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Priests Unto God

Sunday Morning 01/29/2023 – Pastor Eric Davis

Turn with me, if you will. That the book of Exodus chapter number 19 1st. Then we’ll look at chapter number 29. We’ll jump over the old there are the New Testament. Okay, so Exodus chapter number 19. Enjoyed the the singing this morning and everything that the sun is gloss and everything so far, and glad you’re here. I’m glad we’re here. Rather be in heaven, but that day’s coming. Amen. And so hopefully, Lord willing, we could all go together. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Exodus chapter number 19. God has led the children visual out of Egypt, led them through the Red Sea. They sang praises unto Him, they believed Him, trusted him. And three days later they were complaining because they didn’t have what they felt like they needed to survive. Water, that’s kind of important. But God led them out. He is sovereign enough to give them what they need. Amen. And the same with us. They complained, they murmured, but God gave them water. God gave them manna. God provided for their every need. And I want us to look at a thought here in chapter number 19 that will go to chapter number 29. In the third month, when the tuna vista were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, that same day came day into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from riffym, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitch in the wilderness and their Israel camp before the mountain. And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel this is what God wants them to know. Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bear you on eagle’s wings and brought you unto Myself. There’s a lot of great preaching that’s been done on that verse. How God put them pouring to Himself and carried them out of Egypt. Brought them, but look where he’s bringing them to. It’s not a location, but it’s to Himself. I’ve brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people, for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and in holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak in the children of Israel. How many believe God had a purpose for the children of Israel? How many believe God has a purpose for you and me? God’s got a purpose for us too. Let’s pray we’ll dig into the God’s word. Heavenly Father. Thank you for your word. What I prayed you to help us this morning have our hearts to be sensitive to Your leading Your direction. And I pray that my mind would be clear. My mouth wouldn’t say the things that need to be said. So Lord, would you help me and fill me with your spirit to say what needs to be said. And God is and direct us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Amen. God has a desire. For? What is his desire? His desire is for a people brought unto Himself. And here in the Old Testament, he wanted the children of Israel. He chose the children of Israel to be brought unto Himself so that the whole world would know that there is a God and that they would turn. God doesn’t pick and choose so that some could be selected to Heaven and others would be selected to go to a place of torment. But God wanted a testimony in the land of Israel so the world would see that there is a God and he can be reached, he can be approached. That was his plan. God still wants a people. He’s still drawing people out. Aren’t you thankful for that? God’s still bringing a people out, still saving souls. Two peter. Three nine. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some encounters slackness, but his long suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. It’s God’s will that all would be saved. Now, all will won’t be saved because God’s given us a free will to either receive or reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. But he wants people to be saved. He wants a people. We have a need. We need God. How many of you want God to walk among you? I want God to walk among me. Walk, be comfortable in our household. Be comfortable in our presence. I need to be in his presence. It’s my need. But the problem is, God requires a holy people. In Exodus, chapter number 20, he gives the Ten Commandments. And used to be you could find them around courthouses, around the nation, not so much anymore. And we’ve seen the results of that, haven’t we? And the Bible has been taken out of school, the Ten Commandments have been removed from the courthouse, and we’ve seen the morals of America decline and drop where there is no standard. People will go after their own eyes and own judgment, and there is no judgment like God’s judgment. And God said, I want a people for myself, but there is a standard, because I’m holy and I can’t be in the presence of sin. Haback at 113. Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity. God is so holy that he and sin has to be separated. So God is righteous in all that he does. Like dad said this morning at Sunday school, god is gracious, God is good. God is just in all his dealings with mankind, but he longs for people. And so here in the book of Exodus, he’s going to tell them and introduce to them some statutes, some laws, so they can have a set moral code or moral standard, but still that’s not good enough to approach unto God. So turn to Exodus chapter number 29. And this is the thing that thou shalt do unto them. And set the context here. He’s speaking of Aaron and his sons. He’s chosen Aaron and his sons to be the priest of the tabernacle that he’s instructed Moses to build. Aaron will be the high priest until his death and it’ll pass to one of his sons. There’s only one high priest at a time and then the the other priest will minister in the things of the tabernacle. He said, this is what you need to do to them, to hallow them and to minister unto me in the priest’s office. Take one young bullock and two rams without blemish and unleavened bread and cakes unleavened tempered with oil and wafers, unleavened anointed with oil of wheat and flour shalt thou make them. And thou shalt put them in the one basket and bring them in the basket with the bullock and two and the two rams. It’s interesting. It’s unleavened bread again, right? We know eleven and the Scripture refers to sin. He said, I don’t even want any picture of sin. And I want you to notice while we’re reading through this, say, Brother Eric, this has no relevance to us today. And in part I’d agree with you because we don’t answer to a priest. Amen. God has made us as children of God, priest unto him. We’re going to see that in a minute. But I want you to notice this was a pattern of things to come. We’re going to find that out matter of fact. In Hebrews it says that the tabernacle and the ordinances thereof, which was what we’re talking about, was a pattern of things in the heavens. So the things here represent heavenly things. Okay? The unleavened bread. He said, I don’t want any picture of sin here. He’s used oil. The oil is the anointing of the Spirit of God. He said, you need that. And thou shalt put them into one basket, bring them in the basket with the bullock and the two rams and Aaron and his sons. Thou shalt bring it to the door of the tabernacle, the congregation, and shall wash them with water. And thou shalt take the garments and put upon Aaron the coat and the robe of the ephed and the ephed and the breastplate, and gird them with the curious girdle of the ephed. And thou shalt put the miter upon his head and put the holy crown upon the miter. And thou shalt take the anointing oil and pour it upon his head and anoint him. And thou shalt bring his sons and put coats upon them. And thou shalt gird them with girdles Aaron and his sons and put the bonus on them. And the priest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute. And thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons. So what we’re reading is the consecration of Aaron and his sons, for the priests, the office of the tabernacle. Okay, stay with me. We’re going somewhere with this. They had special garments that they wore, and you can read about it. You’ve probably read about it before as you go through the Bible, you read about it again, and each one has some significance. We’re not going to discuss that. I don’t know that I know all the significance of what they were, but I know they were significant. But see, God, all this is because God is desiring of people. And if it were not so, you and I would have no hope whatsoever, because there is no way we could approach God until he came to where we were. And this is all a picture of that the Bible. You remember when God spoke to Moses, he was in the burning bush, right? Moses turned aside to see the bush that burned and wasn’t consumed. And God said, Come not nigh hither, draw not nigh hither. Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place where now standards is what holy ground, right? He said, So you need to remove your shoes, Moses. This is not like any other bush. He said, I’m not like the gods of Egypt where you came out of. I’m not like the gods of this land where your father in law lives. He said, I am that. I am. I’m the self sufficient one. I am God. There is no God. There are no other gods. I am the only god. He said, I’m holy. When they sang the song in Exes. 15, they said, who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee? Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders. You may have read about it already. There was a golden plate put upon the miter of the high priest, and it said, Holiness to the Lord. So when the high priest would enter into the most holy place, which was a picture of the throne room of God, he would have upon his forehead holiness unto the Lord. You know what we read about the other day? I think it was in Sunday school, what they’re singing right now in the presence of God, they’re singing, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which is which was and which is to come. They’re worshiping God, right? And so all of that was a picture of what’s going on in heaven. And these are pictures to point them to Jesus, who had come and fulfill all of that. So the way to God, the way to approach God is being revealed. Okay? God’s remedy for man’s need. We skipped over this, but hold your place here. Go back to Exist, chapter 24. Just real fast, super fast, like Brother Bill John, the Church man, okay? Exist, chapter 24, verse number seven. And he’s not here. I could pick on him, so don’t tell him I’m picking on him and he took the book of the covenant and read in the audience of the people and they said, all that the Lord hath said will we do and be obedient. That’s a little bit ironic, isn’t it? We know the rest of the story. Verse eight. And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on who? The people. And said, behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words. So there was a covenant established with God’s people, but the covenant was not established without the blood. It took blood to establish the covenant. Okay? So there’s blood in the people back in exist. Chapter number 29, verse number ten. And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron and his son shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock and thou shalt kill the bullock. Notice this is so interesting. Aaron and his sons were to place their hands upon the head of the bullock. You know what they were doing? They were identifying with that bullock. God was not going to slay Aaron and his sons because this bullock was their substitute. He said, I’m identifying myself with this bullock. This bullock is going to die in my place. Isn’t that a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ? And thou shalt kill the bullock before the Lord by the door. The door. Only one door at the time knock of the congregation. And that’s how shall take it the blood of the bullock and put it upon the horns of the altar with thy finger and pour all the blood beside the bottom of the altar. I hope nobody’s weak stomach in here this morning. And thou shalt take all the fat that covers the inwards and the call that is above the liver and the two kidneys and the fat that is upon them and burn them upon the altar. But the flesh of the bullock and his skin and his tongue shall thou burn with fire without the camp. It is a sin offering. So before Aaron and his sons could ever approach God, they had to offer a sacrifice for their sins. They had to take care of their sins because even the high priest was not sinless. Can I say that even the great leaders of today, be it somebody by the name of priest or somebody by the name of Pope, is not completely sinless. They need to have their sins forgiven. The only way they can get their sins forgiven is the same way you get your sins forgiven is by the blood of Jesus Christ. So the bullock was killed a slate and the blood was applied on the altar. And some of the parts we’ll leave it at that of the bullock was burned on the altar. But most of the bullock was burned without the camp separate from the camp. Okay? Now let’s look at one ram. Thou shalt also take one ram and Aaron his son shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. Again they’re identifying with the ram. Thou shalt slay the ram, and thou take his blood and sprinkle the bound upon the altar. And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces and wash the inwards of him in his legs and put them into his pieces and under his head. And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar. It is a burnt offering unto the Lord. It is a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the Lord. Well, let me ask you. When Jesus was on the cross of Calvary, suffering for my sins and your sins, and God the Father looked on God the Son, he had to turn his own back on God the Son. But it was a sweet Savor unto him, sweet smelling Savor unto him. This pictures here, the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. The whole ram was burnt in this offering. Thou shalt take the other ram. So here’s the second ram isn’t amazing. So why did God have to choose so many different animals to represent the Lord Jesus Christ? Because it took that many different pictures to represent what Jesus did for us on Calvary. And thou shalt kill the ram and take I’m sorry, I skipped it. Verse 19. Thou shalt take the other ram, and Aaron and his son shall put their hands upon the head of the ram, again doing the same thing. Then thou shalt kill the ram and take of his blood and put them upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron upon the tip of the right ear of his sons and upon the thumb of his right hand upon the great toe of their right foot and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about that shall take of the blood that is upon the altar and of the anointing oil and sprinkle upon Aaron and upon his garments upon his sons upon the garments of his sons with him and he shall be hallowed and his garments and his sons and his sons garments with him. No doubt this would stain their beautiful garments that we read about. But the blood was necessary before they could ever approach unto God. There’s a time period where they have to set aside seven days before they can enter into the priest, the office. There’s other things here. There’s the wave offering, there’s the heave offering. This ram is called the ram of consecration. But all of this is a picture of what Jesus did for us. Okay? So hold your place here. I don’t know that we’d be back here, so you could leave it for now if you want. It’s pretty easy to find again. Hebrews chapter number nine in the New Testament. Turn there with me, if you will, please. Hebrews, chapter number nine. And I’m sorry, I should have read this verse while I was there. You can look it up. If you’re still there, you can see it. If you can, look up later. Exes. 29, verse 45 44 says, and I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar and I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons to minister to me in the priest’s office. Why did God have to set aside set this aside, set this apart. Why did God have to sanctify it? Verse 45 and I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God and they shall know that I am the Lord their God that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them. I am the Lord, their god. God wanted a people to dwell among but the blood had to be applied. Let me tell you, if you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, the blood has been applied to your account. You may not see any blood sprinkled on your clothing, and I hope you don’t, because some of us might get a little bit of weak in here, but the blood has been applied to your account and my account. When God sees you, he sees the blood applied if you put your faith and trust in Christ. So what does that mean? That means something to us. Well, Hebrews, chapter number nine, verse number nine. Hebrews nine, verse nine, which was a figure for the time then present. I will look at verse number six. There’s so much, we don’t have time to fit it all in. But verse number six. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priest went always into the first tabernacle, accomplished the service of God, but into the second went the high priest alone every year, once every year not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the heirs of the people. We’ve read some of that already, right? Verses one through six talk about some of the things we’ve read about too. The Holy Ghost. This signifying that the way into the holiest of all, which is a picture of God’s throne, was not yet made manifest while as the first tabernacle was yet standing. They didn’t understand all that. But God left it there for it, for an illustration which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him that did the service perfect. As pertaining to the conscience which stood only in meats and drinks and divers washings and carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation. So they were just signs. It never made them completely forgave their sins. There was a remembrance of them every year. They had to be done every year. Matter of fact, the sacrifices had to be done every day. The high priest went one time into the holiest of all every year. Each year. Once each year but Christ verse eleven. But Christ being come and high Priest of Good things, to come by a greater and more perfect tabernacle. Not with hands, that is to say, not of this building, neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood. He entered in once into the holy place. Sacrifice of animals will do you no good. We already covered that. You can’t get to God by your own works. I’m a dirty, rotten sitter on my own. I’m filthy on my own. I can’t even approach unto God. There has to be blood applied. I can’t go out here and sacrifice an ox or sacrifice a bullock. I can’t do any of that, because none of that takes away sin. Only one thing takes away sin, and that’s the blood of Jesus Christ. All of this was a picture of when Jesus would come and shed his blood on the cross of Calvary, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctified to the period of fine of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. So we are sanctified, set apart, we’re clean, we are forgiven. We can approach God through the blood of Christ, right? Now. What does that mean? God has said in several different places in one Peter, chapter one, you say where you’re at it, you can turn there, but hold your place here at least one Peter one, verse number nine. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and holy nation of peculiar people. Revelation one to five says this unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. You and I have been made priests unto God. I don’t have to go through an intermediary to get access to God. Matter of fact, I can’t go through my intermediary is Jesus Christ. There was one mediator between God and men, the man Christ, Jesus. A little bit later in that same book, that same epistle says god was manifest in the flesh. So the God man, Jesus Christ, is my mediator, but I have direct access because he has placed his blood on my account. Isn’t that wonderful? God has given me direct access. So what does that mean for me? Well, that means that one we’ve talked about, I’ve got direct access unto God. Hebrews 14 seen in that we have a great high priest that has passed into the heavens, jesus, the Son of God. Let me say this too. Remember when I said there was only one high priest at a time? There’s only one high priest now and forevermore, and that’s our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is our great high priest. He offered himself one time. There’s no more sacrifice for sins. It was done once on Calvary and he forever sat down at the Father’s right hand. Let us hold fast our profession for we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities, but with an all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly into the throne of grace. You and I have access into the holiest of holies. And we can come not just once a year. We can come any time when we bow our knees under our heavenly Father. And we come in Jesus name. We come in his name and bring our request unto the Lord. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. How many of you are needy? Are you needy? All right, let me ask your spouse. How many of you is your spouse needy? As I get more answers, all of us. All of us are needy. I need a lot, but I need the Lord most of all. I need his presence. I need Him to to guide me. I need him. Direct me. I need help often. But I’ve got access to that help any time, day or night because of what Jesus did on Calvary. Not only are we sanctified through the blood of Jesus Christ, but we’re concentrated unto God. The priests were set aside for service then they had a responsibility. They were to take care of the things of the tabernacle. Now, because we are saved, we ought to want to serve and worship God. He has given us a responsibility. The Bible talks about sacrifice of praise. We ought to sing praise unto Him. I know we’re a little bit shorter, smaller in number this morning, but still ought to sing praise unto God even if there were just two of us here. Amen. Sing praise unto God. Our time, our talents and our treasures. How many times we hear Pastor Vance speak about time, talents and treasures. But that’s true. Everything that we have has been given to us by God and it belongs to Him. We are his. We’ve been bought with a price with the precious blood of Christ. Aaron and his sons received anointing oil. God has anointed us with the Spirit of God. Everybody that’s been saved has the Spirit of God. Indwelling them. You have the Spirit of God indwelling you. He guides you. He directs you. If you listen, you got to listen to Him. Things that come along with the Spirit of God. Someone said this about the graces of the Spirit. There’s. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, meekness, temperance. It’s hard to get past a few of those. We all need to work in that area. But we’re concentrate unto God. We have a responsibility as priests unto God. Now, we can’t save anybody. We can’t forgive anybody’s sins. There’s one high priest that’s Jesus Christ. But we have direct access to God. What that means also is we have a responsibility to the world around us. We are to lift up God to them. They will not see God except we lift him up by our life, by our testimony, by our word. Give him a gospel track. But listen, can I tell you something as gently as I know how? If your life is being lived differently than what you are giving out by a gospel track, that gospel track is going to mean nothing to them. Your life ought to line up and match. And I know we’re not perfect. We want to strive to be like Christ. As we draw closer to Him, he’s going to put more and more likeness of Himself on us. He’s going to make us to be more and more like Him. Turn to Hebrews, chapter number ten,
verse number six. And burn offer to sacrifice for sin. Thus had no pleasure. Then said, I lo I come. And the volume of the book is written to me to do thy will, O God. That’s Jesus speaking. Keep going down to verse number twelve. But this man, speaking of Jesus Christ, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. And he’s still there this morning waiting until the Father says it’s time to go get your brine. And he’ll be on his way. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified wherever the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us. For after that he had said before this is the covenant that I will make with them. After those days, saith the Lord, I’ll put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them and their sins, and iniquities will I remember no more. I want to skip down to verse number 21 and having a high priest there’s so much here, you read it later as you have time. And verse 21 and having a high priest over the house of God. Three things. There’s a threefold admonition here. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our heart sprinkled from an evil conscience in our bodies washed with pure water. Number two. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. Why? For he is faithful. That promise. Number three. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and the good works. Fdmire says this matches exactly with some other things we read in Scripture of faith, hope and love. Wants you to look at this. Verse 22. Let us draw near with the true heart in full assurance of faith. Because we are priests under God. We have access unto God. God has made us clean in his sight. Let’s not rest. On that alone. But let’s increase our faith. Let’s draw near under god. If God desired, if he went through all of that to make you a people for Himself, why in the world does it take so much for us to want to spend time with Him? We can’t increase our faith if we never spend time with Him. That’s why I love the three services we have on Sunday. Sunday school, Sunday morning, Sunday evening, with time we’ve dedicated, say, I’m going to spend time with the Lord at this hour. And Wednesday nights we do the same throughout the week. I hope you have time personally, that you spend time with the Lord. So let us draw near with the true heart and full assurance of faith. Our faith increases. We’ll rely less on ourselves and more on God. We’ve got to prepare to draw near to God. It’s a time of preparation. Then he says, let us not only draw near, let us hold fast what God has given. Listen. Hope is different than faith. Faith believes God. This was interesting. EPP Meyer said this faith consists of two things belief, which accepts certain declarations as true. We know Jesus is God. Amen. Number two, it’s also trust in the person about whom these declarations are made. So we know that Jesus lives, but also by faith. We’re trusting Him to save us and then to lead us. Hope is laying hold on the future, though we don’t know what the future tomorrow might hold. We know what our future holds as Christians. Hope can lay hold on that, knowing that God is faithful, that promised. We have a different hope than the world has. The world has no hope without Christ. But you and I know where we’re going. We know who holds tomorrow. Things in our life will get us down and get us discouraged. But let’s not look to that. Let’s look to Jesus, who’s holding our tomorrow. He knows the end already. When it comes time for us to die and leave this life, he promised to go with us through the valley of the shadow of death. So he’s not leaving us alone. We can lay hold on that. Let us hold fast a professional of our faith without wavering. Then let us consider one another to provoke unto love and the good works not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together as a matter of some is, but exhorting one another. And so much the more as you see the day approaching. It’s a great privilege that you and I are in as children of God. Something that the Israelites were looking to, trying to understand. They didn’t understand it all. But looking back, we can see how God designed that for a beautiful picture of what was to come was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. But as priests under God direct access to Him, let’s not neglect that time with Him. Let’s also realize that it’s our job to lift up the Lord and everything we do through this life that the world may see that there’s a God that loves them, cares for them. Listen, if we don’t reach the world with that message, no one else will. That’s our responsibility. It’s our job to do that. What a great privilege. What a great responsibility. Our responsibility as we walk with God, but our responsibility also as we walk among men. Let’s hold true to what we’ve been given. Amen. I’m thankful that I’m cleansed by the blood of Christ. I don’t want to bring reproach unto his name. I want to lift him up in all that I do. Have you brought reproach, brother Eric? Yeah, sure I have. And you have to. But I don’t want to and you shouldn’t want to. We ought to lift up the Lord and all that we do and say amen. Listen, you got a burden this morning. We’ve got direct access to our Heavenly Father because of our great high priests, the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only do we have access, but he is also praying on our behalf. Right now, he’s interceding on our behalf. The Bible says, what a privilege to be a child of God. Amen. Let’s stand head bound and eyes closed. If you’re not saved this morning, I would beg of you to trust Christ. Come this altar. We’ll show you how to be saved from the Bible. If you are saved, would you consider what God has done for you? What he’s bless you with. A wonderful privilege, wonderful position. But there’s great responsibility if you need to come. Would you come? Or miss Rachel, play something here on the piano. If you need to be saved. Don’t put it off. If you’re watching my way of livestream need to trust Jesus Christ. Not sure of your salvation? Don’t put it off. Maybe you had struggles and doubts. You need the assurance. Listen, this gives me the assurance like nothing else because it’s his blood that’s made me acceptable in the sight of God. As a priest under God, is there some responsibility, some area that you’ve neglected? Maybe somewhere along the line you’ve gone off track once you confess that not to me, but to Him this morning. Heavenly Father lord, thank you for the access that we have into the throne room. We come before you and bring our needs, our cares, our harsh desires. We don’t come on our own merits, but we come on the blood of Jesus Christ which been applied to our counts by faith. Lord, we can lay hold on the promises that You’ve left us because of what you have already accomplished in the past. I know, Lord, this world is going crazy. But Lord, help us to trust you. Help us to look toward heaven, lay hold of what’s in store. Help us to be mindful of our responsibilities on this earth to lift up our Lord and Savior to those around us. Lord, if there’s some here that’s not sure that they need them, not sure of their salvation or need to be saved. Please save them for somebody here that’s walked off from you or allowed something to come between you and them. Lord, would you show them? Would you help them to get it right? Thank you for this great privilege. Help us not to neglect to forgive us where we have. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen. Amen.

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