Ezekiel 20:49 Just Stories?

Then I said, “Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, ‘Isn’t he just telling parables?'” Ezekiel 20:49

God tells the history of Israel in one chapter. He talks about how He had chosen them, but had to send them to Egypt. In the wilderness, while He was with them, they rebelled and He had to punish them. Later, when in the promise land, they chose to rebel against Him again, and He sends them into captivity.

Now as they are rebelling, once again, God is telling them that He will start a fire that will burn hot and destroy them because of their rebellion. The people do not believe it and just think it is a parable or a simple story.

Today, several thousand years later, there are many people who are still asking that same question. Although they don’t ask if it is just a parable, many believe the stories of the Bible are just a fable or fantasy story that was made up by someone.

God is still looking down at the world and seeing the actions of the people. He is still sending out a warning of a coming judgment. Alongside of the warning, God is also providing a way of escape from it. Since there has been no great judgment upon the world, people tend to not believe that there is a coming judgment.

Believers are telling others about the work of Jesus on the cross and that He will return some day. Many do not believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead. There are many who do not even believe He existed and that all of the Bible is just a story that was made up. Since Jesus has not returned in 2,000 years, many do not believe that He is real.

You need  to take a look at what you read in the Bible and decide if it is truly God’s Word or not. You have to make a choice in this. It cannot be partially true and partially false. It is one or the other. Either God spoke the truth, or He spoke a bunch of stories.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the beliefs of many in this world that the Bible is just a really good story book. It is God’s Word and all the words in it will be fulfilled.

I pray today that you will know the Bible as God’s word; that you will tell others what God is saying; that your heart will be kindled on fire to serve God; and that your life will be a witness that His word is true.

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Ezekiel 13:3 Woe To False Visions

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Ezekiel 13:3

There were many prophets during the time of Ezekiel that were going around and prophesying. They were saying that God was saying there would be peace and that God was on  their side. While this was happening, God was having His prophets stating that there would be no peace and that there would be destruction. God was watching this and promised that there would be problems and punishment for this to occur.

Although there are not very many people who claim to be prophets today, there are many who claim to have visions from God and know what God wants. The claims are usually mixed with truth and falsehood. There is truth that God does love people and accepts all who come to Him. The falsehood is seen in stating that God accepts people purposely living in sin and refusing to follow His ways.

Visions of God honoring nations that claim to know God are common, however, many in those nations are not really choosing to know God. Cities are not truly following God. They are accepting sin to be openly practiced and promoted.

In the world, these things are to be expected, but not in the church. People in the church turn a blind eye to the sins inside the church. Inside the church are people who are living outside of wedlock and yet are leaders in the church. There are people who are living in alternate lifestyles in the church and it is accepted by the church. There are people who live to gossip and spread rumors in the church, and yet are not confronted about the sin.

Living like this does not show a person who is really seeing or hearing from God. They are living to themselves, following their own ways of thinking.

As you go through your days consider what you are hearing and seeing from God. Where is God leading you? What is He showing you to do?

Do not be like the foolish prophets and claim things that God has never stated. God will have His day of judgment upon those people. Seek to know and claim God and His Word.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will show you visions of what He wants; that you will only speak the truth of God’s word; and that you will follow all of God’s ways.

Jeremiah 36:23-24 No Fear Or Remorse

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Jeremiah 36:23-24

Jehoiakim was the king of Judah and had been leading the people into sin against God. Through Jeremiah, God had been telling the people that destruction was coming because of their actions. Some of the people heard the words and believed them. When it was reported to the king what was being said, he requested the scroll be brought and read to him.

As the scroll was read, he would tear out section by section and burn it in the fire. When the entire scroll was read it was destroyed and there was no fear of God in what was said, nor did they turn and repent of their sins.

Very few people today would purposely burn the Bible if they were given one, even though even fewer would take time to read any of it. There are many people who go to church each week and hear the words of God read from the Bible. Instead of burning the Bible, they ignore it. Most people ignore most of what the Bible says.

The world likes to pick out the verses that God loves them, all believers are to forgive, and that there will be peace and happiness some day. When it comes to the verses talking about turning away from sin and coming judgment, most people ignore them.

Ignoring God’s word is no different than the king burning the scroll. It is actually better for one to burn the bible than to ignore it. Burning it, shows one has no fear of it or remorse for sins. Ignoring it gives the appearance of accepting it, while the heart is far from God.

Think about when you hear or read parts of the Bible. What are your thoughts on what you hear or read? Do you strive to apply those words to your life?

Do you respect and honor God’s word or do you ignore it and go on with your life?

Do not burn God’s word today, they are words of life, abundant, eternal life.

I pray today that you will find life in God’s word; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will apply His word to your life; and that you will not ignore what God has to say to you.

Jeremiah 32:3 Why Do You Speak That Way?

Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.'” Jeremiah 32:3

Jeremiah had been prophesying that God would destroy Judah and Jerusalem placing the people into captivity in Babylon. This went against the beliefs of the Israelites, because they were the chosen nation and God would not do something like that. The king of Judah had Jeremiah put in prison because of his words. He also asked him why he would say things like that. Jeremiah was just speaking what God had told him to say.

People love to talk about a lot of things. There are some people who can speak for a long time and not really say anything. Others speak just a few words and seem to speak whole volumes of information very quickly.

Words can build up or they can tear down. It all depends on what words are being said and how they are being said.

Most people when they speak, they are just speaking what they think or feel in the moment. It is common for  a person to blurt out something in the heat of the moment that he regrets only seconds later. A few people will actually take time to think about what they are about to say to ensure it is spoken well and is correct and helpful.

As a believer you are responsible for what you say or don’t say. You are also responsible for how you say things. One of your first responsibilities is to speak the gospel message to everyone you can.

The reason you have this responsibility to speak like that is that Jesus gave His life for you and told you to do it. You are to speak all the words of God. Sometimes those words are words of love and comfort, showing how Jesus cares for a person. Other times those words will be harsh words warning of destruction and death coming.

You must keep your focus on what God is saying to the people you meet with. What does He want you to say? That is the only thing you should be saying. It gives you the reason why you speak what you do, whether peaceful or harsh.

I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that your purpose for speaking is to point people to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your words. 

Memory Verses

There are many false beliefs and teachings in this world. Knowing what God’s word says is very important. If you are already reading the Bible, you are on your way to being strong in the Lord. However, just reading the bible does not keep you focused all day, all the time. It is easy to forget what was read.

Memorization helps keep God’s word in focus at the front of your mind. David wrote that he hid God’s word in his heart so that he would not sin against God. As you have His word hidden in your heart, you will always be thinking about what He said. It will help you remember His promises and commands to you. This will help you live your life more for God, than for this world and self.

Starting later today, I will be posting one verse from the bible to work on memorizing. Take time to read it. Write it down and carry it with you each day. I will post one verse every Friday for you to work on.

Each morning when you get up, look at that verse and try to quote it. As you are driving to work, think about that verse. As you are doing chores around the house, think about that verse. As you walk through a store, think about that verse. As you are filling your car with gas, think about that verse.

Quote it several times a day, each day and you will soon have it memorized, hidden in your heart.

May you know God’s blessings as you memorize and hide His word in your heart.

Jeremiah 26:2 Speak All The Words

This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. Jeremiah 26:2

God was going to have Jeremiah stand before the people and speak some of His words. The words that were to be spoken were not the most kind type of words. It would be words that were commands to change their ways or become a curse and be destroyed. They would be words that the people would become very angry about and attempt to kill Jeremiah. God did not want Jeremiah to miss a single word as he spoke to the people, despite how the people would react.

It is easy to talk about how much God loves a person and all the things that are good about God. For many people it is much harder to talk about God’s commands to change and the results of not giving up sin. It is more difficult because people may not accept the words or get angry about them.

In today’s society, often one has to be careful not to politically/socially offend someone else with their words. No Christian believer should ever attempt to offend someone on purpose. However, every Christian has a duty to speak God’s word in truth and love.

God has spoken a lot of words and told His people to speak all of them. Some of those words are easy to hear because they are just about God’s love. Other words are harder to hear, because they are about change and giving up sinful ways. Not everyone will accept the words, but they still need to be spoken.

When you go out today in this world, be willing to speak every word God has given you. Be led by His Holy Spirit in what to say to those you come in contact with.

Some people may accept those words and change, while others may reject them and get angry. Regardless of the outcome, you need to be faithful to God’s Word and commands.

Are you speaking God’s word today?

Are you being a witness of what God wants to do and is doing?

Do not be afraid to speak His words today.

I pray today that you will know what God wants to be said; that you will not fear speaking God’s word to everyone you meet; that you will speak with the love and compassion for people that God has; and that you will be God’s witness to this world of His love and judgment.