Thursday, May 10
PREPARING GRAIN OFFERINGS
Leviticus 2:1-10, 14'When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.” Leviticus 2:1, NKJV God does not want anybody to come before Him empty handed. Grain offerings are to be offered by the poor in the community. They are like meal offerings. It is possible to live without some luxuries of life but no one can claim to be alive without eating. As long as somebody is alive, the person can still be able to offer something to God. Grain offerings are to be fine flour (the best of the foodstuff) offered with oil (like our modern day butter) and frankincense (sweetener or perfume). If any offering is being presented to God, the best must be brought and it must be presented in the best way. This is when the offering will be holy and be a sweet aroma unto the Lord (vs. 2,3,9,10), which attracts His blessings. Do you regard yourself as too poor to offer any offering unto the Lord? Some people think only salary earners can pay tithes and significant offerings to God. The Bible does not teach this. Some students and unemployed people are financially better than some salary earners. You can offer acceptable offering to God as long as you are able to get food on your table. Package your offering from your heart. Let it be a sweet offering unto the Lord. Whatever your condition may be, give God your best.
- Birthday Blessing: “For I will gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” Ezekiel 36:24
Wednesday, May 9
GIFTS: PLEASING SACRIFICES TO GOD
Philippians 4:15-20“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19-20, NKJV How many times have you heard people using Philippians 4:19 to pray? It is possible that many Christians do not know where it is located in the Bible. Yet, it has become a widely quoted part of the Bible, especially when praying. However, it is very necessary to know that this prayer did not just come from the mouth of Paul alone, but also from his heart. The Philippians had ministered to his needs beyond his imagination. While others forsook Paul, the Philippians were with him. He confessed that what the Philippians gave him was “a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” (v. 18). Any time an offering meets this standard, God’s blessings would automatically follow; e.g. Noah’s offering (Gen. 8:20-22). This shows that before lasting blessings are released upon people, “a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” is first offered. As you envisage blessings from God, what type of offerings do you offer Him? As you approach a man of God to bless you spiritually, what material blessing do you offer him? A door to God’s blessing is a pleasing sacrifice to God. Learn to give God and His servants your best, which comes from your heart. God always supplies the needs of those who have the attitude of giving generously.
- Birthday Blessing: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood….” 1 Peter 4:9
Saturday, May 5
GIFTS FOR THE TABERNACLE
Exodus 35:10-19"All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded…” Exodus 35:10, NIV The emphasis has always been on money to construct a church building until a new pastor got to the church. He discovered there were many untapped skills in the congregation. He used the wisdom of God to bring these people together to use their skills on the project. The church achieved within a year what she could not in ten years. The instruction of God to Moses to call the people of Israel to surrender their skills for the provision of the tabernacle is very relevant to our generation. We tend to think God is interested only in our money. This is not right. He is interested in all we are and have. All the skilful people in the church are to make everything available in the church. The church should not be burdened to pay for the services members can render. Our worship is not complete if we only worship without providing service in the house of God. What are the skills the Lord has given you? How are you using them to worship God? You have to make them available as service to your God in His sanctuary without putting a monetary charge on them. The Lord demands more than your money for worship: all your natural talents and acquired skills must be made available to Him.
- Birthday Blessing: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you." Jeremiah 29:11
Friday, May 4
BLESSINGS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
Psalm 112“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.” Psalms 112:1, NIV Human beings pray for the best from God but find it difficult to obey His commands. Many have forgotten that there is no gain in religious activities that excludes righteousness. Psalm 112 is full of blessings for those who fear the Lord and obey His commands. Joseph, the son of Jacob, is a good example of a biblical figure that fit into this picture. Every blessing in this passage came upon Joseph because he feared the Lord and held on to His commands. Wherever Joseph found himself: either a low or high place, he constantly displayed the fear of God and submitted to His instruction. It is no wonder God multiplied his descendants, he became wealthy and influential, no power of the enemies could overcome him, and his enemies came to ask for his help. He enjoyed all of these blessings because he feared God and stood righteous before Him. Is there any way you are still struggling with the word of God? The Bible says every sin is wickedness before God. You cannot hide in sin and enjoy the maximum blessings of God. Righteousness always attracts great blessings from God. Seek righteousness through total obedience to the commands of God and experience His abundance of blessings.
- Birthday Blessing: “… You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Deuteronomy 15:6
Thursday, May 3
ALL TITHES ARE HOLY
Leviticus 27:30-33“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30, NIV Offering time, blessing time” has become a popular slogan to sensitize people to give their tithes and offerings in the church. However, there is no time that is a cursed time in a God-centred worship service. Every activity in the house of God brings blessings when they are performed under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The instruction of God in the Bible to His people to offer their tithes to Him as an act of worship is not ambiguous at all. The Bible says a “tithe of everything… belongs to the Lord.” Also, “It is holy to the Lord.” God expects us to give the tithe of everything that comes into our hands. He is not talking about our salaries alone. How about extra incomes, gifts, and special remunerations? The tithes of all of these should also to be given to God. It is foolishness to think that we can short-change God. He knows what comes to our hands at any time. He cannot be deceived. If you recognize God as your provider, giving your tithes to Him as an act of worship should not be a problem to you. Stop consuming your tithes for personal needs or pleasure. They are holy offerings unto the Lord. Give it to Him. It is your act of worship and a seed for continuous blessing from Him (Malachi 3:10-12).
- Birthday Blessing: The LORD will fight for you; you need to keep your peace. Exodus 14:14