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October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: PRACTICES FOR WILDERNESS WANDERINGS


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest. The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp. --Numbers 10:33-34 NIV

 

Thought for Today

There are moments in life when each of us experiences a time of wilderness wandering. These are times when we thought we knew where we were going in life, but things take a turn, our plans are derailed, and we seem to have stopped making progress in our lives. These are frustrating and frightening times. This week we will consider what we can do in the times of wilderness wandering. How we can get back on track to God’s Promised Land for us. As I read through Chapter 6 in The Story, the first thing that jumps out at me is the fact that God, as angry as He is at His people, does not abandon them to the wilderness. God goes with them. His presence is seen in the cloud that hovers over the Tabernacle or the Ark of the Covenant. When you find yourself in one of your wilderness wanderings it is easy to feel like God has abandoned you. We feel lost and lonely. However, God has promised NEVER to leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Even in the wilderness of life God goes with you. In fact, God guides His people through the wilderness. They move when His cloud moves and stop when He stops. God will do the same for you. Look to Him in the wilderness. He will guide you back to the land of His blessing.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know the times when I have struggled and felt alone. Help me to look to You when those times come, that I can be confident of Your presence even in my wilderness. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"Give me the Love that leads the way

The Faith that nothing can dismay

The Hope no disappointments tire

The Passion that'll burn like fire

Let me not sink to be a clod

Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God” --Amy Carmichael

 

Quote of the Day

"Nature is the art of God." --Dante Alighieri

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October 12, 2017, 7:39 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE, PART 4


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

"These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.... Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you." --Deuteronomy 6:1-3 NIV

 

Thought for Today

The third thing God said needed to happen for Him to be able to dwell among His people was that they needed guidelines on how to treat each other. This might seem strange, until you remember that they had been slaves for 423 years! There were no expectations about how to treat God. The rules for how to treat each other were dictated by the Egyptians and designed to get maximum productivity out of them, not peace. So God gives them the Law. In doing so, He paints a picture of what life looked like in the Garden of Eden. It is also a picture of what life will be like when He creates the new heaven and new earth. He tells them that this is the blessed life. Make sure you hear me correctly. I did not say the life that receives blessing. God does not send extra blessings on people who are obedient to the Law. Rather, the life that follows these prescriptions is blessed already. Those who live by these tenants will have peace and the favor of others. Good things will come because that is the result of doing things the right way. The 10 Commandments and the Law are a picture of the way life is supposed to be lived. Jesus died for all the missteps we will make as we strive to live like God’s kingdom people. What can you do today that will help you better come in line with the life God declares is blessed?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me a picture of what life is supposed to be like and an understanding of the blessed life. Help me to more intentionally live into your vision for how I should live. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

"These commandments were meant and should be taken as interpretations of a new reality, not as orders directed against the old reality. They are descriptions and not laws." --Paul Tillich,

 

Quote of the Day

"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress." --Ronald Reagan

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October 11, 2017, 11:03 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE, PART 3


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

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. 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 in the care of someone appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness. --Leviticus 16:20-22 NIV

 

Thought for Today

The second thing God said would need to happen for Him to come back and dwell with us is that sin must be dealt with. Therefore, God prescribes the Day of Atonement. Every year on that day two goats would be chosen to deal with the sins of the people. The first goat shed its blood to cleanse the holy things in God’s tabernacle. The cleansing with blood for sin was an important part of the picture of what was to come. The second goat, called the scapegoat, was brought out in the middle of the people. The high priest would place his hands on the head of this goat and confess all the sins of the people over it. The sins would pour off of the people and onto the goat. Then the scapegoat was led into the wilderness, carrying the sins of the people, and was left in a place where it could not find its way back. This would deal with sin enough for God to come into their midst. It was not the final reckoning, however. It pointed forward to the day when Jesus would fulfill the role of both goats. He would gather the sins of all humanity and carry them, along with a cross of wood, to a desolate place. There He would shed His blood to atone for sin. As Paul tells us in Romans 3:25, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished....” We have the privilege of looking back on the day when sin was finally dealt with so that there would be no hindrance to God’s desire to dwell with us.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great plan, laid out for me in the pages of the Bible. Lord Jesus, thank You for bringing the plan to fulfillment for my sake. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"God uses no magic wand to simply wave bad things into nonexistence. The sins that He remits, He remits by making them His own and suffering them. The pain and heartaches that He relieves, He relieves by suffering them Himself. These things can be shared and absorbed, but they cannot be simply wished or waved away. They must be suffered." --Stephen E. Robinson

 

Quote of the Day

"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." --Nelson Mandela

 

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