THEME: THE APPOINTED TIME
“Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.’”
-The appointed time also applied to feasts that were ordained by God. The Lord commanded the Israelites to celebrate the feast of unleavened bread in the month of Abib (Exodus 34:18), or the Passover feast at the appointed time (Numbers 9:2). The feast of Tabernacles or feast booths was celebrated seven days after the Israelites gathered produce from their threshing floors and wine presses (Deuteronomy 16:13) . It was a time of worship, rejoicing, celebration, sharing, offering hospitality among Jews and between Israelites and foreigners. Three times a year during the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles, the Lord commanded the Israelites to offer their gifts in proportion to which the Lord blessed each one. As we reflect upon all the good things the Lord has done in our lives; we count our blessings and name them one by one. We maintain an attitude of gratitude as we enjoy the goodness of the Lord and share our blessings with others as the Holy Spirit leads us. The Holy Spirit has bestowed upon us diverse gifts and fruit, for communion with Him and others. Jesus commanded His disciples saying, “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give” (Matthew 10:7-8). As disciples of Jesus, we have been commanded to do likewise. As each one of us has received; let us freely give, for the advancement of God’s kingdom; all for the glory of His name.
We rejoice in You Lord always for Your goodness and mercy upon our lives. We thank You for the far that You have brought us and the far that You are taking us. We give You all the glory Holy Spirit for all that You have made us to be, our careers, businesses, families, churches, leadership and the peace that we continue to enjoy in our nation. Not to us, not to us Oh Lord but to Your name be the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness. We celebrate Your unending love upon us, help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves. We celebrate Your perfect peace that surpasses all understanding upon us and our nation, lead our nation in Your ways Lord. We celebrate Your sacrifice on the cross for our sins and the sins of the world, forgive us glorious Master. We celebrate Your gift of salvation upon us and our entire generations, use us to spread the gospel that many may know You and come to You. We celebrate Your blessings and grace upon our lives, help us to freely give as we have received. We celebrate the gifts and fruit that Your have bestowed upon us Holy Spirit, help us to spread Your love with others, for the glory of Your name. Amen
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