Do you realize that God isn’t out there somewhere? Do you realize that God desires a personal relationship with you? Do you realize that God isn’t against you but rather He is for you? Do you realize that God loves you? Do you realize that you are not alone?
We each have a choice of who we will serve. We each have a choice about if we will receive Jesus. We each have a choice about if we will answer the knocking on the door to our hearts and invite Jesus in. We are faced with choices daily but none so great as the decision to receive Jesus, to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, to follow after Him the rest of our days. Choose wisely as it will impact the rest of eternity! Why not start today to have a relationship, to build your relationship, to strengthen your relationship with Jesus?
Day 50: Bible In One Year 2017 Devotional, Psalm 23, Mark 4:30-41, Mark 5:1-20, Exodus 25, Exodus 26
A psalm of David.
1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. –from Psalm 23
We don’t have to worry about what we have because we know that He will provide! Worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything! So be anxious for nothing but through prayer and petition bring your needs before God! When we have Jesus as our shepherd, we have everything that we need! When we have Jesus as our shepherd, we are able to find peace and be refreshed! When we have Jesus as our shepherd, we are able to be led down the right path! Jesus wants you to walk with the reality of the plans He has for you – to give you a hope and a future! Jesus created you on purpose for a purpose with a purpose! So walk with Jesus down the right path without fear, trust in Him with all your heart, your mind, your soul, and your strength! Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight!
We don’t have to worry about what we have. Jesus has gone before us preparing in advance the good work He has for us to do! Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us! Stick with Jesus who has anointed you for good works! Stick with Jesus and be a good steward of all He has given you so that your cup overflows! We know that Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us, so let’s walk in the joy of knowing the hope and future that lie before us and let’s live out this life aligned with and walking with Jesus so that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory! Jesus will be coming back to bring us who have decided to walk out this life with Him home!
30Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” 33With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. 35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” — from Mark 4
1They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.2When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!” 9Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. 11A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. 14Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. –from Mark 5
Jesus is Lord of all! He is Lord over the wind and the waves! So let’s not lose faith but trust in the Lord with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength! He is Lord over everything! Why not share the hope that is in you with the world that is around you? Why not go and tell people of God’s great love and what He has done for you? Why not empower new believers to go and tell of what God has done for them? Jesus is Lord over things that try to destroy us! Jesus’ command has the power to free us and heal us! Some people are afraid of power and so we may find some people will have a problem receiving the message! In this world we will have troubles, but take hope Jesus has overcome the world! So let’s use the faith we have to accomplish God’s plan in our lives! It’s not how much we have but rather it is what we do with what we have! Remember the widow with the little bit of oil? Remember the little boy with the fish and loaves? With God and faith all things are possible! Impossible isn’t a word it’s an excuse not to try! With God all things are possible!
Jesus is Lord of all! He wants a personal relationship with you!
Offerings for the Tabernacle
1The Lord said to Moses, 2“Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
10“Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.11Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.
17“Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you. 22There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.
23“Make a table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. 24Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. 25Also make around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a gold molding on the rim. 26Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are. 27The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table. 28Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them. 29And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings. 30Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.
31“Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. 32Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. 33Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. 34And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms. 35One bud shall be under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all. 36The buds and branches shall all be of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.
37“Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it. 38Its wick trimmers and trays are to be of pure gold. 39A talent of pure gold is to be used for the lampstand and all these accessories. 40See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. –from Exodus 25
1“Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker. 2All the curtains are to be the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide. 3Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five. 4Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set. 5Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other. 6Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.
7“Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether. 8All eleven curtains are to be the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide. 9Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent. 10Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set. 11Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit. 12As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle. 13The tent curtains will be a cubit longer on both sides; what is left will hang over the sides of the tabernacle so as to cover it. 14Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of the other durable leather.
15“Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle. 16Each frame is to be ten cubits long and a cubit and a half wide, 17with two projections set parallel to each other. Make all the frames of the tabernacle in this way. 18Make twenty frames for the south side of the tabernacle 19and make forty silver bases to go under them—two bases for each frame, one under each projection. 20For the other side, the north side of the tabernacle, make twenty frames 21and forty silver bases—two under each frame. 22Make six frames for the far end, that is, the west end of the tabernacle, 23and make two frames for the corners at the far end. 24At these two corners they must be double from the bottom all the way to the top and fitted into a single ring; both shall be like that. 25So there will be eight frames and sixteen silver bases—two under each frame.
26“Also make crossbars of acacia wood: five for the frames on one side of the tabernacle, 27five for those on the other side, and five for the frames on the west, at the far end of the tabernacle. 28The center crossbar is to extend from end to end at the middle of the frames. 29Overlay the frames with gold and make gold rings to hold the crossbars. Also overlay the crossbars with gold.
30“Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.
31“Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 32Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. 33Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. 34Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place. 35Place the table outside the curtain on the north side of the tabernacle and put the lampstand opposite it on the south side.
36“For the entrance to the tent make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. 37Make gold hooks for this curtain and five posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold. And cast five bronze bases for them.
–from Exodus 26
Jesus doesn’t want you out there wandering lost in this world! Jesus doesn’t want you to be heading in the wrong direction! Jesus came to seek and save the lost! We see how even in the building of the tabernacle God gives specific instruction for His people so that they would create them in the pattern of what is yet to come! God shows us how it is important to be generous by showing His generosity to us! The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! Yet He has given to us! So why not be generous so that He will be glorified in the world around you! God loves a generous giver! Don’t give out of compulsion or pressure but rather give out of the overflow of your heart! God loves a cheerful giver! Jesus is our example! God never forces us to do something because He wants us to choose to do what is good, what is right, what is just! Needing direction? Where have you turned? God is able to give you very precise instruction if you are willing to hear it and follow it! Look at the instructions of the tabernacle!
The tabernacle is a foreshadowing or a copy of what we will find in heaven! God’s able to give us the specific details we need to accomplish His plans and purpose! When we consider how the tabernacle was used and its purpose we foresee what Jesus was to become! Consider the Holy and Most Holy place which were foreshadowing the saving power of Jesus who would once for all as the high priest who has already gone thru the ultimate holy of holies to provide a way once for all salvation! Jesus didn’t need the sacrifices which were continually required, He shed His own blood once for all, the ultimate sacrifice that we can be saved!