Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The Duty Of Every Person

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Solomon started out this book stating that everything is meaningless. As one reads through it, he shows how worthless everything is in this life. People are born, they live for a while and they die. There does not appear to be any meaning in this life for what a person goes through.

As he finishes the book, he points out that everything has been considered and he came up with a conclusion. That conclusion is that the whole purpose of every person on this earth is to fear God and obey Him.

Having this viewpoint in a person’s life, puts God as the One who is in absolute control of everything and knows what is best for everyone. In the end this will be seen when God brings every deed into judgment. This is not just the deeds that are physically seen, but those that are hidden behind closed doors, or are hidden inside the thoughts of the mind.

This judgment will also include all deeds, both the good ones and the sinful ones. God is not just one-sided, He looks at everything, the whole person.

Some people may now say that keeping His commandments is difficult. On the surface this appears to be true, but if you really look at it, there are only two commandments to really keep. Those commandments are: love God, and love your neighbor.

If you are showing true love to God and your neighbor, you will not do anything to harm either one in any way. This includes harmful thoughts in the quiet of your mind, along with the physical actions many do.

Many people are searching for a purpose in this world. You may be searching for your purpose in this world. Now you know what it is: love God and love your neighbors.

Show your love to God and your neighbors by telling them about Jesus and what Jesus has done and will do for them. Be the witness of Jesus to this world today. That is what Jesus did and wants you to do today.

I pray today that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will see the opportunities to be His witness; that you will love God; and that you will show God’s love to everyone else.

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Psalm 128:1 Blessed In Fear And Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.

Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.

This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.

Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.

When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.

When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.

The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.

Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.

Psalm 103:8 Slow To Anger And Full Of Love

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8

The world tries to point God out as one who is extremely strict and harsh on people. Viewing the various rules God laid out, many believe that God is out to get them or cause them to make mistakes.

In current times, many claim that God must be a hater because He does not allow a person to live any way that person wants to live. God restricts a person’s freedom, so He is not very caring.

Others will say God must not be compassionate because He allowed some loved one to get sick or to die. God as seen by many, just like a human, with human faults.

Sadly, many believers fall into these ways of thinking. A believer makes a mistake in his life and sins against God. Then the person feels as though he had committed the unpardonable sin and cannot go back to God for forgiveness, because he has already repented many times for the same sin.

Some believers will live trying to follow all the rules of God out of the fear of God that He will strike them dead for breaking a rule.

God is not sitting up in heaven looking down at you waiting for you to sin. He does not have a club that He is waiting to hit you with on the head because you sinned against Him.

He is waiting up in heaven watching for you to turn to Him and trust Him. God wants you to ask Him for help. He understands your humanity. Remember He made you, and Jesus was fully human also.

Jesus is sitting in heaven interceding for you on your behalf. God loves you with an everlasting love. Unlike humans, He does not get angry quickly. If God got angry as quickly as most people do, no one would be alive today.

God is there for you and works with you where you are at. All you need to do is follow Him and trust Him. Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you in how to live your life. Love God with all of your heart and it will be easy to turn from sin. Lean on His compassion, love and grace.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s compassion for you; that you will know God’s grace towards you; and that you will live for God in all that you do.

Psalm 86:11 An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

It is common and often accepted practice for a person to change loyalties to someone or something. People commonly do not stick with a person through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad times.

Along with changes of the good and bad times, many change who they choose to follow. For a short time they follow one person, then they suddenly change to follow someone else. They have a divided heart.

This same type of action can occur among people who are in the church. For a while they follow God with all their heart, then suddenly they choose to walk away and follow someone else. It is often seen as a matter of convenience. What is the best comfort at the moment is often asked, and then pursued.

People with divided hearts will go to church on Sunday and worship with all of their heart. Then on Monday, while at work, completely follow the ways of this world, lying, cheating, cursing, condemning, hating, getting revenge, and whatever other sin comes their way.

Jesus wants His people to be either hot or cold, but not lukewarm. Being lukewarm is having a divided heart. It is choosing God when it is comfortable and convenient, and choosing the world when it is not comfortable and convenient.

The only way you can have an undivided heart is to know God’s ways. You must know how God acts and speaks at all times. This will then help you to rely on His faithfulness. You will know in your heart that you can trust in God.

As you know that you can trust in God, you will give up the divided heart. You will fear God and God alone. You will no longer be concerned with what the world is saying because you will know that you are doing what God wants.

Where does your loyalty lie? Is it with God or with this world?

If your heart is divided between God and this world, it is set with this world. God is not in your heart if it is divided.

Allow God to change your heart by teaching you His ways. Have an undivided heart that is loyal to God and Him alone.

I pray today that you will know God’s ways; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will be loyal to God; that your heart will not be divided; and that you will serve God with all of your life.

Psalm 31:19 God Stores Good Things For You

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 31:19

Looking around the world, it can be difficult to see good things if the focus is not correct. Everywhere a person looks, one can see crime, war, hatred and sinful acts or promotion of sin. Some may wonder if there is any good left.

Then, add in the problems of just everyday life that many people go through. People going through life-threatening sickness, homelessness, no job, split families and bills past due.

Some of the problems are ‘smaller’ such as being late for work, tire blowing out, a messy house, dishes to get done, meals to plan, and children fighting.

As one sees all the problems in the individual life and in the world, it is sometimes difficult to see what God is doing. God has plans for each person and they are good plans.

The only way to get those good things is to believe in and follow God. Those who serve God with all of their heart are the ones who will see the good things God has for them.

The amount of good things that God has stored up for each believer is beyond count. Those things are also beyond imagination, some of which will be revealed in this life. Others which will be revealed in heaven.

As you trust and fear God with all of your life, God will be able to pour out those good things on you. You cannot trust in the things, this world or yourself. You have to take up refuge in God and trust in Him alone.

Regardless of how good a day you have or how bad a day you have, in the end you will have and be with God for all eternity. That is the ultimate good thing God has for you.

However, in this life, God will pour out good things on you. You may see a good sunrise, or sunset, give you a good friend, a good church, a reason to laugh or smile, food on the table, and the list goes on. God will never be short on giving good things, if you trust in Him and not the things.

I pray today that you will know and trust in Jesus; that you will have a proper fear of God; that God will open your eyes to the good things you have been given; and that you will take up refuge in God alone.

Deuteronomy 5:28-29 More Than Just Words

The LORD heard you when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:28-29

God was going to meet with the people on the mountain of Sinai. As the time came to do that, the people became afraid and wanted Moses to talk to God alone. The people said they would follow everything Moses tells them.

God says that He heard their answer and that it was a good answer. He then adds that He desires their hearts to fear Him and keep all of His commands. It was stated in a way that makes it seem like He did not expect it to happen, but hoped it would.

People make promises all the time. Everywhere you go you will see them. People promise family members something, workers promise the bosses, the bosses promise the workers, and politicians promise the people things. Yet, often many of those promises are broken.

One area that people like to make promises is with God. They are going through a bad situation in life and so they promise God that if He gets them through it they will serve Him their whole life in some way.

Very commonly there is no real fear of God and the promise that they made. Within days after the situation is resolved, their promises are forgotten or excused out.

When you respect God and follow all of His commands it will go well with you forever. This does not mean that there will be no troubles, it means that God will be with you in them and get you through them.

Do not allow yourself to put God on a shelf. When you make a promise, make your words more than just words, put them into action.  Live for God as you say you want to or as you promised God you would.

I pray today that you will have a healthy fear of God; that you will obey all that God tells you; that you will fulfill all your promises to God; that your heart will follow God’s heart; and that many will see Jesus through you.

Revelation 19:5 Praise Our God

“Then a voice came from the throne, saying: Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Revelation 19:5

Immediately after the destruction of Babylon all of heaven started rejoicing. The devil and those with him have been defeated forever. They are giving God the glory for the destruction. Everyone who fears God is to give Him praise, regardless of who they are.

One of the common themes from Genesis to Revelation is that God is to receive praise. Praise is telling God and others how great He is. It is telling God and others how God is in control of everything.

Many people do not give God the praise that is due to Him. Often they will complain about how God is doing or not doing something. People will be going through an extremely difficult time in their life and choose to blame God, rather than praise Him. There are many in the world who choose not to follow Jesus because at some point they had something disastrous happen that they blame God for.

Think about this picture in Revelation. They are praising God for the destruction of Babylon. How long did it take for Babylon to be destroyed? So far, believers have been waiting for nearly 2,000 years. The struggles have been great. Yet, God is in control and His timing is perfect.

Do you fear God? Then praise Him.

This fear is the knowing that God is in control and will work everything out for your good in the end. It does not matter who you are. You could be someone like Billy Graham who preaches to millions around the world. Or you could be the person who cleans the bathrooms at night at a church. Either way you are to give God the praise for what He has done, is doing, and is going to do.

Give God praise for who He is today. You do not have to wait until you get to heaven. Life here, is just a practice time for what you will be doing in heaven.

Are you His servant today? Give God praise. Let every breath that has breath praise the Lord!

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will be His servant; that you will bow down and praise God for everything; and that you will tell others of what God has done for you and for them.