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The Sun Stands Still

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Joshua 10:12-14 NKJV

“Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.”

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The five kings of the Amorites gathered together with all their armies to attack Gibeon because they had had made peace with Israel. The men of Gibeon sent a message to Joshua about the Amorites, asking that he come and help them fight their enemy.

So Joshua and all the people of war set out to Gibeon. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand.”

During the battle Joshua called out to God and said, “Sun, stand still over Gibeon and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Hearing Joshua’s request, God caused the sun to stand still and the moon to stop for a period of time, allowing the people victory over their enemies.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You have power over everything and that You can do all things. I thank-you that You hear my cry and You help me overcome whatever comes against me. Through You alone I have victory!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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The Lord Is Our Light

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Psalm 27:1 NKJV

“The Lord is my light and my salvation’

Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Jesus, our Lord, delivers us from darkness through His saving light (salvation). We have been delivered from our enemy, Satan. Since Jesus is our deliver we should not be afraid of or fear anyone.

Psalm 118:14 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation”

No matter what is going on around us or what we are going through we can rest assured that the Lord will deliver us.

Micah 7:8 NKJV

“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness,

The Lord will be a light to me.”

 

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your Son, Jesus, who has delivered me from darkness into Your marvelous light. Thank-you for always being with me, You are my light and my salvation. There is nothing to fear because You surround me with Your presence, love and mercy. No matter what is going on around me or I have the promise that You will deliver me. We do not have to be afraid because we are assured that You will deliver us. You are my light and my salvation.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Rededication

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Many years (around 1000 years) after the rededication of the temple, Jesus went to the temple to celebrate the Feast of Dedication.

John 10:22 NKJV

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.”

As Jesus stood in the temple looking at the lamp and at the oil in it, what was He thinking? The oil represented the first pressing of the olives. It was clean, pure and a golden color. In essence, the oil represented Him – He was pure, deity, and He would be pressed. Jesus knew that He was set apart for a specific purpose and that God had a plan for Him and for all mankind.

Just as Jesus stood gazing into the light of the menorah reflecting upon His life, we too must gaze into the Word of God as we reflect upon our lives. Also, just like Jesus, God has a specific plan and purpose for our lives.

When we are dedicated to God we will devote our attention to Him, spend time and energy pursuing Him, commit ourselves and everything about our lives to Him, set ourselves apart for His purpose, and strive for holiness.

In our Christian walk we sometimes allow things to creep into our lives that hinder God’s purpose and plan for our lives. May each of us gaze into the Word of God for a time of self-examination, and dedicate ourselves fresh and anew to God.

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you that You have a plan and a purpose for me and for my life. I desire to devote my attention to You, spend time and energy pursuing You. I commit myself and everything about my life to You, and I willingly set myself apart for Your purpose. Holy Spirit help me to strive for holiness in everything I do, say and think.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Our Responsibility As Light

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Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do. The light within them is to be shared. Our task is to spread light, to illuminate the world with the light of God’s Word.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world. We are to shine as lights to both the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As the moral climate of this world becomes darker and darker it is very important that Christians let Christ shine through them. Darkness will not go away by itself. By allowing the light of Christ to shine through us we are in essence creating more light, which makes the darkness disappear.

 

Father,

Thank-You that You have qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Holy Spirit, help me to fulfill my responsibilities. Let everything I do and say point people to You, O Lord. When people look at me may they see Jesus shinning through me. May what people see in me be the light that they need to create a hunger for You within them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Hannah’s Miracle

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1 Samuel 1:20 NKJV

“So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”

Hannah went with her family each year to Shiloh to worship and offer a sacrifice to the Lord. One morning after they had finished eating Hannah went to the house of the Lord. At the tabernacle of the Lord she prayed to the Lord and cried out in sorrow. Hannah had no children and she desperately wanted a son. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

When Eli came into the tabernacle he saw Hannah praying so hard that only her lips moved, her voice was not heard, so Eli thought she was drunk.

Hannah told Eli that she had been pouring out her soul before the Lord. Then Eli said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” Then Hannah went her way and she was no longer sad. In time, God answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel.

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you that You see my heart and that You hear and answer my prayers. There is nothing too big or you small for You. You alone can cause the barren to come to life. I thank-you that You are the one who brings peace and true joy.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer, Praise & Worship As Seen Through The Tabernacle

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Prayer, Praise & Worship As Seen Through The Tabernacle

The tabernacle was the center of worship to God by the people of Israel while wandering through the desert. It was a tent-like structure that stood within a court enclosed by linen curtains. The tabernacle consisted of three parts: the outer court, the holy place and the holy of holies.

The first part of the tabernacle was the outer court.

The outer court was a place of sacrifice and a place of cleansing. The priest ministered to the people, and prepared themselves to minister to the Lord in the outer court.

Self-examination is critical to our relationship with God. If we are allowing sin to stay in our lives God will not hear our cries.

When we come before God and confess our sins to Him, He will forgive us.

When we ask Him to give us clean hands and a pure heart He will.

When we come to Him with a broken heart He is near.

When we bring to Him the sacrifice of a broken spirit and contrite heart, He will accept it.

Psalm 24:3-4 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.”

Job 22:30 NKJV

“He will even deliver one who is not innocent;

Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

“In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

Psalm 51:17 NKJV

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart –

These, O God, You will not despise.”

Psalm 34:18 NKJV

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,

And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

 

God desires that all people delivered from captivity (sin) would be priests unto Him.

Exodus 19:3-6 NKJV

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountains, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles‘ wings and brought you to Myself.

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Because of disobedience and sin, not all of the people were allowed to become priests that ministered unto Him. God chose the tribe of Levi to minister unto Him. That is why it is so important for you to examine yourself on a continual basis and especially if you want to minister to the Lord.

Deuteronomy 10:8 NKJV

“At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him, and to bless in His name, to this day.”

The second part of the tabernacle was the holy place.

The Holy Place was the first part of the tabernacle that was hidden by a tent. In the holy place the priests ministered unto the Lord by burning a sweet smelling incense. The incense that was burned in the holy place represents praise, worship and prayer rising up to God as a sweet smelling incense.

 

Psalm 141:2 NKJV

“Let my prayer be set before You as incense,

the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

As Zacharias was burning incense before God, and receiving the elements on the table of showbread, he was having an intimate relationship with God.

It was during this time that God performed a miracle in his life – God meet Zacharias’ need during his ministry unto God. God can and will do the same thing today. God wants to minister to us just like He did Zacharias in the Holy Place. God wants to meet our needs, but first, we must minister to Him.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

We were chosen by God to be a priest. We were chosen to be His own special people. As a priest we are to proclaim His praises. We are to offer up sacrifices of praise.

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name;

Bring an offering, and come before Him.

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

Psalm 134:2 NKJV

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary

And bless the Lord.”

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits.”

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give thanks to the Lord, the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

The third part of the tabernacle was the holy of holies.

The Holy of Holies was the second part of the tabernacle that was hidden by a tent. It was there the very presence of God came to dwell. Once a year the high priest went into this part of the tabernacle on behalf of the people and God communicated with him.

Ezekiel 44:17-18 NKJV

“And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they put on linen garments, no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.”

When the priest went in to minister to God, it had to be the way that God had instructed them. The priest could not enter any way he liked. There was a certain way to enter then and now.

Today, God does not communicate with us only one time a year. He communicates with us all the time in our spirit.

At the moment of the death of Jesus, the veil between the holy place and the most holy place was torn into. From that moment on we all have access to the Father through the Son. Each believer became a priest at Calvary.

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

As a priest we can go before God in prayer on behalf of our needs and the needs of others. When we join with others in prayer our prayers become even stronger.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 NKJV

“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.

And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

 

Admitting, Believing, Confessing, and Forsaking

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Admitting, Believing, Confessing, and Forsaking

BIBLE THOUGHTSEveryone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.

Admit

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they have sinned.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Believe

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”

* They must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ).

* They must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin birth.

* They must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on earth.

* They must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of their sins.

* They must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive in heaven and that He will return to earth again.

Confess

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Forsake

Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.

2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning,

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”