Day 30: Moving Forward and Trusting God

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You did it! It takes 30 days to form a new habit. During the past 30 days, you began the transformation of a new habit of seeking God, processing truth and finding ways to lie out God’s Word. You also practiced dying to self by choosing the right things-ways of doing life that are biblical but might be uncomfortable.

Our best fullest life becomes ours as we focus not on self but on Christ and his ways for us. It is amazing how making this change, even for a day can make a huge difference in attitude and action. But as you move forward, you can be certain of one thing: there is an enemy lurking about trying to rob you of your faith. You must purchase a security system and install it on your life! The security system is Joy. To install it, you must remove your previous system of fear, worry and doubt. Once you change service providers, your life will be safer, more peaceful and fuller. You have to make a decision to change. The offer is always open…but you have to choose the new provider.

When we do something repeatedly, it becomes a habit. When a habit is done repeatedly and well and is producing something good, it becomes the art in which we live.

Develop the at of looking up. Make a habit of intentionally choosing your focus on Jesus Christ. Focus on who He is, how faithful e is, who you are in Him. Surrender to His plan…always look up!

Your life is no longer your own. Your life is not random, it is hidden in Christ. You are protected, shielded, cared for, provided for…all by Christ!. You are covered by his faithfulness and power. To look up, focus your attention on what is biblically true rather than on what you are feeling..

In moments of stress, pain or doubt…stop. Choose instead to tell yourself what is true about you, your life in Christ and God’s love and faithfulness. Take a new position, stand firm in who Christ is and who you are to him. Look up! Look to Him! Choose to believe.

Start a new morning habit. When you look at yourself in the mirror, thank God for the truth. Say to him ‘Thank your Lord, that I am alive in YOU! Thank you for the gift o salvation. I am your work and you have prepared good works for me to do today, as I live to honor you!”

Do not give up! Do not allow discouragement to have its way in your life, fight it with biblical truth! Set your focus on faith in God!  Thank God that his grace renews you daily! Refuse to lose heart. Instead always focus on truth and look up!

Today is a new day of basic faith, one truth at a time, one choice at a time and one day at a time!

I pray that you enjoyed the 30 Day Faith Dare and that you experience God’s Love and Presence on the Journey Of Life! I pray you learn to challenge yourself daily! Trusting God with your very life and following his profound truth!

His word works! We just have to apply it!

Be Blessed!

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Until next time, stay in God’s presence!

Stephanie

Day 25: Dare To Use Your Tongue to Bless and Build Up Others

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Meditate on Proverbs 10:19, 12-18, 16-21   Ecclesiastes 10:12   Ephesians 5:19  James 1:19

Words hurt…we all know that. We all realize that our words can deeply wound others. Things we say can start so innocently and end so terribly. Gossip, negative comments and condescending attitudes are all things that tear others down.

Today take inventory of how you speak to others. Become accountable to God for your mouth. Recognize the impact of positive words and begin to use them accordingly.

James 1:19 is a constant reminder to me

Be quick to listen

Be slow to speak

Be slow to become angry

Today’s Dare: Pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. Watch for gossip and refuse to converse in a negative fashion about anyone. Look at  your heart attitude. Look for ways to turn a negative conversation into a positive one. Counter negative talk with positive words. Find words of encouragement to give to people in your life. Realize that when you encourage you are

Prayer: Father I come to you my mouth. Teach me how to manage it. It is an instrument of cursing or blessing nd I declare it to honor you, blessing you and others. Give me encouraging words and warn me when conversations are getting to a place of gossip and dishonor. I desire to love you by loving others!

Bridal your tongue and loose your blessings!

Stephanie

Day 14: Dare To Believe You Are Not Enough In Yourself

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Meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 3:12 and 3:17-18

The words “Not enough” can haunt us for a lifetime! Some of us live with that mantra all of all lives. We strive to always be more than enough…more of who we are…more of what others perceive us as.

Many Christian women have it worst, because we always trying to be perfect in a world than constantly places us under a magnifying class. As long as we are trying to be enough, we will always be about self instead of God.

Insecurities keep us at arm’s distance from others and from God. We often distance ourselves without even realizing it, believing that we can never measure up. Some women quit trying to be all that God has dared us to be and all that he has planned us to be. When this happens the enemy has won!. He celebrates and we suffer. Once was a light of hope in the promise of Christ has been reduced to a dependence of self to try to make ourselves good enough.

We can not do it on our own…it is not God’s plan for us. He never created us to be enough. He wants us to know that we are enough- because of him and his life in us!

Its time to quit stressing and look to God. He is enough for us in ALL THINGS. His spirit , which is powerful within us, changes us and transforms us from a woman of self focus and insecurity to a God focus woman with confidence.

The word competent means good, worthy, sufficient, adequate, or enough..so all though we may not not be all these of ourselves…WITH GOD, we can totally rely on Him and look to Him for everything!

God is our letter of recommendation, and he is forever writing our story

Today’s Dare: Think on this question

If I believed I am enough because Christ lives in me and makes me enough… How would I view myself differently? Would I live a different kind of life? What risks would I take? Would I be less afraid and more daring to follow Christ? Would I quit putting myself down?

Prayer: Lord deliver me from self focus and insecurity. I want to understand the significance of your life within me. I want to be changed into your likeness and to live in confidence that in you. I am enough for anything and everything you have mapped out for my life!

Dare to believe today, refuse any negative talk and thought for the next 24 hours. Be as kind to yourself as Christ is to you!

I dare you, because YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Stephanie

Day 8:Dare To Plug Into The Power Source

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Meditate on John 15:4-5, 7-8, 11      1 John 2:27

Did you get that Power Source yesterday? Now are you PLUGGED IN? We are familiar with so many items around our home that can be used for specific purposes. Our televisions are there to entertain us. Our hair dryers dry our hair, our refrigerators keep our food cool…but here is the kicker…in order for them to work properly and do what they are made specifically to do…they must be plugged in!

The same is true for us. God designed us for a specific purpose. God wants to work through us. Even though many times, we may feel like we are so underserving of his love, yet He so freely gives it. And we are unable to do this Christ walk in our own strength…so God provides that power. What God intends for us spiritually, cannot take place unless we are plugged into the biggest outlet of power

A branch cannot bear fruit apart from the vine, anymore than any item that runs on electricity can do without being plugged in. Jesus said we are like the branches attached to the vine (Christ, our power source). When we are not connected, we have no power and bear no fruit. However when we are connected, all things are possible in and through us!

When you are connected, your life is filled with the very things you need and desire…love, joy…peace…patience…courage…strength…faith…the list goes on and on…

Connect to God through prayer, through his word, through fellowship and through obedience. We can not please God and walk in the fullness that He wants for our lives without staying connected to him.

My favorite time of connecting with God is early in the morning! The 5 am hour brings such a calmness to my spirit, and the rest of the world seems quiet. I can truly connect to God and hear all he has to say to me.

Today’s Dare: Plug into your power source today. Get away from everything and everyone for a couple of moments and just pray before God. Ask to be cleansed from your sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. Read the scriptures listed out loud, let each word resonate in your spirit. Dare to step out your comfort zone and experience Gods power everyday. Make time, find the moment of the day that works for you

Prayer: Father be my power, the rhythm of my life, the cadence of my steps. Live in me, work through me, have your way in my life today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year…forever more! I desire to remain in you and be fully connected by your power, presence and love.

Get plugged in today…and stay there!

Join us in September!

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Join us for our next Bible Challenge! We are doing the 30 day Faith Dare, based on the book “Faith Dare:30 Days to Live Your Life To The Fullest” By Debbie Alsdorf!

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I’m excited to be studying, gleaning and gaining insight from this magnificent study! I will be providing information from the book, as well as reflections from my own life.

I pray that you will take this 30 day Challenge with us, starting Sept 1. Please follow the blog here and link up with us on Facebook at “Simply Soul Sisters.”  You can also request to receive the information via email, by dropping us a line at soulsisterscircle@gmail.com

I hope you will share your own experiences and thoughts on your Faith journey with us!

Be blessed, and be encouraged!

Stephanie

Leviticus 2: The Need to Respond

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On Monday we looked at Leviticus Chapter 1, which solidified the fact that God can be the only fulfillment of our desires. The sweet aroma we emit when we have truly committed our lives wholly to him is pleasing!!

Now we come to the “meal” offering, as many versions call it. In the King James Version it is called the “meat” offering because meat was the old English word for “food,” or “meal.” But there is no meat in it at all. In fact this is the only one of the offerings that is bloodless. In all the others, animals had to die, but in this one no blood was shed.

It could be offered in any  three forms. In Verses 1 through 3 of the second chapter of Leviticus we find that the first form was that of simple, fine flour.

“When one brings a cereal offering as an offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense on it, and bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests. And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil, with all of its frankincense; and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion upon the altar, an offering by fire, a pleasing odor to the LORD. And what is left of the cereal offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the LORD.” (Leviticus 2:1-3 RSV)

You can see that this was intended to be food for the priests. Their meat and cereal came from these offerings. In Verse 4 there is a second form in which the offering could be presented:

“When you bring a cereal offering baked in the oven as an offering, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil.” (Leviticus 2:4 RSV)

They could bring loaves or cakes of unleavened bread which,  could be either baked, grilled, or pan fried. The third form is found in Verse 14:

“If you offer a cereal offering of first fruits to the LORD, you shall offer for the cereal offering of your first fruits crushed new grain from fresh ears parched with fire.” (Leviticus 2:14 RSV)

They could take freshly harvested wheat and shake the grain out by hand and crush it. This  was then acceptable as a cereal offering. It is obvious that the essence of this offering was that it was bread. It was food, the staff of life. This theme is the key to the cereal offering. All through the Old Testament you find people offering meal offerings, often in the form of three loaves of bread. And in the tabernacle there was the showbread.

In the New Testament, after the great miracle when he took loaves and fishes and fed five thousand people, Jesus stood before the people and said, “I am the bread of life. I am the living bread which comes down from heaven. He who eats me shall live by means of me,” (John 6:33-35). He was indicating that he himself is to be our food and that we are to feed upon all of his character and his life!

This gives us a clue to what the meal offering is depicting. It is a description of mankind the way God intended it to be. We should be drawing from and  feeding upon God, our living bread!

Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me,” (Galatians 2:20a KJV). His perfect humanity is available to me. All the fullness of his life, the fineness of his character,  is available to me. And as I draw upon it by faith, as I expect him to link himself with me and to be part of me!  And we are privileged to present that perfect humanity back to God to be used as he wants. That is the fullness of the gospel and that is what the meal offering is all about.

Think about fine flour. If you take a pinch of fine flour and run it through your fingers, there is no coarseness, no roughness. There are no uneven, jagged corners nor anything sharp. It is smooth. It is consistent, no matter where you sample it. Fine flour is such an great picture of our life with God as it was intended to be and which is available to us in Christ…balanced. Without him there are chunks, chips and straw…

Balance is so hard for us in our own doing. You do not have to balance the life of Jesus. It is already a balanced life. And if you draw upon it, if you expect him to live in you, what you do will be balanced. Because he is the meal offering with its perfection of fine flour.

There were three things always included in the meal offering and two things which never could be included.

The three things always included were oil, frankincense, and salt.

The oil was used in two ways: it was mingled with the fine flour and it was also poured on top of it. The frankincense was perfume. It was a delightful fragrance. The use of salt is specified in Verse 13:

You shall season all your cereal offerings with salt; you shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be lacking from your cereal offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. (Leviticus 2:13 RSV)

The symbolism of these ingredients stand for the three elements of our relationship with Christ.

The first is oil, which is a type, or picture, of the Holy Spirit. All through the Scriptures you find that it symbolizes the Spirit of God. With this offering the oil is to be used in two ways: It is, first of all,  the indwelling Spirit. When you became a Christian by faith in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God was shed abroad in your heart. He came in to live in you and he is part of you.  That is also called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It has nothing to do with speaking in tongues; it means that, by the Spirit, “we are all baptized into one body,” as Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 12 (1 Corinthians 12:13a RSV).

But then also, when you do something, when you minister, you need to have the Spirit anointing you, empowering you. You need to take fresh hold of him, so that you speak or act or think or write or work with power. That is the pouring of the Spirit upon you: “We are all made to drink of one Spirit,” (1 Corinthians 12:13b RSV).

In Jesus’ own life. He was filled with the Spirit from his mother’s womb. But then there came the day when, in the baptism at the river Jordan, the Spirit of God anointed him for his ministry. This is to be true of us as well.

The second element  is frankincense. The frankincense was all offered to God. Verse 2 says, “And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil with all of its frankincense; and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion … a pleasing odor to the LORD.” In other words, this is primarily something which God wants, something which he sees. Therefore it is not something outward, but something inward.  Things that  delight God. What would you think is something about your life which delights God, which pleases him?

Mine is always a cheerful heart and praise…

Because now when we present our offering , we dont have to bring the ox or the bull,  just bring a thankful, cheerful, praising heart. That will please the Lord. In Hebrews 13:15-16:

Through him[i.e., Jesus] then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews13:15-16 RSV)

In other words, the frankincense of our lives is to be a thankful, cheerful, willing, voluntary, obedient heart. That is what God likes. That delights him.

The third element is salt, which, as you know, is a preservative.

You remember that Jesus said to his disciples on one occasion, “You are the salt of the earth,” (Matthew 5:13a RSV). That is, “You Christians are intended to be the thing which keeps society from getting rotten, from degenerating, from becoming corrupt and smelling.” And he said, “You are the light of the world,” (Matthew 5:14a RSV). Light, of course, is truth revealed. And salt is truth obeyed in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then there are two things which were excluded from the offering, and both are found in Verse 11:

“No cereal offering which you bring to the LORD shall be made with leaven; for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as an offering by fire to the LORD.” (Leviticus 2:11 RSV)

Leaven is  yeast. When you have made bread you have taken yeast, or leaven, and put it in the dough. Why? Because it has the power to expand, to puff up. Thus leaven is a fitting illustration or symbol of that in our human life which puffs us up. What is that? Pride.

Paul said to the Corinthians, “Love builds up, but knowledge [i.e., pride in your knowledge] puffs up,” (1 Corinthians 8:1 RSV). This is so true. You see, what God is saying is, “When you come to offer your humanity to me, don’t have any ego in it. Don’t be doing this for your own glory. Don’t be trying to derive from this a certain amount of satisfaction or credit for yourself.” “No flesh,” he says, “shall glory in my presence.”

There must be no leaven in the offering. Second, there shall be no honey. Here are some scriptures I found in regards to why Leaven or Honey was not needed or wanted by God in the offering

  • Leaven symbolized hypocrisy (Luke 12:1)
  • It represented false doctrine (Matthew 16:12)
  • A little could corrupt the entire congregation (Galatians 5:9)
  • Yeast risen bread spoils quickly
  • To the Jewish people, rising bread dough speaks of puffed of pride/self righteousness
  • To the Jewish people the warm loaf of yeast-bread entices the senses, a picture of lack of self control
  • Honey was a delicacy that was frequently offered to pagan gods in the Canaanite regions.
  • If you know anything about cooking, you know that honey can make things sweet that were not so originally. Likewise yeast can add a bitter/sour flavor that was not there originally.

The prohibition against leaven and honey is really a picture. We are to come before the Lord just as we are and He will do His work. We must neither appear sweeter than we are or worse than we are. Pride and false humility are two sides of the same sinful coin. Neither has any place in the offering.

There is one other thing to note about the meal offering . The children of Israel never offered a meal offering by itself. It was always accompanied by an animal sacrifice. These meal offerings were designed to go with one of the animal sacrifices, and most often with the burnt offering. That is why it is put right next to the burnt offering in the order of the sacrifices. There is the burnt offering, then the meal offering, then the peace offering. The meal offering is always offered in connection with the burnt offering.

That is very instructive, because it is telling us something significant about the meaning of this meal offering. The burnt offering, remember, was the need to be loved — the need to be accepted and to belong. But if God reaches out to you and says, “You are mine,” then that lays a demand upon you, doesn’t it? You need to do something. You need to say something back to God. You need to respond to his love. You need to open up your life toward him. Love  cannot develop, it can never go anywhere, it can never fulfill itself until it is ready to respond to the love which reaches out to it.

This is why you read in Hebrews 4:2 that when the good news reached the people of Israel, “the message that they heard did not benefit them, because it did not meet with faith” (Hebrews 4:2b RSV). That is, they did not do anything in return, they did not respond to the Word when it came to them. This is why Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians cries out to them with such pleading eloquence:

Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return — I speak as to children — widen your hearts also. (2 Corinthians 6:11-13 RSV)

He says, “There is nothing limiting us. We love you and want to help you, to reach you. I want to minister to you, but you are not responding. You won’t say anything back. You won’t open your heart. You won’t widen your life.” And so he pleads with them as a father. “I speak to you as children,” he says. “Let me in — widen your hearts also.”

In Hebrews 11:6 the most basic approach to God is described in this way, “whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him,” (Hebrews 11:6b). God has been seeking us, and he says, “Now it is time for you to begin to seek me. I’ve been reaching out to you. Now you reach back to me.” Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. This is the law of response in human nature. This is why John says, “We love, because he has first loved us,” (1 John 4:19 RSV).

This is why the meal offering is the second of the offerings. In the burnt offering you have God reaching out and saying, “You’re mine. I want you.” But in the meal offering you must say in response, “Yes, Lord, I’m yours. I give myself to you.” This is what God is after. Love creates the possibility of response. But if that response is refused then nothing can happen until, at last, the heart begins to respond.

This is why God, again and again through our lives, calls us to times of crisis, times of decision, times when we recognize that we are shutting ourselves away from the grace and love he wants to give us. And we have to come to him and say, “Lord, here I am. Here is my redemption, with its oil and its frankincense and its salt, but with no leaven and no honey.  I give myself to you. Here I am, Lord. Let’s walk together this day.”

Have you answered Gods call? Or is there an  area where you are saying no to God?  Are you puffed up with pride, extra sweeteners. Or coming forth in humbleness, so God can use you as He sees fit!

I pray I can remain humble, teachable and reachable. Lord decrease me and increase you!!!

Stephanie

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Leviticus 1:The Need To Belong

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Leviticus picks up where Exodus ends. The title Leviticus means “matter of the Levites” The tribe of Levi, also known as Levites, were the priestly tribe of Israel. Leviticus is God’s instructions to the Priests on how to assist Israel in worship and living a holy life.

There are ceremonial and civil laws in Leviticus that are not meant for us to practice today. However the key points of each chapter are for us to take away the seriousness of our sin, the need for blood to cover our sin and the need for atonement!

All of the sacrificial elements point to the death of Jesus on the cross. He was the final sacrifice. When Jesus died he declared “It is Finished!”

As we go through each Law, focus on the character of God through each Law. Leviticus is a shadow of Christ and his redemptive work on the cross. Focus on specifically what God wants you to learn about him and yourself! The first 7 Chapters give us a symbolic insight on what God was teaching the Israelites as they brought their offerings forth!

In Exodus, God gave Israel  truths that they needed to know. The 10 commandments are a revelation of the kind of people that God expects us to be, or,  the kind he designed.  He actually designed humans to do the things which are recorded in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). Some of the commandments pertain to our relationship with him: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” Others deal with our relationships with our neighbors: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” “Thou shalt not steal.” “Thou shalt not bear false witness…”

After the tabernacle was built,  God gave a whole series of sacrifices as a picture of the New Covenant, the new arrangement for living, in which a death would occur, and a priest would be present to help us with our emotional and intellectual problems, and he would make it possible for us to live with a wholesome God even though we had been violators and breakers of the Law which he had set before us. That is what these sacrifices are all about. Truths that we as Christians need to know!

We are going to hit some important parts of each chapter. I urge you to read each one and ask God to reveal his truth to you! Leviticus 1 gives us insight on the Need To Belong!

First the book of Leviticus opens with these words:

The LORD called Moses, and spoke to him from the tent of meeting,[the tabernacle] saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When any man of you brings an offering to the LORD, you shall bring your offering of cattle from the herd or from the flock.” (Leviticus 1:1-2 RSV)

Here is the introduction to the offerings.

Notice that this whole system of sacrifices was never given from Sinai. It was given from the tabernacle, the place where God had come to live with man. This is significant for us. God never placed the demand of the Law upon us without also intending to meet it from within, God dwelling in us. Therefore God has provision for us when we break the Law— guilt,  condemnation, self-hatred and all the other afflictions which come to us from within, and which keep us from being the kind of whole persons that God made us to be.

When you look at the offerings, the  first offering is the burnt offering. It followed a five-step pattern, like all the rest of the offerings.

First a selection of the sacrifice had to be made. If an animal sacrifice were required then either a male or a female had to be chosen. In the case of the burnt offering, it was always a male. It had to be without blemish, without any kind of disfigurement at all. Animals were the most valuable possession of these nomadic Hebrew people. It was a costly sacrifice taken from their treasure, their animals.

Then, after selecting it they laid their hands on it. What does that mean? Well, that is God’s way of teaching the great truth of substitution, the fact that we human beings are all tied together with each other, that we belong to one another and share life together, therefore there is a way we can substitute for another.We are linked together by the  laying on of hands. When we send someone out, pray for someone etc, we often bring them up  and lay hands on them. In this sense, we are saying, we are with you! We are going to be praying for you and helping you to meet your need.

In dealing with our deepest guilt that substitute had to be a spotless, sinless person. And the only human being who ever fulfilled that qualification was Jesus Christ. That is why he is the only one who can redeem us.

The third step was to kill the animal involved immediately. I believe he wants to impress upon us the fact that the problem he is dealing with is so intense and so deeply rooted in our human lives that nothing but death can solve it! Immediate death to sin!

The fourth step was the sprinkling of the blood, or the burning of the portions of the sacrifice, as an act of consecration, of commitment to God. You see, the instant one of these animals died, it became acceptable to God. Death solved the problem of separation, of alienation, and then the sacrifice could be offered to God. Crucifying that sin is the only way!

The final step was a ceremonial indication of a restored relationship. Usually they sat down and ate part of the meat of the sacrifice.  God gave them a means of indicating the relationship was restored and that there was peace again.

Here is another point to take away! The burnt offering was available for everyone!

They had three choices as to the kind of animal, Verse 3:. Three choices for sacrifices. Even the poorest of people could offer something as a burnt offering

If you were rich enough you brought a bull. But if you could not afford a bull or if you did not have a herd of cattle but only a flock of sheep or goats then another provision was made; Verse 10:

Finally, if you were very poor and had no animals at all you could bring a bird; Verse 14:

Lets look at some important aspects of the offering..

It was a male without blemish.In the scriptures, the male also stood for leadership, initiative, dominion. Females, in Scripture, always signify support, following, response. There were certain offerings for which a female was specified.  They were always told specifically what to do, which taught them the truth of what they needed to learn. So for the burnt offering they had to bring a male without blemish or disfigurement. That was a recognition of the fact that in this most basic of all offerings God was dealing with man as a king, as a sovereign.

You see man was made to rule. He was never made to be in bondage to anyone. He was never made to be a slave. That is why we are restless when we are enslaved or held in bondage

What is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou dost care for him? (Psalms 8:4 RSV)

And he answers his own question,

Thou hast given him dominion over the work of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet, (Psalms 8:6 RSV)

All the fish and other inhabitants of the seas, all the animals and birds, everything is put under the authority of man, as God created him. We are made to rule

The second distinctive of the burnt offering, was that it was to be totally consumed. Nobody ever ate the meat of the burnt offering. Look at Verses 6-9:

“And he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces; and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar, and lay wood in order upon the fire; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall lay the pieces, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire upon the altar; but its entrails[intestines] and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn the whole on the altar, as a burnt offering, an offering by fire, a pleasing odor to the LORD.” (Leviticus 1:6-9 RSV)

There were three sacrifices that were said to be pleasing odors to God The first of these is this burnt offering. God says that there is something about man which, when he recognizes his right to rule and gives himself wholly to it, is pleasing to God. God is thereby teaching us that man was meant to be his, wholly, totally. The whole man — body, soul, and spirit — is to be the dwelling place of God. Only this enables man to rule, and rule adequately. That is the sweet aroma that God loves, total commitment to Him!

This is recognition of the most basic hunger of man. It is a reflection of our need to belong, to be accepted, to be loved, to have an identity, a relationship, a cause to live or die for. Man is forever restless if he does not have this sense of belonging. And we will never find fulfillment in our humanity, in expressing ourselves, until we find it in committing ourselves totally to God.

A third characteristic of the burnt offering — and this is most important — is that it had to involve a death. Death in these offerings is always a picture of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. So when these Israelites offered this sacrifice they were learning the great truth that only by means of the death of an acceptable substitute can man ever satisfy this great longing to belong to and to be possessed by God.

The fourth and final distinction of the burnt offering is given in Chapter 6, where there are some additional instructions to the priests about how to make these offerings. In Verses 12-13 they were told:

“The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it, it shall not go out; the priests shall burn wood on it every morning, and he shall lay the burnt offering in order upon it, and shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. Fire shall be kept burning upon the altar continually; it shall not go out.” (Leviticus 6:12-13 RSV)

What is God saying by that? Simply that this is the most basic relationship of your life, that no other need can ever be met until this need is met. You can never find any other hunger of your life  until you have found this one answered, until you have found that you belong to God, that you are his wholly and completely, body, soul, and spirit.

If you want to solve any other problem of life you have to begin there. “I belong to the Father, I am one of his family. I’m a child of God. I know him as my heavenly Father. I have been accepted by him. He loves me.”

Wow, Chapter 1 of Leviticus gave me insight on the need to belong and the burning desire that truly only God can meet!

Im thankful for the desire that burns within me! Are you totally commited to God, do you give off a sweet aroma?

Share your thoughts on Chapter 1! Love you…live free

Stephanie

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Some info is used from Ray Steadman’s book on Leviticus Living Wholey