Daily Devotional 6-11-19

Sacrifice 
By Julie White
 
I will offer You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:17
 
During Old Testament times, approaching God was not a casual event, and it happened with some sort of sacrifice. The Bible tells us that Noah sacrificed the very best of the animals he had carried through the flood. Abraham loved God so much that he was willing to offer his own son as a sacrifice, and Hannah promised God that if He would bless her with a son, she would “give him to the Lord all the days of his life” (1 Samuel 1:11). All of these sacrifices were costly to the giver and demonstrated immense love and respect for Almighty God.
 
The literal practice of burnt offerings may no longer be necessary because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, but the idea of giving something of worth to the Lord before approaching Him is just as important today.
 
Here are some of the offerings you can give God right now:
 
Prayer and Praise
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name. Hebrew 13:15
 
Thanks
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors Me. Psalm 51:17
 
A Humble Heart
Always be humble and gentle. Ephesians 4:2
 
Your Life
And so dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.  Let them be a living and holy sacrifice. Romans 12:1-2
 
May we never come to the Lord empty-handed, but let us “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful to Him and Bless His name” (Psalm 100:4).
 
PRAYER: Precious Lord and Savior, remind us to glorify You with offerings of ourselves and all you have given us to be. Everything good comes from You, our blessed Redeemer. Help us to always remember the ultimate sacrifice You made for us. We love you, God. Help us love you more.