Luke 13:34 Weeping For The Lost

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“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Luke 13:34

Jesus had been told by some of the Pharisees to leave Jerusalem, they did want any part of Him. He, then, wept for the city, longing to gather them up and care for them. Even though they did not want Him there, Jesus continued His mission, knowing they would crucify Him.

When people are treated badly by someone or a group, they usually will leave that person and move on to someone else. People know when they are not welcome and do not want to stick around. Very few people are willing to be hated and hurt by someone else continually.

Looking at things as the world does, it makes sense to move on, to forget the person or people you are trying to reach.

This type of attitude is also common among Christians. A believer is treated badly by someone and so they leave that person on his own. They no longer reach out to that person because of the pain being inflicted.

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that they hated Him as a whole. He also knew that they would kill Him the next time He went into Jerusalem. Yet, His hearts desire was to take all of the people of the city under His arm and show them love and care.

His love was greater for them, than their hate was for Him. Jesus knew that He had something that was worth everything to give them. He wanted to give them life, abundant life, despite their not wanting it. Since they did not want what He had for them, Jesus wept over them. He shared His heart’s desire to be with them.

There may be someone or a group of people who treat you badly. Although it is easy to just walk away, it may be that God wants you to continue to reach out to them with His love and compassion.

God wants everyone to know the gospel message and be saved. You may be the only one to reach out to that person. Weep before God for their lost souls and continue to reach out to them. Do not give up on them right away.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that you will have God’s compassion for the lost; that you will not fear persecution, but trust in God; and that you spread the gospel message to all you meet.

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Ezekiel 22:2 Judgment Of “Believers”

“Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices” Ezekiel 22:2

God was bringing judgment against the city of Jerusalem for all the things that the people of the city were doing. They were allowing worship of idols, prostitution, murder, and other types of sin openly. The people were not following God and His judgment was getting ready to be poured out upon them.

The city of Jerusalem was supposed to be the city of God, a city of people who were the people of God. They were supposed to be the believers who knew, trusted and followed God. Yet, they were not following Him, except in word only.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He met with many sinners and showed love and compassion to them. However, when He met up with the Pharisees and Saducees, the leaders of the church, He held nothing but harsh judgment against them. They claimed to know and serve God, yet, were doing things against God.

Today many believers like to show harsh judgment against non-believers for their sinful ways of living. Non-believers are just living the only way they know to live. They are living by their own ways or the ways of this world. None of them have been given a standard to live by.

Those in the church, however, claim to know God and serve God. They are without excuse as to how they live. Many choose to live in sinful practices, hating, jealousy, gossip, lying, stealing, cheating, and harsh judging against the world. God’s harshest judgment is against those in the church who claim to know Him, but do not.

It is easy to claim to know Jesus, but it is an entirely different thing to live for Him. Living for self is a common practice with many in the church today.

As you look at your life you need to take a look at yourself as to how you are really living for God. Are you just living in word only, claiming to know God? Or are you giving God your whole life, serving Him and striving to live by His standards and not the standards of this world?

You do not want to step into eternity and God has to look at you and say that He never knew you, because you did not really live for Him.

I pray today that you will know God; that you will live by God’s standards; that God will keep you from being corrupted by the world’s standards; and that you will be His witness to this world.

Isaiah 62:5 God Rejoices Over You

As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:5

Isaiah is telling the people that God rejoices over the city of Jerusalem. Even though He had it destroyed for a time, God was in the process of rebuilding it. Jerusalem is portrayed as a bride, and God is seen as the bridegroom, even though God had built Jerusalem.

God was excited at the thought of marrying His bride–Jerusalem, just as a young man is excited and rejoices when he is about to marry his bride.

Jesus expanded the love of God and the term of bride to include more than just the Israelites and Jerusalem. Those terms now include every person who believes in Jesus, which is the church.

In life, many people do not believe that any person, much less God, could possibly love them enough to want to marry them. They see their own faults and cannot believe anyone would want them, including God. People in this world often see themselves as a dirty, worthless, un-loveable person.

Many women see themselves in that way, and often wonder or don’t even believe that someone can really love them, or would want to marry them. There are also many men who feel the same way about themselves. They go through life feeling as though no woman would ever love them enough to marry them.

While this happens in the physical world between men and women, it also happens in the spiritual world with God. People feel God cannot love them or want them because of all the bad things that they have done in their past.

This is not true. Israel had a lot of bad faults and had walked away from God, yet God still loved Israel.

Regardless of what you have done in the past, you can be made clean by the blood of Jesus. You are able to put on the spotless, white robe that He provides.

God made you and knows all your faults, even better than you do, yet, God wants you as His bride. He rejoices over the thought of having you as His bride, just as a young man rejoices over his bride when he is ready to get married.

Look forward to that wedding day in heaven. Rejoice with God as He rejoices with you. Get yourself ready for that wedding.

I pray today that you will allow Jesus to clean up your life; that you will be prepared to be married to God; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will rejoice with God in your relationship with Him.

Isaiah 37:5-6 Do Not Be Afraid Of Reports

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.” Isaiah 37:5-6

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, had come up against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. The city was threatened to be overrun and everyone killed. He boasted about the power that Assyria had and all the other nations he had overcome already. The people were afraid of him, because his army was much stronger and Assyria had destroyed many other nations.

King Hezekiah sent some people to Isaiah to find out what God had to say about the situation. Basically Isaiah said that they were to ignore the reports that were being delivered by Sennacherib’s men. God saw what he was saying and how Assyria was blaspheming Him.

Since that time the methods of delivering messages have changed, but the messages often being delivered are the same. Watch any news channel and you will see many reports of danger and threats. One nation is always threatening another nation. One group of people is threatening another group of people. Governmental laws threaten some people. Reports of epidemic sickness arise. Reports of economic collapse are everywhere. Reports of violence, rape, murder, theft are always out there. Fear is found everywhere.

As a believer in Jesus, you will hear these reports on a regular basis. There is nothing to stop these reports. However, you do not have to live in fear because of the reports being made. God is greater than any power in this world.

Just as Hezekiah did, you must bring those reports to God. He is the one who is really in control of everything. Without His permission, nothing can happen.

Instead of running in fear of those reports, give them to God and trust Him in how to deal with them. Trust that God knows what is best to be allowed or stopped. There is purpose for everything that happens in this life, both the good and the bad things. God will use everything, but all of it will be used for your benefit, if you allow Him to use it that way.

Are you fearing those reports?

Or are you trusting God with those reports?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that God will help you to not fear any bad reports; that you will bring all reports before God to deal with; and that you will be a witness of God’s great power to this world.

Isaiah 10:12 Pride Over A Fallen Enemy

When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.” Isaiah 10:12

Judah, the southern nation of the split Israel, had chosen to walk away from God and follow false gods. God chose to punish them by using the king of Assyria to take over the land and crush Jerusalem. The king of Assyria did not follow God in any way and was very harsh in his treatment of the Israelites.

Judah and all the Israelites were an enemy to Assyria, so as the king of Assyria conquered Judah and Jerusalem, he did it with great pride. He considered himself better than the Israelites. God saw his heart and promised that once the punishment of Judah was done, He would punish the king of Assyria for his pride.

Pride over the destruction of an enemy is something that many people have. They like to see the enemy fall. It is especially great pride when the enemy falls at their own hands and power.

The world feels that pride is a good thing. Everyone deserves to be proud when they are able to crush and destroy their enemy.

Yet, God hates pride. Pride looks at self and says that self did it all. The only reason the king of Assyria was able to destroy Jerusalem was because God allowed it to happen. In himself, the king had no real power.

The same is true in your own life. In yourself you have no real power. All of your abilities have been given to you by God. There may come times when God allows you to crush your enemy. When this occurs, it should not be done with great pride.

Jesus said that we are to love our enemies. Having pride in their destruction does not display true love. As a follower of Jesus, you should be weeping over the destruction of your enemy. You should be praying for their souls and redemption.

Jesus redeemed you when you were His enemy. Can you not do the same for your enemies?

Remove pride from your life and allow God to work through you to touch others for Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal any pride in your heart; that God will strengthen you to remove all pride; that you will remain humble before God; and that God will use you to touch many lives for Jesus.

Luke 19:41-42 Last Chances

“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

Jesus was riding into Jerusalem and the people were giving Him a lot of great praise and honor. As good as everything looked on the surface, Jesus saw the inside of the hearts of the people. He started weeping because He knew that they were not really honoring Him with their full hearts. He makes the statement that they did not really know what would bring them peace.

The people thought that Jesus would be the new king who would bring them peace from their enemy, the Romans. Although Jesus would be their king, it was not to destroy the Romans. The peace that Jesus was bringing was a peace with God.

Many people thought that they were God’s chosen people. They felt they were at peace with God. Very few had really heard the scriptures and realized that they needed someone to take away their sins. Jesus now states that the peace that He was bringing would be hidden from their eyes.

Although times have changed, people have not. The majority of the people in this world, still do not see the peace that Jesus can bring into their lives. They are looking for world peace in the fighting. Others are looking to things and bank accounts for their peace.

Even many Christians struggle with this. They feel they must do more and more work for God to be accepted by God. They continually condemn themselves for sins done years ago. They do not have true peace, because they are not fully trusting in Jesus.

Today is the day to focus on what Jesus has done for you and is willing to do for you. He has taken away past sins and will continue to do so. He is willing to fill your life with His peace.

You must trust in Him and in Him alone. Do not allow the day to pass without trusting in His peace. Do not allow the work He is able to do be hidden from your eyes. God is giving you a chance to trust Him today…take it. Don’t run from it. There will come a day when you will no longer be able to see Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal His love and peace to you; that you will accept Jesus as your Lord and King; that you will trust Jesus for everything; that you will not turn away from Jesus; and that God will build you up in Jesus.