Jeremiah 11:3-4 Obey God

Abandoned volkswagon

Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant–the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I commanded you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.’ Jeremiah 11:3-4 

Everyone who is in a position of authority wants to be obeyed. They want those under them to obey their every command. That is a right that comes with the position.

In most work places, if one does not obey the boss, there are repercussions. It may start out with a reprimand, but can end up with a firing from the position.

God is reminding the people of Israel that they were to obey His command He gave them when He brought them out of Egypt. If they didn’t obey, then they would be cursed. Obedience meant that they would be His people.

Even though Jesus has come and provided salvation, the command is still there–to obey God. Jesus said if one loves Him, he will obey Him. Obedience is not an option.

Yet, many believers feel that obedience to God is optional, especially with certain commands. Sin is sin and there is no excuse for sinning. God never gives room for a person to purposefully sin against Him.

Jesus gave forgiveness, but also told people to go and sin no more. If one does not obey Jesus and strive to turn away from sin, he is still cursed. Jesus said that in the end that He would turn many away because He did not know them. The reason He didn’t know them is because they did not obey Him.

Every believer must obey God in every area of his life.

If you want to be a child of God and receive the salvation Jesus has provided, you must also obey God. It is easy to say that you love God and believe in Him, but it is another thing to obey Him and not just obey in some areas, but in every area of your life.

God says to love, are you loving? God says to forgive, are you forgiving? God says turn from all sin, are you turning away from all sin?

Think about the commands that Jesus had given. How hard are you striving to obey them? Or are you allowing yourself to be cursed by God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will not follow false gods in your life; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will be a child of God.

Deuteronomy 27:18 Leading The Blind

Blind man walking

“Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:18

God had the Israelites gather on two different mountains. On one side, the people would call out various curses, while on the other mountain, the people would agree to those curses. They would call out different things that people may do that would get them cursed by God. One of these was leading a blind person down the wrong path as he is walking on road.

It is a fairly common rule to not lead a blind person astray any where he is. People are generally kind enough to lead a blind person correctly, at least physically. There are some people who are cruel enough to lead a physically blind person down a wrong path, but those are not very many.

However, there is a different type of blindness that people have that the majority of people are quick to lead down a wrong path. That blindness is a spiritual blindness. Every person has this blindness at the beginning of life, and continue to have it until they turn to Jesus.

While having the correct heart in trying to help those who are spiritually blind, many people end up leading them down the wrong path. They themselves are often spiritually blind.

This is done by many people in the church, who are believers. They focus on following the rules of God, and forget about the mercy and grace of God in the life of a person. They are quick to condemn a person, rather than guide them to God’s great love and show them love.

These are just a couple of ways that people lead a blind person down the wrong path. They are focusing on actions and sin, rather than on Jesus and love. While their heart may be trying to do right, they are doing harm.

As a believer, your first focus should be on Jesus and pointing people to Him. This focus should show the love, mercy and grace that Jesus has for you and everyone else. No person can follow every rule perfectly, otherwise, Jesus would never have had to come.

Every person needs that love, mercy and grace just as much as you needed it. Be careful not lead others down the wrong path while they are still blind. Do not be spiritually blind yourself. Jesus is the light, so show the light.

I pray today that you will know the light of Jesus; that you will not be spiritually blind; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see clearly; and that God will guide you in leading others correctly. 

Romans 9:3 Deep Compassion For Others

Fireman

For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, Romans 9:3

There are people who put their lives on the line in order to save other people. Firemen are willing to go into a burning building, that is extremely dangerous, in order to attempt to save someone. Those that do rescue missions, often place them in harm’s way to save a person. Those in the military walk into dangerous situations to protect someone else.

While there are many that put themselves in danger, very few will purposely get themselves injured or killed in order to save someone else. The injury or death will only occur  by accident, not on purpose.

Paul states that he would be willing to be cursed and separated from Christ, if it meant the salvation of his people, the Israelites. To many people, this sounds extreme and crazy. Very few people would want to do something like that.

Yet, that is the very thing that Jesus did for every person on this earth. He came to this earth to be cursed, hung on a cross and separated from God. All of this was so that every person could be saved. It was not an accident that got Him killed on the cross. It was not that the world overpowered Him and captured Him to kill Him. Jesus laid down His life for all people. His love was that great to sacrifice Himself to save others. Jesus had a compassion for people that ran deep.

God does not call every person to physically die in order to save others, as He did with Jesus. Yet, God does call every person to die to self and seek to save others. He wants every believer to get the gospel message out to every person that they can, as fast as they can.

How much compassion do you have for those who do not know Jesus? What are you willing to do, in order to see them come to Jesus?

God may not ask you to die, but He wants you to reach the lost for Jesus. Allow the love and compassion of God for people to fill your life. Make it your life’s goal to reach the lost for Jesus. Be willing to put your life on the line in order to get the message out.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the love God has for all people; that God will give you boldness and strength to spread the gospel message; and that you will have God’s compassion for all people.

Romans 9:2-3 Great Sorrow

“I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race” Romans 9:2-3

Although Paul went to the Gentiles to preach the gospel message, his heart was still for his own people, the Israelites. The Israelites did not like to listen to him and wanted him dead. It was others that would listen to him. Yet, Paul was in great sorrow for his people. It was so great that he wished he could be sacrificed for them. He was willing to die for them so that they could live.

In the world today most people are only concerned about themselves. They are more concerned about their own life, then for the lives of other people. The love people show for others is usually just a surface love. There is no real deep, true love for others. This even includes good friends most of the time.

Very few believers take the time to be a witness to people around them about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. Most do not want to offend someone else. Others are afraid of what will be said or done.

Jesus left heaven to come to this old earth. He suffered extreme persecution and died on a cross just to save you. He went to extreme lengths to save you.

What should you do for others to see them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus? You cannot save them, but you can give them the message. Your heart should be the same as that of Jesus and Paul. It should be one that is willing to die for another to be saved.

Paul was willing to be cursed and condemned by God if it would have saved all of his people. God will never ask you to be cursed and condemned by Him in order to save others. All He asks is that you tell them about Jesus.

Are you telling someone about Jesus? Do you have great sorrow in your heart for the lost, both friends and everyone else?

What is your desire? Is it for yourself or for others to be saved?

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for the lost; that you will have the love Jesus had for the lost; that Jesus will show you how to be His witness; and that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus.