Zechariah 8:2 God Is Jealous For You

Handing a heart

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” Zechariah 8:2

Jealousy is something that is common among people. They are jealous of what someone else has and they want it for themselves. In these cases it is greed and selfishness, a sin.

People, in themselves, do not have a right to own or have anything. They just feel as if they have that right and often get upset when they don’t get it, while another person does.

God told Zechariah that He was burning with jealousy for Zion–Israel.

It was God who has created everything on this earth and in all of creation. Since He created everything it all belongs to Him. Israel had chosen to walk away and give themselves over to false gods, giving them worship. God was jealous of what the false gods were getting that was officially supposed to be His.

Even though centuries have past, the scene is not much different. People who had come to Jesus and began to change, changed again and have gone back to the false gods. Many believers have sold part of their lives away to following the false gods of this world–pride, position, greed, money, fame, sex, and more. These same people belong to God, but have chosen to walk away.

Just as God was jealous for Israel, He is jealous for those who are supposed to belong to Him. This not only includes those who had served Him and walked away, but also all other people on the earth. God loves and wants everyone to serve Him. He created everyone to be in fellowship with Him and He is jealous when they do not fellowship with Him.

God offers eternal life, whereas the world only offers eternal death.

You must realize how much God loves you and that it is He who created you and has the rights to you. You belong to God, regardless of where you are in this life.

God loves you so much, that He is jealous for you when you choose to follow the gods of this world and not Him. He will do what it takes to get you back, to pull you out of the clutches of the sin of this world.

Choose today to serve God alone. Choose to make God your only God, so that He does not have to be jealous for you and chase after you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your only God; that you will worship God alone; and that you will serve God with all of your life. 

Jeremiah 30:22 Who Is Your God?

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So you will be my people, and I will be your God. Jeremiah 30:22

All around the world there are many different nations and inside of each nation, many different groups of people. Each group of people has their own way of doing things that make them unique. Each group has their own set of leaders that they follow. Each group has their own desires that they feel are the best for them.

Some of the things that they follow or agree to have become like a god to them. They follow with a whole-hearted devotion some person, belief, tradition, or concept.

Israel had been chosen by God, but at some point they chose to walk away and follow other false gods. God had chosen to put them into exile and destroy them as a nation. However, God also planned to restore them and bring them back as His people. Jeremiah quotes God in saying that they will be His people and He will be their God.

A question every person must ask themselves is who is their God or god?

Most nations have a belief in God somewhere in their history. At some point, as a whole, each nation had followed God. However, most have turned away from God as a whole. They have chosen to follow false gods and reject God.

There are many in the church who claim God as their God, but in reality follow false gods every day. They follow self, the ways of this world, the things of this world, rather than God Himself.

This does not have to stay that way. Just as He had done with Israel, God is ready for people to return to Him and follow Him again. Jesus is right there ready to forgive and restore God’s people back to Him. Regardless of what nation or people group a person comes from, God is willing to be his God.

As you take a look at your life, who is your heart truly seeking and following? Are you being like the world and following the things and ways of this world, following false gods? Are you allowing little, false gods into your life?

Turn to God and find forgiveness and make Him your God. Allow God to be the one who is in absolute control of your life.

He wants to be your God, your only God. He also wants you to be part of His people, His family. Who is your God today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all of your heart; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that God, alone will be your God.

Jeremiah 18:12 Continuing To Be Stubborn

Stubborn dog

But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’ Jeremiah 18:12 

There are many times that people will refuse to follow instructions that are good for them. They feel that they know what is best and will not agree to anything else.

During times of a great hurricane coming in the order to evacuate will be given because of the danger coming soon. Some will refuse to evacuate out of the stubbornness of their hearts and remain at home. When the hurricane hits, many are injured or killed because the refused to follow instructions of safety.

God had been warning the Israelites that He was getting ready to destroy them as a nation because of their sins of following false gods. He gave them opportunity to repent and stop the disaster, but they refused and continued in their sins.

The hearts of people have not changed over the centuries. God is still in the process of warning people of coming disaster. While the disaster today may not be a destruction of a nation, there is the coming judgement of God when Jesus returns to this earth.

There are times of great sickness and disasters upon this earth today. Death comes in great waves upon nations and people. Yet, while these things happen, people continue to live in sin and refuse to change and follow God. They follow the false gods of fame, fortune, self-pleasure, greed, vengeance, and more to please self, refusing to obey God.

Often there are many in the church who are just like the world. They continue to follow their own little self false gods outside of church, thinking they are doing ok.

Every believer and person, needs to follow God alone. They have to obey His plans and know that eternal judgment is coming.

Examine your own life and see if you are following God or some false gods. Ask yourself if you are obeying what God has commanded you to do or are you doing your own thing.

Do not let the stubbornness and selfishness of your heart win, causing you to continue to live in purposeful sin. Do not follow your own plans, but follow those of God.

Know that God’s plans for you are much better than anything you or this world can plan. His plans bring about eternal life. Yours and the world’s plans will bring only death and judgement.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s commands; that God will strengthen you to not follow your own heart; and that you will know the plans God has for you. 

Jeremiah 7:9-10 A False Hope

Fake lips

‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable things?’ Jeremiah 7:9-10 

It is very common for people to live multiple lives. They live one way around one group of people and a different way around others. In public they will often look and act like a model person, but then in their private lives they will treat people horribly, lie, cheat, steal and other things.

When they are eventually caught in doing something wrong, they will point to how ‘good’ they are in the public life. They feel as if the good things that they are doing in public can cover up the bad that they do in private.

God is upset with Israel. The people had been following false gods and living in sin, but then going to the temple and worshipping God on the Sabbath, believing that they were safe and His people.

There are many people inside the church who, while in church, look like good model believers who follow God with all of their life. However, during the rest of the week they are living in sinful lifestyles. The lie, steal, commit adultery and worship false gods in their lives.

These same people go to church on Sunday and believe that they are God’s people and are safe from God’s judgment.

Living like this is having false hope. It is trusting that God will save oneself while purposefully living in sin. The person who does this has blinders on his eyes and cannot see what is happening. There will be judgment in the end. He is not safe from God’s great wrath.

As you are going through this life, examine who you are when in church and when not in church. Your life should be the same no matter where you are. Your trust in God should dictate how you live your life.

Jesus forgave you of your sins so that you would no longer commit that sin, but turn away from it. To continue to live in sin is to spit upon the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is to reject Him and follow false gods. You have a false hope in your salvation.

Turn away form all sin and allow God to change you. Have a true hope in God’s saving and changing power in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will rely upon the Holy Spirit to guide how you live; that you will live in holiness for God; and that you will turn towards God and away from all sin.

Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive Anyone?

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“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

When a person has had something done wrong to him, most people do not want to forgive. They see that the wrong has given them the right to get vengeance and strike back.

Courts and judges are asked all the time to forgive a person. Yet, they are willing to ask the question of why. They want to know why they should forgive the criminal because he had done something wrong. Most often, they do not forgive and punishment is given.

God asks the people why He should forgive them. The people of Israel had rejected Him and gave themselves to foreign, false gods even while He was providing for them.

It is bad enough when a person does not know to not do something, but it is worse for him when he knows not to do something, but still does it. In cases where the person has been taught better, judges are more lenient on the judgments.

There have been many believers who have purposefully chosen to reject God’s way of living and follow false gods. Gods of money, position, and things. Even while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus, they give themselves over to sinful ways.

God does not have to forgive a person, but His love demands it when the person repents. Despite all that man has done against God, He is still willing to forgive immediately when a person repents.

The only reason God is willing to forgive is because of His immense great love He has for all people. Immediately upon repentance, God is ready to forgive and build the person back up again.

As you are going through your life, do not give God any reason to not forgive you. Know and understand His great love for you and live for Him with all of your being.

When God points out sin in your life, quickly repent of it and turn away from that sin. No longer allow sin to master you, but be mastered by God.

As you repent and turn away from sin and towards God, He will forgive you. God will restore you and build you up, rather than tear you down and destroy you.

Are you giving God a reason to not forgive you?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will not reject God in any area of  your life.