Build an altar for sacrifice

Genesis 8:20-22 (NIV)

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

After all Noah had been through to survive the flood he maintains his act of worship by sacrificing some of the clean animals and birds to God.

Why was Noah’s sacrifice so pleasing to God to cause Him to declare that He will never again destroy all living creatures?

It was the condition of Noah’s heart that sent out a pleasing aroma to God. He was thankful and appreciative of all that God had done for him.

God desires for us to be expressing hearts of gratitude toward Him, pleasing aromas of worship and praise.

So give Him your best today!

Your house is covered with the blood

Exodus 12:13, 21-23 (NIV)

‘The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt…Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.’

What an amazing promise for ourselves and our families. After sprinkling the blood from the sacrificial lamb over the doors or entryways of their houses, the Israelites were protected against the plague of death that swept through Egypt killing many people.

This spirit of death simply passed over them. Likewise, through the blood of Jesus we have that same spiritual authority over our houses and families.

The destructive plague that is circulating in the form of illness, grief, witchcraft, drugs, drunkenness, poverty, pornography and other addictions is not able to enter your house.

There is a blood line around your door. Jesus’ precious blood is the atoning protection you need. Smear it everywhere so the enemy knows this is God’s territory.

Maybe you even need to stand under your door and pray protection upon your house? Or maybe you need to imagine that bloodline surrounding your family and trust God that there will be no more physical, mental or emotional sickness, coming to attack you or your first born.

The Israelites simply waited inside and trusted God’s promise that death would pass over them. When they opened their doors they realised it had indeed passed by! Get ready to open your door to life as death passes by your household.

“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Psalm 91:9-10 (NLT, NKJV)

More than what you started with

Mark 6:38-44 (NIV)

‘How many loaves do you have?’ he asked. ‘Go and see.’ When they found out, they said, ‘Five – and two fish.’ Then Jesus told them to make all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Did you hear that?! They had twelve basketfuls left over after everyone had eaten. They only started with five loaves and two fish!

Jesus not only provided for everyone’s needs but the excess was greater than they offered up to begin with. He is the All provider and the Multiplier.

That is exactly what He wants to do in your life. You will find yourself giving out and giving out and even after this, He will give back more than you began with. So following the distribution, there will be a greater amount than you gave in the first place.

Give out joy, and you will not be emptied of joy. No, not only will those around you have joy but the excess will be more than you gave.

It’s the same with peace, faith and finances. Keep giving it out and watch it come back to you multiplied.

Victory in unfamiliar ground

Isaiah 41:2-4 (NLT)

“Who has stirred up this king from the east,
rightly calling him to God’s service?
Who gives this man victory over many nations
and permits him to trample their kings underfoot?
With his sword, he reduces armies to dust.
With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind.
He chases them away and goes on safely,
though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.
Who has done such mighty deeds,
summoning each new generation from the beginning of time?
It is I, the Lord, the First and the Last.
I alone am he.”

Are you walking through unfamiliar territory right now, embarking on projects and adventures that you have never undertaken before?

Is God opening up doors that are very different from your previous pathways? Do you find yourself in vulnerable places that require utter dependence on Him; challenges for God’s service that almost frighten you? If so, then this promise is for you!

You will have victory over your enemies in this unfamiliar land. You can enter into this new calling, new job, new relationship or new location with a confidence that God will chase away your enemies and give you the nations before you.

Whatever you are heading into, be reassured that He has given you all that you need to succeed in this foreign place.

And it won’t be foreign for long because you will rule in the land, occupying territory and seeing opposition crumble as He goes before you.

Release the animals

Genesis 8:15-18 (NLT)
Then God said to Noah, “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat.

This is the time for release! You have survived the flood and now you and your animals are about to be released into multiplication.

The waters have finally subsided from around you and God has positioned you on top of the mountain. He is calling you out of the boat.

You have emerged from a great time of testing and tribulation and you have risen higher, making it onto dry ground.

Maybe you didn’t understand at the time the washing away that had to take place but you can look back now and see God’s hand during the flood season.

Multiplication is now coming your way so come on out! It is time to release the animals and watch them multiply!

Hallelujah! This place of freedom is like nothing you have encountered before. You are being released into your destiny and this is a God appointed moment in your life you will never forget. Now be fruitful and multiply!

Your concealed gift

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (MSG)

Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Has God given you a gift like this that continually pushes you to your knees?

You may have never seen it in the form of a gift before because it frustrates you or even aggravates you. But it has you seeking after Him, clinging to Him and reveals your constant need for Him.

It’s something that if it were to be removed, would leave you spiritually weak. Perhaps it’s a limitation or handicap that you have asked God to remove but His reply is always ‘My grace is enough’.

Like Paul, you must see it as a gift and appreciate the work God is doing in you through this restriction. Allow Him to be glorified in it and His strength will be manifested through your weakness.

Celebrate your weakness by letting Christ take over, knowing that when you are weak, He is strong.

Turn and face Him

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (MSG)

‘Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.’

Whatever you may be going through right now, try to centre your thoughts on Him. Whenever you turn your eyes to God and face Him, by directing your affection and attention on Him, He will remove the veil that separates you from Him.

The veil of religion and rules will be removed as the formulated attempts to get your way with God are replaced with genuine intimacy.

He will become even more real to you as you press into His presence that everything else around you will become like an illusion.

As you get wrapped up in Him, the troubles and hardships of this world will be swallowed up, becoming insignificant compared to the glory you behold.

The more you experience His presence, the more you will become like Him, radiating His glory and beauty to a world that is waiting for a glimpse of their Saviour.

God is giving you His signet ring

Genesis 41:41-43 (MSG)

‘So Pharaoh commissioned Joseph: “I’m putting you in charge of the entire country of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his finger and slipped it on Joseph’s hand. He outfitted him in robes of the best linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He put the second-in-command chariot at his disposal, and as he rode people shouted “Bravo!” Joseph was in charge of the entire country of Egypt.’

The time came for Joseph when all he had been through and dealt with had elevated him to a place of favour with Pharaoh.

His faithfulness during his wilderness period finally carried Joseph into influence and this was his time to shine.

It was the moment that defined his life. He was given charge over all of Egypt which was represented by a single ring. This ring was powerful. It symbolised favour, kingship and authority.

Like Joseph, God is giving you His signet ring. It is a defining moment in your life where the things that have held you back are no longer an issue anymore.

The ring gives you charge over all your Egypt. The dead and unfruitful places are coming to life. The things you saw in your dreams long ago are becoming a reality bringing supernatural power and influence to you.

God is trusting you with His signet ring to bring about freedom to a nation that is waiting for the full manifestation of the sons of God.

Throw open your door

Romans 5:1-2 (MSG)

‘By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.’

Until you are able to open your door to God you will never see that He is waiting with His door open toward you.

By opening your door, you are laying down disappointment, discouragement, hurt, unforgiveness and anxiety. You are in fact opening your heart up to God to allow Him to answer you in your brokenness.

Can’t you see him waiting there to meet you at the door of your heart, anticipating your tears and desiring to comfort you? Swing it open wide and allow Him to enter in.

Throw it open like you never have before and let Him lift you out of uncertainty and confusion and enter into His grace and glory. No matter what you need His door is never closed.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

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