Revelation 12:17 There Is A War Going On

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring–those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. Revelation 12:17

People all over the world are desiring peace and an end to wars. Yet, wars are occurring on a regular basis around the world.

Nations are fighting against nations for control and power. Inside every nation people are fighting against other people for many different reasons. The fighting is occurring from a national level all the way down to inside of homes and families.

John describes a woman, (believed to be the church), being protected from a dragon, (Satan). Since Satan could not get the woman, he goes after her offspring who are all the believers that keep God’s word and their testimony about Jesus.

As the world is focused on various physical wars occurring all over the world, there is a greater war going on that is not always physical. It is a war against believers in Jesus.

Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy everyone and everything he can. He hates anyone who has life, joy and peace and will do anything he can to destroy that person, thus warring against every believer.

This war begins in the mind and will of each person. His ammunition is not physical bullets and bombs, but temptations to sin and doubt. Every sin is a direct disobedience to God’s will. Doubt is a result in not believing the word of God and the work of Jesus in one’s own life.

Knowing that Satan is on a warpath against every believer, it should cause the believer to be aware of it and ready to hold on to what God has said as truth. The believer must also stay focused on obeying every command of God, despite the war waged against him.

You are in a war for your soul from the moment you chose to believe in and follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Neither Satan nor the world likes what you are doing and will do whatever it takes to try and stop you and defeat you.

Do not be surprised when trials and temptations come your way, Satan wants you to lose. Do not give up or give in on your obedience to God and holding onto the promises of God through Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will make you will be aware of the attacks of the enemy; that you will obey the commands of God; that you will hold on to your testimony about Jesus; and that God will give you victory over the enemy.

1 Corinthians 5:12 Who Is To Be Judged?

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 1 Corinthians 5:12

Nearly every city, county and state in America has a judge that sits on a seat to make judgements about various situations. Rules are put in place and are expected to be followed. The judgement occurs when those rules are not followed correctly.

Judgements also occur inside of many organizations and just among people in general. They are made when a norm or a rule is not followed correctly. The challenge comes in as to who makes the rules or what rules are to be followed.

After talking about expelling a believer living in sin, Paul tells the people that they are not to focus on judging those outside the church, but those in the church.

It is very common to hear people quickly say that no one is to judge anyone, that all judgement is to be left up to God and God alone. This belief is only partially true.

Believers are not to judge those outside the church, because those people do not know or understand God’s commandments. People outside the church are living just like their character, not according to God’s character. They cannot be expected to live any other way.

However, those inside the church are expected to live according to God’s commands. Too often people who consider themselves believers, live in purposeful sin, refusing to repent or change, while still calling themselves a follower of Jesus. It is these people inside the church that Paul tells the believers to judge and expel.

As one does judging, he must take into consideration whether the sin being committed is one on purpose or by a slip up. One who tries to not sin, may slip up and does not need to be judged, but guided.

Start judging by looking at your own life. Are you purposefully living in sin or are you striving to stop all sin?

Once you have judged yourself, do not be afraid to look at other believers around you. If one is living in sin, find out if he is striving to stop the sin or not. If he is trying to stop sinning, then guide him and build him up in the Lord. If he is not trying to stop, warn him and then expel him.

Always remember that those outside the church are living like their leader Satan.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to live by God’s commands; that God will guide you in leading others in His ways; that God will give you wisdom on what to judge by His standards; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Micah 6:3 What Has God Done?

Heavy load

“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. Micah 6:3 

It is often heard of bosses who place heavy burdens upon their workers. They will have one worker who is very good at following orders all the time, so the boss will load an overload of work upon him. It will often be more than should be expected or was agreed upon in the hiring process.

This can be done to lightened the head manager’s workload. Or it can be done to shirk responsibility, or to take advantage of someone’s work ethic. Regardless of why it is done, it often makes the work of the worker very difficult.

God asks the people the question of how He has been a burden to them. God expected an answer.

Many people feel as though God asks too much of them. They feel as though what God is asking of them is a heavy and difficult burden.

The burden that God puts upon all who follow Him is actually very light. All He requires is that people love Him with everything in them, obey Him, and love everyone else.

People often get hung up on the ‘obey’ part. They say that there are too many rules. There are not that many rules, if fact, only two–love God and love others.

For both of these rules God also gives one His Holy Spirit to guide him and give him strength to accomplish what needs to be done to obey God and love others. All loving others comes down to is being a witness of who Jesus is in whatever method is available at the moment–speaking, helping, guiding, loving, correcting etc.

God does not put a heavy burden upon His people. People make it heavy, so they can’t do it or won’t do it.

There may be times when you feel God is giving you a heavy burden, more than you can handle. That is good, now release yourself to God and allow Him to work through you to accomplish that burden. Lean on His strength to do what needs to be done.

Everyday work on the job Jesus started–to seek and save those who are lost. As you do God’s work, you will find fulfillment, strength and rest. God will meet all of your needs. God’s work is not a heavy burden, but a fulfilling one as you see others come to Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God as for you to do; that you will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, direction, strength and rest; and that you will do the light work God has called you to do.

Psalm 118:18 Open Eyes

Boy looking on bridge

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 118:18 

The law is something that tells a person what he can or cannot do. It is often seen as stifling or constricting upon a person. Very few people like to have laws made that are set ‘against’ them. It is acceptable for laws that are for the other person or to protect oneself, but not against oneself.

People like their freedom to do what they want, when they want, and how they want with no one to tell them anything different. So because of this, laws are often disposed or ignored. They do not see any or little value in the laws that are made.

In this psalm, the writer asks God to open his eyes up to the wonderful things in His law.

Just as many in the world do not like laws or rules, there are many believers who do not like the commands and laws of God. All they want is the freedom that is pronounced in Jesus. They are quick to point out that God is full of grace and mercy and that there is freedom. This is done to justify their sinful nature.

Since God is perfect and holy in all that He says and does, His law is also perfect. God put the law in place for a purpose. It was for the benefit of all people.

Following the law of God will not save a person, but it shows how a person is to live for God. Jesus fulfilled the law in providing the perfect sacrifice to save a person, but He did not abolish it. It is still there to guide a person on how he should think, speak and act in this fallen world.

The eyes of a believer need to be opened up by God’s Holy Spirit to reveal how great His law is, to be able to see the value in God’s law in this world.

Do not despise God’s law or reject it as old and of no value. Seek God’s word and see the value in what God had to say. Find out why the law was put into place and how you can apply it to your life to live a life that God wants you to live.

Trust in Jesus for your salvation, but live following God’s ways and commands. His law is perfect for how to live this life.

I pray today that God will reveal His law to you; that you will open your heart to seeing God’s law for you; that you will trust in Jesus for your salvation; and that you will live according to the commands of God.