Deuteronomy 25:13 Different Weights

Measuring weights

Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

It is common for people to have different standards for different people. They do not treat each person equally. For one person, they are very generous and kind, while to the next person, they are stingy and tight-handed. They change as to how they act or react according to who they are around.

There are businesses that have different standards of prices depending on who is doing the purchasing. For one group of people, the price is one set price. For everyone else it is a different price. This can be seen as differing weights

During the time of Moses, weights of things was used to determine the price of something. They weighed out gold, silver, grains, and other items to pay people. Each business person was to carry a set of weights with him to make the measurement and payments. One would often carry two different sets of weights, one light, one heavy. When selling something, they would use one set of weights demand more payment. When purchasing something, they would use the other set of weights to spend less.

God did  not like this practice. People were not treating others equally or fairly. They were cheating other people out of what they deserved.

Jesus treated every person equally. He did not walk around with different weights in how he worked with people. Everyone was treated the same.

Although there are many laws for businesses in how to do business, there are many people who still cheat others out of what they are due. They treat different people differently, taking advantage of some, while being generous to others. Sometimes this is with money, but it is more common with general actions.

This can be seen in churches. One who comes in dressed very nicely is treated much differently than the person dressed very sloppily.

As a believer, you should live your life as Jesus did. Treat every person equally with His great love and generosity. Do not treat each person differently. Every person is the same in God’s eyes, either they are a lost child, or a found child. God loves each one the same.

God does not want you to have different weights in your bag. It is not how He acts.

Are your weights the same as God’s? Or are they different like the world’s?

I pray today that you will know how God treats people; that you will love as God loves; that you will keep the same standards as God’s with every person; and that you will treat people with God’s great love. 

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Deuteronomy 8:2 The Reason For Tests

Taking a test

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2

Very few people like to go through testing. It is often a time of high anxiety and fear. The higher the importance of the test, the higher the level of fear and worry a person may have.

Testing usually determines what is next in the life of a person. If the person passes the test, he can move on to the next level in whatever field the test was for. If he fails the test, he steps back and either quits or has to re-take the test.

While the common thought of what a test is, is that it is a written test, the majority of tests people take are not written down. They are tests of character. When a person is working for someone, the boss is testing the person by watching how he works and reacts to things. This is done to determine if the person can get a promotion.

Moses tells the Israelites to remember what they went through in the wilderness. That time of wandering was a test from God. It was an unwritten test to determine what was in their hearts and how well they will follow God’s commands.

Even to this day God still tests people. Even though He already knows what is in their hearts, He tests them to see how they will react to situations and how well they will obey God. Although with God, He gives the answers to the test. He tells people how to act and follow Him. All a person needs to do is obey God’s commands and he will pass the test. Once a person passes God’s test, God will move him forward to the next level.

Think about the hard times in your life, the times of being in a wilderness. Those times are there to help build you up. They are a test to determine how well you will follow God.

Each time you are tested by God, you have to make a choice. Will you follow God’s commands in the situation? Or will you follow the ways of this world?

Following the ways of this world, will be failure. Following God will always be passing. God can then move you up and forward.

How are you passing?

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will recognize the tests of God; that you will pass every test of God; and that you will follow God with all of your heart and life. 

Titus 1:16 Claiming To Know God

 

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They claim to know God but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

Although the numbers have dropped over the years, there are many people who claim to know God. Some will attend some type of church, while others will never set foot in a church, yet still claim to know God.

Very few people who attend a church will state that they do not know God. Every one of them will claim to know God, at least to some degree or more. Yet, when a person looks at their actions, one would not know that they know who God is.

There are many people who attend churches, claiming to know and love God, yet hate a relative and refuse to speak to that person. Others will curse others and condemn them to hell. And this is just how they treat a relative or one that should be loved–family. When it comes to how they treat non-family members, it can even get worse.

Then some of these same people will cheat and lie in the workplace. They refuse to work hard for their paycheck. They break the laws of the nation all the time with no regard to the laws.

Many of these people will just say that is just who they are. Others will claim the grace of God in their lives. Yet, their actions are denying God. They are not attempting to really live for God.

Every believer is to show changes in his life. There should be an attempt to living for God more and more all the time, becoming more like Jesus everyday.

If the believer is not showing any changes or fruit in his life, then is He really believing in God? Does he really know God?

Your actions will show louder than your words will. You may claim to know God, but do your actions say the same?

Strive to line up your actions with your words. Allow God’s love to fill you so much that you want to do what He wants you to do. That His love will push out all sin out of your life.

Do not allow any of your words or actions deny God in any way. Live your whole life for God to be used by God as He wants to use you. Act upon your claims.

I pray today that you will never deny God; that your words and actions will not deny God; that the world will see you believe in God; and that you will be used by God as He needs to use you.

Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

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So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Paul had been going around Jerusalem preaching the gospel message. Some people grabbed him and took him to the officials saying that he was stirring up trouble in the city. Paul answered what he was doing and that always strived to be innocent of any wrongdoing before God or any person.

A clear conscience is one that believes that one has never done anything wrong to anyone. Most people in the world feel as though they are not doing wrong to anyone regardless of what they are doing. People tend to believe that they are in the right in what they are doing whether it is good or bad.

There are others who don’t care what other people think about their actions. These people will do whatever they want, when they want, without concern for others.

Most people suppress their conscience and deny what they know to be wrong or ignore what is right.

Believers will often fall into this same type of thinking in their own lives. They will feel as though they are following God, regardless of how they are treating others.

Paul took both God and other people in consideration in what he did. He wanted to be clear of any wrongdoing with both God and man.

When a believer has a clear conscience before God, he should also have a clear conscience before man. God wants every believer to love every person, both enemy and friend. When this is done, no harm will be done, no bad words will be said, and all that will be shown is love.

One should not strive to keep a clear conscience before God and ignore other people. And one should not keep a clear conscience before man and ignore God. It has to be both.

As you look at your life, ask God to reveal where you may have done something wrong, both to Him and to others. Strive to make it right.

Also as you deal with other people in your life, live your life in a way that honors God and others. Strive to live a life that has done no wrong to anyone else in any way. Always show love, grace and mercy to everyone you meet. This way your conscience will always be clear of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will repent of any wrongdoings to God; that God will strengthen you to always chose the right action; that you will be clear of any wrongs done to others; and that you will be the example of Jesus on this earth.