Leviticus 4:2 Non-Premeditated Sins

Say to the Israelites: When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands–Exodus 4:2

Laws of the land have rules concerning whether violent crimes are done with premeditation or not. This is often considered in cases of physical harm or death of a person. The punishment is much greater for any crime that is premeditated, that is pre-planned prior to doing it.

Some things are done in the heat of the moment, out of anger and rage or out of reaction to some other action. Punishment in these cases are not as harsh.

God begins to give Moses a set of commands as to what a person has to do when he sins unintentionally.

Everyone will sin at some point in their life and will continue to do sins. Once a person becomes a believer this does not stop, but does begin to make a person aware of what sin is and what he should do or not do. At this point he begins to be more accountable for his own actions.

Very often people will sin out of habit or just in the heat of the moment without much thought put into it making it unintentional. As soon as he realizes that he sinned, he can go before God in repentance and receive forgiveness.

There are times, however, that a person sits and thinks about doing some sin, knowing that it is sin and wrong to do. Or he does the sin with the mindset that God will forgive him afterwards. When this is done, his sin is premeditated and intentional.

Under the Old Testament law, there is no sacrifice available for forgiveness of intentional sins. Believers need to strive to not tempt God in this way. The heart needs to be changed and true sorrow for the sin to be forgiven. Jesus is ready to forgive all sins, if the heart is repentant.

God has forgiven you of all sins when you repented. Seek to live in such a way as to not sit and premeditate on doing a sin. Strive to live in holiness as God has called you to live.

Sin should never be a normal and acceptable part of your life, but one done in the heat of the moment, if it must be done. Put God and His commands above your desire for a temporary sin against Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek to obey all of God’s commands; that you will repent of any sins you have done against God; and that you will know God’s power to overcome all sin in your life.

Genesis 43:16 Treat Your Enemies With Love

When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, “Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare a meal; they are to eat with me at noon.” Genesis 43:16

Every person has someone who is an enemy to them, someone who is out to harm them in some way or another, whether physically, emotionally or socially. Usually people are quick to want to strike back and harm their enemies in some way to stop their attacks.

At a minimum, most people do not want anything kind to do with their enemies.

When Joseph’s brothers came back for more food with Benjamin, Joseph had a special meal prepared for them in his personal house. They were to eat a meal with him.

Joseph had been mistreated and sold into slavery by his brothers. He had every right to be angry with them and harm them. He also had the power to harm them now that he was second in power in all of Egypt, yet he did not.

The world tells people that they have a right to strike and harm their enemies or at least have nothing to do with them. Satan wants to bring division, strife and death, not reconciliation.

Jesus said that believers are to forgive and love their enemies. Being angry and vengeful will never show love, but only hatred and death.

God had every right to destroy His enemies–humans who have sinned against Him. Instead of destroying them, He chose to love them and provide a way to reconcile with them. Instead of striking back, Jesus went to the cross and paid for the sins of all, and then chose to forgive those same sins.

In the same way, believers are to forgive and love their enemies, rather than harm them.

You most likely have some enemies in your life that tend to make life very difficult for you. It could be family members or outside the family. If you choose to follow the ways of this world, you will hate them and have nothing to do with them.

Allow God’s great love and mercy to fill your heart for each one of your enemies. Realize that each one is a lost person who needs Jesus in his life. Instead of showing hatred, show God’s love and mercy. Point them to God, not the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and your enemies; that God will fill you with His love for your enemies; and that you will be a witness of God’s great love to this world.

Genesis 32:30 God Spares Life

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” Genesis 32:30

Standing before someone of extreme high authority and power can often make a person nervous. Those who are called into stand before a boss are often scared, not knowing what may happen. The boss has authority to remove them from a position.

In ancient times, anyone who was called before a king had a legitimate reason to be scared. The king had the power and authority to kill a person if not pleased with the person.

Jacob had a meeting with God, face to face in a field. Afterwards he realized he had met God directly and was not killed. God spared his life.

When meeting people in high positions of power, there are some people who do not realize the power and authority of the person. They go in as though meeting an old buddy, not someone of authority.

In the same way, many will go before God, not realizing His power and authority and holiness. Every person has sinned against God and deserves death by the most extreme punishment.

God has no reason to spare anyone’s life, yet, He does. God allows His great love and mercy to rise up and spare the life of every person. He gives them a chance to believe in Jesus and have their sins removed, making them holy and pure.

Although Jesus has provided for removal of sins, there are some who continue in sin, believing God will still spare their lives. Without repentance, one should fear going before God. There is no mercy for those who refuse to repent.

However, with repentance, God is a loving and merciful God and will forgive. One can meet with Him face to face and have his life spared from destruction.

God loves you and wants to meet with you face to face. Believe in Jesus, repenting of your sins and allow Him to make you holy so that you may stand before God clean and holy. Be willing to flee all sin, turning to God and live the life He has for you.

God is waiting for you to come to Him. He is calling you to have a meeting with Him. You do not have to fear destruction, if you are trusting in Jesus and following Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of your sins before God; that you will be willing to meet with God face to face; and that you will know the love and mercy God has for you.

Revelation 20:15 Will You Be Thrown Into The Lake Of Fire?

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

Going through pain, suffering and judgment is something that most people want to do. The desire of most people is to eat, drink and be happy each and every day of their lives, with very little to no concern or worries about tomorrow.

Outside of having pleasure in mind, most people are not concerned about the future, especially long term such as eternity. Days are taken one day at a time with just a desire for more fun filled days.

In his vision, John sees death and hell tossed into a lake of fire. Along with death and hell, everyone whose name is not in the book of life is also thrown into that lake of fire.

While it appears that everyone is free to live life as they want with no consequences, this is not true. As people live their lives, they are building up judgments of God either for or against them. Every action and every thought are being recorded to determine what will occur in the end.

The majority of the world is living to please self and ignoring God each and every day. They have no focus upon eternity or God. As it is they are living in sin and rebellion, whether consciously or not, against God.

Since God is a holy and just God, He has to make a judgment someday against the sin against Him. Jesus has provided a way to have all of those sins and judgments removed, but one has to choose to accept it.

Upon accepting what Jesus provides, one will have his name put into the book of life. He will be made clean and pure before God, saving him from the lake of fire. Any who has not accepted Jesus will be cast into the lake of fire.

God loves you and wants the best for you. Jesus is ready to forgive you of all sins against God, but you must choose to accept what Jesus did and repent of all sins. Until you choose to repent and be forgiven, you are doomed to be cast into a lake of fire with Satan, death and hell in the end.

Choose today to repent and believe upon Jesus and obey Him. Allow your name to be written in the Lamb’s book of life to give you eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins and follow Jesus; that your name will be in the Lamb’s book of life; that you will be holy and righteous before God; and that you will know the true life you can have in Jesus.

Romans 5:8 God’s Demonstration Of True Love

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

According to the world, true love shows what is in it for self. People ask what they can get out of love for themselves, rather than what they can give to others. Even in the process of giving to others, it is often to gain some recognition or power for self.

The world recognizes that the best love is when one person sacrifices himself to save or help another person. This can be seen among the military and emergency personnel.

Paul tells the people that God demonstrated His love for everyone by having Jesus die for them, while they were still sinners.

It is common for many people to feel as if they need to clean up their life and be holy in order for them to come to believe in Jesus or approach God at all. Many people will not even give God a chance, because they know that they are a sinful person, who cannot really change.

God has a love that is perfect and is willing to go above and beyond the ways of this world. Instead of waiting for people to change themselves, God shows His love by dying for the people, while they are still against Him.

All a person must do is repent of his sins and believe in what Jesus did for him. Once this is done, God can then work on him to change him into the person God wants him to be. He can work on removing sinful habits and making him holy and righteous in Christ Jesus.

The first step in all of this amazing process was taken by God. He chose to show His perfect love first and all people need to do is accept it and then work on being changed.

God loves you. He loves you so much that He was willing to have Jesus die for you, while you were still against Him.

Take a moment to recognize how much God loves you to die for you while you hated Him. Give your life to God, by repenting of your sins and having faith in what Jesus did for you.

Do not reject God’s great love for you. He is willing to give you life, abundant life, if you just trust in Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will have faith in Jesus; and that you will allow God to change your life.