Ezekiel 20:44 God Deals Differently

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You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, you people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord. Ezekiel 20:44 

When a crime is committed by a person, people want the person to pay for it. They want punishment to be brought upon the person.

Generally most people want the punishment to fit the crime. The more serious the crime, the greater the punishment. No one wants a person who stole a piece of candy to get a death sentence. At the same time, many want the person who murdered a person in cold-blood to get the death sentence.

Ezekiel tells that people that God is telling them that He will not deal with them as their evil ways dictate. God works in a different way and will have mercy upon them.

Most people do not really see how sinful sin is. They do not see how bad every sin is regardless of how great or how little it is. Many think that little sins can be overlooked and forgotten. Yet, with God all sin is sin. And all sin is punishable by death for eternity.

No one can say that they have never sinned, so everyone can have, and does, the judgement of death upon their heads. Yet, God in His great love and mercy, chose not to destroy them. He is willing to forgive and move forward.

God does this for His namesake, not because of something the people did. It shows His true character of true love and mercy.

Every believer has been forgiven and, yet, sins again, hopefully unintentionally. At that point he deserves death…again. Yet God still has mercy and forgives…again. God does not want to kill, but to make alive.

As a believer, you have already seen some of the mercy and love of God. There will be times when you will make a mistake and fall into a sin. Do not give up trying to live for God. Go back to Him for His love, mercy and forgiveness.

God is not out to destroy or condemn you. He is right there waiting to love and forgive you. Give God the chance to forgive you. Then strive to live for Him, being led by His Holy Spirit. God will work with you as you allow Him too. God is a God of love and mercy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will live for God; and that you will know God’s love and mercy for you and others. 

Psalm 58:1-2 False Equity And Justice

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Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2 

Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.

Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.

David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.

These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.

Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.

Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.

Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.

Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?

Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.

How are you at speaking and treating others?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world. 

Psalm 51:2 Asking For Forgiveness

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Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2 

Every person will do something wrong at some point or another in their life. When they do something wrong, sometimes they will get caught, while many times it appears that they get away with it and go free.

If no one directly says anything to a person, he feels that what he did was acceptable. There is no higher ruling or judgement because no one caught him.

Other people will do things that are wrong and try to justify it. They give excuses or reasons why they had to do what was wrong. Thus they do not see it as something wrong or sinful.

When it is viewed as nothing done wrong, there is no reason to admit it or request forgiveness.

David cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness. He had sinned and it was revealed. He knew that he had done wrong so He asks God to remove the sin from his life.

The world has its own set of rules and these rules change all the time and even from situation to situation. The authority to make these commands ultimately come from God, the supreme authority over all.

God has laid down rules on how to live on this earth, what a person can and cannot do. When a person chooses to break one of those laws, he has sinned against God.

In His great mercy God is willing to forgive and remove those sins. However, for God to do that, one must seek forgiveness. He has to ask God to forgive him and remove the sins from his life.

Jesus came and died on the cross for this very purpose, to remove sins. In His great love and mercy, Jesus is waiting to forgive and remove those sins. However, one must seek that forgiveness.

Just like David, you will sin at times against God. Everyone sins and no one is exempt from it. Do not allow that sin to remain in your life and bring you to death and separation from God.

Realize what you have done is wrong and go before God. Repent from those sins and turn away from them. Seek God’s great mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus can and will remove all sin from your life. Allow Him to change you and strengthen you to turn away from sin in your future.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will seek God’s forgiveness of your sins; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will live your life for God. 

Leviticus 4:1-2 Unintentional Sins

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what  is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands–‘ Leviticus 4:1-2

One common phrase for many people with young children is asking if what they did was done on purpose or not. The child had done something wrong, such as hitting another sibling, and parents always asked if it was done on purpose or not. Did the child want to hit, or did he hit by accident in the moment?

This question is often asked to determine how the situation is handled. If it was on purpose, the punishment will be more severe and focused differently. If it was an accident, the focus will not be so much on punishment, but upon correction and redirection.

The same type of question is often asked of adults in situations of crimes or injuries caused. There is less mercy for the one who does something wrong on purpose, than the person who did it on accident.

As God is giving Moses the directions of what sacrifices are required and how to do them, one thing He points out is that these are done when someone does something unintentionally. God does not expect His people, His followers to purposely sin against Him.

Every believer needs to be focusing his life in a way that when he does sin, and he will, it was done by accident, not on purpose. No believer should be able to be accused of purposely sinning against God.

When a believer truly knows God, he will never want to sin against God. God’s love and mercy in his life will be so great that he will keep a reign on his life to keep from sinning against God. Sinning will happen, but not with a purposeful intention as the world does.

God has provided a sacrifice for every person who has sinned–Jesus Christ. Any time you sin by accident, you have the ability to seek forgiveness from God through the blood of Jesus. This is showing God’s great love and mercy on you.

In light of that great love and mercy, keep your life focused on following Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in purposefully sinning against God. Do not give God a reason to have to punish you or correct you.

Keep your eyes on God to keep from sinning on purpose.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy for you; that you will love God with all of your life; that you will seek to turn from all sin against God; and that you will never be guilty of intentional sin against God.