2 Kings 16:4 What Is Being Promoted?

He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree. 2 Kings 16:4

Regardless of where a person lives or goes there is always something being promoted or advertised as something needed. Businesses and people are selling things all the time as the latest and greatest item that is needed by every person.

Not only are physical things being pushed, but there are also activities, ideas, and philosophies being promoted. Overall, the things being promoted are the same regardless of where one is at in the world.

When Ahaz had become king, he offered sacrifices and burned incense everywhere possible to false gods.

in some nations there are very few people who will worship an actual idol as though it is god, many will sell their lives out to some physical item or philosophy in life. Promotion for all of these items is very high.

Ads abound everywhere that promote sin and sinful practices as good and needed. People in prominent positions are leading others in doing sinful acts. The world rejects God and following God in order to pursue their own personal pleasures and to push others into those sins.

Believers are to reject the ways of the world and leave the life of sin. Instead of participating in sin and promoting sin, believers are to promote the good news of Jesus. The world needs to hear the news that they are dying and need a Savior, who is Jesus.

In the same way that the world is promoting sin in every high place, hilltop and under every spreading tree, believers need to tell others about Jesus and God’s required holiness. Life is to be promoted, not the sinful ways of death that the world is following and promoting.

Although you may not be a king and lead thousands of people, there are people who are watching you and following your examples of what you do or do not do.

Every action you do or don’t do is promoting something. Either it is promoting the sinful ways of the world, or it is promoting Jesus and the standards of God.

As a believer, your every action should be promoting God and His standards. Regardless of where you are, you have the ability to be a shining light of God for the world to see. It can encourage other believers and point the world to Jesus.

What are you promoting today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will follow the ways of God in all of your thoughts and actions; that you will show the world Jesus in all that you say and do; and that you will turn from the sinful ways the world is promoting.

2 Kings 7:9 Don’t Keep It To Yourself

Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.” 2 kings 7:9

Every so often a person may receive something of great value that is actually available to anyone who wants it. Instead of telling others about the great find, many will often hoard it to themselves and not share it. This is done so that they do not lose out on what they found.

While Samaria was under siege and had no food, some lepers went into an Aramean camp that was deserted and found a lot of food. They recognized that what they were doing was not right and chose to go tell the royal palace about the food.

It is easy to want to hoard something that one gets, especially when it is an extremely needed item that one has not had in a long time. Yet, hoarding to one’s own self will often bring a lot of problems and punishment in the end.

Believers have come across a table of food that will feed into eternity, yet many believers hoard it to themselves. This food is the word of God and His plan of salvation for each and every person. This is the greatest message that anyone can know about or ever tell.

Yet, many choose to not tell other people about Jesus, to tell of the great gospel message. This is done out of fear of rejection, fear of hatred, fear of being ridiculed, or fear of many other different reasons.

Every believer needs to go out and share what God has given them and done for them. Life needs to be brought to the rest of the world living as lepers and dying.

As a believer you have been given the greatest gift ever–salvation. You have the food that every person needs, and you have more than you can ever use on your own.

Do not keep this great message to yourself but go out and be willing to share it with anyone and everyone you meet. God is ready and willing to save people, but they must know about it. If you hoard it to yourself, you may be saved, but God will pull back on other blessings that were available to you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will share the gospel message of Jesus to everyone you can; that you will share what God has done for you with others; and that many will believe through your message.

Romans 1:14-15 Are You Eager To Spread The Gospel?

I am obligated to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. Romans 1:14-15

Any person who has really good news is always eager to pass it on to others around him. Those who have good news that can help others are also eager to pass it on to anyone and everyone that they can.

Car salesmen often seem very eager to sell a person some new car. To the salesperson it is the best thing on the market and everyone needs it right now.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, tells them that he is obligated to everyone, regardless of who they are. He is very eager to preach the gospel to everyone in Rome.

All over the world people are seeking for and desiring life, a long life. Very few actually want to die. The sad part is that the answer to eternal life is available, but many do not get to hear about.

The person who has heard the gospel and accepted it, believing in Jesus for forgiveness of sins and gaining eternal life, now has the greatest news of all time. However, many believers do not pass that information, that great news on. They hold that great news to themselves, not wanting to sound preachy or pushy.

Since the believer has the greatest news of all time, he should be very eager to pass that news on, to allow every person a chance at having eternal life. Each and every day the believer will have opportunities to tell someone about Jesus.

Doing this is showing the greatest love to a person that can be shown. Not telling a person about Jesus is showing hatred towards that person.

Every day you get opportunities to talk to various people. What is the first thing that you want to talk about?

Allow God to put His love in your heart for the people so that you will desire and be eager to tell them about Jesus. Despite all the important things that can be talked about in life, nothing is more important than the salvation of a soul.

Be eager to tell others about Jesus. Seek opportunities to tell more and more people about Him. The more people you tell about Jesus, the more people can choose to follow Him and have eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s heart of love towards all people; that you will tell as many as possible about Jesus; that you will be eager to tell people about Jesus; and that God will save many people through your message.

Acts 5:42 Never Stop

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

In order to get something big accomplished a person must start and keep going. As he is going, there will often be some difficulties or troubles that attempt to stop him. Instead of allowing those troubles to stop him, he must push forward and keep doing what he wants, or else he will never accomplish his goal.

Most will give up, when they hit a mountain of troubles.

Peter and some other apostles had been preaching the gospel message, when they were caught and put in prison. Upon a warning and a release, they went back out and continued openly to proclaim the good news of Jesus everywhere.

When Jesus left the earth the last thing He told the disciples to do was preach the gospel in all of the world. At that time the world had a large population, spread across the entire world. Today that population has grown extremely exponentially to over seven billion people.

Along with the growth of the population, the need to spread the gospel message has also grown.

Every believer has an opportunity, every day to tell someone something about Jesus and the good news of salvation. Sadly, many will want to talk about the weather, sports, work or something else. They have chosen to stop telling people about Jesus, because they may be ridiculed or persecuted and hated.

Jesus and the disciples kept moving forward with the message, despite any troubles. In reality, the more trouble there was, the more they spread the gospel message.

Believers have the need and the mandate to spread the gospel message. The world needs this message and they cannot stop, until everyone has heard it.

Throughout your life you may have attempted some big projects. Some you may have accomplished, while others you stopped because of problems.

The largest and greatest project you have to work on is getting the gospel message out to everyone you can. As you accomplish this task, people will be saved and be given true, eternal life.

If you chose to stop spreading the gospel message, people will die in their sins, never having true, eternal life.

Despite the problems and troubles, don’t stop spreading the gospel message. Make it your highest priority to keep it going to all the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you the boldness to preach His gospel message; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that God will give you strength to keep going; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution.