Beauty in the Old Testament
As I was having my daily devotions this week, I was reading out of Leviticus. Now, I know that the Old Testament can be less than exciting. All the rules and regulations for how to handle mold, or open sores…yawn. Or reading all the names of the families that you cannot pronounce…yawn.
God spoke so directly to me about His Word while I was reading Leviticus chapters 19 and 20. I encourage you to read these two chapters, but read them with an open mind and heart and let the Holy Spirit speak to you. Yes, there are a lot of don’ts in these verses, but while reading these myself I heard God speak to me saying, “I am the Lord your God and I change NOT.” He impressed me so much with these words that I had to stop what I planned to do next with my day and write this message.
The mission of Titus II Woman Ministry is to mentor women. Well, as an elder woman, I take this very seriously. I am getting close to retirement age, but no retirement in site, if you know what I mean, and I want to share my heart with you.
While we are not under the legalistic law of the Old Testament, because Jesus set us free from that, we are still to be obedient to His commands. If God, in all His wisdom, said “do not”, He meant it for us today just as He meant it for His children thousands of years ago.
Ladies, don’t compromise! Don’t say, “That’s not for me or my family.” One of the verses you will read in these chapters speaks about not holding grudges. “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:18) How many of us have been guilty of doing just that? “Well, I will never speak to that person again.” “I cannot forgive that deed.” No, ladies, don’t compromise, God said directly to us to NOT hold grudges. There are other points that God convicted me of in these two chapters, but I wanted to bring out that one simple truth.
God spoke directly to my heart and said, “because my people are not following my commands I cannot bless them”. We are missing out on the blessings God has for us because we overlook these commands that are found in the Old Testament.
Can I encourage you to take time to read these two chapters this week and let the Holy Spirit speak to your hearts? Please try.
Father in heaven, I pray that You will enlighten Your word to all the beautiful women that read this today. Help us all to be women that do not compromise Your word. Give us courage, strength and wisdom to raise our families to fear You alone. Amen