4/29 Working For God

King James Daily Bible Study Devotional
Message Title: Working For God
Date: Sunday April 29, 2012Today's Chapters: 1 Chronicles 5-6

Hello My Friend,

Every person who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior becomes part of the body of Christ, once the person embraces that and starts living their lives with God in it they learn to use the skills and talents God gives them for God. While He will place some people in the ministry to work for Him, the majority of people will be used outside of His ministry. Why? What better way for God to add people to the church than to get them from people that come out of the church. “
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” - Ephesians 4:4-7,11,12.

Chapter 5 of 1 Chronicles relates to the
genealogy of the tribes of Israel that lived on the other side of the Jordan, the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh. In the midst of all the names we learn of God's hand in helping them win a war with the Hagarites, also known as the Ishmaelites. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war. And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him. And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand. For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.” - 1 Chronicles 5:18-22.

These men were skilled archers capable of winning battles, but they often fought against each other because they were more focused on possessions and wealth rather than God.
These tribes were the first groups taken captive by the king of Assyria, because they had forsaken God for their possessions. God gives us the skills we have to be used to give Him gory, while it is perfectly fine to use them for prosperity, we must not forget God's hand in making these things possible. Once God is forgotten possessions get taken away, and believe it or not, so does freedom. However, God will never leave nor forsake a person that loses sight of Him for any reason, He might take things way, but is willing to give more when we acknowledge Him. “Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” - 1 Corinthians 3:13-15.

Now, chapter 6
of 1 Chronicles begins with the fathers and heads of the tribe of Levi, and gives an account of the families of the sons of Levi, and of those Levites who were employed as singers, and in other ministrations in the sanctuary during the times of David and Solomon. Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son. And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order. And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel, Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God. But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.” - 1 Chronicles 6:30-33,48,49.

For the few that God uses to work in His ministry, there is always an abundance of service to be done by God’s children in His house. From janitorial work, to teaching, to singing, to being a pastor or a pastor's wife, every skill God gives them to be used in the ministry is important. “
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” - 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.

Aaron and his sons were given the task of receiving the offerings for atonement and thanksgiving to God, but before they could even accept the offerings they had to go through a rigorous cleansing first, otherwise, the offerings would not be accepted. The same still applies today, if we are not cleansed our offerings to God will not be accepted. There is only one way to be cleansed and that is salvation through Jesus Christ, after that God will accept us and the work we do for Him will be blessed. “
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.” - Hebrews 9:12-15.
Today's Psalm: 33:15 - “He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
Today's Proverb: 16:3 - “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to save me, cleanse me, and make me one of Yours. You have given me many skills and talents over the years and while I do not understand all the uses of them for You I do understand that You have a reason and purpose for them. What makes it even more wonderful is that You even let me use them to provide for me and my family. Lord, lead me and guide me, show me how and where to use the skills, talents, and gifts that You have given me to be used for Your glory. Never let me forget that it is not how much I serve You or even where I serve You that matters most to You, it's serving You with my whole heart that matters. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Enjoy the rest of your day/night. God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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