1 Samuel 5:11 Recognizing God’s Judgement

So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it. 1 Samuel 5:11

When disasters or hard times comes upon most people, they feel it is bad luck or bad choices that has brought those times upon them. Very seldom do people search for a deeper meaning or reason to the problems that they are facing. Everything is taken at face value.

The Philistines had captured the ark of the covenant from the Israelites. Everywhere the ark was kept, there was disaster and death. The people wanted ark sent back, knowing God’s hand was against them.

God is always at work striving to get people to turn to Him and recognize their need for Jesus. His love for people is so great that He will use whatever means necessary to accomplish that goal.

There are times when a believer begins to step into sin and turning away from God, that God brings on some struggles to get his attention and draw him back. In the same way as the world sees a bad situation, many believers see the negative situation as bad luck. Many will even get angry with God for being harsh on them and allowing bad times to occur.

Rather than getting angry with God, one should see if there is sin in his life and turn back to God. He may also seek if it is just God allowing him to be tested to see where his heart is. Believers need to recognize the hand of God in every situation. Then seek to do God’s will.

God uses every situation for your benefit. It is either to get your attention or to reward you. Allow God to open your eyes to what He is doing in your life and how to react to it. Judgment may occur in this life to turn your heart back towards Him and get rid of some sin in your life.

There may be a need for you to repent and change some ways. Or there may be a need to hold on tighter to God to pass the test.

Do you recognize God’s hand in your situation?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see God working in your life; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will live for God in every area of your life; and that you will give your whole life to God’s use.

1 Samuel 2:10 Opposing God

those who oppose the Lord will be broken. The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed. 1 Samuel 2:10

In many nations around the world there are leaders that if one opposes them, they will be destroyed. Some leaders will destroy the opposer by death and others by prison.

These same types of actions can also be found in various organizations throughout the world. Opposition to leadership is nearly always frowned upon and dealt with harshly. Yet, there are many people who will oppose leadership in the desire to be the leader.

Hannah sang a song of praise to God after the birth of Samuel. She stated that those who oppose God will be broken and that God will thunder from heaven and judge the earth.

Throughout the world there are many people who will directly try to oppose God and His people. Their goal is to destroy all believers and Christianity. This is a part of living in a fallen world that does not know God and can be expected.

At the same time there are many believers who try to oppose God. Even though they claim to believe in and follow Jesus, they choose to not follow His ways completely. Selfishness, pride, greed, and fear rise up in their lives and they choose to live their own way, rather than do what God calls them to do.

These same people will claim the grace of God, rather than becoming holy as He is holy. For a time, it may appear as though they are getting away with not truly living for God, but there is coming a day of judgement upon them.

Every believer must be willing to live by God’s standards and do His will rather than oppose Him.

You must be willing to check yourself to determine if you are opposing God or not. Do not let the sinful ways of the world control your way of living.

Allow God to be God and in complete control of your life. Trust His ways and live according to them, rather than opposing and fighting against God. Be holy as He is holy.

God will give you strength to live for Him and He will exalt you as you lift Him up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live according to God’s standards; that you will not oppose God in any area of your life; and that you will know the strength that God gives you to live for Him.

Revelation 11:18 A Time Is Coming

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small–and for destroying those who destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18

Expectations for things to come are found everywhere. Some things are looked forward to as being exciting and worth it. Other things are feared because they bring about pain and suffering.

Often the expectations can be predicted by the actions of a person. Living certain ways will usually determine what is ahead in life.

John describes that as the seventh trumpet is sounded the elders worshipped God, saying that the time has come for God to judge and reward people according to their actions.

It is common for people to live in the moment with no regard to the future. People will eat, drink and be merry without any thought of the future results of their actions.

The majority of the world does not believe that God is going to judge them. Belief is that either God is not real or that He loves and would never bring about any harm.

Throughout the entire Bible there are many warnings of God judging those who do not follow and obey Him. At the same time there are many statements that God will reward those who have chosen to believe in Him and obey Him.

In the finite minds of man, it appears as though God will never judge or reward. People have been waiting for several thousand years and nothing has changed. Yet, there is coming a day when it will occur.

Jesus was promised to come the first time and He came. He promised He would die and rise again–and He did. Jesus promised He would come again and judge the world–and He will. Believers need to live with this in mind.

You may be wondering when God will judge those who have done harm to you. And you may be wondering when God will reward you for your faithfulness.

Do not give up and stop believing now. God will judge and reward at the right time. Continue to live for God, obeying and worshipping Him on a daily, even hourly basis. Trust that God will continue to fulfill His every promise.

As you continue to be His servant, you will have trouble, but your reward is coming.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you will trust God will fulfill His every promise; that you will look forward to the return of Jesus; and that you will know God will reward your faithfulness to Him.

1 Corinthians 5:12 Who Is To Be Judged?

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 1 Corinthians 5:12

Nearly every city, county and state in America has a judge that sits on a seat to make judgements about various situations. Rules are put in place and are expected to be followed. The judgement occurs when those rules are not followed correctly.

Judgements also occur inside of many organizations and just among people in general. They are made when a norm or a rule is not followed correctly. The challenge comes in as to who makes the rules or what rules are to be followed.

After talking about expelling a believer living in sin, Paul tells the people that they are not to focus on judging those outside the church, but those in the church.

It is very common to hear people quickly say that no one is to judge anyone, that all judgement is to be left up to God and God alone. This belief is only partially true.

Believers are not to judge those outside the church, because those people do not know or understand God’s commandments. People outside the church are living just like their character, not according to God’s character. They cannot be expected to live any other way.

However, those inside the church are expected to live according to God’s commands. Too often people who consider themselves believers, live in purposeful sin, refusing to repent or change, while still calling themselves a follower of Jesus. It is these people inside the church that Paul tells the believers to judge and expel.

As one does judging, he must take into consideration whether the sin being committed is one on purpose or by a slip up. One who tries to not sin, may slip up and does not need to be judged, but guided.

Start judging by looking at your own life. Are you purposefully living in sin or are you striving to stop all sin?

Once you have judged yourself, do not be afraid to look at other believers around you. If one is living in sin, find out if he is striving to stop the sin or not. If he is trying to stop sinning, then guide him and build him up in the Lord. If he is not trying to stop, warn him and then expel him.

Always remember that those outside the church are living like their leader Satan.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to live by God’s commands; that God will guide you in leading others in His ways; that God will give you wisdom on what to judge by His standards; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Romans 2:5 Are You Storing Up God’s Wrath?

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. Romans 2:5

Freedom to choose is something that people all over the world love to have. Many throughout the world do not always get that freedom, but still desire it. They want to be able to do what they want, how they want, and when they want, with no fear of repercussion.

Some will make their own choices, hoping that there will be no problems with it. Not looking to the future chance of paying for their choice.

Paul reprimands the people for being stubborn and unrepentant. He says that by being that way, they are storing up God’s wrath against them when He returns to judge.

At the moment a person sins against God, he immediately has a judgement of death upon his head. It is the punishment that God must give out for sinning against Him.

Although God has that sentence upon a person, He also provided for a way to be forgiven and not be given that death sentence. All it takes is for a person to repent of the sin and trust in Jesus.

Many people have chosen to repent of their sins and begin believing in Jesus, but more have chosen not to repent. They are enjoying their sins and refuse to turn away from them. This is often occurring inside the church with people who claim to believe in Jesus.

The person who goes to church and claims to believe in Jesus, but refuses to repent is storing up God’s wrath against him. There will come a day when Jesus will return and it will be a day of reckoning that they will have to pay for those sins of rebellion against God.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus, be sure to repent of your sins. This is not just saying you are sorry, but a turning away from those sins, refusing to sin anymore.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to change your heart and give you strength to turn from sin. The moment you purposefully choose to continue to do a sin against God’s commands, you are rejecting Jesus and bringing upon you His wrath. He does not want to strike you, but will if you refuse to repent.

Do not be stubborn, but repent of your sins and turn from them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will turn towards God from all sins; that you will flee the temptations to sin against God; and that you will know God’s love, forgiveness and restoration in your life.