2 Corinthians 6:12 Rights And Worthwhile Actions

 

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“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 2 Corinthians 6:12

Freedom of rights is something that everyone wants. They want the freedom to do whatever they want, when they want, and how they want. Very few people like to be told that they cannot do something. It goes against their freedom.

In many countries this freedom has been allowed to some point. As time has gone along, more freedoms are given. With some of these freedoms, there has been allowance for the freedom to sin and promote sinful habits.

God has given people the perfect level of freedom. Every person has the freedom to choose to follow Jesus or reject Jesus. They have the freedom to choose to sin, and they have the freedom to turn from sin. Since Adam and Eve people have started out with the choice to sin. They are given the chance to choose to follow Jesus and turn away from sin.

In Jesus there is a freedom that is allowed. No longer are people bound by the Mosaic Law, but are bound to Jesus. They are no longer bound to a set of rules of what they can and cannot do.

However, that does not give freedom to sin. Paul says that not everything is beneficial. The most important things in life are not the temporary things of this world, but the eternal things of God’s kingdom.

Jesus came to this earth with the focus of building God’s kingdom. Each and every believer is supposed to become just like Jesus. This means that the believers focus is building God’s kingdom.

For anything to have any real benefit, it must be of a benefit to God’s kingdom. Is it bringing or pointing people to Jesus? Or is it keeping them from Him?

Jesus was so heavenly minded that He was of great earthly good. He brought the best benefits to this world by focusing on heaven.

As a believer focus your eyes on God and His kingdom. As you do so, take a look at the things you do. Yes, you have a right to do them, but are they benefiting the kingdom of God?

Do not allow the things of this world to be your master. Let God be your master. Follow Him with everything that is in you.

I pray today that you will know God as your Master; that you will only do what is of eternal benefit; that your life will be like that of Jesus; and you will exercise your rights to benefit God’s kingdom.

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Matthew 2:3 Some Will Be Disturbed By The Message

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. Matthew 2:3

Some time after Jesus was born, some Magi came to Jerusalem asking about a child that was born to be king of the Jews. King Herod and all of Jerusalem were disturbed by this question and piece of information.

King Herod was disturbed because it sounded like a threat to his position. Jerusalem was disturbed because it meant a major change in their situation. Even though they did not like the Roman government controlling them, there was peace at the time. Another king rising up may cause a disturbance and bring out the wrath of Rome upon the people.

The message of Jesus can and will be disturbing to many people. Even to this day, there are people who get upset at hearing anything about Jesus. Even when a believer speaks in love, there are some who do not want to hear it.

Following a god does not usually mean that a person has to change. Following Jesus, however, does require a change. It is no longer about the individual following, but about Jesus and what God wants. It is no longer just a once in a while event, but it is a lifestyle.

Very few people like to change and even fewer like to be told that they are doing things the wrong way. People love to be in charge of themselves and others. As a believer, one is not in charge, but allows God to be in control. The believer will also be a servant to another person, not the boss or overlord.

It should not surprise you when someone gets upset or disturbed when hearing something about Jesus. Some of those people may be a part of some other false religion, so it challenges their belief. Others may not believe in God, so it challenges them that they are in control of their own life.

As a believer, yourself, you should not be disturbed at the message or teachings of Jesus. It will mean change. It will mean you are not in control. It will mean challenging world beliefs. However, in the end it is the best way.

Jesus brings love and forgiveness. He came to give life, not take it or destroy it. He wants to build you up to be His witness in this world and change it.

I pray today that you will know the message of Jesus in your own life; that you will not be afraid of what God says; that you will speak the words of God to the world around you; and that many will come to Jesus through your message.

Daniel 4:37 All That God Does Is Right

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Daniel 4:37

After seeing the three young men survive the fiery furnace, King Nebuchadnezzar chose to follow God and lead his nation to follow God. God gave the King a vision that his kingdom would prosper, but there would be a time when he would be crushed. Later, the king stood up and claimed that he was God and he built his own kingdom. Immediately God took his sanity and he lived for several years as an animal in the wild. Later the king looked up to the heavens and declared that God was God and honored him. His sanity and kingdom were restored.

Going through life it is easy for a person to think that he has done all that he has done by his own power. Hard work appears to pay off and no one can see God, so it must be by his own hands that all has happened. Some believers are even guilty of thinking this way and putting God on the side.

When a person puts God on the side, He will often do something to get his attention. His goal is to get the person’s heart back in the right condition.

Many believers also get angry with God when He knocks them down, so that they will look up to Him. The pain of the knock down causes many to give up on God, rather than see that it was for their benefit in the end.

Looking up to God and allowing Him to be in absolute control is the best thing you can do. Everything that God does is the best thing for your life. Had not God knocked King Nebuchadnezzar down, he would never have turned his heart back to God. He would have died living in the sin of believing he was God.

If you are already following God, keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to be in control. Do not take that control away from Him. He knows what is best for your life.

If you have fallen away and God is knocking you down, look up to Him. There is forgiveness available. God has great things in store for you, if you trust Him.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control; that you will trust all of God’s actions; that you praise God for all that you have and are; and that you will be humble before God.

 

Jeremiah 51:46 Do Not Fear Rumors

Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. Jeremiah 51:46

While the Israelites were in Babylon under captivity, God told them that there was coming a day when He would destroy Babylon and they would be set free. During that time He gave warning that there would be many different rumors. Rumors that would strike fear in the hearts of many people, however, they were not to be afraid at all.

Thousands of years later, rumors are something that still runs rampant in this world. With the speed of information at lightning fast, rumors spread even easier. News sources are not always to be fully trusted as to telling what is really happening. Many times the news is slanted to push an agenda. Facebook is filled with stories of pictures and articles of things happening, many of which may not be true.

One area that rumors run heavy on is of war and destruction. Fear of attacks from terrorists are constantly in the news. Fear of foreigners runs high, because of terrorism.

As you hear all these rumors, you must keep in mind that God is in control. God knows exactly what is happening at the moment. It may be God is using an enemy to strike a nation, in order to get their eyes back on Him.

As a believer, everything that occurs is for a purpose. It is the purpose to get your eyes back on God, or to build you up stronger in the Lord. When rumors of war, destruction, death, economic collapse, or anything else occurs, turn to God and seek Him. Seek God’s protection in and through it all.

Some of those rumors may never occur, while others will happen. Either way, God is not surprised or worried. If He is not surprised or worried, then neither should you be.

Do not think, that because of all these rumors, God is not in control or does not care. He does. There will come a day when either you will be called home to heaven, or Jesus will return and take you home to heaven. Rumors will never change that fact.

I pray today that God will calm your heart in fearful times; that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear any rumors or news that you hear; and that your complete trust will be in God.

Jeremiah 16:20-21 They Will Know In The End

“Do people make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” “Therefore I will teach them–this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD.” Jeremiah 16:20-21

The Israelites had chosen to follow their own gods or the gods of the nations around them. Despite the fact of seeing God at work in their nation, time and time again, they chose not to follow Him alone. Since they had made that choice, God decided that He would teach them who He really is. They will see His power and might, and that He is the One who is in control. The method of revealing Himself was through the punishment they would have to go through.

Skip forward several thousand years, and things have not changed a whole lot. People are constantly making their own gods. They do not call them idols as they did in the biblical times, but they are idols and false gods none-the-less. Today they are the gods of doctors, scientists, ‘experts’, the government, leaders, media, famous people, and the list goes on.

People are trusting everything but God in their lives. They believe that doctors will find the cure for sickness and death; that the government will keep the economy going strong; that the media will bring joy and satisfaction; and many more beliefs.

None of these things can truly satisfy and will fall short. God will reveal Himself in the punishment upon the people and nations. Disasters are set to draw people back towards Him, to cause them to look to Him for salvation.

His power is revealed in the control that He yields in this world. When disasters occur, one can see how powerful God is. When God does a healing, when doctors cannot, one can see His power.

As you look out on this world each day, see God as the One Who is in control, not those of this world. People in this world can only do so much, then they will fail. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the belief that the things of this world can save you, or provide for all your needs.

Trust God now, and not when He has to knock you down. God is there for you, not against you, if you will just trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will not have any idols in your life; that God will not have to punish you for false beliefs; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power in this world.

Isaiah 45:7 God Does It All

I form the light and create the darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

The world questions how things come to be or how things happen the way that they do. People want to be in full control of their own lives. They want to take the credit for the good things that occur in their lives. And they want to blame others for the negative or bad things that occur.

Many people will believe in God when things are going good for them. When prosperity is happening, there is a strong belief in God. However, when things turn bad, many will also turn away from God, blaming Him for their troubles.

The hard part for many to accept is that God is the one who allowed the bad things to happen and He did it in love. For most people, it is difficult to think that a perfect loving God would allow pain and suffering in this life. When a bad situation occurs in the life of a person, many choose to walk away from God. They get angry with what He has allowed, or refuse to believe that a loving God would allow it to happen.

Yet, God says He is the one who brings prosperity and disaster in the lives of people of this world. Both events are allowed in the best interest of the people.

In your own personal life, there will be times God allows prosperity to allow you to see His blessings. Other times there will be disaster, to allow you to lean on Him and trust Him more. Going through a disaster gives God the ability to show you His power.

Instead of looking at disaster as a bad thing, see it in light of God perfecting you. Look forward to the many ways God may bring you through that disaster back into prosperity again. In the end you will walk on streets of gold in heaven with God for all eternity, if you trust Him and stay with God.

Allow God to be the Master of your life. Do not fear prosperity or disaster. Know that God is in control of both.

I pray today that you will trust God at all times; that you will not be angry with God when bad things occur; that God will be your Master; and that God will strengthen you in all things.

Isaiah 8:12-13 Conspiracies And Fears

Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one  you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. Isaiah 8:12-13

In every nation and throughout all of history, people have come up with many stories of government conspiracies. Stories are made to explain away different events. Usually they are centered around a group of people who are planning to do some type of illegal work to take over and destroy someone or something.

Some of the conspiracy theories are widespread and many people believe in them, while others are not so well-known. Among those that get well known, there are some that bring about a great fear among the people. The people start to fear the big government takeover, where the government controls everything.

God tells Isaiah not to fear these conspiracy theories that the people are believing in.

Nothing has changed since the time of Isaiah. It is easy to get caught up in the media world and begin to believe in conspiracy theories. When something happens, many people start talking about it and put their own twist on to what actually happened. In the process, fear is often raised.

In current times, many people fear a Muslim takeover, or terrorists attacks. Theories as to who is behind the attacks are numerous. Fear among people is very high. Dread of people from middle-eastern countries is high.

Yet, the only one that you should fear is God. Despite all the efforts that people or a government may be making to do something illegal or for a takeover, it is God who is really in control. No terrorist or criminal can do anything without God allowing it to happen.

Always keep in mind that God created everything, so He has absolute power. Jesus defeated death, so nothing can defeat Him. Both God the Father and Jesus are on your side, if you are following Jesus, and will not allow anything happen to you that is not to your benefit in the end.

As the world trembles in fear, you can walk in peace knowing God is in control and on your side. You can then show the world the truth in Jesus and the peace they may have.

I pray today that you will know the peace Jesus provides; that you will know the truth of God; that God will remove all fear in your life; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to this world that is living in fear.