This evening I continue the study of the book of Leviticus. One of the truths that really hits home is the 4th chapter…the sin offering, and especially the fact that when those in "prominent positions" (High Priest, Leader) sinned, God saw it differently then He did the rest of the congregation. As a matter of fact, when the High Priest sinned, there was a different offering (a young bull), and the blood was taken to a different place, into the Holy Place, sprinkled 7 times before the veil, and placed on the horns of the altar of incense (symbolic of restored prayer).
I think we all as "leaders" need to take heed…to see how God sees sin, especially from those to whom He has given so much! We have the honor and privilege of serving God. We are leading His people…where are we leading them? Billy Sunday said, "One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake." I'm afraid we far too frequently see sin as trivial, rather than deadly. Don't get me wrong…I am sooo grateful for the Lord Jesus who was my sin offering, but God help us to have a heart to hate sin, and to love our Savior!
Recently we we’re blessed by the Goin family (my sister/brother in-law) with a vacation in Newport Beach. The Coronilla Clan had such a wonderful time together. It’s good to do this once in a while (if you are able)…take some time to be together as a family; laugh, relax, explore…and most of all, seek the Lord. Life can get soooo busy; too busy at times, and we can easily forget the priorities in life (Wife, Daughter and Son). “And He said to them, ‘Come aside by yourself to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31)
I saw this big rig on the road the other day and I was so blessed, I took a picture while I was driving! “Jesus Christ is Lord – not a swear word.” God help us to be bold with the Name above all names, the only Name that brings salvation, the Name to speak, to wear, to emulate, to obey…the Lord Jesus Christ. “That I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19)
When I saw this photo and read this article I immediately thought of Jesus words in Matthew 7:24-27. Jesus essentially said that unless we build-to-last, by obeying His Word…than one day that Hurricane will hit…and our home (family) will fall. Here’s the modern day illustration as written in an AOL news story.
How Did Lone Home Survive Ike? (September 18, 2008) When Hurricane Ike crashed ashore in Texas with 110 mph winds, it left almost nothing behind in the small, coastal town of Gilchrist. Aerial photographs taken after the storm revealed that the neighborhood that stretched for miles along the narrow peninsula had been swept away with just one exception: a single home left standing, seemingly untouched. Some viewers of surreal photographs showing the yellow house that remained amid the wasteland argued that it may be fake. In a debate on iReport.com, a woman named Judy Hudspeth jumped in with a stunning statement: “This is my sister’s house. It is real,” she wrote. Hudspeth uploaded a photo of the home taken in May that silenced the skeptics. She explained that her sister and her sister’s husband, Pam and Warren Adams, rebuilt the home in 2006 after it had been destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Hudspeth said they hired a contractor to build a structure that could withstand a Category 5 hurricane and watched over the process to assure it was done right.
Hats off to a wise family who took the time, invested wisely and ensured that their home was built to survive a Hurricane. God help us to do the same Spiritually. Jesus put it this way, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and winds blew and beat on that house; and it did-not-fall, for it was founded on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25
It’s too bad that such “homes” are rare.
“Lord, I pray for my own home, for Shelly, Ariel, Aaron and Me. Lord, help us to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only. Lord, I pray especially for me…the responsible leader in this home. Please grant me grace, fear and wisdom to invest the time, to pay the price, to do everything I can, to ensure that all that takes place in this home honors You. Lord Jesus, I pray that when the hurricane hits (and I know this is inevitable), that our home, Your home, would stand…I ask this in Your name. Amen.”
Yesterday Aaron did something out of the ordinary; he offered to give the dog a bath! Shelly took a picture (as evidence) and I thought I would post this as a praise report and a prayer request. Please keep Aaron in prayer. I love him so much. He is not your typical or average child by any stretch of the imagination, he is wonderfully unique. I know God has wired him for great purposes and through many prayers and much wisdom, Aaron will be a mighty man of valor for the glory of God!