Judges 4:1 Returning To Evil

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. Judges 4:1

Having a good leader that people will follow will cause them to continue to do the right thing. Good leaders will keep others focused on the right path to walk.

Without a good leader, people will choose to do their own thing or follow just anyone. The sense of doing the right thing is often cast out or ignored. Everything becomes about what is pleasing in the moment, rather than do what is right.

After Ehud had saved the Israelites from captivity and he died, the Israelites quickly rejected God and did evil…again.

The heart of man is wicked and continues to seek wickedness as long as there is nothing pushing to focus upon God and good. Hearts will turn to evil without any motivation to turn to God and His ways of living.

It is very common for many believers to talk about worshipping and serving God when in a church setting, but almost immediately upon leaving the setting, they turn back to sin and evil. When in the private of their own home, there is no one there to lead them or keep them focused upon God. Self-pleasure rises up and the temptation to sin takes control.

Not every believer has someone who can stay with them all the time to help them stay focused upon God, but every believer does have the Holy Spirit to do that work. The Holy Spirit will guide the believer to stay focused on living for God.

However, the believer must not ignore the Holy Spirit’s direction and choose to do evil. Since the heart of man is deceitful, it only takes a moment to slip back into sin. The focus and listening to the Holy Spirit must be continual, non-stop.

The world and Satan are out to get you to ignore God and do what is evil and sinful in the eyes of God. Your heart is wicked and can easily slip back into sin and rejection of God.

Surround yourself with other believers who will lead you towards living for God and hold you accountable. Listen to and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to turn away and reject all sin and temptations to sin. Do not allow sin and evil to reign in or control your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will keep your eyes focused upon obeying God’s commands; that you will listen to and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life; that God will place people in your life to keep you focused upon Him; and that God will give you strength to reject evil and sinful temptations that will come against you.

Romans 13:1 Subject To Authority

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” Romans 13:1

Paul brings up a hard challenge for believers, and that is to be subject to those who are in authority. At the time he wrote this verse, Rome was in power and were not very nice to non-Romans. They were even more harsh with Christians. Yet, Paul tells the people to be subject to them.

In America, most people do not like the idea of having to be subject to another person. They love their freedom to do what they want when they want. It becomes especially difficult when the authority is making rules and decisions that are not appreciated or wanted.

There are decisions and rules that authorities are making that no believer should like, yet, every believer must be subject to those in authority. As long as a rule does not directly go against God’s Word, you must obey it. If it goes against God’s Word, as a believer you must be willing to stand against it and not do it, but you must also be willing to take the consequences of not obeying those in authority.

Every leader in authority has been put there by God. No one can answer why some “bad” leaders are in place or why other “good” leaders are not in place. It is God’s choice. He does everything for the good of those who love Him. “Bad” leaders may be in place to get people to look back to Him.

Look at the history of Israel in the Bible. See how many times God allowed bad leaders to overcome Israel to get them to turn back to Him.

Who are you trusting today? Are you trusting your own judgment as to who is good or bad, or what is a good or bad decision? Or are you trusting that God is the one who is really in control?

Do not be afraid of bad decisions by those in authority. Do not worry about them. Everyone in position has been placed there by God for a reason. Trust God and follow Jesus. In the end Jesus and whoever follows Him will win the war.

I pray today that you will trust that God is in control of every situation; that you will be subject to all those in authority; that you will show proper respect to those in authority; that you will follow Jesus with all your heart; and that you will be His witness to everyone.