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.

Proverbs 7:21 Seduction

With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. Proverbs 7:21

In this passage Solomon describes a scene where a young man is walking down the street. He comes across a woman who is a prostitute. With many persuasive words she talks him into going with her and she leads him down a path of destruction. This woman was a prostitute and led him into a sexual encounter outside of marriage.

This is a scene that occurs around the world on a daily basis. While many would openly do this, there are many who would not go with a woman like this, at least not for direct pay. All over the world, both in the church and out of the church, men and women are sleeping together outside of marriage. The common words are, “if you love me, you will….”

The world loves to use persuasive words to get you to do things that should not be done. In this passage it is sexual immorality. Satan does not just stop with that area. He is trying to seduce you into sin of any sort.

Think about a time you had chosen to tell a lie or some other sin. What made you do it? Usually it was either someone else talked you into it, or in your own mind you thought it would be the best choice to make.

The enemy, the devil and this world, would like to trip you up and get you to follow their ways. They will use good sounding, smooth talk to make any sin sound like it is something good.

While the sin may sound and feel good at the moment, it ultimately leads to death. It pulls you away from God. It will cause pain and suffering in the end.

You are told to flee all sin and resist the devil. When the world comes talking smoothly to you, check what God says and stand on His word. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Stay grounded in God’s Word and you will know when the world is trying to deceive and seduce you. God will give you the path out of the situation, if you will follow it.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the seduction of this world; that God will strengthen you to keep you from being led astray; that you will only be led by God; and that you will only follow God.

Matthew 15:18 From the Heart

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:18

The Pharisees had just complained about the disciples eating without ceremonially cleaning their hands. Jesus rebukes them and points out that cleaning the hands is not the important part. The important part is cleansing of the heart.

In the mind of the people during Jesus time, the heart is the center of desires, feelings, actions, thoughts, beliefs…the center of a person. The heart shows what and who a person is.

Every thought and every action that you have is directly related to something in your heart. Your body cannot say or do anything without the heart being behind it.

Man is born with a sinful heart. Man wants to have his own way. This has not changed at all since Adam and Eve, and will never change.

Wanting your own way sounds good, until you bring God into the picture. God is the one who knows absolutely everything. He knows what is best in every situation.

As a human being, you are extremely limited in your knowledge. You only know the immediate moment and experience of the past. Since this is the case, you make choices in your heart that are not always right.

You may not go out and actually murder someone, but have you ever wished someone were dead? It is the same. Or how many times has there been sexual thoughts that were not correct?

Along with these “big” sins, there is boasting, pride, vengeance, lying are also common sins that come from the heart.

Many times people make some of these choices because of some situation in their life. In the eyes of the world, the choice may look good and right. This is not always true.

Only God knows all of the past, the present and the future. Since He knows all of this, only God can make the correct choices every time.

Allow God to clean the sin out of your heart. Allow God to give you a new heart that will honor Him. Let the words of your mouth and thoughts of your mind be honoring to God.

As you have a changed heart, your words and actions will follow. All your actions will begin to change and be what God desires.

I pray today that God will cleanse your heart of all sin; that you will allow God to give you a new heart; that all the words you speak will glorify God; and that God will give you the words and actions to build His kingdom.