Romans 11:11 Not Beyond Recovery

Road In the desert

Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgressions, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Romans 11:11

Paul is telling about how the Israelites had fallen away from God. They had chosen to not follow God any more. This opened the door for God to provide salvation for all people, both the Israelites and Gentiles.

People who have done something extremely bad are often seen as beyond recovery. Many believe that there is no longer any hope for the person, because of how bad the action or actions were.

There was a time in America that when a person was convicted of certain felony crimes more than three times, he was no longer given any more chances. He would be put into prison for life or lose some other privilege for life. There was no longer any hope of recovery for the person.

There are many individuals that have been in the church and believed in God, that have fallen into the same belief. Some action has been done against God that caused the person to fall away from God. He turned his back on God and went the way of the world. Now he feels that there is no longer any hope, that God will not allow him to come back.

God does not work that way. He is a God full of love, grace and mercy. He wants to bring all people back to Him. Regardless of what was done in the past, God is right there, ready with open arms to welcome the person back into His family and relationship. God wants to save everyone, regardless of what he has done in the past.

You may be in a place where you have stepped away from God. You may feel as though there is no hope of recovery of your relationship with God. Although the sin may be great, God is greater.

Just as with the Israelites, there is still hope. If you have breath in your lungs, you can turn to God. God has made a way for you to recover from your sinful lifestyle. 

Be willing to seek forgiveness from Jesus, and He will give it to you. Turn from sin back to God, and receive the salvation that He has provided in Jesus. You are not beyond recovery.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will seek the forgiveness from God; that you will build your relationship with God; and that you will be a witness of the salvation Jesus provides.

 

Advertisements

Romans 10:3 Submit To God’s Righteousness

 

Tree On a hill

Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3

Paul talked about the Israelites were very zealous for God. They wanted to be God’s people, so they sought out how to be righteous before God on their own. They would not submit to the righteousness of God–that is Jesus.

All over the world there are many people who claim to believe in God. They are quick to say that they have a belief in God. Many will say that they believe that they will get into heaven.

When asked why they will get into heaven, many will say because they are a good person, never killed anyone and believe in God. They believe that their own works will get them into heaven.

Many in the church believe in the same way, they believe that they are righteous because of what they do. They go to church, read the bible, and are a good person.

Both are looking at salvation by their own personal works. Yet, getting into heaven is impossible for anyone apart from Jesus. He is the one who is righteous and makes a person righteous.

Others will believe in Jesus, but will add that a person must do certain things to get into heaven. If they do not read five chapters of the bible everyday, memorize a bunch of scripture, go to church every Sunday, then they are not saved. In the same way they are trying to make themselves righteous.

Every person needs the righteousness of Jesus in his life. Only Jesus is perfectly righteous and He extends that righteousness to every one who believes in Him and submits to Him.

As a believer, you must be willing to submit to God’s righteousness in Jesus and then strive to live like He did. You do the works to prove your submission to Jesus, but not to earn your salvation or righteousness. Love God, by doing what He wants and fleeing all sin, not by earning your salvation.

Trust that Jesus is making you righteous before God. He has removed your sins and makes you clean. Do not try to establish your own righteousness, you will fall short in the end.

Everything you do should be out of belief in Jesus and what He has done for you. Submit today and know His salvation and righteousness.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness Jesus provides; that you will not seek to earn your salvation; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you. 

Jeremiah 35:16 Only Obeying Man

The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me. Jeremiah 35:16

A group of Israelites, that were the descendants of Jehonadab, had followed the rules of their forefather faithfully. Even though it had been a few generations, they still obeyed his command. God was pointing out that many of the Israelites were obeying this man, but were not obeying God in the same way.

Most people will follow most of the laws of their place of employment without much problem. People want to stay out of trouble and keep their job. They will also follow the rules of their land, for the same reason of staying out of trouble. The majority of these people are people who do not believe in God, yet they show faithfulness and obedience in what they do.

Those in the church will often be very quick to point out to those in the world many of the laws of God, especially the ones they are breaking. People will boast of how they follow God by going to church. However, many will not obey all the commands of God.

Even though many go to church, very few actually take time to read and study the Bible as God wants. Very few will go out and be an active witness of who Jesus is to those around them. Very few will take the time to serve those in need, both in and out of the church. Very few will show the love God has for people who are lost. They are refusing to follow the commands of God, even though they will follow the laws of man in their workplace, city, or nation.

As a believer, you have been given some commands by God. You have been given the freedom to follow God and do what He wants you to do. It is good to follow the laws of your land, because God had commanded that, but do not stop there. Follow all of what God has given you to do.

Show your faithfulness to God in the same way that you show your faithfulness to your employer, city, or nation.

Obeying only man will leave you short with God. Obeying God will bring you reward in the end.

Who are you obeying today?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands for your life; that you will be the witness God wants you to be; and that you will be an example of who Jesus is to this world.

 

1 Samuel 4:6-8 Recognizing God’s Presence

Hearing the uproar, the Philistines asked, “What’s all this shouting in the Hebrew camp?” When they learned that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp, the Philistines were afraid. “A god has come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before. We’re doomed! Who will deliver us from the hands of these mighty gods? They are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.” 1 Samuel 4:6-8

The Israelites were being defeated by the Philistines. They decided to bring the ark of the covenant into the camp with them. They believed that if it was with them, God would give them victory.

When the Philistines learned that the ark had come into the camp, they were very afraid. The Philistines, who did not follow God, recognized it as a the presence of the god who defeated the Egyptians and felt that they were doomed to die.

Going through life, many people do not recognize the presence or hand of God in their lives. When things are going good for them, it is often marked as they had good luck or because of their hard work.

In many churches God’s presence will show up, but as soon as the service is over, everyone leaves to go home. They do not wait in God’s presence to see what He is going to do. Many do not even recognize that His presence is really there.

Some people will read the Bible on a daily basis, but just read it for the words and the duty to do so. They do not recognize that God’s presence is in the words of the Bible. His presence is there with them to guide them through their lives.

Do you recognize God’s presence when He shows up?

Or are you so busy with life and self that you do not see Him?

The pagan Philistines knew it was a god who was there, do you realize it is God who is there with you?

I pray today that you will know God’s presence; that you will not see things as your own work or good luck; that you will give God honor for all that is good in your life; and that you will show God to everyone around you.

Judges 10:15-16 Admitting Sin

But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer. Judges 10:15-16

The Israelites had started worshipping various idols and rejecting God, so God allowed the Ammonites to come in and begin to take over. The Israelites were under much persecution and torment. After a time of this, they chose to go before God to get help. They had admitted that they had sinned against God and chose to get rid of their idols in order to serve God. They gave God the option of what to do with them because of their sin, but they wanted relief from the enemy.

When a person chooses to reject God and follow idols after serving Him, He usually allows it, but will also allow the enemy to come in and cause torment. The peace and comfort a person had with God will be gone. Things will not work out in the same way as with God.

The purpose of God allowing the enemy to come in is to work to get the person back to Him.

When things are going bad, most people will turn to God. They do not often look at what brought them to that point, but know that they need God to help them.

You may or may not be in this position right now. When you do get into that position, the important thing is to admit your sin to God. Admit that you have walked away from Him. Turn from those sins, and turn back to God.

Allow God to have control of your life again.

As you do this, God will work to restore your life to Him. God does not like to see His people in misery, but He also cannot accept sin in their lives.

Do not be like the Israelites and turn to God just to be helped out of trouble. Turn to Him with all of your heart and life. Serve and worship Him daily in every area of your life.

God will then help you through every situation in your life.

I pray today that you will admit to God your sins and repent of them; that you will turn from all idols to God alone; that you will allow God to lead your life; and that you will stay away from all sin in your life.

Joshua 21:45 No Failed Promises

Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21:45

The Israelites, under the command of Joshua, went into the land of Canaan and started to take the land. Little by little they conquered all of the cities and pushed out most of the people in them. Once all the land was conquered they had peace throughout the land. God had promised them the land and He fulfilled His promise. Not one of His promises fell short.

In your life, most likely you are not having to conquer a physical land in this world. However, every person has areas in his or her own life that need to be conquered. There are battles over the mind and desires of the flesh that wage war against what God wants.

Each person has to grow in the Lord Jesus and become more like Him. The process of doing this is a very great battle. The devil does not want anyone to gain any ground, he wants everyone to lose it all.

As you go into battle for these areas in your life, you are not alone. Jesus had promise to be with you forever. Along with that promise God has given you many other promises that you can count upon.

You are promised comfort with the Holy Spirit.

You are promised all authority and power.

You are promised peace.

You are promised wisdom.

You are promised forgiveness.

You are promised salvation.

You are promised to win the battle.

You are promised that the devil will flee you when resisted.

You are promised to be more than a conqueror.

You are promised healing.

You are promised life for eternity.

You are promised a home in heaven.

You are promised God’s love.

You are promised God’s presence.

You are promised that Jesus will return.

And the list of promises that God has made goes on.

Just as with the Israelites, that every promise was fulfilled, you can rest assured that every promise God has given you will be fulfilled. You can trust God to do what He says He will do. Do not fear, but trust God today.

I pray today that you will know the promises God has for you; that you will know you can trust God’s promises; that you will not be afraid of God failing you; and that you will see God’s promises being fulfilled in your life each day.

Deuteronomy 5:28-29 More Than Just Words

The LORD heard you when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:28-29

God was going to meet with the people on the mountain of Sinai. As the time came to do that, the people became afraid and wanted Moses to talk to God alone. The people said they would follow everything Moses tells them.

God says that He heard their answer and that it was a good answer. He then adds that He desires their hearts to fear Him and keep all of His commands. It was stated in a way that makes it seem like He did not expect it to happen, but hoped it would.

People make promises all the time. Everywhere you go you will see them. People promise family members something, workers promise the bosses, the bosses promise the workers, and politicians promise the people things. Yet, often many of those promises are broken.

One area that people like to make promises is with God. They are going through a bad situation in life and so they promise God that if He gets them through it they will serve Him their whole life in some way.

Very commonly there is no real fear of God and the promise that they made. Within days after the situation is resolved, their promises are forgotten or excused out.

When you respect God and follow all of His commands it will go well with you forever. This does not mean that there will be no troubles, it means that God will be with you in them and get you through them.

Do not allow yourself to put God on a shelf. When you make a promise, make your words more than just words, put them into action.  Live for God as you say you want to or as you promised God you would.

I pray today that you will have a healthy fear of God; that you will obey all that God tells you; that you will fulfill all your promises to God; that your heart will follow God’s heart; and that many will see Jesus through you.