Philippians 3:12-14 – Who He Is, Not Who We Are

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14 ESV)

Christianity may be the hardest to accept because the world would have us believe that it doesn’t make sense. How could Jesus love those who murder, steal, rape, lie, etc.? How could forgiveness at the last second of life make up for a life of siding with the devil? Why should I love someone that has hurt me so much? How can I forgive someone who hasn’t even apologized? How can Jesus love me, an imperfect sinner?

The devil would have you believe that

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Leviticus 10:1-3 – Jesus the Perfect Mediator

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’ ”And Aaron held his peace. (Leviticus 10:1-3 ESV)

Nadab and Abihu went into the Holy of Holies, the most holy place, a thing only to be done by Aaron, their father. God had rules for purification and for coming before him and offering sacrifices. Unfortunately for Nadab and Abihu, their unauthorized fire as they came before God was punishable by death.

Fortunately for us, we don’t have to go through any of this anymore when coming before our God. We have a person who took our place

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Exodus 33:15 – Moses’ Prayer Part 4 – God’s Presence

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.
(Exodus 33:15 ESV)

Do you ever become more passionate about completing the task, and accomplishing the mission, than you do about knowing and experiencing Jesus? Maybe you worry more about checking off your “Christian to do list” than to feel the presence of God? Moses realized that the Promised Land (and really any blessing from God) meant absolutely nothing without God’s presence. Moses only wanted the Promised Land if it was the byproduct of knowing and following God. The big danger for many of us is that having a great ministry or succeeding can be more important than experiencing, and following, Jesus.

Moses understood that

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