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Sunday, 31 May 2015

June Bookmark

Hi girls, I'm just popping in with a bookmark I've made for you to download and print off with the readings for the month of June. Enjoy! You can colour in the little hearts after you've read each chapter...if you're as nuts about colouring in as I am, that is!!!


Hugs, Karen x

Friday, 29 May 2015

Psalms 2 & 3


Good evening girls! Yay, it's Friday again! It's still not quite summer here yet but here's hoping!!

Isn't Psalm 2 very encouraging? Right from early times people, including those in authority, have made little of God and have tried to set themselves up against Him. It's still happening today. Un-biblical laws are being passed, restrictions are being put on those who love the Lord and many others are being persecuted for their faith. People also believe that because God hasn't dealt with them, then He mustn't really see what's going on or even care. People sadly mistake God's patience and longsuffering with them as indifference. Instead, if they could only see that He is watching all the actions and deeds of every man and woman and is taking note of them, they would quickly run to Him for salvation. He is giving them time to come to Him for salvation, but instead, they use this precious time to turn more and more against Him. Verse 12 especially gives out a warning for those who despise God and His Word, including 'kings' and 'judges' (people who have the authority to make laws and to implement them) - they too must make sure they are ready to meet the King of all kings and the Judge of all the earth, before whom they will one day stand themselves.
And what a cause for rejoicing at the end of this Psalm! Very simply, there is happiness, contentment and peace for ALL those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Psalm 3 is straight from David's heart to his God. He had to leave his throne when his son Absalom turned against him and turned other people against his dad too. David sure didn't have it easy. No Christian does. Each one of us has her own difficulties, worries and trials. In only verses 2 and 3, David tells the Lord all about his troubles and his situation, but then he goes on to praise God for being the only One who can help him in his time of need. David knows that he can bring his worries to his heavenly Father who will look after him. 
Verse 4. David prayed from a broken heart and was assured that God heard him. Result? Verse 5, he went and laid himself down and had a good night's rest. Not in a royal bed in an opulent palace with servants at his beck and call; but more likely in a cave somewhere, with a few supporters and only a stone for a pillow...but he was able to sleep and awake the next day safe and sound, unafraid of what lay ahead - because he left his worries and troubles with the Lord. God 'sustained ' him and carried him through to another day. 
I trust and pray that, if you are going through some terrible trial or difficulty just now, you will be able to leave it in the Lord's hands, knowing He WILL see you through. He will sustain and uphold you. No matter what the trial is, He will be there with you all the way!

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help you to leave your concerns with Him, knowing that there's nothing you can do to change matters anyway that but He can do the impossible.
♥   Praise Him for taking care of you and for being the wonderful God and Father that He is; we have so much to thank Him for!

Have a good weekend!
Hugs, Karen x

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Psalm 1: Obedience of the saved

Hello again friends and followers! Congratulations to all of you who managed to keep up with the studies in Leviticus! We got there in the end and it wasn't so bad after all (I hope you agree!).


I just wanted to let you know that Courtney over at Women Living Well (whose schedule we follow) is taking a break from today until 15th June when she is leading us in the book of Proverbs and then the Song of Solomon. Since I don't like to not be reading and studying God's Word, I'll be staying on here with some studies in the book of Psalms in the meantime. I think after Leviticus, something easier and comforting is a must!

I am using Courtney's Bible colouring chart which I am just getting used to, but I find it very helpful. It is also available in bookmark form.

GMG Bible Coloring Chart      Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2

Here is a picture of my highlighting for today in Psalm 1.

Lots of green highlighting which means 'obedience'.

Verse 1. 'Happy' is that person, man or woman, who stays close to God and steers clear of worldly wisdom, the paths of those who don't care about God's laws and who doesn't sit down and have fellowship with those who make mockery of and fun of God's holy Word.

Verse 2. The person who loves God's Word spends a lot of time reading, studying and learning it, is also that happy person.

Verse 3. The blessed man/woman will be fruitful, successful and prosperous. Don't mistake these blessings for always being fame, wealth or ambition. God has other ways of blessing His people...with peace, contentment, joy in the face of trials.

Verses 4 and 5. We need to pray for those who are still unsaved because on the Day of Judgment, they will not be able to stand confidently before a holy God, knowing they don't need to be afraid of hell; there will be no place for the unsaved in heaven with those who have been saved by God's grace.

Verse 6. When we read the word 'righteous', this does not mean 'self-righteousness' referring to those people who think they are Christians because they do good works. No, this refers to God's redeemed people , who are only made righteous because they have accepted God's free offer of salvation and who wear the robe of Christ's righteousness.

How wonderful to know today that God knows our path! He leads and guides us and keeps His eye upon us. Dear unsaved person, please be aware that there is a warning here for you and turn to Christ for salvation.

Prayer matters;
♥   Pray for your dear loved ones and friends to accept Christ's offer of salvation and witness to them of His great love for them
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to make time time to read, study and learn from His Word
♥   Ask Him to help you to obey His Word

Hugs, Karen x

Leviticus 26 and 27

Good morning girls! Hope you are all well today. If not and you are feeling the stresses and emotional turmoil that life can sometimes throw at us, I hope you can take comfort from the words of our memory verse this week from Leviticus 26:6 (on the right), words spoken from the Lord Himself.

Let's look at chapter 26 first. There are loads of lessons here for the Christian, but in particular God is teaching us that if we obey Him and His Word, there are abundant blessings to be had. However, if we choose to disregard God's Word and despise His teachings then there will be severe consequences. We understand that when we are bringing up children we are there to help them to learn and to guide them into making right choices. We also know that if they were allowed to do their own thing, they would fall into all sorts of danger and calamities, because they don't have the wisdom or foresight to see the big picture; so of course we have to put restrictions on them for their own good. We expect our children to be obedient to us too. It is similar with God and us. He knows the pitfalls that are waiting to happen if we choose our own path. He also loves us very much and wants us to enjoy His rich blessings which He has in store for us. It's like coming to a crossroads where the sign says, "Left - my choice = danger" and "Right - God's way = blessing". What should be the obvious choice? But do we take it? No! That would be too simple. We would rather learn the hard way and take our own path and end up in all sorts of trouble.

Verses 4-12 tell us how to have God's blessing. If we obey His teachings, He promises that we will have:

Fruitfulness
Abundance
Safety
Peace
Security
Rest
Victory over our enemies
Harmony with God
God's loving presence
Fellowship with Him

However, on the other side of the coin, as a result of disobedience, we can expect:

Sickness and disease
Grief
Poverty
Attacks and defeat in battle by our enemies
Increased punishment if there is continued disobedience
Being humbled and brought low
Barrenness in the land
Fear
Attacks by wild animals (in today's culture this could be from anywhere, including vicious people who hate Christians)
Prayers not being heard
Being separated from other Christians

So why, why, why, when we know there will always be consequences to sin and disobedience, do we still insist on going our own way?

BUT the good news is this! God loves us with an everlasting love! He made a covenant away back at the beginning of time with Jacob, Isaac and Abraham and He has promised that, even though He has to punish sin and deal with our disobedience, He will never cast us off completely. If we are truly saved, our relationship with God can never be broken. It may not be on good terms at times, through our own fault, but it is always intact. He will always be our heavenly Father and we will always be His blood-bought children. Verses 40 and 41 tell us that we just have to repent and humbly accept our chastisement and our relationship with God will be as it used to be when we walked in obedience. I'm so glad that our God is a forgiving God, one who will never cast us off completely. He is the God of second chances.

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help you to always be obedient to His Word
♥   Ask Him to help you to have a humble and teachable spirit

Hugs, Karen x 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Leviticus 21-25

Hi girls! So, as you know I'll just be posting once or twice a week, as time permits. I'd just like to leave a few thoughts with you of what I've learned in my studies this week. Thank you to all of you who are still following along with me.

The main lesson I have learned in these chapters, as well as throughout most of the book of Leviticus, is how holy God is and how sinful man is. When God repeatedly explains why things have to be done in a certain way or at a certain time, His reason is His holiness, "I am the Lord", "I the Lord do sanctify them", "I the Lord which sanctify you am holy". And so, when we serve God, we do it His way because He is holy and He wants us to be holy like Him.

Leviticus 22:22. God deserves our very best. We should not be offering Him the leftovers...of our time, our energies. He should be getting the very best we can give Him. Remember He gave His very best to us, His own dearly beloved Son and held nothing back.

Leviticus 23:22. Those who have known God's great mercy in their lives will have no problem being merciful to the poor and needy.

Leviticus 24:2-4. Remember we talked before about the oil burning in the lamps as being a picture of our prayers to the Lord? Notice here the word "continually". We should be in constant communication with God throughout the day, asking for His help in any situation we find ourselves, sending up a prayer for those in need, seeking His guidance and help.
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Leviticus 24:12. This verse teaches us that we should never rush into doing (or even 'saying') something until we know God's mind and will concerning it. We must wait, pray, be patient...and maybe even wait and pray some more.

Leviticus 24:19,20. Teach us that the punishment should fit the crime. There should not be over-leniency but neither should there be over-severity. This could be regarding anything from bringing up and disciplining your children to how the law deals with offenders.

Leviticus 25:17. Christians should not oppress each other or do each other harm. Life is hard enough with the world against us. Instead we should encourage and support each other throughout this life.

Leviticus 25:35. Speaks of how we should treat other Christians who are struggling or have fallen on hard times. We should do whatever we can to help them out.

Leviticus 25:38. Anything we have is a gift from God so we have no right to be selfish with something that doesn't even rightly belong to us.

For more insight into these verses, pop over to Courtney's blog - http://womenlivingwell.org/2015/05/eye-for-an-eye-or-turn-the-other-cheek/

Prayer matters:
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to be patient and wise and not to rush into situations without praying first
♥   Pray that the Lord will open your eyes and heart to see where there is a need and then do what you can to help

Hugs, Karen x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A bit of a hiccup!


Hi girls, most of you will know that I had closed down my blog because I was feeling very overwhelmed due to personal and family circumstances. Typical me...rush in and regret it later. You'd think by 50 years of age I'd have learned to think through everything before making a hasty decision! I need to keep working on this. Doesn't it just show you? We never stop learning, no matter how old we are ☺.

Anyway, I checked with my followers and got their feedback and we've decided to keep the blog going but just not every day. Instead, I'll post once or twice a week and that way, there's no pressure on me. I appreciate you being so understanding and hope that you'll continue to follow along and keep close to the Lord by doing your own studies day by day.

Thank you for all your support. I wish you all God's richest blessings as you seek to walk with Him each day of your lives!

Hugs, Karen x

Monday, 18 May 2015

Leviticus 21: The holiness of the priests



Good morning girls! I do hope you all had a good weekend and are up and ready for another brand new week in your life! Life is busy, isn't it? But I hope you are able to make time to sit with your bible and get close to the Lord. The key words here are "make time". I know I can make time for all the things I need to do in my busy week but the most important thing on my to-do list that I just MUST make time for is my quiet time with the Lord. I absolutely NEED to make sure I read His Word and spend time in prayer. I know that if I fail in this, I just don't feel right in myself.

Our memory verse for this week is Leviticus 21:6, taken from today's chapter. Chapters 18 - 20 focused on the life that a Christian should strive to live and now in chapter 21, we are back to see what more God has to say to the priests and the high priest He has ordained to be separate and to serve Him. Of course we know that these verses apply to us too because we are His priests. Revelation 1:5,6 says (referring to the Lord Jesus Christ),
"Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
Once again, as in many other verses throughout the book of Leviticus, we are brought face to face with God's holiness and our duty to follow His teachings and laws which direct us to be holy like Him. The priests had a very specialized job to do and in so doing, they had to keep themselves from defilement. They most certainly could not come before a holy God with their body or clothes defiled. They were coming into the holy place to seek atonement for the sins of the people and so had to be clean themselves. There was huge privilege in carrying out the duties of the priests and with this privilege came great responsibility. Anyone who is in office in the church and has been set apart by God and called to do a particular task for Him, also has great responsibility to have a good testimony before the people. Rather than criticizing and finding fault with those in office, we would be better praying for them and asking the Lord to keep them humble and equipped for the job they have to do.

Did you find verses 16 - 24 strange? It took me a while to understand them. It's not that God is against anyone with a disability as we have already seen in Leviticus 19:14, but it seems that, because this was a very specialized job that needed to be done and because there was so much holiness attached to the place where it was to be done, it had to be carried out by someone who was able to do the job appropriately. Someone with a limp or who was blind would not have been able to step up to the altar to carry the bread. It would have been awkward for them and there may have been much attention directed their way. This task was not about focusing on people; it's always about the Lord. All our attention must be focused and directed only on Him. These individuals were never rejected from being a part of God's work, it was just that they were better equipped to do something different and God encouraged that (v22). Not everyone is going to be called to be a preacher or a missionary or a leader. There are certain qualifications that God gives people to enable them to do certain jobs in the best possible way; and then there are those of us who should be willing to serve God in the smaller things.

If any of you have any other or different thoughts on these verses 16 - 24, I'd love to hear from you. This is just my opinion, but you may have read something somewhere that gave you a greater insight to what these verses mean.

Prayer matters:
♥  Pray that the Lord will put the right people into the right jobs and positions to be able to serve Him in the best way possible
♥   Pray for your minister/pastor and church leadership as they guide the congregation into a closer walk with God; pray that they will be holy and faithful to God in all they do and put His Word and will first

Hugs, Karen x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Leviticus 20: We are a separated people

Good evening girls!
Can you believe we have just come to the end of week 4 in Leviticus and we only have 7 more studies in this book? It seems like only yesterday we started this book.

God makes it very clear in this chapter that He is definitely not happy with immorality, especially that which is practised by His own people. Why? Because if we say that we belong to God, and people know that He is holy, then we bring shame to His name if we behave in a sinful way. It's as if we do not even believe He is holy or that we do not have enough reverence for His name.

God knows that the people of all the different nations were involved in all sorts of sinful behaviours and that is why He so often warned His people against getting caught up in these things. He knew He would have to punish this sin and that also meant punishing His people when they disobeyed His commands. He calls for His people to "sanctify" themselves, and to "be holy"; He reminds them that they needed to keep His statutes and do them.

In verse 23 it says,
"Ye shall not walk in the manner of the nation (ie the Canaanites, who were very wicked and had no time for the God of Israel), which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them".
God loves only what is good, lovely, pure and sinless; He hates evil, wickedness and perverseness. YET, in spite of all this, He STILL loves us. That is why He warns us not to get involved in doing the works of the devil and his followers. If the world loves something and thinks it's great, then it's very likely God doesn't. We go with what God says, not what the world says. This list of sins and crimes that are seen in verses 9 to 21 are all to do with immorality and sexual deviance. The Canaanites were involved in every one of them and God tells his people to keep far from them.

So, in our case today, that means, because the world loves drinking and drugs, we are to stay clear of them...completely. There should be no such thing as a wee social drink for the Christian. We need to be different from the world's standards and as verses 24 and 26 say, we have been separated from the world, severed even, so that people know there is a difference between the Christian and the unsaved. Or at least they should know. Can people tell that there is a difference between you and the world by your life? Do you live in such a way that others will know that we are His? Or is your holiness kept solely for Sundays when you put on your Sunday outfit AND your Sunday persona? If you do this the only person you are fooling is yourself, because God certainly sees and hears you wherever you are. Other people are not stupid either. The unsaved know a genuine Christian from one who is pretending to be one because, believe me, they are watching and listening. They will know, if you SAY you're a Christian, whether or not you're genuine. I remember seeing this quote which is very true:


Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help you to confess to Him any immorality in your life; get it under the blood
♥   Ask Him to help you to be a completely genuine Christian, not one just for show
♥   Ask Him to make any sins clear to you that you may not even be aware of so that you can confess them too

  1. Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
  2. I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
    Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
  3. Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
  4. O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival, start the work in me;
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.

Hugs, Karen x

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Leviticus 19: "I am the Lord" - our motivation to be holy

Good evening girls! Sorry for not getting this posted sooner but I got here in the end!

Remember as we read these chapters and verses that the instructions contained in them are as practical and important to us as they were in Old Testament times because then, they were given to God's people, the Israelites and now they are given to us, His redeemed people. Sixteen times in this chapter we read that the Lord is our God, meaning that He is the LORD God Jehovah, the only true God who we should be serving. He tells us that we are to be holy and the reason is that He is holy. We are His children and we are to be like Him. He has certain standards for us and we must, with His help and grace, endeavour to live as best we can for Him.

People say that the Bible is not relevant to everyday life and how could there be anything in it about the 21st century when it was written hundreds of years ago. Having just read chapter 19, I am more convinced than ever that God's Word is right up to date and has something to say about every topic we could think of. As we go through all of these laws that God has put in place for a decent, orderly and safe society, just look and see how many of these are blatantly disregarded and disobeyed by men, women and young people and even by those in government who should be following them to make our world a safe place to live in. The result is the chaotic, dangerous and sinful world that we have all come to know.

Verses 9 & 10. God makes provision for all people, including the poor, but there are those who are greedy and want everything for themselves. As Christians we are not to be like this.

Verse 11. As Christians we must not steal, cheat or lie especially in our dealings with each other.

Verse 12. God's name must be kept holy, honoured and reverenced.

Verse 13. We must not short-change anyone and should always pay people what we owe them straightaway.

Verse 14. We are to treat disabled people with respect and kindness.

Verse 15. We are to judge wisely in situations so as not to give preferential treatment to those who are well-off or in a high position nor are we treat unfairly those who are less advantaged. We are all sinners and we should be fair in our dealings with people regardless of who they are or what they have.

Verse 16. We are not to go from one person to another bearing stories and tales about someone else.

Verse 17. We are to have a genuine love and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Verse 18. God does not want us to bear a grudge towards, or wish to get our own back on, another brother or sister in Christ who has done us harm.

Verse 19. We are to maintain the decency and order in all things as God created them to be.

Verse 26. We are not to be involved with horoscopes, tarots or fortune-tellers.

Verse 28. We are not to get tattoos.

Verse 30. We are to keep God's day as holy and treat the house of God with reverence.

Verse 32. We are to respect our senior citizens.

Verse 33. We are not to upset or hurt those who are strangers (those from other lands ie racism) in our country.

Verses 35 & 36. We are to be fair and honest in all things, especially in business.

If you have failed in any ONE of these things (and unless you're perfect, which no one is) you are a sinner in need of God's forgiveness and grace. I can see more than one where I have failed and let the Lord down at one time or another throughout my life. I'm so glad that I can become a better citizen and Christian by following God's good guidelines and by confessing my sin to Him and receiving His forgiveness. None of these laws are put in place to cause anyone restriction or harm, they are all for our own good. The wise person will recognize this and thank God for them.

Prayer matters:
♥   If you have done anything that is against God's law today, ask Him to cleanse you and forgive you and help you to live a better life tomorrow than the one you lived today. I read somewhere that the only person we need to be better than is the one we were yesterday!
♥   Ask the Lord to give you the desire to be holy like Him 
♥   Pray that the members of the government of your country will see the benefit in following the laws that God has laid out for us and also that there will be Christians in that government whose desire it is to see righteousness prevail

Hugs, Karen x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Leviticus 18: God's Laws to protect His people

Good evening girls!
I hope you have seen that today's chapter is a lot easier than previous ones and very straightforward. In chapter 18, we see God's laws for his people for when they enter into the land of Canaan which He has promised them.

He reminds His people that they were no longer to follow the practices of Egypt, which some of them were still doing. Egypt, spiritually speaking, refers to our sinful, worldly past. we are to have nothing more to do with the sinful practices that we were once involved in. God also tells his people that they are not be involved in the doings of the people of Canaan and He goes on to list a number of wicked and sinful things that the Canaanites did which were 'abomination' in His sight. We all know that anything that is an abomination (a very strong noun) is a terrible thing, wicked, cursed, profane. We have to remember that this chapter is following on from many previous ones where God was highlighting His great holiness to His people; and here in this chapter we see the total sinfulness of man. Most of the sins in this chapter are of a sexual nature (in particular, incest and homosexuality). Unfortunately in this day and age, the Christian is, along with other decent people, criticized for being 'unloving' and indeed 'unChristian' when they voice their opinion (which as we see here in verse 22) that sexual sin is wrong. The holy and living God says clearly in His Word in verse 22 that "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." People's human rights and feelings have become far more important now, in the eyes of society, than what the Word of God says. We must not let the ideas of man make us feel bad about our personal convictions based on the Bible. This doesn't mean that we go looking for trouble and be unkind in our treatment of any human being, but we do not have to accept any teaching that goes blatantly against what God teaches.

We must always remember that God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. It was for sinful men and women that Christ died, no matter what their sin is. Any sin can be forgiven (apart from the sin of blasphemy against the holy Spirit) because Christ died for all sin. His blood atones for us all and no sin is so deep dyed that His blood cannot cleanse it. Those of us who are saved will believe that one day the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again to judge this world. Each and every one of us will answer to Him for the things we have done in our lifetime, in particular whether we accepted or rejected His offer of mercy. If you haven't trusted Christ as Saviour yet, I would urge you to do so. Trust Him for salvation and let Him into your heart as Lord. If there is anyone reading this, and you have been involved in any of the sins recorded in this passage, don't despair. Your sins can be fully forgiven by simply acknowledging those sins and accepting Christ as the only Saviour from sin. Then you can turn away from the sin that you once practised and begin your new life in Christ, following Him day by day.

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will cleanse any sin in your own life and help you to live in a holy way for Him
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to be strong in your convictions and beliefs about His Word
♥   Pray for those people who hate God's Word and who prefer to live as they please; one day we will ALL have to give an account to God for how we lived and whether or not we trusted Christ as Saviour

Hugs, Karen x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Leviticus 17: The value of the blood

Good morning girls!
As you can see, our memory verse for this week comes from chapter 17, and as we read this chapter we can see just how important the blood is to God (and if it's important to Him, then it should also be important to us).

A couple of important lessons I learned here are that:

♥   Our life is precious to God; remember the 'life of the flesh is in the blood' so when we talk about the blood, we also mean the life. In this day and age we live in, life is cheap; people don't seem to care about the preciousness of life. Abortion at one end of the scale, murders in the middle and euthanasia at the other end prove this point. If something isn't quite perfect or no longer fits in with our plans, then life may be taken away. It is absolutely not our right to decide this. Only God has the right to decide about when a life ends. 'Our times are in His hands' - or at least, they should be.

♥   The blood that Jesus shed for us on Calvary is also very precious. He gave up His life for us. How do we view the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ? What have we done with it according to our own soul? This is the very question that God will ask on the judgement day. Do we regard the blood of Christ as valuable? For those who are unsaved, do you realize that you are trampling underfoot the blood of Christ, as worthless, every time you reject His offer of salvation?

♥   The church communion service is extremely important. I was always of the opinion that as long as I attended this service once a month that was good enough, but I have just learned that, really, I should be attending every week. Acts 20:7 says, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread...". What made me think once a month was enough? Obviously this is how the Lord planned it to be, because the disciples followed in His footsteps, and they did it once a week. I need to make some changes and get there every week where possible. The reason this service is so important is that we need to remember what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us on Calvary by shedding His blood for us. He gave up His life, the sinless for the sinful, and I should treat that sacrifice for me with the enormous value placed on it that God expects from me. Christ's life giving blood is so, so precious.

  1. ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to take Him at His Word;
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
    • Refrain:
      Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
      How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
      Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
      Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
  2. Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to trust His cleansing blood;
    And in simple faith to plunge me
    ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
  3. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just from sin and self to cease;
    Just from Jesus simply taking
    Life and rest, and joy and peace.
  4. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
    Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
    And I know that Thou art with me,
    Wilt be with me to the end.

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will teach you the preciousness of life; do all that you can to preserve life
♥   Thank the Lord and praise Him for His precious blood shed so freely for us and all our sin
♥   Ask the Lord to show you the importance of the communion service in your church and attend when possible

Monday, 11 May 2015

Leviticus 16: The Scapegoat

Good morning girls! Welcome to week 4 in our studies in Leviticus. How are you handling it? To be honest, I feel that I am now really starting to get to grips with it and I am enjoying it very much, especially today's chapter. I have never before read a book of the Bible where I have seen God so revealed in His holiness and where I have really been made aware of the sinfulness of mankind, especially my own. This is something to be very thankful for. Remember the lesson Christ taught about the Pharisee and the publican? The Pharisee, in his self-righteous pride, thanked God that he was not a filthy sinner like the publican; whereas the publican prayed humbly that God would be merciful to him even though he knew he wasn't worthy of God's grace. The Lord Jesus said it was the publican, confessing his sin before a holy God, who was justified.

Over the past 3 weeks, we have learned in a deeper way about the holiness of God, the sin of human beings and the wonderful way that God has made for us, the unclean, to be made clean and acceptable in His sight. It is only, as our memory verse for this week explains, by being washed in the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that we can be made clean. There is absolutely NO OTHER WAY! This is where the real difficulty lies for many people...they cannot accept that they are sinners in the sight of a holy God. This is the foundation of being saved. We have nothing good in us, there is nothing good about us. Indeed, there is no one (apart from Christ) who is righteous, no, not one. We need to see that we are filthy sinners who do not deserve salvation or heaven and we must accept that the Lord God Jehovah is purity and holiness. He has provided the perfect way for our sins to be atoned...by the application of the blood of His dear Son, the only sin-bearer, to our souls.

There are so many symbolic types and pictures of Christ in this and the preceding chapters that I couldn't go through them all, but the one that I'm looking at today is that of 'the scapegoat'. The word 'scapegoat' means a person or group of people who are made to take the blame for others, even when they themselves are maybe innocent . We can see this very often in society today, perhaps in politics or business, where someone is made to take the blame for something that others have done wrong.

In Leviticus 16, this goat has been chosen as one that bears away the sins of all the people of Israel. Aaron as high priest, puts his hands on its head and confesses the sins of the nation and then the goat is sent far away into the wilderness, never to return again. Isn't this an amazing picture of the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us? God the Father put the transgressions of all sinners upon the head of His sinless, spotless Son and then He had to bear these sins away for us on Calvary. The scapegoat is a simple, but also
very profound, picture of salvation. The only problem that there may have been for the Israelites was the fear that, although the goat was taken very far away from the camp, it could have wandered back to the camp someday, maybe even a long time after, carrying all the sins with it. The wonderful thing about our salvation is that our sins, once laid upon the Saviour, were destroyed for ever. God has forgotten them and they will never return to cast a shadow over us again. We can never be punished for something that has already been destroyed and the price has already been paid.

Rejoice today, dear sister-in-Christ, that, on the day you repented of your sin and trusted fully in the FINISHED work of Christ on the cross, your sins were put away for ever and ever. God will never ask you to pay the price for them when His Son has already paid it. God has forgiven and forgotten. Sometimes we find it hard to forgive ourselves and find it even harder to forget our sins; but as long as God has forgiven and forgotten, that's all that matters! Praise and thank Him for all He has done for you!

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will cause you to see your own sinfulness, His perfect holiness and the Saviour who cleanses us and brings us close to God
♥   Thank the Lord for all He has done for you, especially in revealing your own sinfulness - this is a gracious thing because without it you could never be saved
♥   Praise Him because your sin has been totally forgiven and forgotten

Hugs, Karen x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Leviticus 15: The necessity of cleansing

Hi there, girls!
Well, this was a difficult chapter, wasn't it? I checked out a sermon (first preached 43 years ago and just as relevant today) that I found online about this chapter to get some hints about how to approach it and came up with the following lessons:

♥   The main thoughts here are that God wants us to be clean, not unclean and that He is holy and He requires us to be holy too

♥   We continually read about blood being shed in sacrifice and offerings. No matter what our sin is or how we have been defiled, we need to be cleansed in the blood of our dear Saviour.

♥   We also read about cleansing by water; the person who is unclean must wash thoroughly. The lesson is that the water represents the Word of God and it is through applying the Word to our hearts and minds that we have our conscience cleansed and where we learn where and how we have gone wrong and how to get back on track with God.

♥   The term 'unclean' generally means, in a spiritual sense, that we are 'out of fellowship' with God, that our communion with Him has been temporarily broken (but never severed) because of our unholy thoughts, words and deeds.

♥   Verse 31 talks about 'defiling God's tabernacle'. As well as the place where God met with His people, we also refer to our body as the tabernacle of the holy Spirit, the place where the Spirit dwells while we are here on earth waiting for Christ to return. He is our Comforter and He lives within us when we are the children of God. We are simply to live in such a holy way that we do not defile our body and harm the blessing and communion we have with God. We need to be careful what comes out of our lips, what we do with our hands, how we use our faculties, remembering the words of Christ in Mark 7:20, "And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man."

Sin is a dreadful thing. It puts up a wall of separation between us and God which only Christ can break down. We need to be careful of our Christian walk and talk. Make sure that we remain clean and useful for God.

Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help you to live a holy life for Him
♥   Ask Him to make you aware of any sin you have done and get it cleansed immediately
♥   Pray that He will help you to be careful how you speak, think and act - do all for His glory

Hugs, Karen x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Leviticus 14: The vileness of sin

Good morning girls!

Today we are in Leviticus 14, halfway through the book. Well done if you've been trying to keep up. It's been a hard old journey, I know, but don't you think there have been quite a lot of interesting lessons that we can apply to our own hearts and lives? I feel, personally, that reading and studying this book has definitely helped me to be more clear on God's view of sin and also on the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as our High Priest.

It is this view of God regarding sin that I'm looking at today. I think that we all have no idea of the seriousness or absolute vileness of sin in God's eyes. Obviously as Christians we are more aware and more accepting of it, but most certainly those who still practise sin on a daily basis with no thought of how God feels about it, surely cannot understand the depth of depravity that sin leads people into.

God is so holy that he cannot even look upon sin; it was for this very reason that, when Christ died on the cross, His Father couldn't even look upon His own beloved Son and Christ cried out in anguish "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" The Lord Jesus felt the awful distance there was between a holy God and the burden of sin that He carried for us. I imagine this turning of God the Father away from God the Son was the worst possible punishment He could have faced, much worse than any pain inflicted upon Him by the soldiers or the mockery from His enemies, the scribes and Pharisees.

Sin is not just us doing something wrong and it has annoyed God. It is SO much more than that and we need to ask God to show us the utter terribleness of it. We need a renewed heart, soul and mind each day and we need to be cleansed in the atoning Blood of the Lord Jesus. It is only because of this blood being applied to our hearts that God can even look upon us. When we realise the absolute enormity of our sin, it should cause us to immediately run to the Saviour for cleansing and also to be filled with a dread of offending Him again.

In chapter 14 here, we understand the leper to be a picture of the sinner. He can do absolutely nothing for himself but is in the hands of a priest who has been instructed by God in the ritual of how to bring cleansing to the sufferer. Isn't it so clear to understand that, as sinners, we can do nothing to help ourselves but must yield ourselves to Christ, our great High Priest who alone knows how to and who is able to bring cleansing and healing to us? Don't you understand then why our good works are nothing but filthy in the sight of a holy God? Aren't you glad that God the Father made this wonderful provision for us to be cleansed from sin? All we need to do is simply accept His gracious offer of cleansing. This makes me wonder why people feel the need to do something to save themselves when it is so much easier just to have faith and believe in God. Can you imagine what would have happened if the leper had tried to bring offerings or tried to do something else to cleanse himself from his leprosy? Sure we read that he must be totally stripped (shaved even) of everything so that cleansing can take place fully. We must come to Christ without any good works of our own so that He can fully cleanse us. We also read that anything the leper touched (eg his clothes) was also infected. If we come to God bringing our own good works, they too are contaminated by our sin and not worth anything. We must come as we are, sinful but repentant, depending only upon Christ the sinless Saviour. This is the only way to be saved.

Read the story of Dr Bill Woods from Belfast who serves the Lord as a missionary and doctor in Brazil, helping those who suffer from leprosy
Prayer matters:
♥   Pray that the Lord will help us to see the enormity of our sin
♥   Having seen that sin, ask Him to help us to give it all over to the Lord Jesus Christ for cleansing
♥   Praise and thank God for making such a perfect provision of salvation, pure and holy as it is 

Hugs, Karen x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Leviticus 13: Leprosy and the holy people

Good afternoon girls!
Today we are looking at God's teachings regarding 'leprosy'. Usually today when we read the Scriptures, we identify leprosy symbolically as 'sin', especially in the New Testament. In this chapter God gives VERY specific rules about what His holy people were to do regarding sickness, specifically mentioning skin diseases (not just leprosy). The main thought here that I can see is that there is a difference between those who are 'clean' and those who are 'unclean'. It is either one or the other. And so it is to this very day, and will be until we get to heaven.

On earth there are only two types of people. I don't mean rich or poor; happy or sad; good or bad; wise or foolish. The two types I mean are 'saved' or 'unsaved'. The Bible says that there is no difference between us, whether Jew or Gentile, when we are born. We are all born in sin which makes us all unclean in God's sight. There is none righteous, no, not one. There is no one any better than anyone else. And we cannot make ourselves clean in God's sight, no matter how hard we may try, no matter how much money we give to charity or how many good things we do; all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. We must accept God's free gift of salvation based on the finished work of His sinless Son, if we are ever to be clean in God's sight. Isaiah 1:6 describes perfectly the soul that remains in sin, unclean. However, when we come to Christ for cleansing, we have His perfect righteousness imputed to us. When God looks upon a saved soul, He no longer sees our filthy past, our dark sins; instead He sees only the pure righteous robe we wear, given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself when we come to Him in humble repentance. Isn't this something wonderful to rejoice in today? Even though there are times when we don't 'feel' very clean because we have sinned again and grieved a holy God, we can come back to our heavenly Father and in sincere repentance, confess our sins for a fresh cleansing in His atoning blood. Look at the words of Psalm 51:1-3,
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
Also, look at the very important verse 46 in Leviticus 13, regarding the leper.
"All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be."
thescripturesays.org 

What a very sad picture of the sinner. He is isolated from God and from other Christians. He is separated from his saved family by a huge barrier of sin that no one but Christ can break down. The sinner must acknowledge his sin and ask Christ to save him otherwise he will be left outside in separation for the rest of his life and then eternity. Those of us who are saved belong to a large, loving, caring family looked after by a tender heavenly Father. But what about the sinner - the Bible says here that "he shall dwell alone." Aren't these sad words? When trouble comes to you or me, we have the mercy and grace of God to carry us through and to comfort us; the sinner is alone. He has no one to help and comfort him. If you think back to the days when you were without Christ, you'll probably remember this is how it was. I certainly do. Of course, I never understood until I got saved what it was that was missing, but now I wonder how I ever lived without the Saviour.
Remember that it was the Saviour Himself who 'touched' lepers when no one else would go near them. Do we take time to reach out to those in sin when others would have nothing to do with them? There is no difference, except some people have been cleansed and others are still unclean, but we all started out in exactly the same way - unclean by nature.

Prayer matters:
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to bring all your sin to God, on a daily basis, for cleansing.
♥   Pray for those dear unsaved souls you know who are 'alone' and without God and without hope, that they will soon come to Christ for cleansing and then know that wonderful love and grace that we as saved souls already experience

Hugs, Karen x