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Obedience to the Law

The Bible is often referred to as our instruction manual while we are here on earth. And true enough, there are so many, commands, laws, decrees that you can find in the many books of the Bible. And that is aside from all the traditions that we accumulate all the time. For example: How to give an offering The 10 commandments Sexual sins What food to eat As I read  in Leviticus, these laws were given because they are the practices of the people currently living in the promised land and He detests it.   Leviticus 18:27-30, “these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled. 28 So do not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out the people who live there now. 29 Whoever commits any of these detestable sins will be cut off from the community of Israel. 30 So obey my instructions, and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you. I am the Lord your God.” And we often think of these as restrictions and limitations to what we want to do. To a certain extent, they are. But if you will think...

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We Were Made for Worship

While reading the latter chapters of the Book of Exodus, I saw first-hand God’s efforts to reach out to Israel. God designed the tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the altars, the lampstand, even the bowls and the forks. For what purpose? So that He can be with His beloved Israel. Sure, God said in previous chapters that He did not want to go with Israel on the journey through the wilderness because He might disintegrate them with their mumblings, grumblings and complaints. But Moses prevailed upon God. God loves Israel so much and longs for their worship. Fast forward a few thousand years and God makes the ultimate display of love for mankind, sending His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. We read in the Gospels how Jesus did His very best to reconcile man to God. Jesus did what the Father had Him do even of it meant giving His life. God loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever will believe in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. God is doing all He can so that we may be reconciled with Him, to Him who we did such grief when the first man Adam disobeyed when he ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. We were the ones who disobeyed but...

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Face to Face with God

What does Moses, Job, Eliphaz the Temanite, the Pharisee Nicodemus and the apostle Paul have in common? They all talked with God, face to face. Well, sometimes, face to cloud or face to wind or face to thunder, you know what I mean. I was going through my usual four chapters a day of Bible reading (I’m using the M’Cheyne method, you can find the calendar here, mine is  included in the Bible reading software I bought for the iPad) and I noticed something with the verses i was reading. They were all personal encounters with God! In Exodus 24:1-2 says, “Then the Lord instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the Lord. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.” There were 72 other people that God gave the privilege to be with Him during that day and the best part was yet to come. This is what vv. 10-11 said, “There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy...

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Love + Obedience = Lavishing

It may be difficult for some to accept that God lavishes His love to those who love Him. But after reading Exodus 20:6 which says, “But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commandments.“, I would not have a hard time anymore. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “lavish” as sumptuously rich, elaborate or luxurious. I’m excited to find out how God would lavish me with His unfailing love. I may already have but just do know it yet. I want to be loved by God! That is why I will try to always love Him and obey His commandments. The preceding verse, in contrast, lays down a curse that will affect the descendants up to the third and fourth generation  of those that will reject God. I don’t know about you but I would rather be loved by God than be cursed. FYI, Exodus 20 is the Ten Commandments chapter. Verse 6’s context is about false god worship, the one that we are looking at here is about idolatry. This is something that God does not tolerate. We’ve probably heard it a lot already, and I want to repeat it again, whatever that we put ahead of God is idolatry. This could be our family, our job, our possessions, anything. I also need to say, as the Bible is...

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Everyday

Everyday that we wake up is a magnificent blessing from the LORD. It is a blessing that is to be treasured. Think about this. God could have chosen to take you away, from your loved ones, from your possessions, from your career. Instead, HE gave you, and me, life. That is why when we wake up, we need to have a sincere appreciation of God’s daily gift for us. God holds our lives. When HE allows us to live another day, it is because HE has a purpose for us. As I’ve heard this morning at church, we were made for God’s enjoyment. GOD made us to worship HIM. I believe that. How about you? If every time you wake up, and seem to drag yourself away from your bed, you do not show appreciation for the life God has given you. Your life is too important to God for you to just drag yourself from bed. We should face each day not with gloom and doom but with joy and thanksgiving, knowing fully well that you are given another opportunity to glorify and worship God. The bible says it like this: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31. And it happens everyday. Whether you eat or drink the scriptures say. Life is a precious...

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