Wednesday, October 31, 2007

People Belong to God

10And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD: and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites:
11And Aaron shall offer the Levites before the LORD for an offering of the children of Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD. . . . . 14Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.

Numbers 8:10-11 & 14, King James Version

People Belong to God

In the first devotion of this topic, we read the commands that God gave to Moses, which were first generalized in the 10 Commandments, and then given in great detail. Here God is telling Moses to set apart the tribe of Levi that they may execute the service of the LORD. . . . and the Levites shall be mine.

As Christians, it is important to remember that we are not our own, but we belong to God. 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20

God set apart the Levites to be the priests and workers in the temple. God may not have called you to the office of a pastor or minister, but He has called you to fill a specific roll in the advancement of His Kingdom here on earth. No matter what your office or station in life, your first calling is to God!

Think of what this world would be like if more Christians really understood and obeyed this calling of God! We spend so much of our time engulfed in this world that we often reserve very little, if any, time for God.

Pray that God would help you to understand your specific calling and that God would find you faithfully fulfilling that calling for the rest of your life.

God Bless You,

Linda

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

People

The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalm 24:1

People

That is what life is all about, is it not? People!

Today we return to the King James Version of the Bible with a series of devotions on people: individuals, groups of people, countries, etc. Some of the topics covered will be,

People:

Commended by Christ
Crying to God
Full of Faith
Loving Sin
Resurrected
Who Stood Firm
Who Touched Christ,
and many more.

Our first topic is: People Belong to God!

Psalm 24:1 tells us, The earth is the Lord's . . . . and they that dwell therein.

Out of all the people in the world, God chose a people for Himself - a people who would be devoted to Him. Because of their frailties and sin nature, it would definitely be a bumpy road.

As Christians we certainly know that is true; when we become Christians we do not suddenly become perfect. We spend the rest of our lives here on earth battling our own sins! Yet, God in His great love and mercy walks beside us, leading and guiding us in the way of Truth. For a reason unknown to us, God uses people to reach other people. It would seem that more would be reached for Christ if He appeared to them as He did to Paul on the road to Damascus.

That, however, is not God's plan; remember our wisdom is foolishness to God. His way is perfect!

Join me for the next few months as we study "People" together.

God Bless You,
Linda

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Knowing the Time

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Romans 13:11-14, NKJV

Knowing the Time

There is a sense of urgency in this Bible passage. As Christians, knowing the time, we must shake off the tentacles of this world and awake out of our sleep. Think of it, your salvation (eternity with Christ) is nearer than the day in which you first believed. Often we are so much a part of this world that we do not realize the works of darkness that still linger all around us.

Christ calls His people to put on the armor of light. Who is that Light? That Light is Christ. Put Him on, clothe yourself in Him so that every where you go you are being bathed in His eternal light, where there is no darkness neither shadow of turning.

Does that mean that as Christians we are to drop everything, quit our jobs, sell all of our possessions and cast ourselves upon Him to provide for our every need? No, God put you where you are and gave you the abilities to do the job that He has called you to do. However, don't leave Christ in your Bible at home! Do not separate the world and your love of the world from Christ. As Christians, wear Christ everywhere you go and in everything you do.

Walk in the newness of life that God has given to you. Knowing the time, that the days are evil readjust your goals. Instead of temporal goals, adopt eternal goals of service to your God and King. Wear Christ so that His light will shine on everyone around you.

God Bless You,
Linda

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Spiritual Armor

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
1 Samuel 17:45-47, NKJV

I can not think of a better place to begin a series of devotions on spiritual armor than the story of David and Goliath. Sometimes, because of its familiarity, we miss the truths God is trying to teach us. What armor did David use to defeat Goliath?

We immediately think of physical armor, but David did not wear any. He chose only his sling and five smooth stones. Yet, David was not unarmed! What did he say to Goliath? You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.

Did Goliath's armor save him? Defying the God of Israel, he trusted rather in his own spear, shield, armor, and physical stature. So, who won?

God used David to teach the army of Israel a very important lesson which they had forgotten, while they all stood quaking in their boots at the words of Goliath. Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.

What impact does this have on our own spiritual life, especially if we are not a soldier out fighting for our country? We may not be fighting for our country, but if we are true believers we are most certainly engaged in a fierce battle to the death! The very fact that we do not think about that or understand it is a subtle victory for Satan. He understands the battle and is not called the great deceiver without a reason.

How many days do we as Christians go throughout our life under the strength of our own power? How many people will be struck down around us because we have not armed ourselves properly? How much do we selfishly plow forth each day with our own selfish interests paramount in our thoughts and actions?

You are in a battle, no matter which side you are on! Only, in this battle, the winner has already been announced. Satan knows that he is already defeated, but his goal is to bring as many people with him as he can, and he is very effective.

God does not save with spear and sword, but with the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Each believer is armed with the almighty strength and power of God. Remember that this spiritual armor is all that is needed.

Study the Bible every day; pray that God will grow you in the understanding and knowledge of the Bible so that your life will become more and more like Christ.

David understood the battle! He already knew the outcome! Do you? Pray that God would make you a faithful soldier, girded with His spiritual armor.

That is the first priority for the Christian!

God Bless You,
Linda