Monday, August 4, 2014

Amethyst - Priestly Purple [Excerpt]

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As we mentioned last week, Amethyst - Priestly Purple: Entering Heavenly Places is now out for August.  Fourteen days of devotional thoughts on our priesthood, that can be read through twice in a month on your Kindle.  

That's a cushion cut amethyst to the right.  It's a beautiful stone, rich in color. On the Old Testament gem laden breastplate, the amethyst represented the tribe of Levi.  By extension, the gem and the color stood for the priesthood they were called to.  In today's spiritual economy, all believers are endowed with that priesthood.  Perhaps, not all manifest their calling.  But we can all be blessed by the things that come with that office.  And that's what our devotional looks at.  Here's an excerpt from the book, for day 11.

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

While the contrast that Peter gives us is clearly one of good vs. evil or being spiritually aware vs. ignorance, darkness doesn’t always equate to a bad thing.  It’s really the contrast of spiritual warfare that’s the problem.  Along with dealing with the affairs of this earth.

Leviticus 16:31 (KJV) It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.

God instituted a sabbath based on the day of Atonement.  We now know that day has been fulfilled by Christ on the Cross.  So, we have no need to strive to worship, to do something for God, to perform to satisfy Him.  Jesus did all that was needed.  The sabbath is now clearly what it was originally intended to be, a time of intermission, a time of rest.

When people have problems sleeping, the recommendations include consistency of sounds (preferably none), calming the mind for a period before going to bed, and as close to complete darkness as possible.  The idea is to eliminate (as much as possible) distracting fluctuations and contrasts.  The same is true in the spiritual realm, which may be part of why Psalm 18:11 reads, “He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.”  That choice of darkness may be intentionally done to eliminate distractions and we can rest in the only thing that gives true rest, the presence of God.

Prayer thoughts for day 11:  We want to find that total rest from striving that God has for us.  We can ask God to eliminate the distractions that draw us into a works program.  Instead we want to rest by immersing ourselves in the presence of God, letting Him create our rest.

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