May 30, 2008
(Exo 30:30) “And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.”
Those who God has called to lead in the body of Christ must be anointed to lead. They must be set apart to lead by the hand of God. As Christians we must understand that just because we got saved, just because we can quote a few scriptures, just because we have a hum in our voice when we speak does not mean we have been called to pastor. Those who have been called to the five-fold ministry have been called by God, and if they have been called they want be the only one who recognizes it. Thus, men shall call you the ministers of our God (Isa 61:6). Aaron had certainly been called by God; however, it was confirmed by Moses who was Aaron’s leader. Further, we must also understand that those who have been called by God are not continuing to practice willful sin. They are not lying, stealing, cheating, or sleeping with those who they are not married to. They are dealing with and getting the victory over the secret sins in their heart. Furthermore, they are examining their lives constantly through the word of God to be sure that they are in right standing with God and man. The truth is saint’s, that everybody who says they are called by God are not, and if you watch their life long enough you will see it for yourself. I’m not saying that those who are anointed to lead won’t sin, because we all make mistakes. However, you won’t find those who are anointed to lead operating in willful sin, because God’s seed is in them, and when God’s seed is in you (Holy Spirit) you can’t practice sin without some serious conviction.
God Bless You.
May 29, 2008
(Exo. 30:9) “Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering: neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.”
The Lord continues to talk to Moses about the consecration of the priest’s and the altar of worship and he tells him “ye shall offer no strange incense thereon”; meaning that God didn’t want any offerings offered unto him that he didn’t recognize as holy. We know that offering strange incense or strange fire to God caused two of Aaron sons Nadab and Abihu to be killed at the altar by God (Lev 10:1-2). Therefore, when we attempt to go in the presence of God we too must pay attention to the offerings we attempt to offer to God. Thus, we shouldn’t try to offer God praise when there is sin in our heart, because (St. John 9:31 KJV) “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” If we would be honest with ourselves we know that we go to God sometimes attempting to offer praise-prayer-or worship and our hearts are not right with him. We must understand that if our hearts are not right with God then our offerings become strange incense to God and viewed by God as unacceptable. We must understand that we can’t offer God any kind offering, on our terms, and in our ways and expect it to be received by God because it won’t be. To go before God with a heart of bitterness-un-forgiveness-hatred…etc, is a waste of time unless you are going to repent. Thus, the believer in Christ Jesus must be in a right standing with God before they can go to the altar of worship.
God Bless You.
May 28, 2008
(Exo 29) spends a lot of time talking about the consecration of the priest’s in Israel. However, there is one scripture in particular which speaks loud and clear about what God expects from his ministers. (Exo.29:20) “Then thou shalt kill the ram and take his blood, and put it upon the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.” Thus, God expects his ministers, to have three very important characteristics. The first one would be that God’s ministers must have an ear which is sensitive to the voice of the Spirit. Hence, he that hath an ear let him ear what the Spirit is saying to the church; which is a type of the blood placed upon the right ear. Secondly, they must understand how to handle the word of God. Thus, they must know how to apply the scriptures to their lives, as well as, the lives of others effectively; which is a type of the blood placed upon the right thumb. Finally, they must be balanced according to the word. Thus, there must be a balance in their lives, as well as, their congregation. Their life can’t be at the church 24-7, there must be a time of rest, a time of recharging your physical and spiritual body, because a tired, worn out, over-worked leader, eventually will be no use to his/her congregation. As a result, the man/woman of God must learn to get away at times, and they must have spiritually competent help if they are to stay balanced; this is a type of the blood placed upon the right great toe.
God Bless You.
May 27, 2008
(Psalm 30:4) “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
What a blessing it is to serve a holy God. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to be holy because it is a requirement in order to serve God. The holiness of God was so important to King David that he said “give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” The holiness of God is so impressive because you always know what to expect when it comes down to the character of God. Hence, because he is holy we can expect him to always operate in truth, love, joy, and righteousness; because he is holy we can expect that he will never have mood swings, because holiness dictates that he operates above feelings from one day to the next. Child of God because we serve a holy God we don’t have to wonder if he is going to be in a bad mood today if we try to approach him in prayer because holiness dictates that he will never be in a bad mood. The fact is that there are certain things we can expect of God because he follows his word to the letter. Hence, there will never be a day when he doesn’t line up with the word which he has loosed in the earth. It’s this standard of holiness which keeps the Lord on point with his word, which in turn allows his children to have certain expectations of him. That’s why David said “give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness”; because God is not like man, he won’t be up one day and down the next. However, a man that’s saved and operating in true holiness shouldn’t be either. Hence, a man who considers himself to be holy cannot have a bad day, because you never know who is watching.
God Bless You.
May 23, 2008
(Exo. 28:29) “And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.”
When Aaron went before the Lord he had to take the burdens and sins of his people before the Lord. He essentially had to have a prayer burden for his people. As it was then it is today the pastors who are leading God’s people today must have a prayer burden for the congregation. He must be one who prays for the congregation continually. He must be prepared to take the names of all the people in the ministry which he leads before the Lord in prayer. If nobody else is praying; if nobody else is interceding; if nobody else is bringing God’s people into the presence of God the pastor must at least be sure that he is. Thus, the people of God should be engraved in his heart. Any pastor who is not praying for the people whom he leads is not pastoring at all, but he is simply a hireling. Many times the thing which separates the true shepherd from the hireling is his level of prayer concerning the congregation in which he leads. Now I am sure that Aaron the priest of Israel had a copious prayer burden because he was leading a congregation of two million or more. However, that’s not many pastors problem today; in fact, the majority of congregations in America are certainly less than a thousand members. Somehow Aaron found a way to pray and take the names of his congregation before the Lord. Therefore, the question is: If you are a leader of God’s people what is it that’s keeping you from praying for the congregation that you lead?
God Bless You.
May 22, 2008
Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field (Matt 13: 44).
The hidden treasure which this parable is talking about is heaven. When a man/woman actually finds this hidden treasure they are willing to give up the world for this treasure. Thus, when sinful man finally finds the Lord and realizes that what he has in his relationship with the Lord is better than anything in this life, he let’s go of the world and the things in the world and sells out to the Lord. As a result of selling out to the Lord man forsakes the flesh, the devil and the world in pursuit of a wholehearted relationship with God. It would be nice if more men/women found this hidden treasure in the earth and take on the attitude towards God as the parable speaks of. Too often, we get saved and we never really sell out for the Lord; we never really go all the way for the Lord. However, selling out and giving our all for the Lord is what he requires. A half-hearted service to God won’t be enough to get us into heaven, and ultimately our plan is to go to heaven if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. Therefore, to those who have found the hidden treasure (Jesus Christ) let us serve him with our whole heart because that’s the requirement.
God Bless You
May 21, 2008
As Christians we should never put ourselves in a position where we are quenching the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the ministry that is leading us, guiding us and teaching us on the earth, and we must be in a position where we are able to hear the voice of the Spirit at all times. To quench the Spirit is to extinguish, put out or to pour water on. Thus, to extinguish or pour water on the fire of the Holy Spirit is to extinguish the flame or light that burns on the inside of us. As Christians we must be willing to yield fully to the Spirit of God; we must be willing to let God have his way as my grandmother used to say. In fact, letting the Holy Spirit shine from your life was so important to God that (1 Thess 5:19) “Quench not the Spirit”. As Christians we want this light of the Holy Spirit to shine daily, not just on Sunday morning during the praise and worship, or when it’s time to preach the word, but it is just as important that it shines on your job, in your home and in the community at large. Child of God we don’t want to quench the very thing which gives us life, and when our attitude is not right the Spirit is quenched; when our heart is not right the Spirit is quenched, and when we operate in disobedience to the will of God the Spirit is quenched.
God Bless You