Month: August 2022

Too Busy to Stop

Scripture Leviticus 23:3 ” `There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to the LORD.

Observation: I don’t mind to stop working as far as my job goes, but when it is my day off I have things I want to do. There is work around the house, places to go, grandchildren sporting events to attend and to sit down I feel guilty. The Sabbath is for us so that we will stop all of our busyness and relax and call on God. It’s a time that we can sit still long enough to listen to what our Lord has to say to us. Our God does not shout remember He used a still small whisper.

Application: When I stop I find myself preoccupying my mind with television or a movie. I need to stop and pray then listen. To spend time at my master’s feet and listen quietly to what He tells me. To take time on my Sabbath to worship Him with my obedience of stillness and wait to hear His directions for my life.

Prayer: My Lord and my Master speak to me so that I may know what you want of me. Help me be still before you and listen for that whisper in my heart. May I relax knowing that you are in control of my life.

Why Keep God’s Commands?

Scripture Leviticus 22:31 “Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD.

Observation: I think this scriptures says it clearly why we should follow God’s command, because He is God. He is our Lord, creator, savior and we are only here because of His desire not ours. His is the only commands that we should keep and follow and if there are any other commands that contradict His, God’s commands should always over rule those. I believe the home my Lord is building for me will be decorated by my obedience.

Application: I need to know all of God’s commands and read his word each day. I not only have to keep God’s command close to my heart, I also need to follow them each day. I know I can’t do this alone and I will only succeed with the help of the Holy Spirit and I need to make myself open to all He desires me to do. I’m here as a servant and will remain one forever, so I need to be the best servant I can be and be obedient to my master.

Prayer: Dear Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit and speak to me each day. Take all the distractions away so that I may hear clearly your directions and that I will follow them each day. I love you and you deserve my very best.

Set Apart for God

Scripture Leviticus 21: [6] They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the offerings made to the LORD by fire, the food of their God, they are to be holy.

Observation: This scripture talks about the qualifications to be a priest in the temple. They must be holy, set apart, and there are things they are to do and things that they aren’t to be holy. We may not be priest, but we are set apart for service to our God. We are to never profane the name of God and our bodies are to be living sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to God, this is our spiritual act of worship.

Application: I have things that I should be doing and also things that I shouldn’t be, to be holy. My life can’t profane God’s name, but it should left Him up with how I treat others and the things that I do. I need to be that living sacrifice leading others to my Lord and savior. I need to rid myself of this anger and I need the Holy Spirit to fill me so that I may love others the way God wants me to love.

Prayer: Dear Lord you are worthy of all of my love, praise and obedience. Help me serve you in a way that is honoring to you. Humble your servant to serve others and put their needs above mine.

I Need to Love My Neighbor

Scripture Leviticus 19:18 ” `Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Observation: I have such a hard time with this command. I’m very judgmental and have an opinion for everyone and I’m the king of grudge holding. Even now I can’t forgive Blair and the way he treats his sister, my wife. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t have a negative thought towards him and hope only the worst. When left alone with my thoughts they are always negative and my neighbor behind me and across the street I wish would go away.

Application: If I would spend more time loving instead of planning revenge I could be a godly man. Instead my heart is hard towards so many people and they probably don’t even know it. I need to turn to Jesus every time my heart grows cold and evil and ask for forgiveness and guidance on what I should be doing. I need to remember how much God loves me and what I really deserve and not what He gives me each day.

Prayer: My Lord soften this hard heart and show me how to love my neighbor no matter what they do to me. Give me a spirit of love like your Son and that people will see this loving spirit and be drawn closer to you.

Am I living By God’s Laws?

Scripture Leviticus 18: [5] Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.

Observation: First I need to know God’s laws and decrees and I can’t plead innocent on that because God has shown them to be through His word. Now that I know God’s laws am I obeying them, all of them? I seem to obey more when it’s convenient but not all of the time and to obey only part of the time is disobeying. Obeying God’s laws should be a way of life and not a practice. From the time I get up and by the time I go to bed it should be automatic that I’m walking with God and being obedient to Him. That should be my way of life.

Application: I must continue each day to be in God’s word and gain knowledge of what God desires of me. Then I need to change my lifestyle so it is not a struggle to obey God but just second nature, because I want my Lord to be pleased. He is my Lord and I have no rights, but only a desire to serve Him and that’s the way it should be.

Prayer: My Lord and my God continue to put your word in my heart and that I would embrace it always and be a doer of your word and not only a hearer. You deserve the best I have each day every day, give me wisdom and strength to live a rewarding life for you.

The Bible Tells Us About Science

Scripture Leviticus 17: [14] because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”

Observation: There are different passages in the Bible that tells us something about the truth of science. I don’t remember the date but in the 1800’s it was discovered that life is in the blood and here thousands of years before that God tells us that fact. Besides prophesies God gives us pieces of proof on how true His word is. The Bible tells us that the earth is round in Isaiah and I heard the account where someone drilled for oil because of the account in Sodom and Gomorrah where when the fire fell from the heavens the ground smoked. God doesn’t have to but He wants all to trust His word and He continues to prove it.

Application: I need to study more closely the word of God and put it in my heart that I may use it each day. That when opportunities come that I can tell those who don’t believe the proof that God has placed in the pages to help them understand how faithful God is.

Prayer: My Lord plant within me your word that I will know and use it. That I will use it to grow closer to you and use it to bring your children home to you. Help me be better prepared to tell others about how wonderful you are.

Jesus my Scapegoat

Scripture Leviticus 16: [22] The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert.

Observation: Jesus is my Lord, God and Savior, but He also humbled himself to be my scapegoat. He carried my sins away so that my Heavenly Father couldn’t see them through Him. But He wasn’t only my scapegoat He also was the sacrifice for my sins. He sacrificed His life for my sins and then He carried them away, He has done everything for me, but what have I done for Him.

Application: I don’t think of Jesus’ sacrifice very much and yet the only reason I’m going to heaven instead of Hell is because of His love for me. What a sacrificial love He has for us, but what do I give back? I know there is nothing I can do to repay His sacrifice, but there are things I should do to show Him I love Him All I have is this life here on earth to show how much I love Him and lately I haven’t been doing a good job of it. I need to focus more on my Lord and less of the things of this world and give the time He has blessed me with back in service to Him.

Prayer: My Lord thank you for all you have done for me and all that you do each day. Help me keep my mind and heart on the things that honor you and give me courage and strength to use this precious time you have given me to draw others to you. I love you Lord help me show it to the people you put in my path and to you.