It could be through what you eat. It could be through what you watch. It could be through what you hear. It could be through what you do. It could be through who you hangout with. It could be through the activities you participate in. It could be through what you read. How are you filling up your mind, your body, and your soul? What are you letting into your life? Is it beneficial? What comes out of our mouth is the overflow of our hearts! So let’s consider closely what we let in!
12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
–from 1 Corinthians 6
29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
–from Ephesians 4
7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
–from 1 Timothy 4
23″I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. 24No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
–from 1 Corinthians 10
So let’s be living a life that will glorify God! Let’s not be allowing ourselves to be filled up with things that are bad, short lives, and selfish! Let’s be focused on taking in things that will strengthen, encourage, build up, and prepare us for what is yet to come.
What will you allow into your life today?
Today’s reading starts in Leviticus speaking of direction from God to the Jewish people about what is good to eat…imagine if we followed these rules as part of our diets today…
Kashrut for Holiness
1Adonai spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, 2“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. 3Whatever has a split, divided hoof and chews cud among the animals—that you may eat. 4“Nevertheless, you should not eat of those that only chew cud, or have a split hoof. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof, is unclean to you. 5The coney, though it chews the cud yet does not have a divided hoof, so it is unclean to you. 6The hare, though it chews the cud, does not split the hoof, so it is unclean to you. 7The pig, though it has a split, divided hoof, does not chew cud, so it is unclean to you. 8You are not to eat meat from them, nor are you to touch their carcasses. They are unclean to you. 9“From all that are in the waters, you may eat whatever has fins and scales, within the waters, in the seas and in the rivers. Those you may eat. 10But any that do not have fins and scales in the seas or the rivers, among those that swarm on the waters, or among any of the living creatures that are in the waters, they are loathsome to you. 11They are to be detestable to you. You should not eat meat from them and you should detest their carcasses. 12Whatever has neither fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing to you. 13“Among the birds you should detest the following—they are not to be eaten—they are loathsome: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15any kind of raven, 16the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat. 20“All flying insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you. 21Yet you may eat from all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to hop on the earth. 22You may eat from any kind of locust, any kind of katydid, any kind of cricket and any kind of grasshopper. 23But all winged creeping things that have four feet are loathsome to you. 24“Moreover, by these also you will become unclean: whoever touches their carcasses should be unclean until the evening. 25Whoever carries any part of their carcass is to wash his clothes, and will be unclean until the evening. 26“Every animal with a separating hoof but not split, or does not chew cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them will become unclean. 27So whatever moves on its paws, among all animals that go on all fours, is unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean until the evening. 28Whoever carries their carcasses, is to wash his clothes and will be unclean until the evening. They are unclean to you. 29“Among the creeping things that creep on the earth, the following are unclean to you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, 30the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. 31Among all that creep these are the ones that are unclean to you. Whoever touches them when they are dead, will be unclean until the evening. 32Whatever falls on them when they are dead will become unclean, whether it is any vessel of wood, or clothing, or skin, or sackcloth. Whatever vessel it is, with which any work is done, it must be put into water, and it will be unclean until the evening, then it will be clean. 33“Now if any of them falls into a clay pot, everything that is in it will become unclean, and you are to break it. 34Any food that may be eaten but has water on it from such a pot will become unclean. Also any drink that may be drunk in any such pot will become unclean. 35Everything on which part of their carcass falls will become unclean. An oven or stove for pots is to be broken in pieces. They are unclean and will be unclean to you. 36Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern for collecting water will be clean, though anyone who touches their carcass will become unclean. 37If part of a carcass falls on any seed for sowing that has yet to be sown, it is clean. 38But if water is put on the seed, and part of a carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you. 39“If any animal that you may eat dies, the one who touches its carcass will become unclean until the evening. 40He who eats of its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. Also, the one who carries its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. 41“Every creeping thing that crawls on the earth is detestable—it shall not be eaten. 42Whatever moves on its belly or crawls on all fours or has many feet among all the creeping things that crawl on the earth, these you are not to eat, for they are detestable. 43You are not to contaminate yourselves with any creeping thing that crawls nor make yourselves unclean with them or defiled by them. 44“For I am Adonai your God. Therefore, sanctify yourselves, and be holy, for I am holy. You are not to defile yourselves with any kind of creeping thing that moves on the earth. 45For I am Adonai who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. Therefore, you should be holy, for I am holy. 46“This is the Torah of the animal, the bird, every living creature that moves in the waters, and every creature that creeps on the earth, 47to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.”
–from Leviticus 11
Are you setting up for a legacy? Are you preparing for what is yet to come?
Niddah Rest for New Mothers1Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 2“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, instructing: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she will be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her niddah she will be unclean. 3In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin is to be circumcised. 4She must wait during the blood of purification for 33 days. She is not to touch any holy thing, nor come into the Sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 5But if she bears a female child, then she will be unclean for two weeks, as in her niddah , and she is to wait in the blood of purification for 66 days. 6“When the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she is to bring to the kohen, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove, for a sin offering. 7He is to present it before Adonai and make atonement for her. Then she will be cleansed from the discharge of her blood. This is the Torah for her who gives birth, whether to a male or a female child. 8If she cannot afford a lamb, then she is to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. Then the kohen will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.”–from Leviticus 12
Do what is right! Do what is good! Love! Live with and bring joy! Live in and create peace! Be and develop patience! Walk and live with kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control! Against such things there is no law. Live in alignment with God’s call on your life! Your time is now which is why you are here on this earth! So take a hold of God’s Word, God’s promises, and God’s truth and then walk it out in spirit and in truth!
Anticipating Hostility at Sukkot1After these events, Yeshua was walking about in the Galilee. He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Judean leaders wanted to kill Him.
2Now the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near.
3Therefore His brothers said to Him, “Leave here and go to Judea, so Your disciples also may see the works You are doing.
4No one who wants to be well known does everything in secret. If You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world!”
5For not even His brothers were trusting in Him.
6Therefore Yeshua said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always at hand.
7The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify that its works are evil.
8You go on up to the Feast. I’m not going to this feast, because My time hasn’t yet fully come.”
9After saying these things, He stayed in the Galilee.
10But after His brothers went to the Feast, He also went, not openly but secretly.
11Then the Judean leaders were searching for Him at the Feast and kept asking, “Where is that fellow?”
12There was a lot of murmuring about Him in the crowds. Some were saying, “He is good.” But others were saying, “Not so! He leads the people astray.”
13Yet no one spoke openly about Him for fear of the Judean leaders.
Teaching at the Temple14About halfway through the Feast, Yeshua went up to the Temple and began teaching.
15Then the Judean leaders were amazed, saying, “How does this man know so much, having never been taught?”
16Yeshua answered, “My teaching is not from Me, but from Him who sent Me.
17If anyone wants to do His will, he will know whether My teaching comes from God or it is Myself speaking.
18Whoever speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
19Hasn’t Moses given you the Torah? Yet none of you keeps it. Why are you trying to kill Me?”
20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who’s trying to kill you?”
21Yeshua answered, “I did one good work, and all of you are amazed.
22Because Moses has given you circumcision (though it is not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a man on Shabbat.
23If a man receives circumcision on Shabbat so that the Torah of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry that I healed a man’s whole body on Shabbat?
24Do not judge by appearance, but judge righteously.”
25Then some of the people from Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the person they’re trying to kill?
26Look, He speaks openly and they’re saying nothing to Him. Can it be that the leaders know He is the Messiah?
27But we know where this person is from. But the Messiah, whenever He may come, no one knows where He is from.”
28Then, while teaching in the Temple courts, Yeshua cried out, “You know both who I am and where I am from! I have not come on My own, but the One who sent Me is true. You do not know Him,
29but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent Me.”
30Then they were trying to seize Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.
31Yet many from the crowd believed in Him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, He won’t perform more signs than this person has, will He?”
32The Pharisees heard people in the crowd murmuring these things about Him, and the ruling kohanim and Pharisees sent guards to arrest Him.
33Yeshua said, “I am with you only a little while longer, and then I am going to the One who sent Me.
34You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come.”
35The Judean leaders then said among themselves, “Where is this person about to go that we shall not find Him? He’s not going to the Diaspora to teach the Greeks, is He?
36What did He mean by saying, ‘You will look for Me but will not find Me. Where I am, you cannot come’?”
Satisfying Spiritual Thirst37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
39Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified.
40When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.”
41Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He?
42Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?”
43So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua.
44Some wanted to capture Him, but no one laid hands on Him.
Religious Adversaries45Then the guards returned to the ruling kohanim and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring Him?”
46“Never has anyone spoken like this man,” the guards answered.
47The Pharisees responded, “You haven’t been led astray also, have you?
48Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him?
49No, but this mob that doesn’t know the Torah—they are cursed!”
50Nicodemus, the one who had come to Yeshua before and was one of them, said to them,
51“Our Torah doesn’t judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he’s doing, does it?”
52They answered him, “You aren’t from the Galilee too, are you? Search, and see that no prophet comes out of the Galilee!”
53Then everyone went to his own house.–from John 7