Psalm 119:45 Walking In Freedom

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45

Many people do not walk in freedom in this world. They walk in fear of what they may be doing wrong. The biggest fear comes with fearing what others are thinking. It is found in fearing that others may think that what is being done is wrong.

It is been shown many times that most people will give in to peer pressure to do wrong, even when they know it is wrong to do. It is difficult to do something right while everyone is doing it wrong. People do not feel as though they have the freedom to do the correct thing.

Believers have the same problem. A believer had heard from God on what to do and how to do it. Many of the believers around him, try to tell him that he is wrong and that is the wrong way to do it.

Along with fearing what others may say, many believers do not really know what God is saying to do. They have not read the Bible to know what God’s word says. The Bible gives guidance as to how to live a life for God here on this earth.

When you have read the Bible and know what God says, you know what God wants you to do and how to do it. You know the sins God wants you to flee from. You also know that in Jesus Christ you have been forgiven of all sins and set free. In knowing these things, you can walk in freedom.

You are free from hearing condemnation from God. You are also free from fearing what other people may think, because you know you are in right standing with God.

The ability to walk in freedom comes with knowing God and His ways of doing things. Knowing and following Jesus is knowing God and His ways. As you walk as Jesus did, you will walk in freedom. Jesus never walked in bondage or fear.

How are you walking today?

As the world does, in fear and bondage?

Or as Jesus, in freedom?

I pray today that you will know God’s Word in your heart; that you will know the freedom Jesus provides; that you will walk a life of service to God; and that you will live in the freedom of God’s laws.

Job 31:4 God Sees All

Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4

Job is defending himself against the accusations that he did something wrong to bring on the wrath and punishment of God. He begins his defense by asking the question of whether or not God does actually see everything he does. In the following verses, Job asks them detailed questions on whether he is guilty or not of many different specific sins or wrong-doings. He also adds in that list that if he is guilty, then God may punish him according to the sins done.

The majority of people in the world do not believe that God even exists. Since there is no God, there can be no sin. Since there is no sin, there can be nothing done wrong. It is doing what is right in their own eyes.

With the world, living in this way is understandable and acceptable, however, no believer should be living like that.

In the church, there are many believers who do live like there is no God or that He is not really watching them. They are willing to gossip, cheat, lie, lust, look at porn, steal, and many other sinful acts. As they do it, they feel that God is not watching or does not care. Others do it with them mind-set that afterwards they can repent of the sin.

God is watching. And no one is guaranteed the next moment. With no guarantee of the next moment, the person may not have time to repent. Living in that way is purposefully living in sin and the heart is turning cold and against God, refusing the work of Jesus in their lives to transform them into a new creation.

Take a look at your own life. Would you be willing to ask anyone and everyone if they have ever seen you do anything wrong? If you did ask what would their report about your life be?

Then, even more importantly, would you be willing to ask that same question of God?

What would God’s report about you say?

Keep it always at the front of your mind that God is watching you. Do not live in fear of God, but out of love for Jesus do what is right at all times. God is watching and is seeing everything you think, say or do.

I pray today that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will live the holy life God has called you to; that you will know God sees everything; and that you will be a true witness of who Jesus is.

Job 17:9 Holding On

Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger. Job 17:9

Job just stated that God had made him a byword or one who is talked about by everyone. People looked at him and wondered what went wrong or what he was doing wrong to bring on God’s punishment. He now points out that the righteous will hold their ways and grow stronger.

When a person starts going through a very tough time, the rumor mill starts running. This is especially true for believers who begin to go through a time of major troubles. People begin to wonder what the person did to deserve that suffering or why God is abandoning that person.

As this type of action occurs it is very difficult for many people to continue living for God and doing the right things. Many will start to question how they are living and what they have been doing. They will start to believe that they have missed God’s will for their life.

During times like this, there are some who will change their ways. Some will choose to walk away from God, because they begin to believe that it was wrong all along or does not really matter. Others will just live in question as to whether they are on the right path in life or not.

One who is a true believer in Jesus will not question himself or God. He will know that following Jesus is the only way to live. He will know that living for God is right. He will not give in to the pressure to change or walk away from God.

Those who stay true to God, will be strengthened. The temptations to sin against God will be lowered because of their resolve to stay true to God. Their witness of God’s love and power will be shown in their life. Others will be able to see the power of God at work in their life.

You may be going through one of these difficult times right now, if not, you will most likely go through one some day. As you go through it, resolve to stay true to God and hold on. Do not give up on God. Do not walk away from what you know to be true about God. Live for God and you will be made stronger in the end by God.

I pray today that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will know that you are in God’s will; and that you will be a true witness for Jesus as you hold on and not give up.

1 Kings 15:12 Getting Rid Of All Idols

He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made. 1 Kings 15:12

Asa had become the king of Judah and followed God very well. He did what was right in the eyes of God just like David had done. One of the things he did was getting rid of all the idols across the land. Asa had turned the eyes of Judah back onto God.

It has been said that people are made to worship. They will worship something whether it is God or something else. Anything that is worshipped that is not God has become an idol for a person.

The idea of worship is in spending the majority of one’s time and effort for something. People idolize other people, things, positions, money, and much more. Satan has deceived the world into thinking that in putting these things first in their lives will make them the best that they can be, and that they will have the best life possible.

Although many of those things can be good when used correctly, none of them bring life to a person. God alone is life. He is the giver of life to everyone on this earth. Without Him there is no life, no purpose, and no value.

All the things of this world are just temporary and will fade away very quickly. They are just idols that may appear to give life, but in reality are just dead, inanimate things created by men.

Once you have become a follower of Jesus, you must seek to get rid of all idols in your life. Focus all of your time and efforts on God. Jesus said that He came to give you abundant life. This is life to the fullest, above and beyond anything that this world can offer.

Take a look at your life and ask God to reveal to you what idols you may have in your life. What are some things that you place before God?

Ask God to give you strength to remove those idols from your life. Do not follow the ways of this world, but follow Jesus. Allow God to be the center of your life and the only One you worship.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to any idols in your life; that you God will strengthen you to remove all idols; that you will have a stronger relationship with God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will do what is right in God’s eyes.

1 Peter 3:13-14 Doing The Right Thing

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 1 Peter 3:13-14

Usually when a person does the correct thing, he does not have to suffer. No one goes up against him. However, there are times when doing the right thing can hurt or someone can go against him.

Telling people about Jesus is the correct thing to do. God has called every believer to do this. Yet, there are times that when a person tells someone about Jesus, that person or someone else will get mad and do something about it. Does that mean the person should stop talking about Jesus? No. He should continue because that is what God wants.

Most people think about this type of suffering for doing good. However, there is another way of suffering for doing good, that is not so pleasant.

When you see that the cashier made a mistake in giving you back more change than you should have received for a purchase, what do you do? Most people will pocket the money and say that God has blessed them. The truth is that you have just stolen from that business. The hard part is giving the money back…doing the right thing.

More challenging is when that dollar amount is very high. Will you keep the money or will you turn it back in? This becomes more challenging when you have already spent that money.

Although money is a common way of seeing this, there are other ways that doing the right thing can cause some suffering. Telling the truth can sometimes come at a cost to you, but it will benefit you in the end.

Do not fear the consequences of doing the right thing. Ultimately you are doing what God wants you to do. It is better to obey God, then yourself or others.

Always strive to do the right thing and trust God in and through it. You will be blessed, regardless what the world says or does to you.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom to make the right choices; that God will strengthen you to do the right thing; that God will give you His peace in doing the right thing; that God will bless you for obeying His words; and that God will use you to reach the lost for Jesus.

Matthew 24:45-46 Being Faithful and Wise

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus is talking about what the end times will be like. It will be a time when everyone is doing their own thing, not paying attention to the time. Now Jesus talks about the servant who is doing the correct thing.

In the workplace there are times when the boss will give a list of things for the workers to do, and then he leaves. While he is gone, he expects the directives that he has given to be followed.

Often there are some in the workplace who will then start to play and goof-off. One or more of the workers will not do much, while the rest do all the work. It appears that they are getting away with the playing.

Then, suddenly the boss reappears earlier than what was expected. Those who were playing then get into trouble with the boss. No one has a problem with this because they are supposed to be working, not playing.

Jesus likens this to the end of time and His return. He is the boss. All believers are the servants/workers. Some will be partying and not doing the work they are supposed to be doing and will be punished. Others will be working correctly and will be rewarded.

What is the work you are supposed to be doing for God? At a minimum it is being a witness and living for God. God has an individual plan of work specific to each person. He expects you to be doing the work He has given you.

Seek God to know what job He wants you to be doing. Now, faithfully do that work. Be wise and do not live your life for yourself. Live for God and for others. God will take care of you.

When Jesus returns or calls you home, may He find you being the wise and faithful servant.

Are you being wise and faithful today?

I pray today that God will reveal His work for you to do; that you will do the work God has given you to do; that you will be wise and faithful to Jesus; that you be His witness daily in everything you say and do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.