Judges 10:14 Trusting False gods

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! Judges 10:14

There are many times when a person, who is going through a tough time, has help right in front of him, but he rejects that help. He goes to someone or something else trying to do it on his own and falls into greater trouble.

Once this happens, he realizes his mistake and tries to go back to the original offered help. Sometimes the original help will reject to help him because it was originally rejected or ignored.

The Israelites had rejected God and turned to false gods. After getting into trouble, they cried out to God. God told them to go to their false gods that they had chosen to allow the false gods to save them.

During times when things are going well, many believers are quick to reject or ignore God and follow after the false gods of this world. Promises of wealth, happiness and pleasure are made by the false gods, but all that is received is temporary and dissatisfying and death.

Once this occurs believers will cry out to God for help. All they see God for is help in time of desperation or trouble, not the God of all of their life.

Sometimes God will ignore the cries, telling them to go back to their false gods that they had chosen to serve. He is waiting for a true change of heart, true repentance from the bottom of the heart of the sin they had done against God, following the false gods.

Upon true repentance, turning away from the false gods, God is quick to step in, forgive and help. This true repentance puts God on the throne and removes the false gods in one’s life.

As a believer God has done many different things in your life. You must be willing to ask yourself if you are allowing false gods back into your life.

Do not allow yourself to turn back to the false gods of this fallen world that cannot help you. Repent of following any false gods and turn your heart back to God. He is willing to forgive you, save you and restore you.

Then keep your life completely focused upon serving God and God alone, both in the good times and in the bad times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to reject any false gods; that you will serve and trust God alone; and that you will see God’s strength and help in every situation in your life.

Acts 6:3 Would You Fit The Order?

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them Acts 6:3

Every business place that is looking to hire someone has a list of what they are looking for in the new hire. The purpose of having this list is to give them a guideline as to who to look for that would have the capabilities to do the job as needed.

As this is done, some will be weeded out, while another will get the job. Some fit the job description, others do not.

Work was needed to be done in getting food to some widows. The church decided to choose seven men who are known to be full of the Spirit of God and wisdom to do the work.

Some people are willing to do any work, regardless of what it is or how much they know about it. Although the eagerness to work is great, sometimes it is not enough to be able to actually get the work done correctly. More is often needed.

In the church some people are extremely eager to do ministry, but do not have the leading of the Holy Spirit or the wisdom needed. Even though someone like that may be able to do the job a little, when one is being led by the Holy Spirit and is using the wisdom of God, a lot more can be done, more efficiently.

Many people in the church may be saved, but are not always allowing themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. They are just believing in Jesus and not much more. They are not allowing themselves to be used by God as much as is possible.

Being led by the Holy Spirit and full of God’s wisdom brings one to a greater level.

You may be a believer who has learned a lot, but are you one who is full of God’s Holy Spirit? Are you being led by His Holy Spirit, or by your own experience and thoughts?

Allow God to fill you and lead you with His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God will be able to do so much more in and through you than ever before.

If you were in the church in Acts, would they have been able to choose you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will have God’s wisdom; and that you will do the work needed by God for you to do.

Acts 1:24-25 Seeking God’s Choice

Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Acts 1:24-25

Everyday every person on this earth has to make choices. Some of those choices are difficult, while others are easy to make. Some of those choices have very long lasting effects, while others have very short term effects.

Most people choose according to what they see as the best benefits in their own eyes. Rarely will they seek outside advice on the choice to make.

After Judas had died and Jesus left the earth, the disciples wanted to replace Judas in the ministry. They sought God’s direction as to who to choose.

There are many times when there is a choice to be made that comes down to two very good choices. Both look so good that it is difficult to know which one to choose.

When times occur like this, people may flip a coin to randomly choose one over the other. While this may look good, it may be that it is not choosing what God really wants.

When faced with a choice, the first thing that a believer should do is seek God’s direction in it. If he has studied God’s word, he will know a lot of what His word may have to say about making the choice. Then if he is continually in prayer and being led by the Holy Spirit, he knows that God will guide him in the choice.

God will always make a choice that is best for the one needing to make it and for those affected by the choice. He sees the bigger picture of every person and eternity and is willing to show which way to go.

Going through life, you will have to make many choices, some simple and some very difficult. In order to be ready for making a choice, be sure to study God’s word on a regular basis to have a base understanding of what God may want. Then allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do.

At the moment of making a decision, pray that God will guide you in making the correct choice. God is waiting and ready to guide you in His ways, which are above your ways.

Will you make the right choice?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in making choices; that God will reveal His ways of doing things; that you will would work the way God desires of you; and that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in every choice you make.

Matthew 21:44 Are You Broken Or Crushed?

Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Matthew 21:44

People in authority are there for a reason. They are in their position to ensure others learn and follow the procedures to get something accomplished.

Some people hate those in authority, because they desire to do things the wrong way or by cutting the corners and cheating the system. When they are caught, they are often punished or removed.

Those who follow the procedures are able to remain despite the pain of following all the regulations.

After quoting a verse about the stone being rejected, Jesus said that the one who falls on the stone will be broken, but the one on whom it falls will be crushed.

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, God had a plan to save every person. It would be done in procedure in which it was done by God and not by man himself. The final process of the salvation would be considered the capstone of the building of God’s kingdom.

This capstone would be the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus lived the perfect, holy life before God and man, thus was given all authority by the Father. He is able to judge and save anyone and everyone.

The person who recognizes his sin against God and his need for forgiveness and salvation, will fall upon Jesus for help. He will be broken before God as he turns his life over to Jesus. Afterwards he will be given eternal life.

Those who reject what Jesus has done will, in the end, fell the crushing power of His wrath because of their rejection. Although they may live a time here on the earth, in the end they will be condemned to death in hell for eternity.

God has given you a choice as to whether you will accept and follow Jesus or not. If you are willing to recognize your sin and need for Jesus, you will allow yourself to be broken in order to gain eternal life. You will allow Jesus control over your life.

If you choose to reject Jesus and what He has done for you, you will have only His wrath to look forward to that will crush you for all eternity.

Allow yourself to be broken before Jesus and let Him be ruler over your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will allow Jesus to rule over your life; that you will be broken before God; and that you will allow God to build you into the person He wants you to be.