Psalm 48:14 Who Is Your Guide?

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For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 

Walking down a path or through a museum, people are often offered a guide to lead them. This can be with a pamphlet or someone actually leading them. This is to give them the best experience of what they will see and do.

Some people do not like to be guided. They feel as though they can find their own way through anything and everything. They ignore what others have to say about any situation that they are in and go their own way.

Often as a person goes his own way, he fails or falls short of his desires and goals.

Many other people will seek out some guidance. This can be found in many different ways. Guidance is found in books, online articles or videos, GPS, talking to others, reading horoscopes, watching others, and many other ways.

Some of these ways lead a person in correct ways, while others will lead them down false paths.

The sons of Korah write that God is their God and He is their only guide. He is not only their guide for right now, but all the way to the end.

The best guide is the one who has been down the path or the one who knows the path from the beginning to the end. He has to have the experience to know how to guide another person correctly.

God is the only one who can see the end from the beginning. He knows the path perfectly well and knows how to guide people on it.

Jesus guided the disciples while He walked on the earth. When He left, He sent His Holy Spirit to continue guiding the disciples. Today every believer can have His Holy Spirit to guide him on the path in following Jesus and becoming more like Him.

You can also have God’s Holy Spirit in you and guiding you. As you read and study God’s word you will be guided by His Holy Spirit in how to live your life.

You are on the path towards becoming like Jesus in every way. It is a lifelong path, that will end only when God calls you into heaven for eternity.

Instead of looking towards temporary help that this world gives, and that will fall short, look towards God’s guidance. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every area of your life for ever.

I pray today that you will know God’s guidance; that you will hear His Holy Spirit telling you the way to live; that you will live by God’s ways; and that God will be your God forever. 

 

Nehemiah 10:39 Don’t Neglect God’s House

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The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeeper and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.” Nehemiah 10:39 

Buildings are often neglected, especially when they get older. Little things start to go wrong and they are ignored. Large problems occur and people move out. They don’t want to deal with the problems and so they abandon the place and neglect its needed care.

This can happen because one believes it is someone else’s responsibility or they don’t want to take the time or resources to maintain the building. They ignore the problems, until it is too late and the building is condemned.

As the Israelites were rebuilding the temple and Jerusalem, they took an oath to not  neglect the house of God, the temple. They took an oath to bring in all the required tithes and offerings throughout the year.

While there is a physical church building today, there is still a house of God that is even greater than the building. Each and every believer is a temple of God and all believers together make up the house of God. While people often take care of the physical church building, many will neglect the house of God in themselves or in others.

They don’t take time to study His word, or pray, or be filled with His Holy Spirit and presence. They reject what God has to tell them in search for personal pleasure. They choose to not take time to have a relationship with God.

The people had to bring in: the grain, this is God’s word to feed a believer; the wine, this is the new covenant of salvation brought about by Jesus; and the olive oil, this is the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

As a believer, you must have these things in your life. Your body is now a temple of God and must be cared for. Having these things in your life, will ensure that all is taken care of in your spiritual body, the temple of God.

Don’t neglect your spiritual body, or it will fall into ruin and bring about a spiritual death. God wants you to have life to the fullest. Accept what He has for you and don’t neglect it.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will have a hunger to be fed with God’s word; and that you will not neglect God’s temple in your life or in others.