Sunday, 16 October 2011

MOSES WHO SERVED WITH EAGERNESS


MOSES
Eagerness to what causes us to do anything.
Scripture reading: Exodus 3:1-12
Background
Midian was  land named after a man. After Sarah died, Abraham married a woman called Keturah and she had a son named Midian. Moses used to tend Midian’s herds.
Horeb was mountain range about 3 and a half kms long. When such mountains are seen in moonlight, the sand on it would cause it to shine. As a result of this, people named it Horeb which mean the Moon God. One of the peaks of this mountain range is known as Sinai.
Israelites are in Egypt as a result of the Word of God. When one is in such a situation, God expects you to self-reflect. God blessed Abraham. When he made a covenant with Abraham, he ask Abraham to cut animals and birds into two pieces and place them. He would make his covenant in this manner. We understand that covenant is meeting God’s need. It’s not just an exchange. Sometimes we feel that covenant is exchange pieces of bread but that is not so. Covenant is meeting God’s need. Doing what God requires of us to do. To do what God wills. God told Abraham, “I want this. Take these animals and birds and stand before me.” But, we see that Abraham fell asleep. That was his mistake. God had asked him to wait. That didn’t mean he could sleep. Waiting is standing with patience and suffering. But Abraham fell asleep and wild animals came and attacked the sacrifice thus, making claim over what God had deemed his. Yet, we see that the smoking oven and the flaming torch came.
Sometimes we make the mistake of looking at Abraham and Moses as superheroes. But they were also normal human beings, ordinary men like us. God is the God righteousness and the God of justice. He is a Judge. As a result, God made a covenant, but also gave the judgment that his descendants would suffer in a foreign land for four hundred year. God is a God who blesses but also one who judges. For eg. The ill treatment of Joseph might be looked upon as something wrong happening towards him or a judgment being pronounced upon him.
360 years have now passed after this incident with Abraham. Moses is 40 years old. Again, God chose a man and began to take his purpose forward. His purpose was to increase the descendants of Abraham. Moses has grown up In the palace. He knows that in spite of being brought up in the palace, he is Hebrew. Being brought up in the palace, means he got the best training but Moses was not of the palace. He was in the palace but not of it. Just that we are in this world but we are not of this world. That was the challenge.
But a fire burns within him that the palace wasn’t Moses’s ultimate destination. This burning passion plays a very important role. The palace was not for him. This is a big pitfall for us, to settle compromise and just agree with the circumstances but Moses didn’t do so. He left the palace and went to meet his brothers. He knew that it was his destiny. He belonged to this people. Many a times in life, we don’t remain where we belong. It might be for a selfish reason or a benefit. But Moses teaches us. His stand was clear. And that’s why he went amongst the Hebrew.
As a result, he couldn’t bear the wrong happening to his people and he killed an Egyptian. When he went to comfort his people, who were fighting, they turned against him so he ran away. In spite of it, the fire was burning within him. 40 years had past since that time. To keep that fire burning was challenge. He continued in that same passion.
Now we see that God’s timing has ripened. He is tending the flock and now, he sees the burning bush.
Exodus 3:1-12
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Now, Midian is the present Saudi Arabia. There is a small gulf where two countries divide. This mountain is placed there. It decided their boundary and context. The first unprecedented action that Moses did was to take a step and go beyond the general boundary of the common people. God’s people are adventurous people. God looks for warriors, he is a God of warriors not cowards. Here, Moses emerges as a warrior. Nobody took their sheep to the far side but he did.
2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
Moses decided that he would take a closer look at this supernatural event. He had willingness. Therefore, he did it. Warriors step forward with courage. They want to go beyond their limits. They are not compromising. He didn’t step back because of the glories he had. And now, we see that he saw a big fire around the bush. Moses spotted it. He wasn’t simply awestruck but he looked at it. He recognized that it was a miracle. Warriors are created for miracles. They always expect one. Moses knows this picture. He knew the shackles his people were in. His heart is still burning with this passion. He knows that his people are not made for slavery. That is not their destiny. They are destined for something better. And that was his passion. We face a major problem in the area of what we can do and our ability. We don’t hear God nor do we meet him. There are people who think what they can do for God but the point is what God wants to do with you. That is what matters. Moses’ position is similar. He knows he cant save his people. Pharoah and his rule is too strong and powerful. He killed the Egyptian because of his passion but suddenly, he realizes the reality. But this miracle captures his heart. He doesn’t know much of this God. He has the history but he doesn’t know him. Abraham also knew only the all-powerful God but this intimacy wasn’t there. For the first time, God meets in this way and introduces his purpose.
Moses isn’t simply overwhelmed. He decides to take a closer look. Many simply get overwhelmed. But Moses didn’t do that. He decided to check it himself. He wanted to become a part of it. He who believes will fashion miracles. When God wants to do something, he sends people. But instead, we pray for our needs. We don’t walk in his miracles. Moses went himself. He wanted to experience this reality. Christian life is recognizing reality through experience not just talking about it.
 4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
It is interesting that when Moses steps forward, God takes greater strides towards him. Our calling is like this. It is not one-sided. When Moses moved, God responded.
   And Moses said, “Here I am.”
This is the message for us today. God invited Moses into this miracle. And Moses displayed his readiness.  Our problem is that we many times we think about what we want to do for God. But we need to find what God wants us to do and where he wants us to be. Moses was there with his sheep. In this position, God called him and he responded to it.
Moses led lakhs of people through the wilderness. He is an amazing example in the Bible. He faced Pharoah. He took care of his people through that time. The key is here. He said, “Here I am.” We can translate it as “God, I am yours.” And God is looking for such people.
God wants to drag this world into miracles and for this, he is looking for such people. God doesn’t need our alms. That has been the issue in the Scripture. Man looks at God as a part of his life and God looks at Man as His. Man, therefore, thinks of following rituals but God just wants to make us His. He expects the same from us.
Moses responds in this way. God expects the same for us. He is not interested in how much we give him but how much we keep for ourselves. This exhibits how much we belong to God. Tithe is God’s and the rest is mine. There something wrong in that thinking.  It shows whose you are, yours or God’s. God wont come and stand in front of us like we doesn’t expect. He will place a man instead of him and will place him in God’s place. Moses was placed in God’s place for Aaron and for the people of God. His weaknesses didn’t matter. He was placed in God’s place for by God himself. He was the Almighty God for Aaron and for Pharaoh.
Many times people say that we will do as God directs us. God clarifies his strategy in this way. We cant ignore those that God places in His place in our lives. That is his strategy. God is asking us to leave our plans and seek Him. Moses didn’t make excuses or didn’t seek his way. God saved Him and Moses became His. God works according to his pattern. And Moses gave himself to it. God wants to deal with us in this way.
God hasn’t changed. It is His revelation that will move us. The way we view God, will make the difference. Here is Moses. Not even his sheep are his. He simply had a staff and that was it. All of Moses’ plans are done with now and he makes himself available to God. The single miracle was enough to change the direction of his life. A single Word transformed him. He became available for God. It captured his total life.
This is what God wants from us. He want to move us with a single Word and revelation.  God is looking for our response. God is looking for such people. God wanted to convey to Moses that he is a miraculous God.
Today, we need to check if we believe in this miraculous God, that we don’t simply talk about it. If we do, we will walk in it with our faith. All will be provided through Him. The things of this world are not our destiny. What we want to do for God is not our destiny. What God wants of us is our destiny.
Moses gave us his sheep for the miracle. The miraculous God gives us a miraculous beginning. David says the same. God is my shepherd, therefore I shall not want. He makes me lie beside silent waters.
We need to check what we are doing. Have we formulated our own plans. If we belong to God, He will decide. The meaning of Lordship is that God decides. Our role is to accept or reject. God is our Lord, our Owner. Either we ignore or we embrace His Word.
That is what our miraculous God is all about. Moses made excuses later but God didn’t register all that. That wasn’t an issue because Moses had declared his belongingness to God. No weakness or shortcoming was big enough.
 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
God takes names here. He presents himself as a God of individuals. He works individually. We need to examine how we can work individually with God. Do we check what God wants us to do on a daily basis. If we are God, we simply inform him but if He is God, we ask him what we are to do. We do not need to dare to go against and compromise in front of God. We cant become lazy when it comes to God. Moses immediately responded. He declared God’s ownership over himself. God works according to His timings.
If we want to become successful in life, if we want to please God and fulfill his purpose, then we need to be miraculous. We need to become like Him. Therefore, 2 Cor 5:12 says that no one discerns a righteous man. We are foolish if we think that our life will turn out according to our plans.
We need to respond when God calls. We cant decide when to follow God. Moses is remarkable example in history. He was a man with empty hands. He led six million people and provided for them for forty years. He became a pastor and counseled six million people. He cared for them, met their needs, disciplined them and brought them to the where God wanted them. This was because one man declared God’s ownership.
The miraculous God is waiting to hear the same. All we need to do is respond like Moses.
7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
God then, declares his covenant and says that he works according to his covenant.
 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
God later talks to him about a destiny he has for him and Moses responds in the same way. There would be challenges but when God decides to use us, he will work the miracles. He is the God of time. We need to fulfill His purpose in His timing.
Let’s not focus on ourselves, our plans and our timings. Let’s focus our eyes on our Lord. Let’s not rebel against God but let us respond to Him. Let us surrender to His Will and walk in His miracles.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

PROSPERITY AND MIRACLES ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN


PROSPERITY  AND MIRACLES ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

The Church: A miraculous people
The Church is a group of miraculous people because we take birth into the Kingdom of God by miracle. Christ himself said that
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”John 3:8
We receive life from God which is a miraculous life. In this way, we are a miraculous people born by miracles. Therefore, miracles are our rights. We begin by miracles and we continue our life in miracles.
But our problem is that sometimes, like Paul addresses the Galatians, we too begin by the Spirit and then, try to end by the flesh. But we can sustain life in the Kingdom only through miracles.
Adam: His miraculous environment
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.
 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.[e] 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Gen 2:4-15
When the first man was created, it was by miracle. It was only possible miraculously. He was created (indicating miracle) and made (indicating skill). God made Man using his skill but the breath of life that was breathed into him was by miracle. As for us, we are born again by miracle.
God made gems and gold and placed it in the land of Havilah (v.11-12). Thus, God had kept elements of prosperity / abundance prepared by miracle. There he placed man. Man didn’t deserve it, nor was he qualified to gain it. But God created Man by miracles and hence, he placed him there miraculously. And therefore, prosperity works as a miracle for us.
Jesus: The miraculous restorer
Jesus came on earth to take us back to Eden. He came as a restorer. His work was to give this revelation to the people of why they were created. Jesus came so that he could help people see their purpose and therefore, then reach it.
Adam only knew that God had created him and he was God. Everything around him was miraculous. It was his natural environment. And it is the same with the Church. When we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes and opens our eyes. The Wind comes and we come to know that we are in the dark and we go to the wonderful light according to the direction given by the Wind (2 Pet 2:10).
We were in a Dark Age. But, God’s Wind blew over us and reached us. Without our knowledge, he came and gave us directions. He invited us to the Wonderful Light.
Hence being born again is not just about a single day of decision but also that the Holy Spirit draws us to the marvelous Light of the Lord. God uses situations, words, people etc. and does it miraculously.
Adam never asked or wondered about the abundance around him because the natural environment around him was that of miracles. Indeed, miracles come naturally to us, we don’t need to make back-breaking efforts to witness them.
Adam didn’t recognize the abundance around him because he didn’t know his history. All he knew was that he was here as a result of a miracle. Similarly, the people of God continually live life in miracles. Miracles don’t come after a lot of efforts. They simply come. It may be related to anything.
Jesus said in Mark 16:17, that signs shall follow a believer. This means they will come after believers, after us. Adam was born into a miraculous world and that is exactly our heritage also. We call on faith and it comes. God is our father and hence we ask with confidence as children who have the right to ask. We are not slaves. We live as heirs. This is where we think differently from other faiths that encourage self-deprivations and self-efforts.
Kingdom life: Life of Abundance / miracles
God’s entry into a life brings renewal and hence, there is no condemnation. We begin miraculously and miracles will always follow us, therefore we become miraculous people.
God’s will is to see us at his desired position. He makes adequate and readily available provision for it also. He is our miraculous father and hence, he wants us to function in that dimension. When the people of God begin to function in this way, the world will not be able to understand this miraculous life.
When God created Adam, the greenery, water, fruitfulness around him; all of it was miraculous. Then, he was given a throne and asked to rule. Similarly, God has created the miraculous environment of the Coming Kingdom in this Age for his people. Only this miraculous people will be able to sit on the miraculous throne to rule the world.
Jesus came to show this abundant life in the Kingdom. This life would be one in which the beginning, sustenance and the culmination would be function through miracles. And hence, Kingdom people would be people for whom money and miracles would be two sides of the same coin.
Indeed, true prosperity is from God. Miracles are from God. Establishment is from God. Indeed, all this is the inheritance of the people of God. Once we begin to see the light of this revelation, we begin to live the Kingdom life that the world gapes at but doesn’t understand.

AARON - WHO GAVE HIS ALL


AARON - WHO GAVE HIS ALL

It’s of no use to simply keep turning the pages of the Bible. One can’t gain anything by
mindless perusing. But, if it is done with the mediation of the Holy Spirit then a life time
will also prove short for understanding it. This universe is massive. Astronomers are
discovering new galaxies every day that are continually expanding its boundaries. And,
in this unending vastness of our universe, the words that wield most force are those
within the Bible.

We are blessed, if we are learning how to wield these words and if our life and heart
is set on these words.Not those that simply read it, but those whose life is set on it.
Such people are the most blessed in this the world. The stars, the creation and all living
things long to hear these words and we have been chosen to understand and know
them by God.

Background:

The book of Leviticus is meant for those that are called to ministry. Levi was a tribe
of Israel that was chosen by God to specially work for and represent God amongst
God’s people. They were a group of people chosen to serve, through special mediation,
service and commission, as a link between God and his people. Therefore, the book
has been named Leviticus. Moses as well as his brother Aaron belonged to the tribe of
Levi. And their children were Levites and so, this book was written for them.

Moses has led the people out of Egypt. They have now almost reached the boundary of
where God wants to lead them. They have prepared the Tent of Meeting. The distance
was very short. In current times, one could have reached the land within 10 minutes via
helicopter.

Scripture Reading:

 1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added
incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his
command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed
them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what
the LORD spoke of when he said:

   “‘Among those who approach me      I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people      I will be honored.’”

   Aaron remained silent.

 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and
said

front
outside the camp, as Moses ordered.

 6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your
hair
will be angry with the whole community. But your relatives, all the Israelites, may
mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire. 7 Do not leave the entrance to
the tent of meeting or you will die, because the LORD’s anointing oil is on you.”
So they did as Moses said.

8 Then the LORD said to Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or

other
This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10 so that you can
distinguish
clean, 11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given
them through Moses.”

Leviticus 10:1-10

God ordains people for His purposes:

This passage is very tricky and hard to understand. Aaron had two sons, Nadab and
Abihu. God had appointed Moses over everyone. He was in the place of God for Aaron,
Nadab and Abihu. His words are final for them. This is a very important point for us in
our life. God places people on his behalf in our life. But we don’t consider the weight
that their words carry. In this case, Moses was carrying the Word of God for them.
Moses was speaking to Aaron, Nadab and Abihu not God. But God had ordained him.
This is very significant. In life, God ordains people for his own purposes. One can’t
decide and pick and choose on his own. This is not a job to be taken up. The scripture
teaches that God works only through people he has ordained. Here, God has ordained
only three out of the thousands of Levites. They are Aaron, Nadab and Abihu. They
were not useless just because they were burnt to death. They were chosen men of God.
God has picked them and ordained them to do his service.

If people who haven’t been chosen try to take on God’s matters in their hands, it will
never work. God chooses people and expects them to work according to his pattern.
Moses was doing the same. Probably, they took Moses’s words lightly. God has told
Moses that for Aaron, Moses would have been at God’s place. Moses was doing his job
faithfully and was instructing them accordingly. God had very intricately instructed them
included the tiniest of details and they did it.

God’s Word is All-Sufficient:

When God asked the people to make the Tent of Meeting, they were in the wilderness.
He asked them to use leather of seals but how would they get it there. He asked to use
acacia wood which wasn’t found in the wilderness. Where would they get all this? They
were asked to use precious stones and gold beyond measure. Provision of all this was
not possible in the wilderness but God wanted to teach Moses that HIS WORD IS ALL
SUFFICIENT.

When he speaks, he does so with all sufficiency. When God says he’ll accomplish
something, he has already done it. Whenever he says anything, he prepares everything
necessary for it. One need not wail and cry for it. One need not confirm it several
times. His Word is all-sufficient. This was the point of focus. And we see that they
were provided with all that God asked the Israelites to use. We don’t know how it was
accomplished but it became possible because His Word is preceded by complete
provision.

They were asked to inlay the gold plates with precious stones. They had to use gems
called Urim and Thummim. One meant enlightened and therefore, represented one who
has received the revelation of God, one who has encountered God. He is the one who
speaks beside God. Thummim meant holy and hence, represented one who walks in
his holiness. The man who wielded these stones was a man of revelation and holiness.
Thus, he was according to God’s image representing the Garden of Eden.

These three were appointed by God for this work. But they seemed to take Moses’s
words lightly.

1

incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his
command.

It is written that the fire to be used should be from the altar in the Tent of meeting.

(Lev 1:7, Lev 3:5, Lev 6:12,13). The fire on the altar should never go out. It should
always stay alight. And this fire was to be used. God had spoken through Moses that
it should always remain alight. The point is that it represented God’s character, his
holiness and his power. The people were to remain aware at all times that the God who
was amongst them was all-powerful and holy. And therefore, God had instructed this.
But Nadab and Abihu used another fire. They took it lightly. They thought that any fire
would do. They didn’t see any difference in this fire and any other fire. Therefore, they
did this. So, they got the fire from another place. The moment they did this, a massive
fire burnt them alive.

There is a message here. God doesn’t compromise with his Word. He doesn’t go back
on what he has spoken. He never compromises. If he says something, he stands by it.

He never waters down his Word. His Word is to be followed exactly to the letter. And
thus, he sends this message through the fire.

When God ordains, he does so for separation. It’s not a side business. Moses asked the
other sons not to mourn because the oil of Anointing was on them or they would have
died. There was a purpose upon their lives and there was a destiny ordained for them.
Moses was asking them not to move from that or their condition would become like their
brothers.

One can’t take God’s words lightly. You might be living in such a condition only because
someone is interceding for you. He is the God who never changes. He is the same
today. Your security, the grace upon you is because the people of God are interceding
for you. Don’t tempt your destiny and let the people of God move away from your life.
The God of Nadab and Abihu is alive today. In the times of Elijah, he brought down fire.
During the time of Daniel, fire couldn’t destroy his friends. God is the same today.

Aaron – the man of revelation:

In this case, Aaron emerges as an interesting character. He has to do the same work.
He has to minister at the altar where his sons were burnt to death. We generally
remember Abraham but not Aaron. Abraham had not even killed his son [though his
significance can’t be denied] but we remember him but here the situation is graver.
Aaron or his sons had not chosen to serve God. But God had appointed them. To serve
God was a very fearful responsibility and they were aware of that. God told Moses
to call Aaron and his sons and appoint them. Humanly speaking, they should have
declined it but they didn’t. And now after his sons have fallen dead, Aaron doesn’t flinch
from walking to the same altar. He didn’t shirk from it.

The key quality of Aaron was the revelation of God that he carried. He knew whom he
was serving. The one who has the true revelation of God overcomes every situation.
The man of revelation is not cowed down by emotion. God doesn’t speak at any time
during this incident; it is only Moses who speaks. Aaron’s other sons pick up the dead
bodies and go. Aaron doesn’t become a part of it. [v.4]

 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and
said to them, “Come here; carry your cousins outside the camp, away from the
front of the sanctuary.”

The man of revelation is strong. He is not moved. The God that he has encountered is
all-sufficient. The realm that he has entered is all-sufficient. He places all his conflicts,
sufferings, struggles on one hand and the revelation of God on the other and praises
God. He remembers his redeemer. He knows his King and walks in his revelation. The
same is true for Aaron. The one who has the revelation of God walks by this revelation

not by sight.

Paul had to go through many struggles and yet, when he encounters King Agrippa,
all he can say is “How can I deny what I have seen?” The same situation occurs with
Aaron. The young men took God’s word lightly and hence faced the wrath of God. God
didn’t compromise his standards. He believes in quality and maintains his standard.

If we have received the revelation of God, we have been enlightened by the King,
then, don’t take that lightly. If we take it lightly, we still serve the same God who didn’t
compromise with Nadab and Abihu. He will never compromise his standards. There is
no room for crossing his limits.

We, then, see that Aaron is to dedicate his other two sons. And Aaron’s reaction is of
complete submission. He is not broken with emotions nor has the situation bowed him
down. He doesn’t walk in fear of what his next two sons might do. Aaron’s dedication to
God is remarkable. He is ready with his family. His attitude is that of Job that God takes
what he gives. God’s words should be understood in light of his judgment. God gives his
instructions to the letter and if the people of God don’t follow them, there’s a judgment to
face. It reflects His authority and His Lordship over His people.

Moses then brings God’s word to Aaron that whoever approaches me should declare
his Holiness and His Glory. The same is true for the Church. We approach God to
attribute His Holiness and His Glory and increase it. God is a God of detailing. He pays
attention to detail as well as the overall model. He wants to teach us that everything that
He does is according to a model, a pattern.

Aaron took these words seriously. He didn’t mourn for forty days nor did he mourn with
his family. His attitude was of complete dedication. The same attitude is seen in the
people who sell all their possessions and put it at the feet of the Apostles. All that is
their’s is given with complete dedication.

All that is mine is the Lord’s.

Staying under God’s Anointing:

The oil of Anointing is upon us. Anointing is entering the realm of the abilities of God.
We do this by allowing God to work in us. Its sign is that we have seen the Kingdom,
that we have seen the King, that we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. We have
been anointed to work in His strength, ability and power. God keeps one expectation
from us after he anoints us

Walk in my strength not yours. Walk in my purposes not yours. You are mine.

The anointing represents God’s ownership over your life. The Holy Spirit puts a seal

on us ‘Separated for the Lord’. Anointing is not accidental, it is purposeful. We are no
longer our own, we are the Lord’s. The choice lies with us. Just as Aaron said and so
did his other two sons,

 “You want us. Here we are ”

The anointing brings them from one position into the position of God’s presence. Lets us
consider our lives and decide where we will go. Will we go the way of Nadab and Abihu
or of Aaron, Eleazar and Ithamar? The cost doesn’t matter, are we ready to pay it and
dedicate ourselves towards his purpose beyond compromise, beyond self?