1 Corinthians 10:11 Warnings For A Reason

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

Throughout all of history many things have been recorded by many different people. Studying history can help a person understand what occurred, what went right and what went wrong.

A good student of history will be able to look at what happened and make adjustments to make things even better in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

After giving some examples from the Old Testament on people going against God, Paul says that these things occurred as an example and a warning for the Corinthian believers.

Everything that a person does or does not do, is based off of someone else’s prior experience to some degree. Inventors who have invented something new, learned from the past of others as to what does not work or what needs to be done to make something better.

Currently in today’s society, many people want to cancel history. They do not want to look back as to what had happened, with both the good and bad parts of it.

Many in the church have also embraced this belief with their own lives. They are not looking to the warnings and examples throughout the bible as to what to do or not do and all consequences. Some will purposefully live in some sinful habit, ignoring the consequences of sin and rebellion against God.

The true believer will study the entire bible and see the warnings and examples set before him. He will will then focus his life on what is good and how to live for God in the best way possible, rather than living in sin and ignoring the coming consequences.

As you travel the road as a believer, there have been others who have been down that same path, both in the bible and outside the bible. Look at what God has set as warnings and examples before you and learn from them. Do not ignore God’s warnings and fall into sin and failing in the end.

Do not try to travel this road without God’s guidance in scripture and others. Without His guidance, you will fall and fail in the end. God has given you what you need, if you ignore it, He will hold you accountable.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the good and bad examples God has provided; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will heed the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Romans 3:23 Everyone Has Failed

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

The majority of people, all over the world, feel that overall they are a good person. Most often this is because they have not done anything extremely bad against the law or others.

People can come up with a list of things that they have done well and a longer list of things that they have never done making them look good. No one wants to be known as having failed or is failing in any area of their life. They only want the good to be seen and recognized.

Paul points out that there is no difference between the Jew and the gentile, because every one has sinned and has fallen short of the glory of God.

Since God had created the earth, everything in it and every one on it, He can make the rules as to what people can and cannot do. Along with making those rules, He can also set what the consequences are for breaking those rules.

The breaking of the rules is what the bible calls–sin. Every person on this earth has sinned at least once against God, regardless of how good one is. Very few people could ever say that they have never told a lie, or never cursed someone, or coveted something someone else had. These are just a few of the most common sins.

At the moment of committing a sin, one has fallen away from the glory of God and has a death sentence upon his head as a consequence for that sin. It has nothing to do with how good a person is or what he good he has done, he sinned.

In His great love and mercy, God sent Jesus to die on the cross for each and every person who has sinned. All a person needs to do is repent of those sins and believe in Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.

Just as everyone else has sinned you have sinned against God in your life. Because of those sins, you have a death sentence. If you have not already done so, take a moment right now to repent of those sins. That means be sorry for them and turn away from them.

Accept the forgiveness and life that Jesus offers. He is willing and able to forgive you, when you repent.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins before God; that you will turn away from all sins towards God; and that you will believe in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation.

Revelation 22:12 How Will You Be Rewarded?

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they had done.” Revelation 22:12

Rewards are often given to someone who has done something right or good. They can be seen being given out in many different areas of life, from a small child, to high level CEOs of a corporation.

Most people love to get rewards, because most often they are given for something that is done exceptionally well and it makes them feel good. However, some do not care about any rewards and do what they want.

As John’s vision comes to a close, he quotes Jesus saying that He is coming soon with a reward for each person according to what they have done.

Every action has some type of reaction or consequence to it. Some consequences are very good, while others are very bad. These consequences can sometimes be immediate, while others may be a long time in the coming.

The person who has chosen to repent of his sins and follow Jesus will always have some consequences. Just as with everything else, some consequences will be immediate and others will be seen in the future.

The immediate reward of believing in Jesus is that one has peace with God from all of his sin. At the end of his life or when Jesus returns, the next reward is an eternal, perfect life with God. Inside of this eternal, perfect life God has more rewards for each believer that are dependent upon what the believer has done.

No one can fully know or understand what God has in store for him in heaven. The more a person has done for God, while on this earth, the more and greater will be the reward in heaven.

God has already started to reward you with your following Jesus by giving you forgiveness, His peace, His Holy Spirit, His love, His guidance, and more. Think about how wonderful these rewards are.

Now think about how much more wonderful will be the reward in heaven, that will last for all eternity and cannot be taken away or stolen. Instead of just cruising through life, not really doing anything for God, do as much as possible for Him.

Build up the reward that God can give you in heaven by doing more and more for Him each day. He is coming soon and it will be worth it all.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do a work for God each day; that you will know Jesus is returning soon; that you will know God has a reward for you; and that you will know the blessing of serving God in every area of your life.

John 5:11 Whose Command Do You Obey?

But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” John 5:11

Rules and regulations can be found every there are two or more people anywhere in the world. They are put into place to govern what a person can and cannot do.

Often there are two different rules, by two different people, that contradict each other. One has to choose which he will obey. Usually the obedience goes to the one with the higher authority, unless there is rebellion, in which case a court may decide who was right.

On a Sabbath day Jesus had healed a lame and told him to take up his mat and walk, and he did. This went against the Jewish laws and the leaders were upset with him.

God has laid down some laws for man to obey. The world has also laid down laws that they want people to obey. It is very common that some of these laws are in conflict with each other.

Currently in America some are laying down laws that believers cannot gather in person in church or groups of more than a few people. This is something that has been done for years in many other countries already and goes against God’s command to gather together.

Every believer must choose if they are going to obey the laws of man or the laws of God when they are in conflict with each other. Regardless of which they choose, there will be difficult consequences.

Obeying man’s law over God’s will result in God being upset. Obeying God’s law over man’s will result in man being upset. The choice will result in eternal consequences. One brings eternal life, the other death.

As a believer, you have chosen to allow God to be your head ruler. God, in His infinite and perfect love, knows what is best for you. As you listen to His voice, He will tell you what must be done.

There will be times that it will go against the laws of man. During those times you must choose whom you will obey…God or man. God has the higher authority, since He has created everything and owns it all, including you.

Rather than bending to the desires of the world to live in sin, obey God’s commands and know true life. Do not be afraid to stand up for God and His laws against the ways of the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice; that you will know God’s commands; that you will trust God’s commands; and that God will give you strength to do what He asks of you.

Joel 3:14 Valley Of Decision

Huge valley

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

Everyday people have to make hundreds of choices, even thousands of choices. Many of these choices are nearly automatic in being made with very little thought put into them. There are other choices that come up that require some thought and consideration as to what to choose.

There are many people who freeze up when it comes to making a major choice fearing making the wrong choice. Or they are quick to make one, but then go back or regret that choice very quickly.

Joel points out that there will be a time when God will judge the nations. During that time the people will be in a valley of decision. They will have to make a choice.

While there are millions of decisions to be made all the time, there are really only two that are most important and provide the answers for all of the rest of the decisions. These are: the choice to love and serve God or not love and serve God. And the other is to obey God or not to obey God. Both these decisions go hand in hand. One cannot really be made without making the other. To love God is to obey Him, to obey Him is to love Him.

Once these two decisions are made, everything else falls into place. God’s word and His Holy Spirit guide every decision from that point forward.

Making these choices, either one of them in any way, is life changing. One way will draw a person into eternal relationship with God. The other choice will put one into eternal battle against God.

Most people will choose to serve self and not love God. Only a few will choose to love and serve God.

If you have already chosen to believe in God, you have chosen to love God. Now it is time to choose to obey God with all of your abilities. Each day you will be presented with thousands of opportunities to disobey God and sin. You have to make a conscious effort to turn away and flee from the temptation and keep from sinning.

You will also need to make the choice to serve God and build His kingdom in whatever way He opens the door for you to do.

Making these decisions will show where your heart is with God. What is your decision today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to love God with all of your heart; that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life; and that you will choose to trust God with your life.