Judges 6:10 Results Of Not Listening

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“I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.” Judges 6:10 

There are times that people go through tough situations in their lives. Sometimes these tough situations are because God is allowing the enemy to test them, to determine where their heart really is. Other times the tough situation is a result of bad choices made, refusing to listen to God’s Holy Spirit guiding and directing them.

The nation of Israel had times that they would be overrun by the enemy. They would cry out to God for some help. At one point God had sent a prophet to them to tell them that He had given them a command not to worship the false gods, yet they chose to worship the false gods. They had chosen to not listen to God and the result of an enemy take over had occurred.

God does not want the enemy to take over His people, in reality He wants the enemy defeated. However, when His people are not listening to Him and doing what He says, He allows the enemy to take over.

The purpose of the enemy taking over is to get the attention of His people back on Him.

God is not out to destroy people, but to build them up and give them life. Yet, if they choose not to listen to Him and follow Him, He will do what it takes to get their attention.

As people go through tough times, most people will call out to God for help. This is one of God’s ways to get their attention and focus back on Him. Every believer needs to stay focused on God and listen to Him as they follow Him.

God is not against you, but is for you. He does not want to destroy you, but He needs to you listen to Him and obey Him. He loves you enough that He will do whatever it takes to keep you focused on Him. This may mean going through some tough times.

If you are going through a tough time, turn your entire focus onto God and not the tough time. Allow God to guide you through the situation.

Even when following God, times may be tough, but He will always give you strength to make it through. Don’t turn away from God, but listen to Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s directions; that you will listen to God; that you will obey God; that you will keep your focus on God; and that you will see God’s work in your life. 

 

Hosea 4:12 Consulting Idols

My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God. Hosea 4:12

During the time of Hosea, many of the people turned to wooden idols to seeking out guidance for their lives. They would use diviner’s rods to tell them the path that they must take. Even though they were originally called to be God’s people, they prostituted themselves out to others and were unfaithful to God.

Seeking out guidance from idols has not changed over the years. People everywhere are always seeking guidance for their lives. The methods of seeking are very diverse, but most do not include seeking God’s direction for their lives.

Following the lifestyles of famous actors, singers and sports players is one of the most common idols sought out. Most of these people are not living their lives for God at all, they are living for self and the world. People seek them out to know what to wear, how to speak, how to be famous, how to be wealthy, how to be the best in their field, what to believe, and how to live their lives.

These people are worshipped as being the best and knowing the best way to live. They appear to have everything under control. They appear to be living a full life. Yet, they are dead idols, worshipping false gods. Those who follow them are prostituting themselves against God.

Many believers and churches have fallen for the deception of following these and many other idols. Their first choice in seeking guidance is not God, but those of this world, those who do not seek God first, but themselves and the ways of this world.

Every believer must put God first in his life. When there is some guidance that is needed, he must be willing to seek God first for the answer, rather than the false idols of this world.

When you are seeking guidance for something, what is the first thing you do? Turn to this world and search for answers on Google? Or do you turn to the Bible and prayer, seeking out what God’s answer is for you?

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the deception of this world, prostituting yourself to the idols of this world and rejecting God. Consult God for what you need guidance in.

I pray today that you will put God first in your life; that you will consult God for all your needs; that God will strengthen you to reject the ways of this world; and that you will be faithful to God. 

Ezekiel 1:20 Going With God’s Spirit

Wherever the spirit would go, they would  go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20

Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.

Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.

During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.

The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.

God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.

As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.

There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.

I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.

Jeremiah 2:1-2 Do You Still Have First Love?

The word of the LORD came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: “This is what the LORD says: “‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.'” Jeremiah 2:1-2

When a person is in love to the point of getting married, he is usually in head over heels in love with the bride. The bride is also madly in love with the groom at the point of getting married.

Both of them look at each other as the greatest in the world, that there can be no fault in the other. They desire to spend time together, doing anything and everything together. Often the things they do will include doing crazy little things together. All of this is because of love.

The first months together as a married couple will be seen as fully devoted to each other. They will follow each other everywhere one goes, regardless of how hard it is. This is first love devotion.

The sad part is that many marriages do not stay that way. Many, and often within the first year to two years, fall out of that first love for each other. They begin to get discontented with each other. Many begin to wonder what they ever saw in each other and why they loved each other.

God is looking at Israel in these verses and remembering their first love for Him. They started off dedicated to Him and following Him everywhere. Israel had forgotten their first love and dedication to God. The chose to not follow Him any more.

Take a good look at your life. Remember back to when you first chose to follow God. Think of the reasons why you chose to follow God. Think about how much love you had for God and what you would do for Him at that time.

Is that love for God still the same?

Or have you allowed your love for God to fall away?

Many people, like Israel, have chosen to let their crazy love for God to calm down. They are no longer madly in love with God and begin to not follow Him everywhere He goes.

Renew your first love and devotion to God. Make Him first and foremost in your life, and start following Him again through the wilderness of this life.

I pray today that you will remember your first love for God; that you will be dedicated to God; that you will follow God everywhere; and that you will tell others of your love for God.