Nehemiah 10:29 Entering An Agreement To Obey

these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes: Nehemiah 10:29

Contracts are written up, agreed to and signed every day in every nation around the world. In the contracts are parts saying what will occur if everything is followed and what will occur if certain things are not followed by both parties. This occurs on individual, corporate and national levels.

All the people of Israel joined together to enter a curse and an oath to obey God’s Law and all His commandments.

Agreements with consequences for obedience and disobedience is common among people everywhere. They are made to hold people responsible to reward those who do right and to punish those who do not do the right thing.

Although believers are no longer under the Old Testament Law of Moses, they are still under the commands of God. Under the Law of Moses, it was do or die. Under the grace of Jesus, if one obeys God’s commands, there are blessings, if one chooses to not obey, His hand of blessing is removed. Jesus paid the penalty for sin, not obeying God’s commands.

Everyday God still gives commands to those who have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. These may be simple commands of just stopping to pray for someone, to detailed and complex ones of going overseas to do missions work. They may also be just stopping doing some activity or to start doing some activity.

All are commands of God and need to be obeyed just as much as the Israelites had to obey the Law of Moses.

God is willing to speak into your life what He wants you to do or not do. The moment you chose to believe in Jesus, you entered an agreement to obey His commands, no matter how little or big they are.

Make the choice to hear what God is telling you to do and then obey it without hesitation or delay. God knows what is best for your life. He has a plan for your life, but you must be willing to walk in it in full obedience, not turning to the left or the right.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God has given you; that you will obey every command of God; that you will see the blessings of obeying God; and that you will see God’s favor in obedience.

2 Chronicles 25:2 Half-Hearted Service

He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly. 2 Chronicles 25:2

Everybody that does a job, whether paid or unpaid, is doing a service to someone else. In doing that service one has a choice as to how well he does it. One can do an outstanding job, a fair job, or a poor job. Very few people choose to do the job as an outstanding job or a poor job every time that they do the work. Most often people do a fair job, enough to get the work done and no more.

Amaziah had become king of Judah and did what was right in the eyes of God, but not with his whole heart.

Doing a job with a whole heart takes severe dedication, determination and focus. Challenges will arise on a regular basis to cause one to back down. Others will be doing less work, bringing on peer pressure to not do so great.

The world, as a whole, wants the most bang for their buck, with the least amount of work. Things are done with only half the heart–half the dedication, half the determination and half the focus.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He did it with following His Father with a whole heart. There was not second thought on taking the easy way out, despite the fact He had to go to the cross for the punishment of what everyone else had done.

Many believers do what is right, but only with half a heart. They do things to look good, or just enough to appear that they are following God. Living like that will cause one to turn away from God when things get difficult.

True believers will obey God from a whole heart, not backing down no matter how tough it gets.

Life as a believer will get very difficult at times for you. The world will come against you and challenge your belief in God. How you respond will be the determining factor as to how much of your heart is in following and obeying God in everything that you do.

Make it your heart’s determination to do everything that you do as unto God with all of your heart. Do not allow any room for any compromise in obeying God but do it with a whole heart.

Are you whole-hearted or half-hearted in your walk with God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God with your whole heart; that you will never turn away from obeying God; that you will do all that you do as unto God; and that you will allow the Holy Spirit to guide your every action, thought and word.

2 Samuel 8:15 Doing What Is Right For Others

David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people. 2 Samuel 8:15

Leaders are supposed to be there to help lead the people into what is best for all the people. Often, however, leaders hold the position that they do for their own personal gain and for personal power.

As they hold a position for gain and power, it is common for them to do things that are not always just and right for the people as a whole. Politicians will rule according to the way of those who support him the most, not what is always the right way.

As David reigned over Israel, he did what was just and right for all the people.

Although politicians seem to be known as the ones who lead for their own personal gain, many other people in lower positions, and not always just leaders, do things for their own personal gain. The world says that it is acceptable to cheat a little as long as it does not hurt anyone else.

Behind closed doors many people do what is wrong for themselves and for others. The focus of the world is pleasing self at any cost needed from anyone else except self.

Believers are to be holy, set apart, different from the world in that they will always do what is just and right in the eyes of God. Nothing is to be done out of selfish ambition or pride, but out of love, God’s love for others and for God Himself.

Doing the right thing may be painful and sometimes even harmful to self, but it demonstrates God’s love to the world. Jesus went to the cross to die, as painful as it was, out of love for every person. It was the right thing to do according to God’s plan for salvation for all people.

Whether you lead people or not, you will have opportunities to choose to do what is just and right on a regular basis. Do not allow yourself to cut corners and cheat or do wrong in any situation in your life. Do not allow pride to stop you from doing what is right for others.

Seek God for wisdom on what to say and do that is just and right for yourself and for others. Live as Jesus did by laying down your life to do what is just and right for others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God requires of you; that you will do what God wants you to do; that God will guide you in doing what is always just and right for all people; and that God will give you the strength to do what is right.

1 Samuel 24:12 Allow God To Get Vengeance

May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 1 Samuel 24:12

Desiring to get vengeance is one thing that many people think about against those who have harmed them. While most do not seek to physically kill a person, most want to cause some social or emotionally harm to others that have caused pain or suffering. This can be done directly or indirectly.

They want to get vengeance for what was done wrong to them.

David had a chance to kill Saul but did not. He said he asks God to get vengeance for the wrongs Saul had done, but he would not touch Saul at all.

The world is quick to seek a violent vengeance against all who do wrong. Whatever harm was done will be done hundredfold back. It is seen as a perfect right of a person to do so.

Although not as violently, believers will often get caught up in the same mentality in seeking vengeance. Their vengeance is often more subtle, but just as harmful. This can occur inside and outside of the church walls.

Instead of seeking vengeance, believers are to forgive and allow God to bring about His vengeance in His way and in His timing.

No matter how harmful a person can be in his vengeance, the vengeance of God can be greater and reach deeper into the heart and life of a person. Prior to seeking vengeance, God seeks reconciliation and forgiveness. He wants to bring about change and give life, not death.

This can only occur with forgiveness, grace and mercy. In the same way God shows forgiveness, grace and mercy to the believer, the believer must show it to those who cause harm and allow God to seek any needed vengeance.

Very likely you have had someone do something harmful to you at some point in your life. This may be occurring right now. Instead of seeking vengeance offer forgiveness, grace and mercy. Let God seek how to avenge you on the other person.

Do not lift your hand against the other person to destroy him but lift the person up before God. Allow God to deal with that person in His way and in His time. Acting in this way is doing the same thing Jesus did as He went to the cross.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God to avenge any wrongs done to you; that you will know and understand God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy towards your enemies; and that God will strengthen you to do what is right in His eyes.

Judges 4:1 Returning To Evil

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. Judges 4:1

Having a good leader that people will follow will cause them to continue to do the right thing. Good leaders will keep others focused on the right path to walk.

Without a good leader, people will choose to do their own thing or follow just anyone. The sense of doing the right thing is often cast out or ignored. Everything becomes about what is pleasing in the moment, rather than do what is right.

After Ehud had saved the Israelites from captivity and he died, the Israelites quickly rejected God and did evil…again.

The heart of man is wicked and continues to seek wickedness as long as there is nothing pushing to focus upon God and good. Hearts will turn to evil without any motivation to turn to God and His ways of living.

It is very common for many believers to talk about worshipping and serving God when in a church setting, but almost immediately upon leaving the setting, they turn back to sin and evil. When in the private of their own home, there is no one there to lead them or keep them focused upon God. Self-pleasure rises up and the temptation to sin takes control.

Not every believer has someone who can stay with them all the time to help them stay focused upon God, but every believer does have the Holy Spirit to do that work. The Holy Spirit will guide the believer to stay focused on living for God.

However, the believer must not ignore the Holy Spirit’s direction and choose to do evil. Since the heart of man is deceitful, it only takes a moment to slip back into sin. The focus and listening to the Holy Spirit must be continual, non-stop.

The world and Satan are out to get you to ignore God and do what is evil and sinful in the eyes of God. Your heart is wicked and can easily slip back into sin and rejection of God.

Surround yourself with other believers who will lead you towards living for God and hold you accountable. Listen to and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to turn away and reject all sin and temptations to sin. Do not allow sin and evil to reign in or control your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will keep your eyes focused upon obeying God’s commands; that you will listen to and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life; that God will place people in your life to keep you focused upon Him; and that God will give you strength to reject evil and sinful temptations that will come against you.