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“Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abidu, and seventy of the leaders of Israel went up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a pavement of brilliant sapphire, as clear as the heavens. And though Israel’s leaders saw God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they shared a meal together in God’s presence!” Exodus 24: 9-11.
Seventy four men saw the God of Israel! Let me rephrase that this way; Seventy four men SAW the God of Israel! Oh my word, to me, this is more scrumptious than when God placed Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered him with his hand when he passed by. (Exodus 33:22-23).
To top it off, not only did the leaders of Israel see God and He didn’t destroy them, they ate a meal together in God’s presence. They.Ate.With.God.!!
Whew! I think its time for a nap. A blessed Sunday to all of you. If today is your chosen day of Sabbath, may you glorify Him in all that you’re not doing and simply find your rest at home in Him.
Have you ever had an amazing, exciting and out of this world story to tell? One that you are sure no one would believe if you told them, yet one you couldn’t contain to yourself?
Moses had a story like that. In short summation, he and the nation of Israel witnessed the 10 plagues God commanded against Pharaoh and Egypt.
Plague of blood,
Plague of frogs,
Plague of gnats,
Plague of flies,
Plague against livestock,
Plague of boils,
Plague of hail,
Plague of locust,
Plague of darkness
Death of Egypt’s firstborn.
When Pharaoh finally cried out to Moses and Aaron to gather the nation of Israel and leave Egypt, there were, by some estimates…
2.5-3.5 million Israelites in the exodus.
As the Israelites left Egypt God told them to ask the Egyptians for clothes, gold and silver, which the Egyptians gave willingly. God caused the Israelites to plunder the Egyptians without a single weapon of war being raised.
Sometime after the Exodus, Jethro, Mosses father-in-law came to visit. Scripture tells us;
Jethro was delighted when he heard about all that the LORD had done for Israel as he brought them out of Egypt. Exodus 18:9.
What’s your story? I’m guessing you have more than one. I believe God gives us continual stories to share with others to express our faith in Him. To glorify His kingdom. Stories that are so unbelievable that it could only be God himself.
Go on, be a Moses today and share a story and a touch of the Holy Spirit!
The grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -and shudder. James 2:19.
I don’t know about you, but this verse makes me stop and ask myself, “Do I really understand the power of God?” Oh sure, I know in my head that God is omnipotent; all powerful, but do I understand that and feel it in my heart? This is an important question to ask oneself because I believe many area’s of our relationship with God revolve around our knowing deep in our spirit this truth.
If you have a few minutes please share why you feel it is important to allow this truth to saturate your heart and become a firm, unmovable foundation, by replying in the comment section below.
Papa, I thank you for showing and revealing to us your power and glory. Not because we need to see that to have faith or believe, but because we do have faith and believe. May we rest in your power as part of our inheritance and identity in You! Amen.
I didn’t set out intentionally looking for a nugget today but found one none the less!
Grace does not supersede the Law. Grace encourages us to love our neighbor as we love ourself. (James 2:8). All commands are summed up and the Law is fulfilled by the command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Romans 13:8-10)
Freedom in Christ does not mean indulging or continuing in sin. (Galatians 5:13-14) It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are free and He empowers and enables us to continue in freedom.
When we love our neighbor as we love ourself we see the Law and Grace walking side by side!
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
When my son was a young boy, he use to pretend he had on a cape and held a huge sword. He would run from one to point to the next yelling, “Leviticus charge!” It use to make me laugh deeply. Even now, as I remember those times I smile and my heart soars. I don’t have to wonder at the prophetic meaning; I know in my heart God is creating within my son a very powerful warrior. And, that is why, I believe, the enemy’s attacks against him have been hard and consistent. Being one who perceives visually, I am so thankful that God continues to give me hope through that one tangible scene.
It came as no surp…., okay, maybe I was caught off guard a tiny bit when I found this nugget of treasure today. I’ve been working on a cross-reference study on healing……for a long time. My point Scripture is 1 Samuel 6:3. One of the cross references is Leviticus 5:15; “When anyone is unfaithful to the LORD by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the LORD’s holy things, they are to bring to the LORD as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering.”
This verse is from the Old Testament and during that period of time the instructions in Leviticus 5:15 were some of the things the Israelites had to do to become right with God. Today, we no longer have to follow these rules because Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins ONCE and for ALL. The only thing needed today is to choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior and commit to a life of following Him.
I asked the Holy Spirit what he wanted me to know about this verse and how it relates to healing. Immediately I began to understand that even though we no longer have to make guilt offerings we still need to make amends to those we’ve hurt and ask for forgiveness and to forgive those who we feel have hurt us.
Here’s the nugget; many times an issue of unforgiveness in our heart leads to spiritual unhealthiness, and sometimes I believe spiritual unhealthiness can also manifest as a physical ailment.
My dear friends, I encourage you to look deep within your heart and ask God to show you any area(s) where unforgiveness lives. Choose to allow Him to begin the healing process, no matter how hard it hurts and even if it’s a small chunk a day. The freedom will amaze you and I know your joy will increase.
And, soon, you to will be saying, “Leviticus charge!” Sorry, you’ll have to get your own cape and sword.
A quick nugget for today! What do these verses have in common?
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a.
God loves you so much. Absolutely NOTHING can separate you from his great love for you. (See Romans 8:35-39). God’s love is ALWAYS with you; God’s love is NEVER ending; God’s love is a part of your IDENTITY!
My Friends, may you feel His love poured out and lavished upon you. May you allow it to seep into your very being and know it is Christ in you…..always.
This morning I was looking for a nugget; a golden nugget to be exact. Not the type of gold that has monetary value, although, that would be nice as well! No, this morning I was looking for spiritual gold. That certain something that I could reflect upon throughout my day; giving me hope and making me, well, smile.
I began traipsing through the Bible, I like to traipse, and I came upon Psalm 103:17
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’S love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.
As I began to ponder this verse, I felt the Holy Spirit speak its truth to my heart. This verse is a very BIG promise! Everlasting is forever. Never ending; forever to forever; infinity and beyond! To fear Him is to revere and respect him; to be in AWE of him! His righteousness is his standard, his ultimate best, which is better than anything we can begin to imagine!
I found my spiritual gold. God love’s me forever and forever because I revere Him. Not only that, because of my relationship with Him, he extends his ultimate best to my children and grandchildren. That, my dear friends, is definitely something to smile about!