When I consider my life there are many times when I didn’t think I needed help or to be rescued. When I consider my life there are many times when I was younger I thought I was ok and would make it. When I consider the idea of needing to be rescued other than the one time I got lost in the woods at camp I can’t think of another time I would actually think I needed it. That was until the truth was revealed to me.
The number of footholds had I given the devil into my life. How many hooks did he have in me because the life I had lived? The draw towards God was happening, but I always ended up being too busy for God. The draw got me to go thru the confirmation process. The draw got me to be married in the church. The draw that finally opened my eyes and helped me to realize what was true came in my 30s when I got an invite to a church for a Christmas production and I have never been the same! I was rescued when I didn’t realized I needed it. I was saved by grace thru faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
That year was incredible for my wife and I. We were saved! We were baptized! We became members! We were baptized in the Holy Spirit during a spiritual emphasis week! We went thru Cleansing Stream! We went to its retreat where even more breakthroughs took place in my life! Rescued from things I know had been holding me back and probably things I was totally unaware of! Rescued from my sins. Rescued from soul ties. Rescued from generational ties. Rescued from rejection! Rescued from abuse! Rescued from guilt, shame, and condemnation! Rescued from fear! Rescued into purity! Rescued from death! Rescued from anger! The retreat called out things some may not have been applicable but since we don’t know all of our history throughout the generations it was recommended to go forward so that all the holds the devil could potentially have would be broken off.
It was the beginning and with God walking with me through each day now, I know that He is rescuing me daily! I know that through Jesus I have been saved from eternal separation from God! I know that even when I miss it or avoid it, God loves me too much to leave me there. So my hope and trust each day from from Him! And I pray that each day I can bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name.!
I am born again! I am a believer! I am a new creation, the old was gone and the new had come! I am saved by the grace of God through my faith in Jesus Christ! I am a new man! The joy of the Lord is my strength! God has done so much in and thru me! I have learned that we can’t outgive God! I have experience more than I could ask or imagine! His ways are so much better than anything I could have asked or imaged!
2000 started the journey…2001 a spiritual rocket pack was put onto my back … 2005 God called me to start blogging and it began in the book of Revelation and hence we have From 2005 to Eternity! Because each day God speaks to me through His Word right where I am at and I am able to share it with the world through my experiences, God’s Word, sometimes devotionals and other times what God is or has done in and through my life!
God Has Rescued Me — Day 66: Bible In One Year 2017
Devotional, Psalm 31:1-8, Mark 13:32-37, Mark 14:1-16, Leviticus 15, Leviticus 16
Today’s devotional shared a story of a man who was rescued from a boating incident. Since the devotional speaks to it figured I would share it here too:
Tony Bullimore, aged fifty-six, was one of Britain’s most experienced transatlantic yachtsmen. He was feared dead after his sixty-foot yacht, Exide Challenger, capsized amid the icy vastness of the Southern Ocean, two months into the Vendée Globe round-the-world race.
The keel came off in fifty-foot waves. The boat went over. In his book, Saved, Tony Bullimore described it as being like the Niagara Falls upside down. For four days he was entombed in a dark, noisy, wet and cold upside-down world with fifty-foot swells and a temperature hovering around freezing.
He suffered the discomfort of seasickness and drawing breath from a few feet of air between the water level and what was once the bottom of the boat. He was more than a thousand miles from the nearest land. As the air supply diminished he prayed that he would be rescued.
It was the Royal Australian Navy and Air Force that came to the rescue. With modern satellite and surveillance the Australian government had pinpointed the progress of all the yachts and sent out a rescue team.
After four days Tony heard banging on the side of his yacht. He said afterwards, ‘I can never thank the Australian Navy enough, the captain and all his personnel, for what they have done because they have genuinely saved my life, there is no question.’ The first words when he emerged were, ‘Thank God, it is a miracle.’ He said, ‘I felt like I had been born all over again. I felt like a new man. I felt I had been brought to life again.’
As one journalist put it at the time, ‘A rescue that succeeds against all odds and every expectation is the best of all stories. It is pure and spontaneous joy.’ Supremely Jesus ‘gave himself for our sins to rescue us’ (Galatians 1:4a).
As I look back on my life I can see many occasions when God has rescued me. As you face difficult situations you can trust that God will rescue you.
–from Day 66: Bible In One Year 2017
1. Trust God to rescue you … Psalm 31:1-8
1In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
2Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
3Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
5Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
6I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord.
7I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
8You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.
–from Psalm 31
Trust in God! Call upon the Lord and be saved! Call upon the Lord to lead you and guide you, to keep you from the snares of the devil, to keep you from the temptations to go it alone and walk away, to keep you from shame and deliver you into righteousness!
It is sometimes very hard to keep trusting in God, especially if things seem to go wrong in your life – with your relationships, work, finances, health or some other situation. David’s prayer here is an encouragement to cry out to God to rescue you and then to put your trust in God.
As Tony Bullimore prayed for rescue, so David prayed, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2a), ‘I trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord’ (v.6b, AMP).
David said, ‘Into your hands I commit my spirit’ (v.5). Just before he died, Jesus echoed these words. He called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’ (Luke 23:46). These are the ultimate words of trust.
In this psalm we see the results of God’s love for you shown supremely through the death of Jesus. The Lord is:
The psalm starts with the words, ‘In you, Lord, I have taken refuge’ (Psalm 31:1a). Later he says, ‘Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge’ (v.4). There are many trials, tests, traps and temptations in this life. In all this, the Lord is your refuge.
David writes, Lord ‘be my rock’ (v.2b) and ‘since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me’ (v.3). You can know God’s guiding and leading, by his Spirit. He is your security on which you can depend.
He prays, ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue’ (v.2a). He goes on to describe how God saw the ‘affliction and… anguish of [his] soul’ (v.7b). Yet God did not hand him over to the enemy (v.8a). He rescued him and has ‘set [his] feet in a spacious place’ (v.8b). In Jesus you receive the ultimate rescue. He will set your feet in a spacious place.
–from Day 66: Bible In One Year 2017
2. Love your rescuer passionately … Mark 13:32-14:16
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ” –from Mark 131Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.6 “Leave her alone,”said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.7The poor you will always have with you,7and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me.8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.9Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Last Supper12On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”13So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.14Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”16The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. –from Mark 14
Let’s be Jesus’ arms extended! Let’s share the Good News of Jesus! Let’s help others come to the realization of salvation! Let’s not keep them from the joy of the Lord but help them enter in! Let’s keep the main thing the main thing! Let’s be putting first things first! Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things will be taken care of! We will have divine appointments today! We will have opportunity to speak truth, hope, and life so let your light shine! Allow the world to see your good deeds and praise your heavenly Father!
Love for Jesus is even more important than love for the poor. Indeed it is our very love for Jesus that overflows into love for others, especially the poor.
Love like this lies behind the anointing of Jesus’ body. This woman acted out of gratitude and love for Jesus. In light of this, her extravagance with very expensive perfume (probably a year’s wages) was not a ‘waste’ (14:4). Of course, Jesus was not unmindful of the needs of the poor. However, he said the money she spent was not wasted: ‘She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial’ (v.8).
That act would be remembered for all time (v.9). In Jesus’ eyes, nothing you do out of love for him is ever wasted (vv.7–8) or ever forgotten by him (v.9). Rather, he sees everything you do out of love for him as ‘a beautiful thing’ (v.6).
Jesus’ reference to his burial draws attention to the fact that the events of Jesus’ life are coming to a climax. As they do, it is clear that the Passover was the setting that Jesus chose for the final events of his life.
Five times, in this passage alone, the Passover is mentioned (vv.1,12,14,16). Jesus clearly understood his death in terms of the Passover lamb that was to be sacrificed (v.12). It was the blood of the Passover lamb that rescued God’s people from judgment and death. ‘For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed’ (1 Corinthians 5:7b).
We see here further evidence that Jesus thought of himself as the unique Son of God. As he speaks about his coming again he says, ‘About that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father’ (Mark 13:32).
What gratitude Tony Bullimore felt for those who rescued him! He said that he could never thank them enough. How much more gratitude and love should we have for the one who has given his life to rescue us from eternal death.
–from Day 66: Bible In One Year 2017
3. Marvel at God’s amazing rescue plan … Leviticus 15:1-16:34
Discharges Causing Uncleanness
1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any man has an unusual bodily discharge, such a discharge is unclean. 3Whether it continues flowing from his body or is blocked, it will make him unclean. This is how his discharge will bring about uncleanness:
4“ ‘Any bed the man with a discharge lies on will be unclean, and anything he sits on will be unclean. 5Anyone who touches his bed must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 6Whoever sits on anything that the man with a discharge sat on must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
7“ ‘Whoever touches the man who has a discharge must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
8“ ‘If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
9“ ‘Everything the man sits on when riding will be unclean, 10and whoever touches any of the things that were under him will be unclean till evening; whoever picks up those things must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
11“ ‘Anyone the man with a discharge touches without rinsing his hands with water must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
12“ ‘A clay pot that the man touches must be broken, and any wooden article is to be rinsed with water.
13“ ‘When a man is cleansed from his discharge, he is to count off seven days for his ceremonial cleansing; he must wash his clothes and bathe himself with fresh water, and he will be clean. 14On the eighth day he must take two doves or two young pigeons and come before the Lord to the entrance to the tent of meeting and give them to the priest. 15The priest is to sacrifice them, the one for a sin offering 15and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement before the Lord for the man because of his discharge.
16“ ‘When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening. 17Any clothing or leather that has semen on it must be washed with water, and it will be unclean till evening. 18When a man has sexual relations with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both of them must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
19“ ‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.
20“ ‘Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 23Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.
24“ ‘If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.
25“ ‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
28“ ‘When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the Lord for the uncleanness of her discharge.
31“ ‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.’ ”
32These are the regulations for a man with a discharge, for anyone made unclean by an emission of semen, 33for a woman in her monthly period, for a man or a woman with a discharge, and for a man who has sexual relations with a woman who is ceremonially unclean. –from Leviticus 15
The Day of Atonement
1The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the Lord. 2The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.
3“This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on. 5From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.
6“Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household. 7Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 8He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat. 9Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 10But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.
11“Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. 12He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. 13He is to put the incense on the fire before the Lord, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die. 14He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.
15“He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it. 16In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the tent of meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17No one is to be in the tent of meeting from the time Aaron goes in to make atonement in the Most Holy Place until he comes out, having made atonement for himself, his household and the whole community of Israel.
18“Then he shall come out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement for it. He shall take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood and put it on all the horns of the altar. 19He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites.
20“When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.
23“Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there. 24He shall bathe himself with water in the sanctuary area and put on his regular garments. Then he shall come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself and the burnt offering for the people, to make atonement for himself and for the people. 25He shall also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar.
26“The man who releases the goat as a scapegoat must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp. 27The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, must be taken outside the camp; their hides, flesh and intestines are to be burned up. 28The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp.
29“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.
34“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”
And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.–from Leviticus 16
Because of his great love for you, God meticulously planned your rescue. The rescue plan for Tony Bullimore took days of planning and preparation. Of course, God’s great rescue plan for humanity took far more planning, preparation and prefiguring.
The regulations about ‘uncleanness’ seem very strange to our modern ears. This is because they no longer apply to us. They were fulfilled and superseded by Jesus.
The Day of Atonement (chapter 16) lays the background to the death of Jesus. St Paul writes, ‘God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement’ (Romans 3:25). The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus ‘had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people’ (Hebrews 2:17).
The fact that the high priest’s own access had to be won by sacrifice was proof enough of the priesthood’s inadequacy (Hebrews 5:3; 7:27; 9:7; 9:11–15).
In the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement we see an astonishing foreshadowing of the cross: ‘He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness… the goat will carry on itself all their sins’ (Leviticus 16:21–22a). This is the origin of the English word ‘scapegoat’ (‘the goat of removal’, v.8).
This prefigures your sin and my sin being ‘laid’ on Jesus (see Isaiah 53:4–6). The apostle Peter writes of Jesus, ‘“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross’ (1 Peter 2:24a). He is the one who sends our sins away ‘as far as the east is from the west’ (Psalm 103:12). When John the Baptist saw Jesus he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29).
As a result, an amazing change has taken place in your relationship with God. Through Jesus, you can now enter into the Holy of Holies everyday (Hebrews 10:19–20). You can come boldly to the throne of grace (4:16) and know that you will always be welcome.
–from Day 66: Bible In One Year 2017