John 15:19 Are You Loved Or Hated?

If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. John 15:19

People love to be loved. No one likes someone to hate them. In order for people to get that love, most people will do whatever it takes to please others.

When a person is hated, he often feels left out or separated from others. He will often look at himself and try to figure out what he is doing wrong to be hated and change.

Jesus pointed out to His followers that the world hates them because He had chosen them out of the world.

Although the world appeared to love Jesus for a short time, they quickly began to hate Him. The world hates Jesus because He sets a high standard of holy living. This standard goes against the world’s way of living.

Every believer, who is truly living for God, will be hated by the world as a whole. Those who are living mediocre lives for God, will be loved by the world. They live in sinful ways and accept others to live in sinful ways. They are not separate, set a part from the world.

Followers of Jesus will call sin for what it is…sin and will not compromise their standards. The world does not like that type of talk or living, it makes them feel uncomfortable.

As soon as the world begins to love a believer, one must begin to question his walk with God. How is it that the world loves him, when the world hates Jesus? This can be a test strip for how much a person is loving and serving God or serving self and the world.

Take not as to how much the world, those who refuse to believe in Jesus, loves you. Ask yourself how much you are being a witness to them of who Jesus is.

If you are living for God and speaking His words, the world is going to hate you. The only ones who will not hate you are those who choose to follow Jesus.

Your primary job is to be a witness to the world, not to be loved by the world. Do not turn away from being that witness, just because some, or many, do not love you.

Are you loved or hated by the world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to be separate from the world; that you will know God’s love; that you will live a holy life before God and the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Matthew 22:11 The Wrong Clothing

But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. Matthew 22:11

Society has often made it a requirement that when a person attends certain events or places he must dress a certain way. Some high-end restaurants will require a man to wear a suit and tie to eat there. If he does not wear the proper clothing, he will not be allowed to enter.

The more formal the event being attended, the more formal the clothing that is expected to be worn. Some people will attempt to dress down, ignoring the requirement, only to find out that they are rejected entry.

Jesus gave a parable about a king having a wedding and inviting people to it. One man came, but was not dressed appropriately and was cast out.

It is very common for many people to try to ignore the dress requirements. This occurs within the church also, but not with the man-made rules on how to physically dress. Many people go to church improperly dressed. The improper dress in church is going to church without putting on the righteousness and holiness of Christ.

There are those who claim to know Jesus and go to church, but do not even attempt to live a holy life for God. They purposefully live in sin, refusing to change. Sadly many churches ignore the how a person is dressed spiritually.

God does not ignore the spiritual dressing. If a person does not clothe himself with the holiness and righteousness of Christ, God will kick him out in the end. He will not be allowed into heaven at the marriage supper with Christ.

Everyone who considers himself to be a believer must cloth himself with God’s holiness. He must become a new creation, with a new appearance that is suitable to be in the presence of God. Jesus provides the clothing.

Take time to examine your life and see how you are dressed. In yourself, you cannot dress yourself properly, but Jesus made a way. Jesus removes all sin and provides His righteousness and holiness that is needed.

Seek to be like Jesus in every way, so that when you step into the presence of God you will be in the proper clothes. In Jesus you are a new creation with new clothing, not the old person with the shabby clothes of this world. Dress for the occasion.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on the holiness and righteousness of Jesus; that you will be a new creation in Christ; and that you will always be dressed to meet with God.

Amos 4:10 Refusing To Return

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“I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me, declares the Lord.” Amos 4:10 

Judges give out punishments to correct criminals for doing some crime. Some of those criminals have been placed in prison multiple times and given many different fines to get them to stop doing some crime. Yet, they go back out and do the same crime again and again. They refuse to change, regardless of the punishment or correction given to them.

God points out to the Israelites how He has sent plagues among them and killed many of their horses to get their attention. Yet, they had chosen to refuse to return to the Lord and stayed in their sins.

Throughout the old testament, God had used plagues to get the attention of His people when they were living in sin. It was to get them to turn back to Him for help. God can still do that today.

America, along with many other nations, has turned its back upon God. They have chosen to walk away from His standards and live in and promote sin. Churches have stood by idly and not said much about the rampant sin. Many have even included the sin in their own lives.

As a result, the world is seeing a destruction from the COVID 19 plague in nearly every nation. People are wondering why it is there and when it will stop. God is trying to get the attention of His people to turn back to Him, to really live for Him.

Every believer must repent of sins and point others to God and His ways in order to stop the plague. God does not want any to perish, so He is willing to strike in order to get their attention.

Ask yourself if you are really living for God. Or if you are just going through the motions.

As a believer, you must be turning away from all sin, pointing people to Jesus and encouraging others to live for God. Holiness is the standard God has called all of His people to.

Do not be like the Israelites refusing to return to God and live for Him as they chase after false idols. Devote your whole life to God and He will take care of you and remove the plagues in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will point others to Jesus; and that you will live a holy life unto God. 

Isaiah 49:9 Come Out And Be Free

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to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. Isaiah 49:9 

Being free is something that most people desire. They want to be free to do what they want and be who they want to be.

The world is also using the phrase ‘come out’ to be what they want to be openly. People are often told to come out and be who they think or feel that they are, regardless of what others may think or feel.

In doing this type of action, the world is promoting sinful activity and setting themselves into more bondage, rather than freedom. They are bound up in sin and are not really free to live.

God calls to the Israelites to come out of their captivity and those in darkness to be free. They are called to live for God.

Over the centuries, God has not changed His call to people. He is still calling people to come out and be set free. He calls people to come out of the world and be separate from the world and its ways.

Living by the world’s standards appears to be freedom, but in reality is bondage to sin and death. The result in living ‘free’ according to the world’s ways, will be eternal death and separation from God.

Believers are to be different, set apart. Every believer is called to live a holy life just like Jesus did. They are to come out of the bondage to the ways of sin and be set free to really live life and gain eternal life with God.

Every believer, every person has this choice to make. One has to choose whether he will be bond up in sin or set free to live.

Each day you walk on this earth, you will also have to choose how you will live. You can remain in bondage and darkness or you can choose to step out and be free.

Stepping out and living for God will result in true freedom and live. You will be able to see the reality of the life of sin and the reality of what God has for you. Because of the light of Jesus in your life, you will be able to see how you are to live. You will also be able to share that light with the rest of the world.

So, come out and be free today from sin.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to follow God rather than this world; that you will come out of your sin to live for God; that God will set you free from the bondage to sin and this world.