesus. People strive to give up sin on their own. They often make vows and chastise themselves when they do not succeed. This is where a person needs to rely upon God for the strength. Only by God’s Spirit can sin be overcome.

Another great challenge is being a witness to the world. Many go out in their own power and ways to tell others the gospel message. Before one does this, he should seek God’s direction and wisdom in how to present the message to someone. For each person it can be different. Only by God’s Spirit can the gospel message be affectively presented.

Allow yourself to be guided and strengthened by God’s Spirit to do what He wants you to do. In and of yourself, you can do nothing, but through the Spirit of Christ, there is nothing that you cannot do. The mountains that lay before you will be removed, if you allow God to remove them Himself. Do not try to move them on your own.

I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will rely upon God’s Spirit to meet all challenges in life; that you will do things God’s way; and that God will remove many mountains in your path and life. 

Ezekiel 47:12 River Flowing With Life

Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing. Ezekiel 47:12

In the vision Ezekiel is given, he sees water flowing from the sanctuary. The farther he follows that flow of water, the deeper it gets. It becomes a full river, giving life to all around it. Not only do fruit trees grow around it, but each tree bears fruit every month, providing food and healing for the people.

The river that is flowing represents God’s Holy Spirit flowing out from the temple providing life wherever He goes. God is a God of life, not death. His goal is to bring more life to every person. While the Israelites are in captivity for sin against God, He is telling them that there will be a day that He will flow among them bringing life to all who come.

Although the temple no longer exists, there is the church today. The church is made up of people who believe in Jesus. Whoever believes in Jesus is given His Holy Spirit to work in and through him. God’s Holy Spirit still flows out like a mighty river bringing life, food and healing to all who enter His river.

He brings life through the work of Jesus on the cross. He brings food by showing men how to live and serve God on this earth. He brings healing to both the body and the soul of every person who follows Jesus.

Most people are willing to accept God’s river, Holy Spirit, in their own lives, however, many do not allow Him to flow through them to others.

As a believer, you can allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you. You have a mission to bring life, food and healing to all who are around you and you will see fruit on a daily basis.

Do not be like some and hoard everything to yourself. Do not sit in condemnation of others, but bring life to them. Jesus forgave you, so you can forgive others. His commission to you was to go and make more disciples.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow like a river to others and bring them real life.

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to flow through you to others; that you will bring life, food and healing to those around you; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

Ezekiel 44:4 Falling Down Before God

Then the man brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple. I looked and saw the glory of the LORD filling the temple of the LORD, and I fell facedown. Ezekiel 44:4

Ezekiel was being shown the entire temple layout. In each area of the temple, he was given the details of the room and what it was to be used for. At some point during the tour of the temple, he was brought to the front of the temple where the glory of God was filling the temple. He was so overwhelmed with God’s presence that he fell facedown before God.

Being in the presence of someone really popular or powerful can be an overwhelming event. Women and girls often start screaming with joy and excitement when they get to be in the presence of some famous singer or actor. They cannot believe the chance they got to be in that place. Some may even pass out with the extreme excitement of the moment.

Those who get to meet a president or some other high level political power, will often do it with extreme respect for the position. They will dress up in their best and show full courtesy to the person.

Going before God should invoke the same type of response from a person. Often people go to church and show very little respect for God. They treat Him as though He is just another friend or buddy. Many do not realize His holiness and power.

Falling down before God is laying yourself down before Him, acknowledging that He is the one who is in control. It is also realizing that, in yourself, you are filled with sin and need His forgiveness. The priests during Ezekiel’s time were not bowing down before God, they were living in sin. You must not live that way.

Allow yourself to be laid down on the altar before God. Let Him do with you what He wants to do with you.

When you are in His presence, it is not about you, but all about Him. His presence should be with you daily and all throughout the day, because He said He would never leave you nor forsake you. Fall down before God and let God be God in your life.

I pray today that you will know the holiness of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will know God’s presence daily in your life; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.

Ezekiel 40:4 The Little Details

The man said to me, “Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the people of Israel everything you see.” Ezekiel 40:4

Fourteen years after the fall of Israel, God had given Ezekiel brought to a high mountain in a vision, seeing Jerusalem. Ezekiel was told to pay very close attention to everything he was being shown and then to go and tell the people everything that he had seen. The specific area of Jerusalem that he was being shown was the temple courts and the temple. As he was being shown the temple, the person in the vision (believed to be pre-incarnate Jesus), measured all the areas and gave him the dimensions. The rest of this chapter shows all those details.

As people read this passage, most people thing that it is boring and wonder why God would place so much details in the text. This is especially true when one looks at it over 2,000 years later. One of the main reasons is that God is giving them the details of how the temple was to be set up when they returned from exile. The temple had been destroyed and the people would need to rebuild it.

For those reading today, it shows how God is interested in the little details. Why would God care for the exact dimensions of the building of the temple? What difference will it make if it is a few feet larger or shorter? Only God knows those answers.

However, the idea that God is interested in the little details should bring peace and joy to your life. There are little things that happen in your life each and every day. Some of those things are blessings, while other things are trials and challenges. God is interested in each one.

God is interested in what you say and do each day, even in those little mundane things that you do. Every word that you speak, God is taking into account.

As you get ready to go through your day, bring all those little things before God. See what God has to say about them. Seek out what God wants you to do each day. He is interested in your little life and has the details for you mapped out.

I pray today that you will know God’s detailed plans for you; that you will trust God’s details; that you will know God loves and cares for you; and that you will strive to follow Jesus with all of your heart.