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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 53 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do bery baptist clarksbridgecom.I have with me a smartphone. It's actually an I phone. Someof us are old enough to remember a time before smart phones. These smartphones, though, have literally changed our lives. These pocket size devices have the capacitycapacity to do what banks, calendars, rolodexes, calculators, televisions, computers, typewriters, phones, pagers,...

...drive door openers. Well, thatswitch is credit card companies, Western Union, Atari VHS players, newspapers, periodicals, Q botofliers, atlises and Cycopedias, dictionaries, tape recorders, CD players, betty cropper, good boats and so much more once did for us. They really are amazing devices. This light year jump in technology begin withorganizational helps. The smartphone revolution begin with the storing of contacts and appointments onelectronic calendar. The for this revolution again many of US use pen and paperfor daily, weekly and monthly reminders. Some of you are too young torecall such but others remember it. All...

...of us, whether we utilize themto the fullest instead or not, know the value of daily reminders. Theyhelp us prioritize our time. We utilize them to get things done which areimportant, while allowing the urgent, unimportant things to wed. Would it surpriseyou to know that God gave the Israelites daily reminder of their priorities, God'seyephone, if you will? He certainly did that and it still provides agreat example for us even to this day. Well, we're in numbers, chaptersfifteen through seventeen, and in those chapters we see offerings at the Israelites, we give to God. We see the Corah rebellion regard would open upthe earth and swallow up those who have...

Redil, and we see errands dryand the budding of Er and dry and God signifying his choosing of error.But are reading for today it's going to be out of numbers, Chapter Fifteen, verses eighteen through twenty one, and numbers eighteen verse twenty nine. Letme read that for you. Speak to the Israelites and say to them,when you enter the land to which I am taking you and you eat thefood of the land, present a portion as an offering to the Lord.Present a loaf from the first of your ground. Deal and present him asan offering from the threshold floor. Throughout the generations and come, you areto give this offering to the Lord from the first of your ground. Andthen, Jeffter Eighteen, verse Twenty Nine, you must present as the Lord's portion, the best and holiest part of...

...everything given to you. They aretwo basic principles that on in these verses. The first, God deserves our best. Chapter Eighteen, Verse Twenty Nine. For then, as Lord's portion,the best and holiest part of everything given to you. God deserves ourbest. He's God. He deserves our best. Wow, I certainly couldcomment on that. There's really no commentary necessary. God deserves our best.God had calls in Israel to give up their maths as a heave offering tothe Lord. In fact, we see the concept of first fruits in theseverses. First fruits refer to what God called the Israelites to render unto him. It referred to the first day of harvest on this day, after aseason of planting, tending and cultivating,...

...what everyone gathered on that day wasto be given to the Lord. Imagine, after a full season of word,now the first day of harvest. Can you imagine apple pie fresh fromthe apples or green means corn strength from the garden? Imagine the temptation topersonally enjoy the first of the hardest. But God didn't permit such. Itwas his. All one gathered on this first day, which was typically alarge and gathering, belong to God. Why? What if the storm brewinedthat night? What if it destroyed all that was left after that first togather? Why would God won't the first and best of the hardest. Itwas a trust factor. Do you trust God if you give him everything yougather today and it's such a great bountiful,...

...beautiful hardness, the best? Whatif the storm comes up? Would God take care of US anyway?Do I trust God to provide? All Right, God, if I don'tget any more tomorrow, I'm going to trust you. I'll give it toyou anyway. The best, the first. It was a matter of faith.Number One, God was worthy, but number two, do we trustGod? The idea was God, you are greater to me than anything.You deserve my best. I give my all to you and I will trustyou to provide the first first for kind of I could tie the ten percentthat's just given to God, saying, God, everything I own is yours, and as a testimony of that,...

I give this ten percent. Ifyou won't or you let me know, I give it. It's yours.I trust you. He's worthy of all we have. The second principle,however, was in Chapter Fifteen, verses eighteen through twenty one. It's aprinciple of remembering and focusing on God. The idea of the first brutes wascarried into the simple labors of life. When the ladies prepared the food forthe day, that morning preparation, they were to take part of that everyday and offer it up to who or the first of the dough for thatbread prepared for that day. The first of the dough was to God.Thus, as the food is prepared, they offered a portion to God whichno one would eat. Why? Why would God ask us to waste this? God doesn't eat. Are God,...

...this is yours. He's not.Why would God ask such? It wasn't wasted. Number one, because Godcan multiply, just as he dived with a fish and the lulls. Butthis was to be an important reminder every day that all we have belongs toGod. Even in the sinless of daily chores, the Israelites were to thinkof God and to be grateful. Serves as a reminder even to us todaythat in the simple chores of life we have to stop and thank God.In fact, I encourage you every time you eat, before you take thatfirst mine, I will encourage you to stop and say God, thank you. I want to encourage you to set...

...a reminder, if you have to. Maybe the reminders just sitting down to eat, but at every meal Iwant to ask you just to stop, just as the Hebrew ladies would havein the Old Testament before they prepared that bread for the day. God,this is yours. I want to ask you to stop before you eat anymeal and every I want to ask you just to say God, thank youfor providing and Lord, I'm yours. All I am is yours. Theyyou forgiving. If you'll do that, that's your reminder. God told theif for likes to have such a reminder, you and I need to have suchas well well. I want to pray for you, but before Ipray, I want to encourage you to read numbers, chapters eighteen through twenty. Is that will be our reading for...

...tomorrow. But let's pray. Father, we come to you today and we thank you for the reminder all theway back in numbers of daily reminders we need. God, there's so muchthat goes on during the day, from the moment we get up to themoment we go to bed. Our days are consumed with so many activities andthings to do that we need times to stop and thank you, to stopand think about you and Lord, what a wonderful reminder from the Old Testamentthat I perfect time to do that is before we eat something, and everytime we sit down to eat, right before we put something in her mouth, maybe we stop and say, Lord, thank you for provided and I'm wantedto thank and focus on you. Lord, help us to do then, Jesus name Amen. Thank you for...

...joining us today.

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