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Paper Jam

As I was printing envelopes today, the printer stopped working. It continued to say that there was a jam. I looked inside the printer and I did not see a jam. I closed the door but it still said there was a paper jam. I turned the printer off and on. I continued to pace around the machine, asking it when it would start doing its job. Finally I looked closer. I realized that there was a jam in a section I never even viewed because it is against the wall. There was never a jam in that area. After five minutes of pacing and thinking there was no jam, I realized it was something I couldn’t see.

In Romans 3:23, the Bible says that we all fall short—we all sin. Sometimes the sin is in the open. Sometimes the sin is easy to be seen. Sometimes people point it out to us. Sometimes we wear it on our sleeve. Sometimes it is something that we have struggled with for years. But then there is other sin that often seeps into our lives in the crevices we do not really look at or consider. Our sin can be right in front of our face but sometimes it has become part of our normalcy and we don’t realize what has grown over time.

Today ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any sin that you may have buried beneath other things in your life. Ask for your eyes to be open to anything that you may have overlooked. When the Spirit reveals these things, take the time to bring each item before God. Ask for repentance. Ask for strength. Ask for encouragement. May He shine a light on your darkness so you can bring more light into your life and shine the Light for others.

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:5-9 [NIV]

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Altar to God

Jacob wanted to build an altar to God. An altar represents the presence of God—it was how one would have an encounter with God. He recognized the need to be clean before a holy God. He commanded everyone to toss out all of the other gods. They were to rid themselves of anything and everything that was not God the one true God. Then Jacob commanded that they take “a good bath and put on clean clothes.” They were purifying themselves. This was an outward display to signify a change of heart—a ceremonial cleansing.

Many scholars see this bathing as a likeness to baptism as this washing was done to signify their choice to serve the one true God. Baptism is an immersion into water or sprinkling of water which signifies purification. It is the ceremony people participate in when they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In doing this, people choose to give their lives to the one true God. By doing so, you receive the Holy Spirit and therefore have the presence of God within you.

You may have already been baptized, but you might not have tossed out all of the alien gods in your life. Something might be pulling you away from the presence of God. Evaluate where you are today and see if anything is taking the place of God in your life. He should be first always. Today is a good day for a cleaning. Let us put on clean clothes and walk forward in His presence.

“Jacob told his family and all those who lived with him, ‘Throw out all the alien gods which you have, take a good bath and put on clean clothes, we’re going to Bethel. I’m going to build an altar there to the God who answered me when I was in trouble and has stuck with me everywhere I’ve gone since.’”

-Genesis 35:2-3 [MSG]

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The Price of Sin

I do not know many people who rejoice when it is time to read Leviticus. Most people try to avoid the book as much as possible because it is filled with so many commands and details to customs that are strange to people of our culture. We are not out sacrificing animals. We no longer have a need for that so we tend to skim over or skip Leviticus because it is deemed not relevant. But God gave us Leviticus for a reason and there is still so much we can glean from it today.

When I was reading Leviticus 1, it discussed the action of laying a hand on an animal’s head before it was sacrificed. It was considered to be a way to identify with the animal and understand that the animal’s life was given as a substitute for your life as a penalty to sin. The person was able to see the result of his sin and understand there were consequences. It was very real. We do not have animal sacrifices today because God so loved us that He sent Jesus to pay the price once for all. No more animal sacrifices. But something that we sometimes neglect to do is to identify—to grasp the cost of our sins.

Jesus paid it all. Jesus took our sin punishment. Sometimes because we know we are forgiven, we do not grasp the reality of our sins. Sin is wrong. Sin has consequences. Sin hurts people. Sin hurts you. Today I challenge you to consider the price that was paid, imagine this laying of hands—consider the reality of sin in your life and identify with Christ—walk in Christ.

“Lay your hand on the animal’s head, and the LORD will accept its death in your place to purify you, making you right with him.” – Leviticus 1:4 [NLT]

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