Accepted by God

What does it mean to have the blessing and favor of God on your life? Does it mean that God makes you rich and healthy? How could a person know that they have been accepted by God? These are some of the questions that people have when it comes to trying to understand the teachings of the Bible, especially when they are coming out of a church that proclaims a false Gospel. Fortunately, the Bible is not silent on these questions. In today’s text in our series, Blogging Through The Bible In 2020, we are going to see proof of God’s presence and acceptance of His people. Today’s text comes from Leviticus 9:23-24 which says, “And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.”

Moses has taken Aaron and his sons through the purification process for assuming the priestly role on behalf of Israel. The process went on for seven days. This is the eighth day, and it is the day that Aaron and his sons were to offer sin and peace offerings on behalf of the people to God. There are two proofs that God accepted Aaron and his sons and the sacrifices on behalf of the people. The first proof is that the glory of the Lord was there. The Spirit of God is not going to stay where the will of God is being disobeyed. The second proof is that the offering was consumed on the altar. This is a sign in the Old Testament that God has accepted the offering placed on the altar. But what about today? How can we know that we have been accepted by God?

We can know that God has accepted us by the same two proofs that He used here in Leviticus 9. First, we will have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. Proof that we have surrendered our heart and life to King Jesus is that He gives us His Holy Spirit to live inside of us to guide us, teach us, convict us, and strengthen us. Jesus said in John 14, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide in you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you, I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18). Then in John 14:26, Jesus says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you.” Then the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:16, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Therefore, the glory of the Lord dwells in each born-again child of God.

The second proof is that God accepts our offerings to Him. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Just as Aaron and his sons were to make sacrifices for themselves and the people, you and I are to present our lives as a sacrifice to God each day. Paul says how in Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We are to reject the world, its teachings and goals, and instead live for Jesus. The end of Romans 12:1 that says, “which is your reasonable service” can also be translated as “which is your spiritual worship.” Therefore, every day when I choose to surrender myself to the Lord and I present my life as a sacrifice before God, it is an act of worship. As Jesus said in Luke 9, this means we are going to have to die to ourselves daily, take up our cross daily, and follow Him daily. This begins with prayer and studying the word of God to know God, and to ask Him to guide you today in His will. And this process ends with our obedience to His leading. Then, if we wake up tomorrow, we do it all over again. So let me end with a simple question, is your life worshipping God or yourself?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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