Micah 4:5 Walking In The Lord

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All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 

People are fans of all kinds of people and all kinds of things and for every reason under the sun. As a fan of someone or something, they will follow faithfully. Many will be fanatical about who or what they are following.

As people follow something, they will often surround and pattern their life with what they are following. What they say and do will be the same as to what they follow, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Micah declares that while nations may follow their gods, Israel will follow God alone forever.

The world will follow the false gods of this world–money, sex, fame, fortune, pride, self and more. All of these gods are temporary and come and go in a moment’s notice. They are false and not real or lasting.

Every believer has chosen to begin to walk in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking in this way means that he has chosen to do what Jesus says and not do what Jesus says to not do. It is giving Christ the authority to be absolute master over his entire life.

Doing all of this has to be a choice that each person makes in his own life. He has to choose to walk away from the gods of this world to follow Jesus. Once he has chosen this and commits his life to Jesus, it is a lifetime of walking that extends into eternity. It will never end.

Walking with the world will only bring about death in the end. Walking with God will bring about abundant life on this earth and in all of eternity.

Each day you have a choice to make as to who you will walk with. As a believer, you have already made a choice in your past, but you must daily choose to take up your cross and keep walking with Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to change paths and begin walking with the world again. Stay on the path with Jesus that will take you into eternity. Live, act, and speak as Jesus did. This is the true walk of a Christian in this world. It is going against the standards of following the gods of this world.

Who are you walking with today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk in the ways of God; that you will know the abundant life Jesus offers you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the gods of this world. 

Micah 3:8 Revealing Sin

Cross on mountain

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8 

Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.

No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.

Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.

When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.

As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.

This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.

Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.

As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.

And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him. 

Micah 2:6 Refusing To Listen

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“Do not prophecy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophecy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 

No one likes to hear bad news, when it is about themselves. They only want to hear good news, positive things.

People who go to the doctor and receive some bad news about their health, often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. Or the ignore the news, not believing it is the truth. They do not want to believe that the bad news is the truth.

Micah was bringing bad news to the people of Israel. Their prophets were telling him to stop prophesying that way. They did not believe it would happen as they were being told.

God has not changed over the years since Micah’s time. He still is against sin and sinful practices. He still warns people to turn away from sin or else there will be disaster and punishment.

All over America and most other nations, sin is promoted as good. Anyone who speaks out against sinful practices is listed as a hater or as one who wants to take away someone else’s freedom to do and live as he desires. As this is done believers are told to keep quiet and keep their belief to themselves.

Every believer is placed upon this earth to be a witness of who Jesus is. One of the things Jesus is, is holy and pure. The believer is also supposed to be like Jesus and tell others to be like Him–holy and pure.  This requires a turning away from sin.

Those who choose not to turn away from sin will eventually face a final judgement. Punishment or correction for living in sin may occur in this life. God does this to warn people of what is to come, giving them a chance to repent.

When God is speaking to you about some warning of judgement to come, do not ignore it. Take it to heart and change as He is calling you to change. Do not allow your heart to be hardened like the world and ignore the prophesies.

If you choose to purposely live in sin, then disgrace will overtake you and you will be destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to turn from sin and follow God. Do not live for evil, but live for God and His holiness and righteousness. Listen to the prophets for God wants to give you good, not punishment.

I pray today you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will listen to what God says through His prophets; that you will not give God a reason to bring on disaster; and that you will speak the words of God to this world.