Daniel 9:6 Confession Of Not Listening

Lying down in confession

We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:6 

Warnings, directions and guidance are given all the time by different people and for different situations. Some of these are to guide people in doing things better or in a safer manner. Other things are given as a warning to prevent problems from occurring.

Often the guidance given is ignored. People think that they can do it themselves with no guidance, can do it better, or are above needing help. They do not see the guidance as necessary and strive to do it alone in their own way. In doing so failure is often a result.

The nation of Israel was in captivity. This captivity was long prophesied about. It was a result of sin and refusing to listen to the warnings that had been given. Daniel is now confessing for his nation that they as a people did not listen to the warnings that had been given.

God is still in the business of given warnings and direction. He strives to guide everyone in the best way to live on this earth. He does not desire to bring about judgement or punishment upon anyone, but to pour out abundant life.

Men have been used by God to warn of how people in the church are living to please self and this world. God is patient, but there will come a time of judgement upon the lands and people because of sin and the refusal to listen and obey God.

Believers need to be willing to confess the sins of their nation and seek God’s mercy upon all people. Everyone is part of the guilt of a nation for refusing to obey and follow God. Confession must come so that God can forgive and heal.

Regardless of what nation you live in, there are sins that your nation has committed against God. Some of those sins you may have been a part of. Others you may not have been a part of, but had allowed because you did not fully obey God in being His witness every time He opened the door for you.

Confess your sins and those of your nation and this world. Seek God’s great love and mercy for your own life and for the lives of those around you. Begin to listen to what God is saying through His word and His prophets.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear what God is saying to you and all people; that you will obey God’s word; that you will confess all sins to God; and that you will turn from all sin to God. 

Jeremiah 10:24 Asking For Discipline

Karate group

Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure–not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24 

Very few people would be willing to ask to be disciplined. The term ‘discipline’ is often seen as a negative thing. It often implies being held back or restricted and punished for doing something.

Those who are truly successful have learn to discipline themselves and be disciplined by others. The athlete that wins the gold medal went through extreme discipline by a coach to learn to be the best. None of the athletes make it there on their own, but by discipline. At some point they were willing to ask for discipline and accept what was given them.

Jeremiah asks God to discipline him. He asks, however, that the discipline not be done out of anger, but at right levels.

One of the reasons that discipline is so poorly looked upon is that many times it is done out of anger in retaliation to something done wrong. Too many parents have often ‘discipline’ their child out of anger and frustration and hit the child in a wrong way causing more damage. Employers often discipline in the same way, though not always physically.

God’s discipline is to correct a wrong and get the person back on the right track. He is focused on building a person up, not tear or beat them down. All of this done in perfect love.

There is also the discipline of learning to say no to sin and yes to the things of God. It takes work and practice to say no to sin and yes to God. The heart and ways of man fights against good discipline. People want to do their own thing, in their own way and in their own time, rejecting God.

God is at work in your life and will do things if you will allow Him to do so. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to live your life–to discipline you.

If you are honest with yourself, you will know that you have faults in your life. You need to change, however, you may not know how to make that happen. Trust God and ask for His discipline to guide you in making that change.

Allow God to train (discipline) you to be more like Jesus every day and less like yourself and this world. It takes hard work, obedience and discipline to be like Jesus. It does not come automatically.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to discipline you; that you will work to be like Jesus in every area of your life; and that you will know God’s great love and mercy in your life. 

Isaiah 7:14 God Loves To Give Signs

Street signs on pole

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 

People use and need signs all the time. Signs let a person know when something is coming up or where it is at. Signs also let a person know what to do or not to do. They can also let a person know when a change is about to occur.

They are a great guidance for people in nearly every area of life.

There are two things that people can do when they see a sign. They can heed the sign and obey it, or they can ignore the sign and keep moving in their own way. Signs are there for a reason. To ignore the sign will often mean danger or going the wrong way.

Israel had been rejecting God, yet God was out to reach them and bring them back. God tells them, nearly a thousand years early, that He will give them a sign. This sign will be the sign of a virgin giving birth to the savior with the name of Immanuel–God with us.

Even believers in God need signs to know what is occurring or what is going to happen. God loves to give a sign to guide the believer in the right path.

Just as God gave a sign of Jesus coming the first time, He is giving signs of His return. Even today people can see signs of God’s hand at work in their lives or in the lives of others. One can see signs of God’s control in situations in life or His presence in their lives. There will also be signs of a changed life of one who begins to believe in and follow Jesus.

Search through the bible and see the signs God has already given you, the promises He has made and how He has already fulfilled many of them. See how God is already working in your life.

Once you see the signs God is giving you, follow and obey those signs. Do not ignore the signs in your life. There can be signs that things are not right between you and God, make a change. There can also be signs that you are on the right path with God, keep going forward and don’t give up.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the signs of God’s work in your life; that you will see signs of where you stand with God; and that you will heed the signs God has given you for your life. 

Proverbs 30:5 Perfect Words

Bible by lake

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 

There thousands of manuscripts of different ancient Greek stories or some other foreign writing out in circulation. With each of the translations there are many different differences of opinion as to what was originally said. There are many faults in the what was written.

There are also thousands of books that have been written giving information on how to do something. In most of these books there can be faults as to what was written. It can also be found that many different books deny the ‘facts’ in other books. Truth is hard to come by.

The writer of this proverbs knows that the word of God is perfect with no flaws in it. One can hold on to it and be protected by God.

God has allowed His word to be written down so that people can know what He has said and what He desires. These words that He has said are perfect words that work for every person. God has worked out all of the details in His word to a point of perfection.

Reading and listening to His word gives a person everything that they need to know in how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity. It reveals who God is.

When a person holds onto His word and follows it, God will be a shield around the person. The person is taking up his refuge in God and His word, not in the temporary things of this world.

Having God’s word in one’s life brings about a peace and comfort of His security and love. Without His word, there is no hope in this life, it is eat, live, die.

Throughout your life you will have many situations to deal with. Go to God’s word to seek how to deal with them. Hold on to His promises that He has for you. Know the hope you have in Jesus Christ, knowing that all this life will end some day and you will have eternity in heaven.

You can trust God’s word to you. It will never fail you. God will never fail you. Instead of holding on to the things of this world that will fade away and fail, hold onto His word.

God will hold on to and protect you when you hold to and follow His word for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will trust God’s word; that you will know the security in God’s word; and that you will know the truth in God’s word.