Daniel 5:26-27 Found Wanting

“Here is what these words mean: MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. TEKEL: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” Daniel 5:26-27

Belshazzar was king of Babylon and his kingdom was prospering very well. However, unlike Nebuchadnezzar, he did not honor or follow God at all. He worshipped various idols and used articles from the temple to party with.

One day while he and all his officials were having a party, God made a hand visible that wrote some words on the wall. No one was able to understand what those words meant, until Daniel was called. He stated that God said that Belshazzar’s days were numbered as a king and that he had been found wanting. Later that night he would be killed and Babylon would be over taken by the Medes.

Many people have gone to a store to purchase an item and use their debit card to pay for it. When the cashier runs the card, it comes up short on funds in the account. The person is found wanting more money than what he has. It can be embarrassing to the person, because he is short on money.

Millions of people today are living their lives in their own way. Often going to church and claiming to be a believer. Yet, they do not have a relationship with Jesus and are not living for Him in any way. The only thing that they do is go to church. During the week, they never read the Bible, witness, or even pray. The only thing that they do is live a “good” life by not living in extreme sins and by going to church.

When Jesus returns or when He calls those people home, they will be found wanting. Jesus will turn them away for never knowing them. They will be needing the salvation that He provides, but will not have it. The reality of their life will be exposed.

As you are going through this life, you must live your life in a way that you will not be found wanting when you stand before God. Put all of your trust in Jesus and live for Him. Show your love for Him by obeying Him. If you live your life your own way, you will be found wanting and lose in the end.

How do the scales weigh you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will live for God; that God will be able to speak well of you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

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Jeremiah 27:22 Waiting In Babylon

‘They will be taken to Babylon and there they will remain until the day I come for them,’ declares the LORD. ‘Then I will bring them back and restore them to this place.’ Jeremiah 27:22

God had chosen to move all the people of Judah to the nation of Babylon. They were moved as prisoners, because of their sin against God. As God moved them there, He told them that they were to live and serve the king of Babylon. This would not be a permanent move, but only for a time. They had to serve there for a set amount of time, before God would come to them and move them back to Judah. There would be a time of waiting.

Since God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, He still works in the same way with His people. There are times that God moves some of His people into an area that does not seem to be blessed by Him. It is not always the promised land.

This move is often just like with the Israelites, it is a move that is made because of disobedience or wrong choices. God has to get the attention placed back on Him, rather than on self.

During this time it can be very frustrating and fearful for a believer. Many feel that God has totally abandoned them and that He will never use them again. This is not true. God is there to build a person up and use them to for His kingdom. God is not out to destroy and kill.

You may be in this position right now. At some point you may have made some poor decisions and strayed off the path God has for you. God then moved you to another place. During this time you may feel abandoned. Jesus said that He would never leave you.

Focus your eyes and life on God. Find out what He wants you to do in the place you are in. While you are waiting in your Babylon, you can do the work of God. You can be a witness of who Jesus is and work at building His kingdom.

If God called you to do a work, that call is still there. He may have detoured you for a time, but He will move you into that call.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will obey God in everything He says; that you will trust God in your Babylon; and that you will be a witness wherever you are.

Isaiah 14:24 God’s Plans Will Succeed

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24

Plans are made everyday by people all over the world. Some people make plans just for that day, while others plan out the whole year or more.

Planning out something is usually a good thing to do. Setting down a path for education, or how to get into a specific career path, or raising a family are just a few common events that people often plan for. In each of these, and many others, there are multiple steps to get the desired achievement.

The challenging part is that often there are many obstacles to overcome during the process of achieving the desired plans. There are times when things come up that completely change the plans, making them unachievable.

In the passage today, God had a plan to destroy Babylon. He had set up the plan and would achieve it, nothing could stop it.

Since that day, God has not changed at all. He has a plan for the events in this world. Jesus was sent with the plan to save all who would come to Him. That has not changed.

Jesus left this world to build a place for all who would accept Him. That has not changed.

Jesus has a plan to return some day to take all His people home to heaven. That has not changed.

As you are going through life, seek out what God’s plan is for you. Give your plans to God to adjust and tweak them to line up with His plans for your life.

One plan that God has for every believer is that the believer is a witness of who Jesus is. Every plan that you make in your life, must be centered upon that plan. Does what you do point or draw people to Jesus? Or does it focus back on you and this world?

As you align your plans up with the plans of God, you will have success. It may not be success as the world defines success, but in the end you will hear God say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

God will succeed in all of His plans. How you are lined up with His plans will determine how well your plans will succeed.

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for your life; that God will guide your every step; that God will strengthen you to do His work in this world; and that you will be a witness of who Jesus is each day.

Revelation 18:4 A Warning To Get Out

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

John sees a vision of Babylon falling. It is being destroyed by God. Babylon represents the world systems. God is judging Babylon for its sins and is calling for His people to get out of there. He does not want His people to be caught up in any of those sins.

The world wants you to join with them. It is a common statement that if you do not accept and practice their ways, you are wrong. More and more rules are made in countries around the world that every person must accept certain practices in life. In America, this is termed as being politically correct.

From Genesis to Revelation, God has called His people to be separate from the world. Jesus said that you are to be in the world but not a part of it. You are called to be holy and separate.

One of the reasons for this is because God is holy and separate. Jesus was set apart from the world, even though He made the world and lived in it. Jesus never participated in any sinful acts.

Another reason is that God is going to judge the world for its sins some day. If you believe in Jesus, you are His child and He does not want to have to punish His children for sins.

Take a stand against sin. This does not mean you have to condemn the people in the world, it just means you do not participate in the sins with them. Show love to the world, but not the love that goes with them and does what they do.

You are to come out from Babylon. Get out of the world’s ways and thinking. Get into the ways of God and His kingdom.

Jesus has already removed your sins from your life. Do you really want to go out and get more sins? Come out today.

I pray today that God will give you strength to turn away from all sins; that God will reveal to you the ways of this world; that you will not participate in any sin; that you will live in the life Jesus has given you; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Revelation 18:21-22 Sudden Destruction

“Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpist and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.” Revelation 18:21-22

The city of Babylon will be destroyed at some point. That destruction will be complete. Nothing will be left in it.

Babylon was one of the largest and greatest cities in its time in ancient history. No one really knows what city this Babylon is that John is prophesying about, but it is a large, well-known city. This city had everything going for it. It was the center for entertainment, production and trade.

Think of a large city in the world today that is the center of all those things: New York, Hong Kong, Bombay, or one of many others. They hold the same type of description.

Yet, Babylon was also a city of sin. It killed off believers and prophets of God and promoted sin.

The current great cities of the world are still doing the same things. They may not all be killing believers, but they are trying to destroy them by quieting them and restraining them.

It is easy to look at a major city or country and believe that they have everything going for them, but if they are not serving God, they will be destroyed in the end.

Do not allow yourself to trust in these cities/nations. When everything is said and done, all the cities of this world will be destroyed. All the power, glory, fame, and fortune will become worthless. The only ones that will be standing in the end will be God and all those who have followed and trusted Jesus with all of their heart.

Are you trusting Jesus with everything in you? Are you following God with all of your heart? Who or what do you put your trust in today?

I pray that today God will draw you closer to Him; that you will trust God more; that you will follow Jesus with all that is in you; that you will put away trust in this world and its things; and that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you on this journey.

Revelation 18:4-5 Get Out

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.” Revelation 18:4-5

Just before this verse, John talks about how an angel comes down and cries out that Babylon has fallen. Babylon had been a major power in the world, but because of sinful practices, had fallen and all those with her.

Now another voice cries out for God’s people to get out of Babylon. The purpose of getting out of Babylon is so that the people do not share in the sins being committed.

The description of sins is tremendous. They are piled up to heaven. The idea of this would be as if you listed every sin that was being done in Babylon on a sheet of paper. That paper would be so long it would go up to the heavens, far out of sight.

God knows every sin and has a record of them. He is about to maker Babylon pay for those sins. There will be many plagues and torment.

God does not want His people to be caught up in His wrath against Babylon. You are to flee all sin. Do not take a part in the sins of others.

Even today, there are sinful practices everywhere. Are you taking a part in those sins or are you running away from them? As a believer in Jesus you should be fleeing with everything in you.

Every believer is to be in the world but not a part of this world. Do not fall into the temptation of the sins of this world. Your sins have been forgiven by Jesus and are forgotten. Do not pick up more sins and build up a new record against you.

The best way to prevent this is by fleeing all sin. Run to God and His people and you will keep from sin.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; that God will open your eyes to see what is sinful; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will not remember your sins anymore; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.