Revelation 9:20 Refusal To Repent

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Revelation 9:20

The majority of the world does not believe in God. They have chosen to follow the idols of this world, seeking self-pleasure.

Focus is placed upon the physical things of this world and immediate pleasure, rather than the eternal. Even as things go bad and people are dying, the world, as a whole, looks to trying to fix things their own way, refusing to seek God.

In John’s vision of God judging the earth and killing many people, the rest of the people refuse to repent and turn to God. They continue to worship idols rather than the true God.

At times in America’s past there have been some major disastrous events that hit America. During those times many would turn to God in repentance and seeking help. As time has gone along, fewer and fewer seek God during times of trouble.

This occurs in many places around the world. Rather than turning to God, they get angry with God and seek their own idols to help.

The world believes that their own idols of fame, fortune, and personal strength can help them in any and every situation. Doctors and scientists are sought out to solve every situation. God is rejected, despite the failures of their own people.

As the time of the return of Jesus gets closer, people will grow more and more cold to God. Rejection of God will increase, despite the death all around them.

Every believer must keep His focus and trust upon God, rather than upon the false idols of man and this world.

During times of trouble, sickness and death you have a choice to make. You can choose to seek the ways of the world to solve the problems, rejecting God. Or you can choose to seek God and trust Him to guide you through the situations.

The ways of the world follow false gods that cannot do anything at all, but lead one to death. Take time to seek the one and only living and true God. Repent of your sins and accept His forgiveness. Worship God and God alone and receive life that will last for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God in every situation; that God will strengthen you to turn from the idols of this world; and that you will worship God and God alone.

2 Corinthians 6:15 Really Nothing In Common

What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:15

Unity is something that most people like to have with those they are around. Usually people flock towards those that are like them, so that there will be little to no conflict or disagreements.

Currently in the world, many are striving to make everyone the same. They want everyone to have equal share of physical, mental, and emotional things. Some will try to say that every person is the same, regardless of belief or actions.

Paul brings up the question of what do believers have to do with any idol or unbeliever.

Idols have absolutely no place in the life of any believer, in any way, shape or position. Along with idols not having a place, unbelievers do not really have a place either. The only place an unbeliever has is for the believer to be a witness to him.

Instead of making a difference in the lives of unbelievers, many believers have embraced the unbeliever without calling for a change or commitment to Christ. Many in the church have embraced the thoughts and attitudes of the world allowing sin to enter in.

Believers are to love all people, but are to hate the sin and point people to Jesus. As Jesus walked on the earth among the sinners, He called people out of sin and told them to leave their life of sin. He did not engage in sin with them.

There is no unity between a believer and sin, between God and a sinful lifestyle. There needs to be a marked difference between those in the church–believers, and those outside the church–unbelievers. If there is no difference, then the believer is not really a believer, but a counterfeit.

Take a moment and examine your life and see what is most important to you. Ask yourself who your friends are and who or what do those friends point you to.

If those you are around the most are not pointing you towards God, are you pointing them towards God? Do not be the one who is influenced by the world to live as the world does in sin and rebellion, but be the one who influences the world for God to live as Jesus did in holiness and righteousness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that your life will be one of service towards God; that you will live separated unto God; that God will give you strength to not bow down to the idols of this world; and that you will influence the world for God.

Revelation 2:14 Claiming God While Living In Sin

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Revelation 2:14

The world does not live by any concrete, eternal rules. They live in a way that is do what feels good in the moment, living only for the moment and for pleasure.

All the rules and standards that the world implements changes on a regular basis. Rules change according to their feelings at the moment.

An angel spoke to the church in Pergamum saying that they remained faithful in claiming Jesus, but they also held onto the false teachings of Balaam–pleasing themselves.

It is easy for a person to begin to believe in Jesus and claim that. All it takes is saying a few things. Across America, there are millions who claim to believe in Jesus. However, at the same time, many of those same people are holding to the teachings of Balaam or the world.

Balaam had taught to eat food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. Today people are taught to listen to, watch or participate in things that are offered as sacrifices to idols. They are also taught how to live sexually immoral lives as though it is normal and acceptable to God.

Inside the church there are many who have chosen to follow the ways of the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They are willing to follow the same idols that the world follows and live the same sexually immoral lives that the world lives.

Although God appears to allow this for now, there will come a day of severe judgement. Every believer is to live separate from the world, fleeing all sin.

As you claim to believe in and follow Jesus, you must examine yourself to see if you are also following the teachings of Balaam, the teachings of this world.

How willing are you to eat of the food sacrificed to idols because they were sacrificed to idols? How willing are you to live a sexually immoral life?

Turn away from all sin and pursue God and God alone. Do not allow yourself to be enticed to live a sinful life, but live a holy life unto God, otherwise you will have to face the judgement of God’s wrath.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to turn away from sin; that God will open your eyes to the sin the world promotes; and that you will live a true and holy life unto God.

Acts 17:23 Meet Them Where They Are

For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To An Unknown God. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship–and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. Acts 17:23

Although most won’t call it worship, the world does worship a lot of things. They worship money, position, talent, things, power, fame and more.

All of these things are placed at an extreme high priority in their lives. Time, money and abilities are all focused upon these areas, worshipping them.

As Paul was going through Athens, he noticed that they had objects of worship for every god imaginable, including an unknown god. Paul says he will proclaim information about that unknown god.

Believers often stick with other believers and really don’t see where the world really is or what the world is doing. It is often expected for unbelievers to walk into the church and present themselves to the church seeking information about God. However, very few people will go to a church seeking information on their own.

Jesus told the believers to go into all of the world and preach the gospel. As a believer is going out, he must go to meet the people where they are and in a way that they are already thinking and believing. One can seek opportunities to use what the world is seeking or desiring to open doors to present the gospel message.

The idols that the world are seeking and worshipping are false and dead. As believers take the idols that the world is worshipping and use them to point out the need for Jesus, people’s eyes will be opened to the truth. Both Paul and Jesus met people right where they were at in their thinking and actions.

God is willing to open doors for you to be His witness every day. The world is starving for the truth and seeking it. You have the answer that they are seeking in all of the false idols of this world.

Go out and use the wisdom of God to meet them where they are. Show the world what they are really seeking is found in Jesus and not in the false, dead idols they are already worshipping.

Not everyone will listen to you, but there will be some who will hear the truth and change. Seek to find those.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word in your life; that you will be a witness of Jesus to the world; that you will boldly proclaim God’s truth; and that God will draw many to Christ through you.