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Noonday Devotion by Keith
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Paul or whoever wrote Hebrews, in the preceding chapters, has talked about the duties of the priests, who serve the Lord daily in the temple. But now he says that we have a high priest, who serves in the true tabernacle, not one made with hands, but made new by the power of the Spirit of God.
JESUS is the minister of the sanctuary, isn't that awesome? God does not live in temples or tabernacles made with hands, he lives in you, and so Jesus is your minister. He is the one who lives in and adorns your sanctuary, the spotless lamb of God lives right inside you by the means of HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
All through their wanderings, the children of Israel, pitched the Tabernacle. But now God has pitched it, and he lives right inside you, so we need to keep our tabernacle clean and holy, because The Blessed Holy Spirit, can only work through pure lives.
1 Corinthians 6
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
My question is this.
Is our Tabernacle or temple.. Holy and clean and fit for the Master's use?
This should thrill the believer and also challenge him/her to push him forward to greater levels of service and devotion.
Also it should encourage the believer to examine him/herself to see if there are any things in their life that are causing grief to God's spirit?
I know that in this area is my main area of struggle. Yes I struggle, as did the Apostle Paul with his thorn in the flesh.
If you are facing struggles in your life and you have opposition to your walk and ministry.. that proves you are having an effect.. because the devil is not concerned about idle christians.. amen
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Had a bad day?.
Not as bad as the Apostle Paul had! As he sat in his prison cell, the one person who he needed to be near him, was the blessed Holy Spirit. He himself drew near to Paul and comforted Him.
Four times in His discourse to the disciples in John chs 13-17. Jesus talked about the comforter. In John chs 14:16 &26, Ch 15:26 and 16:7 . The Greek word for the HOLY SPIRIT IS PARAKLETOS, the one who comes alongside. As the HOLY SPIRIT is a real person, it was he who came alongside Paul at this time and also comes alongside us. He comes to us and places his arms around us and we know that he is with us.. amen
That was all Paul had to hear, he was reassured and so believer should you. Whatever you have gone through, whatever has happened, the Holy Spirit will come alongside you, comfort you, console you and strengthen you. He promises to and he will not let you down, when he does something, he does it real good.. So be of Good cheer tonight. If you feel you are deserted, well just know, God has not deserted you.
He comes to you and says
"Be of Good Cheer",
For I am With You. The comforter is here
God bless you
Morning and evening by CH Spurgeon
"Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague." – Leviticus 13:13
Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are "nothing else but sin," for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment-it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto him, he will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner,
Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can’t come too filthy-come just as you are.
"He will give grace and glory." – Psalm 84:11
Bounteous is Jehovah in his nature; to give is his delight. His gifts are beyond measure precious, and are as freely given as the light of the sun. He gives grace to his elect because he wills it, to his redeemed because of his covenant, to the called because of his promise, to believers because they seek it, to sinners because they need it. He gives grace abundantly, seasonably, constantly, readily, sovereignly; doubly enhancing the value of the boon by the manner of its bestowal. Grace in all its forms he freely renders to his people: comforting, preserving, sanctifying, directing, instructing, assisting grace, he generously pours into their souls without ceasing, and he always will do so, whatever may occur. Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, "The Lord will give grace."
The little conjunction "and" in this verse is a diamond rivet binding the present with the future: grace and glory always go together. God has married them, and none can divorce them. The Lord will never deny a soul glory to whom he has freely given to live upon his grace; indeed, glory is nothing more than grace in its Sabbath dress, grace in full bloom, grace like autumn fruit, mellow and perfected. How soon we may have glory none can tell! It may be before this month of October has run out we shall see the Holy City; but be the interval longer or shorter, we shall be glorified ere long. Glory, the glory of heaven, the glory of eternity, the glory of Jesus, the glory of the Father, the Lord will surely give to his chosen. Oh, rare promise of a faithful God!
Two golden links of one celestial chain:
Who owneth grace shall surely glory gain.
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