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October 2, 2018

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Read Numbers 29

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+29&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 29:7- “Ten days later, on the tenth day of the same month, you must call another holy assembly. On that day, the Day of Atonement, the people must go without food and must do no ordinary work.”

 

Observations- Moses listened to God as He commanded a rhythm of rest, withdrawal from regular activity, celebration, and worship in the midst of all their hard work, which was vital to the community as well. God knew the people needed to be intentional about their need to connect with Him, so He gave the Sabbath as a once a week ritual to focus intensely on one’s relationship with God and how to connect with the community of faith. God urged setting aside many other special days as “retreats” from the normal, common routine. If they didn’t carve out time from their schedules to specifically honor their relationship with God, the people would be far more prone to drift into disobedience and bad habits.

 

Application- Claiming a daily time to intentionally meet with God is a far more than a great idea. It’s a necessity for a Christ follower. We need to carve out special times of retreat and refreshment along the way as well. In other words, a part of what God is saying to us in this text 3400 years later is, “We really don’t have the time not to ‘retreat’ on a regular basis.” It helps prevent “mission failure and drift” in our own lives. It helps us remember who we are and Whose we are each day. It helps us be in the habit of seeing glory sightings. Bad habits come easily. Good habits require us to be intentional. What do you need to be more intentional about as you seek to honor the God who loves you so much?

 

Prayer- Dear God, help me honor You by withdrawing from work and my regular routine to be more deeply connected to You and the people you love in worship and fellowship. I 

need daily, weekly, and all kinds of special occasions to remember Your provision and desire to be intimately engaged in my life. Help me know that I'm not "wasting time" to spend it with You! Amen.

 

"But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer." (Luke 5:16),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

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October 1, 2018

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Read Numbers 28

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+28&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Numbers 28:1-2- The Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the people of Israel: The offerings you present as special gifts are a pleasing aroma to me; they are my food. See to it that they are brought at the appointed times and offered according to my instructions."

 

Observations- This chapter outlines many different important offerings the people of God were called upon to make to the Lord- daily, weekly, monthly, and on other various special occasions like Passover, Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement), and the Festival of Harvest (or Pentecost). In response to Jesus Christ being the final and full sacrifice for our sins we are invited to take a new approach to sacrificial giving: "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:1-2)

 

Application- So now- for us who have stepped over the line of faith in the crucified and risen Lord- we are the sacrifice on the altar each day to die to our sin and selfishness and to live for the holiness and self-sacrifice of Christ. We freely offer ourselves in ways that honor "the One who paid it all" through our time, talents, and treasure. Our lives joyfully become an offering to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

 

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1888-1960) Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, Let my first impulse be to worship You, Let my first speech be Your name, Let my first action be to kneel before You in prayer. For Your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness: For the love with which You love mankind; For the love with which You love me; For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life; For the indwelling of Your Spirit in my heart; For the seven fold gifts of Your Spirit; I praise and worship You, O Lord. Yet let me not, when this morning prayer is said, Think my worship ended and spend the day in forgetfulness of You. Rather from these moments of quietness, let light go forth, and joy and power that will remain with me through all the hours of the day, Keeping me chaste in thought; Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech; Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work; Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself; Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealing with others; Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past; Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of Yours.

Through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. 

 

Paul at the end of his life: " As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:6-8),

 

Pastor Jamie

P.S. - Would you read the Bible Plan, "The Book of John in Song," with me? Go to: https://bible.com/p/7406078/cd33ff9fcf1f6feb22e28eb8b89dd584

 

​​​​​​​To contact me:

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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