“Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”
Hezekiah is an example for us to use our days wisely. He was sick unto death, and after he had gotten the news that he was to set his house in order, he begged God to intervene. The Lord heard his prayer and the fervency of his heart, and graciously gave Hezekiah 15 more years to live for Him.
Today, on this extra day on the calendar, the Lord has given us another day to live for and serve Him.
What will you do with this “extra” time?
This is a good day to reevaluate our priorities.
What do we put first in our lives? What is our passion and purpose in life?
For some it’s their career, their family, their children, their desire to be well known or famous, their need for attention or applause.
All of these are temporal things.
Are you redeeming the time that God has given you?
Are you using the bulk of your days to serve Him or to serve yourself?
Let’s use February 29th as a jumpstart into having an eternal perspective on how we spend our time and resources. We can use our time to lay up treasures in Heaven, or we can invest ourselves in the things of this world.
Will you regret not having done more for Christ?
Leviticus 27 | Luke 11 | Psalm 29
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Here we see the Lord Jesus Himself commanding His disciples to pray for labourers to be sent into the harvest. At the same time He is speaking to us His children who have been given the Word of God to read this precious command. He is telling us to pray that someone will go and labour for Him. In Romans 10, we read of “how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?”
Before the Apostle Paul was sent out from Antioch on his first missionary journey, the people prayed. They had prayed for labourers, and God had answered their prayer through Saul and Barnabas. Paul would become the greatest missionary, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ, to reach the nations with the Gospel.
What would God do, who would He send, if we would only pray for more labourers? How many more nations could be reached? How many more children cared for with the love of Christ?
We may never know this side of heaven what fruit our prayers for labourers has yielded. As we pray, God may burden the heart of the next Charles Spurgeon to once again reach two continents for the Lord’s glory. As we pray, He may raise up another soul winner to reach the forgotten peoples who have never heard the Name of Jesus. As we pray, we may also find that God burdens our own hearts to reach others for Him. We can also be one of the labourers we have prayed that the Lord would send.
Will you labour for Christ today? Someone is waiting to hear about Him.
Leviticus 25-26 | Luke 10 | Psalm 28
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
Have you ever had a day when you knew without a doubt that God had ordered your steps? When we acknowledge Him, He will direct our steps.
After the disastrous attacks of September 11th, 2001 there were many stories that came to light of people that would have been inside the towers of the World Trade Center if Something had not redirected their path. Some had doctor’s appointments. Some had flat tires. Some missed their flight or Subway train. Hundreds more people would have been killed on that dreadful day if they had not been delayed or the course of their path had not been altered. God had a purpose for sparing their lives that day. Some may have not yet heard the Gospel. Some may have still had a purpose to carry out.
Perhaps you have had a similar experience where God altered your plans throughout the course of a day in order to spare you from some horrific event. On the flip side, maybe there has been a time that God crossed your paths with someone that needed your assistance or you needed theirs.
The Lord has a way of changing our lives by ordering our paths to cross with people. A spouse, a friend, a family member. One day you were that lost person who needed the Gospel, and the Lord ordered someone’s steps to give you the Good News.
Why does the Lord order our steps? For His glory!
God orders our steps according to His will, and therefore He delights in them. When we submit ourselves to Him, we not only find His will as He directs us, but we cause Him to delight in us.
As we delight in Him, He delights in His children.
Are you asking God to order your steps?
Leviticus 23-24 | Luke 9 | Psalm 27
II Corinthians 4:3
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Have you ever tried to look through a set of glasses that were not your correct prescription? Your vision is blurred and out of focus. The details of the things around you are fuzzy and unclear. You are blinded.
Satan, the god of this world, has blinded those who have not received the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. He seeks to prevent the Light of the Gospel from shining in this dark world.
Are you hiding the Gospel today?
Have you placed a veil over the Light that lives within you?
If we hide our Light for Christ, we let Satan get the victory instead of allowing the glorious gospel of Christ to shine into this lost and dying world.
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33
Set the Light of your candle on a candlestick for the entire world to see.
Be a Light to someone today.
When we share our Light with others, not only does God get glory, but it also makes the world brighter.
“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Matthew 5:15
Leviticus 21-22 | Luke 8 | Psalm 26
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
With every Gospel tract that is handed out we have these promises: “it shall not return unto me void…it shall accomplish…it shall prosper…” This is not due to the paper on which It is printed, the creative thought behind the theme, or the designer/author of the content. These promises simply apply because a Gospel tract contains the Word of God. Every time we quote, write or read the Scriptures, He promises that It will accomplish what He pleases. Every time.
A Gospel tract goes through a process before it reaches those it was intended to reach. It must be written while yielded to the Holy Spirit’s power. It must be printed and packaged before it reaches the distributor. And ultimately, it must then be given.
God gives the writer the Message. The writer gives the printer the Content. The printer gives the tract to the distributor. Then the distributor gives the Gospel tract to the recipient. Sometimes the initial recipient still isn’t the one for which the tract was ultimately intended.
There was once a lady who received a Gospel tract while in a hurry to her car. Not looking at it initially, she placed the tract into her purse. While driving down the road she remembered that she had received something on the street, wondering what it was. Once she glanced at the Words enough to realize the subject, she rolled down her window and through the Gospel tract out into the wind. The tract flew through the breeze, winding up and down uncontrollably until it eventually landed in the grass beside the highway. Later that day a road cleaning crew from the Department of Corrections began removing the litter that lined the road. A man in an orange jumpsuit walked along the shoulder of the interstate collecting pieces of trash and paper. In the glaze of the sunlight, a particular piece of paper stuck out at the man, grabbing his attention. Instead of placing the pitchfork through the paper to place it into his trash bag, he slowly bent down to pick up and investigate what exactly it was. When he saw in bold words, “Are You 100% Sure?” he looked around to see if anyone was watching him. He knew he had a job to do, so he placed the paper into his pocket. That evening when he returned to his jail cell he heard the rustle of paper within his jumpsuit. Forgetting what it was, he removed the paper and began to read.
Moments later he fell to his knees under conviction realizing himself as a sinner, and asking God to save his wretched soul.
The lady who initially received the tract wasn’t interested. She was given the Gospel, and rejected it; yet, God’s Word did not return void.
What could God do through you distributing the Gospel?
Every tract has a purpose.
Leviticus 19-20 | Luke 7 | Psalm 25
“…serve him without fear.”
One of the worst emotions to have is fear.
Everyone fears something.
It might be an unknown future, a family member’s illness, commitment, or even failure. Our flesh wants us to live in fear.
Did you know that God didn’t create fear? We read in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear…” Instead, He gives us the spirit of power, or love, and of a sound mind. He wants us to live by His power, through His love, and by controlling ourselves through His Word.
He wants us to serve Him without fear.
This is our purpose. He redeemed us by sending His only begotten Son to die on the cross of Calvary, and pay the debt that we could not pay. The grace we have been bestowed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is given to encourage us to serve Him without fear of what lies ahead.
He wants us to serve Him with boldness.
Regardless of the struggle, He wants us to stand boldly amidst this dark world, proclaiming Christ as the source of our strength. “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6
Don’t give in to the fear you feel.
Seek to serve Him today in the midst of the battle you are facing.
Leviticus 17-18 | Luke 6 | Psalm 24
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
By faith Abraham obeyed.
There is no record that he questioned God, he simply obeyed.
The Bible tells us in I Samuel 15 after Saul and the Israelites disobeyed the LORD of hosts’ command to utterly destroy all that the Amalekites had, that “to obey is better than sacrifice.” The children of Israel had good intentions; they had planned to use their newly found items to sacrifice unto the LORD. But God didn’t want their sacrifice if it meant disobeying Him. He desires obedience from us just as much as He desired it from the Israelites.
Abraham was commanded to make a sacrifice. He knew what details that entailed. He knew the gruesome reality of a burnt offering. Yet, he was willing to take his only begotten son up on that mountain, and lay him on the altar. When Isaac asked “where is the lamb?” Abraham boldly responded, “God will provide.”
What could the Lord do with us if we had the faith of Abraham?
When the Lord impresses something upon your heart, do you question Him? Or do you willingly obey? Abraham rose up early in the morning after he received the command from God. His obedience is for our example.
God wants us to take a step of obedience through faith in Him so that He can work His will for our lives. If we will do God’s will today, He promises to reveal His will in the future. He just asks us to trust and obey Him.
Abraham was willing to sacrifice every thing he had in obedience.
God wants our willingness to sacrifice every thing for Him, by faith.
Leviticus 15-16 | Luke 5 | Psalm 23
"Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,"
"And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always."
Within the pages of Scripture, oil is used as a type of the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, we see in our passages today that in order for the light to shine, it must have oil.
We as Christians are called to be Lights for Christ in the darkness of this world.
In order for our Light to shine, we must have the Oil inside of us. The moment we trusted Christ, the Oil of the Holy Spirit was placed within us to guide us and help us shine our Light. God is glorified when our Lights shine!
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
We must daily yield ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit for it is He who does the convicting. He draws people to Jesus. It is up to us to let our Light shine, so that He can do the work of salvation within a person's heart. Without the Holy Spirit's power, our witness is in vain. We need oil in our Light!
Leviticus 13-14 | Luke 4 | Psalm 22
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."
Each of the first six days of creation the first act of God was spoken Word.
"And God said..." - verse 3
"And God said..." - verse 6
"And God said..." - verse 9
"And God said..." - verse 14
"And God said..." - verse 20
"And God said..." - verse 24
If this doesn't show us the importance of what God has to say, I'm not sure what would. Each day that God set out to do something, He first spoke.
Shouldn't we live the same way? Not listening to what we ourselves have to say, but finding out what God has to say before we begin each day. Unlike the Old Testament patriarchs who lived by faith and waited for God to move or show His Almighty Power in some way, we have been given the very Words of God Almighty at our fingertips. We can hold It in our hands, and read with our God-given eyeballs what our Father has for us.
In verse 26, we read "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" Notice the plurality in that verse. God the Father wasn't alone when He created all things in six days, otherwise He would have said "Let me make man in my image, after my likeness". The Triune God proves that He is a Trinity just 26 verses into the first chapter of His inspired Word.
God the Father is clearly represented in this passage.
God the Son, Jesus Christ Himself, is present as the very Words that God the Father spoke as He created each facet of His creation. We find this in John 1. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3
God the Holy Spirit is the Active Agent that created all that we see in those first six days of creation. This completes the presence of The Triune God as He the Creator gave us as believers our home away from Home.
Leviticus 11-12 | Luke 3 | Psalm 21
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
When we are troubled with the cares of this life, this is a verse that can help settle our spirits. If you struggle with anxiety or worry, you are not alone. Our flesh wants us to fret over the things that we have no control over.
In our passage today, the Lord gives us another Biblical equation as a solution to fretting in our passage today:
Prayer/Supplication + Thanksgiving = No Stress
If we will develop the mindset of going to God in every thing He tells us that we will have nothing to worry about. He wants us to make our requests made known unto Him.
Ask for confirmation.
Ask for direction.
Ask for permission.
Ask for protection.
Ask for provision.
Let your requests be made known unto God today.
He wants to hear from you.
Leviticus 9-10 | Luke 2 | Psalm 20
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