Revelation 11:18 A Time Is Coming

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small–and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18

Expectations for things to come are found everywhere. Some things are looked forward to as being exciting and worth it. Other things are feared because they bring about pain and suffering.

Often the expectations can be predicted by the actions of a person. Living certain ways will usually determine what is ahead in life.

John describes that as the seventh trumpet is sounded the elders worshipped God, saying that the time has come for God to judge and reward people according to their actions.

It is common for people to live in the moment with no regard to the future. People will eat, drink and be merry without any thought of the future results of their actions.

The majority of the world does not believe that God is going to judge them. Belief is that either God is not real or that He loves and would never bring about any harm.

Throughout the entire Bible there are many warnings of God judging those who do not follow and obey Him. At the same time there are many statements that God will reward those who have chosen to believe in Him and obey Him.

In the finite minds of man, it appears as though God will never judge or reward. People have been waiting for several thousand years and nothing has changed. Yet, there is coming a day when it will occur.

Jesus was promised to come the first time and He came. He promised He would die and rise again–and He did. Jesus promised He would come again and judge the world–and He will. Believers need to live with this in mind.

You may be wondering when God will judge those who have done harm to you. And you may be wondering when God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Do not give up and stop believing now. God will judge and reward at the right time. Continue to live for God, obeying and worshipping Him on a daily, even hourly basis. Trust that God will continue to fulfill His every promise.

As you continue to be His servant, you will have trouble, but your reward is coming.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust God will fulfill His every promise; that you will look forward to the return of Jesus; and that you will know God will reward your faithfulness to Him.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Be Sensible And Stop Sinning

Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34

It is common knowledge that in order for anyone to accomplish anything, he must first start doing it and then keep doing it until it is accomplished.

The majority of people never accomplish great things, because they see the roadblocks or difficulty in front of them and quit before they start. The successful keep going and trying, learning and changing to make it happen until they succeed.

Paul reprimands some of the people about ignoring God and continuing to sin. He tells them to come to their senses and stop sinning.

Throughout the entire bible, one of the main themes is for people to stop sinning and to live a holy life unto God. Over and over God tells the people to be holy as He is holy. To be holy is to stop sinning.

For someone to sin it is a choice. No one can make someone else sin. Not even Satan has that kind of power. People choose to sin for many reasons, most commonly selfish reasons. They have also chosen to continue to sin, because they do not know God or ignore Him.

God made a way to remove all sin, by sending Jesus to pay for all sins. Once these sins are removed, there is no reason to go back to them and pick them back up, however, most people do.

Everyday every believer has a choice to make every moment of those days. He has to choose whether to follow God or disobey God, to not sin or to sin against God. Too often believers make the wrong choice and sin.

Common sense says to not ignore God and His commands and to stop sinning against Him.

You have a choice to make many times each day. You must be willing to make a choice between following and obeying God or sinning against Him.

No one can force you to make one choice or the others. However, keep in mind what Jesus did for you. Draw strength from that to make the choice to stop sinning against God.

Do not allow yourself to stay in sin, just because you are human. God has given you everything you need to live for you. Hold on to those things and be holy as He is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will choice to obey God in every area of your life; that you will choose to not sin against God; and that you will live your life honoring and serving God.

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.