You Are a Royal Priesthood

And take some blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil and sprinkle it on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. Then he and his sons and their garments will be consecrated. – Exodus 29:21.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10.

In the Old Testament we see a lot of commandments that belong to God’s chosen, the children of Israel. They were all a set of natural obligations that were meant to foreshadow the spiritual to come. God had chosen Israel at that time to be His people set apart and He did that by choosing the lineage of Aaron as His priests within Israel from that time on.

Sadly, as the Old Testament shows, Israel could NOT keep the commandments and often times rejected the precepts of God to take part in those things common to other nations. However, though some believe Israel forfeited their chosen status, it is not permanent for God’s promises to His people are unfailing and the promises He made to them as a Nation, will come to past but not until the end of the Church age otherwise known as the dispensation of Grace.

That brings us to the New Testament. The Old Testament was God’s covenant with Israel and as I stated, a foreshadow of the covenant to come, not of natural laws and commandments but of spiritual laws written on the hearts of men rather than on tablets of stone.

Aaron and His sons were anointed with blood from the altar and some of the special anointing oil that God commanded Moses to have the Israelites build and make to set them apart so they can approach His holiness on behalf of the nation.

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Today, because Jesus Christ came to fulfill His mission of completing the Old covenant and actually embodying it as All-Man and All-God, it is His blood from the altar of the Cross that He hung on and the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon each and everyone that has acknowledged in their hearts and have surrendered themselves to Him that is the type of spiritual anointing that Aaron and his lineage could only foreshadow.

This is why, when you hear someone tell you, that as a child of God, and heir and a son/daughter, you can be assured that it is not the blood of bulls and rams nor the manufactured anointing oil that does the work in you, but rather the Blood of the True and forever Living Lamb of God and the Holy Spirit that He sent to seal each and everyone of us who have accepted His gracious and most precious gift.

The reason you may ask, aside from salvation itself? “That you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light!” Peter wrote in previous verses, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5.

Your priestly duties are to proclaim His Good News to the nations, to proclaim His praise and the reasons WHY we praise Him, because He freed us from the darkness. These are the “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.” That is what is and always has been precious to Him.

In 1 Samuel 15:22, the prophet wrote, “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” The prophet Hosea later recorded, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” – Hosea 6:6.

Under the old covenant, Aaron and his sons had to wear special clothing made to show they were set aside, in the new covenant under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we are given new robes of righteousness, cleansed by His Blood and sealed by His Holy Spirit to demonstrate to the world that we, as a chosen people, in God, have been specially set forth for His glory and His glory alone!

One question in closing; are YOU washed in that soul cleansing Blood of the Lamb. Are YOUR garments setting you apart in the eyes of the world? It only takes surrender to the One Who is willing to anoint and seal us for all eternity!

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Daily Prayer & Praise 8/09/2022


Prayer for Tuesday 8-9-2022

Lord our God and our Father, we praise You because we are allowed to have community together in the name of Jesus, Who has opened our eyes to see You and Who has promised to be among us when we are gathered in His most precious name. May our hearts remain unshadowed, even when our lives seem to grow difficult and the future looks dark. Protect us whenever we are tempted and have battles to fight. Deliver us. Make us free people who know we belong to You in liberty and freedom from the bondage of sin and who are allowed while still on earth to have a share in eternal life in Your Kingdom You are even now preparing for us. In the mighty and redeeming name of Jesus, our Christ, our Lord, we come to You.

Amen.

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Adapted from the Daily Written Prayers of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, 1842–1919. In Public Domain
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D.L. Moody More Alive

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Realizing that he would soon be gone from this world one day, Moody said to a friend, “Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it.

“At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone higher, that is all—out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that sin cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned into His glorious body. I was born in the flesh in 1837; I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die; that which is born of the Spirit will live forever.”

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” – Revelation 14:13

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Harry (Henry) A. Ironside Quote 8/09/2022

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Love Thy Neighbor – C.H. Spurgeon

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For Tuesday August 9, 2022:

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

Matthew 19:19 (NKJV)
“‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Remember that man’s good requires that you should be kind to your fellow creatures. The best way for you to make the world better is to be kind yourself. Are you a preacher? Preach in a surly way, and in a surly tone to your church; a pretty church you will make of it before long! Are you a Sunday-school teacher? Teach your children with a frown on your face; a fine lot they will learn! Are you a master? Do you hold family prayer? Get in a passion with your servants, and say, “Let us pray.” A vast amount of devotion you will develop in such a manner as that. Are you a warder of a gaol, and have prisoners under you? Abuse them and ill-treat them, and then send the chaplain to them. A fine preparation for the reception of the word of God! You have poor around you; you wish to see them elevated, you say. You are always grumbling about the poverty of their dwellings, and the meanness of their tastes. Go and make a great stir at them all—a fine way that would be to improve them! Now, just wash your face of that black frown, and buy a little of the essence of summer somewhere, and put it on your face; and have a smile on your lip, and say, “I love you. I am no cant, but I love you, and as far as I can I will prove my love to you. What can I do for you? Can I help you over a stile? Can I give you any assistance, or speak a kind word to you? Perhaps I could look after your little daughter. Can I fetch the doctor to your wife now she is ill?” All these kind things would be making the world a little better.

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C. H. Spurgeon and Terence Peter Crosby, 365 Days with Spurgeon (Volume 1) (Leominster, UK: Day One Publications, 1998)
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Today Is The Day!

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Reflecting With God 8/09/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Tuesday August 9, 2022:

See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath. – Exodus 16:29.

Through the week, we go down into the valleys of care and shadow. Our sabbaths should be hills of light and joy in God’s presence; and so, as time rolls by, we shall go on from mountain-top to mountain-top, till at last we catch the glory of the gate, and enter in to go no more out forever.
~ BEECHER

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Sowing Seeds 8/09/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Faithfulness for 8-9-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 34:19


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Are We Really Too Busy? – 1

*Pastor’s Note: I have been following a great Brother-in-the-Lord, Wally Fry for several years now. He has this awesome group on Facebook called Truth In Palmyra and if you haven’t already checked it out, you need to as it will afford you some tremendous blessings. AND, Wally doesn’t just stop with teaching which he is good at, he as a whole host of other articles, humor, Bible Scriptures/Devotionals and more.

Now, for as long as I have known him, he has never been one for titles. However, I have always taught you are what you do in life, for the Lord or in service to others. Wally is a Bible Teacher, Writer, Expounder on the Word of God, just an all around great servant.

This last week he reposted something that to me is well worth putting on our website and so with his courteous permission, I offer it to you as he did; in three parts, but I will give it to you today, Monday, and Wednesday and Friday. I know you will be blessed; maybe a little convicted (convinced) but you will certainly walk away with some food for thought! Enjoy and God Bless!

Also, please stop by his group and let him know you appreciate his ministry for us as well as for the Lord. While you’re there, check out his other posts. Remember, all these articles are a sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord! (Yes, even the humor!) Give him a like and some encouragement! Let him know his service is appreciated. God Bless!


Truth In Palmyra    By Wally Fry

PART ONE

A While back, I saw a church sign that said, “If you are too busy to read the Bible, you are too busy.” That generated some thoughts, so here they are for your perusal. I have divided this up into several parts, by the way, as word on the street is that nobody wants to read anything that even has 500 words.

How does God feel about Bible reading? Well, here are a few verses that place it pretty high on God’s priority list for Christian lives:

2 Timothy 3:16-17, God Himself literally “breathed out” every single word of Scripture and it is the only guide to faith we need.

Psalm 119:160, God’s Word is true and will last forever.

Matthew 4:4, God’s word is necessary for life, more so than literal bread.

Joshua 1:8, One of the greatest men of the Bible teaches us that if we meditate on God’s Word day and night, we will be rewarded.

2 Timothy 2:15, Here we are simply commanded to study God’s Word and why.

There are many, many more; in combination they clearly prove that God considers the daily reading, studying and meditating on His Word as something He wants Christians to do. To even try to debate that point would be beyond ludicrous, to tell the truth. So, everything in this post is written from that perspective. Why do I say that? Well, because some of what I say might seem to be inflexible to some readers; however, God’s own word teaches that He is pretty inflexible on that point Himself. Agreeing with God on areas He considers important is good policy, frankly.

That’s all for today, Wednesday we will take a look at how folks are really doing daily in this area.

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Daily Prayer & Praise 8/08/2022


Prayer for Monday 8-8-2022

Lord our God, we come before You in the great name of Jesus Christ. We thank You that while we are still living on earth You give us hope and joy in this great name. May something be born in us through Your Guiding Spirit to make us of one mind with Jesus Christ. In all our relationships with others may we learn that it is better to submit in patience than to dominate, better to serve than to rule, better to be the weakest than to bring pressure to bear on others. Give us this attitude we humbly ask. Let this attitude arise in many so that they may be Christians not only in their words and thoughts, but Christians at heart, loving their neighbors and at one with the Savior on every step of the way. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we ask this of You.

Amen.

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Adapted from the Daily Written Prayers of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, 1842–1919. In Public Domain
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So, It’s True!

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A newspaper article referred to a striking story in an anonymous book of memoirs published not long ago. The writer met the woman who nursed the great agnostic, Professor J. H. Huxley, through his last illness. She said that as he lay dying the great skeptic suddenly looked up at some sight invisible to mortal eyes, and, staring a while, whispered at last, “So it is true.”

. . . taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 1:8

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George Whitefield Quote 8/08/2022

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A Unique Power – A.W. Tozer

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For Monday August 8, 2022:

A UNIQUE POWER

Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.”

This power is to come upon powerless men as a gentle but resistless invasion from another world, bringing a moral potency infinitely beyond anything that might be stirred up from within. This power is sufficient; no additional help is needed … for it is the Holy Spirit of God come where the weakness lay to supply power and grace to meet the moral need.

“Ye shall receive power.” This was and is a unique afflatus, an enduement of supernatural energy affecting every department of the believer’s life and remaining with him forever. It is not physical power nor even mental power though it may touch everything both mental and physical in its benign out workings. It is, too, another kind of power than that seen in nature, in the lunar attraction that creates the tides or the angry flash that splits the great oak during a storm. This power from God operates on another level and affects another department of His wide creation. It is spiritual power. It is the kind of power that God is. It is the ability to achieve spiritual and moral ends. Its long-range result is to produce Godlike character in men and women who were once wholly evil by nature and by choice.

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Tozer on the Almighty God : A 366-Day Devotional (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 2004)
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Believe In Miracles

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Reflecting With God 8/08/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Monday August 8, 2022:

So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. – Exodus 15:25.

Beside each bitter Marah pool there grows a tree, which, when cast into the waters, makes them palatable and sweet. It is ever so. Poison and antidote, infection and cure, pain and medicine, are always close together. The word which saves is nigh even in the mouth and in the heart. We do not always see the “sufficient grace”; but it is there. Too occupied with our disappointment, we have no heart to seek it; but when we cry, it is shown to our weary longing eyes.
~ F. B. MEYER

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Sowing Seeds 8/08/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Kindness for 8-8-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 34:18


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Troublemaker To The Troublemaker


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TROUBLEMAKER TO THE TROUBLEMAKER

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It’s Time We Overthrow the Undertaker
Be A Troublemaker to the Troublemaker

Enough of This Demonic Crud
It’s Time God’s Warriors Plead “THE BLOOD!”
Back to The Pit, Hell’s Minions Slam
Who Are Against THE GREAT I AM!

If We Are Christ’s, Our Blood Picture4 Is God’s
And Not Just Earthly Fallen Sod
And Let There Be No More Confusion
The Holy Ghost Gave the Transfusion
When We Accepted Christ That Day
God Changed All of Our D.N.A.!!

And Now We Fight Against the Faker
As A Troublemaker to The Troublemaker

I Have God’s Word Which Is My Sword
I Come in Jesus Christ ~ The Lord!
And in His Name Alone I Trod
I Am A Warrior of The Most High God!
My Commander Is The God of Heaven
My Armor? Ephesians 6:11

Jesus, My King, Is The Waymaker
I’m A Troublemaker to The Troublemaker

If We Are God’s, We Made A Choice
Now on This Earth, We Are His Voice
The Devil Just Tries to Gain Ground
By Pushing God’s People Around
This Earth Is God’s and All That’s in It
No Matter How the Devil Spins It

Warrior! Come Forth! Be an Earth Shaker
As A Troublemaker to The Troublemaker!

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Monika Langguth
June 6th, 2020©
TGBTG (To God Be The Glory)
Used with permission.
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To God Who Made Manifest

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Clement of Rome, Prayer for Sunday 8-7-2022

You through your operations made manifest the eternal fabric of the world; you, Lord, created the earth. You are faithful in all generations, righteous in judgment, wonderful in strength and majesty, wise in your creation, and prudent in establishing your works, good in the things that are seen, and gracious among those who trust in you.

O merciful and compassionate, forgive us our iniquities, and unrighteousness, and transgressions, and shortcomings. Do not reckon every sin of your servants, but cleanse us with the cleansing of your truth, and guide our steps to walk in holiness of heart, to do the things which are good and pleasing before you and before our rulers. Lord, make your face to shine upon us in peace for our good so that we may be sheltered by your mighty hand, and delivered from all sin by your uplifted arm, and deliver us from those who hate us wrongfully.

Give concord and peace to us and to all who dwell on the earth, as you gave to our fathers who called on you in holiness with faith and truth, and grant that we may be obedient to your almighty and glorious name, and to our rulers and governors upon the earth.

Amen.

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Elliot Ritzema, ed., 400 Prayers for Preachers (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012)
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