Deuteronomy 6:12 Do Not Forget God

be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:12

Getting from the bottom to the top of an organization or business is not something that can be done completely alone. It takes a group of people to work together to lift one person up. Without the outside support, one cannot usually get very far on his own.

Many people who do make it to the top will often forget those who helped get them there. They feel that they did it themselves with no real help.

Moses told the people that once they get into the promised land that they should not forget the Lord who brought them out of Egypt.

Prior to becoming a believer every person is in a virtual Egypt, land of slavery. Although they may not physically have been slaves, they were slaves to sin, the world and death. Each person’s story or situation is a little different, but all fall under the slavery of sin and death.

Upon becoming a believer, God rescues them out of that slavery of sin and death to live a full and abundant life unto God. This new life is something that no one can purchase or build for themselves, it is a gift of God given to them.

As things change and one begins to see God’s great favor, many people begin to forget God thinking that they did it on their own. Some begin to get focused on their ministry and put God on the side. Others get focused on life and the busyness of life forgetting God who gave it to them, going back into slavery.

Every day and every moment the believer should stay focused on God and what He has done and is doing. He should never forget God or put Him on the side.

God has brought you out of your Egypt, land of slavery to sin and death. He has given you purpose and life that you did not work for or earn on your own, it is His gift to you.

Do not allow those blessings to get to your head and cause you to forget God and ignore Him. Stay in His word. Talk to God daily in prayer. Keep your life totally focused on God and what He has done and is doing in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember what God has brought you out of; that you will never forget what God has done for you; that God will strengthen you to not return to the slavery of sin; and that you will see God’s hand of provision and blessing in your life.

Deuteronomy 4:9 Don’t Forget

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

All around the nation and the world there are memorials placed to help people remember certain events or people. This is often done to remember something very good to keep it going or something bad to prevent it from occurring again.

Some people will hold on to those memories, while others will ignore and forget them.

Moses told the people to be careful to remember the things that they had seen and to teach those things to their children and grandchildren.

While traveling through the desert wilderness, the Israelites had seen many different miracles of God in their lives. God had revealed Himself to them in provision of food, water, clothing and protection from enemies.

Any believer who trusts in God and follows Him will be able to look at his life and see God’s hand at work in it. He will be able to see God work miracles of provision, protection, healing and more.

Often people forget what has happened or ignore God’s hand in what occurred. Forgetting these things will cause one to fear when a new trouble arises. Instead of trusting God, one will begin to complain against God or turn to other false gods. It will give the enemy a foothold in one’s life, pulling him away from God.

Every believer needs to remember what God has done in his life and tell others about it. This will strengthen one’s own trust in God and build up trust in God in others. Nothing is greater than the testimony of the one who actually experienced the incident.

Take a moment to stop and think about all the things God has done in your life. Some of those things may be great miracles, while others are just quiet provisions behind the scenes. Make a list to see how many things God has already done. Now remember those things when a new trial comes up.

Do not allow yourself to get discouraged or to cower in fear forgetting what God has done and can do. Trust God. Then go and tell others what God has already done, so that others may also learn to trust in God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will remember the work of God in your life; that you will trust God with your whole life; and that you will tell others of what God has done in your life.

Hebrews 4:1 Will You Fall Short In The End?

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1

When there is difficulties or troubles in the way of a person trying to accomplish something, many people will give up and move on to something else. Most people are unwilling to keep pushing forward to finish the desired task.

As a person quits something, he may never know how close he actually was to finishing correctly. Those who succeed, keep pushing forward, focused on completing the task.

After warning about unbelief, the author now points out that God’s promise for rest is still standing unfulfilled, waiting to be fulfilled. He warns that none be found short of getting into God’s rest—heaven.

The longer a journey is the more challenges or difficulties one will encounter along the way. As the journey continues, the cost of keeping going will continually rise, making it a challenge to stay focused and keep going to finish it.

With today’s GPS systems, people will know exactly how far they still have to go, but with the walk of life, no one knows exactly when one will die and stand before God.

Jesus set the requirement to get into heaven at believing in and following Him. He paid the price for every person to get into heaven, God’s promised rest.

While many people have chosen to believe in Jesus, not as many have chosen to follow Him or chose to stop following Him. Sadly many have chosen to stop following Jesus because of some trouble in their lives. Instead of living for God, they have chosen to live purposefully in sin against God, even while going to church.

Every believer needs to work at continuing to follow and grow in his relationship and walk with God every day and be ready to stand before God.

Jesus has forgiven you of your sins and promised you eternal life in heaven if you believe in and follow Jesus. He has made a way for you, but you must choose to walk in it.

God is not a tyrant, but will allow you to choose whether to follow or not. If you choose to follow, God will provide all you need to complete the journey. Use what God has given you to live for Him and don’t find yourself falling short at the end of the journey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choose to obey and follow Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust Jesus for your salvation; that God will see you as a faithful servant; and that you will not fall short of God’s rest.

1 Corinthians 8:9 Be Careful With Your Rights

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9

Freedom to do what one wants, when he wants and how he wants is something that most people like or desire. Even in the most free nations of the world, there are still some regulations that control how much freedom a person really has.

It is commonly accepted that one is free, unless what he does causes harm to another person. Courts are often used to determine if that ‘harm’ was actually harmful or not.

After talking about eating meat that had been sacrificed to false idols, Paul tells the people to be careful on exercising their rights. He warns them to not allow their rights to become a stumbling block for others.

Although eating of meat sacrificed to idols is not a common problem in most of the world, there are other things that people do that can be of the same category.

One example may be with dancing. Some believers are strong against dancing for various reasons, other believers believe in dancing. Love and care should be taken by those who believe in dancing to not dance around those who are against it. To do so would be to cause the other person to stumble in his belief with God.

It may be better for a person to give up his rights, rather than cause confusion or stumbling. Some have walked away from God, because of all confusion of the different beliefs of what is right or wrong being shown to them.

Each and every believer must be willing to work out what he believes and why he believes it. Every belief must be held up in light of scripture. This will be a growth and learning process for each believer.

In your life there may be things that you believe are acceptable, that others do not agree with. Instead of demanding your way of belief upon others, let go of those things to build others up.

The base core of what one believes must be that one must believe in Jesus, repent of sins and follow God with all of his heart. Everything else may or may not be subjective and debatable.

Allow others to grow and learn, just as you are growing and learning in what it means to follow God with all of your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that God will use you to build others up in His ways; that God will guide you in not being a stumbling block for others; and that your life will be an example of Jesus to others.