February 7, 2019 – In Our Membership

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In Our Membership

February 7
Daily Reading – Exodus 31-33 / Matthew 24:27-51

GOD SAID:

Exodus31:2 & 6 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:… And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

 

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

    Have you ever thought to yourself, “No one appreciates all I do.” Or, “Why doesn’t someone, anyone volunteer to help me. Can’t they see I’m swamped?” Could it possibly be that they don’t know how swamped you are? Have you thought about who might be able to do that job instead of you? Have you considered you may be taking the blessing away from someone else by doing it all yourself?” God raises up help in our membership, but we need to look for them and let them know they are needed.
 

     In Exodus 31 before God allows Moses to go down the mountain He tells him, I have raised up helpers for this work. Why was that important for God to do? Because Moses, like many leaders, is a hands on kind of guy. Remember back when Jethro had to tell him not to do all the counseling? Why? Because Moses was so busy counseling He wasn’t looking for counselors to help him. God was sure not going to let that happen again in the building of the temple. Moses was too important to burnout on this task.

      What could God use you to do if you would hand over some of the things you do right now? Before you go daydreaming and starting those new projects, find the Bezaleel and Aholiab God has sent your way. Bless them with a task for the Lord. Allow them to mess up. They may surprise you in what God can do through them.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

       I am preaching to the mirror in this devotion. Giving up things you have done for some time is hard. The first step is giving it to God. Make sure you know it’s His first. Then ask Him, who should be doing it.

What are you going to pray about
blessing someone with this next month?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

February 6, 2019 – In Our Meditation

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In Our Meditation

February 6
Daily Reading – Exodus 29-30 / Matthew 24:1-26

GOD SAID:

Exodus 30:7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

     To most people who know me, they know that I am an early riser. Well, early according to most people that is. Somewhere between 4 and 5:30 a.m. is my normal time to get up, make a pot of coffee, and then spend time in prayer, reading, God’s word, and writing about what I have read. That is where these Daily devotions come from. I choose to do so because there are very few interruptions at that time of day. The robo-nuisance callers have not begun their pestering calls yet. Most people are still sleeping, or taking a shower getting ready for work or school. This is a great time to be alone with God, pray, and meditate on His Word.

      While reading Exodus we find that this morning schedule was part of God’s desire for the priests of that day as well. Incense was to resemble the sweet smell of prayers offered to the Lord. David the Psalmist prayed; Psalm 141:2 “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” I know some of you may be thinking, “well that’s good for you preacher, but I am not a priest.” However in 1 Peter 2:5 it says; “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Spend a little quiet time with God each day. It’ll do you well, and may cause a sweet aroma in Heaven.

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

       In your quiet time of meditation this week, try saying this verse back to God. Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

What is your daily time of meditation like?


Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

February 5, 2019 – In Our Ministry

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In Our Ministry

February 5
Daily Reading –
Exodus 27-28  /  Matthew 23:23-39

 

GOD SAID:

Exodus 28:34-35 a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.

 

GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:

       “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…?” If you have ever been around a horse drawn sleigh or wagon, and the harness of the horse were fitted with bells, there’s a constant jingle-jangle all the while they’re in earshot. Even standing still, or somewhat still, with every move there’s a sound from those bells. Then, as they begin to trot off, a jingling rhythm is created for the listeners to hear. You always know when they’re around. The Jingle-Jangle gives them away.

       The robes crafted for the High Priest to wear into the Holy of Holies were also made with bells on the hem. They may have looked decorative, but they also had a function. Exodus 28:35 tells us of the function. It says; “And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before the LORD, and when he cometh out, that he die not.” You see only the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies. Before they went in, they were to go through a purification ritual. Sacrifice was made for their own sin. During this ritual the priest would tie a rope to the ankle of the High Priest before they went in the presence of God. They would stand outside to listen for the Jingle of the bells on the robe. Since no priest was allowed in the Holy of Holies, if it stopped for a considerable time, they would pull him out with the rope. The idea of sin in the presence of God would not be allowed. Our life in Ministry matters.

 

GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:

     God sent His Son Jesus to pay the price for our sinfulness. It’s the blood of Jesus that blocks our sin from the sight of God. However, God still says, be ye Holy. Why? Well that’s simple, because He is holy and still hates sin.

 

 In your life of ministry, would your bells still ring?

     
Living In His Word Ministries
    “Getting people into the Word of God…
                               … and the Word of God into people.”

Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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