Matthew 11:20 Woe For Not Repenting

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. Matthew 11:20

Any time that someone tries to help someone out and the help is rejected, it is a slap in the face to the one offering the help. No one likes to have their help rejected by anyone else, yet this is something that can occur all the time.

Often the help is rejected out of pride. People do not want to admit that they need help, it shows weakness or faults. Others reject it because everyone else is rejecting. They want to fit in with the crowd.

Jesus started to cut down or denounce the towns He had done miracles in. He warned of disaster coming because they had refused to repent of their ways.

God is still in the miracle working business today. Some nations, such as America, has received God’s favor and miracles for many years. Yet, these nations, as a whole, have rejected Jesus and refused to repent. Sin has become acceptable and promoted widely and openly across the nation, including inside many churches.

If Jesus were walking on the earth today, He would most likely denounce America for refusing to repent. Choices to openly live in sinful ways are becoming more and more common. People are refusing to repent, change and live for God.

When a person chooses to repent of his sins and follow Jesus, he will stand out as different. He will be going against the flow of this world. While doing so, he will also be a great light in this world, revealing Christ and His great love and mercy. In doing this, it will allow God to perform greater and more miracles in the lives of people. His favor will rest upon the people and nations.

If you will allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what He has done you will see many miracles on a regular basis. As you see and recognize these miracles being performed, turn your life more towards God than to this world. Do not allow your heart to grow cold and follow the sinful ways of this world.

God does these miracles to reveal Himself, so that you will repent of sin and follow Jesus. Seek God to help you turn from sin and follow Him. Do not bring judgement upon yourself.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the miracles God has performed in your life and around you; that you will repent before God of all your sins; and that you will rely upon God to turn from all sinful ways of living.

Isaiah 17:10 Forgetting God

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“You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.” Isaiah 17:10a 

Remembrance is something that is important for people to do. It helps to remember things to be able to accomplish tasks. It helps to remember things to keep from doing something wrong again. It helps to remember people to keep connections alive and on the correct path.

While remembering is important, many people tend to forget the important things in life. They live in the immediate moment and forget what was learned in the past. They get so busy with their lives that they forget about the people around them or that had an important place in their lives. They forget about what it took to get them to where they are today.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Damascus. In it he tells them that they had forgotten God who had been their Savior. The result of their forgetting God is found in the later verses that what they plant would fail.

In the busyness and work of life it is easy for people to forget about God. They get caught up in what is going on in their day-to-day lives to the point that God is put on the back burner.

In doing so, they lose the fire and joy of knowing God and serving Him and begin serving themselves. They will also begin to allow themselves to step into sin walking further away from God.

There are some, even active in church, that have forgotten God. They are caught up in doing things their own way. This can even include ministry inside the church.

Every believer needs to keep his eyes and life focused upon God. He must never forget that it is Jesus who is saving him. He must not forget what God has done for him and is continuing to do for him.

Take a moment to remember what God has already done for you. Think about the forgiveness Jesus has given you. Remember the love God has shown to you. Do not forget about God.

Do not allow the cares of this world to overcome you and draw you away from God. It is Jesus who is your Savior and can bring you through every situation, not your job, others, money, or things.

As you remember God, draw closer to Him, live for Him and see His hand of favor rest upon you to take care of you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not forget about God; that you will put God first in all that you do; and that you will honor God with all of your life. 

Psalm 23:8 Among The Enemy

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You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:8 

Very few people really want to be near an enemy. A person attempts to go the other direction when he sees the enemy. Seeing the enemy usually means there is trouble about to happen, or it could happen.

It can also mean that there is danger nearby. No one wants to be in a dangerous situation.

The few that want to be near the enemy are usually there with the plan to destroy the enemy. Those few are doing it out of zeal for whatever they are against.

David talks about how God makes a table for him in the presence of his enemies and in that same process he is anointed and overflowing with life.

There are a couple of things about this table and where it is located. Most people will not eat, unless there is peace and calmness. They will not sit down to eat around the enemy, because there is danger. However, with God making the table and food, there is peace. God is in control. The enemy can do nothing without God’s permission.

Along with this, believers need to be among the ‘enemy’, the world, in order to be a witness of who Jesus is. Sitting down in peace while in a battle, shows that they know something the enemy does not know–God will win the battle. Believers are anointed by God’s Holy Spirit to win.

The believer also needs to be among the enemy in order to be a witness. Many believers run from the enemy or refuse to be among them. How can they be an influence? How can the world hear about Jesus, unless someone goes to them?

You most likely have some people in your life who are the enemy. They make life difficult for you. As like most people, you probably try to avoid being around them.

Instead of avoiding them, allow God to prepare a table among them. Use those times to be His witness, to show His love to them. God has anointed you by His Holy Spirit to be His witness to the world.

Do not fear the enemy and run away, but stand in God’s strength and power. He placed you there for a reason.

You are on the winning side. The enemy cannot win. Are you His witness in the enemy’s territory today?

I pray today that God will anoint you with His Holy Spirit; that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that the world will see Jesus in you.