Judges 17:6 Results Of No Leadership

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 17:6

People often desire complete, unrestricted freedom to do whatever they desire with no negative consequences. In order to gain this type of freedom, they will need to have a leadership that will not guide them or hold them accountable for their actions, or have no leadership at all.

It is rare for a group of people to have no leadership, but it is common for the leadership to allow freedom for chaos. People need to be led to keep chaos from occurring.

The former king had died and now Israel had no king. As a result, everyone did as they saw fit.

Without leadership, people will do whatever they desire, which will often lead to confusion and chaos. Selfishness and greed will rise up in the hearts of people leading them into sin and sinful activities. Instead of looking out for the good of others, all that is sought is building up self, even at the expense of others.

Believers are to be led by God. He is to be their king, their ultimate ruler or king and commander of everything that they say, do or think. Since God is eternal and has created everything, He knows what is best for each and every person. He knows how to perfectly lead in a way that if full of order and true life.

The world rejects God’s leadership, because they do not want to be held accountable and desire to please self at any expense. Upon rejection of God, all leadership is doomed to fall apart and lead to chaos. All chaos leads to is death–eternal death, which is the desire and goal of Satan.

Every person needs Jesus, a King who will lead them in the ways of God.

You must be willing to ask yourself who is king in your life. Do not allow yourself to be the king of your own life. It will only lead to death.

Put God on the throne of your life and allow Him to lead you into His ways that lead into eternal life. Rejecting God will only bring about no true leadership which will lead to death.

Are you doing only as you see fit? Or are you doing things the way God is ready and willing to lead you in? Who is your king?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to rule over your life; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of this world; and that you will only do what God leads you to do.

Deuteronomy 12:8 Not Doing As You Want

You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit, Deuteronomy 12:15

Freedom is something that most people desire or live for. They want the freedom to be able to make their own choices to do or say what they want, without any negative consequences.

Rules are always acceptable for ‘the other person’, but not for self. People will quickly come up with every reason under the sun as to why a particular rule should not apply to them. No one wants to be in trouble, nor have their freedom infringed upon.

Moses told the Israelites that they are not to do as they were currently doing, everyone doing as they desire or see fit to do.

While freedom is good, absolute freedom will always fall into utter chaos. Satan worked to get Adam and Eve to demand absolute freedom, which led to sin, death and being kicked out of the Garden of Eden. He is the author of chaos and death–absolute freedom to do what one wants.

All over America people are constantly, more and more, standing up for the freedom to do what they want, regardless of any rules. Being able to choose one’s own gender, who one lives with, whether a child should live or die, what drugs one desires, and much more are being demanded more and more. People want to do as they see fit.

As with the Israelites, believers should not live as the world does. Everything that a believer thinks, says or does should be governed by God’s word and His Holy Spirit.

God is a God of order, not chaos. He puts down rules for the protection and life of His people, not to destroy them or hold them back in bondage to death. Jesus died to give freedom to live for God, not for self and death.

No matter what nation you live in or what government you live under, you are under God’s rules, if you consider yourself a believer. Do not allow yourself to be corrupted by the ways of the world in doing as you see fit.

Follow God’s ways and rules that will lead to life, eternal life. Use the freedom you have been given to live for God, not self and death. Do only what God wants you to do. In the end it will bring you eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to resist the selfish ways of this world; that you will only do what God wants you to do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

2 Peter 2:19 Promised False Freedom

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for”people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19

People in every nation around the world love to be able to do, say and go where they like without major restrictions. Some nations are more free than others.

Those in much more free nations feel that they can do whatever they want without any negative repercussions. Some believe that anything is permissible and should not be restricted in any way. While they appear to be completely free, most are being deeply held in slavery.

Peter, in talking about people following their own desires, says that they promise freedom, but are slaves to depravity or sin, because they have been mastered by the sin.

At the same time that many people appear to be free, they are actually mastered by something. Often they are addicted to something that is not always good, feeling that they must have or do something or else life is not good.

Sin looks and sounds good on the outside. It appears as if the one who sins is really living life. Complications and difficulties are covered up with no regard to the future. The hearts of people run after sin as though there is no problem.

Many in the church have bought into the lies of the world and are chasing after sin, thinking that they are free. In so doing, they are binding themselves up to the slavery of sin and depravity.

Strong, true believers will flee sin and seek God to break off the bondages of sin in their lives. They will see that true life is one that is in bondage to God, who brings life, not to selfish desires that bring about death. They will be mastered only by God, not man, things or sin.

You, like most people, like to have freedom to be able to choose what you think, say or do. The world is going to try and trap you in the lies of false freedom.

Seek God and His word to know what real freedom is. Allow God and His Holy Spirit to be master over your life, guiding you and strengthening you to live a holy and righteous life in Christ Jesus.

Resist the temptation to follow the world and its depravity and sin.

Who or what has mastered you and your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that God will open your eyes to the lies of the world; that you will not be a slave to sin; and that you will be mastered by God alone.