Judges 16:20 Losing God’s Presence

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20

In living life many people do things so routinely that they do not always recognize what is going on around them. Disaster can occur right next to one, but he does not see it because his focus is upon himself and what he needs to do.

It is in times like these that accidents occur, because of a loss of attention to the details.

Delilah had deceived Samson in revealing the source of his strength, then cut his hair and betrayed him to the Philistines while he was asleep. When he awoke, he did not realize God had left him and he was captured.

God’s Spirit and favor are with a believer when the believer is following Him and obeying Him. Although God never leaves a person, He will pull His Spirit back when the person chooses to walk in sin and disobey Him.

This is mainly done through the person not being willing to see or hear what God is saying or doing due to sin in his life. His focus is upon self and the world, rather than God and His kingdom. One may run out ahead of God and leave God behind.

As this occurs, disaster occurs in the person’s life. If the sin is not dealt with, the person begins to fall farther away from God and closer to the world. He becomes numb to God’s Spirit striving to move in his life, until he no longer recognizes that he is no longer with God.

Every believer must stay focused upon God and what He is saying and doing every day and never let sin reign in his life.

As a believer God is with you and wants to lead and guide you through this life. Do not allow sin or the things of this world to distract you from following God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

From the moment you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night, seek to know God’s presence in your life. Be aware when you have strayed away from God’s presence and guidance. Run back to God and stay on His path for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek to follow God with all of your being; that you will not allow sin to separate you from God’s presence; and that God will never have to lift His hand of favor from your life.

Titus 1:16 Do Your Actions Deny God?

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16

It is very easy for a person to claim that he knows someone. Two people meet and often they claim that they know each other. This is often seen when meeting someone famous.

Reality is that they really don’t know each other. Later actions will prove this to be true. The famous person will walk by the other one with zero recognition of the non-famous person.

Paul warns Timothy of some in the church teaching false doctrines. He says that they will claim to know God, but by their actions, they deny Him and become worthless for doing anything good.

Millions of people around the world claim to know God. While many do know God, many do not really know who He is. All they see is a God of love and One who will save them from hell. Living in this way, many will live purposefully in sinful and disobedient ways, refusing to change.

God is so much more than just a God of love and salvation. He is also a holy God, a just God, and a God who demands holiness. All of these things and more are wrapped up in His love, grace and mercy.

The believer who realizes who God is and really knows Him will strive to change his life to live like God wants him to live. This means that he will work to flee all sin, rather than live in sinful practices. He will work to teach God’s truth at all times, and be teachable when he is wrong. In the end, actions prove whether a person really knows God or not.

Is he living for God, by His rules, or is he living for himself and this world?

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus and follow Him, you also claim to know Him. Now take a moment to examine your life and see if you really know God or not.

All throughout the bible, God speaks on how He expects His followers to live their lives. Are your actions matching up with your words? Or are they in conflict with what you claim?

If you really know God, you will know His perfect love, grace and mercy, and then your actions will not deny Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God expects of you; that you will know God’s power to help you live for Him; and that your actions will not deny God.

1 Corinthians 2:2 The Most Important Thing To Know

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

Knowledge is something that everyone appears to be seeking. People want to know more and more. They want to be able to know more faster and faster.

With the internet, information about nearly anything and everything can be found almost instantly. Information is often sought out to make life easier by making oneself richer, happier, healthier or more popular.

It can be overwhelming from some people as to how much information is available. Many struggle with where to start in their search for good, reliable information.

Paul tells the Corinthian church that he did not want to know anything except about Jesus and his crucifixion while he was with them.

Looking at the bible and Christianity, there is a lot of information available. There are hundreds of topics one can study in the bible alone. Then there are hundreds of more topics that can be studied concerning Christianity outside of the bible.

Even though it is good to know all the information available, it can become overwhelming and bog one down with not having the best information first. As with any topic, there are certain pieces of information that are most important to know first. Knowing these pieces can set a firm foundation for all the other information learned.

The beginning foundation for Christianity is knowing Jesus and His crucifixion. If one begins on anything else, he has a faulty foundation that is not Christianity, nor will it stand the test of time and struggles in life.

Knowing Jesus is knowing what, how and why He thinks, speaks and acts in every situation as He does. Then it leads one to think, speak and act in the same way. And it was His crucifixion that gives a person the ability and reason to live this way.

There are things that you must learn in order to do your job or to just live life on this planet. While all of these things can be important, the most important thing is to know Jesus. You can know everything and gain the whole world, but lose your soul and die for eternity if you don’t know Jesus and Him crucified for you.

Put all of your first efforts and strength in knowing Jesus more and more. Then focus on living as Jesus did more and more. That is the most important information to know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will learn to think, speak and act like Jesus; and that your first focus will be on living for God.