1 Samuel 15:23 Will You Reject God’s Word?

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king. 1 Samuel 15:23

Throughout history people have rebelled at times against someone or something that they did not like. Often times it was a manner of attempt to change the situation to their own way of thinking.

Pride of self rises up making people think that their own way is the best way, causing them to reject the commands or rules of those in leadership.

Samuel tells Saul that rebellion is like divination and arrogance is like idolatry. Saul had rejected God’s word, so God was rejecting him as king.

The world is very quick to show rebellion and arrogance, but believers will very seldom admit to showing rebellion and arrogance in their own lives. Most believers recognize that rebellion and arrogance are things that one should not have in their lives. Yet, many believers have both.

Many believers are very quick to reject obeying God’s word in their lives. They will often choose to do things their own way, rather than the way God has commanded in His Word. This is done out of fear of what may happen or out of pride.

God expects immediate and full obedience to His commands that He gives. His commands are not suggestions that may or may not be followed.

Rebelling against God’s word is the same as seeking guidance from a false god. Arrogance and pride are putting one’s self on the throne as God. He will reject anyone who is rebelling against Him and is filled with arrogance. Both go against the basic principle that God is God and is in absolute control of all.

God is the highest authority, not the believer or individual person, and is to be obeyed.

There are commands that God has given you to obey. Some are in the bible, others are what has been told to you specifically. Do not allow yourself to be like the world and filled with rebellion and arrogance. Do not give God a reason to have to reject you.

Obey God’s word and allow Him to be on the throne of your life, the greatest authority. He has a plan to build you up and make you prosper if you will not seek divination elsewhere or worship some idol.

Will God have to reject you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not rebel against the commands of God; that you will seek God’s direction in your life; that you will not follow the ways of idolizing others or self as the world does; and that God will not have to reject you for any reason.

Revelation 21:8 Second Death

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

There is an old statement that has been around for a long time: Only two things are guaranteed in life: taxes and death. Very few people would disagree with that statement. Everyone knows that death is coming for them.

With knowing that death is on the way, most people want to live life to the fullest. They want to have a good time…eat, drink and be merry. What they don’t want to believe in is the fact of a second death.

Physically every person will die. Depending on how they live their lives will then depend on if they will die a second time. This second death is the spiritual death, a separation from God for eternity.

Many people will agree with parts of the list that John gave. Very few have a problem believing that a murderer or someone who is vile will end up in hell. Yet, many do not agree with the others listed.

The cowardly, are those who back down from being God’s witness on this earth. The unbelieving are those who really do not put their trust in the salvation of Jesus, they may be trying to earn their salvation. The sexually immoral, are those who deviate from God’s marriage plan for sex. Practicing magic arts is trying to do what God wants done without going through God and using only what the devil has set up. Idolaters are those who give their lives and energy for anything but God. Liars are those who don’t tell the truth, even the little white lies.

Many of these people in this list may be decent, “good” people in the eyes of the world. They may be hardworking, loving, caring and clean-cut people. The world says they do not deserve hell, but God says He will cast them out. They are not serving God, but themselves and the devil.

In the end these people will be cast into the burning lake of sulfur. It will be torture and punishment for eternity. This is the second death with no chance of end.

Make sure that you are following God with all of your heart. Trust fully in the salvation Jesus provides. Turn from all sin. Let others know of this second death. Be God’s witness. Do not allow yourself or others to be given the second death.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to be His servant; that God will help you to turn from all sinful ways; that you will be God’s witness turning others from sin; and that God will find you faithful to Jesus.