2 Kings 1:3 Whose Counsel Do You Seek?

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ ” 2 Kings 1:3

Everyday millions of people around the world are seeking counsel on how to deal with situations in their lives. Many will begin with seeking out friends and family members first, but then will go to professional counselors. Then many will also seek some type of spiritual counselor.

Ahaziah had become king after Ahab and Moab rebelled against Israel. Ahaziah sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub for help. God has Elijah ask him if there is no God in Israel to get him to go to Baal-Zebub for counsel.

With a simple search people can find counsel on any and every situation in their lives. The majority of the counsel that can be found is found outside of God with a worldly viewpoint. People, including believers, are very quick to find counsel from the world.

While it is expected of the world to seek their own counsel, believers should be seeking God’s counsel. Many believers do not seek God’s counsel because they know that it will probably go against what they really want, which is to be able to live in sin and get by with it.

Regardless of what the problem is or how big or small it is, the first place a believer should go to seek counsel is to God. It is only God who has perfect wisdom and sees the end from the beginning. He knows what is best to think, say and do in any and every situation, and He is ready and willing to give that counsel, and is available all twenty-four hours a day.

You most likely have situations in your life in which you need some guidance as to how to deal with it. Do not allow yourself to run to the world to seek their fallen and deceived counsel.

Begin with opening your Bible and reading and studying it to understand God’s ways better. Then take time to pray and seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in what you should or should not do.

If God was willing to send His Son to die for you, He is more than willing to guide you in how to live this life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will first seek God for any needed counsel; that you will listen and heed to the counsel of God; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will live your life serving and obeying God.

2 Peter 1:3 All That You Need

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

Depending upon where a person lives often determines how much he feels that he needs to really live life. In some locations, a person will need a new vehicle, a boat, a gated house or else they are not allowed to live there. Other locations have no direct requirements.

Advertisements abound everywhere in telling people what they need to really live life. People are constantly searching for more things that they need to make life better or easier for them.

Peter tells the people that God’s power has given them everything that they need to live the godly life He has called them to live.

Excuses are given every day why people are unable to live a very Godly lifestyle. Most often one will just say that he is human and cannot be like Jesus. Many will allow the pressures and cares of this world to keep them from being holy because God is holy.

God, in His infinite wisdom, power and love, has provided everything that a person needs to live a Godly life. Starting with the scriptures, there is a verse that will guide a person on how to live holy for every situation he may ever be in. After Jesus left the earth, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen a person to live that Godly life.

The choice every believer must make for himself, is whether he will tap into the power that God has given him to live that holy and Godly life. There is nothing more that a person needs than what God has already given, it is just a matter of using what God has given.

You have choices every day as to how you will live your life. You may live as the world lives, in sin, or you may choose to live like Jesus, a Godly and holy life. As a believer, you must be willing to choose to live as God called you to live, like Jesus, a holy and Godly life.

Open God’s word and study it to know how God wants you to live. Then seek the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you to live that holy life.

All things are possible, since God will give you all that you need.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live your life; that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will live a holy life as Jesus did; and that you will rely upon strength and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

2 John 1:2 Who Is With You When You Run?

Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9

The best of runners have to have someone alongside of them to guide them and show them the way to keep running. There is often a coach who is watching from the side to determine how well the person is running and what needs to change to improve.

Without the coach on the side, a person is just running and can easily fail at being his best.

John warns of a person who just runs ahead and leaves the teachings of Jesus. That person does not have God. The person who continues in the teaching of Jesus will always have God and Jesus by his side.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in Jesus and begin to run the race in life for Jesus. With this proclamation there has to be some change. That change is seen in that the person is now running according to God’s commands, not his own thoughts.

Throughout time there have been many in the church that claim to believe in Jesus and are running a race, but are running the race for self and the world. Choosing to live by standards that are against God’s commands is rejecting Jesus and His Holy Spirit’s guidance in one’s life. Immediately upon rejecting God’s commands, one is no longer a true believer and no longer has God or Jesus in his life.

The ways of God are different from that of the world. He calls people to walk in holiness and His will. Instead of running ahead of God, the true believer will have God by his side coaching him and leading him in the run through this life.

Examine how you are running in this life. Have you chosen to run ahead of God and leave Him and His Holy Spirit behind as you choose to do your own thing?

Or have you chosen to run with God right by your side guiding your every step? Do not allow yourself to run ahead of God, leaving His teaching behind. Stay in step with God and what He is doing.

God is the master coach who can guide your every step in towards perfection and His kingdom. Do not get lost in the ways of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will stay in the teachings and commands of God; that you will allow God to guide your every step; that you will run for God; and that you will know what God asks of you.

1 Corinthians 3:1 Are You Still Worldly?

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1

When a person speaks to some other person about some technical information, he must be assured that the other person can understand it. Often, the other person cannot understand technical information, unless he works in that field on a regular basis.

When this occurs, the one speaking must break down his information as though explaining it to a child. The extreme fine technical details must be left out, due to not being able to be understood.

Paul wanted to give the Corinthians some close details of the way God works, but was unable to do so. The people were still living by the world’s standards, not God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit will bring a person to a new level of understanding of worldly events and how God works. Sadly, many believers do not like to attain that new level. They are content to stay at the lower levels of maturity.

There are a lot of believers who are still living like the world, refusing to grow in the Lord and change. Some will say that they do not need to change, because God still loves them as they are and is saving them. Others will not change, because it is costly and painful.

People like this remain infants in God. They refuse to grow up and become more mature. If a child does not grow and change, there is a problem. Parents and doctors become worried and try to seek out why they are not growing, it is not normal.

For a believer to not grow, there is a major problem. Every believer must grow more mature in God’s word, being able to take on greater things of God and understanding more.

Examine your life and see how well you are maturing in God’s word and ways. Look back over time and see if you have changed for the better, gotten worse, or stayed the same.

If you have not matured, seek God’s Holy Spirit to help you grow. Be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live for God and turn away from all sin. Do not allow yourself to stay as an infant, being led by the world and its ways. Become a grownup in Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will learn to turn away from sin; that you will grow in being more like Jesus; and that you will do as God wants you to do.

Romans 3:20 The Purpose Of The Law

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20

In every nation and community there are laws. These laws dictate what a person can and cannot do. When a person obeys these man-made laws, he is considered a good, law-abiding person, a good person.

Most of the laws are aimed at the goal of showing people what they cannot do, in order to keep them out of trouble. It shows them what is wrong, in order that they may do what is right.

Paul says that God’s laws reveal what is wrong in people–sin. Obeying them does not make one righteous before God.

Without a law, a person cannot know if what he is doing is right or wrong. If there is no law, he cannot be held accountable for wrong actions. God laid down the law to point out what is required by every person.

If a person obeyed the law perfectly from birth on, he would be a righteous person. However, no person can obey the law perfectly from day one. Everyone breaks the law at some point or another, most on multiple times on a daily basis.

As soon as one breaks the law, he is condemned to death. Jesus provided a way to remove that condemnation by His death on the cross. Those who believe in what Jesus did, can now strive to live by the law, not to be saved, but because of what He did.

God’s law now reveals what is wrong in a person and guides them how to live for God. Every believer needs to be aware of what God’s law says, so that he may know what he is doing right or wrong and change accordingly.

As a believer, you have faith in what Jesus did for you. Do not ignore His laws and commands. Realize that those laws are there to guide you in how to live for God, now that Jesus has given you a new life.

Do not attempt to obey the laws in order to gain God’s favor or to be saved. You have already broke the law and stand condemned before God. Instead accept the forgiveness Jesus provides and begin to live for God according to His law. Then, allow God’s law to reveal what is wrong in your life and allow God to change you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will know God’s law in your heart; that God will strengthen and guide you to obey His law; and that God will change you from the inside out.