Wednesday, September 28, 2022

VOLUNTEER

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 1-2

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Inside the full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of Moses, behind the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver, you can see the entrance to the Holy Place. A priest would put blood on the horns of the altar (in this photo the blood is not real).  The Living Bible translation of Hebrews 10:19 says, “Now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies, where God is, because of the blood of Jesus. This is the fresh, new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us by tearing the curtain…His human body…to let us into the holy presence of God.”

 

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Leviticus 1:3

If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord.

 

It was a bloody, awful place of death. The fires which consumed the sacrifice on the Brazen Altar represented Hell. People make jewel-encrusted ornate crosses for decoration, but we should not mistake the fact that the altar on which Jesus suffered the fires of Hell and death was not pretty. It was an awful place! Only the eternal, infinite God-in-flesh, Jesus, could take the sins of all of us and suffer complete isolation from His Father God as sin demanded. Only Jesus could take the instrument of the most horrible method of execution and turn it into the glory of the Cross.

The word “voluntary” emphasizes, with great clarity, the under-girding reason for burnt offerings. Jesus went to the Cross as a “voluntary” Sacrifice. The Cross was the place where an eternal settlement was reached between ultimate justice and the holy, without blemish, Victim. We should meditate on this, partake in communion with other believers, and read more fully today, if possible, Hebrews 10:1-25.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

I confess my sinfulness to You, Lord Jesus, and I voluntarily give myself to identify with Your death on the Cross. Please help me to believe and understand that I now live in the power of Your life. I’m Your volunteer for living for You. In Your Name, dear Saviour, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ll never forget the day at Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain when the Salvation Army band from Bristol, England, marched through the streets and played the hymn, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, “…towering over the wrecks of time.” That day, Sept 1st, was the day of honour for Saudi Arabia. The Saudis brought a 747 load of young men from their Imam training school in Mecca. They distributed 200,000 flags bearing the inscription in the Arabic language, “Allah is God and Mohammad is His Prophet.” At the first intersection, the band had to wait for the Saudi trams to pass. Hell knew and Heaven knew the words on the flag in Arabic and the words to the hymn the band was playing, “Would you be free from your burden of sin? There’s power in the Blood.” The second intersection where they met, the Salvation Army band got there first and the Saudis had to stop. To me the symbolism and the power of spiritual warfare was never so obvious. The “Power in the Blood” defeated the effort to convert people to Islam. The next day at our Crossroads Pavilion of Promise at Expo ’92 (photo below), there were not just 700-800 decisions for Christ, as was usual daily total, but over 1,200 precious people made first time decisions to give their lives fully to Jesus. Nothing else had changed on earth, but in the heavenlies the victory of the Cross had been clearly declared! The number of daily decisions for Christ remained at over 1,200 for the remaining six weeks of the Expo. What had really happened? I think about this often.

Yours to encourage us all to voluntarily serve the Lord,

David

The “Pabellon de la Promesa” (Pavilion of Promise) at Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain.

 

11 thoughts on “Wednesday, September 28, 2022

  1. Father God, thank You for Your mercy. Your love endures forever. You know the difficulties many face right now, so we lift these ones You love to You, asking that You meet them in their needs. Show them that You are the answer to all their questions, that You care. Thank You for being that ever-present help in times of trouble, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen Rob. I’m so thankful for Jesus sacrifice. Amazing story about the greater response to the call of God via the Salvation Army’s band playing. Thank You Lord. Praying for the people who experienced the extreme storms of yesterday.

  3. Amen, agreeing in prayer.
    There is power, power wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb.

    Lord, may Your power fill this earth, may Your will be done today!
    I am also praying for some dear friends, may Your healing power fill their lives.

  4. Amen to the prayers above. May the hand of God be with all those in need, from the storm, health issues, financial burdens. Lord you know the needs, please be with all those in need and bring them your peace and understanding
    In praise of the name of Jesus, amen

  5. Today’s scripture makes me focus on ‘the whole meaning of the cross’.He died for each of us.
    We had power restored Monday afternoon and today I am caught up (Those words,”caught up”,just jumped out at me.) in 100 Words.There were trees down everywhere but our area seemed to be closer to the fringe of the storm.By the grace of God our bible camp was spared much,much heavier damage.3-4 gig trees came down behind the lodge and stopped one of these from impacting the building,maybe inches away,and the others were dangerously close.We did loose the lower portion of the new stairway to the beach.How many blessings go unnoticed?Praise God

  6. The Only One

    If I had been the only one,
    No matter what I had done,
    He would have sent His only Son,
    To die before the setting sun.

    I may have thought I was dirt,
    But He loved me anyway,
    Through all the trials and hurt
    To save me for judgement day.

    He broke the demon’s strangle hold
    But we have to be free to choose,
    Either love or Satan’s earthly gold,
    But choose the glitter,then you loose.

    So do not hunger for great wealth,
    For riches may bring you to ruin
    And you will find in heaven’s stealth
    That treasure there is widely strewn.

    Free choice is a great gift to all,
    It came with Him off the cross,
    And if I stumble and I fall,
    He saves me from eternal loss.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / 23 March, 2014

  7. A big amen
    Do all the comments and prayers and thank you William for your poem
    May everyone be blessed that reads this blog today
    The response of souls coming to Christ through the six weeks of the pavilion of promise
    1200 precious people gave their hearts and lives and made first time commitments for Christ
    A big hallelujah and praise the Lord ✝️🙏

  8. Amen to all above prayers.
    I’m praying for the people in Florida. I’m praying that God will spare our park in Zephyrhills. They are good to keep us northern people of what is happening. It may downsize in wind near our place. I pray so. I have a couple of friends in Pei and New Brunswick, been in touch with them. They are all okay. Praise God.

  9. I still have friends without power.You can see the Northumberland Strait from their house.They are scheduled to get power back today.
    What sacrifice Jesus made and also His/our Father made to endure watching all this happen while keeping His mighty hands off.He sat His own love aside for our sake!May God bless

    Had No Blame.

    Count your blessings,every one,
    Count them again and give praise
    For when you count what God has done,
    You’ll be happy throughout your days.

    When you count your blessings past,
    You will come to know the Lord
    And you will have a joy to last
    With the treasures heaven has stored.

    With so many blessings to share,
    It is right to praise His name,
    Since His love is beyond compare,
    For He died when He had no blame.
    (GW)Bill Marshall/09,Sept,2016

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