Exodus 33:1 Leave This Place

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying I will give it to your descendants.” Exodus 33:1

Moving to a new place is not always easy or looked forward to. People like to be where they know everyone and everything. It is often where they are most comfortable. Staying allows a person to maintain a routine that is familiar.

Change is often scary to most people and not desired. It comes with many uncertainties.

God told Moses to leave where he and the people were to go to a land God had promised his forefathers to give.

While staying in one place is very comfortable, it does not often allow for change or growth. It is easy to get stuck in a comfortable routine day in and day out. It feels safe because it is known.

If something does not grow or change, it is often dead and rotting. There is no longer any real life in it. That place becomes a place of captivity and death.

Once a person becomes a believer, he must be willing to pack up and move to a new place in life. God may have him physically move, but more often it is a move of the heart and actions.

It is moving away from sin and things that pressure one to sin. Believers are to step into a new life with God leading into a land that He has promised. The final destination is not a physical location on this earth, but eternity in heaven with God.

Just as Egypt was no longer the home or destination of the Israelites, so this earth is not the destination of believers. It is time to move out.

God has called you out of this world of sin and death into a new life He has for you. Be willing to step out in faith. You cannot see heaven or the complete path to it, but you can trust God to lead you on the way.

Step away from sin and death into a resurrected life in Jesus. This may or may not mean a physical move, but it does mean a move of your heart and actions into a new life that will last for eternity.

What place do you need to leave today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear God’s directions on where to go; that you will leave your life of sin to follow God; that you will follow God’s path towards holiness and heaven; and that you will see God’s provision on your path in life.

2 Timothy 1:9 Saved To Live A Holy Life

He has saved us and called us to life a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9

People all over the world are searching for a purpose for their lives. They want to know why they are living when and where they are.

Most believe that their lives are for their own pleasures, to eat, drink and be merry. Very few believe that there is any higher standards to live by and don’t want to be told that there are any limitations.

As Paul is reminding Timothy of the calling he has received, he also tells him that God saved them to live a holy life for His purpose and grace, not because of anything that they had done.

Often salvation is seen as a ‘one-way-ticket’ out of hell. It is just a way to get into heaven and live for ever. While these things do occur, salvation is much more.

Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that sin and guilt could be removed, so that people could have a close relationship with God again and not be bond up in sin and death. With sin in one’s life, it breaks the relationship with God, who cannot be around sin.

The salvation Jesus provides does not just remove sin so that the person can go back into sin, but so that the believer may live a holy life without sin.

From Genesis to Revelation, God calls all His people to live a holy life as He is holy. This means that one is to reject sin and flee from it with the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, not stay in sin as many have done in the church.

God loves you and wants you to be saved from sin and death. If you have already chosen to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins, do not go back to those sins or any other sin.

Choose today to live the holy life God has called you to live. Live your life as Jesus lived His, holy and perfect. You will not be able to do this on your own, but by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit all things are possible.

God would not call you to do something He will not give you the ability to do with His help.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the life God has called you to live; that you will live holy as Jesus lived; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that God will strengthen you to leave the life of any and all sin.

1 Peter 4:4 Are They Surprised?

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 1 Peter 4:4

For the majority of people in the world they have a view that anything is permissible. A person can do whatever he likes, as long as it does not directly hurt someone else.

With this type of thinking, people will do sinful acts as though there is nothing wrong. Not only do they do these things, but they also are surprised when someone else does not agree or participate in the activities with them.

After describing what believers were like, he now describes how believers are different from the world. The world is surprised when a believer no longer participates with them in reckless, wild living and they choose to abuse the believer.

One of the things that should mark a believer is the change in his lifestyle. Every believer is a person who was once just like the rest of the world, living in sinful ways. However, once becoming a believer, this should change.

As a believer, one should choose to no longer live in a sinful ways, but in a ways that serves and honors God and others.

Sadly, many in the church have not chosen to change their lifestyle as a believer, but to continue to live in sinful ways. Many have chosen to justify their sinful activities, so that the world is not surprised nor abusive towards them.

Every true believer, who chooses to turn from sin, will be abused by the world. The world will not understand why he will not participate and will call it hate when he doesn’t condone and participate in sin.

This will be one sign that a person is truly following Christ. If the world was to look at your life, what will they see? Will they see someone who is just like them, participating in all of the same activities? Or will they see someone who is different and against all sinful activities?

Only you and God know that true answer. Do not allow yourself to go back to the old, sinful way of living. Do not allow yourself to live your life as the world lives.

Be different in following Christ with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Be different in refusing to live in any sinful way, regardless of how small or big it is.

Is the world surprised with you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life honoring God; that God will strengthen you to turn away from all past sins; that you will live differently than the world; and that the world will see that you follow God with all of your life.

John 8:11 You Must Be Willing To Leave

“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11

No one likes to be condemned or told that they are wrong. Few even like to be told that they must change. While most don’t like these things, they must occur in order for effective growth to occur.

Managers of companies will always point out things in the employees or the business that are being done wrong. This not done to destroy a person or business, but to bring about improvement of production.

A woman, who was caught in adultery, was brought before Jesus for judgement. Jesus did not condemn her, but did tell her to leave her life of sin.

People are very quick to point out that they should not be judged. As they say this, it is very common that many continue to live a life of sin. They refuse to admit that they are wrong and need to change. They are enjoying their life of sin and don’t want to leave it.

Living like this reveals the heart. The mouth can claim to believe in and follow Jesus, but the actions are saying something different.

Jesus does not, not condemn in order for a person to continue living in sin and leading towards death, but to bring a person to a new life that will extend into eternity. He brings forgiveness to allow the person to leave the life of sin and live according to His standards.

God does not condemn now, but when one dies and stands before His judgement seat, if he has not been forgiven and changed, he will be judged and condemned. If one does not leave sin, then the forgiveness given means absolutely nothing.

Just like the women caught, you have been guilty of some sin in your life. The world and many in the church may be quick to condemn you.

However, God does not condemn you right now. He is waiting and willing to forgive you of every sin. As He does so, He also expects you to turn away from that life of sin and follow Him.

Jesus has given you everything you need to live for Him and stay away from sin. Do not allow yourself to go back into that sin, but to flee it and live a holy and righteous life for God and before the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you to leave a life of sin; that you will live according to the ways of God; and that you will know and understand God’s forgiveness given to you.

John 11:43 Jesus Says “Come Out!”

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When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:43

Lazarus had been sick and died. Jesus went to his home and everyone wondered why He had not been there sooner to heal Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Jesus went to the tomb, had the stone rolled away and then called out loud for Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus did arise and come out.

When people are in a dangerous situation or area, others will tell them to get out or some may call for them to come out of the danger. Most people do not want to see another person in danger. In the case of a house being on fire, everyone calls out for anyone who is inside to come on out as quickly as possible.

During times when there is a hurricane threatening a city, people are told to come out of the city and find shelter somewhere safe. The place that they are in is a place of death or will become a place of death.

Although physical death is a danger, there is a greater death that surrounds many people and most do not even realize it. It is a spiritual death. The majority of the people in the world are in a spiritual grave of death and sin. They are trapped behind a large stone that they themselves cannot remove.

Jesus had the stone removed by His death upon the cross. He now stands outside the tomb of death calling to everyone to come out. They are to come out of a tomb of sin and rebellion. They are to come out of the bondages of the tomb caused by sin. God is calling people to step out of a lifestyle of sin and rejection of Jesus, into an eternal, filled life.

You may be one who has never stepped out of the tomb of death. You may also be one who has went back into the tomb of death and sin.

If you have never stepped out of the tomb into life or you went back in, you must step out to what Jesus has for you. Get up as Lazarus had done and walk out of sin to Jesus. He offers forgiveness and life. 

Do not stay in the tomb of death, but come out!

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus provides; that God will help you step out of a life of sin; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; and that you will live for God.