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Lord, Show Me What Belongs to You–Leviticus 27:30-32


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1-34; Numbers 1:1-54

Heavenly Father, in Leviticus 27:30-32 you told the Israelites what belonged to You.

One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.  If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.  Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.

Lord, in today’s world possessions and “stuff” can sometimes seem like the golden calves of the Israelites days.  We don’t “see” You in our daily lives so we begin to worship the tangible, material things.

Jesus, help me to realize everything we have belongs to You.  Help me to hold onto my possessions loosely.  Help me to ask You each day what I’m to give away and what I’m to keep.

Holy Spirit, anoint me with a spirit of generosity.  I want to be the hands of God.  Use me to bless someone today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51

Lord, I Want to be Able to “Sleep With No Cause to Fear” Leviticus 26:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:24-26:46

Heavenly Father, what an amazing promise You made to the Israelites:

I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land. —Leviticus 26:6

Lord, fear and sleeplessness seem to go hand in hand. Statistics vary, but many say that almost 50% of all adults in America have trouble sleeping.

Heavenly Father, is Your promise in Leviticus 26:6 for today?

I believe it is.  Our problem is we want Your promises but we don’t want Your conditions.

Do the conditions You required of the Israelites to live in peace and have sweet sleep pertain to us today?

  1. Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God.
  2. You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. —Leviticus 26:1-2

If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will… Leviticus 26:3

Lord, many would read these conditions and say, “That’s the Old Testament, that’s not for today.”  Yes, Jesus You came to release us from the Law, but many of the requirements our Heavenly Father gave us in the Law were practical things that are still true today.  After all, You made our bodies, You made our minds.  You know what makes them work best. Our salvation may not be dependent upon it but these guidelines could be the missing link to our physical well-being and peace.

  1. Putting God first in our lives, trusting Him with our future, and believing He is in total control of the world in which we live brings peace.
  2. Taking time each week to unplug and unwind, and get away from the stress of the world makes for better sleep.

Lord, help us to see Your Word as the operator’s manual for the human body.  Holy Spirit, draw us to it daily.  Help us to see every word as valuable, even the details of Leviticus.  Teach us how to live in peace and have sweet sleep.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1-34; Numbers 1:1-54

Lord, I Want to be Set Apart to be Your Very Own–Leviticus 20:26


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Heavenly Father, Your requirements for priests to be set apart were almost impossible to remember much less attain.  Father, if You were to hold me to that standard today, I’m sure I would be thrown out of the camp or killed!

You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. —Leviticus 20:26

But because of the amazing gift You gave us, Your Son; because of Jesus, all Christians are priests.  All Christians are called to “set apart.”

…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. —1 Peter 2:9

Lord, forgive me.

Most of the time I don’t act like a royal priest, chosen by God.

Forgive me for taking the fact that You called me out of darkness for granted.

Forgive me for taking Your grace for granted.

Forgive me for trying to live as close to the world as I can and still make heaven

instead of

trying to live as close to You as I can and still function in this world.

Lord, in today’s reading You said over and over, “I am the Lord who makes them holy.”  Father, make me holy.  Set me a part from the things of this world and make me like You, so that I can help others “Know You More.”

Father, thank You for choosing me!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 23:1-25:23

Lord, What Do Think of My Choices? –Leviticus 18:1-3

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37

Heavenly Father, as I read about the many ways in which the Israelites could become defiled, I thought what does that word really mean?

Dictionary.com agrees with the biblical meaning of the word defiled:

  1. To make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debased.
  2. To violate the chastity of.
  3. To make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.

Lord, many things in these two chapters of defilements are still seen as sinful acts by today’s Christ followers, but there are several things that we wouldn’t think twice about; like trimming the hair on our temples or trimming our beards (Leviticus 19:27).

Heavenly Father, what do You think about our choices?

Lord, it would be so easy to talk about the sinfulness of our country, celebrities, or next-door neighbors and then we could be off the hook.

But, that’s not what our prayer journey is about.  This year we’re focusing on ourselves and our lives as it relates to Your Word.

So Lord…

What do You see in me?

What do You think about my choices?

What areas in my life seem foul, dirty, unclean, or in violation of the chastity You expect from Your children?

In my humanness I want to say, “We don’t have to live by the Levitical law!”  While that is thankfully true, I still believe we are called to live a life that is pleasing to You Lord, a life that’s not defiled.

Holy Spirit, speak to us.  Show us the areas in our lives that need some work.  We want to be pure in Your eyes.  Jesus, make us like you!  Help us to have a clean heart (Psalm 51:10).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Jesus, Thank You for Being Our Scapegoat—Leviticus 16:20-22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Heavenly Father, today’s reading gives us more examples of…

  • Why it’s important to read all the Bible
  • How the Old Testament and New Testament fit together
  • Our desperation to be clean and pure
  • The failure of rules and regulations to purify
  • Our need of a savior

“Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord. Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle. He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the Lord and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel. Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the Lord. The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord.  —Leviticus 16:6-10

The children of Israel were finding out very quickly that trying to stay pure before the Lord was a 24 hour-a-day job. Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at the lengths You went to make a way of escape for Moses and his people. The processes You put in place were mind-blowing. 

I sometimes wonder, “why didn’t You just send Jesus to die for our sins in the time of Moses?” After all, You knew we couldn’t keep “The Law”.  But the more I study Your Word and understand Your nature I realize You knew we needed a savior but we had to discover that. We (Your people) had to get in touch with our sinfulness.

Lord, You knew we needed a scapegoat, someone to transfer our sins to and a way to remove those sins from Your presence. You gave us and example of what that would look like in Leviticus:

“When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself  into a desolate land.  —Leviticus 16:20-22

Lord, I’m sure Moses and the people in today’s reading were very thankful for the scapegoat. I’m sure they were happy when they saw the goat leave the camp with “their sins.” Oh how they would be amazed to know that many generations later there would be One who would carry our past, present, and future sins to the cross and die for us and those sins would be gone forever.

Lord, as we read pages and pages of regulations, rules, and laws, help us to realize how helpless and hopeless we would be without Jesus!

Father, thank You for making a way of escape!

Thank You for Jesus!

 

Amen and Amen!

 


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 17:1-19:37

Lord, I Can’t Believe You Are Concerned About Mildew—Leviticus 13:4

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 12:1-14:32

Heavenly Father, I must admit this reading in Leviticus is tough. Sometime the thought crosses my mind, “it’s not important” but I know if You chose through Your Holy Spirit for it to be included in Your Word, IT IS IMPORTANT!

There are two thoughts I walk away with from today’s reading:

  1. We definitely needed a better way of redemption that hundreds of rules and regulations.
  2. My God cares about my health and well-being.

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to redeem us for our past, present, and future sins! A once-a-year read of Leviticus is a great reminder of why we needed a Savior!

Lord, I know there are many scriptures in Your Word that show us You are our healer and that You care about us when we are sick. Today’s reading adds another layer of thought in that area for me: Lord, You care about my daily health and You believe in preventive medicine.

Mold and mildew can cause all sorts of health problems. Your solution was to go to the root of the problem and get rid of the mildew before it made the Israelites sick. Lord, much of today’s medical community focuses on disease care, which will always be important but I believe Your Word teaches to the importance of preventive and wellness care.  Lord through Moses You taught the priests how to recognize health issues before those issues made the Israelite family sick.

Lord, can you teach us how to recognize the things we are doing (foods we eat, habits we have, disciplines we lack) that will ultimately lead to sickness, disease and premature death? Lord, can You reinforce the things we’re doing right? Our desire is to live in Your divine health so that we can serve You to full capacity all the days of our lives?

Holy Spirit, please speak to us!

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen.



Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Lord, I Want to Come Near to You–Leviticus 10:3

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Heavenly Father, I want to be one of “those” who come near You.

Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord meant when he said, ‘I will display my holiness through those who come near me. I will display my glory before all the people.’”  And Aaron was silent. –Leviticus 10:3

I want to see Your holiness.

I know…

  • It can sometimes be scary
  • Being a leader holds great responsibilities
  • The costs can be high

But, Lord when I’m near You…

  • I can hear Your whispers
  • I’m not so distracted
  • I feel deeply loved

Lord, You are the GREAT I AM!

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Lord, show me Your holiness!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 12:1-14:32

Lord, Help Me Offer Peace to Others–Leviticus 7:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Heavenly Father, peace is very important to You.  You gave detailed instructions for peace offerings in Leviticus.  It seems that peace offerings weren’t mandatory.  They were an expression of thanksgiving, a fulfillment of a vow, or a voluntary offering. Peace offerings were a way to show love to You.

Lord, offering peace is difficult.  We wouldn’t mind giving You a grain offering like the Israelites, but literally offering peace to others in today’s world doesn’t come natural. Turmoil seems to be our default setting.

Jesus, You are the ultimate peace-offering (Isaiah 9:6).  You willingly gave Yourself to bring peace to our violent, sinful world.  Your time on the earth is a recorded example of living a life of peace.  Help us to realize that replacing peace with rage and anger is a way to worship You.  Help us to give the world a gift they cannot give…

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Holy Spirit, awaken us from our complacency!  Awaken us from our “all about me” attitudes. Help us to offer peace to everyone we come in contact with each day.  Our “peace offering” could be Your way of reaching the lost in our sphere of influence.  Help us to be sensitive to Your leading.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Lord, I Didn’t Know That Was Wrong–Leviticus 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses made it very clear that saying, “I didn’t know” was no excuse for sin.

How many times have we said…

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Lord, you must laugh when we think that attitude will work in our relationship with You.  After all, You know every thought we’ve had or ever will have.

Jesus, I’m so thankful for the assurance of my salvation (Romans 10:13).  I’m thankful for the grace you’ve extended to me all the while knowing that I not perfect.  But Lord I also know that You expect me to love You enough to strive for a pure heart (Matthew 5:8).

Knowing Your Word and Your nature is one of the ways we strive for a pure heart.

Lord, help us not to be deceived into thinking ignorance is bliss. Draw us to Your Word.  Teach us Your Ways.  We want to be like You!

Lord, forgive us for taking Your Word for granted.  Show us the areas in our lives that aren’t pleasing to You.

Lord, we want to know You more!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your Instructions–Numbers 9:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17

Heavenly Father, Moses’ dependence on You is a great example for all Christ followers.

When some of the Israelites had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body they came to Moses asking, “Why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” (Numbers 9:4-7, my paraphrase)

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8

Lord, help us to…

  • Believe that You care about the details of our lives
  • Remember to STOP and ask for instructions
  • Wait for Your instructions
  • Remember that no answer means wait, not do whatever we think is right

Lord, we’re waiting on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

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