A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, December 12, 2013
“After these things He [Jesus] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.” – Luke 5:27-28
The Word of God tells us that Levi “left all, rose up, and followed Him.” When Levi “left all”, he kataleipo (pr. kat-al-i-po,) which means “to leave behind, abandon, forsake” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “abandon” as “to give up with the intent of never again claiming a right or interest in.”
Levi left the ways, things, and allure of the world because he found what he truly needed to satisfy his soul and make him whole. Why keep returning for a drink from the temporary well of the world, when you can be eternally satisfied with one drink from the Father’s Rivers of Living Water? Levi knew that by looking back, he could never move forward, and this was his opportunity of a lifetime. Lot’s wife looked back when God was delivering them from Sodom and Gomorrah, and she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26). When Eternity gives you the opportunity to walk into your God-given destiny, looking back becomes deadly.
The Greek word for “rose” is anistemi (pr. an-is-tay-mee) meaning “to literally or figuratively stand up, arise, lift up, covenant.” When Levi stood up the natural realm (on earth), he also stood up in the spiritual realm, making a declaration in the heavenly realm to all of the angels and the demons that he was taking a stand with the Creator of the Universe, and moving over to the Father’s side.
In the Old Testament days, covenants were taken extremely seriously. The Hebrew word for “covenant” is briyth (pr. ber-eeth) which means “a compact made by passing between pieces of flesh.” When individuals, tribes, regions, or nations entered into covenant with each other, they would literally cut an animal into two or more parts and pass through these pieces of flesh to signify they were now one.
When we choose to follow Christ, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior with His sinless Blood as atonement for our sins, then we become one with Him; and therefore, the enemy no longer has the right to condemn us, nor has power over us or our lives anymore. The Blood of Jesus satisfies our debt, breaks the curse of sin off of us, and makes us free and whole in Him.
God does not look to our past, but instead speaks to our future. It is our future that carries with it the promise of the Father, which is our eternal destiny. Jesus did not respond to Levi based on his past or current state; but the Savior responded to this wanting soul in spite of his past and current condition because this broken heart gave Jesus the opportunity to speak and call forth his destiny. When Levi arose, he came into agreement with what God spoke concerning him before the foundations of the earth were even laid. And because of this, Levi’s name was forever changed to Matthew, a name which means “a gift from God.”
Father, thank You that You do not base our future by looking at our past. Thank You that despite where we have been and what we have done, you do not wait to come to us and to call out our future. Most Holy God, we come into agreement with You concerning the destiny that You spoke into us before You even formed us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). We look to You, and we leave behind everything as we arise and walk into our destiny. In Jesus Name, we thank You that the past is dead and gone, and the best is yet to come! Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to hear what God has spoken to you concerning your destiny by spending time with Him in His Word. Come into agreement with His plan and purpose concerning you by speaking out His promises. And continue to fight the good fight of not measuring where you are going by where you have been; for God, your Finish Line, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.