Revelation 2:14 Claiming God While Living In Sin

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Revelation 2:14

The world does not live by any concrete, eternal rules. They live in a way that is do what feels good in the moment, living only for the moment and for pleasure.

All the rules and standards that the world implements changes on a regular basis. Rules change according to their feelings at the moment.

An angel spoke to the church in Pergamum saying that they remained faithful in claiming Jesus, but they also held onto the false teachings of Balaam–pleasing themselves.

It is easy for a person to begin to believe in Jesus and claim that. All it takes is saying a few things. Across America, there are millions who claim to believe in Jesus. However, at the same time, many of those same people are holding to the teachings of Balaam or the world.

Balaam had taught to eat food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. Today people are taught to listen to, watch or participate in things that are offered as sacrifices to idols. They are also taught how to live sexually immoral lives as though it is normal and acceptable to God.

Inside the church there are many who have chosen to follow the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They are willing to follow the same idols that the world follows and live the same sexually immoral lives that the world lives.

Although God appears to allow this for now, there will come a day of severe judgement. Every believer is to live separate from the world, fleeing all sin.

As you claim to believe in and follow Jesus, you must examine yourself to see if you are also following the teachings of Balaam, the teachings of this world.

How willing are you to eat of the food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols? How willing are you to live a sexually immoral life?

Turn away from all sin and pursue God and God alone. Do not allow yourself to be enticed to live a sinful life, but live a holy life unto God, otherwise you will have to face the judgement of God’s wrath.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to turn away from sin; that God will open your eyes to the sin the world promotes; and that you will live a true and holy life unto God.

Numbers 23:12 Speak Only What God Says

River in the autumn

He answered, “must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12

Freedom of speech is something that America treasures. People want to be able to say what they, when they want and how they want to say. This is always seen as personally they want that freedom as an individual alone, not always with everyone else.

Many do not care what another person is saying, as long as it does not offend them personally. As soon as it offends them directly, they no longer want another person to have that freedom to speak.

Balak had called Balaam to put a curse upon the Israelite people. Although Balaam had personal freedom to say whatever he wanted, he stated he could only speak what God says. At the first speaking, Balaam blesses the Israelites. Balak gets, mad, but Balaam reminds him that he could only speak what God has told him to say.

Today many believers are asked to talk, but they are told to say what the people want to hear. The world only wants to hear good news, but not always the full truth of what God is saying. There is bad news to be told, that the world is dying in their sins. The good news is that God loves them and is providing a way out of those sins and death.

As soon as the world hears the bad news, they get offended and angry with the believer. The believer is talking ‘hate’ in the eyes of the world, even though there is love being said.

When this is said against many believers, they change their words to what the world wants to hear. They no longer speak against sinful acts. They refuse to show the real need for a Savior.

Every believer needs to speak only what God is saying. They need to speak it with love, but also with truth. Balak did not want to hear the words Balaam was saying, but it was the truth.

There will be many times you will be allowed to speak to a non-believer. Your words need to be filled not only with God’s love, but with His truth and words also. As with Balaam, do not allow yourself to say anything more or less than what God is saying. Speak only God’s words to this dying world.

Whose words are you speaking, yours, the world’s or God’s words?

I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will not allow fear of this world to keep you from speaking God’s word; that you will only speak what God says; and that God will give you strength to follow Him and not fear the world.

Numbers 22:31 Seeing God And His Ways

“Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” Numbers 22:31

Balaam had been asked to curse the Israelites several times by king Balak. Each time Balaam said he had to go before God and see what He wanted him to do. After the third time, God tells him to go.

As he is riding his donkey on the way, the donkey suddenly stops and pushes up against a wall. In anger against the donkey, Balaam strikes the donkey. God opens the mouth of the donkey to tell Balaam that he (the donkey) was innocent of wrong doing. God then opens the eyes of Balaam to see the angel of the Lord in the road about to strike him down.

Although God allowed Balaam to go with Balak, He was not happy about it. Balaam had pushed God to allow him to go. He knew all along that God did not really want him to go.

People will often approach God in prayer about a situation asking for His permission to have or do something that they really know God does not want them to have or do. They keep praying over and over, until God finally gives them what they are asking for.

Balaam had been greedy about getting some money and was willing to do just about anything to get it, including going against God, even though he said he could only do what God wants.

There may be things in your life that you want. You keep begging God for an answer to that item or situation, while knowing what God really wants. Many times God will finally give it to you.

However, there may be a price to getting it. God may put an angel in your path to strike you down. God may not physically kill you, but He may take something else in your life or allow your life to become miserable.

If you stay in God’s Word and pray daily, you will know God’s will for you life in many areas. When you know that will, do not try to ask God for something outside of it. Don’t push God.

See what God is doing and follow that path. Don’t allow yourself to get struck down.

I pray today that you will see God; that you will know God’s plan for you; that you will follow God’s plans; and that you will stay in God’s favor.

Numbers 22:18 Doing Only What God Says

“But Balaam answered them, Even if Balak gave me all the silver and gold in his palace, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the LORD my God.” Numbers 22:18

As the Israelites were traveling along, they came to the country of Moab. Word had already made it to the Balak the king of Moab that the Israelites were powerful and had already destroyed several nations. He did not want to be destroyed so he sent some men to Balaam to ask him to curse the Israelites. At first Balaam refused to go with the men. He stated that even if he was given all the gold of the king, he could only do or say what God commanded him to do or say.

People in this world will try to get you to do things that are not in God’s will. They will come and offer all kinds of great gifts to get you to do those things. Those gifts can be money, gifts, positions, titles, or some other type of gift. The gift is whatever it will take to get you to do what they want.

Believers need to stand like Balaam started to stand. He refused to do anything that God did not want him to do. He did not allow the glitter of gold to sway him into doing what was wrong or against God’s desire.

Most likely you will never be asked to go up and curse a group of people, but there will be other things the world will try to get you to do. The temptations to play a little with sin, or to look the other way when seeing sin happening in other believers, or speaking against others.

Before those events occur, you must have already made up your mind that you will only do what God wants. Know what God wants of you in advance so that you will be ready when the enemy tries to sway you down the wrong path.

What are you willing to do or not do?

Whose command will you follow today?

I pray today that you will stand strong against sinning against God; that you will not speak against God’s people in the wrong way; that you will only follow God’s commands; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Revelation 2:14 False Teachings

“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” Revelation 2:14

The next church Jesus speaks about is Pergamum. He tells them that they remain true to their faith in Him despite where they live. They lived in a city where a faithful witness was to put to death because of his witness of Jesus.

Although they would not deny Jesus at all, they still held to some false teachings. The false teachings of Balaam were ones that enticed the people to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.

All around there are many people who claim to be Christian and believe in Jesus for salvation, yet, still hold to the teachings of Balaam. Although there is no Balaam today, there is the same types of teachings.

Look at the movies, music, books and magazines of this world and you will see the teachings of Balaam. Today there is not real idols that people bow down to, but there are things that stand in the place of those idols of ancient times that people bow down to.

People bow down to things today in the insistence of having those items. Some people follow other people with a devoted following that is the same as idol worship. Many look down on other people who do not have the same status or things that they have…again, idol worship.

Along with the idolizing of things there is sexual immorality seen everywhere. How many movies are about a couple in a wrong type of relationship? How many songs are about wrong sexual actions?

Many Christians today will never directly deny Jesus, yet they will idolize music or a movie or a person. Many Christians will also have sexual immorality in their life or they will accept it in a movie or song. Too often these actions are looked at as just being human or a part of life.

As a believer in Jesus you must guard yourself against these types of thinking and actions. Do not allow yourself to be led by the teachings of Balaam in this world. Keep yourself pure from idol worship and all sexual immorality.

I pray that today God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will guard you from false teachings; that you will not follow any false teachings; and that you will remain true to God in all that you say and do.

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