Judges 21:25 Doing As You Want

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In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

For several hundred years, after the Israelites had taken over the land of Canaan, they had different men who would lead the nation. While a judge would lead the people, they would follow God. As soon as the person died, they would walk away from God.

Once they walked away from God, He would allow them to be overrun by another nation. While being overrun, they would cry out to God for help and God would send another leader. This occurred over and over.

After the last judge had died, the people had no leader, nor any king. At this time, every person did whatever he wanted, when he wanted and how he wanted. It was a time of chaos.

The hearts of people have not changed since that time with the Israelites. People still want to do what they want, when they want and how they want. They strive to find ways around the laws to be able to do their own thing. Often many will just break the law to what they want to do.

Many in the church have also fallen into the same pattern as the Israelites. They want to do whatever they want to do with no regard to God and His commands. It is common to see open sin accepted and even promoted inside a church. People do not care about what God wants or desires. Some do this out of ignorance of God’s commands, while many do it ignoring God’s commands.

It is during this time of actions, that people do not have a king. The king of every believer is supposed to be Jesus, however, they are not really following Him. They are following this world and themselves. Every person needs a leader to guide them correctly. God gave Jesus, who gave His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His people.

Although in the world’s eyes you may have the right to do whatever you want to do, however you belong to God. You are to do what He desires you to do.

Allow yourself to be led by the King of kings and Lord of lords. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in the ways of God, not your own ways.

Do not be guilty of doing your own thing as the Israelites were. Let God guide you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will not live as the world does; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

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John 16:33 How To Find Peace

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus is giving His last minute warnings about what is about to happen to the disciples. He lets them know that He is about to leave for a time and that there will be much trouble in the world. Jesus lets them know that He told them these things so that they could have His peace because He has already overcome the world.

It is very easy to see that there is trouble in this world. Turn on any news channel and one will see very little outside of troubles. Very few people are not have troubles in their own personal lives. Trouble with jobs, relationships, addictions, bills, marriages, families, and the list of troubles never seem to stop. There does not seem to be any peace.

Then the believers look at the world and see even more trouble. Refusal to believe in Jesus, promotion of more sin than ever before, persecution of Christians on the rise and, again, the list goes on. There does not seem to be any peace to be found.

Many believers are worried about finding peace in this world. Yet, Jesus said He told believers things so that they would have peace. He had already stated that there would be trouble, but they could still have peace. That peace is found in Him. He has already overcome the world.

If Jesus has overcome this world, there is nothing to worry about with all the troubles that one may have to see or go through.

Believers are to be excited, because Jesus has overcome the world. He said, “Take heart!” He told you what was going to happen before it did. He also stated that He had overcome the world. If one statement is proving true, the other one will be true also. This can give you peace.

The peace is not that everything appears to be going perfectly in this world, but that everything is happening under God’s control, just as He said it would. If all these things are happening as He said it would, that also means Jesus will return as He said He would.

As a believer you have an eternity to look forward to in heaven with God. Take heart and be at peace!

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will believe the words of Jesus; and that you will know the peace Jesus gives to you.

Isaiah 3:9-10 It Will Be Ok…For Some

The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:9-10

Isaiah is describing the coming destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. God had chosen to destroy the nation, because they had refused to follow Him. The nation of Judah had chosen to openly sin as much as they could against God. It was open rebellion against God.

The destruction would be great. People would seek for someone to protect them and lead them, but would be unable to find anyone. All supplies would be cut off. No one would have food, clothing or shelter. It would be a time of great disaster, all of which was brought on because of their sin.

As this destruction would occur, there would also be people in the city and the nation who followed God faithfully. Isaiah tells them that it will be well with them, despite what is going on around them. The reason they would be alright is that they had followed and obeyed God. They lived for God.

Times have not really changed anything. Nations have chosen to walk away from God and do their own thing. Sin is being paraded as a good thing in many nations. As this occurs, God is bringing punishment upon the nations. Wars, unrest, sickness, desease, violence, takeovers, and destruction are occurring, because of the sin.

In every nation there is a remnant of believers who are still striving to obey and follow Jesus. They are trying to serve God with their whole life. You may be one of those believers.

As you are watching the world around you begin to crumble, fear may rise up in your heart. Fear of the destruction taking you out also. Fear of feeling the pain of the destruction.

Yet, as a believer in Jesus, you can know that it is well with your soul. In the end you will be ok, because God is on your side. He is with you and will carry you through whatever is going on around you.

In the end, Jesus will bring you home to heaven with Him for eternity, because you chose to follow Him, rather than the world.

Who are you following and trusting today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus; that you will trust God is in control; that God will remove fear of destruction from you; and that you will know God’s peace in your life.

Judges 21:25 Doing What They Want

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 21:25

Throughout the book of Judges, the Israelites would stop serving God and follow various idols. God would then bring another nation in to punish them. After a while they would start to serve God again, so He would give them a judge to defeat the enemy, then they would go back to their idols again. This happened over and over on a regular basis. The final verse of the book states that everyone did as they wanted.

When everyone does as they want to do, there is chaos and disorder. There is no unity or law. While it is happening, everyone thinks it is great because everyone is free. Being free, to most people, means you can do what you want, when you want, and how you want to do it.

People everywhere in America are talking about their being free to live as they want to live. Around the world in many countries, more and more people are starting to stand up for their freedom. When this type of living in freedom occurs, chaos starts to happen. Rules are ignored and people are hurting each other.

God has never meant freedom to be that way. Freedom is to do the right thing all the time. God laid down many rules on how to live your life. These rules are not meant to harm you or slow you down, they are there to protect you and help you live the best life possible.

Your freedom is not to do what you want, but to be free to live for God. When you live your life for God, you will live the best life possible. It may not be filled with wealth and fame, but it will be filled with love and peace. Without love and peace you have nothing. All wealth and fame is worthless without love and peace.

How are you living your life?

Are you living for God?

Or are you just doing what you want to do, bringing chaos into your life?

I pray today that you will know the desires of God for your life; that you will live your life for God; that you will not use your freedom to live in sin; and that you will know the love and peace of Jesus in your life.

Mark 5:30 Touching Jesus

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, Who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:30

Jesus was walking along and talking with many people. There was a large crowd around Him pressing in to be close to Him. Suddenly He makes this statement of asking who touched His clothes.

The disciples are surprised because there is a large crowd. They look at that many people are touching Jesus, but Jesus meant something different. Jesus was talking about someone touching Him with faith.

A woman who was sick, touched His garment and she was instantly healed. Jesus knew this.

Many people like to call upon Jesus and claim to be Christian. They claim it because of parents or close friends and family, but not from the heart. These people are just going through the motions of following and believing in Jesus. Their heart is really not in it.

If you do not have faith in Jesus it is impossible to please God. This woman had faith in Jesus, and so when she touched His garment, it pleased Him. It got His attention.

How many times does a person call out to Jesus for something, but really does not have faith that He will answer it? You may want Jesus to do something, but don’t believe in it happening.

You need to know that God does love you. You need to know that God does want the best for you. You need to know that God will hear you if you believe. You need to believe that Jesus does hear and will meet your needs.

In the busyness and chaotic movement of life, remember that Jesus does know you personally. Reach out to Him in faith, believing He will answer you. Also, be willing to accept the answer He gives you.

Although there are crowds around Jesus, He will know and hear the one who touches Him in faith.

I pray today that God will strengthen your faith in Him; that you will believe that Jesus hears and answers you; that you will call upon Jesus in faith; and that God will meet your needs in the best way possible.