1 Samuel 2:2 No One Other Than God

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“There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 

In the world people are trying to say that all the different gods are all the same. The world believes that a person can believe in any religion or any god that they want and they will be able to get into heaven and heave eternal life. Churches have risen up that teach that all the gods are the same as long as a person truly believes in that god and follows his ways.

When God had blessed Hannah with a son, she gave a prayer to God. In that prayer she recognized that there is no one like God at all. He was set apart as holy and as a solid rock.

There are hundreds of different religions and thousands of different gods that people worship and serve in this world. In all of them, except God, people have to work to be saved and their ways are constantly changing. The requirements are never the same for every person.

God is very different from the other gods. He is the one who came to man first to draw mankind to Him. He does not hide somewhere and then tell man that he must find Him. God makes Himself known.

God is also a solid rock. He does not change from day-to-day or person to person. He is the same yesterday, today and forever with every person regardless of the person’s status in this life. His requirements are the same–believe in Jesus and forgiveness of sins.

It is very simple to follow Jesus and God’s commands. Love God and love others with everything in a person.

With all the other religions, it is a complex set of rules and there are many variables. No one can know that they are saved for sure, accept with Jesus.

Take time to look at who Jesus and God really are. What do they mean to you?

If  you are looking at other beliefs and religions, realize that all the other gods are not real, they are man-made. With man-made gods, they are always changing and there is no simple set of commands to be saved.

Jesus provides you forgiveness and eternal life, without some complex set of rules and requirements. Trust in Jesus alone as the eternal Rock in your life.

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how faithful God is; that you will know the holiness of God; that you will know that Jesus is the only way to heaven; and that you will love God with all of your life. 

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Leviticus 22:32-33 Don’t Profane God’s Holy Name

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Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 22:32-33

Comedians are known for making fun of things or other people. It is very common for different comedians to make fun of people of power or position. They treat the position of the person as irreverent and disrespect. As this occurs people lose respect for the person or the position being made fun of.

The world is very quick to tear someone down with disrespect. They demand respect for themselves, but are unwilling to give it to others.

One of the commands God had to give the Israelites was to not profane His holy name. They were to not make fun of, make light of, or disrespect God’s holy name.

All of these things can be done by how a person speaks and acts about the things of God. Although most believers would say they would never profane God’s Holy name, it is done in the church a lot. This can be seen when people refuse to show up on time to worship God with others, think about other things while in prayer for someone specific, not repenting of sins, giving only a portion of the tithe when stating it is all of the tithe, and many more ways.

Many believers also profane God’s holy name outside the church. This can be seen in the actions and words of believers while at work, in a public place, or at home. Any action that does not honor and mirror an action of God, is profane to God. It is disrespecting what God has done for the believer.

Just as God had brought the Israelites up out of Egypt, He has brought you up out of this world of sin. As a believer and follower of Jesus, you must also acknowledge God as holy. Take time to look at your own life and see how you are treating God’s name.

You are wearing God’s name as a believer. Does your actions, words and thoughts bring honor to God’s holy name?

Or are your actions, words and thoughts the same as the world’s and showing disrespect for God’s holy name?

God must be acknowledged as holy. Let the world know God is holy by being holy as He has made you holy.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will pattern your life as that of Jesus; that you will live holy as God has made you holy through Jesus; and that your actions, thoughts and words will honor God.

Leviticus 21:11-12 Don’t Play In The Dirt

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He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 21:11-12

Little boys are known for wanting to play around in the dirt. They like to drive their toy trucks through the dirt, racing them. They like to run around playing games in a field of dirt, playing football or some other sport.

As children get older, they usually turn away from the dirt. They learn that it is not good to get so dirty.

However, people do not completely leave the dirt. As adults, they change the type of dirt that they play in. Instead of physical dirt on the ground, they play with the dirty things of the world, porn, slander, immoral sex, drugs, gossip, cheating, lying, and anything else sinful.

God had set the Levites aside to be His priests in the tabernacle. One of the things that changed for them was they were not to touch a dead person or make themselves unclean in any way, for any reason. They were anointed as holy and dedicated to God. They could not make themselves dirty even for their parents.

Believers have been made clean, set apart as holy unto God. Once they are set apart unto God, they are no longer to go back and make themselves dirty, dirty with the things of this world.

Some believers attempt to keep their foot still in the world. They want to continue to play in the dirt and filth of the sin of this world. Yet, they are to be a shining, clean light before God and this world of what Jesus has done for them.

There may be things that you are tempted to go back and play in. Things that are dirty and filthy to God. Do not allow yourself to get dirty after being cleaned by the blood of Jesus. Turn away from all sin.

When Jesus cleansed you from sin, He set you apart as holy and righteous unto God to minister in His sanctuary.

Seek God’s guidance to keep yourself clean from all sin. Follow God’s path for your life in order to stay out of the dirt of this life.

I pray today that you will know the cleansing salvation of Jesus; that you will be holy in Jesus before God and this world; that God will strengthen you to stay out of the dirt of sin; and that you will be a clean light of Jesus to this world. 

Leviticus 11:43 Stay Clean

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Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. Leviticus 11:43

Being clean is something that most people strive to do. When a person gets done working hard and has been made dirty, he is quick to take a shower and clean the dirt off. He does not want to be found dirty around others.

Though the concept of being physically clean, there is another type of clean that most people ignore. That type of clean is being spiritually clean. Every person is born into a world of sin and quickly adapts to the sinful ways of the world.

As God was giving Moses the directions on what to do to worship Him and how to be holy, one of the things stated was staying away from some animals that can cause defilement. God had listed groups of animals that a person was not to eat or even touch because they would defile the person and make him dirty.

Although with the coming of Jesus the defilement of animals was erased, there are many other things or ways that a person must not defile his body with. These things are not so much physical as they are spiritual things.

For the believer in a fallen world, it is easy to get defiled with sinful things of this world. Going through life day by day he will always come in contact with sin. If he is not careful, he will take a part in the sin and become unclean.

Sin shows up in how people talk, act, react, see and think. Walking down the street, turning on a tv, walking among the world are just a few ways that a person can be swayed to touch something sinful. The world wants the believer to join them in sin and be made unclean.

Every day you will be tempted to defile yourself before God. While the world will choose to be unclean, you must keep yourself clean from all sin. Turn away from sin and do not even touch it in any way. Do not set yourself up to be tempted to sin.

Jesus cleansed you from all sin with His death upon the cross. He made you clean before God. Don’t go back into sin and become dirty again. Do not defile yourselves by touching the sin of this world.

I pray today that you will know the cleansing of sin by Jesus; that you will not touch anything sinful in this world; that you will focus your life upon God; and that you will be holy in God’s sight through the power of Jesus.

Revelation 20:6 Death Has No Power

 

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Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but  they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.

For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.

People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.

The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.

Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.

Death no longer has any power over them.

As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.

Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.

I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus. 

Revelation 18:4 Get Out

 

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Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; Revelation 18:4

God was getting ready to destroy Babylon for the sins that the city had done. Babylon is a representation of the evil in this world and that God would destroy in the end. As He is getting ready to destroy the city, there is a voice that calls for the people to leave. The purpose of leaving was to keep from sharing in their sins or the destruction that was coming.

The world is full of places that are like Babylon. There is sin found every where a person goes. There is not a place a person can go that does not have some sin. And in many of these places sin is not only done, but is also promoted and honored.

When a person is among all of the sin of this world, it is easy to get caught up in it and begin to practice the sin. It can be seen among many ‘believers’ and churches, the mindset of the sinful world in them. Acceptance of sin is becoming more common.

Believers are to get out of those places to keep from sharing in their sin. They must separate themselves from the sin of this world.

Jesus has removed the sin in the life of one who has begun to follow Him. Since this is done, one must not go back to those sins. Living in this world will cause a person to be around sin, but they must keep from taking up those sins. They are to live a holy life, separate from all sin. They are to be a shining light of Jesus to this dark and sinful world.

As a believer you must get out of the  sinful ways of this world. Come out of the old ways of living and step into the new life Christ has given you. In doing this, you will not share in their sins or the punishment that will come upon them. You will also be a witness to them of who Jesus is and what He is like.

Do not allow the sins of this world to overcome you. Be a part of God’s family, holy and separate as you wait for the return of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will step out of sin to follow God; that you will not get caught up in the ways of this world; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world. 

Revelation 4:8 Non-Stop Praise

 

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Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ” ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

People often get excited about other people, events or things. When they do, it is something that they want to talk about constantly.

Those who love and follow a popular person are considered that person’s fan. There are fans of famous singers, actors, sports players or more, who are considered a fanatical fan. They talk about that person all the time, giving praise as to who that person is and how good that person is.

John is a given a little vision of inside heaven. There he sees some winged creatures who are praising God. They do not just praise God for a few minutes, or a few hours, but continually around the clock, day and night. They are talking about how holy He is.

Every week people go to church and sing a few worship songs about God, hear a short sermon about something God has to say, and then they are finished. When the service goes an extra ten minutes longer than normal, people get upset. They are ready to leave and go home. They are done worshipping God.

The winged creatures had a real vision of who God is. They knew how holy He is and so they continually proclaimed it, never tiring of talking about God.

Believers are to praise God with all of their life. There is to be a song of praise always on their lips.

God is holy. He is pure, perfect and holy. This means that everything He says and does is perfect. Perfect for each person. It cannot be said enough how holy He is. There can never be enough praise of God.

As you go through your days, continually sing praise to God. Let Him know how holy and wonderful He is. Let the whole world know how holy and wonderful God is.

God is so holy and wonderful, that one cannot say it enough or stop talking about Him. Get a vision of who God really is and you will not want to stop.

Join in with the creatures and never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

I pray today that you will get a vision of how holy God is; that you will see how wonderful God is; that you will always give God praise; and that you will sing praise of God to others continually.