Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Devotion Of the day..

Leviticus 6:9, 12-13 (NIV)
"Give Aaron and
his sons this command: 'These are the
regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt...
offering is to remain on the altar hearth
throughout the night, till morning, and the fire
must be kept burning on the altar.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning;
it must not go out. Every morning the priest
is to add firewood and arrange the burnt
offering on the fire and burn the fat of the
fellowship offerings on it.
The fire must be
kept burning on the altar continuously; it
must not go out.

Exodus 29:39f God lit the fire. We must guard
that flame carefully and tend it well. Keep it
on the altar. It is for God that it burns. Don't
be zealous for any other thing. God has a
flame in His heart for us, the same one that
took Jesus to the cross. To not have one for
Him in our heart is the height of ingratitude
and selfishness.

The sacrifice was performed both morning
and evening. It remained on the altar through
the night. We should send up our prayer
sacrifice at least this often and always be a
living sacrifice. Ex 39:42 "There I will meet
you and speak with you."

Three times in 5 verses we are told to keep
the fire burning. The spiritual picture is clear.
You probably remember the children's song,
"Don't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it
shine. Let is shine, let it shine, all the time." I
bet you didn't realize that song goes all the
way back to Leviticus. If the fire goes out, the
one that God lit, there is always the
temptation for man to relight it. We need the
fire of God in our sacrifice, not the fire of
man. Man's fire is zealous but ends up
glorifying man and not God. The altar of our
hearts should always be prepared for
sacrifice on the flame that God lit in us.

Meditation: Is the fire on the altar of my heart
burning with God's fire?
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