February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017


Focus Verse: “Moses and Aaron then went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.”

Leviticus 9:23-24

How’s this for validation! The glory of the Lord appears to all of the people, fire comes from the presence of the Lord and burns up all of the offerings, and the people fall to their knees in worship of the creator. Absolutely incredible!

But we look for something completely different. We look for people to fall to their knees all right. But we look for them to fall to their knees in worship of us. We would never say that out loud, but look at the motives behind what we do. Will the people like this? What will they think about me? They’ll think I’m crazy if I tell them God talks to me!

So God’s glory goes elsewhere…where it’s valued…His fire goes and burns in someone else, consuming sin and purifying souls for His purposes, and we fail to see Him get the glory.

God won’t contend with stubborn hearts. He humbles the proud and lifts up the humble. If there is any part of us that wants some of the glory, God’s glory won’t show up.

I 100% believe that God will show up today exactly how He did right here in Leviticus for Aaron and Moses, but we have to be completely surrendered. First of all, we have to be concerned with the approval of God, never the approval of men. Second, we have to be concerned with God getting all of the glory and having all of the attention bypass us.

So search us and know our hearts, O God. Test us and know our anxious thoughts. Point out in us anything the offends you and you only, and lead us along the path of everlasting life (Psalm 139:24 paraphrase).

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