Micah 3:8 Revealing Sin

Cross on mountain

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8 

Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.

No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.

Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.

When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.

As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.

This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.

Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.

As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.

And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him. 

Hosea 2:19 Engaged To God

Getting engaged

I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. Hosea 2:19 

Every year thousands of men and women get together and get engaged with the intent to get married. They have known each other for some time and have chosen to decide to get married.

The length of the engagement is different for every couple. Some can be very short, within a few weeks of getting married. Others can be several years long before they get married. At times the engagement is also broken off and there is no marriage.

God tells the people of Israel that He will betroth, get engaged to them. This engagement will be forever and done with righteousness and love. He does this because He has compassion upon them.

Just as a couple get engaged love each other and wants to be together forever, God loves people and wants to be engaged to them forever. It was God who has called for the engagement to Him. Without God calling, no person would come to Him, they would stay in their sin and heading for death.

Love, compassion and righteousness is what drives God to want to be together with humans. It is what caused Him to have Jesus come and die upon the cross to make it possible. He is willing to make the commitment to love forever in a relationship with everyone who is willing.

Every believer has to be willing to jump into the long-term commitment of engagement to God. It is not a light thing to do. One cannot change his mind from day-to-day due to circumstances, as many do in this world with their commitments to marriage and relationships.

God will never fail in this relationship, so the believer can walk into it knowing it is real, worth it and forever.

If you are already a believer, you have already gotten engaged to God. The relationship has begun and will never end, as long as you stayed committed to Him.

Just as with relationships on this earth, you will have times of struggle and not understanding of God, but you must remain committed to it. God will never fail you, nor leave you. God is in it for the long run, for eternity. He will always do what is best for His relationship with you because of His great love and righteousness.

Are you committed to your engagement with God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be engaged in your relationship with God; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will know God’s commitment to you.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 What To Boast About

Looking at mountains

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 

Boasting is rampant among people in all areas of society. It is not just with the wealthy or the poor, but most people boast about something. Often it is a boasting when they have something or do something better than someone else.

People want to look better in the eyes of others, so they boast about themselves.

God tells the people to not boast, unless they are boasting about knowing and understanding Him and who He is.

Strength and wealth are temporary things of this earth. The wisdom of man is worthless compared to the wisdom of God. Yet people will boast about themselves in these three areas on a regular basis. It makes them appear as though they are something, when in reality they are nothing without God.

Boasting like this can even occur inside the church. Some will boast about their being a member of a certain group, or boast about their position in the church, or how much they give.

God does not like boasting in this way, because without Him, none of these things would be possible. It is God who gives a person strength, wisdom and wealth.

Believers need to boast about knowing God and who He is. There can never be enough said about who God is and what He is like. When Jesus is lifted up, He can then lift the believer up and reach the world for the lost.

While you may have accomplished many things, none of them were accomplished without God’s help in your life. You do not even have the ability to breath without God giving you the breath.

Take a moment to think about what you are talking to others about. Are you boasting about yourself and things you have accomplished? Are you boasting about other people? Or are you boasting about God?

Think about all the things God has done in your life. Count all the blessings He has already given you. Now talk about these things. Boast about His great love, mercy, and grace in your life. Lift Him up, not yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love in your life; that God will help you remove all boasting about yourself in your life; and that you will lift God up every chance you get.