Nehemiah 5:9 Is What You Are Doing Good?

Then I said, “What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?” Nehemiah 5:9

Actions or choices are made every day by each and every person. Every action done is either good or bad to some degree or more, nothing is completely neutral. The world tends to believe that whatever makes one happy in the moment or to meet an immediate desire and does not immediately harm anyone else is good, regardless of what is done or any other ruling.

The Israelites had been charging usury on their fellow Israelites. Nehemiah told them that what they were doing was not good and that they should walk in the fear of God when the enemies go against them.

The world does not hold a rock-solid standard on which everyone stands and never changes. It is constantly changing to meet the individual or group’s selfish desires. According to the world, sinful actions do not really exist, and anything can be permissible.

Even though God has a solid standard to live by many in the church have chosen to think and act in the way that the world does. They will treat each other badly in many different ways, rather than with the love, mercy and forgiveness of God. The get caught up in the moment with selfish desires forgetting what God has done for them and living for themselves.

God has laid out a standard of living in love, holiness and righteousness, regardless of what the world does. Jesus was a living example of how to live life.

Every believer needs to stop acting like the world and begin living like Jesus. Their lives need to be filled with love, forgiveness, generosity, kindness and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, walking in the fear of God.

You will interact with people, both believers and non-believers, every day. As you do so, you must put on the character of Jesus in what you say and do.

The world will try to pressure you into taking sinful actions. Lean into the Holy Spirit and be led by Him to do the correct thing. Walk in the fear of God so that everything you say and do will be what He desires, not as the world does.

Will God have to say what you are doing is not good?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants to act and speak; that you will live as Jesus lived; that all you say and do will please God; and that the world will know you follow God with all of your heart.

Ezra 9:6 Ashamed Of Sin

and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” Ezra 9:6

Shame is often looked down on as a weak characteristic. People are often told to take pride in who they are, regardless of what they have done. Everything done is what makes a person who they are. If one is ashamed of what he has done, it is seen as weakness and a loss of pride. This especially applies to what others have done that are connected.

Ezra had heard of what sins the people were committing. He then bows down before God praying and tells God that he is too ashamed to look up to Him because of the sins of the people was too great.

The world does not have a rock solid foundation of standards in which they live by. What may be wrong today can be acceptable tomorrow, or the other way around. Right and wrong fluctuate on a regular basis. Without that foundation, there is no shame in what is done.

Everything is about self and the moment. Believers have a solid foundation in which they live by. It is a standard based upon God’s word and leads one to live in holiness and righteousness, not selfishness and sin.

When there is sin in one’s life, there comes a sorrow of shame at failing to live by God’s standards. Along with shame for one’s own sins, there is also shame for the sins of those around the believer.

Just as Jesus took on the sins of the whole world, believers will take on the sins of their family, city, state, or nation. They will seek God’s mercy and forgiveness for themselves and for others, which Jesus provides with His death and resurrection.

As a believer you are most likely ashamed of your own personal sins that you know about and repent before God for them. However, do you see the sins of those around you and your nation?

See the world as God does and weep at the sins being committed. Seek God’s mercy and forgiveness for those around you. Be willing to be a witness and let people know about God’s holy and perfect standards and His grace and mercy found in Jesus Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see the sins against God being committed around you; that you will weep for the world and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness; and that you will point people to God’s great love found in Jesus.

2 Kings 8:19 God Keeps His Promises

Neverthleless, for the sake of his servant David, the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah. He had promised to maintain a lamp for David and his descendants forever. 2 Kings 8:19

Promises are made all the time by people all over the world, yet many are not willing to keep them. Another person does or does not do something and people break their promises. Sometimes they get upset with someone and choose to hold back on fulfilling their promise. Other times fulfilling the promise is difficult, so they choose to break it.

Jehoram had become King of Judah and continued to lead the people in sin against God. God would not destroy Judah because of His promise to David to keep a light for David and his descendants forever.

God has made many different promises to believers. Although He has made all of these different promises, many do not fully believe them. They forget how God has already kept all of His promises in the past.

One of the great promises many forget is that He is willing to forgive when one chooses to repent of his sins. Many believers fall into some sinful habit and feel as if God cannot or will not forgive them anymore. They feel as if there is no hope left for them.

While Judah was living in and promoting sin, there was hope. God had not given up on them. Until death, there is always hope available for the believer who chooses to repent and trust in the forgiveness and salvation offered by Jesus.

God will always be reaching out to touch a person and help him change. He does not want anyone to perish but to have a relationship with Him and everlasting life. He will keep His promise to pursue that objective.

You may be struggling and have fallen into some sinful habit and feel as if God does not want anything to do with you anymore. This is not true.

God has promised that He will save any who has repented of his sins. This includes you. He is ready and willing to provide anything and everything you need to have life and eternal life.

Do not turn away from God, but turn to Him and know that no matter what you have done, He is ready to forgive and save you. He is not willing to destroy you. He will keep His promises.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of all sins and trust God for forgiveness; that you will know God wants to save and keep you; that you will know God will fulfill all of His promises to you; and that you will serve God with your whole life from this day forward.

2 Samuel 14:14 God Seeks To Restore The Banished

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. 2 Samuel 14:14

Banishment of a person is known to occur with nations, schools, businesses and other places. Families are even known to banish certain family members or other people from their lives. When a banishment occurs, it is often for life, with no hope for restoration. It is done as a punishment for some wrong that was done.

David had banished Absalom from the kingdom. Through the prophet Joab, a lady told David that God does not banish a person forever but works to restore him in desire to have Absalom restored.

Many people have fallen away from God because of some sin in their lives. Some churches have even banished some of these people. They feel that they are banished forever from God, that there is no more hope for them, and God hates them with an eternal hatred.

Believing that God hates oneself is believing in a lie from this fallen world and the devil. God’s love is perfect and eternal. He does not want to banish anyone from Him for eternity, but wants to forgive, restore and give eternal life. It is because of His intense love for all that He sent Jesus to die upon the cross to be able to forgive and give life.

Unlike the world, God made a way to keep a person from being banished for eternity. All a person must do is be willing to accept that way. In order to receive this restoration by God, all one must do is repent of all sins and believe upon Jesus Christ for salvation.

If you have fallen into sin and allowed yourself to distance yourself from God, He has made a way for you to return. Though the world says you are banished forever, God is waiting for you to return to Him. As long as you have breath in this life, you have a way to return to God.

Be willing to repent of any sins you have done and return to God. Receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers so that you may have the abundant life He has promised to give you.

Will you remain banished in sin, or will you return to God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will seek God with all your life; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that you will be restored to a close walk with God.

2 Samuel 12:13 Admit Your Sins

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” 2 Samuel 12:13

Doing something that is wrong is common among all people all over the world. Admitting that one did something wrong is not as common and is often seen as a sign of weakness and failure. Very few people like to admit that they made a mistake and did something wrong. They try to excuse it away or blame someone else, rather than take personal responsibility for their actions.

David had committed a sin against God by sleeping with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. God had Nathan confront him about it. David admits his sin and is told that God removed the sin.

Although no one has to, everyone will commit some type of sin against God. These sins can be physical or non-physical sins. What one does with that sin, once it is revealed, is what is important.

Just as the world tries to excuse or ignore a wrong done, many believers will try to excuse or ignore their personal sins. Some are quick to point out that they are not as bad as someone else. Others will say that they are human and that is what happens.

Believers who are truly seeking after God’s heart will admit that they sinned against God. They will have a heart of repentance, remorse for their sin and turn away from that sin, rather than making excuses for it or ignoring it.

God is faithful and just and will forgive any sin that is repented of, though there may be temporary consequences for the sin. Jesus died on the cross to take away all those sins and to give the repentant believer eternal life.

As David did, there will be times when you will sin against God. Do not allow yourself to follow the ways of the world and excuse it away or ignore it. Take full responsibility for every sinful choice that you make.

Run to God, humble yourself and admit your sin before Him. Allow God to forgive you of your sins through the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for your sins. God is waiting for you to repent because He wants you to live an abundant life for eternity with Him and not be condemned in sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins before God; that you will seek God’s love and forgiveness in your life; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin.