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THANKSGIVING - FOR WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR US!

When the Lord (or his angel) brought Ezekiel into the priests’ holy chambers (Ezekiel 46:19) and showed him the place where the priests boiled the guilt and sin offerings and baked the grain offerings, the Lord told Ezekiel that the reason these offerings were prepared in these chambers was so that the priests would not bring these offerings into the outer court and thereby “transmit holiness to the people” (Ezekiel 46:20). Why would it be wrong for the people to have holiness transmitted to them?  After all, The Mosaic Law instructed the people “You shall be holy for I am holy.” (Lev 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7)

There is a correct time and place for everything the Lord instructs. Under the Law, the priests were not to transmit the holiness surrounding the sacrifice to those who were not priests.  Thus, the people would understand that God had specifically designated the priests to be their intercessors and spiritual leaders when it came to dealing with sin.

Enter Jesus and His sufficient grace! The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that unlike the priests who died, Jesus continues forever and holds His priesthood permanently; and that He does not need to offer daily sacrifices for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself (Heb 7:23-27).  What’s more, the Apostle Peter tells us that we are God’s holy priests who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please God because of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).

Let us praise the Lord for what He has done for us! He is our great High Priest and we are part of the Royal Priesthood!  We are victorious over sin because He took away our sin!  He alone gives us eternal life because He is our life!

Thank You Lord Jesus!

 

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WHO/WHAT WILL YOU RELY ON?

Proverbs 28:25-26 NIV

25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.

26 Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

On whom do you rely? Proverbs often offer words of wisdom. 

Proverbs 28:25 points out that greed will not let matters go easily. Rather, it causes or increases strife.  Greed will cause us to chase for more at all costs.  Those costs could come in the form of lost friends, family, business or even a spouse.  A greedy person feels that they need more stuff, to do more cool things in order to have fulfilled life.  They, selfishly seek this in spite of conflict that they create.  The second half of the proverb instructs the reader to put their trust in a better path and assures that prosperity will result.  Trust goes farther than faith.  It is complete confidence in the Lord.  It is when we rest in the Lord knowing that all is well. 

The second verse leads us in the same direction, to rely on the living God. We are fools if we rely on our own strength and sufficiency, our own merit and righteousness or the good opinion of our natural and acquired ability.  Man’s heart is not something to be trusted it can be deceitful.  Our sinful nature causes us to consider doing things that are not in our own long-term best interest. If we neglect or slight the advice of others and the counsel of God, we can expect that God’s inspirations will not reach us.  Rely on his wisdom to help us in our life and as we lead lives that depend upon us.  If we walk that way, we will be rescued from the danger and mischiefs that affect the foolish. 

So, will you rely on yourself and/or greed to be safe and prosper?

I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God, and I trust you.” Psalm 91:2

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