Deuteronomy 27:15 Are You Cursed?

“Cursed is anyone who makes an idol–a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands–and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:15

What happens behind closed doors is often thought of as one’s own private affairs and that no one else should be concerned about it. It is behind the closed doors that many people reveal their true desires. In their hearts they will often set up idols in their lives and worship them above God.

People have the freedom to do what they desire and believe that there should be no outside consequences.

Moses told the people that anyone who sets up an idol in secret is cursed and the people agreed.

An idol is anything that is put up before God, whether a physical or non-physical thing. While the majority of people around the world do not set up a physical idol to worship it, most do make idols out of things they have both physical and non-physical.

Very few people want to be cursed. They desire to have blessings and favor. This is especially true of believers who have chosen to follow God. Yet, many will allow idols to be set up in their private lives behind closed doors.

Things or people are allowed to take the place of God. More time, money and effort are placed in these things than with God. Most often these things are set up as idols in the heart and mind, rather than in the open on a mantel.

According to God’s word one is cursed if he has allowed this or done this in his life. God’s hand of favor is lifted from the believer who has allowed an idol in his life.

God should be the one to take priority over everything and everyone else in the life of the believer, never allowing an idol to take His place.

As a believer, God should take first place in every area of your life. Put God on the throne, not some false idol in your life. Nothing in this life should take more of your time and effort than God. If anything does, it is an idol, and you will be cursed by God.

Ask God to reveal to you if you have any idols in your life. Cast out any idols in your life and worship and serve God alone.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that God will give you strength to remove any idols in your life; that you will be blessed by God, not cursed; and that your life will be one wholly dedicated to God.

1 Corinthians 4:12-13 What Are You Willing To Go Through?

We work hard with our hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world–right up to this moment. 1 Corinthians 4:12-13

Very few people are able to take cursing or trouble and accept it without retaliating. It goes against their personal rights and will usually fight back.

Some will go to the authorities to fight back, while many will physically or verbally fight back. This can easily be seen by the amount of violent crimes that occur on a daily basis.

Paul talks about all the things he and his co-workers go through to spread the gospel message. When things are done bad to them, they endure it and are kind, though often seen as the scum of the earth.

Throughout the world there are many places where believers are looked down upon and often hated. The belief of Christians goes against the norms of this fallen world and the world does not like it.

As a result, the world will treat believers badly, by cursing them, persecuting them and slandering them. The treatment that believers can receive is not any different then how Jesus was treated by the people.

How the believer reacts to these types of treatments is what makes all the difference. Many will slip into the ways of the world and react in the same way as the world does, striking back with a vengeance.

Unlike the world, neither Jesus nor Paul struck back at the people treating them wrongly. They answered with strong, but kind words that pointed the people to God. They turned the other cheek when struck, rather than strike back. Doing this is showing God’s true love for all people.

As you stand strong and true for God and speak His word to all people, you will face times of trouble from this world. People will speak badly about you and may even physically try to harm you.

You have a choice as to how to react in each and every situation. You can react as the world does and strike back. Or you can choose to react as Jesus did and continue to show His love with no vengeance. One way will cause the world to fight more, the other way will point them to Jesus.

What are you willing to go through for God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to strengthen and guide you; that you will know the love God has for all people; and that God will strengthen you to make the right choices in every situation.

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.