Deuteronomy 6:12 Do Not Forget God

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be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:12

Forgetting people or things or people is a very common practice among most people. They can remember things that are very important to them, but as soon as it is no longer very important, things can be easily forgotten.

The reason most people forget something or someone, is that they become very busy with self. Something has become more important than the other. One of the things is always put to the side and ignored for a time.

Some things are important to forget, but not everything. Moses warns the people to not forget God. They are to remember where they came from and who got them to where they are. They had been brought out of Egypt and slavery to a new land. This was done by God and by His hand alone.

Getting settled in the new land, often brings people to forget what got them there. Later, the Israelites would forget God.

It is easy for people to put God on the sidelines and forget about Him when things are going good. When there are no troubles and everything is smooth, people often forget about God and what He has commanded them. They forget about where they had been, and who got them to where they currently are.

As soon as a person begins to forget about God, he begins to walk in sinful ways. His eyes are no longer on the Maker of his life.

Although most people have never been physically in Egypt or in slavery today, they were still slaves. They had been slaves to sin and this world. Jesus has rescued them and brought them out of this world of sin.

You, also, have been brought out of your own Egypt, your own world of sin to live for God in a new land. This new land is living for God in a new way, with new goals and desires.

As things are going well for you and the challenges have been overcome, do not allow yourself to forget God. Do not allow yourself to think better of yourself than you should.

It was God who had mercy on you and brought you out of sin. Do not forget Him in living your life on this earth. Put God first in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not forget who brought you to where you are today; that you will not forget God in your times of success and favor; and that you will always serve God with your whole heart.

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Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

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You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Leviticus 18:3

Adapting to the actions that people do is something that most people are very good at doing. A person gets around some new people and he very quickly begins to act as they do, regardless of what he originally believed or thought.

Foreigners travel into the USA on a regular basis to begin a new life in America. Over time, a person will still have some of his cultural habits from his original country still in him. While this is still there, he will begin to assimilate into the cultural actions and thoughts of an American. He will begin to do as the people he is living around does.

As the Israelites were in the desert, God told them not to be like the Egyptians, whom they had left, nor to be like those in Canaan, where they are going to. Both the Egyptians and those in Canaan were people who did not follow God. They lived according to their own desires in sin. The Israelites were to be different, to think, speak and act differently than the others in the world.

Believers today are to be the same way. No believer should live as he used to live prior to coming to Jesus. Nor should he act like those around him. Every thought, action and spoken word is to be patterned after those of Jesus. He is to be set apart, holy unto the Lord.

Not every believer is living like this. Many have adapted the ways of the world and brought into the church as though it is a good thing. When looked at, many believers and churches don’t look any different from the world, actively participating in sinful ways and beliefs, while claiming to follow Jesus.

In your own life, you must be careful not to adapt to the ways of the world. You must also turn from your old ways to live for God.

When you look at your own life, who do you look, act and sound like? Are you looking like the world around you? Or are you looking like Jesus, who has saved you from all of your sin, cleansed you and made you whole, set apart to be different?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be set apart, holy unto God; that you will be a shining light of Jesus to this world; and that you will follow God with all of your life. 

Exodus 9:21 Ignoring God’s Word

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But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. Exodus 9:21

Ignorance is something that a lot of people like to have. They like to ignore the rules and commands that are given. Many will think that they are above the law or it does not affect them.

This action can often be seen in cities near the ocean when there is a warning of an incoming hurricane or major disastrous storm. The government will give a warning for people to leave the area for safety. Most people will leave, but there are some who do not fear the storm and think that they can weather it out safely. They refuse to follow the instructions to leave the area. Many times their homes are destroyed, some will lose their lives because they chose to ignore the command.

God had given a warning of an incoming hail storm over all of Egypt. Those who listened to God and feared Him, brought in all their slaves and livestock to safety. Those who ignored God, did not bring them into safety. The storm did come and destroyed a lot in its path, just as God had warned.

People often ignore the words of God, hoping that His word will not really occur as He said it would. For those who are not believers, this can be expected, however, many believers do the very same action. They ignore God’s word.

This can be seen in believers who choose to continue to live in sinful way. They continue to pursue a sin that God has warned them not to do. They don’t even attempt to stop sinning in a given area of their life. This is ignoring God’s commands to stop sinning and to turn to Him.

Sinning like this, is often done because they believe God will have grace upon them. Yet, the sin is done on willful purpose, ignoring God’s command.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are guilty of ignoring God’s commands. Where are you allowing sin in  your life on purpose, refusing to change and live for God?

There is a coming judgment. If you fear God, you will know that His word is true. You will take the time to strive to turn from all sin. You will allow God to change you.

Are you ignoring or following God’s commands for your life?

I pray today that you will know what God’s commands are for you; that you will live your whole life for God; that you will not live in sin against God; and that you will not ignore any of God’s commands. 

Exodus 3:21 God’s Promise To Leave Egypt

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“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Exodus 3:21

Waiting for a promise to be fulfilled can be a difficult time for a person. During the waiting time it can be even more difficult when the person who made the promise appears to let things go even worse. It appears as if the promise will not or cannot be fulfilled.

A person promises to pay back some money that is owed. Instead of paying it back, the person borrows even more money, causing more problems and fear that the money will never be paid back.

Believers in God have read or heard many promises of God. Often people are prophesized over about something to come in their life. As they are waiting for God’s promises to come to pass, there is much trouble. During that time of trouble, they begin to doubt the promise, or get angry with God, because the promise has not been fulfilled.

The Israelites have been in captivity in Egypt for four hundred years. They had forgotten the promises God had made to make them into a great nation. However, they cry out to God for relief. God promises that He will bring them out of Egypt.

Yet, before He does, there is a lot of problems. Pharaoh does not immediately let the leave, and even makes life harder for them. After a series of ten plagues upon Egypt, they are finally released.

God had to bring the hardship upon Egypt, which in turn brought hardship upon the Israelites in order to get them the needed favor when they were released. The hardship on Egypt would be so great that when they did allow the people to leave, they gave them everything they needed as they left.

As a believer, you may have been given or read of a promise of God. As you wait for the promise to be fulfilled, things may get worse. It appears as if God forgot His promise. He did not forget. He is setting everything up to fulfill that promise in the best way possible.

When you leave this earth to receive your ultimate reward, it will be the greatest reward ever. God will answer His promise to you. Be patient and He will give you favor. The world will have to pay you back in the end.

Today I pray that you will know the promises of God in your life; that you will trust God’s promise to you; that you will wait for His timing to fulfill the promise; and that God will give you strength as you wait for the promise.

Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

Ezekiel 31:10-11 Being Cast Aside

” ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, I gave it into the hands of the rulers of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside,’ ” Ezekiel 31:10-11

God had been claiming judgment upon the nation of Egypt. He had raised Egypt up to be a great nation, one of the most powerful nations upon the earth. The Pharaoh had chosen to claim all the power for himself, as though it was his own doing. He claimed he was a god. Therefore God was going to break Egypt down.

God points the people to look at Assyria, whom God had raised up to be a really great nation. Yet, when pride got in the way of the king, God also tore the nation back down. They were destroyed because of their wickedness.

Nations and people are raised up by God to do great things for Him. The more nations and people do for God, the greater God will allow them to become. However, when either the nation or a person starts to do things for themselves or reject God’s ways, God will cast them aside.

There is no place for sin in God’s kingdom. It was because of sin in the lives of people, that Jesus came to the earth to die upon a cross. He came to remove all the sin from every person.

Sin can show up in the lives of a person in many different ways. All of the ways come down to personal pride and greed. People want things their own way, rather than following the ways of God. Many people want to be the one who is in control, rather than accepting that God is the one who is in control and allowing Him to have that control.

As you look at your life, you may not be living in some massive sinful lifestyle, but are you allowing sin in your life on purpose?

Pride and greed can show up in many different ways in your life, if you allow them to do so. Reject pride and greed and allow God to have all the credit and power. Do not give Him a reason to have to cast you aside and tear you down.

I pray today that God will use you in great ways to build His kingdom; that you will give God all the credit and power for everything in your life; and that you will not allow sin to get in the way of your relationship with God.

Isaiah 31:1 Where To Get Help

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD. Isaiah 31:1

Every person needs help at different times in their life. Finding the needed help is not always the easiest thing to do. People look for someone who is able to help them in the best way possible. The Israelites were looking to Egypt for help.

When a person has a vehicle break down, finding a mechanic that is affordable, reliable, and quick at doing the repairs is difficult. Often the person will ask others for references or they will just search the internet and read the reviews of various mechanics. Once a mechanic is found, the trust of the vehicle is put into that mechanic.

Along with finding help with vehicles, many people seek out assistance in many other ways. Searching for a job, provision of money, provision for a vacation, health care, healing, and the list goes on.

There is nothing wrong with seeking help from others, the problem comes in when total trust is put in the others first. Most people rely on others in this world for everything. They trust their large paying jobs, big bank accounts, personal influence, influence of others, the doctors, counselors, and psychiatrists.

The one that may people do not immediately go to for help and rely on first is God. Many believers go to other people first, before stopping and praying about the situation with God.

When a situation comes up in your life, where you need help, the best thing you can do is immediately stop and go to God for help. Ask Him for assistance. He can guide you to the right person for help or He can supernaturally take care of the situation Himself.

Who has a better chance at helping you: God–who is in absolute control and made everything? Or the people and things of this world–that are all temporary and can fail?

Do not go down to Egypt for help. Seek out the One who can really help you. Seek out God first in your life for every situation, whether large or small. He can and will help you.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart towards you; that you will trust God’s help and provision for your life; that you will seek out God first in your life for everything; and that you will trust in God for everything in your life.