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Purified

Hello, God has given me something in 1 Chronicles 23:28 which says,

“The duty of the Levites was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the temple of the LORD: to be in charge of the courtyards, the side rooms, the purification of all sacred things and the performance of other duties at the house of God.”

Needs: The Lord required that all sacred things be purified, why? Because God is holy. If God is holy, then all the things in His house need to be holy. We are sinful, and so were the Israelites, so that is why God also required that they offer a sacrifice for their sins. God could not look on sin, so they had to offer sacrifices.

Our condition without Christ: We are sinful wretches bound for hell. The Jordan was deep and wide, and we don’t even have legs to carry us across, especially not a stick. We are stuck in our sin, with almost no hope at all. The leash around our neck that the devil held was tight. Our condition without Christ is the problem. So what is the answer?

The answer, Jesus: Jesus is the answer! How? He came down and became sin for us, and died on the cross for us. Jesus actually became sin for us, He didn’t only take on our sin, He became it for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin  for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Application: The Levites had to purify the sacred things, but now, because Jesus died for us in our place, we don’t have to. Jesus purified us so that we can go to heaven as sons and daughters of God. So that means we can just sin and sin and sin because Jesus paid for our sins right? Right and wrong. Right: Jesus did die for us and pay the price for our sins. Wrong: We cannot not sin and sin and sin all we want, why? Because we are the righteousness of God. We still sin, but we have control over our bodies.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your only son for us to die on the cross. Thank You for letting us be Your sons and daughters. I pray that I would love You more, and be closer to You. I pray that You would live in me, and give me Your spirit. Thank You, Jesus, for dying on the cross for us. I pray that I would be closer to You, and talk with You more. Thank You for purifying us on the cross. I pray that we would rejoice in time of suffering, like the disciples did. Thank You for letting me know about how You died on the cross for me. I pray that I would be kinder to those around me. Thank You for giving Your life for us on the cross. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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