Ezekiel 23:37 Adultery And Sacrifice

Green plan in field

for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. Ezekiel 23:37 

Everyday people all over the world are seeking ways to make their own lives better. They want to be happier and have more things and a better life. In order to make this happen, they are often willing to do just about anything and everything.

In the process of seeking happiness, people will bow down to many different idols and are willing to sacrifice just about anything it takes. It is all about pleasing self.

God speaks to Ezekiel and gives a picture of what Israel had been doing. They are described as two sisters who were to be married to God, but had prostituted themselves to idols and sacrificed children to those idols.

In many parts of the world, most people would say that they refuse to worship idols or make human sacrifices. However, the reality is that many people bow down to worship their jobs, positions, titles, money, and things. As they bow down to worship these things, giving their lives to these things, they also begin to be willing to sacrifice whatever is necessary to get them.

Abortion is the modern way of saying that one is sacrificing to an idol. Worshipping the idol of self, money, job, or nearly anything else, people are willing to sacrifice a baby by abortion and think nothing of it.

While most in the church do not agree with abortion, there are many who do allow themselves to bow to other idols and sacrifices outside of God. They sacrifice time with their children to raise them in a God-fearing way of living. Do not sacrifice what is not yours to sacrifice.

Believers are to sacrifice their own lives to God and to God alone. God is the only one that anyone should be worshipping and sacrificing to.

Examine your life and determine who are you really worshipping and married too. What you give your life’s energy and focus to is what you worship.

Be willing to lay down your life for God and die daily to yourself. God will give you His life that will last for eternity. Sacrifice your life on the altar before God and allow Him to raise you up to eternal life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will dedicate your life to worshipping and serving God; that you will only sacrifice to God; that you will serve God alone; and that you will not commit spiritual adultery against God. 

Jeremiah 7:9-10 A False Hope

Fake lips

‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable things?’ Jeremiah 7:9-10 

It is very common for people to live multiple lives. They live one way around one group of people and a different way around others. In public they will often look and act like a model person, but then in their private lives they will treat people horribly, lie, cheat, steal and other things.

When they are eventually caught in doing something wrong, they will point to how ‘good’ they are in the public life. They feel as if the good things that they are doing in public can cover up the bad that they do in private.

God is upset with Israel. The people had been following false gods and living in sin, but then going to the temple and worshipping God on the Sabbath, believing that they were safe and His people.

There are many people inside the church who, while in church, look like good model believers who follow God with all of their life. However, during the rest of the week they are living in sinful lifestyles. The lie, steal, commit adultery and worship false gods in their lives.

These same people go to church on Sunday and believe that they are God’s people and are safe from God’s judgment.

Living like this is having false hope. It is trusting that God will save oneself while purposefully living in sin. The person who does this has blinders on his eyes and cannot see what is happening. There will be judgment in the end. He is not safe from God’s great wrath.

As you are going through this life, examine who you are when in church and when not in church. Your life should be the same no matter where you are. Your trust in God should dictate how you live your life.

Jesus forgave you of your sins so that you would no longer commit that sin, but turn away from it. To continue to live in sin is to spit upon the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is to reject Him and follow false gods. You have a false hope in your salvation.

Turn away form all sin and allow God to change you. Have a true hope in God’s saving and changing power in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide how you live; that you will live in holiness for God; and that you will turn towards God and away from all sin.

Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive Anyone?

Holding yellow flower

“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

When a person has had something done wrong to him, most people do not want to forgive. They see that the wrong has given them the right to get vengeance and strike back.

Courts and judges are asked all the time to forgive a person. Yet, they are willing to ask the question of why. They want to know why they should forgive the criminal because he had done something wrong. Most often, they do not forgive and punishment is given.

God asks the people why He should forgive them. The people of Israel had rejected Him and gave themselves to foreign, false gods even while He was providing for them.

It is bad enough when a person does not know to not do something, but it is worse for him when he knows not to do something, but still does it. In cases where the person has been taught better, judges are more lenient on the judgments.

There have been many believers who have purposefully chosen to reject God’s way of living and follow false gods. Gods of money, position, and things. Even while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus, they give themselves over to sinful ways.

God does not have to forgive a person, but His love demands it when the person repents. Despite all that man has done against God, He is still willing to forgive immediately when a person repents.

The only reason God is willing to forgive is because of His immense great love He has for all people. Immediately upon repentance, God is ready to forgive and build the person back up again.

As you are going through your life, do not give God any reason to not forgive you. Know and understand His great love for you and live for Him with all of your being.

When God points out sin in your life, quickly repent of it and turn away from that sin. No longer allow sin to master you, but be mastered by God.

As you repent and turn away from sin and towards God, He will forgive you. God will restore you and build you up, rather than tear you down and destroy you.

Are you giving God a reason to not forgive you?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will not reject God in any area of  your life. 

Isaiah 54:5 Who Are You Married To?

Wedding rings

For you Maker is your husband–the Lord Almighty is his name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5 

The view on what marriage is varies from person to person all over the world. Many see marriage as just something convenient for the moment. People go into marriage for selfish and temporary reasons.

Marriage is supposed to be the dedication of a man and woman to each other for the rest of their life. They are to focus on each other and no one else.

The real focus of what marriage is supposed to be is found in the dedication to each other. It is putting the other person before one’s own self. People will be dedicated to someone or something. Often they are dedicated to things.

Isaiah reminds the people that God is their husband. The people are married to God. He is to be their focus.

This concept of being married to God has never changed. The book of Revelation finishes with a prophecy of Jesus returning for His bride.

Believers are to be married to God–focused and dedicated to God and God alone. There is to be no adultery with false gods–anything other than God Himself.

Too often believers become like the world in casting aside their marriage. The call for a divorce or live in adultery. They give their hearts and lives over to someone or something other than God. They forsake their first love, their husband.

This adultery can happen when a believer allows sin and sinful habits into his life as he refuses to listen to the Holy Spirit.

The good news is that God does not call for a divorce, as men do. He keeps calling His bride to be with Him. He is in it for eternity, with an eternal love for His bride, the believer–the church.

When you chose to follow Jesus, you became a part of the bride of Christ. He is your Maker and God of all and now is your husband.

Dedicate all of your love and focus upon Him. God is the perfect husband I that He will lead and guide you perfectly in every area of your life. He will never fail you as human husbands may.

While doing this, do not allow yourself to fall into adultery and seek or lust after other husbands–stepping into sin or turning to false gods. Remain loyal to God alone, your husband.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that your life will be a one of marriage dedication to God; and that you will know His love and protection for you. 

Hosea 3:1 Love As God Loves

The LORD said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.” Hosea 3:1

Hosea’s wife had been unfaithful to him and went off to be with other men. God tells him to accept her back and still love her. He takes it even further with telling Hosea to love her in the same way that He loved the Israelites, who had chosen to follow other gods.

Marriage is one area that people will often talk about unfaithfulness. One spouse becomes unsatisfied with the other and goes out seeking where that one can find love from another. As that occurs, anger and revenge usually builds up, the relationship is often destroyed and trust is lost. The spouse that was faithful, usually tell the other one that the marriage is over and will not be loved again.

People in the church are often guilty of this same unfaithfulness to God and to others. Loyal friends stab a friend in the back, striving to look better or raise higher. Hurting gossip is spread, damaging a person’s reputation or life. Turning the back on a friend in need. Telling lies behind a person’s back.

Each of these things and many more can happen, causing great pain and anger. Most people will reject a person who has done this, and refuse to have anything to do with that person. There is no forgiveness or love shown, because of the pain and anger.

Yet, God tells His people to love as He loved. God loved so much that He sent His Son to die for a people who rejected Him and did not want Him. He loved you before you even knew about Him or accepted Him.

God also loved you when you rejected Him. Think of the times when you went against God and followed this world or your own ways. Even then, God still loved you.

In this same way, you must be willing to love those who have hurt you and rejected you. Show God’s eternal perfect love to everyone around you, not just those who are faithful. It is through this love that others can learn of God’s true love. Love as God loves you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will show God’s love to others; that you will trust God in the pain others put you through; and that you will be His witness to this dying and hurting world.