Mark 13:23 Be On Guard!

So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time. Mark 13:23

Security guards have to walk around, remaining wide alert as to what is going on around them. They are aware of who is around and what people are doing in the area.

Guards understand that at any moment someone could do something wrong. They also realize that most people who plan to do something wrong will try to cover up the action, doing it covertly. Knowing this will cause the guard to be more on guard.

Jesus had told the disciples of things to come. The purpose for that information was so they could be more on guard against false prophets and teaching.

All over the world there are many false teachings going on inside and outside the church. Often these teachings can sound good and biblical. However, if one looks at these teachings closely, he will be able to discern that they do not fully line up with scripture.

This can be seen in being told God loves everyone, so people can live alternate lifestyles and it is acceptable. This is false teaching that does not come from God. It is taking some truth and mixing it with a lie.

Every believer must be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and be able to discern the truth. The true spirit behind the words must be recognized. False teachings will be taught but must be rejected by true believers.

The closer to Christ’s return, the more deception will be taught. Satan and the world does not want Jesus to win and will do whatever they can to deceive and destroy every believer.

In knowing and following Jesus every believer can know the truth because Jesus is truth. God never lies or deceives.

As a believer, you must always be on your guard. The world is out to trap you in many ways. The greatest trap is within your mind, causing you to think and believe the lies being taught or said.

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to open your eyes to be aware of what is going on around you. Be on your guard against the attacks, lies and deception of the enemy.

The world wants nothing more than to destroy you and get you to compromise your walk with God. However if you trust in God and remain in Jesus, you will win in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit; that God will help you stay alert to the attacks and lies of the enemy; and that God will help you to know the truth of what is occurring.

Nahum 2:2 God Will Restore

Restored old car

The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines. Nahum 2:2 

Over time there have been places that have been destroyed by various events that have occurred. Some have been by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and floods. Others have been destroyed by people in violence or war. These have occurred on small individual levels, all the way up to national levels.

Some of those places destroyed have recovered everything with very little sign of what had happened. Others have recovered with many battle scars and many have never fully recovered.

As God is getting ready to destroy Nineveh, He promises to restore the destruction done to Jacob. Everything the enemy had destroyed would be replaced.

The enemy, the Devil, is still out to steal, kill and destroy people. When a person becomes a believer, the enemy will come in to try and stop him and destroy him in whatever means possible.

Most people think about the physical things that they lose, but there are greater things that are often lost in battles. Some of these things are peace, joy, comfort, time and love.

Jesus came to give people abundant life, a life overflowing with God’s love, joy and peace. Each time the enemy comes against a believer, he must remember that God will cause him to win in the end if he continues to follow and trust God. God will restore all that is lost, either in this world, or in heaven.

No matter what a believer has to give up or lose, more and greater things will be given in the end. The ultimate gift is eternal life in heaven. God restored Israel after complete destruction, so He can restore anyone or anything.

As you walk with God, you may have lost some things in the battle. Do not worry or give up. Keep trusting in God, the war is not over yet. God will help you win in the end.

Everything of value that you have lost in the battle against sin and your walk with God will be restored at its proper time. Do not give up on God, but keep trusting Him, looking forward to His return and restoration of all things.

I pray today that you know Jesus as your Savior; that you see God’s hand of restoration; that you will trust God in the battle for your life; and that you will know God’s peace.

Ezekiel 30:1-2 Wail For The Downfall

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The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Wail and say, Alas for that day!” For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near–a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. Ezekiel 30:1-2 

There is a lot of rejoicing when there is the downfall of a violent nation or when the enemy falls. People are excited when they see a powerful dictator be destroyed or a powerful dictatorship nation fall. It is seen as a good thing to occur.

Very seldom does anyone weep when the enemy is destroyed or falls. Many actually look forward to it and try to urge the downfall on.

God tells Ezekiel to wail at the coming downfall and destruction of Egypt. God was getting ready to pour out some of His wrath upon Egypt and break them down as a nation.

Although one does not see the destruction of a nation very often in today’s times, there are often the downfall of leaders and dictators. People rejoice when they see a leader that they do not like get removed and hurt at the same time. They want to see bad leaders punished.

When hard times fall upon the enemy, most people are happy for what had occurred. Yet, this is not the way of God. It is not His heart.

God loves all people and all nations. He does not want to see judgement upon any of them, but it must occur. In the process of judgement, there is much wailing and weeping.

When a nation, business or leader falls, there are often innocent people hurt in the process. It is also often a loss of a chance to be saved.

Believers must seek to restore, not destroy. Thus God wants believers to weep and wail over those being hurt and destroyed, even by His judgement.

You may have rejoiced over the downfall of some enemy in your life. Instead of rejoicing, look at that enemy as one whom God loves and cares for. See the person as one who is lost who needs Jesus to save.

Weep for those who are being destroyed. They are people just like you who have not seen the truth or been given a chance to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Give them a chance to accept or reject.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that you will weep at God’s judgement upon your enemies; and that you will seek to be God’s witness to all people. 

Jeremiah 48:36 Weeping For The Lost

Weeping on steps

So my heart laments for Moab like the music of a pipe; it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone. Jeremiah 48:36 

People and nations all around the world have had enemies that rise and fall over time. Sometimes the enemy is within their own group of people or nation, while other times they are outside of their group or nation. Some of these enemies are known worldwide, while others are known to just a few.

One common thing around the world is that when the enemy falls, the people rejoice. They are glad and excited to see when the enemy is getting crushed.

God tells Jeremiah of the judgements that will be coming upon various nations around Israel. Each one is going to be brought down and crushed under His judgement. As God talks about what will occur to Moab, His heart is crushed also. He weeps for Moab and their destruction.

Believers often act in the same way as the world does when it comes to an enemy’s downfall. They rejoice and are glad about it, especially when it is the death of the enemy.

Many people, both believers and non-believers, rejoiced when Saddam Hussein was killed. They were glad to see him dead.

This is not a heart after God’s heart. God does not rejoice in the death of an enemy. His heart is to see everyone believe in and follow Jesus. He wants an eternal relationship with every person. God actually rejoices in the death of a believer because it means that person is now with Him for eternity.

Every believer should weep over the death of an enemy, because that person who died no longer has a chance to believe in Jesus. It should be the heart of believers to see everyone be saved, as was Jesus’ purpose on this earth.

Take a look at how your heart measures up against God’s heart. How do you feel when you hear news of a dreaded enemy that has died, whether by natural causes or by a killing?

Does your heart break over the lost chance to become a believer? Or does your heart rejoice at the judgement upon an enemy?

Do not forget that you were a mortal enemy of God’s at one time. It is by grace that you are saved. Have grace upon your enemies and weep for them.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will weep as God does for the lost; and that you will be God’s witness to everyone you meet.