Zechariah 5:3 Getting Banished

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And he said to me, “This is a the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished.” Zechariah 5:3 

Two things that are very common nearly everywhere a person goes are theft and false swearing, or making false promises. Most people will never claim that they do either of these, yet both are done by most people to some degree or more.

The common view is that if one is not caught, it is acceptable, even though most do not agree with it.

God showed Zechariah a vision of a scroll flying across the land. It would curse and banish those who were thieves and those who made false promises.

While most believers will state that they do not steal, it is common for many to not give their full effort when at work. They cut corners and do as little as possible. This is stealing from their employer.

Many will also say that they do not make false promises. Yet, they make promises to follow God all the time, and then turn back to sin. Others will also promise to do the job correctly, but then cut corners in the work, breaking their promise.

God is against theft and false promises. He is one who always keeps every promise and does not take what is not His. He also expects those who follow Him to live in the same way.

Israel was destroyed for a time because of theft and false promises. God will also judge today in the same way. He has mercy for those who repent and turn from these ways, but will banish those who refuse to repent and change.

You must take a look at your own life and see where your actions are. Only you and God can know if you are taking things that do not belong to you or if you are making false promises.

Turn from those ways and live as Jesus lived, in truth and honesty. Do not live in a way that God will have to banish you. Do not live as many in this world live and accept as good. Be separate from the ways of this world.

Will God have to banish you? Or are you being accepted into His kingdom?

I pray today that you will live by God’s standards; that God will help you to fulfill all of your promises; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that you will be a witness for Jesus. 

Zephaniah 2:3 What To Search For

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Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:3 

As a person is growing up he begins to search for what he wants to do with his life. The challenge of trying to decide what type of career the person would like to do for income looms great in one’s mind.

Throughout life many people will continue to search for meaning and purpose in life. They will seek these things in many different places and things. This will become even more of a concern, when one begins to go through tough times and everything is falling apart.

Zephaniah tells the people to seek God, His righteousness and humility. This is to be done as one sees the day of God’s judgement coming.

God’s patience does not last forever with people or nations. For each person or nation there comes a day of judgement. God will not put up with sin forever. Before the final judgement at the end of time, God has days where He will strike nations or individuals to get their attention back on Him.

Those who are humble and realize that God is in control will seek God. They will seek God to find out what He desires for them. They will turn from sin, repenting in humility as they seek His righteousness and holiness.

Only when a person turns to God and seeks His way of living, will God begin to protect them from the judgement coming. God can work in a way to spare them as others are judged and struck to get their attention. Miracles can occur during times of famine, drought, disaster, disease, sickness, pandemics, or any other event that hits nations or people to get their attention, to shelter those who trust in Him.

You may see disaster, sickness and death all around you, however, you do not need to fear any of those things. Do not seek the ways of this world to get through the troubles. Seek God, His kingdom, His righteousness and holiness and you will be doing what God desires for you to do.

As you are doing what God is wanting you to do, He will put His hand of favor upon you and protect you from judgement. He will give you strength to make it through troubling times.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in everything you do; that you will seek God’s righteousness in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Amos 2:6 Guilty Of Sins

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This is what the Lord says: For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. Amos 2:6 

The majority of people feel as though they are a good person, not really guilty of anything bad. They often see themselves as a good person because they are comparing themselves to other people and the standards of this world. In doing so, they do not see that what they are doing is very often wrong and bringing judgement upon themselves.

Amos is telling the different countries what judgements God is bringing against them. He is foretelling God’s punishment because of sins. For Israel, they were guilty of selling the innocent for money.

While the majority of the world will say that it is bad to sell a person for money, it is a commonly done and accepted practice. One of the greatest and most accepted practices of this is found in abortion. Although not direct selling, people are getting rid of children in order to have a better career, more money, or more freedom.

It is also common for one person to step on and push down another person just to make more money. Slander against innocent people occurs on a regular basis to make oneself look better, to get the promotion for better pay.

According to the world, these and many other practices are acceptable. However, these actions do not show love, nor are they in line with God’s will. At the time it may look as though people are getting away with their sins, but God is watching. It is only a matter of time before He brings judgement upon them.

Every believer must examine his actions and see if they are guilty of sins or not. Some things may appear to be innocent, yet are against God.

Motivation is what can cause a lot of things that you do to be either good or bad. Some things are sin no matter what the motivation is. However, there are many other things that you may do that can be done for the wrong reasons, causing them to be sin.

If what you are doing is hurting others in order to bring you profit or promotion, then it is wrong, regardless of how innocent it is otherwise. As a believer, you are to live a life of love and encouragement, not control and destruction.

Are you selling yourself out to sin or to God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God in every area of your life; that you will repent to God of all sins; that you will be motivated by God’s love to love all others; and that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin. 

Joel 2:1 Sound The Alarm

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Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–Joel 2:1 

Alarms are something that can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Cars have alarms to warn of someone attempting to get in without the proper key. Stores have alarms to tell that someone is shoplifting some item. Radios play warning messages of extremely dangerous weather that is coming up.

All these alarms are to bring to awareness that there is some type of problem occurring or about to occur. It gives people a chance to fix the problem or prepare for a problem that is arising.

Joel tells the people to blow trumpets as an alarm, to warn the people that God is about to bring on judgement upon the land.

Throughout history God has never wanted to just judge and destroy or punish people. His desire is that people would change, turn from their sins and follow Him. God is loving and merciful, but He is also a just God whose time of mercy will come to an end. A day will come in which He will judge and destroy those who choose to not follow Him.

There will be a final judgement when Jesus will judge and destroy all who refuse to obey Him. This will occur when He returns. However, there will be days of punishment while on this earth. Both will incur some or all of God’s wrath against people.

Every believer must be willing to sound the alarm that something is wrong, that people who are living in sin and refusing to obey God will be getting an eternal day of punishment. The world will continue to live in sin if no one will warn them of the coming judgement.

As a believer, at some point in your life, you had been given the warning signal that living in sin was wrong. You had chosen to begin to obey and follow Jesus. Continue to flee sin and obey God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now it is time to sound the alarm and warn others of God’s coming judgement. Let everyone you know that God loves them, but cannot accept sin in their lives. Let them know what Jesus did for them. Be His witness and build His kingdom.

It is time to sound the alarm to all you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s plans; that you will sound the warning of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy. 

Hosea 8:14 Forgetting The Maker

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Israel has forgotten their Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses. Hosea 8:14 

No one likes to be forgotten or ignored. If someone accomplished or did something great, he wants it to be remembered and acknowledged. It is even worse if the credit for the accomplishment is given to someone else.

It can be painful when the accomplishment is forgotten. Lawsuits are drawn up against others when the credit is stolen. People want to be recognized for what they did.

God is complaining about how He had made Israel and Judah, yet they no longer remember Him. They are focused on building things for themselves. His plan is to punish them and destroy their cities.

During a sudden time of crisis people will often remember God and cry out to Him for help. But when the time of crisis is over and things are going well and successful people suddenly forget God.

In the first few weeks after 9/11 churches were being filled and people were calling out to God. After a few months, people quickly forgot about God and went about building up their lives again. They built their palaces of careers, homes, businesses, and material things. Churches, again, saw a drop in attendance. God was being forgotten.

There are also many in the church who have forgotten God in their services. They are focused on building some ministry or making a better building to worship in, rather than focusing upon God and what He desires.

The focus of every believer should be first upon God and what He wants. As soon as a believer takes things into his own hands, he often begins to forget about God and judgement will come from God.

Think about where your focus is in life. Ask yourself what it is that you are trying to accomplish. You may be focused on the things of this world, building a better career, a larger retirement fund, a bigger house, or more. These are all temporary and show that you are forgetting about God.

Turn your eyes to God. Seek what it is that God desires for you to have and to do. Focus your attention on becoming more like Jesus and build His kingdom greater. When you do that all these things will be added unto you in due time. Do not allow yourself to forget about God in the process of living life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your first focus in life; that you will work to build His kingdom each day; and that you will not forget God in living life.