Do you remember the posting about priorities? When you look at your schedule for the day and how you are spending your time and how you are living your life what does it say? What do those perspective say? Where does Jesus fit into your priorities? Are you trying to squeeze Him in? Do you insert Him into the start of your day? Do you insert Him into the close of your day? Do you try to squeeze Him into your day? Do you work your daily schedule around Him and what He wants and needs you to do?
Remember how God created you on purpose, for a purpose, with a purpose? Remember how God has a plan for you and it is to give you a hope and a future? Remember how God’s ways aren’t our ways but are better than our ways and are higher than our ways? Remember how we aren’t to lean on our own understanding but in all our ways we are to trust in Him and lean on Him? So in all of this we need to be living our lives around Him and His ways!
So don’t try to squeeze God in! So don’t try to use God! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight! Jesus loves us so much, more than we can imagine! Let’s choose to live life God’s way! Let’s lean on and trust in Jesus who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine! Let’s do it His way!
So let’s devote our lives over to Jesus! Let’s choose to live our lives reflecting Jesus to the world around us! Let’s allow ourselves to live whole lives by allowing Jesus’ holiness to fill that hole in our hearts, that missing piece and enable us to become whole in Him!
How to Grow in Wholeness! Day 58: Bible In One Year 2017
1. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness … Psalm 27:1-6
1The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? 2When the wicked advance against me to devour me,it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3Though an army besiege me,my heart will not fear;though war break out against me,even then I will be confident. 4One thing I ask from the Lord,this only do I seek:that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me;at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;I will sing and make music to the Lord. –from Psalm 27
We don’t have to be afraid! We can take hold of the saying “fear not”! We just need to be like David who has reasons why he could be afraid, but chose to trust in God! Rather than putting our focus on the source of the fears, let’s put our focus on God! Rather than putting our focus on how big the enemy or the storm is, let’s put our focus on how big our God is! But putting God first and making our lives about being living sacrifices to God and allowing our lives to be worship unto Him, everything we think, we say, we do revolves around worshipping Jesus our Lord and our Savior!
So let’s go above all the distractions, fears, and temptations by focusing on Jesus and worshipping Him in all that we do in our lives! Let’s live our lives around Jesus and His purposes and His priorities rather than the other way around and trying to squeeze Him into our busy day!
2. Serve the Lord in a life of holiness … Mark 9:33-10:12
33They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” 38“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” 39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us. 41Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. 42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 44where “ ‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 46where “ ‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48where “ ‘the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” –from Mark 9
1Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them. 2Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” –from Mark 10
Are you trying to live your life around God’s ways? Or are you trying to insert God’s ways into your life? Are you trying to sprinkle in a bit of God to the way you are living? Are you trying to sprinkle in a bit of God’s ways into your way? Are you trying to make your life align to God’s ways? Are you trying to sprinkle your life into God’s plans and purposes and ways?
Are you trying to bring unity to the body of Christ? Are you trying to draw people closer together? Are you leading with humility? Are you leading out of love? Are you leading out of tolerance? Are you leading with discipline? Are you trying to remove the plank in your own eye before you try to help out someone else who has a speck? Are you living a life that will bring peace? Are you a peacemaker? Are you living a life that will demonstrate faithfulness? Are you using your marriage to demonstrate the longevity possible of being faithful? All of this is important, especially when we consider it within the body of Christ! the church! the body of believers walking in this world!
So do you want to be great? Then be humble, loving, and tolerant! So do you want to be first? Then be last and serve others! Look inward to become whole so that you can then be a servant to others showing them the love of God and reflecting Jesus into their lives!
3. Be holy as the Lord is holy … Leviticus 1:1-3:17
The Burnt Offering
1The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said, 2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.
3“ ‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord. 4You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you. 5You are to slaughter the young bull before the Lord, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 6You are to skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces. 7The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar. 9You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
10“ ‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, you are to offer a male without defect. 11You are to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar. 12You are to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar. 13You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to bring all of them and burn them on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
14“ ‘If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you are to offer a dove or a young pigeon. 15The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16He is to remove the crop and the feathers and throw them down east of the altar where the ashes are. 17He shall tear it open by the wings, not dividing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is burning on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. –from Leviticus 1
The Grain Offering
1“ ‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 3The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord.
4“ ‘If you bring a grain offering baked in an oven, it is to consist of the finest flour: either thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in or thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with olive oil. 5If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. 6Crumble it and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7If your grain offering is cooked in a pan, it is to be made of the finest flour and some olive oil. 8Bring the grain offering made of these things to the Lord; present it to the priest, who shall take it to the altar. 9He shall take out the memorial portion from the grain offering and burn it on the altar as a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 10The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord.
11“ ‘Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in a food offering presented to the Lord. 12You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of the firstfruits, but they are not to be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma. 13Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.
14“ ‘If you bring a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, offer crushed heads of new grain roasted in the fire. 15Put oil and incense on it; it is a grain offering. 16The priest shall burn the memorial portion of the crushed grain and the oil, together with all the incense, as a food offering presented to the Lord. –from Leviticus 2
The Fellowship Offering
1“ ‘If your offering is a fellowship offering, and you offer an animal from the herd, whether male or female, you are to present before the Lord an animal without defect. 2You are to lay your hand on the head of your offering and slaughter it at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall splash the blood against the sides of the altar. 3From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them, 4both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys. 5Then Aaron’s sons are to burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering that is lying on the burning wood; it is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
6“ ‘If you offer an animal from the flock as a fellowship offering to the Lord, you are to offer a male or female without defect. 7If you offer a lamb, you are to present it before the Lord, 8lay your hand on its head and slaughter it in front of the tent of meeting. Then Aaron’s sons shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar. 9From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: its fat, the entire fat tail cut off close to the backbone, the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them, 10both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys. 11The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering presented to the Lord.
12“ ‘If your offering is a goat, you are to present it before the Lord, 13lay your hand on its head and slaughter it in front of the tent of meeting. Then Aaron’s sons shall splash its blood against the sides of the altar. 14From what you offer you are to present this food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them, 15both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys. 16The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.
17“ ‘This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.’ ” –from Leviticus 3
Do you see what is going on around you? Do you see the difference between God’s way and how the world is being lived around you? Do you see that even in such a situation you can still live differently and allow Jesus to be the center and your life can revolve around it rather than just sprinkling in Jesus on top of life? Do you see how the world’s rules aren’t aligned to God’s ways? Do you realize there is a way when there doesn’t seem to be a way? Do you realize nothing is impossible when you have God in the situation? Impossible is not a word, it’s just an excuse not to try!
Take time to do what is good, what is right, what is just! Jesus paid it all and so we owe our lives to Him! So let’s live out our lives in that way so that in and through them all, God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name! Amen. Let’s live out today as living sacrifices to God putting Him first and sharing the love of Jesus with the world around us, not as an extra but by putting that first and allowing the rest of the world to revolve around Jesus!