2 Chronicles 11:4 Following Orders

Saluting authority

‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. 2 Chronicles 11:4 

Following orders from a leader does not always make sense. Often leaders will see a bigger picture than the worker at the bottom. He understands things in ways that the lower workers do not always see or understand. In knowing this, often commands will be given that don’t always make sense.

When Rehoboam had become king of Judah, he cracked down harder on the people. A group of people chose to follow Jeroboam and broke away from Judah and became their own nation. Rehoboam had chosen to take his army and go fight to gain back the lost land and cities from Jeroboam.

As they began to march out, God sent a prophet to tell him not to go and fight against Jeroboam. Everything that was occurring was because of God’s doing. Rehoboam chose to obey God and turned back and went home.

Israel was supposed to be God’s chosen nation, His chosen people. To see it be split up was not an acceptable thing. Yet, that was exactly what God was making happen.

For years God had warned the nation of Israel against following false idols, but they refused to listen. He finally allowed the nation to be split. This was to get their attention back to Him.

God works in the same way today. There will be things allowed in the lives of people to get their attention back to Him. As these things occur it can be difficult. Without seeing the big picture, many will choose paths that go against what God is doing. Each person needs to open to hearing what God tells them to do, and then obey Him.

There will be times when God will allow things in your life that does not always make sense. God will tell you to walk a path that goes against normal reasoning. Trust God in what He says and follow His orders.

God raises up and He takes down. These things are all a part of His plan. His goal is that none should be lost and all made like Jesus.

Are you following His commands to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus?

Or are you doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s every command; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

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Nehemiah 4:14 Fighting For Your Family

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14

As the Israelites were working at rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, there were other groups of people who wanted to stop them. They tried to discourage them and threatened them. Nehemiah posted the people all around the wall with weapons to protect everyone from the enemies coming against them. He reminded them to not be afraid because God is awesome and then encouraged them to fight for their families.

During the Old Testament times, people had to physically fight for their lives and to protect their families. When Jesus came, He changed the fighting status from physical fighting to spiritual fighting. Now a person is to love his  physical enemies and do good to them.

The fight today is now a spiritual fight. Every believer in Jesus must fight against spiritual forces that are in this world. These forces are the forces of greed, theft, lust, hatred, jealousy, violence, and the list goes on. Everywhere a believer looks, one will see these forces trying to grab him and take him captive into the world’s ways of sin.

Jesus has overcome this world and all the dark spiritual forces in it. As a believer, you also have His strength and victory over these forces.

You, like every believer, has some family somewhere. They may be in your immediate home, or a long way off. Some may even be separate to where you do not really know them, but you do have family.

Having a family, means that you must fight for their spiritual lives. Daily fight for them in prayer that God will draw their hearts to Him and protect them from the attacks and lies of the enemy. Talk with your family daily about God’s love, mercy, rules, and protection.

Do not be afraid of the enemy, God is greater. Do not allow the world to win your family over. Fight for your family. Allow God to win the spiritual battles for their souls.

I pray today that God will show you how the enemy is attacking your family; that you will stand in prayer to God against the enemy; that you will live for God as a witness to your family; and that God will protect you and your family from the attacks of the enemy.

2 Timothy 4:7 Are You Fighting The Good Fight?

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

God has either given Paul a bit of knowledge or he is just an old man who knows that his time is coming to an end. He knows that he will not live forever on this earth. He now looks back at his life and is pleased with it. Paul knows that he fought the good fight and finished the race in this life, he did not give up on his faith in Jesus.

People look at things differently when they are elderly or have a health situation that has a diagnosis of death soon. They start to look back on their life and realize all the things they did or did not do. It is usually at this point that many people try to make things right.

No one ever says that they wished they could have spent more time at work. They are wishing they would have done more with family and friends.

Paul said that he had fought the good fight. What is the good fight? Children are always taught not to fight. You are supposed to run away from a fight.

The good fight is the battle against evil. It is against the devil and his ways of doing things. Jesus fought for your life when He died on the cross.

Now you must fight against the devil trying to keep you. It is your choice as to who gets you. Will it be the devil and this world, or will it be Jesus?

Everyday there will be temptations thrown your way to make you fail the battle. Choices must be made as to who you will serve: yourself (i.e. the devil) or God.

Only God knows how much time you have left on this earth. What are you doing with that time?

Are you just trying to please yourself? Then you are serving the devil.

Are you trying to please God? Then you are serving God.

The good fight is God’s fight. It is the fight against sin and the power of sin. Jesus won the battle for you. Will you now fight for Him and with Him? Can you say you have kept the faith?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to fight for the faith; that you will not grow weary in the battle; that you will keep the faith in Jesus; and that you will finish the race you have started in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:3 A Different War

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3

All over the world a person can see various types of wars that are being fought by nations. These are physical battles with real guns and artillery. People are physically killing and being killed. When speaking of wars, these are what most people think of.

In every nation there are other wars going on that are not usually seen as “wars”. These are battles of individuals against other individuals. There are spouses that are fighting for each other’s own way. Children and parents fighting. Bosses and workers fighting. Fellow workers fighting each other. Neighbors fighting each other. Each of these are small wars going on.

No person can escape being in or around a war. As a believer living in the world, one will be a part of a war. The difference is how the believer and the non-believer fights.

The world fights with harsh words and physically. The world looks at the individual as being completely responsible for the battles.

The believer fights in the spiritual realm. He looks at the individual as being controlled by the spiritual realm. The spirit of the devil is present in the battles. The believer is to fight the spiritual forces that are leading others into wrong living.

It is the spirit of deception that causes people to lie. It is the spirit of greed that causes theft. It is other demonic spirits that lead people to live lives not according to God’s way.

As a believer you must be willing to fight these spirits in this world. These spirits want to keep people from seeing Jesus. God’s Word is powerful and alive. Using God’s Word demolishes the power of the enemy. It will break down the strongholds in people’s lives. God’s Love will diminish the anger of the enemy and stop the battle.

Are you fighting in the war God is in with the demonic spiritual forces of this world? Are you fighting as the world fights? Or as God fights?

I pray today that you will see the war God is waging against sin in your life and around you; that you will fight using God’s words and ways; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered for battle; and that you will stand in the victory of Jesus.