Amos 2:6 Guilty Of Sins

woman behind leaves

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

Warning alarms

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

Walled city

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. 

Ezekiel 39:8 It Will Happen

Almost midnight clock

It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of. Ezekiel 39:8 

When something big to occur is in the works, people will talk about it coming and promote it. Months before a big movie is to be released, there are trailers being released to pump it up. Days are counted down to its release. Millions of people get excited about it happening, because they know it will happen. There is a high level of expectation.

It is common to see things being promoted that will happen in the future. Some things are a year away, while others things are within months. Either way excitement is drum up to get everyone ready to be a part of the new event.

God was preparing to bring judgement upon the nations. Although it had not yet occurred, God was telling the people it is coming, pumping them up to be ready for it.

There are yet prophecies of what God has promised in the Bible that are yet to come. Yet, they are coming.

At some day in the future Jesus will come again as He had promised. At that coming, there will be judgement upon all people for what they did or did not do. That day will be unlike any other day in all of history, because it will effect and change the entire world with everyone in it.

Knowing this, believers need to be telling and warning people of what is to come. They need to know that they can escape the harsh judgement of God against them by repenting and believing in Jesus.

For the believer, the return of Jesus will be the greatest thing that could ever possibly happen. For the unbeliever it will be the greatest horror that could happen.

It is coming! It will surely take place as God has promised.

You know that Jesus is returning as a believer. With that knowledge, first, live for God with all of your life. Second, let people know about what God is going to do. Give the world the warning of what God will do to those who do not obey and follow Him.

Do not allow doubt creep in and remove the excitement of the coming return of Jesus to leave you. Stay excited and looking forward to it. As you wait, let others know and build His kingdom. It will surely take place.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you look forward to the return of Jesus; that you will be a witness of Jesus to everyone you meet; and that you will live your whole life for God. 

Ezekiel 30:1-2 Wail For The Downfall

Dark storm clouds

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Wail and say, Alas for that day!” For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near–a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. Ezekiel 30:1-2 

There is a lot of rejoicing when there is the downfall of a violent nation or when the enemy falls. People are excited when they see a powerful dictator be destroyed or a powerful dictatorship nation fall. It is seen as a good thing to occur.

Very seldom does anyone weep when the enemy is destroyed or falls. Many actually look forward to it and try to urge the downfall on.

God tells Ezekiel to wail at the coming downfall and destruction of Egypt. God was getting ready to pour out some of His wrath upon Egypt and break them down as a nation.

Although one does not see the destruction of a nation very often in today’s times, there are often the downfall of leaders and dictators. People rejoice when they see a leader that they do not like get removed and hurt at the same time. They want to see bad leaders punished.

When hard times fall upon the enemy, most people are happy for what had occurred. Yet, this is not the way of God. It is not His heart.

God loves all people and all nations. He does not want to see judgement upon any of them, but it must occur. In the process of judgement, there is much wailing and weeping.

When a nation, business or leader falls, there are often innocent people hurt in the process. It is also often a loss of a chance to be saved.

Believers must seek to restore, not destroy. Thus God wants believers to weep and wail over those being hurt and destroyed, even by His judgement.

You may have rejoiced over the downfall of some enemy in your life. Instead of rejoicing, look at that enemy as one whom God loves and cares for. See the person as one who is lost who needs Jesus to save.

Weep for those who are being destroyed. They are people just like you who have not seen the truth or been given a chance to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Give them a chance to accept or reject.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that you will weep at God’s judgement upon your enemies; and that you will seek to be God’s witness to all people.