LIFe with God: May 12, 2019

Posted on May 12, 2019

Scripture

Leviticus 5

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Observation

The sin offering described in the last chapter and the “trespass” offering here in chapter 5 are similar, but different. The former deals with sin as part of our human nature, while the latter regards individual acts of sin (both of commission and omission). In addition to the offering, offenders had to make restitution for their sinful acts (here against God and in chapter 6 against our fellow man). These sins are seen by God as a debt that must be paid, and true repentance involves involves restitution where possible.

Application

Am I thankful that Christ’s once-for-all offering of himself pays the debt of both my sinful human nature and each individual sin I commit? Do I just go through the motions of private confession to God, or do I truly repent and make restitution to others when I have wronged them?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, The explanations of these sacrifices make it quite clear that sin is a serious issue in Your eyes, and that it is a debt that requires payment; the wages of sin is death. Thank You for the gift of Jesus Christ, who paid a debt He didn’t owe because I owed a debt I couldn’t pay! Help me not to merely go through the motions of confessing my sin. Rather, may I be truly repentant and make restitution whenever possible. Thank You for the forgiveness and eternal life that is mine in Christ Jesus! In His name I pray, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Dustin and Amy Barton
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Michelle Caldwell
  • Kathi Carr
  • Loran “Bud” Clark

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for the poor & imprisoned

  • Salvation
  • That they will trust in God’s provision
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • That they will have hope
  • For godly mentors in the prison/jail system

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray that God will use Operation Christmas Child to bring joy to boys and girls who are facing poverty, sickness, or war.

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