Monday, February 14, 2011

Are You Fresh?!

Is that fresh?

Leviticus 24:8
This bread is to be set out before the Lord regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites, as lasting covenant.

Whenever we go to the grocery store to purchase food like bread or milk we always check the expiration date. We like our food to be fresh. Nobody wants food that’s been setting up in display all day. We like fresh bread. Maybe that’s why Krispy Kreme does so well with their sign that says, “Now serving Hot doughnuts!” that sign is so tempting because no one can resist hot, fresh doughnuts.

God likes hot fresh bread too! We are the bread. Every day we are to give ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. We can’t live off last week’s bread. Every week we have to start from scratch kneading out the dough of our daily devotion, removing the yeast of sin, and involving ourselves in the heat of regular worship.

Every Sabbath the priests were to put 12 loaves of bread before the Lord. The number 12 represented the 12 tribes who were to assemble themselves before the Lord for regular worship. We should regularly assemble our tribes, our families, for weekly worship. Our worship ought to be fresh!

How do you have fresh worship?

1. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise Psalm 100:4. When we come to church we have to come with our fire. You can’t bake bread if you don’t have that fire.

2. Consecrate yourself. Leviticus 11:18 “Tell the people: Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow…” whenever the people assembled themselves to be in God’s presence they had to get themselves presentable. We need to get our minds and bodies clean in preparation of coming into God’s presence.

3. Sing Hymns. When we come to worship we ought not to have a performance mentality where we sit back and let the praise team entertain us. We are the praise team and God is the audience. Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.

4. Pray for each other. Ephesians 6:18 pray in the sprit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

5. Come with Expectation. Ephesians 3:20 He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Dear God, help my worship and my living to always be fresh. Daily will I seek your face. Give me fresh wind and fresh fire so I can give your people a fresh word. Help me to serve others today with freshness. “Now Serving Hot Bread!”

In Jesus Name,


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