Posts Tagged ‘intention’

Wholeheartedly Burning Your Bridge

Apr 02

by Victoria Robinson

The story of the Lord calling Elisha to serve as a prophet is a strong reminder that we are to serve the Lord wholeheartedly. As soon as Elisha is called, he goes home to say goodbye to his mother and father. He then proceeds to take his yoke of oxen, slaughter them, and using the wood plow, cooks the meat and prepares a farewell meal for all the people. He essentially burned his bridge and had no intention of turning back. This man had confidence the Lord’s call would work out.

Have you “burned your bridge” when the Lord called you, or have you hung on to something just in case your new life did not work out? We should all have the dedication of Elisha when serving the Lord.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would “burn” anything that is holding us back from serving the Lord wholeheartedly.

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant. ~ 1 Kings 19:19-21 NIV
 
In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. ~ 2 Chronicles 31:21 NIV

Oops … I Sinned!

Jan 13

by Victoria Robinson

Is it possible to sin accidentally? Without wrong intention, how can something be considered sin? Yet, in the book of Leviticus we see several examples of accidental sin and the requirement to confess, present a blood offering, and thus be forgiven. Thankfully because of the gracious sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s blood offering on the cross, we no longer have to sacrifice animals to pay for our sins.

So whether sin is committed accidentally or knowingly, it is important to confess, ask forgiveness, and make restitution when necessary. The final step in the process is to accept forgiveness which sometimes means forgiving ourselves. Rest assured there is not one sin anyone can commit, outside of rejecting the Savior, where forgiveness is not available.

Dearest girlfriends, let us take all sin seriously, whether we have an “oops sin” or whether we have intentional sin. Praise God for His wonderous forgiveness!

You are guilty and unfit to worship me, if you accidentally touch the dead body of any kind of unclean animal. You are guilty if you find out that you have accidentally touched any waste that comes from a human body. … As soon as you discover that you have committed any of these sins, you must confess what you have done. Then you must bring a female sheep or goat to me as the price for your sin. A priest will sacrifice the animal, and you will be forgiven. ~ Leviticus 5:2-3,5-6 CEV

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. … Christ … has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. ~ Hebrews 9:22,26-28 NIV

 Watch out that no one becomes involved in sexual sin or becomes careless about God as Esau did: he traded his rights as the oldest son for a single meal. And afterwards, when he wanted those rights back again, it was too late, even though he wept bitter tears of repentance. So remember, and be careful. ~ Hebrews 12:16-17 TLB

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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. ~ 1 John 1:7-9 NIV