2 Chronicles 7:19 But if…

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“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them,” 2 Chronicles 7:19 

Contracts are common between businesses, businesses and people, and people and other people. Every contract has some type of clause in it that if one party or the other does not hold up to the agreement in the contract, there will be consequences.

The types of consequences can be very severe or very mild, but there will be a consequence. Every contract will be different in what the consequences are. They are there to protect both parties from anything going wrong. Pages and pages of clauses can be written into some contracts, while others only have one or two lines.

God had made a covenant with the Israelites, this was His contract with the people. As Solomon was following God and had built the temple, God told him that He would always be there and bless him and the nation of Israel. However, Solomon and the people would have to continue to follow Him. If they chose to not follow God, then there would be severe consequences and His hand of blessing would be removed. He would set out to destroy them.

Jesus had made a new covenant between God and mankind. He shed His blood to remove the consequence of sin. However, there is still a clause in following Jesus. One must follow and trust Him with all of his heart. It is a belief that Jesus does the saving and removing of sin, not works or self. It would also be that He would be God and God alone, no other gods were allowed to be followed.

If one chooses to begin to follow other gods or idols, God will remove His hand of blessing on that person. He will always love the person, but cannot have him in His presence, because of the sin in his life and refusal to follow Jesus.

You have a choice to make. Will you follow Jesus or will you follow some idol or false god?

As you follow and trust in Jesus with all of your life, God will pour out blessings upon you. However, if you choose to walk away and follow some idol or other god, He will pull back that favor and blessing.

Don’t be a statistic of walking away from God, but follow Him with all of your life. Don’t make God say ‘but if’.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in Jesus alone for your salvation; that God will keep you close to Him; that you will turn from self and idols to God; and that you will know the blessings and favor of God in your life.

Numbers 34:2 Boundary Lines

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Command the Israelites and say them: When you enter Canaan, the land that you will allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries: Numbers 34:2

In life it is very common to have a boundary line. Countries, states, counties, and cities always have a boundary line. These boundary lines are put in place to show where ownership is located. The authorities are not able to cross those lines with their power.

Even individual people have boundary lines on their own personal property. They often will put up a fence to let others know where that line is. They want to protect their property from their neighbor.

As the Israelites were getting ready to go into the land of Canaan and take the land, God gave them boundary lines where they could live and own. They were not free just to live anywhere, but in a specific area of land.

This type of boundary is often accepted by most people. However, there are other types of boundaries that are not always accepted as easily. Many businesses have a dress-code boundary for their workers. They are given boundaries on how they can dress for work. There are boundaries on how fast a person can drive down the road, boundaries on what a person can say in public, how a person may act.

God has also given people non-physical boundaries in this life. The believer is not to step over the boundary line into sin. They are not to stray off the path that God has set them upon on their journey to heaven. They are not to step off into the boundary of hate and harm, but to stay in the boundaries of love.

Boundaries are set by God to help each person individually and everyone as a whole.

Although it is common to not fully understand why God has set up a boundary in your  life, you can trust God that it is for your benefit. God never sets boundaries without love in mind.

Do not be like some people and attempt to step across the boundary line into territory that God has forbidden you to take. Keep clear of the line so that you will stay in God’s purpose and will for your life.

Know that God has your best in mind when He sets the boundary line. It is for your benefit, not to hold you back.

I pray today that you will know the boundary lines God has set up in your life; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will trust God’s choices in your life; and that you will know the inheritance you have in Christ Jesus.

Exodus 39:43 Do Just As God Commands

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Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:40

Following directions is something that a lot of people do not really like to do. The classic picture is on Christmas morning when all the gifts are opened and the child has a gift that has to be put together. The father ‘knows’ how to do it, so he does not look at the directions. Hours later the gift is still not together, because he chose not to read the directions and follow them.

It is common for people to do things their own way, rather than follow directions. People try to cut the corners on work in the workplace, because they know a better way to do it. People are quick to buck the system as they think they have the best way to do something.

Often, when directions are not followed correctly, the results are disastrous. The item does not work, things break, injuries occur, and one can get into trouble.

This does not just happen with people in this world, but also inside the church. God gives directions on what to do, how to do it, or what not to do and people tend to not follow the directions. They think that they have the best way to do it.

Moses gave some men the directions God had given him in how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. When it was completed, Moses looked at it and saw that they had done everything just as God had commanded.

God can see the bigger picture of life. He knows the perfect way to do everything and anything. He is the one who wrote the perfect rule book for every situation in life. Every believer needs to take time to know those directions and choose to follow them.

There are things God has directed you to do in your life. You have a choice to make, will you follow what God has said or will you choose to do your own thing.

If you choose to do your own way, it will not work out and it will result in failure. If you choose to follow God’s directions, you will ultimately have success in the end.

Make the choice to follow God’s directions for your life, even if it doesn’t make sense. God’s directions are best and in the end you will be blessed by following them.

I pray today that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will choose to do things God’s way; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; and that you will see the benefit of following God’s commands.

Exodus 24:7 Will You Obey?

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Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the LORD has said; we will obey.” Exodus 24:7

Everyday people hear or see many different commands of what to do or what not to do. Some of the commands are so common, that most people do not even think about the, such as the command to follow the speed limit. Other commands are out there that only certain people have to deal with, such as corporate tax rules and regulations, that most people don’t even know what they are.

If most people took the time to think about all of the rules and regulations there are, they would get overwhelmed. Yet, there are many rules out there that everyone needs to obey. Most of them become second nature to obey without really thinking about it.

God had given Moses the Book of the Covenant to be read to the people. This was a list of all of God’s commands for the people to follow. After it was read to the people, all the people agreed to obey everything in the Book. Yet, it is known that almost immediately they did not obey His commands. There were too many commands.

Several thousand years later, Jesus comes up and sums all of those commands up into two simple commands: love God, love others. The question is still being asked by God of every believer, if they will obey God.

All of God’s commands begin with loving Him and loving other people. Once a believer can do that, it is easy to follow the rest of the commands.

God speaks His commands through His word, the Bible and through the Holy Spirit guiding a person in this life. He never asks a person to do anything that is impossible without His help.

The Israelites had responded that they would obey God. You have a choice to make each and every day. Will you obey everything that God tells you to do?

Take time to find out what God’s commands are to you each day. Find out what He wants you to do each day, and then do it. Trust that God knows what He is asking you to do is the best thing for you to do. God loves you and will not give any commands arbitrarily.

What is your response to God’s commands today?

I pray today that you will know what God asks of you; that you will know the commands of God; that you will trust God’s commands; and that you will obey all of God’s commands.

Exodus 9:21 Ignoring God’s Word

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But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. Exodus 9:21

Ignorance is something that a lot of people like to have. They like to ignore the rules and commands that are given. Many will think that they are above the law or it does not affect them.

This action can often be seen in cities near the ocean when there is a warning of an incoming hurricane or major disastrous storm. The government will give a warning for people to leave the area for safety. Most people will leave, but there are some who do not fear the storm and think that they can weather it out safely. They refuse to follow the instructions to leave the area. Many times their homes are destroyed, some will lose their lives because they chose to ignore the command.

God had given a warning of an incoming hail storm over all of Egypt. Those who listened to God and feared Him, brought in all their slaves and livestock to safety. Those who ignored God, did not bring them into safety. The storm did come and destroyed a lot in its path, just as God had warned.

People often ignore the words of God, hoping that His word will not really occur as He said it would. For those who are not believers, this can be expected, however, many believers do the very same action. They ignore God’s word.

This can be seen in believers who choose to continue to live in sinful way. They continue to pursue a sin that God has warned them not to do. They don’t even attempt to stop sinning in a given area of their life. This is ignoring God’s commands to stop sinning and to turn to Him.

Sinning like this, is often done because they believe God will have grace upon them. Yet, the sin is done on willful purpose, ignoring God’s command.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are guilty of ignoring God’s commands. Where are you allowing sin in  your life on purpose, refusing to change and live for God?

There is a coming judgment. If you fear God, you will know that His word is true. You will take the time to strive to turn from all sin. You will allow God to change you.

Are you ignoring or following God’s commands for your life?

I pray today that you will know what God’s commands are for you; that you will live your whole life for God; that you will not live in sin against God; and that you will not ignore any of God’s commands. 

Mark 7:8 Traditions VS God’s Way

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You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions. Mark 7:8

Some Pharisees and teachers of the law were upset that the disciples were eating without washing their hands first. They questioned Jesus about the disciples actions. He pointed out that they were being hypocrites because they were holding on man-made traditions rather than following God’s commands.

Traditions are something that help keep in mind something that has occurred in the past. It brings back memory of something worth remembering.

There are many different traditions celebrated by people all over the world. The general tradition of celebrating birthdays is common all over the world. The method of celebrating a birthday is different everywhere, even in one’s own town.

Some people celebrate with just a little cake and ice cream and immediate family only. Others celebrate with lots of friends at home. Some give many presents to the birthday person, while others celebrate by the birthday person giving gifts out. Some will go out to have a party somewhere else, while some just have a quiet party at home.  Each is different.

Traditions are not bad as long as they do not get in the way of God’s commands and desires.

Churches also have many different types of traditions. None are bad as long as they do not get in the way of God’s desires.

God wants His people to love and worship Him and to love and serve each other. Every believer is expected to reach out and love the lost, drawing them towards Jesus.

Often churches come up with traditions making it difficult for a person to come to know the love of Jesus. People are shunned if they do not dress a certain way on Sunday mornings. People are looked down upon if they do not worship in a certain way.

Although the traditions held may be good, they can cause problems if they ignore God’s commands or block His commands. If they hold tightly to a certain “church” rule so that a person does not want to be there, then it is a bad tradition to hold on to.

Think about the traditions that you hold on to. Do they point people to God? Or do they push people away from God?

Do they show God’s love? Or just man’s traditions?

Strive to live according to God’s rule of love.

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will not hold traditions over God’s commands; that you will know God’s love for you and others; and that you will show God’s love to everyone.