2 Chronicles 7:19 But if…

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“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,” 2 Chronicles 7:19 

Contracts are common between businesses, businesses and people, and people and other people. Every contract has some type of clause in it that if one party or the other does not hold up to the agreement in the contract, there will be consequences.

The types of consequences can be very severe or very mild, but there will be a consequence. Every contract will be different in what the consequences are. They are there to protect both parties from anything going wrong. Pages and pages of clauses can be written into some contracts, while others only have one or two lines.

God had made a covenant with the Israelites, this was His contract with the people. As Solomon was following God and had built the temple, God told him that He would always be there and bless him and the nation of Israel. However, Solomon and the people would have to continue to follow Him. If they chose to not follow God, then there would be severe consequences and His hand of blessing would be removed. He would set out to destroy them.

Jesus had made a new covenant between God and mankind. He shed His blood to remove the consequence of sin. However, there is still a clause in following Jesus. One must follow and trust Him with all of his heart. It is a belief that Jesus does the saving and removing of sin, not works or self. It would also be that He would be God and God alone, no other gods were allowed to be followed.

If one chooses to begin to follow other gods or idols, God will remove His hand of blessing on that person. He will always love the person, but cannot have him in His presence, because of the sin in his life and refusal to follow Jesus.

You have a choice to make. Will you follow Jesus or will you follow some idol or false god?

As you follow and trust in Jesus with all of your life, God will pour out blessings upon you. However, if you choose to walk away and follow some idol or other god, He will pull back that favor and blessing.

Don’t be a statistic of walking away from God, but follow Him with all of your life. Don’t make God say ‘but if’.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in Jesus alone for your salvation; that God will keep you close to Him; that you will turn from self and idols to God; and that you will know the blessings and favor of God in your life.

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Joshua 7:12 Consequences Of Sin

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That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction. Joshua 7:12

Consequences to actions is one thing that many people do not think about or do not like to think about. People want to be able to do what they want to do, without any repercussion.

Often, people think that what they are doing will have no consequence, it is just a small little thing in light of much greater things. No one will notice or really care about it. Yet, every action, thought, or word has some type of consequence.

As the Israelites were going through, conquering new cities on a regular basis with no real challenge, they suddenly were beaten badly by a small city of Ai. Joshua went before God about it. He was told that there was sin in the camp of the Israelites. Someone had stolen something and hidden it. Because of that stolen item, God was not supporting the Israelites anymore. They had to clean up the camp from all sin.

Out of all the things that were destroyed in the taking of Ai, one man, Achan, had stolen a robe and some bold and silver. This little bit of theft–sin–caused God to take His had of favor and provision off of the Israelites.

Sin in a believer’s life will cause God’s favor to pull back. God does not want sin in the life of any believer. It is common for people to try to hide ‘little’ sins. People may never see the sin, but God does. Things begin to go wrong and fall apart, and the person wants to know why.

Today all a believer must do is repent, turn away from the sin and turn back to God. Jesus has already paid the price for that sin.

Do not allow any ‘small’ sins be hidden. God already sees them and knows about them.

There will be times when you will sin. Strive to keep from sinning, but if you do, immediately turn back to God and repent. God is waiting there for you to restore you. He does not want to destroy you, but to build you up. That is why God sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

Do not let sin destroy you. But let God restore you.

I pray today that you will turn to Jesus for everything; that God will help you turn from all sin; that God will build you up in Jesus; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love. 

 

Jeremiah 25:11 There Is Hope

This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:11

The Israelites in Judah had chosen to follow false gods, despite many warnings from the prophets. God had chosen to punish them by allowing Babylon to overrun the nation and place them all in captivity. Through the prophets, God told the Israelites to go into captivity and serve the king of Babylon, a gentile king, for a time. This time of service and punishment would only last for a set amount of time. It would end in seventy years, there was the hope of restoration.

Living in sin will always have a price that a person must pay. The ultimate price is death. It starts out with spiritual death and separation from God, and ends with physical and spiritual death for all eternity.

Those who have never chosen to follow Jesus are destined to be punished for eternity. Those who have chosen to follow Jesus have had their sins removed. The punishment is no longer there. However, when believers step back into sin and choose to not follow Jesus for a time, there may be punishments set in place by God.

God is a loving Father who does not allow His children to do wrong without any correction or punishment. He disciplines those He loves.

There may be times when you have chosen a wrong path that was not God’s path for you. You chose to step into sin for a time. God may discipline you in order to get you to focus back on Him. He does not want you to stay in sin and be punished with death for eternity.

The good news is that the discipline is only for a set amount of time. It is not for eternity. The discipline for the Israelites lasted for only seventy years. God set a limit for it when He put it in place. He will also place limits on the discipline in your life.

The consequences of living in sin may be for a short time or a longer time, but when there is repentance, it is not for eternity. Go through the discipline and learn to follow God correctly. Know that it is only for a set time. With the forgiveness found in Jesus, you will still live for eternity. Do not stay in that sin, but know the hope you have in Jesus.

I pray today that you will follow Jesus with all your life; that you will learn all lessons from God; that God will strengthen you in all discipline; and that you will shine for God after any discipline.

 

Psalm 19:11 How To Get A Great Reward

By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:11

In this psalm, David is talking about the laws and commands of God. He had already pointed out how they can give joy to the heart and how valuable they are. Now David says that by God’s laws a person is warned, and in keeping them there will be a great reward.

Very few people will state that they like rules and regulations that they must follow. It is always acceptable for the rules to be for the other person, but not for oneself.

Whether it is in the workplace, in a school, a home, or on the street people are always complaining about the rules. There is always a reason why the rule is bad according to someone.

Complaining about a rule is easy when one has the wrong perspective about the rule. Most often people look at rules as a negative restriction on their freedom. They do not see the real value in the rule.

Rules are a warning to a  person on what not to do. Yes, they do limit the freedom, but it does it in a good way. Any time a rule is broken there is a consequence. That consequence may not show up right away, but it will over time, and ultimately when one stands before God after death.

As a person breaks the law by speeding, there may not be a consequence at that moment, but if it continues there will come a day when either the person gets into an accident because of speed, or gets a ticket.

Obeying the laws will always bring peace of mind that you are not going to be in trouble. It brings peace of mind that you are in right standing with God.

God lays out rules to help you be the best that you can be. He does it for your protection and benefit. You must be willing to trust what God wants you to do or not do.

In the end you want to hear God say to you well done good and faithful servant.

I pray today that you will not fear God’s rules for your life; that you will see the value of God’s rules for you; that God will strengthen you to follow His commands; and that God will say that you are faithful and good servant.