Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

Life Beyond The Rituals

Leviticus 1:3-13

 

‘If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the LORD. ‘He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. ‘He shall slay the young bull before the LORD; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting. read more.

Leviticus 4:1-3

 

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If a person sins unintentionally in any of the things which the LORD has commanded not to be done, and commits any of them, if the anointed priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.

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Jesus Christ ended the law and ritual. He brought in the age of grace.
We are now free from the law and ritual.
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Life Beyond The Rituals

From: Get More Strength

“They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:18

A royal dignitary was greeting residents at a nursing home, when he was surprised by the unresponsiveness of one woman who just sat there and stared at him. Finally, the dignitary asked, “Do you know who I am?”—to which the woman responded: “No. But that nurse over there helps us with those kinds of things.”

Many people are confused about who Jesus is. But through His Word,  God helps us know and enjoy the real Jesus. You will find Him wonderfully compelling. Tough fishermen, tax collectors, and zealots gave up everything to follow Him (Mark 1:18). Women felt safe with Him. Crowds stood in awe of His power and authority.

Jesus is not content to be just our “fire insurance,” saving us from eternal punishment in hell. Rather, He wants us to know Him for who He really is, and He desires to connect with us on a deeper, more personal level.

If you are weary of a religion that is about rules and regulations, then welcome to life beyond the rituals. Welcome to a relationship in which you can find companionship, comfort, wisdom, and reality. Welcome to the wonderful privilege of getting to know Jesus and the joy of following Him.

Get to know Him—and you’ll grow to love Him more and more each day.

Which of all our friends, to save us,
Could or would have shed their blood?
But our Jesus died to have us
Reconciled in Him to God.  —Newton

To know Jesus is to love Jesus

 

 

Complete—Yet Under Construction

From: Our Daily Journey

Complete—Yet Under Construction

 

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Ephesians 3:14-21
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:17).

As my mom and I entered the indoor prayer garden our church recently built, I suddenly felt the sweet peace and presence of the Holy Spirit. The room had plants, a paved walkway with Scriptures displayed, a small waterfall, and a lit cross on the wall. In contrast to this peaceful, awe-inspiring sanctuary, just outside we could see contractors working on a different part of the building—with dust, tools, noisy machines, and everything else one might expect to find at a construction site.

I realized then that the part of the building under construction and the prayer garden were both reflections of my own journey with Jesus—the one a picture of the work in progress I am today, the other an image of my future transformation. They brought to mind the apostle Paul’s prayer for Ephesian believers to grow to be “complete, with all the fullness of life and power” that come from God (Ephesians 3:19). Through His Spirit, God would provide the “glorious, unlimited resources” they needed, and Jesus would build His home in their hearts (Ephesians 3:16).

And this growth is available to all believers today as well. As we receive what is needed from the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:15), our “roots will grow down into God’s love” as we grow to understand and experience it more deeply (Ephesians 3:17). This love is deep enough to fill and strengthen any heart (Ephesians 3:18).

Although we’re still under construction, through Jesus’ work we are also already “complete through [our] union with Christ” (Colossians 2:10). Through the power of the Spirit, may we continue to grow in understanding and experiencing the infinite love of our personal God and living it out in every area of our lives.

 

Why Did Lucifer Fall?

From: CBN, and Author: Nina Keegan

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Why did Lucifer fall? The answer to that? Nobody knows exactly. Was there an altercation? Did he start a fight he could never win? I guess we could all imagine for a moment.

Lucifer was beautiful, anointed, and had the keys to the enormity of all blessings and favor of Heaven at his fingertips. How and why did something change so audaciously in him? How was his heart so hardened to God, the one he had long worshipped and praised?

A desire for self-recognition, perhaps a pride and arrogance, won in the battle of his mind and he decided to become his own God. He desired praise. He longed to be worshipped.

So with that, and I imagine quite swiftly, he was banished from Heaven, hurled out of the Kingdom, and forever exiled from eternal blessings; leaving all wisdom, peace, joy, favor, and love behind.

He tumbled (imagine the feeling of free-falling at lightning speed into the deep abyss) and he took with him one-third of the angels (now demons) to wreak havoc on all mankind.

There was no do-over, no Let’s rethink this. He made his choice — done!

Scary to think what choices we may want to rethink. We never know the day we will be called home, Judgment day, when we will give an account for all of our decisions and sins.

Now, because of Lucifer’s (Satan’s) choice, we too are left with choices and pathways of good or evil. They seem to line up incessantly for our choosing.

We continually need God’s wisdom to decipher His voice, His plan, His purpose for us, and our destinies in Him.

There is evil in this world. It’s everywhere. People are hurt, suffering, in despair, and living in all types of trauma and tragedy. The heaviness of it all can most assuredly plague us, burden us, and cover us in anxiety and fear.

The warfare we must fight and contend with will ultimately serve a purpose as to who we are in Christ. We have authority over all evil through the blood of Jesus and His finished work on the cross. We are ultimately so much greater with He who is in us than he who has been unleashed to spread evil in the world. God’s so much bigger. He’s so capable and His palms are steadfastly carrying us, plucking us out of harm’s way, and setting us so lovingly back onto His glorious path.

No matter what it looks like, what the enemy means for harm will only cause our promotion. He has to repay us for all he has stolen. We will reap a multitude of days steeped in unbridled joy for days we have spent in sorrow.

Declare victory. Remember who had the authority to kick who out of Heaven.

God won then. God wins now. Receive your victory in Him!

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ Isaiah 14:12-17(NKJV)