Exodus 32:22 Passing Blame

“Do not be angry, my lord,” Aaron answered. “You know how prone these people are to evil.” Exodus 32:22

When people are confronted with having done something wrong, many will try to give an excuse or reason why they did what they did. In that process they will quickly shift the blame to someone else.

Pointing out someone else’s fault is easy for most people. They are quick to pass the blame for what has been done wrong, rather than take personal responsibility.

Moses had confronted Aaron for making an idol for the people to worship. Aaron told him not to be angry because the people are quick to do evil.

Every person has a choice to make as to whether he will do something or not. In reality, no one can make anyone else do anything that the person does not really want to do.

The challenge comes in to how much pressure one is willing to go through to stand against doing some sin. Most people do not like to go against the flow of the norm or to stand out as different or rebellious, so they are quick to cave in to the pressure to sin.

Once they sin and are confronted, they will blame others as to why they did what they did, rather than just own the sin and repent.

Believers are to be set apart, different in this fallen world. Even though every person around one may sin in a certain way, the believer needs to stand on God’s word and refuse to sin. And if he does sin, he must be willing to admit the sin and repent of it. God is ready, willing and able to forgive any sin that is repented of.

Blaming others is not repentance, but just a lame excuse to avoid repenting.

You will have times that you will be pressured to sin against God. You have a choice to make as to whether you will sin or not.

There will be times where you will sin. Don’t try to get out of owning your sins by blaming others. God sees and knows the heart. Rather than just pass the blame onto others, own it and repent of it before God. He is ready, willing and able to forgive you of any sin when you repent.

If you do not repent, He cannot forgive. Are you willing to repent?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will own any sins you have committed against God; that you will not blame others for your sins; that you will repent of any sins before God; and that you will know God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

Genesis 25:33 Selling Out For The Temporary

But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Genesis 25:33

Feeling hungry is something that most people do not like to feel. Many are willing to go to extreme measures when they are extremely hungry. The more hungry one is, the further one will go to be willing to get and eat most anything.

This same feeling and action occur with nearly every desire that people have. People want immediate satisfaction no matter what the cost is in the end. All that is looked at is the immediate moment of need or desire.

Esau was starving and wanted some food that Jacob had. Jacob had Esau swear to give him his birthright for a bowl of soup and some bread.

Birthright was the title given to the eldest son and meant that he would get the greatest inheritance when the father passed away. It was something of great honor and value. Esau gave that up for a temporary bowl of soup.

In life there are many people who are willing to risk their careers, reputation, family and more just for a short-term temporary pleasure.

Many go into extreme debt just so they can have some new toy right away that they do not really need. Some believers will choose to step into temporarily ‘fun’ sin to please their physical pleasures, bringing about a lifetime of challenges. Others, in a fit of rage, will choose to get revenge on someone for a temporary pleasure of satisfaction of anger that causes problems for life.

True believers in God will always look at the larger picture that God provides. It is better to give up a little temporary sinful pleasure and gain eternal life, than it is to have a moment of sin and an eternity of suffering. No believer should give up the holiness Jesus provides for temporary pleasure in sin.

There will be times in your life in which your physical body will want things that are sinful for a moment. You have a choice to make each and every time.

You can choose to stay on the path God has for you and not step into sin, or you can choose to the path of temporary pleasure and sin against God. Sinning against God will create problems for your future that can last for eternity.

Hold on to what Jesus has given you and don’t sellout for temporary pleasures.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek to always follow God’s ways; that you will seek God’s eternal ways rather than the temporary pleasures of this world; and that God will strengthen you to walk in His path for you.

Genesis 17:1 Walk Faithfully And Blamelessly

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.” Genesis 17:1

Every person on this earth is walking through life in some sort of fashion or other. The world tells people that they can walk however they want, as long as it does not harm anyone else or the earth.

Walking in this way leaves no real standards and only brings out chaos and confusion. The rules on what is good and acceptable change on a regular basis and has a result in frustration and death.

God appears to Abram and tells him who He is and then tells him to walk faithfully and be blameless.

Most people do not like to have a lot of rules and regulations to guide them in how to live or what they can or cannot do. The more rules there are, the more difficult and confusing it is on how to abide by them.

Often people believe that God has hundreds of rules that one must live by in order to be a believer. This is often a result of a church implementing those rules. However, God has a very simple set of rules: walk faithfully and be blameless.

Walking faithfully is walking in way that God knows that one will do what He asks of him without question or hesitation. This is moment by moment walking in God’s will, doing exactly as He asks at that moment.

Being blameless is one refusing to do anything sinful. It is resisting the devil and temptations and fleeing from all sin. Every sin made is done by choice, nothing can force a person to sin.

Living in this way should be the believer’s goal. This is what God calls him to do. You are given choices everyday as to how you will act, speak or think. You can choose to live as the world does, unfaithful to God and full of blame. Or you can choose to walk faithfully before God and being blameless.

Jesus paid the price for your sins so that you could live a blameless life and walk faithfully with God. Do not tread on what Jesus did and waste His death for you.

Choose to walk faithfully in God’s ways, obeying everything He commands of you. Choose to flee sin and be blameless and holy as He is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will walk faithfully in all of God’s commands to you; that God will strengthen you to walk blameless and free from sin; and that you will hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance as to how you should live and walk before God.

Genesis 4:6 Why Are You So Angry?

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?” Genesis 4:6

Anger is something that appears to be nearly everywhere someone goes. People get angry with lines at the store, they get angry at slower traffic, they get angry with the cost of things, they get angry at the words others say and they get angry at many other things. Movies and songs are filled with anger.

Along with being angry about the things of this world, many people get angry with God. Anger seems to dominate the minds of many people.

God had accepted the offering from Cain, so Cain was very angry. God asks him why he was angry.

Being angry does not just appear with unbelievers, but with many believers in the church also. Many can be seen being angry at other believers, angry at the pastor, angry at God and angry at many of the same things that the world is angry about.

Joy has often departed the hearts and minds of many believers. This most often occurs because people are focused upon self and not the other person. In other words, they are not doing what is right, just as Cain did not do what was right before God.

Every person must ask himself why he is angry. He must seek to get to the bottom of his anger, if it is of God or of selfish sin.

Choosing to do what is right will lead a person to love his enemies, do good to those who harm him, forgive, and trust God in all things. When all of these things occur, the joy of the Lord will return and fill his heart and mind. The peace of God will envelope his heart and mind.

Do you often find yourself angry? Angry with situations? Or others? Or God?

Instead of looking outside at others and situations or God, look inside of yourself. Examine yourself and see if you are doing what is right. Do not allow anger to dominate in your heart and mind. Unchecked anger will cause you to sin against God.

Getting rid of anger starts with fully trusting God and His word. He tells you how to live your life and know His peace and joy that passes all understanding.

By His Holy Spirit you can have the strength to overcome sinful anger and fill it with God’s love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the love and peace of God in your heart of God; that you will only be angry with what God is angry about; and that God will strengthen you to get rid of sinful anger.

2 Corinthians 13:8 Stand For The Truth

For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 2 Corinthians 13:8

Truth, for many throughout the world, is something that is considered relative. It depends upon the person, his beliefs, and the circumstances as to what is truth.

With this type of thinking, many are able to do things that are against the truth. There is a common refusal to believe that there is absolute truth and that one may know the absolute truth. As a result, those who believe in an absolute truth are ridiculed and put down.

Paul stated that he cannot do anything against the truth.

Standing for the truth is something that can be very difficult and costly at times. When the majority of those around a person is against the truth, it can hurt to go against the flow and stand for the truth.

One thing that makes a believer unique is that he is following Jesus, who claimed that He IS truth. Everything that Jesus and God has stated in the bible is full and complete truth. The bible has the answer of truth for every situation a person may face in this life.

The world is trying to pitch lies that there is no God, that one can have ‘fun’ and enjoy life without the restrictions God places upon man. Any believer who chooses to believe and follow the ways of the world is choosing the do something against the Truth–Jesus.

Each and every sin that a person may choose to do, is doing something against the truth. It is not living as God had intended one to live.

Although a believer may slip up and sin once in a while, it will not be his intended purpose to do so. He will strive to live as Jesus did and not do anything against Him. He will stand for The Truth.

Going through your life you have choices to make. God has revealed His truth to you in various ways. Now it is your choice as to whether you will live in that truth or live against it.

Knowing God’s word to you, ask yourself if what you are thinking, saying or doing is going against His truth or not.

Make it a conscious choice to not do anything against Jesus. Live your entire life in honor of Jesus because of what He did for you on the cross.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s truth in your life; that you will apply God’s truth to your life; and that you will never do anything against God’s truth.