“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, Isaiah 36:16
Reports abound everywhere on everything and anything. Some of the reports are filled with truth, while many are false. Some of the false ones are on purpose to lead others astray, while some are false in ignorance.
With a few well said words and being place in strategic places, people will believe just about anything. They can make one believe that he absolutely needs something that will kill him in the end.
As Jerusalem was under attack, Hezekiah was telling the people to not give in to the enemy and to trust in God alone. The king of the enemy tried to tell the people that if they just followed him, making peace, they would get everything that they dreamed of.
Times have not changed. The world wants believers to just believe in what the world is saying. Acceptance of what is sinful is being promoted and believers are expected to agree with it.
Satan promises the world to the believer as long as he compromises his following God. The enemy wants the believer to make peace with him in a way that will destroy his testimony and reject God. The words of the world are said in such a way as to sound good and very promising, but in the end bring about death and separation from God.
The only peace that a believer truly needs is peace with God. Peace with the world is not true peace and will bring about death only. Peace with God is truth and brings about life. Peace with God will bring about war with the world.
Everyday you will be bombarded with media telling you to follow the world’s ways of acting and thinking. The world wants you to compromise your walk and belief in God to follow them.
You have a choice. You can buy into the lies of the enemy or you can trust God.
The world will lie to you saying that you need something or have to believe a certain way in order to have peace and all that you want. These things will only bring death and separation from God.
Do not fall for the lies of the enemy who try to get you to go against God’s word.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lies of the enemy; that you will put your whole trust in God alone; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; and that you will not live or act as the world does in sin against God.
See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. Isaiah 13:9
Danger can sometimes be seen coming. People can often see signs that something bad is about to happen. Very often meteorologists can predict a hurricane or some other bad storm coming up. They give warning to the people that it will be bad and destructive.
When this occurs, many people will take steps to protect themselves from the danger coming. Others will ignore it and take their chances.
In the end sometimes the meteorologists is wrong and nothing major occurs. Other times the disaster hits and many people are harmed because of the great destruction caused and refusing to not heed the warnings.
Isaiah had a prophecy against Babylon about God’s wrath getting ready to come upon them. It would be a day of destruction and all sinners would be destroyed.
Babylon was later destroyed by God, but His day of wrath is still yet to come upon the rest of the world. Although it appears as if the world is getting away with sinning, there will come a day of judgement. Every sinner will have to pay a price, and that price is death and destruction.
God is patient in waiting for that day of destruction to come because He wants everyone to be saved. He does not really want to destroy everyone, but will if they refuse to follow Jesus.
What does this mean to the believer? It means that he must be willing to go out and be His witness to this world. He needs to tell every unbeliever about Jesus and compel them to follow Him.
Too often believers just condemn the unbeliever or ignore them. There is coming destruction, so this must not happen. God is a God of love and so every believer should love those who are lost and headed for destruction.
As a believer, you also must be willing to share the gospel message with everyone. Open your spiritual eyes and see the destruction that is coming. God’s day of wrath is still yet to come upon this earth.
Allow yourself to see every person as loved by God, yet about to be destroyed because they do not know the truth. Go out and tell them about Jesus and what is about to happen. Every day is getting closer to destruction and death. Don’t waste a minute.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see people with God’s eyes of love; that God will reveal to you the destruction that is coming; and that you will be His witness to this world about Jesus.
Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4
Seeking extreme wealth is the goal of many people. They feel that being wealthy is the greatest goal in life and that wealth will solve all their problems.
Having great wealth gives the appearance of security. When one has a lot of money, believe that they can purchase whatever they need, whenever they want.
While wealth can purchase a lot of things, it cannot purchase everything. It cannot purchase peace, joy, or the greatest need on this earth–life. Many wealthy people are lying on their deathbed with a sickness that cannot be cured. Many who are wealthy have ended their life out of depression or stress of striving to gain more wealth.
Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, yet he said that wealth was worthless in the end. It could not save during the day of wrath, nor could it purchase righteousness which delivers from death.
The thing people search for in wealth can only be found in the righteousness of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to bring true life that every person is seeking. He wants to provide joy, peace, comfort, strength and eternal life. The very thing that every one who is seeking wealth desires.
Every person needs to seek the righteousness of Jesus in their lives. He is the one who brings about forgiveness of sins and gives eternal life. As a person is living in the righteousness of Jesus, he will have peace, comfort, security and eternal life, the very things that people seek in wealth.
On the day Jesus returns to judge the earth, all material wealth will be completely worthless. It will be unable to purchase forgiveness of sins. It will be unable to purchase righteousness before God. Only belief in Jesus can do those things.
Instead of seeking to gain more wealth in your life, strive to gain the righteousness of Jesus. Strive to be more righteous and holy as Jesus is.
In living in His righteousness and holiness, you will be able to stand on the day of judgement and wrath of God. His righteousness will deliver you from death and the wrath of God.
It is not your works, money or abilities that will save you, but the righteousness of Jesus. Make His righteousness the goal of your life. Seek His righteousness as much as some seek wealth and see what God can do in and through you.
I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will seek God with all of your heart, soul and mind above everything else.