Our journey through the Old Testament will reveal many symbolisms and foreshadowing that point us toward the nature, purpose, mission, and ministry of Jesus Christ. Yet nothing compares to the very rich and deep symbolism we find within the story of Cain and Abel’s sacrifice and offering before God. In Genesis, we simply find that Abel’s offering, and sacrifice was acceptable before God. However, Cain’s was not. In Moses 5:16-41, we come to understand the nature between the two sacrifices and offerings brought forth.
A Heavenly Sacrifice is Service
Jesus never asked me to do what comes naturally. The mind he cultivates within me will have nothing to do with self-serving accomplishments. It will have drive and ambition, to be sure, but not in the direction I once pursued. No, I may be consumed with a vision for a heavenly unity, and will realize that the only way to have it is to serve others. I come to a place to where my reputation is no greater than another person's reputation and dignity. And I will not care for my own reputation nearly as much as I desire to care for the reputation of God's kingdom. Service through Jesus Christ means we are making a name for His Kingdom and His Glory alone. One borne out of sacrifice and humility on my part.
In Conversation: Matthew 19:24 – Wealth and Christian Values
Does wealth go against Christian values and principles? Understanding Matthew 19:24 in proper context
Establishing Financial Security
Christ taught us that we are only capable of serving one master. Our love for money puts us at enmity with God. We are like Cain, making an afterthought offering and become jealous and enraged when other Christians are being blessed and secure because of their sacrifice and offerings were that of Abel. It is when we love God, we honor him of giving up a portion of our finances. It is the love of God that we are able to provide offerings to help those in need.
Recovery requires to live as though nothing else matters
Authentic recovery separates those who are being in recovery and those who are doing recovery. Much like the Christian faith - this means an individual cannot escape their Garden of Gethsemane. We are tasked to experience the painful awareness of our behaviors that were the results of our dependence on substances, sex, food, gambling, et al. It is the painful process of moving toward the new life. Putting to death the old man in order to rise up with a newness of life. Unfortunately, many rather be in recovery instead of actually doing recovery.
Authentic Worship in the Christian Life
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. ~ Proverbs 15:8, ESV ~ Wisdom begins with the fear of God (see, Proverbs 9:10). To understand this, we ought to concern ourselves with whom God truly is. It begins with our immersion into reading Holy Writ.… Continue reading Authentic Worship in the Christian Life
Burying our swords of rebellion
... all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth. ~ Alma 24:17, Book of Mormon ~ When one comes to the awareness of their powerlessness over substance use, and the subsequent inability… Continue reading Burying our swords of rebellion
Only when we surrender unto Him are we truly alive
The many times we've strove to find ourselves, defined who we are, and develop some sense of meaning and purpose became lost when those desires and passions continued to hold us captive.
The covenant of divine sovereign grace
Today's reading: Genesis 9: -10; Psalm 3:5-8; Proverbs 1:23-27; and Matthew 5:1-26 ~ I establish My Covenant with you ~ The covenant of divine sovereign grace is love, mercy, forgiveness, and eternal salvation. It is a reminder to our Heavenly Father, and to us, that we are His. However, we tend to fall. Then Noah ...… Continue reading The covenant of divine sovereign grace
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