Zechariah 2:13 Be Still Before God

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Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Zechariah 2:13 

Being still is something very difficult for most people. They feel as if they need to be doing something at all times. When one is not doing something, he feels like he is failing or, more often, as if he is missing out on something.

In the process of continual movement, many people will burn out or make poor choices. Anxiety and depression will arise because of the need to keep moving. Health will quickly deteriorate, causing many serious health issues. Focus will become unstable.

Zechariah tells the people to be still before God. God was beginning to rise up again among them to lead them. He would rise against the enemies and destroy them.

Believers will often find themselves acting as the world does, needing to be constantly doing something. Some will never say no to anything asked of them, regardless of what it costs them.

While it is good for a believer to be doing the work of God, ministering, witnessing and serving, one needs to sometimes be still before God. Some move forward so much that they will run ahead of what God is doing and begin to do their own thing.

Every believer needs to stop once in a while and be still before God. This gives God a chance to renew their strength and focus. It allows time for a person to hear from God to get the information for the next mission. It also allows the person to be able to take a step back and see what God is doing.

Jesus often stepped out of the picture to be alone with God. He took time to be still before His Father. No believer should be any different than Jesus.

As you are going through your days take note as to how much you are running. Are you slowing down enough to hear from God and really see what He is doing and to hear what He wants you to do next?

Each day allow yourself to pause and be still before God. Ask God to show you what He is doing and what He is requiring of you for that day. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you into the work He desires of you.

As you are still before God, you will gain the strength and ability to do more with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will slow down to hear from God; that God will open your eyes and mind to what He is doing; and that God will give you strength to do His work He has for you to do.

Micah 2:6 Refusing To Listen

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“Do not prophecy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophecy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6 

No one likes to hear bad news, when it is about themselves. They only want to hear good news, positive things.

People who go to the doctor and receive some bad news about their health, often go to another doctor to get a second opinion. Or the ignore the news, not believing it is the truth. They do not want to believe that the bad news is the truth.

Micah was bringing bad news to the people of Israel. Their prophets were telling him to stop prophesying that way. They did not believe it would happen as they were being told.

God has not changed over the years since Micah’s time. He still is against sin and sinful practices. He still warns people to turn away from sin or else there will be disaster and punishment.

All over America and most other nations, sin is promoted as good. Anyone who speaks out against sinful practices is listed as a hater or as one who wants to take away someone else’s freedom to do and live as he desires. As this is done believers are told to keep quiet and keep their belief to themselves.

Every believer is placed upon this earth to be a witness of who Jesus is. One of the things Jesus is, is holy and pure. The believer is also supposed to be like Jesus and tell others to be like Him–holy and pure.  This requires a turning away from sin.

Those who choose not to turn away from sin will eventually face a final judgement. Punishment or correction for living in sin may occur in this life. God does this to warn people of what is to come, giving them a chance to repent.

When God is speaking to you about some warning of judgement to come, do not ignore it. Take it to heart and change as He is calling you to change. Do not allow your heart to be hardened like the world and ignore the prophesies.

If you choose to purposely live in sin, then disgrace will overtake you and you will be destroyed. However, you have the opportunity to turn from sin and follow God. Do not live for evil, but live for God and His holiness and righteousness. Listen to the prophets for God wants to give you good, not punishment.

I pray today you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live as Jesus lived; that you will listen to what God says through His prophets; that you will not give God a reason to bring on disaster; and that you will speak the words of God to this world. 

Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

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When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.

Jeremiah 25:4 Refusing To Listen

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And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. Jeremiah 25:4 

Everyday as a person drives down the road he can see signs that tell him the speed limit and to not drink alcohol and drive. Yet, many refuse to listen to those signs and warnings and will do both.

Many feel that they are exempt from those laws or that they can drive better than anyone else. They drink and drive, then many will cause accidents and even death because they had refused to listen to what was told to them. They chose, rather, to do their own thing.

Jeremiah accuses the people of Israel of refusing to listen to God. They had been sent many warnings by different prophets, yet they would not listen to what was being said.

Every prophet that was sent to the Israelites were sent to people today, along with new servants with the same message. The message has been the same since God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden–follow and obey God.

Just as it was with the Israelites during Jeremiah’s time, people do not listen or pay attention to the message. God is still telling people to not follow false gods, to turn away from all sin, to live a holy life, to believe in and obey Jesus and to be His witness in this world.

Yet, many, even in the church, are not paying attention to what God is saying. The false gods of pride, wealth, fame, self, sex, and greed are being worshipped everyday, both inside and outside the church.

Those who claim to believe in Jesus, must listen to what God is saying. They must turn away from sin and follow Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength. This can only be done when they are listening.

Have you heard what God has said? If you have heard are you listening–obeying God’s word?

At a minimum God has called you to be separate, to turn away from all sin, to obey God’s word, and to be His witness. No matter where you are in this life in your walk with God, there is always room to grow and do better for God. There is always more to listen to and obey.

Do not be like the Israelites and most of the world and not pay attention to God, His word and His servants.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to what God is saying; that you will apply what God is saying to your life; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Isaiah 32:3 Seeing And Hearing

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Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. Isaiah 32:3 

People can see and hear without really seeing or hearing. The eyes can be deceived very easily, making what is not real to appear to be real. The words being said can be false, yet appear as though they are truth.

The majority of people in the world live as though they know the truth and reality of life. They feel as if they are in complete control of their destiny and everything will work out correctly.

Often they do not see what is just around the corner or the disaster that they are walking into.

Isaiah talks of a time when the people will be able to really see and will be able to really hear what is being said. They will no longer be blind and unhearing.

In the church there are many people who claim to be believers and followers of Jesus, yet do not really hear what He is saying. They cannot see what God is doing and the path God is leading them on.

They have chosen to close up their eyes and ears to what God is saying and doing in order to live their life in their own way. Living in purposeful sin is refusing to hear what God says about that sin. It is rejecting God and His ways.

Others have chosen to allow their eyes and ears to be open to what God is saying and doing. They see what is sin and what is not sin. They understand what it really means to follow after God.

Living for God is a choice that has to be done with open eyes and ears. In one’s own self he cannot make the right choices and will always choose to sin. But with God’s guidance by His Holy Spirit and word, he can choose to live for God.

Seek to have God open your eyes and ears to what He is saying. God is right there to guide you in how to live for Him. God has called you to live a holy life in service to Him.

Instead of closing your eyes and ears to God’s word, allow those words in to change your life. See what God can do in your life and through your life in order to make you more like Jesus and to build His kingdom on this earth.

I pray today that you will open your ears and eyes to God; that God will help you to see what He is doing; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will live for God with all of your life.