2 Chronicles 21:13 Prostitution And Murder

Storm on a road

But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also murdered your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you. 2 Chronicles 21:13

As whole in most nations the acts of prostitution and murder are not acceptable practices. These actions are looked down upon and usually carries a punishment if caught.

These acts of prostitution is done on a regular basis in every nation by many people, although not the physical act. People sell their bodies and lives to get what they want, while claiming loyalty to another. The desires are for money, fame, material thing, positions, love, family, recognition, and more.

They also perform acts of murder upon wishing people were dead, cursing people, abortion, and physically killing people. Many of those who do these things appear to be good people in society. Very few people look down upon these actions, though they are still wrong.

Jehoram had become king of Judah and led the people back into sin and away from God. A prophet had come and accused him of leading the people into prostitution and murder. They had prostituted themselves against God. They claimed to be God’s people, but worshipped idols.

Thousands of people attend church on a regular basis and claim to be believers. While at the same time, selling out their soul to their job or some dream not honoring God.

When Jesus died upon the cross, every believer became a part of the bride to the Father. They were now married to God and were to remain loyal to Him in every area of their lives. While still claiming this relationship with God and attending church, many live in purposeful sin and rebellion against God.

They refuse to hold themselves accountable to God and sell their body and souls to the things of this world, hoping to get more. They are jealous and hating of others, causing murder in the heart.

If you are a child of God, you are the bride of Christ. Do not allow yourself to be defiled by living as the world does. Do not flirt with the world. Remain loyal and faithful to God for what He has already done for you.

Do not allow your self to be able to be accused of prostitution against God or murder. God has given you a new life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that you will not follow the ways of this world; and that your life will a sign of God’s great love. 

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2 Chronicles 13:12 Don’t Fight Against God

Goats fighting

God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. People of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed. 2 Chronicles 13:12 

Fighting among people is a common sight to see or hear about. As nations fight against nations, people fight against people. There are fights inside of families. Siblings fighting each other, spouses fighting each other, and children and parents fighting each other. There are also fights in the workplace among the people and the leaders.

With every fight, there is usually one side that will win, while the other side will lose. There are also times when neither side will really win the battle.

However, there is one fight, that will always have a winning and losing side. That is a fight against God.

When Abijah had become king of Judah, Jeroboam chose to fight against him and take back the land. Jeroboam and Israel had not been serving God, but serving false idols. Abijah warned them not to fight because they would be fighting against God and would lose.

As Jeroboam fought against Judah, the king and the people called out to God and He heard them. God rerouted Jeroboam and Judah had won the battle.

The world will often try to fight against believers and against God. They strive to destroy any message of Jesus. Yet, they continue to lose.

Some believers will also try to fight against God. God will guide them to do something and they will choose to refuse to do it. They rebel against God’s commands.

They may appear to win for a moment, but in the end they lose the battle. God is the one who is in control and will always win in the end.

Allow God to be in control of your life. Do not fight against God. God’s love for you is infinite, so He will never ask you to do what will harm you in the end. It may physically be painful, but it will build you and His kingdom in the process.

Be willing to trust that God knows what He is doing. Don’t fall for the lies that the world tells, saying God does not care or does not exist. In the end, the world will be destroyed. Do not be among those destroyed, because you chose to fight God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s commands for your life; that you will not fight against God; and that God will do great and mighty things through you and in you. 

2 Chronicles 11:4 Following Orders

Saluting authority

‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam. 2 Chronicles 11:4 

Following orders from a leader does not always make sense. Often leaders will see a bigger picture than the worker at the bottom. He understands things in ways that the lower workers do not always see or understand. In knowing this, often commands will be given that don’t always make sense.

When Rehoboam had become king of Judah, he cracked down harder on the people. A group of people chose to follow Jeroboam and broke away from Judah and became their own nation. Rehoboam had chosen to take his army and go fight to gain back the lost land and cities from Jeroboam.

As they began to march out, God sent a prophet to tell him not to go and fight against Jeroboam. Everything that was occurring was because of God’s doing. Rehoboam chose to obey God and turned back and went home.

Israel was supposed to be God’s chosen nation, His chosen people. To see it be split up was not an acceptable thing. Yet, that was exactly what God was making happen.

For years God had warned the nation of Israel against following false idols, but they refused to listen. He finally allowed the nation to be split. This was to get their attention back to Him.

God works in the same way today. There will be things allowed in the lives of people to get their attention back to Him. As these things occur it can be difficult. Without seeing the big picture, many will choose paths that go against what God is doing. Each person needs to open to hearing what God tells them to do, and then obey Him.

There will be times when God will allow things in your life that does not always make sense. God will tell you to walk a path that goes against normal reasoning. Trust God in what He says and follow His orders.

God raises up and He takes down. These things are all a part of His plan. His goal is that none should be lost and all made like Jesus.

Are you following His commands to build His kingdom and become more like Jesus?

Or are you doing your own thing?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will obey God’s every command; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

2 Chronicles 10:8 Seeking Only Peer Acceptance

Tree at sunset

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 2 Chronicles 10:8 

Desire to please those one’s own age is a common factor. They seek guidance and wisdom from their peers and reject the wisdom of those older.

Often this is done because people want to try something different or be different. The challenge with this is that most people who are younger do not have the experience to guide correctly. They see things as though they are the kings of the world and are the wisest.

It is not that the younger generation does not have any wisdom, but often it is not the best. Sometimes they are focused on power, wealth and fame, rather than what is best for everyone all around.

When Solomon had died, his son Rehoboam had become king. When he asked the elders as to how to rule the people, they stated that he should lighten the load of the people. Rehoboam did not like that advice, so he went to the young men his age. They told him to make the load heavier. In the end it split the nation of Israel.

People often seek advice all the time. While seeking advice, they will only take what sounds good and easy, but refuse to accept advice who have been down that path or understand the situation. Younger people often believe that they know what is best.

Believers who have been around a while, and have grown in the Lord, have learned a few things. They have some Godly wisdom that they have gained over the years. Those who have been believers for a longer period of time must be willing to share the wisdom they have learned with others. Those who are younger believers, must learn from those who have walked with the Lord for a time.

There will be times you seek wisdom and direction. Be careful on what wisdom you accept. Study God’s word and seek God in prayer. Check the wisdom that is given to you against the word of God. Does it make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom or not?

Do not just accept things that will be only of personal gain, but accept the wisdom that will build God’s kingdom and make you more like Jesus.

If you are among those who have been around a while, share what God has taught you with others. Do not keep the wisdom to yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom in your life; that you will share God’s wisdom with others; and that you will seek to be more like Jesus everyday and build His kingdom.

2 Kings 17:15 Don’t Do As They Do

Geese following

They rejected His decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the LORD had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.” 2 Kings 17:15 

People do not really like to be completely different from others. They like to blend in. Sometimes they like to blend in with a smaller group, while most of the time they like to blend in with the majority.

The blending in that they do, is doing what others are doing. People will often do what others do, so that they can be friends or not looked at as rebels or strange. The amount a person will do, is often determined by the pressure of others. With enough pressure, most people will do things that are wrong and the world knows how to put pressure on a person to do something.

God had told the nation of Israel to not do what the nations around them are doing. Yet they did those things anyways. Various kings would be put into position and they would follow false idols and lead the nation as the world does. After a punishment and short restoration, they would do those things again. God, after much warning and patience, destroyed the nation of Israel because of their lack of obedience.

Even today God is still warning people to not live as the world lives. He tells His people to be separate, set apart from the world. Yet, many believers try to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They do the things that the world does and try to say that it is ok and God still accepts them.

Even though Jesus died on the cross and forgives sins, God still says that believers are to be holy and set apart from the world. Many believers think that the things of this world are acceptable and support them–divorce, abortion, hatred, killing, porn, violence, abuse, vulgar talk, and much more.

As a believer you are to turn away from all sin and the ways of the world. Jesus was set apart as different and you are to be the same way.

There will come a day when Jesus will come back to judge the world. He sees the heart of every person. If your heart is following the world, it will not be following Him. If you are not following Jesus, you will not be allowed into heaven.

Whose ways are you following today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the ways of God; that you will follow Jesus with your whole life; and that you will not do the ways of this world. 

 

1 Kings 16:26 Raising God’s Anger

Man pleasing God

He followed completely the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat, committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit, so that they aroused the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, by their worthless idols. 1 Kings 16:26 

Getting someone angry is not very difficult to do. All one has to do is something that the person does not like. It is even easier with someone who is close to the person doing the offending. The closer a person is, the easier it is to get the person angry.

It takes a lot more to raise the anger of a stranger, than one who is close. The person is close expects to be treated correctly and with love. The stranger does not expect as much.

Omri had become king of Israel. In the process of becoming king, he led the people in sin against God. He continued all the sins of those before him and added to those sins. Doing this had raised God’s anger against the nation.

During the Old Testament times God had set up the covenant with Israel to be their God and for them to be His people. There was no major sacrifice to make this happen. Yet, the people chose to follow false gods and raise His anger.

Several thousand years later, God chose to send Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross for all people to make a way for them. Many have chosen to accept what Jesus did and follow Him. Yet, in the process of following Jesus, many have turned back to false idols. They have chosen to live in sin, rather than fully follow Jesus and live as He did.

Some live as though it is cheap grace and sin does not mean anything. Doing this does raise God’s anger against them. God may not strike immediately as He did in the Old Testament, but there will come a day of reckoning.

As a believer in Jesus, you need to strive to live for God at all times, in every way possible. Live as though your actions are what save you, but believe knowing that the death and resurrection of Jesus is what really saves you. Honor God by living for Him and obeying Him.

Do not turn back towards the idols and sin of this world, raising God’s anger against you. The worthless idols of this world will not save you, but Jesus will. Believe and follow Jesus, pleasing God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn from all idols in this world; that you will follow God with all of your life; and that your life will not raise God’s anger against you. 

1 Kings 12:28 Changing The Truth

Red sky on lake

After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 1 Kings 12:28 

Attempting to change the truth is a common practice. People do not want to believe something that had occurred and attempt to change the truth for a lie. They want to change things to make it look better or different, usually for personal gain.

When Rehoboam, son of Solomon, had become king, the people of Judah rebelled against him. Under the leadership of Jeroboam, the broke away. Jeroboam chose to set up some idols of golden calves to keep the people from going to Rehoboam. As he set them up, he told the people that it was the golden calves that had brought them up out of Egypt. He changed the history to gain the people and their trust.

People like to deny the real truth, because it often is a painful truth or requires a change. It is common for people to try and deny that Jesus rose from the dead, or even that He had really existed at all. If they believe that He did exist or that He did raise from the dead, it means that they must change their ways.

It is also common that after God does a big miracle in the life of someone, later they state that they were lucky or some other thing helped them, not God. They deny that it was God’s hand at work in their life and look towards something else. They set up an idol to worship what had helped them, refusing to believe it was God.

Believers sometimes fall into this trap and put God on the side, denying His real power and abilities. They set up the idol of a church, ministry, a person or something else did the work, and not God’s hand.

You must always keep God at the center of your focus. Know that it was God who brought about a miracle in your life, not other people, doctors, medicines, work, or anything else. Know that God is always working in your life for your benefit.

When something great happens, know that God is the one who is orchestrating it, not this world. Never forget what He did and change that to luck or something else. Don’t forget the true history in your life.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will give God credit for the good in your life; that you will remember all that God has done for you;  and that you will never deny Jesus in your life.