Ezekiel 39:27-28 Know The Lord God

When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. Ezekiel 39:27-28

Israel had chosen, for a time, to sin against God by rejecting Him and following idols and other nations. Because of their sin, God sent them into exile to punish them. While in exile the Israelites would realize their great sin and turn back to God. He would bring them back to their homeland in Israel. At that point, they and all the nations, would realize that God is God. The nations of the world would see that God is holy and just.

It is common for people to think of the judgments of God to be harsh and cruel. They do not see the judgments, while living on this earth, are methods to get a person to look towards Him and turn from his sinful ways. Until the final judgment at the end of time, God is not judging with the intent of total destruction, but is judging to get a person to turn towards Him.

People who choose to walk away from Him may go through a time of punishment. God may exile them into a difficult situation to get them to turn their eyes back on Him. The exile today is not always being sent to another nation, but one that still displaces them from the familiar or comfortable.

If you are going through a time of feeling exiled from God, take a look at your life. Are you following God or are you following your own ways? If you are serving God with all of your heart, then it is probably an attack from the enemy.

If you are not serving God, it may be God trying to get your attention back on Him. God may be trying to restore you to where you should be. Allow Him to move you and know that He is God and He is holy and just in all that He does.

I pray today that you will know that God is God; that you will know the holiness of God; that you will serve God with all of your heart; and that you will know that God will not leave you behind as you serve Him.

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Being Busy

Too Busy

Busyness is something that people say is common today. Although it may seem like it is a relatively new concept, it is not. When Jesus went to the home of Mary and Martha, Martha was very busy with tending to things around the house.

Being busy is something people have been since time began. There is always something to do.

This month is starting out as one of those months that a proving to be extremely busy. My work alone as a teacher takes up 50-60 hours per week. Along with that I have a daughter getting married this month. In between all of that I have a son who is having a birthday. That is the big things going on this month.

Outside of those things are the smaller things of the huge list of things that I need to do around my house and property, repairs, upkeeps, and cleaning. Along with those things there is church. There will be some revival services going on at our church the weekend of the wedding.

Husband multitasking

Then to cap the busyness off, a friend, who was my best man at my wedding 25 years ago, is coming for a visit. It was not known when he was planning to come, nor does he know how long he will stay. Life is busy.

Psalm 46,10

One of the things that we need to do is stop and know God. Take a few minutes to breath and connect with God.

Psalm 37:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

God is watching your every step. Everything that you do must be ordered by God.

Ask yourself if what you are doing is what God would want you to do. If it is, He will give you the strength and grace to complete it.

There are probably many things that you do, at least I know that I do, that are not necessarily ordered by God. There are many times I do things to just relax or forget everything else. Often I like to procrastinate and not do the things that I should do.

There are times I put off praying or reading the Bible, when I know I should be doing those things. I put them off in order to play or watch a movie or tv, or some other thing.

focus on god

If my focus is on God, I will be focused on doing what He wants me to do. It is then that I may be very busy, but I will not be too busy. I will be doing His work, not the meaningless work of this world. It will also take your mind off the circumstances that you are in.

As you go through your days, going into a season of holidays and extreme busyness, take time to focus on God. Ask God what He wants you to do. Ask God what He does not want you to do. Allow Him to order your steps and not be busy spinning your wheels doing nothing of value.

Jeremiah 24:6-7 God Is Watching Over You

My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:6-7

Jeremiah was given a vision of two baskets of figs, one of which were very good, and the other was very bad. God said that the good figs were like His people who were good and followed His commands. He would watch over them, even while it captivity and bring them back to their land. God planned to build them up again, because the followed Him with all their heart.

In themselves, no person is good. Every person is filled with sin and cannot cleanse himself.  Their condition changes when they accept Jesus. He cleanses them from all sin, when they turn to Him with all of their heart.

A lot of people feel that God is only out to get them and harm them. Nothing good seems to come their way. Many will not even attempt to serve God because of the bad things that have occurred in their lives. Believers often struggle with this same challenge.

When you turn to God with all of your heart and trust Jesus for cleansing of your sin, God is more than willing to cleanse you. He will then watch over you to build you up, not tear you down. God will use the hardships of this life to make you into the person He wants you to be.

As you turn to God with all of your heart, God will turn towards you. He will work at changing your heart so that you may know Him more and more. You get to know God so that you can live the way He plans for you. God has the best plans for your life and you need to trust His plans.

Do you want to stay down in the dumps, because things are not going as you planned (in exile)?

Or do you want to trust God in the dumps to build you back up in His way and in His time?

God is watching you to build you up, not tear you down.

I pray today that you will turn to God with all of your heart; that you will obey all God’s commands; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will know God is there for you.

Jeremiah 15:16 Joy In God’s Words

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16

As Jeremiah spoke the words God had given him, most of those words were not exactly the most comforting, kind words. They were often words of judgment and coming destruction. Yet, Jeremiah found great joy in those words and was glad to eat them. Despite the challenges and trials that Jeremiah had faced, he was glad to bear God’s name before the people. The words of God brought life and meaning to his life. Jeremiah was glad to bear God’s name on his life, despite the persecution he had to go through.

The world tries to say that the Bible is just a good story, but that it is not really from a god. It is often believed to be just a great book of stories made up by men. It is seen as one of the greatest literature books of all time.

The reason the Bible can be listed as the greatest literature of all time, is that it is in reality, God’s words. It was written by men who were under God’s inspiration, filled with His Holy Spirit. Thus the words of the Bible can bring about life. Any one who has life, also has joy.

It is easy to see the Bible as just a bunch of do and don’t regulations, however, it is much more than that. It gives you the instructions on how to really live life to the fullest. It tells you who God is, what He is like, and what He desires. It provides everything that you need in this life.

As you go through your life, day by day, you also need guidance. You need to know who God is, what He is like, and what He desires. All of this can be found in the Bible.

God will reveal Himself, first through the Bible, then through His Holy Spirit in your life. You cannot know too much about God. There is always more to learn. As you get to know God more, you will have more and more joy in your life. That joy will be there despite the trials of this life.

Are you finding joy in His Word today?

Spend your time with His Words today.

I pray today that you will know God more and more; that you will find joy in His word; that God will make the Bible come alive to you; that you will gladly bear His name in public; and that you will gladly speak His words to this world. 

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

With schools starting up around the nation, one of the common statements being heard is that knowledge is power. Students from kindergarten, all the way through graduate schools are told this statement. It is believed to be started by Francis Bacon, a philosopher and scientist, in 1597. This makes the statement several hundred years old.

The thought behind this statement is that if you have knowledge, you will have more power than someone else who does not have that knowledge.

Having this power is something that can be used in positive or negative ways. Some positive things that can occur with knowledge are: being able to read and communicate clearly; knowing how to do something safely; knowing what is happening around you correctly; knowing the warning signs that are showing; and knowing how to make things better. These are just a few of the many examples of how knowledge can help be a positive thing. They give you the power to do the correct thing in the best way possible.

Positive Power

At the same time, knowledge can be used in very negative ways. Having knowledge of a person’s past can allow one to destroy that person. Having knowledge of a person’s habits can allow one to overcome and hurt that person. Criminals use knowledge to steal from a person or business, or harm someone. Their knowledge gives them power over another person, who does not realize what they know. The media uses knowledge all the time to make or destroy a public person’s reputation.

Bullying, word cloud concept on white background.

As a believer, the question can be asked if knowledge gives power or not? And is that a good thing or not?

Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)
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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Here is a common verse that many know. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to correctly use knowledge that you have been given or learned. To fully understand anything correctly, you must have knowledge of God. Without God at the forefront of all knowledge, there will be faults in the knowledge.

There is great power in knowing God. It is in knowing God that a person can know who He really is. In knowing God, one can also really know who he, himself, is.

The world tries to make knowledge a god. However, knowledge is just a tool that God can use. Knowledge, alone, does not make a person powerful, but it is in how that knowledge is used and what knowledge is used.

As you get to know God and gain knowledge about God, you will be empowered for greater things to be done. It is in knowing God that you get to know how much He really does love you, regardless of what you have done in the past. This knowledge empowers you to live more for Him.

Knowing God allows you to know the gifts that He has for you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to allow you to do greater works for Him.  Knowing that you have His Holy Spirit in you, also gives you power to have His peace and comfort at all times, in all situations in this life.

Knowing God

Knowing God and what He has done for you, gives you power to be able to tell others who He is, what He has done, and what He can do for them. If you do not really know God, you will not be able to stand up and really tell others about Him or what He can do.

Knowing God allows you to understand what is going on around you from an eternal perspective. You can realize the sin that is occurring or the work that God is doing in the lives of others. You can have understanding and insight into what people are really saying or how they are really living.

Knowing God also takes away the fear of what the world can do to you. In knowing God, you will know that you have a future in heaven that no man can take away from you. You have an eternal life to look forward to, if anyone on this earth should take your life here.

God of power

Having the correct knowledge does really give you great power. It is not just in knowing things of this earth, but in knowing the God who made it all possible. It is knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior that gives you greater power than even the devil, himself, has.

It is God who has all the power. It is God who gives all the power. So, yes,  knowledge is power, but do you have the correct knowledge? The world’s? Or God’s?

Psalm 119:45 Walking In Freedom

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. Psalm 119:45

Many people do not walk in freedom in this world. They walk in fear of what they may be doing wrong. The biggest fear comes with fearing what others are thinking. It is found in fearing that others may think that what is being done is wrong.

It is been shown many times that most people will give in to peer pressure to do wrong, even when they know it is wrong to do. It is difficult to do something right while everyone is doing it wrong. People do not feel as though they have the freedom to do the correct thing.

Believers have the same problem. A believer had heard from God on what to do and how to do it. Many of the believers around him, try to tell him that he is wrong and that is the wrong way to do it.

Along with fearing what others may say, many believers do not really know what God is saying to do. They have not read the Bible to know what God’s word says. The Bible gives guidance as to how to live a life for God here on this earth.

When you have read the Bible and know what God says, you know what God wants you to do and how to do it. You know the sins God wants you to flee from. You also know that in Jesus Christ you have been forgiven of all sins and set free. In knowing these things, you can walk in freedom.

You are free from hearing condemnation from God. You are also free from fearing what other people may think, because you know you are in right standing with God.

The ability to walk in freedom comes with knowing God and His ways of doing things. Knowing and following Jesus is knowing God and His ways. As you walk as Jesus did, you will walk in freedom. Jesus never walked in bondage or fear.

How are you walking today?

As the world does, in fear and bondage?

Or as Jesus, in freedom?

I pray today that you will know God’s Word in your heart; that you will know the freedom Jesus provides; that you will walk a life of service to God; and that you will live in the freedom of God’s laws.