Jeremiah 6:13 Being Greedy

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“From the least to the greatest all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.” Jeremiah 6:13

Greed is something that is rampant among people all over the world. Desiring more and more for self is extremely common among men and women of all walks of life.

All throughout music, books, movies and television greed can be seen. No one wants to deny themselves anything. No matter how much they have, they want some more.

In the work place greed is seen in both the worker and the employer. The worker wants more money, the boss wants more work for less pay. Greed is everywhere.

With having so much greed, people will do whatever they can to get more and more.

God accuses the nation of Israel of being greed and practicing deceit. He even accuses the prophets and the priests of being greedy.

Greed started with Adam and Eve in the garden wanting to be more like Jesus. It is at the root of all sin and continues to this day.

The church today also has a lot of greed inside of it. Pastors and leaders show greed at wanting more money, bigger buildings, bigger ministries to make themselves look bigger and better. Individuals reveal greed in the fighting for certain things in the church that has nothing to do with the gospel message.

Prayers will often reveal greed. People pray to God asking for many things for themselves that has nothing to do with building them up in Christ or reaching the lost. God’s first focus is salvation and second is making people more like Jesus. It is all about self—greed.

Jesus did not come to this earth for Himself, but for people. He gave His life for people, not to gain things or to be greedy. Every believer needs the same attitude as Jesus had of sacrificing self for God and others.

You can examine your own life and see where greed may be creeping in. Take a look at your prayers and see if there is any greed laced throughout them.

What is your focus in this life? What is your purpose? Is it for self and selfish gain? Or is it to be more like Jesus and to make more people like Jesus?

Allow God to be on the throne of your heart. He can remove the greed in your life as you are filled with His eternal love for Him and others. Do not allow yourself to be guilty of greed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love others as God loves you; that you will desire what God wants more than anything else; that you will be content with what God blesses you with; and that God will help you remove all greed in your life. 

Job 13:7 Speaking Wrong Words For God

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Will you speak wickedly on God’s behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him? Job 13:7

Speaking for another person is a common practice among people all over the world. Someone says something and everyone talks about it and reinterprets what the person is saying to meet their own agenda or thoughts.

This can be see in the news and social media all the time. A famous person makes a statement about something meaning one thing, and half the online media turns it around to say something different and shreds the person up.

It is also seen in the level of just a family. A parent says something, and one sibling takes and runs with it against another sibling, making it something it was never supposed to be.

As Job was going through an extremely tough time, losing everything, he had some ‘friends’ come by to give some counsel. Their focus was that Job must have sinned some great sin to cause God to strike him so. They were speaking lies on behalf of God, sin had nothing to do with what was occurring in his life.

These types of words and more are very common among believers in a church. People are very quick to judge someone on God’s behalf, often not knowing the full story. In reality, no one can fully understand what God is doing and why He does it. His ways and thoughts are way above any person’s ways and thoughts.

People are also very quick to judge those outside the church in ways that are not always truth. In doing this, they are not showing any compassion or love, both of which God is known for. Jesus did not just go around constantly condemning, but showed love and compassion for the people. There is a time for judgement, but it is not all the time.

Think about the things that you say and do in God’s name as a believer. Things that you state that God has said. Are you taking everything within context or are you twisting God’s words to meet a personal agenda?

Study God’s word from beginning to end. Learn what God’s heart is like and how He acts and reacts to things. As you fill your heart with His word and His love, you will begin to speak the right words each and every time. You will not speak lies or deceit when giving counsel to another person.

I pray today that you will know God’s word; that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will speak God’s word correctly; and that you will not say or do anything God has not directed you to do or say. 

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 False Worker Of Light

 

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For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerades as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Paul talked about some people being in the church acting like they were apostles of Christ, yet they were only acting like that. They were teaching false teachings and deceiving the people, all while claiming that they were doing it for Jesus.

Since that time, there are still people who claim to be a believer, yet, are just false apostles and workers. They appear to be good believers because they do know a bunch of scriptures from the bible. They can quote the bible and tell a person why they are a Christian.

Yet, while they claim all of this, they are teaching false teachings. There are many people in the world who rightfully claim that God loves them, which is true. Then they teach because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, regardless of whether it is a sin or not.

There are ministers of the gospel message, who lead churches, that will state it is acceptable to live as a homosexual or lesbian and still be a believer in Jesus. Others will state that is acceptable to gossip, as long as you pray for the person afterwards. Many will state it is acceptable to break a law of the land that has nothing against God’s word. All of these, and many more, are openly saying that it is acceptable to sin against God with no remorse.

This comes as no surprise, because Satan, himself, acts like he is a messenger of God. These are false prophets and preachers, who deceive people into living the way of the world and not like Jesus.

As a believer, you must work to ensure that your life lines up with the life of Jesus and the word of God. Along with that you do not want to allow yourself to be deceived into following false teachings.

The best way to ensure these things is to stay in the center of God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. Pattern your life after the life of Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be led down the wrong path. The world is seeking to lead you away from God, even while inside some church.

Know the truth and live by the truth.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that your life will be one like that of Jesus; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will not be deceived by false teachings; and that you will be a true messenger of God’s light–Jesus.

Psalm 51:10 A Pure Heart

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

In this psalm, David is asking God to cleanse him of all sin and make him new. He knew that he needed a pure heart and that only God could do that for him. Years later Jeremiah would make the statement that the heart is deceitful and that no one could understand it.

There are many people in the world who have very deceitful hearts. They say that they are friends with a person, but only to get something for themselves. Gangs lure a person into them by saying that they are family and care for them. The reality is that the person is being used for doing wrong. On the outside they appear to show caring, but in the heart they may be ready to kill.

It is easy for a person to be led wrong by his own heart and no one to see what is happening. People can do very good things for all the wrong reasons. On the surface it appears as if they are really serving God and others, but on the inside it is for selfish reasons. These are things that come from an un-pure heart.

Man is born into sin with a dirty heart. God has to come in and give a person a new heart that is pure. Once this happens, the person will have a steadfast spirit in him. He will stay strong and true to God for all of the right reasons.

Getting a pure heart is not an easy process. It takes you letting go of your own self and your own desires. You must release your control and let God have complete control of your life. Allow God to have all the glory and praise for everything. After all, everything is about Him, for Him, and by Him.

How does your heart look today?

Is it filled with the wrong desires and motives?

Or is it filled with the desires of God?

Ask God to create in you a new heart. He wants to give you a new heart of flesh with a new spirit. He can make you a new creation.

I pray today that God will give you a pure heart; that you will allow God control of your heart and life; that you will stand strong and true for God; and that you will be a new person for God.

Hebrews 3:13 Encourage Daily

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

The author of Hebrews had just stated that a believer must not harden his heart like the Jews did in the wilderness. Now with that warning, he tells the believers to encourage each other so that their hearts do not get hardened.

What does he mean to encourage each other? It is to encourage each other to continue to serve God, to believe in Jesus. It is to encourage each other to continue to turn away from sinful ways.

When a person is running a long distance race, he often will need encouragement to continue to the end. There will be stretches that are difficult and may cause the runner to stop. There will be times when there will be a severe pain in the side causing him to want to stop the race. If there are people on the side of him encouraging him to keep going, he most likely will. The encouragement gives that extra boost to keep going correctly.

In life there will be many challenges you must face as a believer. The challenges of just life, nothing directly against God, such as paying the bills on time. These challenges have sometimes been so great that a believer stops trusting God because nothing is going right. This is where another believer must step up and encourage him to keep going.

There are also times when you or a friend may be facing temptations to go the wrong direction or do the wrong thing. This is where you must step up and encourage him or be encouraged to do the right thing.

This is not condemning the person, pointing out his wrongs, but encouraging to follow Jesus. Show love and Jesus to the person. This will encourage him to stay with and follow Jesus.

When encouraged like this, it will keep the heart from being hardened. It will keep you from falling into sinful practice. Keep your heart soft towards Jesus. Encourage others to keep their hearts soft towards Jesus.

Every day talk about Jesus and His Words. Continue to sing songs of praise around others. This will keep your heart and the hearts of others focused on Jesus.

I pray today that you will be encouraged to continue to follow Jesus; that you will be an encouragement to others for Jesus; that you will keep your heart soft for Jesus; and that you will not be caught up in sin’s deceitfulness.