Judges 10:14 Trusting False gods

Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! Judges 10:14

There are many times when a person, who is going through a tough time, has help right in front of him, but he rejects that help. He goes to someone or something else trying to do it on his own and falls into greater trouble.

Once this happens, he realizes his mistake and tries to go back to the original offered help. Sometimes the original help will reject to help him because it was originally rejected or ignored.

The Israelites had rejected God and turned to false gods. After getting into trouble, they cried out to God. God told them to go to their false gods that they had chosen to allow the false gods to save them.

During times when things are going well, many believers are quick to reject or ignore God and follow after the false gods of this world. Promises of wealth, happiness and pleasure are made by the false gods, but all that is received is temporary and dissatisfying and death.

Once this occurs believers will cry out to God for help. All they see God for is help in time of desperation or trouble, not the God of all of their life.

Sometimes God will ignore the cries, telling them to go back to their false gods that they had chosen to serve. He is waiting for a true change of heart, true repentance from the bottom of the heart of the sin they had done against God, following the false gods.

Upon true repentance, turning away from the false gods, God is quick to step in, forgive and help. This true repentance puts God on the throne and removes the false gods in one’s life.

As a believer God has done many different things in your life. You must be willing to ask yourself if you are allowing false gods back into your life.

Do not allow yourself to turn back to the false gods of this fallen world that cannot help you. Repent of following any false gods and turn your heart back to God. He is willing to forgive you, save you and restore you.

Then keep your life completely focused upon serving God and God alone, both in the good times and in the bad times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any false gods in your life; that God will give you strength to reject any false gods; that you will serve and trust God alone; and that you will see God’s strength and help in every situation in your life.

Judges 8:33-34 Forgetting What God Did

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. Judges 8:33-34

When things are going well, it is easy for people to forget who helped them get to that point. People are quick to push out of their memories the struggles and battles they had been in time of prosperity.

Instead, they worship ideas and things that they believe helped them become successful, rather than the truth.

Sometime after Gideon had freed the Israelites from captivity he had died. Immediately upon his death the Israelites began to worship the false God of Baal and forget that God had rescued them from their enemies.

God works many times behind the scenes in the life of a believer, rescuing him from troubles and the enemy. At points things look horrible with no possible chance of good to come from it, then suddenly everything turns around for good. That is when God had worked in one’s life.

Many believers are quick to forget or ignore what God had done in their life. They turn back to the world and sinful ways of living, rather than growing closer to God and serving Him more. They feel that it was the things of the world or pure luck that rescued them, rather than God.

God has done many different things for the individual believer. He has forgiven, healed, provided for, rescued, guided, protected and much more. One must never forget these things and go back to the sinful ways of the world, thinking the world, self or good luck did these things.

Only God is to be worshipped and served.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will remember what God has done in your life; that you only worship and serve God; and that you will trust God with your whole life.

Judges 6:28 Going Against The Popular

In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! Judges 6:28

Popular trends abound everywhere one goes. People love to do things a certain way and expect everyone to follow that same way. Going against that trend will often cause people to rise up and get violent in various ways.

Very few people will have the courage and boldness to stand up against the current flow in society. They do not want to make everyone angry at them.

Gideon had destroyed the altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole, both things the townspeople followed closely and believed in.

Very few societies will build actual altars to a false god today, but they will build things up that promote sin. Focus and money will be put towards things that are sinful, such a Pride parades, sinful movies, alcohol and more. Events that are sinful against God are promoted.

It is often expected that everyone will go along with the flow and participate in the event. Anyone who goes against it is considered rude, violent, or hateful.

Any city or nation that raises up altars to sin will lose God’s favor. Believers are to be separate from the world and to take up a stand against sin. There will be times when a believer has to be willing to step up and tear down the altars that the world has set up or he has set up in his own life.

When a believer is willing to stand up against altars to sin, there will often be other people who will see the truth and follow along. The courage of one will give boldness to others.

You may have some altars to sin that you have allowed to be set up in your own life. There are definitely some altars to sin in the society you live in.

Begin by being willing to tear down the altars in your own life. Worship and serve God alone. Do not allow sin to rule your life.

Seek God’s direction and wisdom in tearing down the altars in society around you. Be bold in taking down altars in the lives of others. Point people to God, rather than allow them to stay in the false worship leading to death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal any altars to false gods in your life; that God will give you boldness and strength to tear down false altars; that God will reveal to you altars in society that you must tear down; and that God will be the only one worshipped.

Joshua 23:7 No Association

Do not associate with these nations that remain among you; do not invoke the names of their gods or swear by them. You must not serve them or bow down to them. Joshua 23:7

Successful business leaders are very careful as to who they hang around with. They do not want to be around people who do not work or cannot bring them success to their business. All that occur in being around such people is bring them down or get them on the wrong track, harming their business and success.

Focus is on what is needed to be successful.

Joshua reminds the people to not associate with the nations around them. They are to not seek, serve, worship or talk about their false gods.

Many believers, in theory, seek to be friends with the world in order to be a witness to the world. However, in reality, many believers that become friends with the world end up becoming more like the world. The characteristics and beliefs of the world are allowed to rub off on the believer.

It is common for some believers to talk about the gods of the world so much that they end up serving those gods. Too many in the church look more like the world than they look like Jesus. And many do not care.

Every believer is called to be separate, different from the world. None are to believe in the gods of this world, gods of pride, alcohol, greed, wealth, jealousy, porn, illegitimate sex, gossip and any other sins.

Jesus was among the world, but He did not become like the world. Though the temptation was there, Jesus never bowed down to the false gods of this world. He called people out of their lives of sin and death unto an eternal life. Believers are to live in the same way.

Ask yourself who has the greatest influence on you in your life. This can be seen in who you choose to hang around with on a regular basis. Surround yourself with people who serve God so that you can be built up to be a witness of who Jesus is.

Go into the world to be a witness, but do not allow yourself to be like the world. Being like the world is not being a witness, but is walking away from God and disobeying God.

Who are you associating with on a regular basis?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be a true witness for Jesus to the world; that God will help you not be influenced by the fallen world; that God will give you strength to flee all sin; and that you will serve God alone.

Fire From The Earth (book review)

Title: Fire From The Earth
Author: Samuel Schiller
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing
Date: 2008
Pages: 394

Fire From The Earth (book review)

This is the fourth book in a series by Samuel Schiller following the life of Evan Macketh. In the previous book Evan, along with others, were able to defeat the goblin armies.

Evan is now being called by God to leave his hometown and Aine, whom he loves, to go to Nezedsahr, a sinful, Moloch serving city. He begins the journey with Julian, the Holy Spirit of God in the form of a bird.

Bronwyn, a girl with a bad reputation gets Evan and a friend Evard captured and put into slavery. She regrets it but cannot appear to stop it. Julian is injured and Bronwyn feels responsible and takes care of him and must set out for Nezedsahr.

None of the characters understand why there are where they are but begin to see God’s hand bringing all things together. The leader of Nezedsahr dies and his son takes over, who does not appreciate the ways of Moloch, but does not know how to change. Battles against the goblins and the priests of Moloch rise up.

As with the other books, this book has a lot of fighting occurring throughout it. One can see God’s hand behind the scenes setting the characters into position to bring about His will. Lives are changed and some will become followers of Iosa (Jesus).

Part of this story parallels the story to a point of Joseph in the Bible. God using slavery to bring about His good in the end. The gospel message is made very clear and some become believers.

I highly recommend this book, though it is recommended to read the first three in this series to fully understand who the characters are and what is occurring in this one. It is a simple, young adult style of reading with some extreme violence, but flows very well. One thing good is that there is no bad language and no bad scenes described outside of the fighting.