1 Corinthians 10:11 Warnings For A Reason

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11

Throughout all of history many things have been recorded by many different people. Studying history can help a person understand what occurred, what went right and what went wrong.

A good student of history will be able to look at what happened and make adjustments to make things even better in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

After giving some examples from the Old Testament on people going against God, Paul says that these things occurred as an example and a warning for the Corinthian believers.

Everything that a person does or does not do, is based off of someone else’s prior experience to some degree. Inventors who have invented something new, learned from the past of others as to what does not work or what needs to be done to make something better.

Currently in today’s society, many people want to cancel history. They do not want to look back as to what had happened, with both the good and bad parts of it.

Many in the church have also embraced this belief with their own lives. They are not looking to the warnings and examples throughout the bible as to what to do or not do and all consequences. Some will purposefully live in some sinful habit, ignoring the consequences of sin and rebellion against God.

The true believer will study the entire bible and see the warnings and examples set before him. He will will then focus his life on what is good and how to live for God in the best way possible, rather than living in sin and ignoring the coming consequences.

As you travel the road as a believer, there have been others who have been down that same path, both in the bible and outside the bible. Look at what God has set as warnings and examples before you and learn from them. Do not ignore God’s warnings and fall into sin and failing in the end.

Do not try to travel this road without God’s guidance in scripture and others. Without His guidance, you will fall and fail in the end. God has given you what you need, if you ignore it, He will hold you accountable.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the good and bad examples God has provided; that you will walk the path God has for you; that you will heed the warnings of God in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.

Romans 2:5 Are You Storing Up God’s Wrath?

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. Romans 2:5

Freedom to choose is something that people all over the world love to have. Many throughout the world do not always get that freedom, but still desire it. They want to be able to do what they want, how they want, and when they want, with no fear of repercussion.

Some will make their own choices, hoping that there will be no problems with it. Not looking to the future chance of paying for their choice.

Paul reprimands the people for being stubborn and unrepentant. He says that by being that way, they are storing up God’s wrath against them when He returns to judge.

At the moment a person sins against God, he immediately has a judgement of death upon his head. It is the punishment that God must give out for sinning against Him.

Although God has that sentence upon a person, He also provided for a way to be forgiven and not be given that death sentence. All it takes is for a person to repent of the sin and trust in Jesus.

Many people have chosen to repent of their sins and begin believing in Jesus, but more have chosen not to repent. They are enjoying their sins and refuse to turn away from them. This is often occurring inside the church with people who claim to believe in Jesus.

The person who goes to church and claims to believe in Jesus, but refuses to repent is storing up God’s wrath against him. There will come a day when Jesus will return and it will be a day of reckoning that they will have to pay for those sins of rebellion against God.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, be sure to repent of your sins. This is not just saying you are sorry, but a turning away from those sins, refusing to sin anymore.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to change your heart and give you strength to turn from sin. The moment you purposefully choose to continue to do a sin against God’s commands, you are rejecting Jesus and bringing upon you His wrath. He does not want to strike you, but will if you refuse to repent.

Do not be stubborn, but repent of your sins and turn from them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will turn towards God from all sins; that you will flee the temptations to sin against God; and that you will know God’s love, forgiveness and restoration in your life.

Acts 15:19 Don’t Make It Difficult

It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Acts 15:19

Everywhere a person goes there are some rules or regulations guiding people how to live or work where they are at. Some places are very lenient, having very few regulations, while others are extremely strict with an overload of rules.

The more rules that are laid out, the more difficult it is for people to follow them. It can become much easier to break the rules with many rules. It can also make it very discouraging to attempt to follow all of them.

The Jewish leaders in Antioch were laying down a lot of rules for new Gentile believers to follow in order to follow God. Paul told them they should not make it difficult for the new Gentile believers as they turn towards God.

One of the constant struggles for churches is in knowing what the rules are to be and remain a believer. While many believe that believing in Jesus and repenting of sins is enough to become a follower of Jesus, there are others that add a lot more.

There are also many churches that want the new believer to clean up his life completely before becoming a member. A long list of things to do or not do is given immediately upon becoming a Christian.

While it is good to begin guiding a new believer in how to live for Christ, giving a long list can be overwhelming and discouraging. It can push people away from God, because of the impossibility of fulfilling a long list of legal regulations, just as the Israelites had a problem with following God’s Law.

The focus for new believers should be building them up, little by little in what it means to follow Jesus, not all at once.

You may be a new believer who is struggling with being burdened with a load of regulations, or you may be an older believer who loads others down with rules. Either way, do not forget that the only thing required to be a believer is to believe in Jesus and repent of sins.

God will change your heart to be able to handle more rules as you continue to grow in Him, learning to trust and obey Him in every area of your life. Do not burden yourself or others with too much, too fast.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength and wisdom to obey His commands; that you will guide new believers in the ways of the Lord; and that God will guide you in helping new believers grow in the Lord.

Acts 7:51 Are You Resisting?

You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51

Being stubborn is something that many people like to be. They feel that they are right no matter what is shown them. They also want to do things their own way.

Acting this way is something that is often learned and continued on from generation to generation. Parents are stubborn in their ways and do things a certain way, and the children learn from them and continue in the same actions.

Stephen had been taken captive by the people for preaching the gospel message. When asked if the charges were true, he tells the history of Israel. At the end he charges the people as being just like the rest of their ancestors, killing all the prophets, resisting the Holy Spirit.

After Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide His people in how to live on this earth for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit would help people to remember what God taught and said, and lead them in the right way to live for God.

Most believers will say that they don’t ignore the Holy Spirit, but they will not always do what God is telling or lead them to do or not do.

Many people just ignore what the Holy Spirit is saying. They ignore when God is nudging them to not go down a certain path. Sin is chosen over holiness and righteousness, because it is more ‘fun’ and feels good in the moment. They will crucify other believers or themselves for a momentary pleasure or self-righteousness.

Following God means that one often has to deny self and follow the Holy Spirit in the moment for a greater, eternal reward.

God’s Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide you in every area of your life, each and every day. He gives you the option as to whether you will listen and obey or not.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or resist following the Holy Spirit.

Remain open to what God is saying to you by His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God can do great things in and through you. He is able to change your heart and mind to follow after His heart and mind.

Are you resisting the Holy Spirit in your life today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit leading and guiding you in your life; that you will do what the Holy Spirit tells you to do; and that you will allow God to turn your heart from the love of sin.

John 10:27 Who Are You Listening To?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27

Every place that a person goes, there are voices that are speaking. All over the world people have something to say.

These voices that are speaking, often say things that are so conflicting from each other to the point that one may wonder what to believe. No matter what is said, there is often someone who will say something the exact opposite.

A person is required to choose who he will listen to and who he will believe is telling the truth.

Jesus said that He knows His sheep who listen to His voice and follow Him.

In the same way that there are many different voices in the world, there are also many different voices inside the church. These voices are also speaking many very different things to the people that are opposite each other and some will go against God’s word.

In order for a person to truly follow God, he must know what God is saying. To know what God is saying, one must listen to God and line it up with His word.

Every believer must have God’s Spirit inside of him to guide him and allow him to know and hear God’s voice. The things God will say will always line up with what He has revealed in the scriptures, because He cannot go against His own word.

The more a believer knows God’s voice, he will hear His voice. Instead of trying to not hear all the other voices out there, teaching false lies, he will only listen to God’s voice. There are too many voices in the world to just work at not listening to them, one must focus upon God’s voice and follow Him.

As a believer, study God’s word to know what God is saying. Focus your life upon God first, so that you may recognize His voice when He speaks to you.

Do not allow yourself to get caught up in what the world is saying. Turn your eyes, ears and heart towards God and His word. It is the only place that you will hear truth with no defects or lies in it.

As you hear what God is saying, obey Him and follow Him. God will speak life into you, if you will allow Him and obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that you will hear when God speaks; that you will obey what God says; and that God will strengthen you to not be led astray by the voices of this fallen world.