Saturday February 26, 2022

Saturday – February 26th – Hebrews 9:13-14     -----      
9:13) For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 
14) how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 
 The Daily Walk Bible inspirational for today:
     Good Saturday to you! The weekend has arrived and with it the hope of weather transitioning away from the snow, sleet, and ice of this past week. As we think back over the highs and lows of this past week our inspirational thought creeps into my mind as I review these events. Yes, I would at times be guilty of only partially fixing my mind on the things of God before charging off to jump feet first into a few situations this past week. If we can learn anything from our errors, may it be to take the time to read God’s word slowly and methodically, and then to try to intentionally apply it to our lives. Connecting the content of scripture to relevancy of our day is not always an easy task. I have learned it is best to surround myself with others who will help me read, discuss, interpret, and apply the words of scripture to my life. Who do you have as your spiritual growth team?
    In our pick verses today, we continue to explore the differences between the animal blood sacrifices of ancient Israel and the once and for all blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The blood sacrifices of the Old Testament where only able to accomplish an outward cleansing – a ceremonial purifying of the flesh – which was unable to reach into and cleanse the human heart. Jesus’ sacrifice was ordained and accomplished through the perfect plan of God. The Old Testament sacrificial system required animals to be presented without physical blemish, but Jesus’ was presented for sacrifice without the blemish or stain of sin. Therefore, His sacrifice is able to fully cleanse the conscience – our inmost soul. Jesus’ work of inward cleansing begins at the moment of our conversion, and then leads us on toward entire sanctification which purifies the heart from the tendency to sin. Wesley wrote that this cleansing “from dead works” is from all inward and outward work of the devil to tempt us to continue in our sins. Today we can give thanks for the sacrifice of Jesus which cleanses each of us of sins.

    Pastor Jim
Sunday – February 27th – Hebrews 9:15
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 10839). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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