You Are Set Apart

I confess I am reading Leviticus in the Old Testament and finding it difficult wondering; how did they keep all the instructions and laws?

I also wondered were they afraid all the time of messing up and not being able to keep them? They did.
That is why the Book of Leviticus deals with their “right Living”, sacrificing for their sins, abiding by the laws and carrying them out, to be a holy nation set apart. Testing was their everyday challenge. Were they going to listen to God or do what they wanted?

Let’s fast forward to Jesus….
In his patience and love tells the Jewish people “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.” (Matthew 5:17) Jesus said He was the Messiah, many received Him with their whole heart- all were accepted Jews and Gentiles. Many devout Jewish leaders didn’t believe Him and their hard hearts turned away, the message fell on deaf ears. They were praying for a Messiah to save them from Roman rule, but in truth Jesus came to lead them to Himself for eternal life. Through Jesus the laws that kept them shackled could now be broken, but they could not hear or believe it, and they scrambled in stress to keep their laws in tact.

Isaiah 11:1-3. The Branch From Jesse           (Matthew 1:6 for lineage)
 
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—

and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;

I understand Leviticus it to be God’s instructions of holiness, sacrifices, worship & health, those instructions were instrumental to leading and guiding the Israelites as a holy people, setting them apart to follow God and abide by all his laws.

Why Are you set apart?

You were chosen by God to be a separate people when you came to Christ, there was a new life coming towards you, before Christ you were part of the world and now because of your faith in knowing that Jesus is Lord has saved you and takes you not physically out of the world but spiritually gives you a new life one that isn’t shackled to the earth, but is free to love and know that you have been set free by the power of His mighty blood.

Brethren don’t give up hope, it is for this time you have come into the world , maybe you don’t understand why but God has this great plan to show you how His mighty power works, JUST WATCH!

Shalom
Nancy
The Christian Writer

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Eye Witnesses Of The Living Jesus

If there is doubt in the world whether or not Jesus was real and some made up story, there are many historical facts that are documented history on this. The most trust worthy written word is in the New Testament of the Bible, there we find eyewitness accounts of Jesus appearing first to Mary Magdolin at the tomb then to the disciples, then to many others. Pressing out further, we find documented letters from His Apostles that have been written and shared about Him and shared with followers regarding His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection from death. In the Gospel of John, we read how the obedient disciples wait in hiding until Jesus appears to them as He promised.

John 20:19 

 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

In the Book of Acts, Paul (was Saul) himself experienced the Living Jesus on the road to Damascus as he was headed to persecute and kill Christians.

Acts 9:3-6

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Then later after Paul’s conversion we read in his letters of the resurrected and living Christ and as he wrote to the Corinthians and said:

1 Corinthians 15:6-8

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scripturesand that he appeared to Cephas (Peter) and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

 There were many witnesses to the appearance of Christ that are documented in the Bible. There are other historical books that document Christ, Christians and the Romans persecution of Christians.

The following link is explores other documented evidence of Jesus’ existence.

(Bible History Daily)

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/

At this time of High Holy Days, it’s a time to be reflective of our lives and what Christ has done for us on the Cross-, He died so that you could have eternal life; He defeated death and was a perfect sacrifice for your sins.

His faithful disciples knew first hand and stood their ground for Him as their one and only God. They were eyewitnesses to Jesus alive, talking and eating with them.

We may not be able to see Jesus, but when we whole-heartedly come to Him, he is in our presence through the Holy Spirit, which has guided you all along your life.

Jesus is as much alive NOW as He was then. We can’t see Him but he tells us in John

John 20:29

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

 Be Blessed My Brothers and Sisters,

Nancy

 

 

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What Are God’s Promises?

God’s Promises are great, He promises never to leave you or forsake you,

He promises to be with you.

To love and have mercy on you.

To teach you as you go along,

He will provide wisdom when you ask Him for it.

He always provides a way out of sin.

His love endures forever in your heart when you worship Him.

He always sees what you are doing and gives you the tools to make it happen.

He is with you in a storm, in times of grief He stands beside you,

He is the rock that you cling to in times of trouble or of deep sorrow.

His ways are better than our ways.

When you turn away from Him, He welcomes you back with open arms

When you follow Jesus he prays for you,

He comforts you,

He loves you.

These are great things that God will do, has done and will sustain us through it all.

When people turn from you, He does not.

 

Do you feel as though you are going through things alone? God is with you as you do.

 

Believe in Jesus and your life will be transformed into becoming more and more like Him. Give up control of your life and give it to Jesus, watch what how your life changes.

 

Shalom

Nancy

 

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Put It Through The Strain Test

Have you ever read something that was very enticing and then later realized it was not true?

~Have you ever watched a speaker and thought, yea that’s the way I feel and later realize that the purpose of the speaker was to lure you into their book buying, agenda and following?

~Have you ever read a fact that was true then someone put their own “take on it” and make it seem true?

This is all called misleading. When someone or something takes your full attention away from God or the Bible and then that becomes your truth, which is not God’s, and you are mislead and taken away from truly knowing God.

Yes, some will even go to the Bible, point you to scriptures making them palatable, then twist it to their own teaching to entice you to want even more.

1 Peter 2:1 

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.

Many people are being mislead by a speaker, teacher, self called-prophet or pastor that has a program and somehow throws Jesus into their teaching and doesn’t always point to Jesus being the way, this is also misleading.

 It is always wonderful to have devotions, hear about someone who has healed through the healing power of Christ but the truth is the Bible is the source and whoever trusts in something that isn’t fallible as the Bible is, but is misguided to their own truths then that is a sin in itself.

Put everything you ingest in your mind through a strain test.

 Does this person profit from and promote their agenda?

Do they point you to the Bible over their own work?

 Do they point to Jesus in every aspect of teaching?

 Do they call themselves prophets moving people towards a certain “word” for them or healing and enticing you to want more (similar to luring of a psychic’s deception). You will know if the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart by the way it has been presented to you from a humble perspective.

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Do some say “The End is coming soon” and give you a time or date?

Mark 13:32

The Day and Hour Unknown

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

And…..

Revelation 3:10

 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

Do they say “victory” over circumstances?

Jesus said we will have trials but to be an overcomer;

 John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 Take the time to think through things you are taking in, and allowing that to be your truth, follow Jesus, not people, things or objects.

Exodus 34:17

“Do not make any idols.

And…..

1 John 5:21

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

Shalom

Nancy

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It’s A Choice

One of the questions I have for you today is:

What has God gifted you with as a task of doing to glorify His name?

You might think, well, I’m not a pastor, or an Elder, I don’t work in a church or do anything directly associated with spreading the gospel to others, how can what I do be glorifying the Lord in any way?

First of all, you are His and because you are His He gives you the tools in your everyday life to show His glory. When you do your job at any type work whether it’s at home or in your paying job you are glorifying His name by the way you conduct yourself in the presence of others and being present in their lives.

Not everyone has to be a famous preacher or writer to influence the people around you, God has given you the unique privilege to stand on His behalf to do what He has put in front of you this day. It’s so simple just be obedient to His will and He will direct your path in what you do each day.

2 Corinthians 9:13

13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

God has a personal journey for each of us, not everyone’s journey will be the same, and He places you where He needs you to flourish for His glory. Maybe sitting in an office isn’t where you thought you would end up but God needs you there for a reason. Instead of thinking about how it’s a torture, think of it as a mission field ready and ripe for what he can do right there.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

 So I say to you, hold on to what God has given you and use that gift that’s what separates you from others that unique gift God can use in this world to bring others closer to His one and only Son.

Shalom

Nancy

 

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