March 19, 2018

Exodus 30:9 (NLT) — 9 Do not offer any unholy incense on this altar, or any burnt offerings, grain offerings, or liquid offerings.

Our lives are to be sweet aroma unto the Lord. Sin has a stench to it. Disobedience has a foul offensive odor. Obedience is sweet to the Lord.

Exodus 30:15 (NLT) — 15 When this offering is given to the Lord to purify your lives, making you right with him, the rich must not give more than the specified amount, and the poor must not give less.

We are all made right with God the same way > faith in Jesus Christ.

Exodus 30:32 (NLT) — 32 It must never be used to anoint anyone else, and you must never make any blend like it for yourselves. It is holy, and you must treat it as holy.

Jesus is the Messiah, the True Anointed one. He is one of a kind and can never be imitated. He is the only one to follow; everyone else is a thief and a robber > John 10:1

Exodus 30:37 (NLT) — 37 Never use this formula to make this incense for yourselves. It is reserved for the Lord, and you must treat it as holy.

We also are reserved for the Lord and we must treat ourselves as holy. We must not use our bodies for any unholy thing.

Exodus 30:38 (NLT) — 38 Anyone who makes incense like this for personal use will be cut off from the community.”

Do not use your freedom in Christ to satisfy the desires of the sinful nature. Use your freedom in Christ to serve one another.

John 9:38 (NLT) — 38 “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.

True alive faith always leads to worship; that’s because faith without works is dead.  Jesus received this worship indicating he is God and worthy of our worship.

Proverbs 6:1–6 (NLT) — 1 My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— 2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— 3 follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. 4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. 5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net. 6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

The stranger is a person who is a very high risk. It isn’t that you can’t co-sign for someone; you just need to know the risk involved. You risk having to pay off the loan. You risk enabling someone to not develop the fruit of self-control. You risk losing a friend. You risk allowing someone to have something that perhaps the Lord didn’t want them to have. You risk teaching someone to not trust the Lord for provision. You risk having hard feelings and holding a grudge.
Solomon is saying that you need to work. If you work to earn a living you won’t need someone to co-sign a loan for you.

Proverbs 6:11 (NLT) — 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

It may seem like there are no consequences for being lazy, but little by little before you know it you are in great need.

Proverbs 6:17 (NLT) — 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,

It is ironic in our society that after a person has killed someone the life of the murderer now becomes precious. It can take years in our court system for justice to be served. It is very clear in the bible that when a person takes the life of another that person forfeits his or her own life.(Genesis 9:5-6)

Proverbs 6:21 (NLT) — 21 Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.

Let the word of God be your constant companion. Never part company.

Proverbs 6:24 (NLT) — 24 It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.

If you apply the godly instruction that you receive from your parents or anyone else for that matter it will keep you from sinning and keep you out of trouble. Instructions are powerful when obeyed.

Proverbs 6:25 (NLT) — 25 Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.

Do not take a long look. Look away and move on. Don’t let the makeup, the gloss fool you. Look beneath all that to see what you are really getting yourself into. Ask yourself what will happen if you do this? What are the consequences?

Proverbs 6:26 (NLT) — 26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.

The cost of sin is great! Can you afford it?

Be Inspired Hilltop!